Crisp mornings, cozy sweaters, golden sunlight on colorful leaves … these are the signs of autumn … along with fallen Silver Maple branches cluttering our yard! We make a pile of all the twigs and branches and burn them in our fire pit for roasting marshmallows. And some of the twigs made their way into craft projects this fall, like the rustic twig candles I’m showing you today as part of the Seasons of Home – Autumn Edition tour that I’m joining with some of my highly talented blogging friends! You don’t want to miss their features which are listed at the end of this post.
These rustic twig candles remind me of a campfire and I was quite proud of myself for putting our messy branches to good use. Plus I love the earthy, organic feel of the candles.
Of course, since you’ve got a flame close to twigs, it’s a good idea to make sure you’re in the same room as the candles when they’re burning … just in case! Although the glass does protect the twigs from the flame.
I made three rustic twig candles, although I have enough branches to make many, many more! Silver Maples are a soft wood tree so anytime the wind blows, more branches come down.
For this project, you’ll need a couple of glass jar candles, skinny dry branches, pruners (to cut the branches), a hot glue gun, and some twine. I started with pumpkin spice scented candles and cut the twigs so they’re slightly taller than the candle’s glass. I also cut them at varying lengths.
Then it’s just a matter of gluing the twigs onto the candle’s glass. I found it was easier to apply a line of hot glue to the glass and pressing the twig onto the glass.
Once all the twigs are glued on, you could leave the candle as is. But I felt it needed a little something more.
So I simply wrapped twine around the candles a couple times and tied a cute little bow.
I used thicker twine on the bigger candle. It had a nice curl to it.
The rustic twig candles look cozy as night descends. I might make a few more for gifts. I’ve got another twig project coming up that I’ll show you next week! I’m on a mission to rid our yard of the messy branches!
For more fall inspiration, visit my blogging friends below. I promise you won’t be disappointed!
Shades of Blue Interiors | Thoughts from Alice | Clean and Scentsible
Craftberry Bush | The Chronicles of Home | Rooms for Rent
Finding Silver Pennies | Town and Country Living | City Farmhouse