Rustic Candle DIY

This is my first {documented} DIY craft project! I found my inspiration from this picture on Pinterest.

Homedit - interior design and architecture inspiration:

We are in the middle of house hunting, so furniture projects are a bit tough at the moment. We don’t exactly have the space to “house” new furniture (pun intended). BUT, we are huge fans of the rustic/farmhouse look, so I’m finding smaller projects that will easily fit into the décor of our (hopefully, soon!) new home.

First off, the weather on this day was gorgeous! I already had the basic supplies needed and a free schedule for the day…score! Seeing as the main supplies are twigs, I couldn’t wait to get out in the backyard with my Abby to collect what we needed for our project.

Here are the materials:

  1. Hot glue gun
  2. Glass vase
  3. Sticks
  4. LED candle (or a real candle…I didn’t want to deal with melted wax)

….that’s it! I can SO do this.

All I needed to purchase was the vase, as I already had everything else. For some reason, I had the LED candles laying around. I checked vases out at Wal-Mart first (Dollar Store was a back-up), and alas! Wal-Mart had a tall, cylindrical glass vase for a whole 97 cents!

This whole project only cost 97 cents…what?

(If I had not had the candle, it still would only have been an extra $2!)

So to get started, I grabbed a bag and headed into our mountainous backyard with Abby. Oh, twigs galore! What could have taken me about 5 minutes took about half an hour…because Abby loves being outside 🙂 She even helped me pick up sticks and place them in the bag. Love her little heart. She eventually got thirsty so we headed back inside and I set up shop on the living room floor.


The rest was easy! I started laying sticks out that were around the same length and hot glued them around the vase. Yep, that’s it. It took me about an hour, but I was being quite particular about my choice of “stick layout”. Haha. Plus, Abby wanted to help a little 😉

Here is the finished product:


Pretty neat! All in all, this was a fun project. It was “me” time, even though I was fully engaged with my whole family. That’s how I like it. I was sitting on the floor while my husband rocked Abby with Robin Hood on in the background. And little Anna…well, she slept through the excitement. My love language is “quality time” so this afternoon’s spare time was the best of both worlds!

How do you involve your littles in your spare time projects?


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