If you follow me much at all, then you know I’m hanging around in Montana with the hubs. When I came this time…there was very little planning. It was a pack some clothes and go type of trip. I didn’t plan on staying nearly as long as I have, but it’s been good for both me and my husband. With that said…I didn’t have time to bring one single crafting supply, nor have I really felt much like crafting. The weather has been really cold here too. BUT, one day, it was really pretty, and Dave and I went for a walk. We found the most beautiful bushes growing everywhere. Red twig bushes. Now, I have to admit, I’ve been everywhere we went, and never noticed those bushes before. I’ve come to the conclusion, that they are camouflaged in the summer by their leaves. So, there’s the silver lining to my being here in the winter! I wouldn’t have EVER seen those gorgeous red twig bushes. ANYHOO….they were abundant…so we cut some! We all know how I feel about red, and mason jars. This is a WIN/WIN!
I made a couple of things…and today, I’m sharing my red twig/mason jar luminary with y’all…and my DIY red twig wreath with LCI.
I promise…that’s a white candle in there! Isn’t that cool?
These are really easy to make too. I think they would look really pretty, with just natural twigs too!
You’ll need some line. I used this fishing line. It’s basically transparent and you can’t see it when it’s done. Hot glue won’t work here y’all. You could use something like E6000, but I didn’t want mine permanent, so I’m showing you how I did it.
I used a small votive type candle in mine. Now, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, use common sense here folks. If you’re going to leave your stems sticking above your jar, like mine, DO NOT use a jar type candle. USE a short votive, with plenty of empty space above the flame! I don’t want someone saying…well, you didn’t warn us that could catch on fire. It WILL catch on FIRE!!!!
I went ahead and inserted my votive, and used a long lighter to light mine.
Starting with a fairly tight knot, wrap your fishing line around your jar and tie it off. You need to leave both ends fairly long…so that they can slide and loosen, as you add more stems. A double knot will hold tight enough to keep them in place. If you have a rubber band, that would work even better…but I didn’t so I used what I had.
See how long the tails on my line are. It’s not going to come untied that way. You can trim them when you’re all finished.
Now begin to add more twigs. Just keep in mind, if you’re planing on your jar being a candle holder, you can’t leave the sticks so tall that you can’t get a lighter in there.
I left some spacing around my twigs, because I wanted plenty of illumination to come through. This is really just a personal choice.
Once you have as many twigs as you like, use your hot glue to attach a ribbon over your fishing line or rubber band, trim the ends…and secure your twigs to one another under it.
How cool is that?
This looks good as a votive holder…..
But, check this out. Take your votive out and use your twigs to arrange one of those inexpensive bouquets from the grocery store…or from your garden, if you’re lucky enough to have flowers yet!
All those twigs…help a BUNCH for holding the flowers! Better than a floral frog.