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The Green Life: Thanksgiving Centerpiece: DIY Candle Holders

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November 15, 2012

Thanksgiving Centerpiece: DIY Candle Holders

Pilgrim hat candlestick holdersIt can be hard to think of creative ways to decorate the table when you're preparing food all day long. These pilgrim-hat candlestick holders are a simple way to dress up the table, and they can be combined with any number of other items, such as flowers, pumpkins, leaves, or branches for a rustic-chic look. The best part is they can be reused for those Thanksgiving days when you've got too much on your plate. 

Centerpiece: Pilgrim-Hat Candle Holders

What you need: 

  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Black acrylic paint
  • sponge brush
  • 2 push pins 
  • 2 short candlesticks
  • 2 small terra cotta pots
  • Black, yellow, and orange cardstock 

Supplies for candlestick holdersWhat to do:

Paint the outside of each terra cotta pot black and set aside to dry.

As you wait for those to dry, cut two one-inch strips out of the black paper; these will become the brim for your pilgrim hats. You will also need to cut two squares out of the yellow paper, which will become the buckles for the hats once you cut and remove a smaller square from the center of each.

Using the glue, attach the black strips along the lip of the terra cotta pots; cut off any excess length from the strips. Then attach the buckle on top of that. Make sure that the paper runs flush with the edge of the pot as these will be flipped upside down to form the base of the candlestick holder. 

Once you're done with that, glue the pushpins into the bottom of the pots so that the point goes through the hole at the bottom of the pot (which is now the top of your candlestick holder). This will be where you attach the candles. 

Finally, sketch or trace some leaves, or any design of your choosing, with the extra colored paper. Attach your designs to the back of the pots with the glue for some extra flair on your candlestick holders and you'll have some festive decor for the table to go with that tasty meal. 

And if you're liking the pilgrim hat theme, check out this alternative twist on the the design!

--Jess Krager 

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