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.
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.