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28th Jul2014

Kids Artwork Display Idea

by Dinah Wulf

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My daughter got a new loft bed in her room and we had to rearrange her furniture.  That also meant that I had to move her fabric Duck Brand tape shelves. The wall was blank and empty so my best friend from Simply Creative Ways gave me a Kids Artwork Display Idea. The two of us both have these frames left over from parties we have done; mine from my Tea Party by the Sea baby shower and hers from her Alice in Wonderland Birthday Party.  

There are so many great wood cut outs available in craft stores, and that just makes my life so easy! Here are the frames before.

Kids Artwork Display Idea

With a little craft paint, I painted them some vibrant colors that matched her room.

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I found these rustic metal clips at Michael’s for about $3.00 for four. I simply hot glued them on. Hot glue works really well and is sturdy.  I tested it out, and was able to change the artwork in the frame very easily.

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Here is the wall BEFORE. It’s blah!

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Here is the wall AFTER! Much better!

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Mia and I chose some of her favorite pieces of art that she has done in preschool and we hung them in her room.

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She told me she titled the dinosaur one, “Dinosaur with Ear Pickers”. They are supposed to be bones, by the way! She cracks me up!

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Here are a couple AFTER Photos. Now we can display her artwork over the years instead of piling up in my closet!

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09th Jul2014

DIY Chalkboard Clothespin Tags

by Dinah Wulf

DIY Chalkboard Clothespin Tags How To

These cute little versatile DIY chalkboard clothespin tags are perfect for creative gift wrapping, party favors, name place cards, or even gardening or home organization labels.  They are inexpensive to make and you only need a few materials.

Materials:

  • Wooden Shape Cut-Outs
  • Chalkboard Paint
  • Foam Paint Brush
  • Scrap Paper
  • Clothespins
  • Glue
  • Chalk

I found these cute little wood cut-outs at Michael’s for .29 each but then I got 15% off of that, so they were roughly four for a dollar.

DIY Chalkboard Clothespin Tags

I painted one side using a foam brush.  I like using this type of brush because the edges stay nice and neat so that only the front of the wooden cut-out is painted.

DIY Chalkboard Clothespin Tags Easy

Tip: You may have noticed on previous posts, I like to save packing paper and reuse it.  It’s easy to store and doesn’t take up much space and it’s perfect for protecting any craft workspace.  I use it especially when I do kids crafts that involve paint with my daughter.

Two coats will suffice, but I did three, allowing one hour in between each coat.  I find that waiting works best when working with chalkboard paint.

Lastly, I glued each painted chalkboard tag to a clothespin.  You can use any type of glue. I personally prefer hot glue in this craft.

DIY Chalkboard Clothespin Tags Craft Idea

Tip: I noticed after the fact that it was easier to glue on the wood cut-out BEFORE painting it so that it is easier to hold while painting and less messy on your fingers!

DIY Chalkboard Clothespin Tags Craft

I used these for little party favors but you can use them for several purposes. They would be adorable as place cards settings for a dinner party or even a wedding or shower.  You can also use them to label and organize craft supplies as well.

DIY Chalkboard Clothespin Tags Tutorial

Here are a few more after photos.

DIY Chalkboard Clothespin Tags Party Favor

DIY Chalkboard Clothespin GiftTags

07th Jul2014

Thrift Store Doll Bed Makeover DIY

by Dinah Wulf

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I was perusing Goodwill last week and found this wooden doll bed for $7.  I snatched it up right away and posted it on Facebook and Instagram. I got to work almost immediately because I couldn’t contain my excitement for the great deal I just got.  Here is my Thrift Store Doll Bed Makeover DIY. The Bed Here is the bed I bought. Isn’t it adorable?

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It was a little beat up as you can see and when I put in the slats they didn’t stay in and kept falling out.

Refurbished Thrift Store Doll Bed

I disassembled the whole thing.

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I spot sanded a few areas where there were a lot of scratches.

Refurbished Thrift Store Doll Bed Upcycle

I asked my daughter what color she wanted and naturally she said, “PINK!”

Refurbished Thrift Store Doll Bed Makeover

After I painted it, I glued in the wooden mattress slats and let it dry.

Refurbished Thrift Store Doll Bed DIY

The Mattress As you can see there was no mattress. I actually had some high density foam left over from the garage sale bench makeover I did. I measured and cut it to fit the bed using my trusty Fiskars amplified scissors (P.S. They are awesome).

DIY Doll Bedding How-To

I bought some flannel fabric at Jo-Ann’s.  I intentionally bought flannel because I used hot glue to attach the fabric to the foam. I simply wrapped it like a present. It fit beautifully.

