For a festive autumn bridal shower party, there’s nothing quite like candles to set the mood. Just imagine walking into a cozy cabin with scents of apple pie and cinnamon in the air! That’s the ambiance we offer you with these ideas for making your own candle centerpieces with a rustic yet elegant feel. Using just a few natural elements—probably available right in your garden and kitchen—plus some craft materials and recycled items, we’ve concocted these budget-friendly ideas for making your tables glow in style. Just see what we’ve done, then craft your own!
Materials For the Project
1. Old mason jars or glass bottles - 4 or 5 pcs.
2. Floating candles - 1 per jar or bottle
3. Food coloring - various colors
4. A wreath - make your own or use one you already have
5. Autumn-inspired accents - pine cones, dried red pepper berries, burlap, raffia twine, and the like
Just Add “Assembly Skills”
Believe it or not, no crafting talent is needed to make a centerpiece like this one. Using our photos as inspiration, simply assemble the different materials in your own way—following 4 basic steps:
Step 1 - Fill the jars with water and add a few drops of different food coloring in each one. Aim for fall hues, like orange, burgundy, golden yellow, deep green, and purple, in keeping with the autumn theme.
Step 2 - Position the jars where you intend the centerpiece to be at your party. Surround them with the wreath—ours is nothing more than a ring of twisted raffia twine!
Step 3 - Dress up the wreath with the accents you’ve prepared. Keep the look natural, rustic, and casual.
Step 4 - Light the floating candles and carefully lower them into the jars. Hint: Do this just before your guests arrive! And for easy handling, use a pair of kitchen tongs to lower the lighted candles through the jar openings.
Other Elements for a Fall-themed Centerpiece
Besides the items we’ve mentioned above, lovely candle centerpieces to decorate the tables during fall can be crafted using the following materials:
1. Leaves – Gather these from your backyard in the fall. Then, simply attach a leaf cluster to each candle holder, which can be empty jars or little votives. Arrange these in a wooden tray or woven basket filled with items such as gourds, fall flowers in pretty yellow, orange, and red hues (e.g., dahlias), and brown cinnamon sticks. And for a touch of brilliant color, add some red pepper berries, apples, or miniature pumpkins.
2. Herbs – Using shapely herbs, you can instantly make a centerpiece inspired by the look of an autumn garden. Decorate little glass votives—or any similar container that can hold either a tealight or votive candle—with sprigs of lavender, rosemary, or bay leaves. You can use a glue gun or tie these herbs in place with ribbons made of natural fibers. Rest the entire display on a plate charger made of wood, bamboo, rattan, or pandan.
3. Fruits, Nuts, and Candies – Turn different-sized pumpkins into whimsical candle holders. Decorate them by painting their bases with some gold glitter, and stand a pillar or taper candle in each pumpkin. Then, surround the grouping with fall-inspired edibles—fruits such as pomegranates, grapes, and pears; nuts like walnuts, chestnuts, and cashews; and even candies in hues of red, yellow, and orange.