4 November 2010

Glowing Autumn Leaves

Beautiful autumn treasures like leaves and berries can make some great ideas for decorating.
Nature is an amazing provider.
In my own garden I found quite a lot of small but beautifully coloured leaves from shrubs and small trees. 
On my walk in the park I collected some of the bigger leaves from larger trees.
The dramatic orange seeds are from the flower Iris foetidissima

The small, round, clear glass candle holders are Iittala's classic Kivi candle holder designed in 1988. They hold a small round tealight or nightlight.
For the big candle I used a square clear glass vase. I would not let the candle burn down too low or the vase might crack so please be careful if you use this idea.
Arrange the leaves on the outside of the holder/vase. You will need a very, very small amount of glue to hold the leaves in position. Preferably a water soluble glue that will wash off when you are finished with the arrangement.
Tie a matching or contrasting piece of string or raffia around the middle to hold it all in place.
Depending on the size of the leaves and the look you want you can either leave the edges of the leaves at the top or cut them off. At the bottom you need to cut a straight edge to make it all stand level.
On the vase arrangement I have also used a few pieces of pink heather all tucked under the string together with Cotinus leaves.

When lit the light from the candles shining through the leaves gives off a beautiful warm glow.
As always please keep burning candles away from children and never leave a burning candle unattended.


Anonymous said...

Beautiful ideas and I love your arrangements!
Wishing you a lovely day,

Home and Lifestyle said...

This is really great...what a wonderful autumn table with lovely decorations!

Have a nice evening! Warm regards, Ingrid (Home & Lifestyle)

Madelief said...

Hi Ingrid,

Thank you for your ideas! You collected some wonderful autumn leaves and berries from your garden!

Enjoy your evening!

Lieve groet, Madelief

EmptyNester said...

So pretty! Want to come decorate my house? LOL

Country Hill said...

Lovely pictures, your blog is beautiful!
Have a nice evening!

jose said...

The candles realy glow!! Beautiful, like a fairy-tale.

Nice evening,


dana said...


lisa said...

These are just beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

Jess said...

Great idea! I think they're beautiful.

Fru C said...

Åh vad snyggt med löv och ljus.....
ha en skön helg!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful photographs Ingrid! The candles with the leaves around them especially was stunning. Great ideas.
Have a great week.

colores said...

Lovely idea, and perfect candles for a table arrangement!!! wish youa ncie weekend!

Sophia Callmer said...

Så himla fint!! kram

Randi said...

Vilken ljuvlig och skön stämning du har skapat - helt underbara arrangemang...som alltid här hos dig.

Önskar dig en riktigt skön helg!
Kram Randi

rajson said...

Vackert och stämningsfullt!
Får nog härmas nu till helgdukningen!
Trevlig helg!

Henrietta said...

Thank you mentioning Iittala:)
I have crystal cocktail glasses which my mother in law gave us for christmas and we don't drink cocktails at home (usually) so I used them as candlesticks:)
Have a nice weekend
Kram Henrietta

Annika Christensen said...

Tack för inspiration imorgon skall jag ut och plocka löv.
Ha en skön helg

ornella said...

colori caldi e bellissimi. I love it. Buona domenica


Charlotte said...

Underbart vackra höstliga ljuslyktor!

Kram Charlotte

martinealison said...

Dame Automne peut se réjouir gr$ace à vous... Bsous

Georgianna said...

These are so cheery and welcoming, Ingrid. What a wonderful idea! I certainly have plenty of leaves right now so will have to give this a try. I'm not much of a candle person but these look so pretty, you've inspired me. Have a lovely new week. xo - g

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