DIY Back To School Apple Votive #DIY


    I cannot believe that summer is almost over and that teachers go back to work tomorrow here in New York City.  My family and I have had a wonderful vacation but now it is time to back into the swing of things.  Hopefully the new school year will go off without a hitch and start on a positive note.

    I’m very excited, however, about ushering in all of the activities that the fall season brings.  Aside from the changing of the leaves and foliage, we will be able to enjoy apple picking, pumpkin-flavored treats and fall fashion.  It’s important to be excited about something during every season.

DIY Back to School Apple Votive

Supplies needed:

Miniature terra cotta flower pot

Red craft paint

Green ribbon or yard

Paint brush

Tissue paper or felt for lining

Battery operated votive



1. Begin by applying two coats of paint to the miniature terra cotta flower pot. Allow the paint to dry thoroughly.

2. Tie the green ribbon or yard around the top of the pot. Tie in a bow and snip off any extra.

3. Line the inside of the pot with a small piece of felt or tissue paper. This extra measure will help hold the votive in place nicely.

4. Place the battery operated votive (a safer alternative than a real candle) inside the pot.

To use, simply turn on the candle, place back in the pot, and enjoy!


    I would love to see the photos of the votives that you all come up with.  This is the perfect back to school gift for teachers that you can even make with your children.  

    After all, the Fall is the perfect time for Do It Yourself projects and I can’t think of a better way to spend quality time with your children.  I know that I will be taking advantage of doing so every moment that I am not at work and my boys are not in school!

Let’s Discuss:  What are some of your favorite things about the Fall?

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  1. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says

    Fall is my favorite time of year. I love this votive – it’s very festive!

  2. Cute little votive and I can’t believe summer is over either. I feel like it just flew by! I barely remember it!

  3. This looks like a fun project. I would like to try this.

  4. The votive is so pretty. This would be a fun project to make.

  5. That’s a cute idea. I had never thought of using small pots as candle holders – the kids could even decorate them!

  6. The fall is my favorite time of the year. I love driving along and seeing all the changing colors–and when I look in the distance it appears like the most beautiful tapestry. Pumpkin anything is what I end up craving–my fav is Pumpkin Pie!!

  7. What a cute idea! I can imagine this looking so cute on the side.

  8. This is a ridiculously cute idea! I think this would be a great decoration in the classroom or on a teacher’s desk!

  9. What an awesome project for back-to-school. I’m pretty excited about apple-picking too and getting some fresh cider.

  10. I will be making plenty of these for all my teachers. I love that is so thoughtful and perfect for teachers.

  11. This is such a cute idea. I bet the teachers will really love it. Paint an apple on the pot and I am good to go.

  12. How cute this is! A few of these would be perfect for my Fall Holiday Shelf. 🙂

  13. That is so adorable! I totally want to make this for my kids’ teachers.

  14. This looks so cute. I like that you used an electronic candle rather than a real one.

  15. Jennifer Williams says

    I have some terra cotta planters that I was wondering how to re-purpose them. This is such a cute idea and it is easy enough my youngest can help me.

  16. That is a cute idea! My sister just got her first job as a first grade teacher. I may have to make her this 🙂

  17. What a great idea for a simple gift that will brighten up any desk. This would make a great little gift for co-workers too.

  18. To answer your question, “What are some of your favorite things about the fall?” my response would be – the nippy weather, the beautiful colors of the trees, hot apple cider, and Halloween. Fall for me is the most beautiful of all four seasons.

  19. Super cute! I love this type of thing and candles but because of my bird I can’t do real candles. So this would be perfect!

  20. HopscotchNjb says

    Votive is really pretty it was a cool project. I absolutely want to make this for my office looks relaxing, And Fall is my favorite seasons.

  21. This is so cute and easy to make. I will have to make one for a teacher friend of mine.

  22. My favorite part of Fall is all of the great pumpkin flavors. I enjoy wearing a sweater and no bugs.

  23. Well that’s simple. i think with some paint pens it could look a bit more spiffy.

  24. This is so cute and creative! I think I read somewhere that terra cotta holds scent, I wonder if you could add a drop of fragrance oil so it smelled like apples too.

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