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Homemade DIY Lantern ~ Playing with Twigs Again

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Howdie, good folks! How a ye doing? Still enjoying Spring (or Autumn, hello lovelies down under)? We are in the middle of a climate change in these parts. Thursday we had Summer temperature, yesterday felt like an autumn day and I have been told Sunday will feel like winter again.

Well all the more reason to stay busy. While the whole country had turned orange yesterday on account of Queens’ Day, My Love and I stayed home and worked on various projects.

My Love had hired this big, mean, ugly machine to cut heavy weight tiles. He has been working hard on our new patio and the final stages are in sight. Just one or two more days of hard labor for him and I will have to start doing my THANG outside.

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So I am real busy cruising the internets for inspiration on various outside decorating issues. So come around often this week, I will probably be asking your advice on everything from choosing colors to designing additions to the house…

But today I worked hard at trying to avoid My Love and his extremely loud and screeching machine all day. So I retreated to my peaceful attic and fired up the glue gun.


Remember my Twig Wreath? After I had finished that one, I still had a bucket full of cut-ups and branches left. And something inside of me, just couldn’t let me throw them away.

Heaven knows why, after all they were just a bunch of small branches and twigs, I have a garden full of them. So in order to control the chaos and not fill my house with the waste I removed from my garden,  I decided to make myself come up with a use today – within an hour , or throw them out.

Nothing like a good old self-imposed deadline to make the creative juices flowing…

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And this is what I came up with. Two candle holders. Twig inspired DIY lanterns so to speak.

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Now if I thought you would  need it, I would have gladly made a tutorial but really it is too simple for that. I took and old glass (whiskey style), cut the branches to size and stuck them on with hot glue. For the square box I used an empty Q-tip container.

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Add some Spring flowers from the garden, and a new vignette is ready for the world.

I love how the light of the candle shines between the branches.

These little nature inspired, waste recycling, neutral colored lanterns really make my hard sing. 

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So what do you think, was it a good thing I held on to those twigs? Do you love’em or hate’em? I want to hear your opinion here folks!

 

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Love,

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Comments

  1. Stephanie Lynn says:

    Love these ~ especially the tall votive. Thanks for sharing. ~ Stephanie Lynn

  2. Stephanie Lynn says:

    Love these ~ especially the tall votive. Thanks for sharing. ~ Stephanie Lynn

  3. VMcreation-fashion-studio-atelier says:

    Hey,lieve Marianne!-)*

    Ziet heel eenvoudig out,maar jou creatie totaal maakt ontzettend sfeervole rezultaat en enorm gezellig:-)))
    Alle jou fotos is alltijd enorme plezier om na te kijken!!!

    Een hele goede weekend vvor je,creative Soul!

    Liefs en groetjes,
    ***Violetta***

  4. VMcreation-fashion-studio-atelier says:

    Hey,lieve Marianne!-)*

    Ziet heel eenvoudig out,maar jou creatie totaal maakt ontzettend sfeervole rezultaat en enorm gezellig:-)))
    Alle jou fotos is alltijd enorme plezier om na te kijken!!!

    Een hele goede weekend vvor je,creative Soul!

    Liefs en groetjes,
    ***Violetta***

  5. I absolutely love them!!

  6. I absolutely love them!!

  7. Nita {ModVintageLife} says:

    I love them. I like the way the candlelight shows between the twigs. But then I used to have lots of twig furniture when I lived in a different house. I love things made of natural branches.

  8. Nita {ModVintageLife} says:

    I love them. I like the way the candlelight shows between the twigs. But then I used to have lots of twig furniture when I lived in a different house. I love things made of natural branches.

  9. marty (A Stroll Thru Life) says:

    Oh they look just wonderful. They not only look fabulous here, but they will be wonderful for the patio too. Very creative. Hugs, Marty

  10. marty (A Stroll Thru Life) says:

    Oh they look just wonderful. They not only look fabulous here, but they will be wonderful for the patio too. Very creative. Hugs, Marty

  11. Blondie's Journal says:

    I love them Marianne! Very creative and clever! :-)

    xoxo
    Jane

  12. Blondie's Journal says:

    I love them Marianne! Very creative and clever! :-)

    xoxo
    Jane

  13. You do amazing things with twigs. :) Love them.

  14. You do amazing things with twigs. :) Love them.

  15. Miss Mustard Seed says:

    Those looks so pretty and simple. I love how it's bringing nature inside. Your pictures make everything look heavenly.

