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Twine Covered Vases
These super cute vases cost me next to nothing. I used Starbucks Frappuccino bottles (these were a gift so they cost me nothing), hot glue that I have oodles, acorns for the fall ones & mini pine-cones for the winter ones (free ) & twine that was left over from another project. We all have bottle and jars we can re-purpose so just find ones that you like the shape of.
What you will need:
Bottle or jar
Hot glue gun & glue
Prepare bottle by cleaning & drying. There was a sticky residue left on mine from the label. I didn’t bother trying to remove it since it would be covered by the twine & could even help hold it in place.
Put a small line of hot glue on the bottle (I started along the edge of the lip of the bottle) and lay the twine on the glue
Keeping the twine taught wind it around the bottle putting a small line of glue every couple of rounds
When you reach the bottom cut the twine and secure the end with hot glue.
Yes, it really is that easy.
Embellish anyway you’d like. For my acorn vases I hot glued the acorns to a length of twine and then tied it around the vase. For the pine-cone vases I tied twine bows around the vases & hot glued the pine-cones to the bows.
I think these would look great as a centerpiece on a table (maybe even with some greenery of wintry stems) or you could even make them into place holders & add name tags to them.
I love Christmas wreaths & I love the use of deco mesh in them that is so popular right now. What I do not love is the price of pre made wreaths that are a minimum of $25.00 and go up to the too ridiculous to mention price. I didn’t want to do a 100% deco mesh wreath because of cost & I wasn’t going for the Candyland look. I made 4 of these for about $8.00 each. This project was fast & easy. I bought all my wreaths & a roll of deco mesh at Hobby Lobby for 50% off. The bows I bought at Big Lots. If you wanted to wait to make these after Christmas you could make them even cheaper with clearance prices!
What you will need:
Artificial greenery wreath
Roll of deco mesh (I used one full roll for my 4 wreaths)
Bow &/or other decorations
Prepare your wreath by removing any tags & fluffing out all the pieces
Unroll a few feet of your deco mesh (do not cut it yet)
Loosely fold the mesh in half and pinch the end together
Place the end of the deco mesh into the wreath so the end is not showing
Take a piece of greenery from each side of the deco mesh & twist the greenery around it just like a twist tie. (This secures the deco mesh without needing any other fasteners)
Move down the wreath a few inches keeping the deco mesh loose and make a poof
Put the mesh down into the wreath and secure it the same way
Repeat all the way around then cut the deco mesh before securing the last section.
Secure the last piece & be sure to tuck the end inside the wreath so it will not be seen.
Attach your bow using the wire on the bow or looping a piece of greenery through the back.
Hang wherever you like & enjoy! (I used large suction cups to hang mine on my windows. You could also use Command hooks.)
I love mine! They look so nice on all of my windows & I know they will last for years to come.
Create a wintry frosty setting yet warmed up considerably from the soft glow of flickering candlelight with these super easy and inexpensive frosty tea light holders. This is a great way to upcycle food jars that otherwise would go in the recycling bin.
The cost of this project is super cheap and you may already have all the materials on hand except the Epsom salts which can be found at just about any grocery, drug or national chain store.
Jars of any size(s) you wish. Cleaned & dried
Mod Podge (or white school glue mixed 1/2 and 1/2 with water)
Ribbon, embroidery floss or any other pretty thing to tie around them
Shallow pan or box
Wax paper, foil or paper plate to sit you candle holder on to dry
Pour a layer of Epsom salt into your pan or box.
Coat your jars with Mod Podge using a paint brush.
Sprinkle, roll or whatever method you like the Epsom salt onto the jar.
Sit on wax paper to dry.
After it’s completely dry tap the jar to remove excess salts & tie a pretty bow, drop in a tea light candle & enjoy!
Notes: I sprayed mine with with a clear gloss to make sure it was more icy looking but I don’t think it’s necessary. I think I want to see what it looks like with glitter too! These look great on my cake stand with some pine cones & ornaments.
Every year I make some kind of ornament for my family that involves my girls. This year I made thumb print heart ornaments. One side of the heart is my 3 years old thumb print & the other is my 15 month olds thumb print. This is a great way to preserve how little their precious fingers are and I hope they will treasure these homemade holiday ornaments when they are all grown up.
This is a guest post by Tiffany Ivanovsky who blogs over at MyLitter. Tiffany has been married to her husband Paul for 14 years and together they have 7 kids ages 13, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2 and 2 months. She works outside her home as the Director of a private Christian preschool. When she has the time, she loves to spend it outdoors with her kids, watching their sporting events and participating herself! She loves the thrill of getting a good deal and the satisfaction of helping others find them also!
We spent the weekend being crafty. My kids are on a BIG Harry Potter kick, about 5 years behind the times, but loving it none the less. We watched most of the movies in the car on the way to and from California and all over Arizona and Texas this past month. They turn everything from straws. to sticks to granola bars into magic wands.
I love listening to them and watching the big kids get completely involved and play along. In fact, we have made up a list of our own “Ivanovsky Spells.”
My Favorite? In place of one of the more popular Harry Potter spells “expelliarmus” the Ivanovsky version is “smelly lamas.” I am sure you can see how the rest of them go!
My oldest has a “real” Harry Potter wand he got one year from Santa, it was the pricy kind at $40 that is motion activated. The little kids drug it out and have been fighting I mean sharing it nicely all week. They had a lemonade stand earning $42 and decided to pool the money to buy another wand. Like that is going to go well…
My crafty 8 year old got online and found many different sets of instructions on how to make a wand. The other kids shook their heads and said “no!” She begged me to help her make one. Since I had just about everything I said sure, and we got started.
You will need:
Glue Gun / Glue Sticks (about 3 large ones for each wand)
Craft Paint (we liked metallic and glitter)
Chop Sticks or wooden dowels
Marble or something to put at the handle end. We found a bag of wedding gems at Walmart for $3.50 that worked perfectly.