This candle centerpiece is one of those wonderful projects that came together so quickly, and for so little money, but looks just gorgeous!
It’s like a crafty goodness trifecta.
Around the holidays, I love bringing more natural elements into my decorations. If you’ve followed me for even the teensiest of moments, you know that I don’t stand a chance with keeping plants alive. I’m not sure what happens, but a plant enters my home, says “no way” and curls up in a heep of brown, scraggly leaves.
But my inadequacies don’t stop me from loving the way natural elements can come together to make a beautiful centerpiece like this candle arrangement with DIAMOND nuts and touches of gold. When DIAMOND contacted me about working together to sponsor a holiday craft post, I knew I wanted it to be something that was at the forefront of our holiday meals.
Something that was simple for the average person to throw together without taking up much time (because goodness knows our time is pretty limited during this season, right?!). Something that didn’t cost a lot of money (because goodness knows our budget is pretty limited during this season, right?!). And something that was beautiful!!
Between the in-shell nuts, the rustic wood slice and the fake greenery (go with real if you’ve got the touch!), this is the perfect centerpiece for both your Thanksgiving and Christmas meals!
Gold spray paint
Glass Candle Jars or Glasses
Gold Wire Ribbon
White Candles (thin ones work best)
Assorted artificial flowers and greens
Wood Slice the size you want your centerpiece to be
Green floral wire (optional)
Step 1: To Paint In-Shell Nuts: Insert one end of a toothpick through the bottom of each nut and the other end of the toothpick through a box or piece of Styrofoam. This will help the nuts stay upright and ensure they get a nice even coverage of spray paint on all sides. Use the gold spray paint to coat your nuts. I wanted some accented with gold and some natural, so I just painted the walnuts. Have fun with the mixed nuts and choose the ratio that works for your style!
Step 2: Pour a little Epsom salt in the bottom of each glass that you are using for your candles. I used 3 because that is what worked with the size of the wood slice I had. The Epsom salt will serve as an anchor to hold your candle in place, which is especially important if your candle has a tapered end.
Insert your candles into the Epsom salt and wiggle them back and forth a few times to make sure they are in securely. It’s important to pick fairly thin candles and to put them in slightly off-set from center so that you have room for your DIAMOND In-shell Nuts.
Start filling your glasses with an assortment of nuts to fill in around your candle. You can use a pencil to help push some down carefully if you need to.
I wanted my candle holders to have a tiered look for added visual interest. I took the gold ribbon off the spool it came on and used the empty spool as a base for one of my shorter glasses to raise it up. You can see below that it is just an empty ribbon spool underneath the glass in the middle. It will be completely covered with greens and ribbon and you will never even notice it.
This is what it looks like once you start filling in around the empty ribbon spool
This is an optional step. You can use the green floral wire to attach the pieces of ribbon to your greens so they don’t slide around. Just cut off a small amount and twist tightly around each ends making sure you are doing it on the part of the greens that will be hidden.
Continue arranging greens, ribbon and scattered gold walnuts around the candleholders until you achieve the look you are going for!