Miycreations ~ Project article and photographs
by Madeleine M Langlois MaddyLane Designs
Miy Thanksgiving Decor: "Zen Harvest Centerpiece"
Add a touch of serenity and a spectrum of rich fall colors this Thanksgiving with a
Zen Harvest Centerpiece. Spice it up with delicious aromas of Ginger Peach,
Cinnamon Twist, Harvest, and Asian Spice pillar candles which evoke the senses
for a soothing ambiance.
Hands-on time: Under two hours.
Total time: Add three and a half hours of drying time.
Skill: So easy to do.
Materials & tools:
Unpainted wooden tray
Medium grit sandpaper
A lint-free cloth
Acrylic craft paint, black
Clear varnish top coat in spray or brush-on
5 pillar candles and 4 votive candles in various heights,
colours and aromas
Nepal oiled rice paper with bamboo-sticks and terra cotta
Mesh ribbon 10 inches wide
Hemp cord (or raffia)
10 small gourds
Fall berry clusters of your choice as accents (I used orange bitter sweet clusters)
(Materials for this project are available at dollar stores, florists and crafts stores.)
This Zen candle garden is embellished with candle cuffs made with Nepal bamboo-
stick rice paper, terra cotta mesh ribbon and ornamented with Chinese coins.
Incorporating materials from nature like small gourds, sand and river stones add
to the simplicity of the ensemble.
Prepare the surface of an unpainted wooden tray by sanding it lightly with medium
grit sandpaper and wiping with a tack cloth. Using acrylics, paint the tray black. It
will dry in just 30 minutes. Once dry, apply a coat of clear varnish and let it dry for
at least three hours before decorating it.
To make the candle cuffs, cut and wrap a piece of the rice paper around the pillar
candle overlapping the ends. Cut away any excess paper. With this basic
template, make a rice cuff for each of the pillars varying the widths of the cuffs for
each different pillar size. Use a couple of small pieces of clear double-stick tape to
secure in place. Measure a piece of mesh ribbon by wrapping it around the
circumference of a pillar candle overlapping the ends, cutting excess. Wrap the
mesh ribbon layer over each bamboo paper cuff tightly at the center overlapping
the edges and securing with double-stick tape. Repeat steps to cover all the
Cut lengths of hemp cord measuring 35 inches long. Bend the hemp cord in half
and wrap it around the candle twice at the center of each ribbon, secure it with a
knot. Add a Chinese coin at the center, tied on with a simple knot.
Fill the bottom of the tray with a layer of sand. Create an arrangement in the
center of the tray with the decorated pillar candles and votive candles. Place
decorative gourds and assorted river stones in the sand around the arrangement.
Adorn the composition with small berry clusters and decorative bamboo sticks and
enjoy the splendor of autumn's colors as you add warmth to your home and table.
Small amounts of hot glue can be used instead of double-faced tape to make the
candle cuffs. Use a craft stick to pat down the hot glue.
You can use a small Zen garden rake to adorn your display or to make simple
designs in the sand.
• Copper, brass or gold screen wire can also be used to create spectacular
• Larger cuffs or bands (using variations of black raffia, birch bark etc. can be
created to decorate pumpkins, glass vases and jars. Use the same concept to
decorate several pumpkins and squashes in assorted sizes and colors to display
on the front porch.
• Decorative bamboo lengths in a dark spice colour can be used to make simple
yet colourful harvest decorations in just minutes by simply filling a square glass
vase or bowl with assorted small gourds lined with river stones and randomly
inserting bamboo sticks at the corners or center of the vase.
|Thanksgiving Craft ~ Zen Thanksgiving
"Zen Harvest Centerpiece"
|You can create Zen like arrangements by
simply keeping it simple ~ Simplicity is the
key, colours are the energy.
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Photos and miycreations projects are copyrighted
~by MaddyLane Designs~
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u r h o m e"
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~by MaddyLane Designs~
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