DIY: Glitter Fall Candlesticks

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After living in LA for four years I sort of forgot what fall was like. The leaves changing, the smell of the crisp air, and when Halloween decorations start appearing in store windows it doesn’t seem quite as strange because I’m not wearing a sundress and flip-flops.

And now that I have my own apartment I am so excited to decorate it for the holidays. This weekend was the perfect crisp and cool weekend to open the windows, don my favorite sweater and play with glitter.

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These candle holders were inspired by this glitter vase and I thought they’d make a great autumn themed centerpiece.

The candle holders and candle sticks are from the Dollar Store and the glitter was on sale at AC Moore – so not only was it easy, but cheap!

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I covered the candleholder with spray adhesive. Looking back, covering them with good old fashion glue might have made the glitter hold better, but I had spray adhesive on hand. I poured the glitter in a shoe box lid to keep it all contained and then I went at it. Pouring the glittery awesomeness on every part of the candle holder. Image

While the candleholders dry, I moved onto the candles themselves. I decided to paint them just orange instead of orange and black because they can easily stay through till Thanksgiving.

I used orange acrylic paint and the opposite end of a paint brush to make the dots. Repeat for both candles.

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I combined the candlesticks with a vase filled with mini pumpkins and pinecones and tada! A festive fall table!Image

ImageWhat are you creating this weekend? Any fun Halloween projects? Enjoy!

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Back to School

There’s nothing like the first day of school. The smell of new pencils, the crisp autumn air, the nervous feeling in your stomach that wakes you hours before the alarm clock is supposed to go out.

Monday was my last “first” day of school ever.

It’s bittersweet and as I am now a senior in college, in California no less, there were no new pencils, the air was much more summer than autumn and my first class wasn’t until 6 p.m. But despite 17 first days of school, I still had those first day butterflies that woke me well before my alarm. After this many years of school you’d think I’d be sick of it all but I really love the excitement a new class brings, the smell of new textbooks and the joy of buying all new notepads and notebooks for the many to-do lists (which are already mounting). In honor of the first day of school I’ve compiled a list of fun school supplies that I would love to fill my backpack with. 

1. adorable DIY map magnets found here
2.  glitter pencils
3. LOVE bookends from Pottery Barn
4. hot pink laptop case from Marc Jacobs
5. fruit shaped notepads
6.  Hubman from Pottery Barn

Fun note about DIY magnets. When my sisters and I were younger, we used to have a pre-back-to-school day every year. On the last day of summer we’d set up a spa day filled with manicures and facial masks made of avocados from recipes pulled from Seventeen Magazine. We’d pick out outfits for the first week and sneak in some last-minute tanning by the pool. But the most fun? Making magnets to fill our new lockers. We’d buy sheets of magnet paper and pull out all the magazines and cut away. We created our own, more exciting, magnetic poetry with words like “boy crazy” and “girl power” and utilized our large sticker collection to ensure our lockers would be plentiful with colorful, sparkly magnets.

While I have no desire to repeat the days of middle school, I would love to hop back in time and have a leisurely spa day with my sisters filled with arts and crafts before the loads of homework sets in for the school year. Perhaps now that we’re older it could include some of these alongside our avocado facials…