Scandinavian Inspired Candleholder With Moss – Cozy Living

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Welcome 2021, Happy New Year!

Oh boy, 2020 has been quite a year, hasn’t it? I know that most of us have dealt with personal challenges, I mean that is life in and of itself, right? Life is a crazy ride on a good day, but this past year it’s been extra “special”. As I look back on 2020 I personally don’t want to focus on just the negative(s), I really want to try to focus on the silver linings that presented themselves. One of those good things has been the first Saturday of every month, the Cozy Living series has really been a light for me and has kept me wanting to be creative. As I share this Scandinavian inspired candleholder, my first project for 2021, I want you all to know that I am truly thankful to have you here sharing in my little corner of the world, it means so very much! Thank YOU!

Cozy Living Team

This cozy living series is hosted by Jennifer, she’s the brains behind this whole series and she shares her creativity over at Town & Country Living. We are the , a group of cozy loving friends that simply love to share how we live a hygge life. There are so many inspiring and creative ways to live a cozy life and this team has all of the ideas! Stick around at the end of this post the team is sharing more cozy ways and I know they will be inspiring!

My Word for 2021

Before I get into the DIY for this Scandinavian Inspired Candleholder, I want to talk to you about my word for 2021. I don’t usually pick a word for the year… the word normally picks me! I know it’s corny, but it’s true. After the “knot in my stomach” kind of year we’ve just had it just hit me one day that I need to gravitate towards calm. I need to focus on the simple things that calm me (like beautiful candles). I need to focus on myself when that knot is there. The things that usually calm me are very simple and doable things like, candles, walking in nature, photography, organizing, laughter and creating. I’m happy to be starting 2021 with a calm project, one that soothes me to just look at, I hope you’ll like it too.

Do you have a word for 2021, if you do, I’d love to know what you’ll be focusing on as we enter into this new beginning.

DIY Candleholder with moss

This is a very simple DIY – I used the things I had in my house, I also went outside and picked some fresh moss from the rocks that surround our home. These are the things I gathered for this project.

Large wooden dough bowl – or any bowl you love!

Large plate – with a flat center portion – you can also use thick cardboard if you’d rather, this is just for gluing the candles to – tip: any hot glue will scrape off of the plate once you are done with your candle bowl

Spent candles – I gathered all different sizes (all of my tapered candles are from Ikea)

Spanish moss ( from Michael’s)

Fresh green moss – when harvesting moss after a couple of freezes (in my case) it is not necessary to rinse your moss – in the summer months you should always rinse your freshly harvested moss to eliminate any critters that may be making a cozy home in there

Hot glue gun – with glue sticks

Rubberized shelf liner – to stop any sliding of plates

A platform – something to raise your plate up – this saves on the amount of moss you will need, it’s a nice little cheat

Plastic shopping bags – for stuffing

step 1 : place your raised platform in the bottom of your bowl, use the rubberized liner to stop any movement of your platform or your plate.

step 2: place your plate on top of your platform, then stuff any gaps with the plastic shopping bags… these bags will stop the spanish moss from falling down into the bowl – you don’t have to do this step, it just saves on the amount you use.

step 3 : decide on the candles you want to use, I arranged them from tall to short on the plate

step 4: start gluing your candle sticks down onto the plate, just a little dab will do. Start with the tallest in the middle and work to the shorter ones on the outside

tip: keep turning the bowl to glue the candles down in the empty spaces that look good to your eye

This is what it looks like once all of the candles are glued on. The glue scrapes right off of the plate once you are done with burning of the candles – no worried, no plates were harmed in the making of this candle holder.

step 5: Stuff the spanish moss all around the candles, just enough to cover the plate and the bags, this is just the base layer and doesn’t need to be uber thick. You don’t want the spanish moss up too close to your candles.

*** when using candles and moss ensure you do not leave any burning candles unattended***

step 6: harvest fresh green moss – This is the actual spot I collected the fresh moss from, it’s rather easy to harvest, just get your fingers under a staring point and peel up, it peels off of the rocks very easily.

step 7: lay your moss out to ensure you have enough for the space you want to cover, if you look closely you can see some snow remains on the moss, that’s okay, by the time I laid it on top of the spanish moss it was absorbed in.

step 8: start laying your green moss on top of your spanish moss

It should look something like this… I don’t fill the green moss to the edges, I really love the way the spanish moss has “frazzled hair” and sticks out. 😉

Adding Calm with a Scandinavian Inspired Candleholder

For me this project exudes calm… it’s so peaceful with the gorgeous green moss and white candles. I’ve seen similar bowls like this one on some Scandinavian sites I follow… this is my own twist to the ones I have seen. I hope you’ll be inspired to add some of this calm to your home this year too after all, home is where the calm is.

I love lighting one or two of the candles, I mean it’s so pretty you don’t have to light them all…

or light any of them, to me this is calmly beautiful as is…

Beautiful and peaceful in the evenings too.

Thank you all SO much for being so very encouraging and for getting my creative ways, you all were and are the silver lining, blessings and love. xoxoxox

Cozy Living Team

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  • Christy Roppel Christy Roppel on May 26, 2021

    Should you put the moss(s) into the low temp oven to kill any crittters?

    LOVE this idea!

  • Colleen McAllister Colleen McAllister on May 26, 2021

    There is no fresh moss growing where I live. Is artificial moss available?


    Love the look, but isn't is a fire hazard? I might try it with some glass holders with candles inside.

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  • Bar51235531 Bar51235531 on Jul 29, 2021

    I would work in some water as a fire retardant or at least think about how to mitigate a fire hazard. It looks beautiful - maybe using artificial candles mixed in with real ones leaving the real ones unlit.

  • TheSeamstress TheSeamstress on Jan 06, 2022

    I have lots of moss growing around where I live and I love how this looks but I would worry about bringing bugs in with the moss