Christmas truly is the most wonderful time of the year—with some of the best scents of the year, too! Mom’s homemade apple pie, gingerbread cookies, hot apple cider, wood burning fireplaces, and most importantly, Christmas trees. Whether you have opted for an artificial tree, or just really love the smell of evergreen, think twice before you reach for the scented candles or spray this year. Aromatic Eastern Redcedar is the perfectly natural way to infuse that amazing Christmas fragrance throughout your house.
This holiday season, Giles & Kendall would like to share with you some great ways to incorporate that luxurious and cozy cedar scent into your Christmas decorations. We’ve got a lot of really beautiful and simple projects to share, and we’ll start by showing you how we created this gorgeous Christmas candle box using CedarBerry Hill 100% Aromatic Eastern Redcedar Drawer Liners.
The great thing about this project is that it’s very easy to put together and you can make two candle boxes out of one pack of drawer liners. Let’s get started!
For this project you’ll need:
- 1 box of CedarBerry Hill Aromatic Cedar Drawer Liners (pick these up at www.cedarsafe.com!)
- Adhesive (Any type of clear-drying wood glue or outdoor adhesive will work—We used Loctite Stik’n Seal)
- A Saw (We used a jigsaw, but the wood is only ¼” thick, which could easily be cut with a handsaw.)
- A Pencil & Ruler
- 3 Candles
- Greenery or Other Decorative Material to Surround the Candles
To make this box as easy as possible, the length of our candle box is the same length as the drawer liners—that way you only have to cut the end pieces.
We’ll start by measuring and cutting the end pieces. You’ll be able to cut both pieces from one liner. Take the liner that you’d like to cut and mark out two sections that are 4 ¼” wide, and cut along those lines with your saw.
Now that you have all of your pieces ready, you can sand down any rough edges made from cutting and make sure that all the pieces fit together.
Then, start gluing! We started by gluing the two long sides to the bottom piece. We put one long line of glue along the bottom of each side piece and held it in place against the bottom piece while the glue set. Some glues have faster set times than others, so be aware of that! You don’t want to get too excited like we did and have to re-glue it!
Once your long sides have set, you can glue the ends. This time you’ll just glue along each side as well as the bottom.
Depending on the glue you used, give your box a few hours to dry before adding your candles and greenery. We found these great branches with berries and pinecones that we were able to cut apart and arrange around the candles.
This box would look great as a centerpiece for your dining room table, on the mantle above the fireplace, or on a sofa table or side table. The possibilities really are endless. We’d love to see your finished products, so try it out and send us pictures to be featured on the site!
Happy Crafting and Merry Christmas!