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DIY Gold and Silver Dusted Candles

March 24, 2015 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under For the Home

Gold Silver Dusted Candles DIY Gold and Silver Dusted Candles
Candlelight is key to my happiness in the depths of winter. It’s flickering glow helps chase the doldrums away when the sky is grey and cheerless. And adding a little sparkle and shine to those candles makes them even more happy inducing! These gold and silver dusted candles make a beautiful addition to your winter decor and also make a lovely (and oh so simple to whip up) hostess gift.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 5 minutes plus dry time

Things you’ll need:
Taper candles
Gold and/or silver spray paint
Box or well covered work surface

Things to do:
1. In a well ventilated work area, set your candle, bottom end down, on the box bottom at about a 45 degree angle.
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2. Lightly spray the candle in short bursts, running from the bottom of the candle up toward the middle, but only spraying about 1/3 of the way up. You want the spray to be lighter toward the top of the painted area and heavier at the base.
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Gold Silver Dusted Candles4 DIY Gold and Silver Dusted Candles
3. Turn and repeat until you have painted all the way around.
4. Stand the candles on end, paint end down, and allow them to dry before using.
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DIY Blooming Tree Branches

DIY Blooming Tree Branches DIY Blooming Tree Branches
The sun is starting to peek through the clouds and the birds are singing. Yes, it’s almost springtime! In preparation for this sweet season, we’re experimenting with blooming branches. This DIY will bring nature indoors, making your house a spring haven.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 30 Minutes
Age range: 10 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Branches
Assorted paper
Jute
Scissors
Pen
Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Things to do:
1. The first step is making a heart pattern. The easiest way to do this is to fold a piece of paper in half and cut half of a heart shape. Unfold it, and you’ll be left with a perfect pattern!
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2. Once you’ve cut out your pattern, you’ll want to trace it onto several different kinds of paper. Cut the same number of hearts out of each different piece of paper.
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3. Fold the heart shapes in half, using the handle of your scissors to make a sharp crease.
4. Run a line of hot glue down the crease.
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5. Attach the heart to the branch.
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6. Repeat these steps until the entire branch is covered in blooming hearts.
7. Use jute to tie a decorative bow on the branch.
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Easter Egg Wreath Tutorial

Easter Egg Wreath Tutorial Easter Egg Wreath Tutorial
If you’re looking for a beautiful way to adorn your door this Easter season, then this DIY Easter wreath tutorial was made for you! In just a few simple steps, you can create a customized wreath that you’re sure to love.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Age range: 10 and Up *Younger ages may need help with the hot glue gun
Time to complete: 30 Minutes

Things you’ll need:
Grapevine Wreath Form
Hot Glue Gun
Decorative Eggs
Ribbon Bows
Moss
Pip berry pick

Things to do:
1. The first step is gluing Easter eggs onto the wreath form. I’ve found that hot glue works best, because it holds the eggs securely in place. Add as many eggs as you want, until you find a look that you like.
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2. The next step is adding moss. Use hot glue and attach moss to the wreath form in-between the eggs. Fill the entire wreath with moss.
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3. Add dried flowers and bows sporadically around the wreath. These add a little more decoration and complete the look of the wreath.
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4. Have fun using a variety of colors and experiment with different decorations to create a wreath that you love!
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DIY Pottery Barn Inspired Decorative Ball Table Display

March 6, 2015 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under For the Home, General Crafts

Decorative Ball Table Display DIY Pottery Barn Inspired Decorative Ball Table Display
I originally made this display for the picnic table on the deck, but it almost immediately made it’s home on my kitchen counter! The basket is made from chicken wire or you could use any wire or wicker basket to hold the ornaments.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 1 hour
Age range: Teen and up (due to use of glue)

Things you’ll need:
3- 2 1/2″ Styrofoam balls
3- 2″ Styrofoam balls
Brown twig grapevine balls
Dried dark green reindeer moss
Tiny natural wood slice table scatters
Miniature red pip berry garland
Brown cord string lights
Brown acrylic paint
Paintbrush
E6000 glue
Twine
Scissors
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Toothpicks
Box lid or piece of foam