  16. Miss Mustard Seed says:

    Those looks so pretty and simple. I love how it's bringing nature inside. Your pictures make everything look heavenly.

  17. Privet and Holly says:

    One word: FRESH. Yes. Your images are like a breath of fresh air. I love the pale green/white of the flowers and the glass and the twigs. It all works so well together. Thought I'd signed up as a follower but haven't been receiving updates, so I've signed up again! Seems to me that last time I visited, you were having back problems. I hope that is all behind you {no pun intended} and that you are enjoying the spring!
    xx P&H

  18. Privet and Holly says:

    One word: FRESH. Yes. Your images are like a breath of fresh air. I love the pale green/white of the flowers and the glass and the twigs. It all works so well together. Thought I'd signed up as a follower but haven't been receiving updates, so I've signed up again! Seems to me that last time I visited, you were having back problems. I hope that is all behind you {no pun intended} and that you are enjoying the spring!
    xx P&H

  19. LuLu Kellogg says:

    Marianne, this is brilliant! What a marvelous vignette. I will have to go looking for twigs now!

    LuLu♥

  20. LuLu Kellogg says:

    Marianne, this is brilliant! What a marvelous vignette. I will have to go looking for twigs now!

    LuLu♥

  21. Kolein says:

    I'm in love with the simplicity of nature. That is what these candle holders say to me. They are functional and exude the sweetness of nature. Your photographs are equally as lovely!

    Saving the twigs? Grand idea. What you did with them? Even grander!!!

  22. Kolein says:

    I'm in love with the simplicity of nature. That is what these candle holders say to me. They are functional and exude the sweetness of nature. Your photographs are equally as lovely!

    Saving the twigs? Grand idea. What you did with them? Even grander!!!

  23. Leanne says:

    I love them. Great Idea!

  24. Leanne says:

    I love them. Great Idea!

  25. Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking says:

    LOVE them!!!

  26. Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking says:

    LOVE them!!!

  27. i love this, what a great idea!

  28. i love this, what a great idea!

  29. ALVN of WhisperWood Cottage and Junkologie says:

    L. O. V. E. I love earthy touches like this! So beautiful!!

  30. ALVN of WhisperWood Cottage and Junkologie says:

    L. O. V. E. I love earthy touches like this! So beautiful!!

  31. Amy Kinser says:

    LOVE, for sure….

  32. Amy Kinser says:

    LOVE, for sure….

  33. I love them. They are unique and they bring a little of the outdoors inside.

    Nancy

  34. I love them. They are unique and they bring a little of the outdoors inside.

    Nancy

  35. Sabrina says:

    So bringing the outdoors in…and frugal!

  36. Sabrina says:

    So bringing the outdoors in…and frugal!

  37. Noreen says:

    I love the rustic look of your twig lanterns. Now I'm going to have to think of more ways to craft with twigs.

  38. Noreen says:

    I love the rustic look of your twig lanterns. Now I'm going to have to think of more ways to craft with twigs.

  39. Michelle says:

    Gorgeous! I love outdoor items inside! I featured this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com earlier today! Grab my "featured" button.

  40. Michelle says:

    Gorgeous! I love outdoor items inside! I featured this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com earlier today! Grab my "featured" button.

  41. Pink Princess says:

    LEUK joh! Ik was van de week in een mooie bloemenwinkel en heb OOK een paar ideetjes opgedaan voor gewoon "tuin afval" lol. FF kijken of ik er het weekend aan toe kom om te maken.
    Frugality at its finest haha

  42. Pink Princess says:

    LEUK joh! Ik was van de week in een mooie bloemenwinkel en heb OOK een paar ideetjes opgedaan voor gewoon "tuin afval" lol. FF kijken of ik er het weekend aan toe kom om te maken.
    Frugality at its finest haha

  43. Miss Marple says:

    Love'm! Fijn weekend – Irma

  44. Miss Marple says:

    Love'm! Fijn weekend – Irma

  45. Fantastic! I've used twigs on candles too and then surrounded the whole thing with organza ribbon.

    Great ideas for twigs!

  46. Fantastic! I've used twigs on candles too and then surrounded the whole thing with organza ribbon.

    Great ideas for twigs!

