Ho ho ho... it's time to start the Christmas decorating over here at Ten June! I am always excited about the holiday season, but I'm even more excited this year because David and I actually have a little bambino to share the holiday with! Granted, HDawg will be four months old and will have zero memory of opening gifts or sitting in Santa's lap (oh yes, that happened... pictures later this week!), but it's still really fun to have him around to celebrate with us.
This year, I decided to go a little crazy and add gold into our Christmas color scheme. If you remember, I typically like to stick to a classic red + white + silver scheme. But why not try a little something different, right? So my mantel this year will be a gold holiday goddess. Get excited! (And get your mantel ready to link up with me on Thursday!)
One element that I crafted for my mantel are these glitter candles. Just like all of the crafty projects I do, these guys are simple and sweet. Here's the low down on the how-to!
What you need:
-clear craft glue
-white candlesticks (I picked up mine in packs of two from the Dollar Store)
In order to paint the striped candles, I simply cut varying strips of painters tape and taped off each candle. At first, I really worried about how straight the tape was around the candle, but then I realized that once the glitter was on, you couldn't really tell if the stripe was straight or not. So then I loosened up and taped away until my little heart's desire.
Then, you cover the exposed candle parts with clear glue (I used my fingers to rub the glue around, you could be fancy and use a paintbrush or sponge) and then
pour shake out the glitter onto the wet glue areas. Then, you'll want to immediately peel off the painters tape before the clear glue that's on top of it now dries. You don't want the tape stuck to the candles!
For the solid candles, I simply covered the entire candlestick with the clear glue and then added the glitter. Lots. Of. Glitter. Again, the glitter coverage doesn't have to be perfect- a little glitter goes a long way!
I thought about only doing the stripes around the top of the candlestick or not covering the entire candle in gold glitter. But then my sister reminded me that it is Christmas, after all. You can never have too much glitter at Christmas, right? Can I get an amen?
Now these bad boys are sitting on my mantel, enjoying their golden glow. I can't wait for you to see the entire thing! The mantel decorations are completely out of my comfort zone, but I think they work. I went for a rustic glam look... sounds interesting, right? Want a quick sneak peek?
So there you have it! My first Christmas project of the year. Have you been working on anything fun? If so, make sure you head over to Cassie's blog to link up your favorite Christmas crafts!