My brother was on Facebook the other day and a friend of his posted a picture of how to make a candle from an orange. I thought that several of these citrus floating candles would be perfect for an evening summer party centerpiece. We were visiting our dad recently and decided to try it out in his kitchen. Here is a quick tutorial on how to make a citrus floating candle.
- Cutting board
- Cooking oil
- Bowl or vase
Step One: Cut an orange in half.
Step Two: Using a spoon, scoop out the orange leaving the center pith of the orange is intact. This will be used as the wick.
Step Three: Pour cooking oil into your orange. Any cooking oil like vegetable, canola, or olive oil will work.
Step Four: Carefully light your “wick”. It may take several seconds to light (longer than a regular wick). Note: We sliced the bottom of our orange so that it would not roll. Be careful not to pierce through the bottom. You do not have to do this if you are going to place it in water.
Step Five: Place your floating candle in the desired vessel with water.
Ta-dah! We used a medium sized orange. We were able to burn the candle for about three and a half to four hours. Be careful if you are doing this project with your kids!
I am so thankful for so many things this year. My family, of course, is a big one. I’m loving having a two-year-old right now. I love that she is a sponge. She takes in EVERYTHING and now that she’s talking a little more, it’s amazing to hear what comes out of her mouth in that sweet little voice. We read books all the time because it’s one of her favorite things to do. So, this year for a Thanksgiving dinner I’m having with some friends, I decided to do a book/reading theme for the table in honor of my little lady. So, here is my Thanksgiving Table Setting.
My table is so big that a normal table runner is too short so I ended up making my own runner by layering two tablecloths. I made place cards with pine cones, a craft punch, and hand wrote each name with a sharpie. I also made napkin rings with recycled book pages and ribbon. I adorned the table with some antique books I have in my collection. I added some natural elements like shells, nuts, pine cones, and moss to glass containers. I used some pine cones that we found on a walk we had the other day and spread them randomly on the table. I also spray painted some mini pumpkins left over from Halloween.
Tip: Pumpkins always go on sale after Halloween. Some places give them away for free! They can’t get rid of the fast enough.
Here are some more pictures.
I wanted to spruce up my mantle for the holidays so I decided to make a Thanksgiving banner. Naturally, I wanted to use recycled materials so I found an old wrinkled cotton T shirt in my husband’s side of the closet (my side is neat and tidy of course!). There was a huge stain on the front right on the chest so this was perfect for my recycled T shirt bunting.
Here are the materials you will need:
- Old clothing item
- Paper (to make your flag pattern)
- Spray starch
- Fabric paint
- Ribbon or rope
- Hot glue
Step One: Grab and old T shirt or any other piece of clothing. Feel free to play with colors and textures.
Step Two: Make your flag pattern. I used a piece of cardstock (8”X6”). It’s easiest to start with a rectangle, measure the center of one end, and draw a diagonal line from one corner to the center mark for both sides and cut.
Step Three: Cut out your flags. I chose to spell out “Give Thanks”.
Step Four: Lay out your flags to iron and spray it with starch.
Step Five: Iron your flags.
Step Six: Stencil your letters using a spouncer. I chose green my favorite color! Check out my stenciling tips I from my stenciled place mat project. You can purchase these stencils online.
Step Seven: Allow your letters to dry and then hot glue each flag to your rope. I bought 3 yards of rope they had on sale for the holidays and cut it in half. It was perfect for my recycled T shirt banner!
Here are some AFTER photos.
I took these during the day…
Here are some simple place card settings that you can make in a jiffy.
This pear place card is perfect for a Fall party or for Thanksgiving and extremely easy to make. I bought inexpensive foam pears and pinned a black and white picture of each guest at their place setting. I embellished them with ribbon and scrapbook paper. There’s no need to spend money on photo paper, as plain white paper works well. Additionally, your guests can take them home as a favor.
Tip: If you are lacking photos of your guests, look for recent photos of them on Facebook or other social media sites.
For all you winos, you can also use recycled wine corks and scrapbook paper. I cut a slit on top and cut off the rounded bottom with a sharp knife so they will stand straight… super simple and inexpensive! I used them as food labels for a Wine Tasting Party, but they will also work nicely for place card settings.
Using natural elements makes a great table scape at this time of year. Use fruit or vegetables from the refrigerator tied with twine or foliage or flowers from right your back yard. Use a festive pretty ribbon from your craft or gift wrapping closet. Also consider using a branch of berries. For some pictured below, I used a craft punch for the tag.
Repurpose Holiday ornaments like this one from Btter Homes and Gardens
Use cardboard and twine to make these adorable eco-friendly pumpkins
Photo Sources: BHG, Design Sponge, Providence LTD Designs