DIY Easy Doll Bedding

The Bedding For the bedding I made it all reversible, so I made two pillows out of the fabric and a blanket, stuffing the pillows with polyester fiber fill.

DIY Doll Bedding Tutorial

DIY Doll Bedding Reversible

I also made a white pillow out of white felt.

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Here are some AFTER photos! My daughter was so excited and so far she’s played with it every day since I gave it to her!

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03rd Jul2014

Mad Hatter Top Hat Gift Basket

by Dinah Wulf

Mad Hatter Top Hat Gift Basket

OK. I PROMISE this will be the last Mad Hatter post I will do for a while but I just HAD to post the Mad Hatter Top Hat Gift Basket that the guest of honor made for all the attendees of the baby shower I have been posting about! It was just absolutely adorable.  Better yet, she raided KFC for buckets and upcycled them into these adorable DIY gifts.

Materials:

  • Cardboard buckets
  • Paint brush
  • Chalkboard paint
  • Glue
  • Tulle
  • Circle cutter
  • Black cardstock
  • Cutting mat
  • Pencil
  • Labels and butterfly punches (optional)
  • Tissue paper
  • Goodies

Maily got mini KFC buckets from the restaurant, which was the perfect size. She cut out 12” black circles and then traced the large side of the bucket onto the hat to create a ring that she glued on.  She painted the bucket with black chalkboard paint and let them dry.

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Maily’s all about the details! She tied colorful tulle around each hat.

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She also glued different patterned butterflies that she cut out with a craft punch.

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She also made a personalized ‘thank you” label that looked like a clock with each guests name.

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Inside, Maily filled the top hat gift basket with goodies.

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Mad Hatter Top Hat Gift Basket

All of them fit the mad Hatter theme. She put a “drink me” label on some tea and “eat me” on the gourmet popcorn.

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She also was generous enough to give each couple a pair movie passes in box labeled, “I’m late for a very important date!”

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Isn’t it so cute? I love it!

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Maily is also the mastermind behind this awesome Hello Kitty Party. Check it out!

If you need more Mad Hatter and Alice in Wonderland inspiration check out these posts:

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27th Jun2014

Monogram Wooden Wagon Plaque DIY

by Dinah Wulf

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I made some paper decorations for the Fourth of July parade coming up and I couldn’t resist but add a little extra pizazz to our wagon we bought on Craigslist, hence my Monogram Wooden Wagon Plaque DIY. I actually had everything stalked in my craft room (I know I have a problem), so I didn’t have to go buy anything new. I only needed a few things.

Materials:

  • Wood Plaque (I think I bought this one at Walmart)
  • Wooden letter
  • Paint
  • Foam Brushes
  • Newspaper
  • Wood Glue or Other Adhesive

Here is a photo of the wagon before I painted it.

Metal and Wood Wagon

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I painted the wooden sides with Krylon’s blue ocean breeze.

Fourth of July Parade Wagon

I had this wooden plaque and a wooden “w” for our last name which happen to fit perfectly on the back of the wagon.

Monogram Wooden Wagon Plaque DIY

I painted the plaque white with red trim and the “w” black.

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Unfinished wood dries very quickly, so I was able to glue the letter on almost immediately.  I ended up using E6000 because it dries quickly and I find it works well. You can also use wood glue.

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I removed the wooden back of the wagon and glued on the plaque to the back.

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Here is the AFTER! I can’t wait to decorate it again for the Fourth of July parade.  In case you missed it, check out the easy paper decorations I made.

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You may also like these other fun upcycles I did for my daughter:

23rd Jun2014

DIY Mod Podge Tea Lights

by Dinah Wulf

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I came across these adorable red and blue metal buckets in the dollar bins at a Joann Fabric and Craft Store.  They have a little star cut out, perfectly patriotic for the Fourth of July or Memorial Day. I wanted to add a little oomph so I ended up turning them into DIY Mod Podge Tea Lights. You only need a few materials.

Materials:

  • Metal or glass candle holders
  • Outdoor Mod Podge
  • Foam Brush
  • Paper Cutter
  • Scissors
  • Patterned Scrapbook Paper
  • Wet Paper Towel
  • Small Paper Plate
  • Tea Lights

Here are the dollar bin metal buckets I found. Cute, right?

DIY Mod Podge Tea Lights

I measured and cut little strips of patterned scrapbook paper that I had left over from these Glow Stick Party Favors (and free printable) that I made.

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I poured a little outdoor Mod Podge onto my paper plate and used the foam brush to apply the Mod Podge both to the back of the strip and then on top of it. I added four strips to each little bucket.

