How to Make Star Twig Candle Frames

Line a walkway for the holidays with this beautiful design.

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Materials and Tools:

12 pieces of 14-inch long willow rods 3/8- or ½-inch in diameter (available at landscape-supply stores)
hot-glue gun and glue
raffia
pencil
18-gauge copper wire
wire cutters
needle-nose pliers
half-pint jelly jar
votive candle
shepherd's hook

Steps:

1. Glue three rods together to form a triangle. One rod will overlap another about ¾-inch from the end all the way around the triangle. Wrap all three connections with raffia and trim the ends.

2. Repeat to form a second triangle.

3. Lay the first triangle on top of the second to form a six-pointed star. Mark the six points where the top triangle touches the bottom one. Remove the top triangle and put hot glue on the marks. Put the top triangle back into position and tie all six connections with raffia as above.

4. Make two more triangles as above, but glue and wrap only two ends so the third is left open. Insert one open-ended triangle into the center of the six-sided star so they're perpendicular.

5. Glue the ends of the open triangle to the bottom of the six-sided star. Mark, glue and wrap all new connections. Repeat with the other open-ended triangle, but insert it in the opposite direction so it's also perpendicular to the six-sided star, and secure it at the top. Mark, glue and wrap all new connections.

6. Braid three pieces of 16-inch raffia together. Form a 2½-inch loop from the braid and tie to the top of the star as a hanger.

7. Cut two 12-inch pieces of wire and use pliers to form a ½-inch loop at one end of each. Place one end of a wire in the loop of the second wire and then put the end of the second wire into the loop of the first to form a circle.

8. Place the circle of wire around the mouth of the jelly jar and pull the wires tight. Bend the wires straight up and form loops at the ends to hang on the center crosspiece of the twig star. Make sure both hooks are even so the jar hangs level.

9. Place a votive in the jar. Hang the star from the shepherd's hook and light the candle.

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