Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Let There Be Light

Even though the shortest day of the year is behind us, there are still lots of long dark nights yet to come. So why not bring a little light into the house with votives that you can design yourself?

To begin, all you need is a clear glass votive and a tea light, along with a selection of plain or patterned papers. Once you've selected a paper, cut a rectangle to the size of your votive and allow a little extra for overlapping. Wind around the votive and glue the overlap down.

These votives were covered with Japanese origami paper whose flecks of fiber become evident when lit by candlelight. Origami paper comes in such a wide selection of colours and prints that the only difficulty you might encounter is limiting yourself to just one. So rather than make just one, perhaps you'd like to make a coordinating set of votives in similar or contrasting colours and patterns.

This plain white paper, slightly thicker than bond paper but thinner than card stock, looks lovely when various shapes are punched in to let out the light.

A metallic finish was created by using a piece of kraft paper, then swirling and rubbing metallic paints across the surface, then going over the whole with a coat of dark brown shoe polish cream.

The possibilities are endless, limited only by your imagination. And this a is quick and clever way to instantly create votives that coordinate with any table setting you might come up with.

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