Thursday, December 9, 2010

Christmas Votive Candle Tree

After several days of hard work, a little "piddling," and many trips to and from the attic, I finally finished my Christmas decorating yesterday. I've shared a few vignettes along the way, including the Mantel, our Nativity Set, and Dining Room Chandelier project, and today I am featuring my Votive Candle Tree.

I was inspired by one I saw in a home decor shop last year, and decided to make one myself. I started with a tomato cage and a couple of vine garlands I rescued from my attic.

I wound the garlands around the frame of the cage and attached them securely. I love their "airy" natural look.

Then I painted the whole thing gold ...

Next, I went shopping for votive holders that were lightweight and opaque.

I attached the votive holders with my glue gun, then added the LED tealights, which flicker and look very realistic, and are much safer than using real candles.

After the tree was finished, it was pretty, but needed a little something else with the votives.

I found these sweet little angels at Hobby Lobby and knew they would be perfect.

When I started making my tree, I knew I wanted to use it on the sideboard in our dining room. I wanted a "neutral" look, and I'm very pleased with the way the tree turned out (it didn't take me long to discover that it was very hard to photograph, but I think you can get an idea of what it looks like, especially if you click on the pictures to enlarge them).

I found this little gold metal angel and love it perched on the top of the tree. I wish my pictures were better, because it's much prettier "in person."

Overall, I love the tree. If I was going to do another one, though, I think I would make it a little smaller.


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Tonja said...

Well how very clever of you! I. Love. it! I'm all about that airy vine look and how clever of you to use the little battery candles! Great Job!

Lisa said...

What a labor of love! Truly a work of art!

Marjorie (Molly) Smith said...

Beautiful, I wish I had room for something like that. Since my family has grown too so many and so big, I can't do a lot of extra decorating. My large Santas used to sit on the floor in front of the side board but had to move them so we can all get in the room. The only problem with down sizing.

nanny said...

So beautiful....I love it!

racheld said...

How very charming it is, ethereal and slender, with the tiny angels flying upward.

It slightly reminds me of the odd occurrences I've only seen in the South---as it happens, I was writing a piece on THOSE just this morning---in which the whole sky seems filled with long silvery strands of cobwebby silk.

That's what the gossamer look of your beautiful tree reminds me of a little.

Just lovely, and SO like your talented mind and hands.

Jenni said...

very artsy and cool, pretty!

Deb said...

oh my gosh...that is the coolest idea....your tree turned out great...don't you love the battery operated candles...