Published on January 8th, 2014 | by Kristen Swain0
Make Some Winter Votives
Now that the Holidays are over, I tend to get the winter doldrums. There’s no new decor to pretty up the house and add a candle’s soft glow. I just had to create a new votive set to add to winter-ize the house and make it festive while we weather through the cold dreary days. Here is how you can make some winter votives.
One of the newest of my obsessions are mason jars. If you don’t have a couple in your house, you’ll need to find some. They are just soooo versatile. From making them into special food gifts, to decor around the house, you’ll find quick uses of any that you gather up.
I created these two jars in minutes. I do not have a photo tutorial because I just threw in a couple things and they were done. But I can walk you through this with my finished photos.
I first took some Epsom Salt. you can get a big bag for about $2-$3 at the pharmacy. It’s also great to soak tired feet.
I put about an inch of Epsom Salt in the bottom of the jar.
Then I took some boxwood trimmings. I have a boxwood bush that stays green year round. You can substitute pine in this as well. Just a long-lasting greenery.
Once I had the boxwood in, I added some styrofoam red balls. You could use beads, or fake berries, or just toss in a few cranberries.
Then I tucked my votive candles into the salt, and put a few sprinkles of flake glitter into the candle. You can’t see this well in the photos, but they create fabulous sparkle.
Lastly, I tied a single piece of twine around the jar, added a berry stem (craft store) and hot glued them on.
Light your votives and enjoy the warmth of candle glow during your cold, dark, winter days.