Candle Holders

I saw lovely DIY candle holders on Pinterest and decided to try them out.

The ones I saw, however, were decorated with fall leaves; I chose to put my own twist to them and use “holiday-themed” flowers instead.

So, I went to Michaels and purchased a couple bundles of flowers.

I got together a mason jar, although you can use a plain glass cup or jar of your choice, the flowers and hot glue gun. That’s all you need.

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I just pulled the flowers and leaves off the stems, and cut the pointy and bulky part off of the bottoms, like so:

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Then I just glued them on however I wanted to decorate the mason jar.

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I put a flameless candle in it and voila!

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Holiday Canvas

I absolutely loved this project. It was cheap and fun, and the finished product came out amazing.

I made “holiday” canvases. These were so easy to make and not that messy at all, besides the glitter. But who doesn’t like working with glitter? I think it makes the home look a lot more festive and fun.

Here is the list of materials you will need:

1. Canvas (I have a bunch of these in my closet, but they sell canvases at any art stores)

2. Glue & a spoonful of water (It’s best to use a liquid glue. I chose to use Tacky Glue. I poured the glue into a disposable bowl and mixed a little bit of water into it to thin out the glue.)

3. Disposable paint brush (I bought two brushes at Michael’s craft store for 50 cents each. I only ended up using one of them.)

4. Glitter!

5. Silhouette of your holiday drawing of your choice (I actually made my own tree silhouette using Microsoft Word. I found and printed the deer head from Google.)

6. Pencil (to trace the silhouette onto the canvas)

7. Scissors

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The steps are very easy to follow.
Step one: Print out silhouettes of your holiday drawing. I chose a deer head and a Christmas tree.

Step two: Cut out the silhouettes and trace onto your canvas.

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Step three: Mix your glue and a spoonful of water into a bowl(disposable.)

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Step four: Paint the glue, using your brush, on the insides of your traced silhouette.

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Step five: Sprinkle glitter over the ‘painted’ areas.

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Step six: Dust/blow glitter off, preferably outside or into a trashcan.

Step seven: Let dry.

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This was so pretty. I absolutely love it. I know I will be making more holiday themed canvases. I can’t wait.

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Try these out and let me know how it went!

The Holiday Window Decal

Holiday season is already here and people are excited. Stores are decorated with Thanksgiving colors and some stores are even starting to play Christmas music. In  November.

But of course, being a lover of Christmas season myself, I wanted to get started early, so I went on Pinterest and started browsing “Christmas decorations.” I saw an affordable and cute project I could do myself and this is what I did.

The DIY holiday window decal.

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These are currently decorating my bedroom window

You only need four things:

1. Plastic clear sheet (I’m not sure what it’s called because my dad’s an artist so he had rolls of them, but they’re almost like projector head sheets, clear thick plastic-y sheets. You can also use thick ziplock)

2. Printout of snowflakes (I found printouts of traceable snowflakes on Google)

3. Your choice colors of puffy fabric paint. (I purchased mine at Michael’s craft store for $2 each)

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The steps are fairly easy; you just tape the cutout to your work surface. Then you tape the clear sheet over your cutout. You then use your puffy fabric paint to trace the snowflakes. Let it dry and then peel off. Finally, you have your snowflake decal pieces that you can stick on your windows.

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My experience with this project was pretty good. One piece of advice I have for you is to not hold back on the amount you squeeze while tracing. The first time I did it, I thought I used a lot of paint, but they shrink while they dry. It happened to me and it made it a little difficult to peel the paint. I’m not sure about the experience using Ziplock bags but with the clear plastic sheet, it made it difficult. Use a lot of puffy paint.

Holiday Pinecones

Pinecones are a fantastic way to decorate your home during the holidays. They’re even prettier and more festive when you paint them. I chose to paint them white and gold.

The only materials I needed were a bag of pinecones, which I purchased at Michaels craft store for $2 because they were on sale, and I needed white and gold spray paint.

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I wore gloves to avoid getting paint on my hands and I sprayed these outdoors in a very well ventilated area.20141129_123616

I also made sure to spray these on top of an old blanket to ensure that I didn’t get any paint on the ground.20141129_123627

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I actually had a lot of fun spray painting these and I even mixed white with gold giving it that “ombre” effect.

The Wooden Rustic Headboard

This is a project I would love to make in the near future.

It’s a wood rustic headboard.

How amazing would it be to have a nature-themed bedroom? And to take the first step, I want to attempt to make my own headboard piece.

(By the way, if you don’t know what a headboard is, it’s the flat piece that separates your bed from the wall.)

I found this on ThisOldHouse.com. Check it out. I think it’s very pretty. It can be a bit much but I like the simplicity it has.

I also found a smaller one. This is from Houzz.com. (This is one of my most favorite websites when it comes to home and interior decorating.) I like the eclectic look of this headboard. I also love the grayish color it has, too.

This headboard is, hands down, my favorite. It seems easier to make and the materials needed are minimal. Check it out: Ana-White.com. This site tells you everything you need, from the materials to even the estimated costs.

Prettyhandygirl.com‘s blog has photos, materials, and directions on how to build a headpiece. I like this one, too, but it doesn’t have that ‘raw’ look to it. It’s cute, but not my style.

I really hope to tackle this one day soon as I am planning on moving next summer. My new room could definitely use a makeover. How exciting!

The Fairy Glow Jar.. or is it?

So I know this “DIY” project seems a little childish, but I wanted to try it out because of all the awesome pictures I saw on Pinterest and the videos on Youtube.

All I used were:

1. Sheet of clear plastic

2. Glow-in-the-dark puffy fabric paint (I bought this at Michael’s craft store for $3)

3. Mason or any glass jar

4. Scotch tape

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Step 2: Use your puffy paint and dabs dots, of different sizes, onto your plastic sheet.

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Step 3: Let dry.

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Step 4: Roll up and put into jar.

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And that’s it. It’s as simple as that.

I did this for one mason jar and it was just so-so. It was a little hard to see the glow, but then again, I didn’t let it out in the sun. I used artificial lighting.

I think if I made this for a lot of jars and maybe used different glow-in-the-dark paint colors, this project would have been more successful.

However, I enjoyed trying it out.

Let me know if you or anyone you know have tried this. I want to know your experience with it.

The Ring Holder 3

Ever since I had the biggest scare when I couldn’t find my ring, I’ve been researching ring holders. I have a couple that I made already but I thought this one would be fun to make.

I have to admit, this is a very pretty ring holder.

You will need:

1. a small plastic animal (make sure there’s a “hook” or something to ensure that your ring will fit or hang correctly)

2. hot glue gun

3. spray paint, color of your choice (I used gold because it’s what I had left over from another DIY project)

4. a piece of wood (my fiancé cut a piece and sanded it down for me)

5. few decorative pieces (I used flowers that I had left over from another DIY project)

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First, spray paint the toy animal. I used an elephant so I could use its nose as the hook. Let the toy dry completely.

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Next, glue the toy’s feet onto the block of wood.

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Then, add your decorative pieces onto the block of wood with the hot glue gun.

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Finally, I used some twine I had and glued it all along the bottom of the wood piece.

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This is my absolute favorite. I was inspired to make this because of this ring holder/dish from Anthropologie. It’s obviously way too expensive. So I made this elephant piece.

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Ring dish from Anthropologie. It’s adorable but way overpriced.

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