Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Lighting the New Year

I'll share more photos of our wintry dining room tablescape tomorrow, but first wanted to share this easy idea for adding sparkle to holiday candles. I loved this idea on It's the Little Things That Make a House a Home and knew it would be a great way to fill the dining room with light at our New Year's Day brunch. To make these, simply use a sponge brush to coat candles with Mod Podge, and roll the wet candles in a tray of Epsom salts.

Since my children -- like me -- seem to thrive on creative projects, I let my boys (ages 8 and 10) make these candles as a reward for accomplishing some of the less enjoyable tasks on their to-do lists. With no assistance from me at all, the candles turned out great and looked so lovely on the table! At the party I pointed them out to a couple of schoolteachers, and we all agreed this would be a great classroom craft for their elementary-aged students to make for their parents.

Tomorrow, more wintertime sparkle!

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