Dollar Store Craft: DIY Candle Wrap Decor

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 dollar store candle wrap

Today’s challenge was to make a Dollar Store craft and I thought it would be easy, but I wracked my brain for a good two weeks over this craft and didn’t come up with anything I really liked until this past weekend. I’m not much of a procrastinator so that’s really bad for me. I wanted this craft to be easy and affordable (obviously) but every idea I had prior to the candle wrap still would’ve cost at least $20. It kind of defeats the purpose of a Dollar Store craft at that point.

Eventually, I came up with the candle wrap. It’s super easy to make (especially if you print out the patterns I’m going to give you below) affordable and looks really neat when there’s a candle lit inside!

diy candle wrap materials

Things You Will Need

Printer
Pattern
X-acto knife
Glue or tape
Straight, tall vase
Cutting board/cardboard

candle wrap flower pattern Candle wrap butterfly pattern Candle wrap triangle pattern

Step 1

Click one of the patterns above to be taken to a larger version. Print out the one you want to use for your candle wrap.

These are all sized for 8.5×11 paper.

You can always make your own pattern, too!

cut out candle wrap pattern

Step 2

Cut around the pattern.

For the butterfly pattern I wanted to cut around the wings only to make it look like the butterflies were flying with light behind them. You can cut them out completely if you prefer.

diy candle wrap decor

Step 3

Wrap the paper around the vase and glue or tape it in place.

diy candle wrap

Step 4

Place a candle in the vase and light it. I didn’t have all of my lights off in this picture, but you get the gist.

butterfly candle wrap

All of the lights were off this this picture and the following one. Pretty, right?

diy dollar store candle wrap

I like this craft because it’s cheap (which is always nice), looks pretty sweet with the lights off and would be a great decor item for parties.

You can experiment with different colors of paper and patterns to see the different results. I’d really like to try this with wax paper. I bet that would look neat!

Let me know what you think! I’d love to hear your feedback, ideas for patterns, colored paper and whatever else you have on your mind.

The Craft Challenge Participants and Their Dollar Store Crafts

Craft Challenge 2015 Introduction Eclectic Enchantments A Pop of Red Found This Painted That Tinkerbell Knits Make Something Mondays Image Map

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

All of the Dollar Store crafts are to be posted at some point today!

Happy Crafting!!!

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DIY Fall Wreath Decor

DIY fall wreath

I told myself that I wasn’t going to make any fall-related crafts until September, but I couldn’t help myself. I saw the autumn leaf decor at Pat Catan’s today and wanted to use it to make a Fall wreath.  I love the colors!

It took about an hour to make and the materials cost about $12. Not too bad if you ask me!fall wreath materials

Things You Will Need

Water
Ribbon
Burlap
Newspaper
Paint brush
Acrylic paint
Wreath base
Wooden letters
Hot-melt glue
Hot-melt glue gun

painted wooden letters for fall

Step 1

Paint your letters and let them dry.

autumn leavesfor fall wreath

Step 2

In the meantime you can wrap your autumn leaves around your wreath base and glue them into place.

burlap wreath decoration

Step 3

Cut a piece of burlap long enough to stretch across your wreath and wrap about the back.

Glue it tightly into place.

wooden letter decor on wreath

Step 4

Glue your letters across the burlap so they stretch across the length of the wreath.

DIY fall wreath

Tie on your ribbon and hang up your new fall wreath!

I’d love to know what you think! Leave me some feedback in the comments 🙂

Happy crafting!

DIY Geometric Pen Holder

DIY geometric pen holder

I was really excited for my craft this week. I recently started a new job, which means I have a new desk in a new environment. I wanted to spice up the space a little bit with a fun pen holder.

I knew I wanted it to be geometric, but wasn’t sure exactly how to go about it. So I googled “geometric 3d design templates” and found this site called korthalsaltes.com. It has templates for a ton of 3D shapes. I decided on a dodecahedron template.

There are two templates for the design I wanted, but the ones available were either too large or too small for my preference, so I made my own. You can use my template if you want. All you have to do is print and cut it out.

 

geometric pen holder materials

Things You Will Need

Pencil
Hot-melt glue
Cardstock paper
Pentagon template
Scissors or X-acto knife
Paint or scrapbook paper
*Cutting mat
*Ruler

*Optional but useful

 

pentagon shaped cut outs

Step 1

Print your template on a piece of cardstock and cut out the shapes. You should have 12 shapes in your template but you should only use 11 of them. You’ll be leaving the top of the 3D shape open.

pen holder first steps

Step 2

Glue two of your pentgon-shaped cut outs together.

