Decorating between Christmas and Spring is a tough one. Today I’m sharing an easy rustic winter tablescape that we’ve had up since New Year’s. I have to confess that when I post on the blog I REALLY hope that y’all are going to LOVE everything I put into the blogosphere, but even if you hate this idea it’s fine by me. My daughter already gave it the best compliment I could have asked for.
I may have mentioned my family hangs out at our deer lease as much as we can in November and December. It is a beautiful, quiet place far away from screens and life. We all adore the freedom of the wide open spaces, together time and of course sitting by the fire every night. As my husband and I chopped and gathered (he chopped, I gathered) firewood I had him cut a few extra pieces for me to bring home, knowing they would be perfect for a wintery table.
Christmas decorations shoved their way back into the attic and left the dining room table naked as a baby. I wondered if it was even worth the effort to decorate for winter. As if to read my mind, my daughter pulled up her chair and over a plate of spaghetti said, “it looks so empty in here.” What!? Quickly I asked her what she meant and she explained how she loves the table decorations I do. My heart melted. Our homes and the way they speak to our family do matter. I hope my kids look back and remember family meals around a decorated, seasonally inspired table. The decorations don’t really matter, but serving my people with the creativity and love God uniquely gifted me with does.
You can bet that hot off my daughter’s words I got out my drill and went to town on my freshly chopped logs. A drill is my favorite tool, there are so many things you can do with it and they are so easy to use. For this project you will need a drill with a paddle bit attached. In the picture below you can see how to determine the right size paddle bit to drill your hole. A typical candlestick takes a 13/16 inch paddle, but measure against the candles you are going to use first.
If you wanted to make a hole for a tea light candle you would measure the same way, likely needing a 1 1/2 inch bit.
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Cut logs or branches
When adding the candlesticks melt the bottom of the candle a little and while the wax is hot press it firmly in the hole. This helps the candles stay put and stand straight. Remember that in décor the rule of numbers apply to make an eye pleasing display. You can display one, two or three items at a time. If you add additional items always have an odd number for the best look. I used seven logs for my table, even though there are eight candles the bulk is an odd number. This display would be stunning on a mantel or sofa table, especially if you added some live greenery or pinecones to make an even more elaborate winter scene. I am happy to report that my daughter thought this table was beautiful and we have eaten by candlelight all month long, the candles are melted down to the nubs now. 🙂 As you know please use caution with candles and wood and never leave them unattended!
Don’t feel like you have to set the table every day, make a centerpiece that will last for weeks, leave it up and savor it. Is this something you would try at home? I’d love to know. Thanks for coming over today, I’ve enjoyed having you!
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