Monday, February 23, 2015

MOSSY INDOOR FOUNTAIN

Today, I'm moving away from some of my beachy projects (somewhat reluctantly) and sharing another project that my friend Judy and I did together.  Since I decided to go with kind of a woodsy theme in my living room, we gave my fountain candle a little mossy makeover.

This project really started in my head when my friend Donna at Distressed Donna Down Home sent me that box that had the sand dollars in it.  Tucked in that box was also a roll of moss ribbon which I had never even heard of before until she mentioned it in an email.  I was delighted she sent me some!  It's really fun stuff.
So I had this really cool candle fountain that I picked up before Christmas at one of my favorite floral shops.  It's made by Bethlehem Lights and you find out more about how to get them by clicking the link.  I should mention that this candle/fountain is flameless, 10" tall and also has a 5 hour timer that you can switch on if you so desire.
I've enjoyed this candle just as it is, but now it's time to cute it up a little and make it fit into my decor.  I had this wooden planter box and decided it would make a great container for my new woodsy fountain.
The only difficulty I had was trying to figure out how to have a top on the fountain that would support some embellishments and at the same time, NOT be permanent because I change my decor too often.  Judy to the rescue on this one!  She suggested some kind of screen and I happen to have (and I'm almost ashamed to admit it, but it was given to me) a TON of that weird plastic woven stuff that people use to do yarn embroidery on...I have no idea what it's called, so I chose a piece of black to use.  ( I have every color in the rainbow and couldn't throw it out.)  Anyway, we used a chalk marker to trace the candle opening on and cut it out.  Chalk marker is a wonderful tool to use to trace anything onto a dark surface because it shows up great and washes off.
We put the candle in the planter and set the plastic screen on top and made sure it fit.
Then we used some Aleene's Tacky Glue and glued that moss on top of it, flipping it over and tracing the little corners for an exact fit.


Pretty easy right?  All that was left was to embellish the top a little.  I left that up to my friend Judy.  I gave her a pile of rocks, sticks, and a bag of reindeer moss.  I think she did a great job!
The little faux fern leaf was pretty much my only contribution to the embellishing effort.
It looks ever-so-awesome at night and the sound of the little water tinkling almost puts me to sleep.  Okay, it does put me to sleep.
Thank you Donna for the lovely gift of the moss ribbon!   Thank you Judy for your help on yet another one of my crazy ideas.  Thank you to my readers for suffering through yet another one of my tutorials.  Now I'm going back to work on another beachy project using another gift (or two) sent to me by another blogger.  I swear, I am so lucky and have the best friends out here in the blog world!


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23 comments:

  1. I love this! What a great, creative idea, Danni! I have visions of this being massed marketed for outdoor use on the patio as a fabulous centerpiece! So cool! Kudos to Judy for putting your idea together and Donna for supplying some of the materials . . . and the rest of your wonderful friends!

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  2. Man, O, Man! I love this - I've never seen a candle fountain. I went over and found out they are sold in a store near me. Love the way you have styled this - you need to send a pic of it to the company. I need to send you MORE things.

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  3. This is way more fun than the plain candle. But there's no REAL water in it, right? Just like no real fire? I seriously need to get caught up with the times....

    -andi

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  4. I love it- it turned out beautifully. I have never seen a candle fountain either but I am loving it!!!! xo Diana

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  5. Love, love, love this, Danni! A candle fountain...I have never seen this :) Thanks for inspiring me, sweet friend. Happy Monday!

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  6. What? Fire and water? Moss on ribbons? My head is spinning with the coolness. I love this one, Danni, and the wooden box is the perfect home for the idea. Best thing about the post: that you have a friend to whom you can give a pile of rocks and sticks, and not only does she not walk out in a huff, she makes something gorgeous. (Just imagining my beloved besties who would think I was a nutter if I tried giving them a pile of yard rubbish for entertainment.)

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  7. This turned out so beautifully Danni. I've never heard of a candle fountain. How awesome! I love the sound of tinkling water, it's so calming.

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  8. Beautiful job! Very cheerful on those cold gray days! I want moss ribbon.

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  9. Oh, wow! I love it! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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  10. Danni! You and Judy make a great team. It's amazing the stuff you two come up with. I've got a trio of these flameless candles. You've got me thinking! I've never liked the color they turn when they're on. I didn't even think to transform them into something else. That moss ribbon would do the trick! I love how you make sure that whatever you make it's not permanent. It's cool how your projects evolve. You did it again girl! I am inspired!

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  11. I am so impressed by you two! I am also impressed by that aqua candle!! I am going to check it out as soon as I am done this comment which could go on gushing about the moss ribbon etc. and the extreme creativity that comes from you guys but I will end it here! Cheers.

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  12. Three senses dimension, to transport one to a happy place!

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  13. I've never heard of aqua candles but after seeing your sweet indoor fountain I'm thinking I need me one of those! LOL I have a wooden plant box exactly like yours too that I could use. Now I'm on a mission to find one of those candles locally.

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  14. Can you say Zen? Because I'm totally getting a zen vibe from this in the woodsiest kind of way. Since I have no babbling brook nearby, nor do I live near the woods, your piece would really make me feel like I did. You and Judy make a great diy team. Love this, Danni!!

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  15. Can you say Zen? Because I'm totally getting a zen vibe from this in the woodsiest kind of way. Since I have no babbling brook nearby, nor do I live near the woods, your piece would really make me feel like I did. You and Judy make a great diy team. Love this, Danni!!

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  16. So pretty, Danni :-) I like that moss ribbon ...

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  17. There you go using moss again, I always love the ideas you come up with using moss, and your tutorials are great !

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  18. You and Judy are the dynamic duo, love this and how easy to incorporate matching spring and Easter decor coming up.

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  20. I love this project, Danni! It looks like a little fairy garden with the moss and the water and light. Just magical. I love indoor fountains (the sound is so soothing), but I'd never thought to decorate one before. What a great way to make it match the seasons! http://www.gronwoldtsgiftsandcollectables.com/np1-listing-dept-45070

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