Candle Decorating – Jute, Twill, and a Burlap Flower
Continuing my use of burlap! Today I wanted to share with you an electric candle I added a bit of embellishment too recently to continue forward progress on the hutch in the dining room.
Everything here I got at a yard sale. This electric candle I got at a yard sale last Saturday for 2 bucks. The jute, I got last year for 50 cents and the twill ribbon came with a bulk ‘lot’ of scrapbooking supplies I had purchased from an online yard sale. Oh and later you’ll see a metal buckle that I found that were a buck for 5 bags of them…yes again yard sale.
I started by wrapping the candle with the jute. I wanted the light to show so I only wrapped the middle of it and tied it off in the back tightly. This really was an off the cuff kind of decorating so I didn’t glue anything to make it permanent because I wanted to make sure I could remove it if it didn’t turn out.
Next, I cut a small piece of twill and took a buckle and sewed it to the twill.
So this was actually the original thought I had before is started but once I got done it seemed too plain. Its important to know when to stop and this definitely wasn’t the time…
I had just gotten done making the burlap runner and had some scrap pieces and had the idea to add a burlap flower of some kind to it!
So I grabbed a piece and proceeded to play around with it until I got something that I thought was pretty good…
I started by rolling about 3 or 4 inches of the piece into a small cylinder.
Then as in the photo below, i started to twist outward, and turn the burlap piece almost making a cinnamon roll with it. I kept going until the whole piece was used up. The piece i’d guess was about 20 inches long or so.
Then to hold it all in place, I used more of the thread, and I sewed it together. I ran my needle from the middle to the outer edge then outer edge to the middle the whole way around making sure I caught every layer I had twisted together to make sure it was secure.
The burlap frayed during the process so i just snipped a few off with my scissors to clean it up a bit.
Then I just sewed the flower to the twill ribbon on the candle. I like the effect. Nice contrast to the pretty decanter collection I’m starting. I don’t drink alcohol but I love glass and glass work and love the variety of shapes that I’ve seen in decanters. About 2 years ago I brought a whole box of them home from a garage sale, that I’m finally getting through now. I’ll definitely share those in a future post.