Halloween Glass Lanterns

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Is it Halloween yet? No, wait, I need some prep time for it still. Gotta work on my awesome costume. 😀 Still, I love Halloween and I love decorations for it even more! You have such a wide range of options from cute to scary and realistic to mind bending. Truly the most welcoming of all holidays. 🙂 Well today I’m gonna share a great DIY that you can easily do at home to make lovely glass lanterns for your future Halloween festivities.

The folks at Adventure in a Box have a great method to make some really lovely lantern jars that you can design for just about any event, but their Halloween ones are what caught my eye. You can find the full process with pictures on their site here, so I’ll just give the quick run down of supplies you’ll need along with the recommended methods.

Materials

– Jars of different sizes and shapes

– A can of high quality spray paint in your choice of color

– Battery Powered Tealight

– Paper/Paint/Vinyl depending on method

 

Now for that last item you have to decide how you want to make you designs before you get it. The easiest way (for me) would be to draw/print out the design you want, cut it out and glue/attach it to the inside. If you’d prefer to free hand it though, then painting the outside of the jar is gonna be your best bet. This method can be prone to scratching however, so make sure to apply clear sealant layers of spray paint after you finish. If you can’t paint and want something more lasting on the outside (and have access to a vinyl cutter) you can simply print out a design in vinyl and attach it like a sticker. 🙂

The last step is of course placing the candle inside and I would highly recommend a fake one. Real tealights can get very hot, heat the glass (dangerous), and heat the design. Making some methods like vinyl run the risk of losing their adhesiveness. For simple and lovely decor you can make in an afternoon though these little lanterns just can’t be beat.


Burlap Candle DIY

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Good morning, Thursday Crafthackers.

I’ve found a lovely DIY for you that’s a lovely little gift that you can personalize for any occasion. I’ve used this tutorial as a reference from DIY Beautify.

You will need a few basic supplies that you can find at any craft store. You’ll need a large cylindrical glass vase that is large enough to showcase your ribbon and be an appropriate size for a candle holder. Remember you can make them big enough for pillars, or small enough for tea lights. You’ll need some wide burlap ribbon. You might be able to find this edged in something pretty, and if not, you can beautify it yourself with some inspired trim and a glue gun. You’ll also need some black acrylic paint, a stiff stencil brush, craft vinyl and transfer paper.

The original poster does this tutorial with a die cut machine or silhouette machine that’s often used for scrapbooking and other paper crafts. If you don’t have one though, you can always cut a stencil that’s a little less delicate and easier to work with and use that instead.

First. you will need to create your design. You can do this yourself or if you’re not super digitally crafty, you can use Pic Monkey. You can also use other programs online or find a design you are fond of. Keep in mind if you’re wanting to do a wedding specific monogram, there’s an order to the initials. It should be the wife’s first name initial, the husband’s last name initial, then the husband’s first name initial.

Your next step is to cut your design out on craft vinyl. This will mean that you’ve measured, saved and printed your image to cut it out on the vinyl, or that you’ve done your own creative work. The vinyl will be discarded as it’s just a stencil, but the transfer paper is what’s important, and if you’re unsure of how to use it, here’s a tutorial. Use the transfer paper. Please keep in mind this isn’t a necessity, but it does help make it easier to keep everything centred and where you want it to be. It also allows  you to keep all the small pieces where they need to be for the very fine stenciling.

The colour of the vinyl doesn’t matter as we’re creating a stencil that will get discarded. This is a super easy way to get the design transfered to the burlap all in one piece. Using the photos above, 1. Use transfer paper to remove your design from the cuting matt. peel all the positive space away from your vinyl, leaving the negative space to give you a stencil. 2. Lay the stencil (which is still on the transfer paper so you can centre it with ease) on the burlap and burnish well. Gently and slowly peel the transfer paper away from the vinyl while making sure all the pieces stay behind. 3. Using the acrilic paint and brush, stencil the design. Use minimal paint for a crisp design. 4. Make sure the whole area is covered with paint before you peel and discard.

When your paint is dry, use a glue gun to affix your ribbon to the vase.

You can fill the vase with whatever you’d like to make it beautiful. Sand, rocks, coffee beans, fish tank pebbles. Whatever you think will look nice. Coffee beans and a vanilla candle can make some beautiful aromas though.

Hope you enjoyed the tutorial!

Happy crafting!

