Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Garden Light

Here are some "Make It Yourself" ideas I created and styled for Country Gardens magazine in the Summer 2009 issue. I had a great time shooting this story in VT at Muddy Creek Farm with Jim Westphalen.

I discovered clam baskets make a great
hanging chandelier.

Hang with clothesline from a tree, beams or a pergola over your table. Pad the bottom
with moss and stand pillar
candles inside.

Love Buckets! use them to make pretty
floating flowerscapes. Add a floating candle.
Place it where your friends will Ohhh and AHHH!!
Flowers will look pretty
for days

Chandelier globes from the flea market
make festive votives for candles.
Collect them in different shapes and sizes.
I placed them on a metal plant tray lined
with moss as a party idea.

I created this as another way to bring
candlelight to the garden border. Stacking various
old galvanized containers for height.
The middle is planted with flowers and the
top is filled with water and
floating candles


  1. Your work is lovely, I am especially fond of the clam basket candle chandelier. I've scheduled this post to be featured on Craft Gossip Friday morning so my readers can come and see too. :)

    Thanks for inspiration!

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  2. Lovely ideas, saw it on Craft Gossip :) Esp. the first and last are so easy to do...thanx for the ideas again

  3. woooo I am putting these in my wedding ideas folder! Thanks :o)

  4. Those are fabulous ideas. I just love the stacked galvanized containers. Simply genius. I'm a new follower, can't wait to see what you come up with next.

  5. Wonderful ideas, thank you for sharing!

  6. Candles in the garden add such a nice touch. These are such awesome and creative ideas. I especially love the clam basket chandelier. Making something so ordinary stand out like that is one of my favorite ways to decorate around the house!

  7. Amazingly practical, easy, and most of all just gorgeous...Hi from San Diego!

  8. I love every one of these ideas! I had to do a double take on the third one though. I used some of the same elements that you did, to create my own unique candleholder. You can see what I did here:

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

  9. These are all such beautiful and romantic ideas!

    I saw one of these pictures pinned on Pinterest....that's how I found you. I see you don't post often, but I'm following you anyway because you have amazing ideas. :)

  10. Hai Karin
    I came by because I saw wonderful pictures on the blog from Stipje. Now I see we've nearly the same job! You're ideas are lovely!
    Have a great weekend!

  11. wat een super ideeƩn helemaal geweldig...

  12. Those are lovely and cute. All are DIY outdoor lights. Easy safe I guess. But its just too costly for everyday use. I guess. it would be perfect for a party.

  13. i spend the long winter dreaming of garden ideas...thankyou for some beautiful,inexpensive ones!

  14. what did you use for the base on the galvanized tubs? looks like a furnance tube, how was it attached?

  15. Lovely blog. Basket chandelier is awesome!

  16. Hi Karin! I just love your blog and I too use the mason jars to illuminate my garden paths!Ive had the galvanized tubs on my Pinterest board forever!Love all your inspiration and a big thank you from me! Please stop over and visit with me your newest follower! Deidre~

  17. "Candles in the garden add such a nice touch. These are such awesome and creative ideas. I especially love the clam basket chandelier. Making something so ordinary stand out like that is one of my favorite ways to decorate around the house!" Agreed with you.

  18. I think I will be buying some buckets over the next couple of days and floating some candles in them for our next outdoor party! Great idea!

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  21. Great ideas for creative candlelight displays, love the ambiance your ideas create. I shared on my Facebook page.

  22. Lovely, I like the Idea of decorating garden with lights and candles. Thanks for sharing these amazing pictures with us.

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