Thursday, November 24, 2011

I’m Thankful for Arts & Crafts

I love hosting Thanksgiving dinner because I love having people over to my apartment. I also love to clean and have a special occasion to decorate and do some arts and crafts!

I don’t normally go crazy with making centerpieces and specialized holiday decorations, but this year I wanted to do something a little special for the dining table.

After some web surfing for inspiration and a trip to Whole Foods for flowers, Michaels for votive candles and Paper Source for fabric tape, I was ready to make a custom holiday centerpiece…and I love how it came out!

Below are the super easy instructions for how I made my custom votive candles! After a first attempt with some textured ribbon that didn’t want to stick to the glass votives, I discovered such a thing as fabric tape and am in love!

And the best part? You don’t need a separate adhesive – genius!

What You Need:
X-Acto knife
Votive candles
Fabric tape (or any kind of decorative tape)

My choice of festive red stripe fabric tape came from the Paper Source

The entire crafting process consists of three steps: 1) peel the backing from the tape and lay in vertical rows along the candle

2) start the tape under the bottom of the candle for a cleaner look and 3) trim the tape with the X-Acto knife when you reach the top of the votive

And voila – you’ll be done in no time!

Candle close-up

Finished candles surrounding a beautiful bouquet from Whole Foods

In addition to crafting, I am also thankful today for my healthy and happy family, friends and sweet fuzzies.

Happy Thanksgiving to all my friends across blog-land! I hope your day is filled with lots of love and lots and lots of turkey!


  1. Oh these came out great! I must get my hands on some of that fabric tape. Hope you are enjoying the rest of your holiday weekend!

  2. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving weekend! I need to find some of that tape!! :)