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Allow the Mod Podge to dry completely.

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I added tea lights and voila! Instant festive DIY Mod Podge Tea Lights.

DIY Mod Podge Patriotic Tea Lights

I thought about giving them as a hostess gift to the annual Fourth of July party that my family and I attend.

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In case you missed it, here are a few more patriotic posts I did recently:

 

13th Jun2014

Trash to Treasure DIY Serving Tray How To

by Dinah Wulf

Trash to Treasure DIY Serving Tray How To

One of my best friends gave me this tray that she was about to throw away. It was actually from a bridal Shower we gave many many years ago! I decided to keep it and bring some new life to it.  Here is my Trash to Treasure DIY Serving Tray How To. You only need a few materials, and some will depend on if you are starting fresh with a new tray.

Materials:

  • Wooden Tray
  • Sander
  • Clean Cloth
  • Tarp
  • Spray Paint
  • Fabric
  • Fabric Cutter
  • Cutting Mat
  • Measuring Instrument
  • Pencil
  • Adhesive Spray

Here is the tray BEFORE, It was a little beat up!

Trash to Treasure DIY Serving Tray

Because I a) had little time, b) had two coats of paint on it, and c) feel like I’m getting old with arthritis, I decided to take an electric sander to it versus a hand sand block, but either works well.

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Once I finished sanding it, I wiped the tray from debris with a clean cloth (aka and old t-shirt).

I laid it out on a tarp in a well-ventilated area and spray painted with Krylon Citrus Green. I used two coats.

Trash to Treasure Easy Serving Tray

While the tray was drying I measured and cut the fabric with my Fiskars Rotary Cutter. I have to say that this is one of my favorite tools I use. It measures and cuts up to 24 inches! I’ve used it on projects like this fabric and lace bunting and it just made it so easy to make.

Trash to Treasure DIY Fabric Lined Serving Tray

I used a spray adhesive to attach the fabric. I found it easiest to spray the back of the fabric and then place it on the tray, versus spraying the tray.

Trash to Treasure DIY Serving Tray Tutorial

Tah-dah! I love the color combo. It’s perfect for summer and entertaining. It’s a simple trash to treasure project that I hope you try out!

Trash to Treasure Serving Tray

 

In case you missed it, check out some of my other trash to treasure projects:

10th Jun2014

Easy Shell DIY Napkin Rings

by Dinah Wulf

Easy Shell DIY Napkin Rings

I love entertaining outdoors during the warm weather months. I wanted to make some fun beach inspired napkin rings to add a little DIY to my table setting this summer. Here is how I made these easy shell DIY napkin rings. You only need a few materials.

Materials:                   

  • Shells
  • Rope
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue and Glue Gun
  • Strong Bonding Agent like E6000

How to Make Napkin Rings

Instructions:

I found the rope at Home Depot. I was able to make these nautical themed vases, this fabric bunting, this other fabric bunting, and eight of these napkin rings (and more) out of one package. Cut each piece into about 6 inches. Play around with the length to reach your desired ring size. Simply hot glue the ends together to form a ring.  I like to use hot glue because it dries quickly and holds the rope very well.

DIY Rope Napkin Rings

Glue the shell on top, covering where the ends of the rope meet. I used E600 for a fast and strong bond. Here are a few close ups.

Shell DIY Napkin Rings

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Easy Nautical DIY Napkin Rings

I love how they turned out.  Consider making these with other trinkets to match your theme or décor. You can even wrap them up to make a cute gift for Mother’s Day, or even a fun and thoughtful house warming gift. Hmmm… which gives me another idea! Ha! Stay tuned!

Easy Beach DIY Napkin Rings

In case you missed it, here are some other fun homemade gift ideas that you might like:

05th Jun2014

Upcycled Thrift Store DIY Dessert Stands

by Dinah Wulf

Thrift Store Trash to Treasure DIY Dessert Stands

If you’ve been following along with me over the last couple weeks, you may have seen my posts for a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party baby shower I am decorating. I decided to make these Upcycled Thrift Store DIY Dessert Stands for the party but after making them, I’m excited to keep them and use them regularly.

Materials:

  • Candlesticks
  • Plates
  • Glass Covers
  • Strong Bonding Agent

I found everything you see here for about $25, which is great because it made two and a half (I took the glass cover of one of my actual dessert stands for the pictures below).

Thrift Store Finds Repurposed

Tip: To easily take off old wax and thrift store price tags, simply run the object in hot water and lightly scrub. It’ll come right off!

