Upcycled Craft: DIY Candle From Antiques

The Craft Challenge

This post is part of The Craft Challenge. If you’re interested in learning more about the challenge, you can read about it here.

DIY upcycled candle holders

This month’s theme for The Craft Challenge is Upcycling: to create something new from something old. This is typically throw-away material, but it doesn’t always have to be.

I was in a resale shop and found these old, beautiful brass candlestick holders and small ceramic bowls. They seemed to go very well together, so I decided to make a candle holder out of them.

DIY upcycled candle materials

Things You Will Need:
A pot
Water
Knives
Tin can
Super glue
Candle wax
Fragrance oil
Candle wicks
Ceramic bowels
Candlestick holders

You can get the majority of these materials from any hobby shop. Rummaging a resale or consignment shop will be great for finding older materials to upcycle if you don’t already have something laying around. Teacups make nice candle holders has well!

The rest of the materials can be purchased online at stores like Amazon or Michaels.

melting soy wax

Step 1
Fill up your tin can with candle wax. (I chose soy wax).

Place it in a pot filled less than half way with water and turn your burner on high.

**Note: You can use other containers to hold the wax, but tin conducts heat well and cools quickly when removed so it’s a great choice for candle making.

candle wick set up

Step 2
While your wax is melting, you can set up your candle’s wicks. Place the wicks in the center of your bowls and hold them upright with a knife like in the image above.

melted candle wax

Step 3
When your wax is completely melted, you can pull the tin out of the pot. Be careful, because it will be very hot. I always use oven mits or tongs.

candle fragrance oil

Step 4
Now you can pour in your fragrance oil. There will be instructions on your bottle telling you how much you’ll need.

Stir well.

drying candle wax

Step 5
Pour the wax into your bowls and use a second knife to hold the wicks in place.

Let the wax dry and the bowl cool.

candlestick glued to candle holder

Step 6
Super glue your candlestick holder to the bottom of your bowl.

Let it dry.

brass candle stick holder

DIY upcycled candle holders

When you’re finished, you will have yourself some newly upcycled candles. I love mine :-)

One person’s trash is another’s treasure, right?

The Craft Challenge Participants and Their Upcycled Crafts

Click on each of the pictures to check out each of their crafts.

All of the upcycled crafts are to be posted at some point today.

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DIY Almond Cookie Reed Diffuser

DIY almond cookie reed diffuser

I love Yankee Candle reed diffusers but I could do without the price tag. $22 for a bottle, oils and reeds? I don’t think so.

I can buy all of those materials for about $10 elsewhere. Not to mention my refill and and reeds will cost less as well.

The best thing about DIY reed diffusers is that you can make your own scent. I did find one I really liked (Almond Cookie) but I had originally planned to mix and match oils to make a more unique scent. Next time.

DIY reed diffuser materials

Things You Will Need:
Reeds
Glass bottle
1oz. Fragrance oil
4-5 oz. unscented diffuser base (you can use vodka in place of this)

I found all of my materials at Pat Catan’s for about $8. The most expensive item was the glass bottle for $3. I could’ve bought a cheaper bottle for $1 but I liked the design and colors. I’m such a sucker for a good presentation.

You can get the materials at any hobby shop or on Amazon.

As far as the bottle goes, just make sure it is wider at the base that it is at the top. It helps the scent permeate the room.

reed diffuser oils

Step 1
Pour 4-5oz. of the reed diffuser base (depending on how strong you want the scented oil to be) into your bottle.

Then, pour in 1oz. of the fragrance oil.

Use one of the reeds to mix them together.

Now you can add all of your reeds to the oil. Swirl it around and flip them so that the dipped end of the reeds are upward.

DIY almond cookie reed diffuser

Now you have a wonderfully-scented reed diffuser!

If you want to make your own scent, here are some ideas:

  • Orange and peppermint
  • Orange, grapefruit and bergamot
  •  Wintergreen and citrus (smells like root beer)
  • Lemon, lavender and peppermint (great for allergy season)
  • Clove, cinnamon and ginger (smells like apple pie)
  • Orange, ginger and cinnamon (smells like cider)
  • Cinnamon and vanilla

If you have any other good oil combinations, I’d love to hear them!

