Spring Greenery Candle Rings

I love home decor magazines and catalogs. It’s an “I-can’t-pass-them-up and I-read-them-cover-to-cover” kind of love ūüôā

As much as I enjoy reading blogs and perusing through Pinterest, there’s just something about beautiful photos that are printed on actual paper.

Anyway, I received a Grandin Road catalog in the mail and spied some candle rings covered in faux greenery. They have some with flowers, too, but the green ones were my favorite.

And (of course) I thought, “I can make something like that!”

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So, here’s how I made the candle rings that I talked about last week when I did the aged paint treatment for my candlesticks.

First, I took some green floral stem wires and formed them into a circle that would fit on top of my candlestick. I used two wires per candle ring and shaped them so that they fit along the outside edge of the candlestick.

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Then I gathered up a bunch of different kinds of faux greenery. I already had most of it on hand from projects in the past.

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¬†I did buy these three specifically for this project. They were purchased at Michael’s.

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First, I chose one type of greenery and used wire cutters to snip off a section. I wound it around my wire form and used smaller gauge floral wire to attach it in a couple of places, being sure to leave some of the sprigs free….

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Then I chose another type and added it in the same way….

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Then I attached some fern fronds with hot glue…..

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Next, I set the candle ring on the candlestick and looked at it more closely. There were a few spots where I could see the plastic parts where the greenery was attached to the stems.

These aren’t too pretty…..

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So, I hot glued some leaves to cover those areas….

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I also filled in some bare spots and added some longer strands.

Then……..I completed this process 4 more times to make my five candle rings!

Here are all of them on my dining room table….

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I took them outside to get a better picture of their true color…..

 

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Have a great weekend!

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Adding Age to Candlesticks

I want to do a spring tablescape with a series of candlesticks and I needed them to be staggered in height. I had a few around the house and went to Hobby Lobby to purchase two more. They worked together by size, but the problem was that they didn’t match.

And I wasn’t aiming for them to be “match-matchy”, but these didn’t play well together at all….

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I knew I needed to paint them and remembered a technique that I had found on Pinterest. I followed most of the directions and you can check out her original post here.

First, I painted the candlesticks (except the ones that were already white) with Annie Sloan chalk paint in Paris Grey…..

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Next, I mixed up some glaze to act as a toner. I used clear glazing liquid, an earthy brown acrylic paint, and a little bit of the Paris Grey chalk paint. You don’t need very much of this mixture as a little goes a long way.

I used a stiff brush (I think it was a sort of stencil brush) to push the glaze down into all the grooves. Then I ¬†immediately wiped off the excess with a dry cloth. I also like to keep a spray bottle of water handy so I can spritz the piece if it seems too heavy or gets dry as I’m working. I also found that if I rubbed too hard with the cloth, some of the chalk paint wore away and gave me more of a distressed look. I like this look, but if you don’t want to see any of your original color showing through, then either rub softly or let your chalk paint layer set up longer.

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You could stop here at this stage. It’s pretty like this, don’t you think?

But I needed the painted ones to blend better with the tall white candlesticks, so I went on to the next step, which is dry brushing. To dry brush, I used a chip brush and Annie Sloan chalk paint in Old White. I simply folded up a paper towel into a square, dipped my brush lightly into the paint, blotted most of it off onto the paper towel, and dry brushed it onto the candlestick. I started off lightly and kept adding layers of white and occasionally rubbing it in with a cloth, until I was happy with it….

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I stopped at this step. I decided not to add a coat of wax or anything at this point. They have a kind of chalky look that the white candlesticks already had, so I think I’ll leave them this way.

Here’s a shot of all of them. I had considered painting the white candlesticks with the same technique, but once I saw them all together, I kind of liked that they weren’t all exactly the same. In fact, even the ones I used the technique on don’t look exactly the same. Isn’t that the fun part of painting something yourself? You never know exactly what you’re going to get….

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Wait til you see the fun candle rings that I’m making for these candlesticks! It’s a fun “knock-off” project that I’m almost finished with.

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