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DIY Candy Cane Candle

DIY Candy Cane Candle

DIY Candy Cane Candle is easy and fun!

Hey everyone let’s make some DIY Candy Cane Candle’s for our table today!  Hope your day is wonderful and warm this Thursday.  Hello I Live Here has made one final project for Christmas, our DIY Candy Cane Candle.  I had one red candle holder so I decided to dress it up for my final Christmas 2013 project this year.  It was a simple DIY candy cane candle project you can pretty much make with everything you have left from your Christmas decorating sprees.  It makes all those Micheal’s and Joann’s craft trips worth that one free project with the left overs and came up with this great new DIY Candy Cane Candle to match my other projects.

DIY Candy Cane Candle

I used all the left over things from my other projects, glitter, fake snow, old red candle holder, red/white stripped candy canes and my burlap and red/white stripped string from Target.  Let’s get started on this quick little DIY Candy Cane Candle project!  Make sure you collect all the items you will use for your project.

DIY Candy Cane Candle

First, I cleaned the candle holder, and dried it.  Then I took my hot glue gun and added my four unwrapped candy canes to the side as shown below.

DIY Candy Cane Candle

Next, I added a coat of Minwax quick dry Polyurethane purchased from The Home Depot to seal the candy canes.

DIY Candy Cane Candle

After that, I added flocked snow letting it dry, and following that with a quick spray of silver glitter.

DIY Candy Cane Candle

Then, I added my ribbons tied into a beautiful bow of burlap twin and red/white string.

DIY Candy Cane Candle

The finished DIY Candy Cane Candle Holder matches my red and white Easy Candy Cane Vase and Joy stocking hanger from our previous projects.

DIY Candy Cane Candle

This was a fast and simple project taking all of about 15 minutes to create.  I just couldn’t waste my left over items, so this DIY Candy Cane Candle cost me nothing to make but my time bringing loads of fun!

I want to thank all of you for reading all our posts we shared this Christmas season, including the Christmas Ornament featured on Bob Vila nation and art projects featured on Hometalk. I hope our Christmas creations have inspired you this Christmas season to up cycle left over and older items.  From the Hello I Live Here family to yours, may you all have the best Christmas this year!  See you for new Christmas decor ideas in December 2014! 😉

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 Rustic Christmas Wreath

Easy Rustic Wreath

Easy Rustic Christmas Wreath

Happy Friday everyone!  Hope your day was awesome :-).  We started decking the halls at Hello I Live Here today and we are going to show you all how we made our easy rustic Christmas wreath.  I love wreaths because they give a warm welcome feel to your home. I am always excited to share our wonderful decor with the neighborhood.  Once the decorations start appearing, you know that Christmas time has come!!!

We decide that our front area would be done in a minimal, rustic feel.  We did not deck the halls with an overabundance of decor this year, but a tasteful rustic theme to share with our wonderful neighbors.

Easy Rustic Wreath

Our easy rustic Christmas wreath took about 30 minutes, and was made for the front of our garage.  While I worked on the easy rustic Christmas wreath, my hubby helped by prepping our front porch so we could finish this display tomorrow (I can’t wait to share it with you all). 🙂

This easy rustic Christmas wreath was a Red Racks thrift store find for under $15.  The wonderful over-sized wreath is a simple wood branching tied together.  It had old ivy on it, so I simply removed the old stuff, and made a lovely bow, adorned with beautiful ribbon from Michaels at $1.88 a roll, and Martha Stewart Ornaments purchased from The Home Depot for $39, which we purchased for our Christmas tree porch display.  This whole porch display/easy wreath cost us under $60.  But the best part, using all these simple, left over items from the display of the front porch, thrift store finds, and inexpensive ribbon made the easy rustic Christmas wreath come to life! 🙂

Here’s how Hello I Lived Here made the easy rustic Christmas wreath:

First I added lights to the easy rustic Christmas wreath.

Easy Rustic Wreath

Then, I added beautiful rustic burlap green and tan ribbon purchased from Michael’s Craft Store, and made a lovely bow for the top center.

Easy Rustic Wreath

Next, I wired/hot glued festive rustic decorations to bring the easy rustic Christmas wreath all together.