DIY Simple Macrame Plant Hanger

DIY macrame plant hanger

Happy (belated) Mother’s Day to all of the wonderful mothers out there.

I went to visit my parents for Mother’s Day. While I was there, I noticed that my mom had bought all of the materials to make a macrame plant hanger, but hadn’t made one yet. So, I offered to help.

We sat in her living room for less than an hour and put the macrame plant hanger together.

materials macrame plant hanger

Things You Will Need
Craft rope
Large ring
Large wooden bead (optional)

rope for plant hanger

Step 1
Cut four long pieces of rope based on the size of plant hanger you want to make.

We needed a smaller hanger, so I stretched the rope the length of my arm span and cut them evenly.

knot beginning

Step 2
Evenly fold them through the ring and tie a knot at the top.

knots set 1

Step 3
Tie one double-knot a few inches down on each rope. The number of inches will depend on the size you want to macrame hanger to be.

Then, about an inch and a half from the first knot, make a second double knot.

knots set 2

Step 3
Repeat step 2, but this time, instead of making the knot on the same 2 strands, we’re going to create some webbing (like in the image above) by knotting the second and third strand, fourth and fifth strand, sixth and seventh strand, and the first and eighth strand.

The last two knots are going to create a circle.

knot bottom macrame hanger

Step 4
Tie another knot in the bottom of the hanger.

DIY macrame plant hanger macrame plant hanger

When you’re finished, you’ll have something that looks like the above.

It’s a great gift for Mother’s Day, too!

Mom had a terrarium sitting on her window sill that we decided to put in the hanger. It fit pretty well :-)

Happy crafting!

DIY Hanging Swirl Wire Earrings

DIY hanging swirl wire earrings

I know this post is coming much later in the day than usual but it’s better late than never, right?

Anyway…

I haven’t made any wire jewelry in a while and was thinking about this pair of earrings I saw the other day that i really liked. They were similar to these, except they had these hideous beads in the bottom swirl. I liked them, but sans beads. So I decided to make my own, more appealing version.

Now that they’re finished, I kind of wish I would’ve tried to use some textures on the wire, like maybe hammering, to give it a little something extra. I’ll definitely be trying it with my next batch.

hanging swirl earrings materials

Things You Will Need:
Wire
Pliers
Jump rings
Earring hooks
Thing-A-Ma-Jig

*You can get all of the materials to make these hanging swirl wire earrings at any craft store. If you are unsure of what to look for, leave me a comment and I’ll help you out.

wire length

Step 1
Cut a piece of wire about the length of your pliers.

earring loop top

Step 2
Put a small loop at the top of your wire.

earring swirl 2

Step 3
Using the second to largest peg in your Thing-A-Ma-Jig kit, start the first swirl in your soon-to-be earrings by wrapping it around the peg.

earring swirl 3

Step 4
With the front half of the earring face down, wrap the remaining wire around the largest peg in your kit.

earring swirls

Step 5
Pull out the second to largest sized peg again and use it to make that last swirl in the wire a little bit smaller.

last earring swirl

Step 6
Use your rounded pliers to put one extra swirl in your wire.

Repeat steps 1-6 to make a second earring.

earring hooks and jump rings

Add on your jump rings (optional) and earring hooks for a beautiful finish.

DIY hanging swirl wire earrings

These might be my new favorite earrings!

How cute would these look with this texture though? They probably would’ve been a lot easier to wrap too. ;-)

Let me know what you think! Do you like them?

Happy crafting!

Spring Craft: DIY Herb Garden Painted and Labeled Planters

The Craft Challenge

 

This post is part of The Craft Challenge. If you’re interested in learning more about the challenge, you can read about it here.
DIY painted planters with labels

While deciding what I wanted to make for the Spring portion of The Craft Challenge, I kept coming back to flowers. But I didn’t want to use flowers because I painted them last week. What’s more Spring-y than flowers?

