Weekend upcycling project: make these pretty foliage candle holders in three easy steps

Use autumn foliage for this upcycling project and create stunning table decorations for Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations

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Bring a touch of the outdoors inside with this brilliant upcycling project. Using foliage from your garden or even foraged finds from a weekend walk in the countryside or park, these stylish candle holders are super easy to make in just a few minutes. Simply grab your best secateurs and head outside to find the perfect foliage for your upcycling project. 

Why not give your festive celebrations a more personal look by adding a few of these homemade candle holders to your table decorations? They're perfect for a simple, traditional scheme and will add a atmospheric touch to everything from a Thanksgiving dinner to a Christmas Day lunch. They'll look just as effective on a side table or windowsill too, so you can use them throughout the season for added ambience. 

Team with long tapered candles for an elegant look – go white for a classic scheme, or mix it up with candles in your chosen shade. Metallic-effect candles are perfect for adding some extra sparkle to the festive season. Keep scrolling for how to make these stylish and budget-friendly candle holders in three easy steps. 

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how to make foliage candleholders

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Step one: find your foliage

foliage for DIY candleholders

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Make use of what you have right outside your own house by collecting foliage from your garden. With autumn colours in full swing right now, it's the perfect time to find beautiful colours of red, orange and russet for your candle holders. Alternatively, forage from a walk with family or even buy from a local florist. Good foliage to try includes ferns, eucalyptus, holly or bay tree sprigs, but it's fine to use anything you have available. 

2. Add the foliage to your glass bottles

DIY foliage candleholders

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Add your foliage of choice to the bottle. Try to go for one or two stems that are around the same length as the bottle to achieve the best look. Once your foliage is in place, fill with water up to about the neck of the bottle.

3: Insert the candles

DIY foliage candleholders

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Add your tapered candles to the bottle, carefully inserting them so they are firmly secured in place. Place your bottle on a fireplace surround, next to a window to create a welcoming glow, or down the centre of a table for a decorative touch, then safely light the candles and enjoy!

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Beth's first journalism job was working for Real Homes magazine more than 18 years ago. It cemented her love of all things homes- and garden-related and she's never looked back since. She's worked for  and contributed to a number of leading magazines in the UK, including Ideal Home magazine, Period Living magazine, Grand Designs magazine and Good Homes magazine amongst others, before returning to Real Homes magazine as editor. Now the editor of Gardeningetc.com, Beth's attention is firmly outdoors, and she's constantly inspired by how people make use of their outdoor space. 

Her own garden is a really important part of her family's home, and they were lucky enough to inherit a space with lots of lovely mature planting when they bought their 1930s property. 

Since then, they've built several raised beds for a veg patch, increased the size of the flowerbeds to find room for yet more of her favourite David Austin roses and her husband's collection of hostas, created an outdoor living room complete with comfy sofas and festoon lights, and not forgetting the biggest challenge of all – trying to fit in the ever changing assortment of trampolines, climbing frames and outdoor toys that are inevitable when you have two young kids!