Easy Rustic Wreath

Finally, we put the wreath into place on the garage area (soon we will light it all up!)

Easy Rustic Wreath

And that’s a wrap!  See, it really was an easy rustic Christmas wreath! 😉  We hope you enjoy making an easy rustic Christmas wreath for your own home.  Don’t forget to stop by tomorrow as Hello I Live Here shows you what we did with our rustic planter box we made a couple weeks ago that was featured on Bob Vila Nations. Happy Easy Rustic Christmas Wreath making everyone!

Linda 🙂

Gift Blocks

Gift Block completed

Want to light up someone’s life with Gift Blocks?

Hello I Live Here is taking a break from our wood working today to sharing how to make these beautiful Gift Blocks for Christmas.

Gift Blocks from Hello I Live Here

We all know glass blocks have been used in home improvement projects like shower walls, windows, and various other uses for years.  Now, they are being used to make wonderful gift blocks.  When I first started making gift blocks, I had to drill the hole into the gift blocks myself with a diamond bit and water running over the block – It was a lot of work getting that tiny hole into that thick block, but worth every minute of joy these blocks brought to the receiver of the gift.

Glass gift blocks light up and are presented with beautiful ribbon that make people light up with delight.  I like to tailor the ribbons on my gift blocks to the personality of the receiver through color and pattern.   These wonderful gift blocks can also be used for party invitations, valentine’s day, breast cancer survivors gifts, anniversaries, and birthday gifts to that special someone.  Just add a touch of imagination to these wonderful clear Deco gift Blocks, and it can be beautiful for any special occasion.

The solid glass deco gift blocks features a 4 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ oval opening with clear plastic cover. The elongated cover also has a smaller, round 1 5/16″ hole with a clear, flexible plug with key hole in the center that will allow you to easily transform your glass gift blocks into a decorative light without cutting or drilling into the glass.

Deco Block

I no longer have to drill the hole because Deco Block has done it for you!  Deco Block has placed a 4 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ oval opening with a clear plastic cover into the gift block.  It has a smaller round 1 5/16″ clear flexible plug with a key hole you simply place the plug into and bam, your block is ready to decorate.  You can purchase them at Hobby Lobby all season long.  Lowe’s and Home Depot both carry these blocks during the holiday season.  I purchase my ribbon from Michaels, Hobby Lobby and Joann’s (look for after Christmas sales for great savings).  You can find the lights at Michaels, Hobby Lobby, Joann or Big Lots, as they always carry the smaller strings.

Now let’s get started putting your gift block together 🙂

First, gather all the items you need. Then open the gift  block and insert a string of 20 mini lights into the block, and snap the plastic piece with the key hole plug onto the block securing the lights inside.

Things you need to create block   Insert Lights

Next, plug in the lights.  Viewing the block lit while putting on the ribbon helps you figure out where the best place is to set the bow.  I wrap a good amount around the block so I have enough ribbon to complete a package tie, and cut the ends of the ribbon into a V shape.

Wrapping your gift block

Then I start to create the bow.  I fold the ribbon around into an oval shape six times, all going the same direction.  I make my own bows because I love them very full, and you can never find a store bought bow to match your ribbon. Cut two slits, one on each side of the bow at the diagonal and pull wire through the cuts and twist to pinch the bow together. Fold the bow into half and tighten with wire or ribbon to the tied package  gift block. Cut the ends of the ribbon in a V shape.

Creating Bow Step 1

Now, pull out each bow loop until you have a full ribbon.

Pulling Ribbon to form bow

Hot glue beautiful ornaments or piece you love into the center of the bow.  This gives the present that little something, something that makes it stand out. 😉

Hot glue on Pretty things

Now your gift block is complete!

Completed gift block

Wasn’t that simple?  I love making these blocks.  They are always a big hit, and people will light them up year after year and think of the person who gave them the gift block.

Well, that’s our post for today – Hope you enjoy making your gift block!  Thanks for stopping by Hello I Live Here – Please feel free to Pin, tweet, or share our gift block on Facebook with your friends and family.

Linda 🙂