~megan


DIY Spa Style Mother’s Day Gifts

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Gift giving can sometimes put a strain on a budget. Depending on the person and expectations one’s family has, it can cause load of extra stress and pressure. Well, if you have someone you’re celebrating this mother’s day that enjoys a bit of personal pampering, I’ve got some DIY suggestion to help you out in the remain crunch time days here.

From the lovely folks over a Lil’ Luna, here’s all the info you need to make a simple custom set of spy type items; namely bath salts, candles and a sugar scrub. All you need is a custom mix of relaxing music to go with it and you’ve got the perfect at home relaxation kit. 🙂 You will need several supplies to make all 3 items, so if you’re strapped for cash, it might be best to pick 1-2 items that would work best for the recipient. You’ll need a container for all the items, so I won’t list that as other then the candle needing to be glass, the type/style is really up to you. We’ll start with the easiest:

Bath Salts:

  • 1 Cup Epson Salts
  • 2 Tablespoons of Baking Soda
  • 3 Drops of Essential Oils
  • Zest of one citrus (optional) Citrus types include Oranges, Lemons, Limes, Grapefruits, etc.

Simply mix all the ingredients together and place them in your jar/container and seal it up. Doesn’t get easier then that. 🙂

Sugar Scrub:

  • 1 Cup Coconut Oil
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 3 Drops of Essential Oils

Heat up the coconut oil a bit in the microwave to get it nice and runny so everything will be easier to mix. Then, simply add all the ingredients together and pour in jar.

This last one is the hardest/most expensive so if you think it’s beyond your skill then buying a candle may be the better choice

Candle:

  • Soy Wax, enough to fill your container twice
  • Container
  • A Wick
  • Skewer
  • Essential Oils
  • Pan

First, wrap the top of the wick around skewer and set in container. Then, melt the wax in a double boiler, stirring constantly. When the temperature reaches 170 F remove from heat, addind about 8 drops of essential oils and wait til it drops to 150 F before pouring the wax into the jars. Leave for a few hours to set, and then snip off the top of wick, leaving about 1/2″ above the candle for lighting.

You can get fancy and add various colors using food grade dye for the body products or colored wax for the candles, or even mix and match essential oils to get a custom fragrance you know they’ll love. 😀


‘Bad Weather’ Days

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Happy Wednesday! Across many parts of the United States, we are being hit by bad weather towards the end of our winter. Trees had begun blooming, grass growing, and in rolls the storm. Suddenly you are stuck at home, with or without power, wondering what to do with your day off…

As long as I am warm and there is power, I try not to worry too much. Relaxing on my favorite chair with a book or movie and drinking some coffee or cocoa is a great day for me. Some people like to keep busy, though. This may be the perfect time to bring out some crafts or games you’ve been waiting to try.

  • If you like to crochet, this fun PDF pattern of an Octopus Scarf looks great!
  • If you like knitting, maybe some fingerless gloves!
  • If it look like there might be power issues, a candlemaking project might be a good one. Check here for a recipe!
  • Some people love to cook, especially a one pot stew or recipe. I’ve found some great ones on Epicurious, or you might open up one of your cookbooks- I have several from family members.

Whether it’s a project or a lazy day, stay warm and safe this week!

 


Sweet Smells of Success

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Happy Sunday!

This week has been all ups and downs as far as weather is concerned here in the Midwest U.S. The beautiful amount of sun and pleasant temperatures have got me thinking about all of the activities I enjoy in the Spring/Summer, one in particular being my trips to the local Renaissance Faire. I love the fun and frolic to be had at Faire but as I’ve also mentioned before, I love the vendors as well. There are certain vendors that I patronize every year but I always look forward to finding new ones (or at least new to me)! One I was very pleased to stumble across last summer was Beeswyck Chandlery/Scenter Square body products. A note for the “non-Rennies” (those that don’t attend Faire), when you are a merchant at a Ren Faire, you are often expected to create a period appropriate character, name, and ambiance for your shop. So at Faire, Shannon’s (the proprietor) shop is known as Beeswyck while online she runs Scenter Square. I have fallen head over heels for her soap. It’s light, airy, doesn’t strip my skin of all moisture and comes in a wide array of scents/colors. It’s all vegan, natural and, of course, handmade!

   

Her formulas are safe for my sensitive skin and her often whimsical (and geeky!) scent blends evoke their namesakes. Two of my absolute favorites are the Honey Meade and the Scottish Heather but the Princess Bride themed As You Wish soap was sweet/light and definitely made me think of “twoo wuv”. This is not to say that we are limited to just the soaps. I have not personally used any of the other products YET but from the reviews, it appears I absolutely need to get my hands on some of her natural deodorant, solid shampoo/conditioner, and lip butters.