Make sure to clean each piece very well with soap and water. After they are dry, use a strong bonding agent to adhere the candlestick to the plate. I used Liquid Fusion, which worked beautifully.

Thrift Store Repurposed Candle Holder

Apply a generous amount to the rim of the candlestick and place it upside down on the center of the bottom of the plate. Allow it to dry for 2-4 hours, or as indicated in the adhesive directions.

Thrift Store Find Upcycle

Here are a couple photos. I think they turned out great and will be perfect for the Mad Hatter themed tea party.

Upcycled Thrift Store DIY Cake Stands

Thrift Store Repurposed DIY Dessert Platters

In case you missed them, here are some other decorations I am doing for this party. I am so excited about it!

30th May2014

Repurposed Brooch DIY Cell Phone Case

by Dinah Wulf

Upcycled Brooch DIY Cell Phone Case

I FINALLY bought the new iphone 5S (of course when the 6 is coming out soon), and I just HAD to get the Rose Gold color. I love it! My only problem is that I needed a case and most of them covered the color. I bought a clear case, but it’s so boring! SOOOO, I ended up making a Repurposed Brooch DIY Cell Phone Case from an old piece of jewelry I had.

Materials:

  • Clear Cell Phone Case
  • Rhinestones
  • Rhinestone Ribbon (optional)
  • Brooch, pin, or earring
  • Pliers
  • Scissors
  • Strong Bonding Agent

Here is the plain case… BORING!!!

Repurposed DIY Cell Phone Case

Here is my phone… PRETTY!

DIY Cell Phone Case

I have had this brooch for YEARS… possibly over 10, and I have never worn it. I think I forgot about it until I had this idea.

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I removed the pin with pliers. Surprisingly it took little to no effort to remove it.

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I used an adhesive rhinestone ribbon, which made this so easy! Otherwise, if you’d like you can add each rhinestone one by one using tweezers you can.

Make Your Own Cell Phone Case

Next, I used Liquid Fusion to add the remaining rhinestones as well as the brooch.  I let it dry for four hours.  So far so good! I’ve even accidentally dropped it!  You could also try using E6000 which I have used for several projects and works well.

Upcycled DIY Cell Phone Case

Here is the final! I think it turned out great. You can see the gold, and I can see a pretty brooch that otherwise would have staying in my closet for another 10 years! This would make a fun personalized gift idea as well.

Repurposed Brooch DIY Cell Phone Case

21st May2014

Gold and Glittered Mason Jar Centerpiece

by Dinah Wulf

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I have done so many Mason Jar Crafts over the years.  This time, I wanted to try out some new Krylon glitter blast spray paint that I got.  I decided to make a Gold and Glittered Mason Jar Centerpiece. It turned out beautifully and I only needed a few materials to get the job done.

Materials:

  • Clean recycled sauce jars
  • Metallic spray paint
  • Tarp
  • Painter’s tape
  • Newspaper
  • Glitter Blast spray paint
  • Fresh flowers

Instructions:

Make sure you sauce jars are clean and dry. I like to save all sizes because you’ll never know when you’ll need them!

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Turn them upside down and spray paint them in a well-ventilated area. I sprayed three light coats of metallic gold.

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Once they are dry, use Painter’s tape to tape off the area you would like glittered.  Again, I used three light and even coats of Krylon’s Glitter Blast spray paint. . I used the colors Posh Pink, Silver Flash, and Fierce Fuchsia. Allow them to dry.

gold and glitter mason jars

I filled my vases with water and made an arrangement of fresh peonies and roses.

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Isn’t it pretty??? Here are a few more pictures.

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For one of them, I decided to wrap a little lace and make a “welcome home” tag to give to my best friend as a house warming gift for her new house! It’s a great gift for teachers appreciation and Mother’s Day too!

mason jar house warming gift

These would also make great inexpensive bridal shower, baby shower, wedding, or birthday party centerpieces.  The possibilities are endless with color combinations as well. You can embellish them further with lace, ribbon, or burlap.

14th May2014

No Sew Patriotic Kitchen Towel

by Dinah Wulf

No Sew Patriotic Kitchen Towel

I have become obsessed with making festive holiday themed kitchen towels! Recently, I made a Valentine’s Day kitchen towel, a St. Patrick’s Day kitchen towel, and an Easter Kitchen Towel so I thought I’d keep it up and make a No Sew Patriotic Kitchen Towel too! I went back to Jo-Ann Fabrics to see if I could find some patterns I like to make my own.  I made it similar to the Easter towel because the permanent fabric tape worked better than the fusible web. Here is how I made it.

