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Rustic Twig Candles ~ Seasons of Home

Crisp mornings, cozy sweaters, golden sunlight on colorful leaves … these are the signs of autumn … along with fallen Silver Maple branches cluttering our yard! We make a pile of all the twigs and branches and burn them in our fire pit for roasting marshmallows. And some of the twigs made their way into craft projects this fall, like the rustic twig candles I’m showing you today.

How to Make Rustic Twig Candles

These rustic twig candles remind me of a campfire and I was quite proud of myself for putting our messy branches to good use. Plus I love the earthy, organic feel of the candles.

How to Make Rustic Twig CandlesOf course, since you’ve got a flame close to twigs, it’s a good idea to make sure you’re in the same room as the candles when they’re burning … just in case!  Although the glass does protect the twigs from the flame.

How to Make Rustic Twig CandlesI made three rustic twig candles, although I have enough branches to make many, many more! Silver Maples are a soft wood tree so anytime the wind blows, more branches come down.

DIY Rustic Twig CandlesFor this project, you’ll need a couple of glass jar candles, skinny dry branches, pruners (to cut the branches), a hot glue gun, and some twine.  I started with pumpkin spice scented candles and cut the twigs so they’re slightly taller than the candle’s glass. I also cut them at varying lengths.

How to Make Rustic Twig CandlesThen it’s just a matter of gluing the twigs onto the candle’s glass. I found it was easier to apply a line of hot glue to the glass and pressing the twig onto the glass.

How to Make Rustic Twig CandlesOnce all the twigs are glued on, you could leave the candle as is. But I felt it needed a little something more.

How to Make Rustic Twig CandlesSo I simply wrapped twine around the candles a couple times and tied a cute little bow.

DIY Rustic Twig CandlesI used thicker twine on the bigger candle. It had a nice curl to it.

DIY Rustic Twig Candles

The rustic twig candles look cozy as night descends.  I might make a few more for gifts.

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  1. Hi Jennifer,

    Thank you for the cute candle idea. One of my trees has a lot of small branches like yours. I am definitely going to make some candles and give them to my daughters.