I don’t know about you, but I think a winter candle vignette is perfect for dark winter evenings.
The gentle glowing light throwing a soft, warm glow across the room…all I need is a snuggly blanket, a steaming mug of tea, and some yarn and a hook!
I’ve had a collection of 3 dozen votive candles sitting in my craft room since our son and daughter-in-law’s wedding last year, just waiting for a great project.
I used a few over Thanksgiving and Christmas for our dining room table centerpiece, but that still left me with 33 candles…
So when I was gathering up our storage boxes after Christmas, I came across this large cookie tin that someone had given us a few years ago.
I loved the huge tin and thought I’d regift it at some point, but all this time it had just taken up space in our Christmas decor boxes.
It’s time had come.
Not for cookies…but for candles.
It was perfect for creating that winter candle vignette I had been craving.
This project is really simple and any size tin will do.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- a cookie tin (check the thrift store if you don’t have one handy)
- votive candles
- play sand
- spray paint
- scrap wood blocks (optional)
- pebbles or shells (optional)
Here’s what you do:
Give your tin a light sanding with some coarse sandpaper to rough the finish up a bit.
You don’t need to get all the paint off; just enough to take away the shiny finish.
Wipe the dust away and give it a couple of coats of spray paint. You’ll want to spray the sides of the inside too, since some of it will show. And if you want to use the lid as a base, paint it as well.
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I used Rust Oleum’s Multicolor textured spray paint in Desert Bisque for this project. If you’ve never used a textured spray paint, here’s something you might want to know: this stuff goes fast! While I love the look of a textured paint project, it can get pretty expensive if you need a lot of paint. This gorgeous finish is best saved for smaller projects like this one.
If you want to vary the height of your votives, use a few wood blocks for stands. I found some wood in Tony’s scrap bin and cut them into little cubes on the chop saw.
Stack the wood blocks on the bottom of the tin, creating a pattern that you like. I used a bit of wood glue between the blocks that I stacked to give them more stability, then arranged the votives.
Pour sand between each votive, taking care to cover the wood blocks.
It seemed to need a little more interest, so I added some pea gravel around the candles. Sea shells would be great too.
Finally, light your vignette and enjoy!
I’m pretty sure you can find enough cookie tins in thrift stores to make several of these. Smaller ones would be nice in a guest bathroom or by the kitchen sink. Larger ones work well beside the tub or on a coffee table. Save a few for summertime, when you can add them to your patio table too!
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