Things to do:
1. Begin by placing a toothpick in each of the 2 1/2″ Styrofoam balls. Use toothpick as a handle while painting each one with brown paint. Poke toothpick into a box lid or flat piece of foam to let paint dry.
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2. Meanwhile, coat a section of a 2″ Styrofoam ball with E6000 glue and cover with reindeer moss. Continue until entirely covered. Repeat for other 2″ balls. Wrap each one randomly with twine and tie off. Trim ends as desired.
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3. After brown paint is dry, use a toothpick to spread E6000 glue over brown paint. Place wood table scatters side by side until entirely covered. Repeat for other 2 1/2″ balls.
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4. When glue is dry, arrange the grapevine, moss, and wood slice balls in your choice of basket. Intertwine the pip berry garland and the string lights so that it is appealing to you.
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DIY Vintage Inspired Lace Dreamcatcher

Sweet Dream Catcher DIY Vintage Inspired Lace Dreamcatcher
It’s that time of year where everyone loves to sleep just a little longer… Make sure you catch every sweet dream to remember later with this lacy version of a dreamcatcher. Make it as shown or customize to match decor. This is also a great project to use up scraps of ribbon and lace.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 1 hour + depending on detail and materials used
Age range: 10 years old to adult

Things you need:
8″ gold metal craft ring
Ecru round crocheted doily
Natural flat lace
Ivory sheer chiffon and satin ribbon
Vintage Inspired wooden spool of natural lace
Cream color thread
Needle
Scissors
Scotch tape
Scraps of ribbon, string, fabric, pearls, etc.

Things to do:
1. Using small piece of scotch tape, tape over opening in metal ring. Using needle and thread, sew doily to metal ring. Be sure to leave loops in doily open so that you can put trims through them in the next step. Stitch around, knot thread, and trim end.
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2. Cut flat lace 48″ long. Starting at the 6:00 position on the doily, fold lace in half, loop through one of the scallops on the doily (around metal ring) from front to back. Pull tails through loop, tighten gently.
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3. Cut several 4′ pieces of lace, ribbon, and trims. Attach to the ring in the same manner as the first piece of lace. I went from the 4:00 to the 8:00 positions as a guide. To add dimension, I strung pearls on heavy cotton thread and knotted under each pearl to secure. Add these strands the same way as the lace and ribbon.
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4. Cut a 12″ piece of sheer/satin ribbon for a hanger. Pull through two spaces at top center of ring and knot in front.
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5. To cover the knot from the hanger, make a lace flower: cut a 14″ piece of flat lace. Using needle and thread, runs long gathering stitch along the straight edge of the lace. Gather tight and spiral lace in a circle to form a flower. Sew a few stitches through the center to secure. Sew or glue to top of dream catcher. Finish by sewing or gluing 3 pearls to flower center.
6. Trim tails at bottom, as desired.
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Upycle: DIY Rustic Jute Vase

Upycle DIY Rustic Jute Vase Upycle: DIY Rustic Jute Vase
This rustic jute vase turns an old bottle into a beautiful piece of decor! Have fun experimenting with different types of string and fabric to create a custom vase to match your home.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 45 Minutes
Age range: 12 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Old glass bottle
Jute
Scissors
Burlap fabric
Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Things to do:
1. The first step is covering the bottle in jute. Start by securing the end of a piece of jute to the bottom of the bottle with hot glue.
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2. Once the jute is secured, wrap the jute around the bottle, applying hot glue when necessary. Continue wrapping until the bottom portion of the bottle is covered.
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3. When the bottom is covered, cut the jute and use hot glue to secure the end.
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4. Now you’ll want to cover the neck of the bottle in jute. Leave about 1 inch of space and start gluing and applying the jute until the neck of the bottle is covered.
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5. Cut three heart shapes out of a piece of burlap fabric.
6. Fold the heart shapes in half and run the hot glue down the crease. Attach the hearts to the bottle, letting the sides poke out for a cool, 3D effect.
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DIY Gold Strings Lights

DIY Gold Strings Lights DIY Gold Strings Lights
Christmas might be over, but that’s no reason to put away all the twinkle lights! Turn them into an year round decor piece with a little time and paint and you’ll end up with something fun and fabulous! While any color can be used here, gold makes an excellent pairing with the glow of the lights and is perfect indoors or out.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 1 hour plus dry time

