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Mini Fall Luminaries (Fall Mantle Décor)

Hey it’s Friday!! Whoohooo! Ready to get your Fall on this weekend?? Here is a fun Saturday project…that will have your mantle ready…and last all the way through to Thanksgiving. Enjoy! My mantle was already looking pretty “fall like”….but of course I had to fuss with it a bit after I thought of these fun little mini luminaries. I am not much on decorating for Halloween so these are mainly “fall inspired”…and I can use them year after year (if I am sure to pack them up nicely:) They took about 20 minutes to make and really there are so many ways you could use them….on a plate for a table scape…bunch them together and hang them from a ceiling light…place them down your hallway of some fishing line. They were really inexpensive to make too….so you could make a bunch more! diy mini luminaries @cleverlyinspired fall mantle decor (1)     diy mini luminaries @cleverlyinspired fall mantle decor (6) Don’t they look so cute all lined up on some twine…. diy mini luminaries @cleverlyinspired fall mantle decor (5) ohhhhh ahhhhhh all lit up! (best pic I could get while being super lazy without a tripod;) diy mini luminaries @cleverlyinspired I ended up getting my “candles” on amazon.com (Here is the link…fyi it is an affiliate link..all that means is if you purchase from that link I get like 2 pennies…) I thought that 12 for $8 was a great deal…plus they already had batteries. Package says the batteries last for 120 hours. diy mini luminaries @cleverlyinspired fall mantle decor (9) diy mini luminaries @cleverlyinspired fall mantle decor (11) Once I had my candles I was ready to make the mini luminaries. Martha Stewart crafts has sent me a few products to play with…I used the paper punch for the top of the luminary. I have never used this crafting tool before…very very cool how it works. Lots of fun “punch plates” to interchange… diy mini luminaries @cleverlyinspired fall mantle decor (12) Here is what you will need:

  • 3 sheets of 12 by 12 vellum paper (mine had little dots)
  • Martha Stewart gold leaf stickers
  • twine to string the luminaries
  • scissors
  • battery candle lights
  • hole punch
  • Martha Stewart circle edge punch starter kit
  • scotch tape

Steps: 1. Cut the vellum paper into 5.5” by 6” pieces. 2. At the center, top of the paper, punch your design. 3. Wrap the paper tightly around the candle and tape…allowing your tape to cover a little part of the bottom so that your candle will not fall out when you hang it up. 4. Tape the top of the luminary. 5. Punch two holes opposite each other on the top so that you can run your twine through. 6. Place your gold leaf stickers. 7. Cut twine to fit your mantle (or wherever you are hanging it). 8. Thread your twine through the holes in the luminary. 9. Hang up and enjoy all fall! diy mini luminaries @cleverlyinspired fall mantle decor (9)   diy mini luminaries @cleverlyinspired fall mantle decor (3) Go make some this weekend:) Where I share ideas: BeDifferentActNormal, The36thAve, Whipperberry, TipJunkie, Tatertots&Jello, TodaysCreativeBlog, SerenityNow, PositivelySplendidByStephanieLynn, TheDIYClub, CRAFT. MadinCrafts. HomeStoriesAtoZ, InspireMePlease, 30Days

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

It’s just food…

I got an email from a reader…she is hosting her first Thanksgiving….she was asking me any “tricks” to staying calm in the kitchen. And so this post was born…. First off, I love cooking. It is a hobby for me…so I don’t find it stressful on a normal day. Second, it takes a few years of hosting…to feel really comfortable…so don’t put too much pressure on yourself. And third…and most importantly…remember and keep saying this in your head if you feel yourself getting flustered…”It’s just food.”

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Keep calm.

It’s just food.

Take note to stop and appreciate the moment.

Let your daughter stir the gravy.

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People will not remember if you happen to serve over cooked rolls, mushy potatoes or dry turkey (ok, they might remember dry turkey…but that’s the exception).

Family will remember the laughing, joking around and the good time.

So don’t fret.

Show your son how to butter a turkey. His future wife with thank you.

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Lean back…take it step by step…and enjoy yourself.

It’s just food.

And everyone will eat again tomorrow.

Stop and enjoy the laughing. Even if it happens to be because your brothers are poking fun at you.

You will miss that when you grow old….more than the turkey.

Bourbon helps too ;)

 

Happy Thanksgiving friends…

I sure am thankful for all of you ;)

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.
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