Fall is here!
Wow, the year is flying by. I don’t know about you but as soon as fall arrives I start thinking the holidays are right around the corner. They do have a way of creeping up on us, don’t they? So, let’s start planning now to make our home festive for the fall and holiday season. One way to get started is with this cute and elegant fall centerpiece you can make!
Using the rule of odd numbers for decorating, I picked out 3 small gourds from the farmers market.
They vary slightly in size and color for interest. I had it in mind that I would make them into candle holders. Because of that I selected ones that had flat bottoms so they would not be tippy.
I also knew that I wanted the result to be candles at different heights, which also creates more interest.
After searching the house, I could only find two candle holders that had varying heights but I decided I would “make it work” (as Tim Gunn from Project Runway would say).
As far as the candles go you could cut down any taper candles you have or use tea lights. I didn’t have three matching candles so I purchased a package of mini taper candles which were prefect for this project.
These little gourds are very firm! I found that a sharp serrated knife worked best to cut into them and get the tops off. When cutting around the stem take care not to move out too far from the center. It is easier to have the hole too small for the candle rather than too big. You can always cut it larger but not smaller!
After the stem is taken off you will need to cut away enough of the gourd for the candle to fit comfortably. With the knife you can get most of the seeds out also.
After I put the gourd candle holders on the stands (plus one sits on the table) I felt that they didn’t look quite finished. With adding ribbon I already had and cuttings from shrubs and plants outside, the candle holders were complete!
This cute and elegant fall centerpiece is something you can make too! Why not give it a try?