Materials:

  • Plain kitchen towels
  • Fabric of choice
  • Permanent Fabric tape
  • Ironing board
  • Iron
  • Spray Starch
  • Yardstick
  • Scissors

I found two red and blue patterns that I really liked and thought looked nice together for the fourth.  I wanted some different shades of blue and red rather than the traditional bold red and blue. The fabric quarters were again great for this project.

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I also had these kitchen towels from the other kitchen towels I made. I washed them in the washing machine and dried them before I started.

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I cut out my fabric in strips.  I ironed them to make it easier to align them on my towel and I used some spray starch as well.

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Next I cut the permanent fabric tape and aligned it onto the towel.  It was a little tasking to remove the peel off sticker, but it all worked out. I found this way to be much easier than using the fusible web.  It seems to stick better too and is also much quicker! Here’s the AFTER!  This would make a great hostess gift. 

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You can make them in so many different patterns and colors to fit any style or holiday.

12th May2014

Just Add Ice Cream Repurposed Tic Tac Packs Printable

by Dinah Wulf

Repurposed Tic Tac Packs

This post, Just Add Ice Cream Repurposed Tic Tac Packs Printable, was brought to you by the makers of Tic Tac® mints. I received compensation to write this post through the Tic Tac® Pack program… all opinions expressed are my own.

Did you know that there’s a brand new flavor of Tic Tac mints? Tic Tac® brand launched new limited edition Summer Ice Pop Tic Tac® mints, the coolest flavor to heat up your summer with a nostalgic nod to summertime memories.  These artificially flavored mints are a delicious combination featuring blue Berry pills, red Cherry pills & white Lime pills, and are a unique treat for guests at summer gatherings this year. Mia’s and my favorite are the blue Berry pills.

Repurposed Tic Tac Pack Gift

To help celebrate the launch of this new fun, festive, and patriotic Tic Tac®Pack, I thought I’d make a unique repurposed Tic Tac Packs hostess gift to bring to all those summer parties you may have coming up this season. You can print this FREE printable here:

Just Add Ice Cream FREE Printable

I used my empty Tic Tac packs and filled them with various ice cream sundae toppings like crushed peanuts, mini chocolate chips, and sprinkles. Here is a tip to help you fill these cute little packs with goodies.

Repurposed Tic Tac Pack Idea

Upcycled Tic Tac Packs

I used some red and blue card stock, ribbon, the printable, and double sided tape to create a special card to bring to your favorite party Hostess this Memorial Day or Fourth or July. You can even make this for Father’s Day, for Dad’s like my husband, who has a major sweet tooth!

Repurposed Tic Tac Pack Hostess Gift

Of course I added a pack of the limited edition Summer Ice Pop Tic Tac® mints as well!

Repurposed Tic Tac Containers

Summer Ice Pop Tic Tac® mints can be purchased at select convenience and grocery stores nationwide for a limited time only. I hope you enjoy the printable! Thank you to Tic Tacs for sponsoring this post!

In case you missed it, be sure to check out how I used Tic Tac packs to make Repurposed Tic Tac Packs Craft Kits!

 

09th May2014

Recycled Candle Holder Turned Bud Vase

by Dinah Wulf

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Today I am sharing how I turned an old store bought candle into a painted stenciled bud vase. This super easy trash to treasure project makes a great gift or would even be a nice addition to a bedside table or table setting. Here is how I made this simple Recycled Candle Holder Turned Bud Vase.

Materials:

  • Old glass jar or candle jar
  • Acrylic craft paint (2 colors)
  • Foam paint brush
  • Spouncer
  • Stencil
  • Small paper plate or scrap paper
  • Painter’s tape
  • Decorative craft tape

Here is the BEFORE picture of when I cleaned and removed the old wax. Here are the step by step instructions on How to Remove Wax from a Glass. This wax removal tutorial takes time, but works very well.

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Once your glass is clean and free from wax, tape off the top edge with Painter’s tape. This step is optional, but I like the look of it.

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Using a paint brush, paint your glass the desired color.  I used Martha Stewart’s gold metallic acrylic paint. Allow it to dry one hour in between coats. I ended up using four coats.

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Add a decorative craft tape to the edge. I used gold sparkle tape to add a little bling!

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Next, apply your stencil. I like to use adhesive stencils to prevent bleeding and they are quick and easy to use. Using a spouncer in an up and down motion, paint your glass. The less paint you use the better. Be sure to remove the excess paint onto your paper plate. You can remove the stencil right away and allow the paint to dry.

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There you have it! Think twice before throwing away used candles, rather, get creative and upcycle it into a great gift.

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