3D pen holder

pen holder in beginning stages

Step 3

Continue gluing the rest of the cut outs together until you have something like the above.

All of your edges should be the same length so don’t worry about whether or not they will fit a certain way.

mod modged scrapbook paper pen holder

Step 4

For this step you’ll either use the paint or the scrapbook paper.

If you’re using paint, go ahead and do your thing.

If you’re using scrapbook paper, use the same template to cut the same number of shape out of your paper. Then Mod Podge the shapes to your soon-to-be pen holder. Let that dry and add another layer of Mod Podge to the outside to seal the paper and add a protective layer.

3D pen holder on my desk

Plop some pens into your new, beautiful pen holder and enjoy!

DIY geometric pen holder

I am planning to make a few more of these with different designs and in different sizes. Maybe they won’t all be pen holders. Who knows? I’d love to hear your feedback and ideas! Leave it in the comments.

Happy crafting!

DIY Accent Color Wall Art

DIY accent color wall art

I’ve never been in a house that didn’t have at least one decorative element on the wall. I bet you can’t think of one either. So, it’s probably safe to say that people like wall art. However, they might not want to pay for some of the more expensive options.

I like to make art and I enjoy teaching other people to do the same, so it makes sense to start with decorative, simple art.

This example is great for the modern home that needs a small pop of color.

Want to try it? It’s easy…

wall art materials

Things You Will Need

Ruler
Canvas
Newspaper
Stencil tape
Acrylic paint
X-acto knife
Paint brushes

Oil-based Sharpie markers a highly recommended but optional.

stencil tape art

Step 1

Lay out your stencil tape in the design you want.

Tip: To get the sharp points, stretch your tape out longer than it needs to be. Then lay the ruler across where it needs to be cut and use your X-acto knife to cut it.

painted canvas

Step 2

Paint everything black except one strip in the center. Paint the lone strip pink.

black pink wall art

Step 3

Peel off the tape when your paint is dry.

You might have a few paint lines that aren’t as even as you would’ve like them to be.

That’s where the oil-based Sharpie markers come in. You’ll want a black and a while one.

sharpie essentials

Use them to even out the lines. Obviously, use the black on the black lines and the white to cover up any paint that spills over.

DIY accent color wall art

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

I like the abstraction. The black. And, of course, the accent color.

The bigger the canvas, the bigger the impact.

Let me know what you think!

Happy painting 🙂

DIY Sketchbook and Pen Case

diy sketchbook case closed

I know this is two sewing projects in a row and that’s not normal for me. But this sketchbook/pen case was actually the project I was working on for the Craft Challenge: sewing edition last week but didn’t have time to finish.

I sewed the whole thing by hand (I know I’m insane), but I’d advice using a sewing machine if you have one. My sore fingers would advise you do the same.

Besides the time and finger pain, it was a neat project. I love the fabric combination and especially the way it turned out.

It’s always more satisfactory to use something you’ve created. So… if you want to make one keep reading.

materials pen sketchbook case

Things You Will Need

Thread
Fabric
Needle
Ribbon
Scissors

sketchbook pen case body

sketchbook pencil case body

Step 1

Cut 2 sheets of fabric about a foot longer than you want your sketchbook case be.

Flip it inside out, sewing the 2 long edges and one of the short edges, and then flip it right-side out again.

inside seam

Step 2

Flip about half an inch of the short edge that you didn’t sew into the case and sew it shut.

sketchbook case pockets

Step 3

Flip the sides of the fabric inward and sew the tops of them together to form 2 pockets.

pocket cut out

Step 4

Cut another piece of fabric that will serve as a pocket for your pens.

Flip it inside out, sew 3 of the edges, and flip it right-side out.

pen pocket

sketchbook pen pocket close up

Step 5

Sew the pocket to the body of the case.

DIY sketchbook case

You should have something that looks like this.

sketchbook closure button

ribbon closure sketchbook case

Step 6

Now, you’re going to want to add a button and some ribbon to the outside of the case.

You’ll want to sew the button to outside on one side. Then secure the ribbon to the outside edges.

diy sketchbook case closed

BEAUTIFUL. Right?

Well, I’m a fan of it. I hope you like it too.

Let me know what you think!

Happy crafting!