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Easy DIY Vase Candle Set

Easy DIY Vase Candle Set

Make an Easy DIY Vase candle set

Happy snowy Monday everyone!  Due to the cold weather, we are showing you an indoor craft today on how to make an Easy DIY Vase Candle Set.  We had a few readers ask us to do a few crafts that any skill level can complete without tools, so we braved the -20 degree weather here in Ballwin, Missouri and ran over to Joann’s Craft store to grab some items for this fun, indoor warm project!  See readers, we listen to every request 😉

Easy DIY Vase Candle Set

I love a rustic yet easy DIY vase candle set – let’s just say it can bring that little something to a room in any season, but truly works wonders in the fall a winter, as it helps bring the outside in!  The great thing about this wonderful Easy DIY Vase Candle Set, you can use these on tables at rustic weddings, anniversary parties, or plain old back deck parties around the BBQ, and bring a little party  to life ;-).

Let’s get started on getting you a new table set – Here’s what we did.

1.  We purchased all the items you see in the photo for this project at Joann’s (if the thrift shop I go to was open I would have purchased my glass vases used, but weather permitting – Joann’s was my first thought).

Easy DIY Vase Candle Set

2.  We fired up our hot glue gun, and got to work gluing Panacea polished river pebbles you would use in a planter to the glass vases (we used round, but any type would look awesome – so experiment with what you like.)

Easy DIY Vase Candle Set

3.  Once we glued the first rock in a circle at the bottom of the vase, we added a wrap of burlap, and continued gluing on the river rock, and adding the burlap until we reached the top!

Easy DIY Vase Candle Set

4.  Then we cut two colors of Panacea decorative accent twin in dark and medium brown.  We twisted the ends together and added the hot glue.  Once stuck, we continued to twist until we wrapped all the areas under and over the polished river rock, creating the design of our Easy DIY Vase Candle Set.

Easy DIY Vase Candle Set

5.  We continued a second design on the smaller vase, which we turned into the candle holder.  we used Frog tape (green) from Home Depot to map off our area in a twist, and started adding the Panacea polished river rock to the vase.  When we finished we pulled the tape and added the remaining river rock to the rim at the top.  We added an Inglow brand Flameless real wax LED votive candle and some extra polished river rock to the bottom of the vase and inset the candle.  You can simply turn the candle off and on, no flame to worry about, how easy is that! 🙂

Easy DIY Vase Candle Set

Once done, this was the finished, yet easy DIY Vase Candle Set!  I love its rustic look with that tiny pop of red, but of course you can use any color flower’s or even real one if you choose.  I can hardly wait to place lilacs or wisteria inside this vase – Ah, spring cannot get here fast enough!

Easy DIY Vase Candle Set

We hope you enjoyed our Easy DIY Vase Candle Set post today. We truly want all of our readers to feel comfortable in the skill level projects of your choice.  For all levels of projects  visit our blog at Hello I Live Here!  Until next post – happy crafting Hello I Live Here readers – and stay warm all of you in the bad weather states!

Linda 🙂

DIY Christmas Art

DIY Christmas Art

Make easy DIY Christmas Art that is fun, reusable, and amazing!

Happy Sunday everyone!  Hello I Live Here’s Christmas post for today is DIY Christmas Art! Yep, we are recycling some old frames from our basement decorator corner.  We kept the DIY Christmas art simple and classic using an ordinary black and gold frame and removed the old photos to add our own DIY Christmas Art 🙂  Because the frame is so versatile once you are done using it for Christmas, simply change that ribbon and add a couple photos of your children or grandchildren and continue using it year round.

DIY Christmas Art

Here’s how we made our DIY Christmas Art project:

First, we searched our decor area for the perfect long frame.  I wanted a frame that had two smaller pictures and I knew I wanted it to be black and gold.  After I found it I ran straight to my crafts table and got to work 🙂  I cut the paper on the back open, removed the inside cardboard backing by pushing back on the staples, and removed the glass, storing it for later use.

DIY Christmas Art

Then, we took out the two smaller photos, turned them over and used Mod Podge glue to stick down our cut out piece of burlap that has a few sparkles in it.

DIY Christmas Art

We glued two small black clothes pins purchased from Joann’s to the burlap to hold our new art.

DIY Christmas Art

Then, we painted a small wooden Angel and star (both purchased from Michael’s) –in red.

DIY Christmas Art

Once the angel and star dried, we clipped them under the small black clothes pins.

DIY Christmas Art

To finish the look, we used burlap and red and white twine we purchased from Target – The same twin we used in our DIY Joy Stocking Hanger post last night.  Once finished we hung next to our Christmas tree upstairs.

DIY Christmas Art

This was an easy, under $5.00 project for Hello I Live Here.  We had everything left in our craft room to use for this project, including the angel and the star (which I use as package tags when I wrap my gifts).  This simple project took about 30 minutes to create – and the best thing I can use this again after Christmas is over.

DIY Christmas Art

That’s Hello I Live Here’s post for today!  I hope you are enjoying the art projects.  Have a wonderful Sunday!!!