   

Coming from someone that cannot use most commercial deodorant sticks, I think a further future product review is in order. After all of these lovely items, I can’t very well forget her Faire shop’s focus, either. The candles come in most of the same scents (some additional ones, too) in beeswax pillars or tapers or in soy tins or even wax melts! The whimsy is here as well with names like Pixie Dust and Unicorn Farts (I seriously laughed out loud at that one).

 

I highly recommend a look through her wares and if you find yourself at the Bristol Renaissance Faire in Wisconsin this summer, stop by for a sniff! Shannon is very willing to work with you for the best in customer service, online and in person. Scenter Square can be found on their website and on Etsy.

Unfortunately, my Renn Faire dreams have to stay just dreams for a few months yet but at least I have the scents to keep me going.

Stay crafty!

~Laura


Epsom Salt Christmas Candles

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Hi there Thursday Crafthackers!

I have for you today a lovely DIY that’s cheap and cheerful and can make for some easy gift giving for those in your life that you’d like to acknowledge but, like for co-workers, maybe you don’t want to spend a lot of money on gifts for such a large group of people. This tutorial is taken from Hub Pages and what I love best about this tutorial is that it can be done in so many different ways with so many different colours that can make them a great token gift for occasions that aren’t holiday related, as well. One thing to keep in mind, it’s not ideal for the epsom salts to be burned so you may want to inform the receiver.  That being said they make amazing decorative pieces, and if you’re using large pillar candles, they can be used so long as they are not burned straight to the edges.

Your materials and tools are simple: You will need some undecorated pillar candles – they can be any size and height but I do recommend that you splurge a little bit and get ones that are of a higher quality paraffin wax and cotton wick so that you don’t have smokey wicks or extremely drippy candles that would make them more of a pain to use. You will need your preferred colours of acrylic or tempera paint (which any craft store will have), clear craft glue, epsom salts (which you can buy on the cheap at any pharmacy or grocery store), masking or painter’s tape (painter’s tape is easier to remove), as well as paint brushes. Also make sure to cover whatever surface you’ll be working on. You can also get some glitter to mix in with the epsom salts, but glitter is far less easy to clean up.

Candles taped and ready for painting. Notice that you can do any type of design, and to make them safer to burn, you can avoid putting anything around the top rim.

Candles taped and ready for painting. Notice that you can do any type of design, and to make them safer to burn, you can avoid putting anything around the top rim.

First, you will need to tape off the areas of the candle that you don’t want painted or salted. Before you start, you’ll need to mix your paint and glue together, to eliminate any extra steps. Just use equal parts of glue and paint to ensure that the salt will stick to the candle. Pour some (or lots) epsom salts on a plate and set this aside for rolling.

Notice that both the top and bottom sections of candle are taped off, so you'll have a cool design that still lets you have a usable candle. (For those who haven't burned pillars before, you generally have a shell of wax as you burn through the centre and only have to worry about the top edge being covered)

Notice that both the top and bottom sections of candle are taped off, so you’ll have a cool design that still lets you have a usable candle. (For those who haven’t burned pillars before, you generally have a shell of wax as you burn through the centre and only have to worry about the top edge being covered)

When you get started, apply the paint/glue mixture liberally to any area that isn’t covered in tape, but be sure not to paint the bottom of the candle. To make it easier to take the tape off afterwards, try not to paint all over the covered areas.

When you’re finished, roll the candle through the epsom salts a few times to ensure you get lots adhered to the candle, and when you’re finished, give it lots of time to dry, say, 4 hours or even overnight.

Once everything is dry, you can peel the tape off and throw it away to reveal your work of art. You can do whole candles to make it look like snow if you use clear glue, you can paint diagonal lines like a candy cane, or you can just detail the bottom of the candle. Your imagination is your limit, so find things to inspire you! A snowy candle wrapped with a bow is a gorgeous thing.

Have fun and happy crafting!

~Megan


Constellation Luminaries

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I love space. I find it to be so beautiful and filled with so many questions and not being in space kinda bums me out sometimes. While these aren’t space, they’re still pretty awesome.

Made by etsy artist Modern Mud, these are hand made ceramic luminaries with holes and lines that imitate the major constellations. The design was originally a wedding commission, they turned out so lovely that Naomi Singer decided to make them available to the world. 🙂 My space needs certainly appreciate this decision.