Things you’ll need:
Strings lights, either traditional or LED bulb style
Gold plate spray paint
Masking tape and/ or paper towels

Things to do:
1. Before you begin to paint, you’ll need to mask off or remove the bulbs from your lights. If you are using non-removable LED bulbs, wrap the glass of each bulb in a small piece of masking tape. If you are using traditional lights or LED lights with removable bulbs, pull out each bulb, set it aside, and stuff a small piece of paper towel into the cavity where the bulb was. Repeat for all the lights on the strand.
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2. Mask off the prongs of your plug or, if you are using solar lights, the end of the wire and the solar panel using tape and paper towels to cover the unit.
3. In a well ventilated area, spray the lights with thin coats of paint on a covered work surface, turning the strand over as each coat dries to make sure the whole things is well covered.
4. Once the cords and bulb bases are painted and dry, remove the masking or paper towels and replace the bulbs on the removable style strands. Plug in and enjoy!

Easy DIY Wine Tags

February 19, 2015 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under For the Home, General Crafts

Easy DIY Wine Tags Easy DIY Wine Tags
While a full scale party calls for some forethought on the which wine glass belongs to who front, an informal or smaller gathering might need some last minute prep to keep the wine glasses separate. These tags are quick to make and fun to customize, just keep a stack of tags handy and you are set to go!

Time required: less than 5 minutes
Difficulty level: Easy

Things you’ll need:
Tags
Pinking shears
Paper punches
Scissors
Twine

Things to do:
1. Trim tags to a roughly square dimension.
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2. Use scissors, and punches to decorate each tag differently to differentiate them.
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3. Tie them to wine glass stems with twine, trim the ends and party away!
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Binder Clip Photo Holders

February 18, 2015 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under For the Home, General Crafts

Binder Clip Photo Holders Binder Clip Photo Holders
I love having photos of my kids and family on my desk but I don’t always have frames handy, so having easy, quick ways to display my photos is a plus in my book. This trick is so simple and fun! And bonus, you can customize these easily with paint or washi tape. Here we’ve use gold spray paint to brighten this set but you could pick your own colors and run with it!

Time required: 5 minutes plus dry time
Difficulty level: easy

Things you’ll need:
Binder clips
Spray paint
Cardboard
Washi tape (optional)

Things to do:
1. Clip your binder clips to some cardboard and, in a ventilated space, spray the body of the clip in thin layers until it’s well covered.
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2. Once the clips are dry, carefully insert the pictures by pulling back on the arms of the clips.
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3. Adjust the photos so they are centered and so the bottom edge of the print rests on the bottom of the clip. Squeeze the arms together and slip them out of the edges of the clip. Stand the picture on the flat end.
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DIY Soap on a Rope

February 17, 2015 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under For the Home, General Crafts

DIY Soap on a Rope DIY Soap on a Rope
One of my pet peeves is finding that little sliver of soap stuck to the wall of the bathtub after the kids get out of their bath. Besides being a pain, the floating soap in the water habit means we go through soap much faster than we should. So my solution? Soap on a rope. Not only does it save the soap and my sanity, I can customize it with ingredients and scents that I like! Win-win!

Difficulty level: Moderate
Time required: 45 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Parachute cord
Scissors
Glycerin soap block or other meltable soap base
Yogurt containers
Double boiler or microwave
Essential oils (optional)
Pencil, spoon or ruler

Things to do:
1. Start by melting your soap, either in a microwave container or over a double boiler.
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2. While the soap is melting, cut an 18-20 inch piece of paracord for each soap you plan to make. Fold in half and tie a knot near the ends. Singe the ends to avoid fraying.
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3. Set the paracord loop into the yogurt container, knot side down, and fold the top over a pencil or ruler suspended over the edges of the carton to keep the rope centered in the container.
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4. When the soap base in melted, add essential oils as desired before pouring it into the yogurt container, filling it about 3/4 of the way full. Allow the soap to set up fully before removing it from the container with a sharp, inverted tap on the counter and hang the rope loop on you faucet handle for easy access.

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