A Creative Mind by Hannah Greer

Now that Christmas is on its way, these blog posts will be about decorating for the holidays! I’ve spent the last week, looking at lights, putting up trees, and making wreaths. I am feeling the inspiration and hope every one else gets in to the spirit as I post some of my favorite ideas for decorating everything from countertops to couch pillows. Nothing makes a house cozier than candles in every room. And with the cold winter weather, my first priority when I get home at the end of the day is to plug in my Christmas tree and light my favorite candles. Pumpkin spice…mmm.  Here are a few ideas of how to warm up your house for the holidays with lights and candles everywhere!

Cork Candleholder

 With two different sized glass jars and a whole lot of corks, you can make your own cork candleholder. Place your smaller glass jar, holding your candle, in the center of the larger and put your corks in the remaining space of your large container.

Snow Candleholder

 I love this look! All you need to do is apply your modge podge onto your glass candleholder and sprinkle on some Epsom salt. The salt makes the glass holder look like a snowball. To see more pictures of the process go to http://www.polishthestars.com/2010/12/snowball-candles.html.

Glitter Candles

With a few different sized candles, you can put stripes of double sides tape around each one. Sprinkle your glitter on to the tape and brush the excess off with a brush. This is a great way to give your candles the sparkle that you want and change them from the same ‘ol same ‘ol. To see the step by step process and some other candle decorating ideas go to http://theivycottageblog.blogspot.com/2010/11/three-easy-candle-crafts.html.

Pretty as a Picture candles

This Christmas, your family will warm the room with their presence. Surprise them by brightening the room with their pictures. This would be a great gift for others too, and a great way to incorporate 2 types of decorating, pictures and candles. The vases are covered with printed vellum pictures and held on with modge podge.

Make Your Own

Trying to decide on some homemade gifts for everyone this year. Candles are much more meaningful when you've made them yourself! For all the directions, starting from placing the wick to, making your wax the perfect consistency, go to http://somethingturquoise.com/2011/11/04/diy-poured-mason-jar-candle/.

Tomato Cage Light

By turning a tomato cage upside down, it takes the shape of a tree. Cover it in a string of 100 lights and you’ve got the perfect dark corner or front porch decoration. This will be durable and very easy. Adding light is simple! Some of the most over-looked products can be transformed into something beautiful for your house.

Here's just a couple of the wreaths that my family and i made over the Thanksgiving holiday. We hung them on a bedroom door and an office door! And yes, we did get our inspiration from Pinterest. :) Both were made with yarn.

NCLAC is supported in part by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation & Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council, Funding has also been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, a Federal agency.