I’ve wanted an herb garden for a long time, and Spring is a good time to buy herbs. I also enjoy painting so putting the two together seemed like a no-brainer. So, an indoor herb garden it is.

Making everything was the easy part. Keeping the herbs alive is going to be a bit harder. I’ve never kept anything green for more than a month, so we’ll see how this goes. I’ll keep you updated.

DIY planter materials

Things You Will Need:
Planters
Newspaper
Acrylic paint
Paint brushes
Painters tape
Sharpie paint markers

You will also need herbs (which you can buy at a greenhouse for about $5 each) and some potting soil. The lady I talked to at the greenhouse recommend Gardner’s Gold brand.

painting tape on planter

Step 1
Tape off the top half of your planter so the paint stays below the rim.

solid-colored planter pots

Step 2
Start painting your planters. I chose a variety of bright colors to add some pop to my living room.

painted labeled herb planters

Step 3
Paint your labels onto the planters. I chose to do some hand lettering of each herb I chose with a minimalist design.

DIY painted planters with labels

Make sure they have a good drainage system and you’re good to go! Set them on a sunny windowsill and water them when the soil feels dry.

herb garden planters

herb garden with labeled planters

I can’t wait to be able to use them for cooking and tea!

Let me know what you think! Did I choose a good Spring craft?

 

If you’d like to see the last challenge, check out the Yarn Craft Challenge. The other bloggers’ crafts are linked at the bottom of the post.

 

The Craft Challenge Participants and Their Spring Crafts

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 Emily made wire flower wall decor

Wire flower wall decor This is such a cute decorating idea for Spring. All you need is 16 gauge wire, pliers, gloves, a mounting device and a little time. If you were to buy one of these from a typical decor shop, you’d probably pay $50 give or take. But with Emily’s post, you can make your own for much less money.

 

 

Tinkerbell Knits made a yarn caterpillar

Yarn caterpillar craft

Kudos to Tinkerbell! She made a very cute knitter caterpillar for her garden. It’s very cute and all you’re going to need is 2 different shades of green yarn and two different sizes of knitting needles. I’m not much of a knitter, but I might try this. It would be a great way to use up scrap yarn, too!

 

 

We’ll have one more blogger contributing to the challenge. I’ll be posting her craft as soon as she does.

 

Thanks for reading :-) Happy Crafting!

DIY Watercolor Flower Painting

watercolor flower painting

My mom LOVES flowers and that is probably and understatement. The house I grew up in is like a jungle because of all of the plants.  Anyway, it was her birthday on Thursday so I went home for the weekend to spend some time with her.

I know it’s traditional to buy birthday cards, but I’m really not a fan of picking up some templated card with text that some random person wrote. I wanted to give her a birthday card that was more personal so I decided on a watercolor painting with a happy birthday at the bottom.

The process can take a while, depending on your experience level, but it’s a great starter project for getting into watercolor painting.

There are a few things you should know before you start using watercolor

Watercolor paints are transparent, so if you’re used to using oil or acrylic, this might be a little bit harder to get used to. You have to plan out where you’re white space is going to be. Painting an area white after you’ve painted it a different color is not going to work.

Limit your color palette to 2 or 3 colors. If you get too many colors on the paper, they will start to blend together and get a little muddy.

Use a variety of brushes. Don’t try to use one small brush. Vary the sizes and you’ll get better results.

watercolor flower painting materials

Things You Will Need:
Water
Paint brushes
Paper towels
Watercolor paints
Thick paper (watercolor paper, Bristol)
Flowers to look at (optional)

watercolor prep drawing

Step 1
Draw a very light outline of flowers on your paper with a pencil. These will be your guides. Don’t worry if it doesn’t look fantastic. The best thing about watercolor is that it doesn’t have to be perfect to look nice.
light blue flowers

Step 2
Paint your lightest colors first. Make sure your brush is wet (but not soaked).

To get a lighter shade of the color you’re using, get your paint brush wet, swirl it on the paint, dip it back into the water, then lightly dab it onto the towel. When you start painting you’ll get a very light color.