 

Linda

Easy Candy Cane Vase

Easy Candy Cane Vase

Easy Candy Cane Vase

Hi everyone!  Linda here from Hello I Live Here showing you how to make an easy candy cane vase to showcase the beautiful flower of your choice for your Christmas table.

Easy Candy Cane Vase

I went past my favorite thrift store and purchased a couple tall glasses.  I used tall water glasses because I wanted enough room left at the bottom so I could place twine around and around. While I was out, I stopped by Target for a couple large boxes of Candy Canes, not the small ones, but I am sure they could be used 😉  I also picked up a couple tree ornaments, a small spool of twine and some red and silver ribbon to show case on the glass from Joann’s.

Easy Candy Cane Vase Needs

I also stopped at my favorite florist Richter’s in Ballwin, Mo.  As you can see they have beautiful roses.  If you live in the area, make sure you stop by and visit Richter’s, they have a wonderful Christmas section, and a display case that dates all the way back to the 1904 St Louis World’s Fair.  (A lovely handmade piece that Bob Vila who showed you our Rustic Christmas wreath, would love!)

Here’s how Hello I Live Here made the easy candy cane vase.

First, I washed the glass making sure there was no oil or left over hand prints.  After drying, I got to work by hot gluing large candy canes to the outside of the glass until the circle was finished.

Easy Candy Cane Vase

Next, I wrapped the bottom of my glass with burlap twin.  I went round and round until I felt it was enough, so you can use your best judgment until you get the look you want.

Easy Candy Cane Vase

Then, I added the Red and silver ribbon by hot gluing around the center, and made a bow.  I wanted to carry the burlap twin up, so I added it around the center of the ribbon.

Easy Candy Cane Vase

Finally, I added my roses and greenery.  I used real flowers, so I made sure to add water to the cup in the center.

Easy Candy Cane Vase

To finish the piece, I added small red old fashioned boots, and a lovely metallic Christmas tree, all which were hot glued.

Easy Candy Cane Vase

That’s our lovely center piece for you today.  I hope you enjoy whipping up this pretty center piece.  This little vase also makes a wonderful gift idea if you have been invited to a dinner party.   Thanks for stopping by!  See you all tomorrow with our next Christmas craft idea.

Linda

New Life for an Old Set of Trunk Tables

New Life from Old Trunk

Old trunk tables get new life.

Well, we did it again!  It was our luck that we were garage selling Wednesday, and we came past this set of old trunk tables.  My husband looks at me and says, just walk away – they are not worth $50.00.  I could tell the owner just wanted to get rid of them, so I offered her $25 for the full set and to my surprise she took it!  It was quite a show watching us cram these three old trunk tables in our Chevy Malibu – the room in this trunk is no lie! Once in, we dragged them home spiders and all, unloaded and I got to work.

Needs:

-Three old trunk tables ($25 for whole set garage sale)

-Burlap (Joann’s on sale for $1.99 a yard – 3 yards total)

-Mod Podge Glue

-Paint (I used black and dark cream because I already had this left over)

-Rustolem hammered bronze spray paint ($4.97 Lowe’s – used for hardware)

-2 Resin kits (Lowe’s)

-120 grit sand paper

-Black and Decker Mouse Sander

First, I opened the lid and vacuumed out the old trunk tables.  Then, I washed them out with Lysol cleaner to remove the sticky that lived there.  I let them sit and dry for a couple hours, as I eyed the pieces and imagined what they would become.  It came to me…and off to Joann’s Fabrics I went.  Because they were a trunk style, I wanted a burlap that told a story of where these old trunks may have been.  I eyed the perfect burlap of stamps from travel and fell in love!

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Back at home, I took my goods out of the bag and got started.  I Mod Podged the burlap to the top of the old trunk table.  I trimmed the burlap leaving a little overlap because glue does shrink it a little bit.  I then Mod Podged the top of the burlap, and left to dry.

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While the tops were drying, I moved on to paint.  I used a rich deep wheat color paint that pulled out the burlap color and enriched the black colors.  I placed on two coats of quick dry Bear Paint which I had purchased for a previous project from Home Depot.  As the sides dried, I painted the all the trim in an Rustoleum oil based black and left to dry over night.  The colors the next day were so rich and vibrant the tables looked brand new.  I sprayed the hardware with Rustoleum  hammered bronze spray paint, and left to cure over night with the trunks.

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The following day, I mixed the first resin kit.  I slowly poured the resin to cover the burlap (it’s normal that the burlap will poke through the first coat).  I let the resin set up over night, the sanded with a 120 grit paper the following day. They will look scratchy, but you want to get all the pieces of the burlap smooth, try not to break the resin bond.  I cleaned with a damp cloth, let dry and repeated the resin process (not letting it drip off the top).  This sat over night again.

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The last day, I placed the hardware back onto the old trunk tables, and placed into the downstairs family room.  My husband asked where we got the new tables.  He was shocked to find out they were the $25 find he begged me to walk away from 🙂  For about a full $75.00 investment, I saved over $300 for a little elbow grease.

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And did I mention the extra storage when you lift the top?  You can’t beat extra storage 😉  – Always go with your gut – some old piece, can be new again with a little TLC from the right person.  Here’s to you all finding  your next great treasure!

-LC