Written By Caitlin Cheatham
I have been hoarding away this massive hull of a tree trunk for three years. The wood is beautiful, heavy, and richly textured. I have been carefully assessing it, and trying to figure out what to do with it because it is too beautiful to throw out. I acquired it when I worked at Anthropolgie in visual merchandising. At the end of every installment, the “found” materials were always discarded. I was surprised when I was the only one that jumped at the opportunity to snag this log. Ha!
It really is beautiful enough to be hung alone, but I thought that, with a little candle light, it could be even more enchanting. Candle light is an easy way to upgrade a room from ordinary to sultry and soothing. My next step was to find the vessels to hold the candles and figure out how to suspend them. Naturally, I went to the one place that makes all projects make sense–the hardware store.
With a little help from the sales associate, I found some brass wire and brass colored screws. He had a lot of great ideas that hadn’t even crossed my mind. He suggested that instead of mounting the handle holders right up against the wood, maybe I should dangle them and show the brass wire. That way, it would appear more whimsical and not so “placed.” I took his advice and bought a couple packs of brass wire and eight brass screws.
Next, I was off to JoAnn Fabric’s, the one place that has almost everything. I found votive candle holders in a set for around $8.00 and some votive candles. The materials errands were finished and now it was time to put them to the test. The hard part.
I cut my wire into the desired lengths with wire cutters and wrapped each votive, securing them by twisting the wire on either side. The twists also created loops for easy hanging. Then, I evenly spaced my screws with a drill and hung each votive.
I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. The hardest part is finding the perfect place to mount it.