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Old 06-12-2019, 08:32 PM   #1
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Putting acorns and leaves into a glass bowl




Not sure how to make the picture above.

So it looks like it's one of those floating candle bowls. Like this:

I specifically want the acorns and leaves in the bowl. Can't find anything in my googling.

I am not worried about finding the bowl or the candles. Those look pretty straight forward. I would like advice on where to find fake acorns and fake leaves. I need them to last, so fake would ruin the risk of rotting, plus I don't have time for fall to hit in my area (which is very short lived here). I am more interested on how to get the water and the acorns and leaves in the bowl. I imagine I'd need to drill a hole. Put the water and leaves and acorns in. I don't know how I'd go about sealing it off so the water doesn't leak, especially during transport. Any and all advice would be appreciated.
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Old 06-13-2019, 05:45 AM   #2
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Re: Putting acorns and leaves into a glass bowl


Find a bowl with a good glass lid. Place your nuts and leaves in the bowl. Invert the lid and fill it with water and float your candles. Would that work? Leaves and nuts will remain dry and you add the water at the last minute, so no leakage.
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I'm thinking that is not liquid inside the base. If the bottom was fully enclosed, drilling a hole would probably crack the frail glass, and not be big enough to insert the acorns. I also think that the leaves, even plastic, would sag and drape over the acorns and you'd have a hard time positioning all of it around the bowl, and they would sink to the bottom.

Plastic fall acorns and leaves are available on Amazon. I know I've seen that style of bowl, so I looked and found a similar one. It's open on bottom to place any dry decoration you want. Very pricey though. You could get a <$2 slender upright votive or plain bowl to stack the fall decor below the floating candles for a similar look.
https://www.michaels.com/13in-glass-.../D037059S.html
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Old 06-13-2019, 03:46 PM   #4
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Re: Putting acorns and leaves into a glass bowl


You could recreate the original pic with clear resin holding the acorns & leaves in place - this would have the benefit of keeping everything exactly where you put it in the acrylic for transport and letting you choose the exact bowl you want. Once the resin has set you can pour a layer of water on top of it to float your candles in. Check out "resin pouring" on YouTube, there's some great stuff that'll suck you in for hours heh

That said the glass bowl holder above looks to be how the picture did it. I found a smaller one of those on Walmart for $10 if you wanted to coordinate - https://www.walmart.com/ip/7-25-Tran...10080302008005

I went on Amazon real quick to see if they had others like it and came up with this - https://www.amazon.com/Creative-Coun...50-spons&psc=1 which got me to thinking. You could hot glue your leaves and acorns to the insides of the bowls then fill em with water and float your candles when you get to the venue.
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Old 06-13-2019, 04:12 PM   #5
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Another thought - https://www.amazon.com/2-pack-Black-...50-spons&psc=1 Shadow box filled with the acorns and leaves, then put a typical floating candle bowl on top of it - they make clear acrylic shadow boxes as well.

I think you could also get a larger bowl that you fill with the acorns and stuff, then hot glue a shorter bowl on top of it for your water and candles. Though that would take hands on size testing to make sure it fit right.

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