If you are like me, and are a witch that works with deities or other powers, you might want to have an altar or two in you living space. This is a space you will do your witchery and chill with the spirits or deities you prefer. But for some reason, altars tend to be intimidating! You see other witches’ altars and its just like, OH GODS I DON’T HAVE STUFF!!!
Look, you probably do have stuff, you just don’t realize how nice it might look together and how meaningful it could be for you and your powers.
So let me help you out from the ground up.
First colors—a pretty altar has some color coordination. Pick one piece that has a few different colors in it for your anchor to the altar. Determine what color family it is in. Spring, Summer, Fall, or Winter Colors?
What is this starting piece? It might be a work of art. I have used framed greeting cards, post cards, and small print offs from my computer for my altars—and I have painted, collaged and drawn my own, most anything looks good framed. You can use a frame you already have, buy one at a discount store, or make one out of stuff you have like construction paper or wrapping paper. Another good piece that might have a few colors is a scarf that you can use as an altar cloth.
Once you have a color scheme, pick out other things that look good color and pattern wise with your main piece. You might have another scarf that is a complimenting or matching shade or even some lace that you can layer with your other altar cloth.
Often some sort of dishes end up on an altar, a plate, bowl or cup of some kind for offerings. If you have one or more of these, make sure they look good together. You can go for a matching set, or go for the funky mismatched look, as long as the colors and patterns seem to work out together. I used a glass shot glass and a small cheap cauldron and crow decoration from Halloween.
Many altars have candles and along with that candle holders. You can go as simple as a little tea light on a dish, or a jar or seven day candle. If you get a colored candle, try to get one in the same color family as the rest of your altar. If you end up with a candle holder, look for designs that go well with your other components. A really gorgeous lantern or lamp could be your focal point for the whole altar and draw everything together, it might even be something you already had in your family. I used a shot glass with rock salt in it to hold my candle. You can also use wine bottles to hold candles.
The key here is never discount things you already have! In a nice arrangement with color family taken into account you can have a gorgeous altar in no time.