  47. Alison Gibbs says:

    They look fabulous – lucky you did hang onto the leftovers
    Alison

  48. Alison Gibbs says:

    They look fabulous – lucky you did hang onto the leftovers
    Alison

  49. I love them, I may steal that idea, I have a ton of twigs in my yard, and never would have thought of this…this is why I love blogsville, you women ROCK with creativity!

  50. I love them, I may steal that idea, I have a ton of twigs in my yard, and never would have thought of this…this is why I love blogsville, you women ROCK with creativity!

  51. Kendra says:

    Marianne I love this! It looks rustic/natural yet elegant the way you displayed it! Great idea!

    Kendra

  52. Kendra says:

    Marianne I love this! It looks rustic/natural yet elegant the way you displayed it! Great idea!

    Kendra

  53. Jessa Irene (Holiday-Haven) says:

    Very pretty, I am going to have to try this!

  54. Jessa Irene (Holiday-Haven) says:

    Very pretty, I am going to have to try this!

  55. Diane@InMyOwnStyle says:

    Hi Marianne-
    I think it was a good thing you hung onto the twigs. I find as I am getting older that my tastes have changed and I really like to have nature all around me. The texture of the twigs with the shine of the glass looks divine in my opinion. Very modern.

  56. Diane@InMyOwnStyle says:

    Hi Marianne-
    I think it was a good thing you hung onto the twigs. I find as I am getting older that my tastes have changed and I really like to have nature all around me. The texture of the twigs with the shine of the glass looks divine in my opinion. Very modern.

  57. Brenda@Cozy Little House says:

    I love them! They would look so beautiful outside too. Can't wait to see ya out there doing your thang!
    Brenda

  58. Brenda@Cozy Little House says:

    I love them! They would look so beautiful outside too. Can't wait to see ya out there doing your thang!
    Brenda

  59. alanna rose says:

    I like them!
    You know, I think they would be beautiful for a garden themed wedding – I can just see a whole bunch of them going down the center of a table :)

  60. alanna rose says:

    I like them!
    You know, I think they would be beautiful for a garden themed wedding – I can just see a whole bunch of them going down the center of a table :)

  61. Dianna says:

    I love this idea. They look great with the vases of flowers.

  62. Dianna says:

    I love this idea. They look great with the vases of flowers.

  63. fabulous idea Marianne!!! i love them!!!

  64. fabulous idea Marianne!!! i love them!!!

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  67. Those are great Marianne! And a great way to use up your garden cuttings.

  68. Those are great Marianne! And a great way to use up your garden cuttings.

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  71. These are so pretty! Yes, twigs can be pretty too. I love the naturalness of it. And they look lovely with the flowers, viburnum?

  72. These are so pretty! Yes, twigs can be pretty too. I love the naturalness of it. And they look lovely with the flowers, viburnum?

  73. The DIY Show Off says:

    I LOVE your style and creativity! I also love to use natural materials that I find outside, especially branches and this is just a beautiful idea!

    Thanks for sharing in the DIY Project Parade. ;)

    Roeshel

  74. The DIY Show Off says:

    I LOVE your style and creativity! I also love to use natural materials that I find outside, especially branches and this is just a beautiful idea!

    Thanks for sharing in the DIY Project Parade. ;)

    Roeshel

  75. ap_lemos says:

    I love them! What a great idea!

  76. ap_lemos says:

    I love them! What a great idea!

  77. They are ace! Actually, I love them so much I will endeavour to make at least one of them TODAY. My only problem is- won't hot glue get, well, too hot once the candle is lit and just make a run for it? I think I might try and wrap some sort of cord aroundthe finished product, just in case, and see what happens!

  78. They are ace! Actually, I love them so much I will endeavour to make at least one of them TODAY. My only problem is- won't hot glue get, well, too hot once the candle is lit and just make a run for it? I think I might try and wrap some sort of cord aroundthe finished product, just in case, and see what happens!

  79. They're lovely, I'm inspired.

  80. They're lovely, I'm inspired.

  81. I think these are really creative. I would be scared they would fall apart if they got too hot. The cord idea would work, if it didn't cave in..

  82. I think these are really creative. I would be scared they would fall apart if they got too hot. The cord idea would work, if it didn't cave in..

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