These candle holders mean business too. Measuring about 7″ tall, they can hold a small votive or even a pillar candle! I’m already picturing them paired with some of my favorite scented candles and the view is beautiful and smells great. 😉 She also makes all sorts of other delightful ceramic items such as ring dishes, vases and even personalized holiday ornaments. 😀 All of her work is in this same simple and clean style, so I highly recommend giving her gallery a look.


Tree Lights

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Good morning Thursday Crafthackers!

I bring you a small project that is super cute and can lead to a lot of different customization depending on how creative you are. I’ve taken the photos and you can find the full tutorial from The Fanciful Miser, who provides a lot of excellent photos and tips.

To make this beautiful piece, you will need some supplies:

Two colours of ribbon

Six glass votive candle holders (you can easily find these at a home store, dollar store or craft store)

Six battery operated tea light candles (so there’s no homes burning down)

Wide burlap ribbon

Branches – sturdy ones (either scavenged outside or bought from a garden or craft store)

A large glass vase

Sand and medium sized rocks

Glue gun and stick and thread (for the sewing)

 

 

Your first step is to arrange your branches with the medium sized rocks in the base of the vase. These rocks will help to keep the branches sturdy and keep them from moving.

For further stabilization, you’ll need to add the sand and smaller stones. so that those branches won’t be blowing in any breeze.

Next cut your burlap ribbon to wrap around the vase to hide the sand and branches. Glue the ends together with your glue gun to secure it around the vase.

If the burlap is too plain for you, you can tie some of the ribbon around the burlap or decorate it as you see fit. Next, take your coloured ribbon and cut two strips of the same size and cross them under the glass votive holders at the middle. Use your glue gun to affix the ribbon to each other and to the glass.

Hold your votive upside down and pull the ribbons together tightly and folding the ends over. (Make sure the ribbons are held so that the votive will balance without tipping to one side.)

Take a look at the image below – this is how you want your votives to hang.

After you have balanced your ribbons, you can fold the ends over so they look a little more finished and either sew or glue the ends of the ribbon together

Complete those steps for all the other votive holders, and make sure that you have three in each colour of ribbon.

I hope that you enjoyed this tutorial. Remember that your creativity is your friend with this project. Use ribbons that match with the season or your decor, you can fill the glasses with glitter covered fruits for the holidays, or candy for halloween. You could fill your little votives with some water and even put fresh flowers in each. Have fun!

Happy Crafting!

~ Megan

 


Light Up Your Autumn

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Greetings Sunday readers!

As promised, even if the weather isn’t complying, I am going to continue hoping that autumn will burst forth with a riot of lovely colors and I will be ready to meet it with my crafts! Last week we had some great warm crafts and this week I’d like to continue the warmth idea with a few ideas for fall candles.

First I thought, what about the scent of autumn? The leaves, the crisp air, and most of all the spices! I would love to have a spicy pie scent permeating my home. So I found this lovely pumpkin pie a la mode DIY candle:

Mmmmmmm....tasty.

Mmmmmmm….tasty.

It looks and sounds like the perfect thing to put me in the autumn mood. But perhaps we could capture some of that glorious color just beginning right now? We may have to wait until the actual leaves start falling (or maybe substitute fake leaves if you can’t wait) to get this particular look:

So pretty, festive, and cheap!

So pretty, festive, and cheap!

It’s definitely a start but once the season really gets rolling, I’m going to want something more. If you, like me, have a love affair with fall gourds maybe this last one is right up your alley:

Yes, yet another use for those lovely gourds!

Yes, yet another use for those lovely gourds!

Despite the lingering summer weather here, this makes me feel a little more in the right mood for the calendar date. Just one more week until it’s official!

See you on the other side and remember to stay crafty!

~Laura


The Melting Library

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Like Hermione do you love the smell of books? Or perhaps you’ve always wondered what some of your favorite book locations have smelt liked while reading about them. If you are then the Melting Library is just the store for your olfactory senses.

Designed by Raquel Nevarez back in 2012, these candles are perfectly named and blended to invoke the scents from some of the most fantastical locations. I also love the way her labels look like the old library book return cards. Every feature has been well planned with her candles and having worked with candles before, I love the idea of ordering them online so I don’t have to kill my nose in a store full of them instead. XP

Even if you don’t want the scent to be of a book location you’ll still find lovely ones like the Summer Reading which give you the smell of the beach while staying in the comfort of your home. Just take a browse through her etsy store for a whole menagerie of scented delights. If you like candles you won’t be disappointed.