To get a darker shade, just use less water. Go from the paint directly onto the paper.
watercolor painting of flowers

watercolor painting with no outlines

Step 3
Paint on the darker colors.
watercolor flower painting

Step 4
Wait for everything to dry, then draw a thin black outline around all of the flowers and leaves. The outline helps to pull the whole image together and make it look a little more defined.

When you’re finished, you can add your message at the bottom and you have the perfect, from-the-heart birthday card. Your recipient will appreciate it much more that the card you thought about buying at the store.
If you’ve never used watercolor before, don’t worry! This is a good medium to start with. The colors bleed easily when there’s a good bit of water and can be easily touched up with ink when you’re finished. I would definitely recommend playing around with it. It’s a very nice stress reliever.

Hope you enjoyed my DIY for this week! I’d love to hear your feedback.

DIY Sketchbook Pen and Pencil Holder

DIY sketchbook pencil holder

Every artist that carries a sketchbook should have an easy-to-access pencil. Some carry multiple pencils in a fold-up case, but I typically don’t used more than one or two at a time. But every time I get an idea, I have to look for a pencil. So, I thought about buying a pencil holder for my sketchbook but, of course, decided to make my own instead. I know you’re surprised.

It’s really easy, cheap, and didn’t take long at all. I did mine my hand, but if you have a sewing machine, this will move a lot faster.

I love that it fits around my sketchbook so that I always have pencils with me. I was also excited about the elastic band because it fits a variety of sizes of sketchbooks. I’m trying out a Mod Notebook right now, but when I’m done with that one, I can use the pencil holder for my Moleskine as well.

sketchbook pencil holder materials

Things You Will Need:
Fabric
Elastic
Scissors
Sewing kit
Sketchbook

You can find everything you need for the DIY sketchbook pencil holder at Michael’s or any other craft/hobby shop.

pencil holder sizing

Step 1
Measure out your main piece of fabric to be situated something like this around the front cover of your sketchbook. That extra space is where we’re going to sew in the elastic later on.

pencil holder fabric pieces

Step 2
Cut out two more pieces of fabric: one for the actual pocket and one to accent the top of the pocket.

The pocket piece should be about half the size of the wrap-around piece.

The accept piece is optional, but looks nice. It’s your call how much space you want that one to take up.

pencil pocket

Step 3
Fold the accept piece under on both sides and sew it to the pocket.

pencil pocket inside wrap

Step 4
Fold over the piece that wraps around the sketchbook, inside out. Place the pocket inside of that. I put mine about 2 inches from the bottom of the wrapped piece, but this will depend on the size of your sketchbook. You’ll have to measure it to see what you like.

pencil holder with sewn edges

Step 5
Sew up both sides of the wrapped piece, making sure to include the pocket with your stitch.

Don’t sew across the top or the bottom of the wrapped piece or the pocket.

pencil holder in progress

Step 6
When you’re done sewing up the sides, flip the fabric right-side out so that you can see the pocket.

Sew across the bottom of the pocket so that your pencils don’t fall out.

elastic pencil holder

Step 7
Measure out your elastic pieces so that your wrap will fit around your sketchbook cover.

Now you can sew the elastic pieces into the top and bottom of the wrapped piece. Make sure to fold the ends of fabric pieces down inside first so the edges look clean.

DIY sketchbook pencil holder

Wrap the pencil holder around the front cover of your sketchbook and you’re done! Well, you’ll need some pencils, of course.

open sketchbook with pencil holder

The inside should look something like this.

sketchbook with pencil/pen holder

When planning out the pencil holder, I wanted something that wouldn’t ruin the cover of my sketchbook. In order to do that, I chose a thin fabric and made sure to end the pocket section right at the bottom of the sketchbook cover. With the fabric and elastic that takes up space on the inside of the sketchbook, it only lifts the cover a little bit. I’m happy with that.

If I wanted to carry anything else, like a smaller sketchbook or my wallet, it would fit nicely underneath the pencil holder, which is very convenient.

I’d love to hear what you think! Let me know in the comments.

Happy crafting :-)