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Cathy’s Crafty Corner: Autumn Votives

By Cathy Monrad


These votives bring fall colors and textures indoors and the project is an easy one that kids will love to help create.


Assortment of colorful leaves with stems removed

Waxed paper

Collage and decoupage medium like Mod PodgeÔ

Small bunch of dry twigs (the straighter the better)

Hot glue sticks

Ribbon or twine

Glass votives

Fall scented candles like apple, pumpkin, or spice


Heavy books

Small paintbrush

Utility knife

Hot glue gun

Leaf Votive

1. Flatten the leaves by laying them between pieces of waxed paper with heavy books stacked on top for a couple of days. If the leaves are too dry, they will crumble; make sure they still have flexibility before starting the next step.

2. Use the paintbrush to coat the vein side of a leaf with Mod PodgeÔ.

3. Place leaf on the glass, smooth out any wrinkles with your fingers, then add a coat of Mod PodgeÔto the outside.

4. Repeat steps 2 and 3, arranging the leaves around the votive.

5. When you are happy with the look, add one more coat of Mod PodgeÔ to avoid missed edges.

6. Let dry for at least 24 hours before adding and lighting candle. You may also choose to tie a piece of ribbon or twine around your votive.


Stick Votive

1. Trim the twigs to the height of the votive. I found it easiest to score the twigs with a utility knife, then break by hand.

2. Add a line of hot glue on the twig, then place on votive.

3. Repeat step 2, adding twigs around the entire votive. Tip: Vary the twig size and spacing between each to allow candlelight through.

4. Tie a piece of ribbon or twine around the sticks.

5. Add candle, light, and enjoy!


Did you make an autumn inspired votive? Upload an image to Pinterest and tag JaneMilliman and/or CathyMonrad—we’d love to see what our readers are creating!

Cathy Monrad

Cathy Monrad

Cathy Monrad

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