Glistening Frosty Leaf Covered Candles, Votives & Vases – Guest Blogger, Shannon Imlay

Donna’s introduction–  I had the pleasure of meeting Shannon Imlay in New York City, and one cannot even begin to describe the feeling of warmth and love that emits from her.  The beauty of Shannon is that she is beautiful from the inside out, and I somehow feel that this beauty branches out into the very core of her decorating abilities. What you see from the creations she makes comes from her heart, and you can see the very essence of who she is through her beautiful designs.  Enough from me, if you want to find out other ways to achieve the glamour and beauty that is Shannon, I would highly recommend that you follow her at Shannon’s Shanonigins.  Thank you, Shannon, for allowing me to share this post!


I loved these “leaf skeletons” I found at the craft store and I love how just adding glitter to them made them sparkle like real frost on a winter morning. These would be beautiful lined down the center of a table or clustered on a mantle.
I must confess, I was much more comfortable placing  the leaves below the tops of the  candles or votive for safety reasons. Even though the original candles I saw in a boutique were higher like the ones in this photo, I think I would caution on the side of safety:))

I wanted to  share this fun, easy, and pretty project with you.
I used a square votive from the dollar store and that kept this project under 5 dollars. Don’t you just love when you can make something beautiful and not spend a fortune :)) but look like you did.
The other thing you’ll love about this project is that you can make these very quickly, the longest part is letting them dry:))
Here’s what you’ll need

1). A smooth candle (not shown) or a  clean glass container,
2). Spray adhesive, or watered down white craft glue and a brush
3). Metallic veined leaves from your hobby store (this project took 8 leaves).
4). White fine glitter

Place paper on your work surface so the spray adhesive, or glue, won’t get on the counter. Spray, or brush, adhesive on entire surface of the leaf. Immediately place the leaf on your candle or glass surface.

If you want them to have a sparkling frosty look, sprinkle generously with fine white glitter while the adhesive is still wet.

Here is a close up of the finished votive, you could also use this as a small vase.
Here the leaves are glued at an angle directly on the candle for a different look.

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2 thoughts on “Glistening Frosty Leaf Covered Candles, Votives & Vases – Guest Blogger, Shannon Imlay

  1. What great ideas! Shannon is so super talented! Loved the posting!

    1. Donna

      I LOVE Shannon’s ideas and her blog. She has an eye for beautiful and romantic settings that really warm the heart.

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