Monday, March 23, 2009

Hanging Votives

This morning I've been dealing with a hanging votive shipping snafu that resulted in a shortage of 80 hanging votives for this coming weekend. After a few moments of panic, an extra cup of coffee, and a 20 minute Baby Einstein video that saved my life with the younger (fussy and sick) set, I found excellent directions for do-it-yourself hanging votives from Justin at Nettleton Hollow. Here they are...and thank you, thank you, thank you Justin!

Now I need to run off and put some more Baby Einstein on if I'm going to get through this week.

Votive Holders (that open as they go upward - straight cylinders won't work);
Floral Tape

Fine Wire
Wire Cutters (or heavy scissors).

1. Wrap your floral tape (or masking tape, although you'll probably have to sacrifice that votive holder) around the top of the votive holder. This is CRUCIAL for a happy votive-making experience - it helps keep the wire in place as you wrap it.

2. Wrap the wire around the top of the votive a few times, then bend each end backwards so it stays in place. Note that once you are finished, you coil will sit lower on the votive than here, so keep that in mind when you are wrapping. Cut the wire from the spool, and slide the coil off of the votive holder.

3. Wrap the ends of the wire back around the coil to keep the coil from springing apart.

4. Attach the handle by simply wrapping the ends of a length of wire around opposite sides of the coil.

Photos and directions from Nettleton Hollow.

1 comment:

Kim Essary said...

You could add glass beads as you wrap if wanted to add a little bling to your wire!!