Archive for June, 2009

A Candle in a Cup

Posted on June 23, 2009. Filed under: Candles, DIY, Refurbished Goods, Tea Time | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

"Candle in a Cup"

"Candle in a Cup"

While tidying up my kitchen, I discovered quite a few tea light candles stashed away in a drawer. Hmmmm? What shall I do with these? As my eyes wandered around looking for something – anything– to refurbish, an old tea cup demanded my attention. Perfect. A candle in a cup coming right up!

I filled the bottom of the cup with over-priced pebbles from IKEA.

*Isn’t it funny how clever people can persuade others to purchase things like sticks and rocks? I think so… lol.*

Anyway, after tying a wired bow – that I made myself – around the cup, I placed my candle on top and voila, a candle in a cup.

Enjoy!

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Baby Bloopers: Cheese Doodle Stick Pin

Posted on June 16, 2009. Filed under: Baby Bloopers & Crafty Crackups | Tags: , |

Yummy handiwork by my daughter, Su’aad Dupuis (then 3 1/2 years old).

Materials:

3 Cheese Doodles

1 2″ faux pearl  stick pin

a silly sense of humor

lots of imagination

Cheese Doodle Stick Pin
Cheese Doodle Stick Pin
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Tin Can Faux Flower Pot

Posted on June 15, 2009. Filed under: Flowers, Refurbished Goods | Tags: , , , , , , , , |


Tin Can Faux Flower Pot

Tin Can Faux Flower Pot

Materials:
  • tin can
  • faux flowers
  • hot glue gun and glue stick
  • glossy page from an old magazine
  • matching ribbon
  • needle and thread
  • scissors
  • beads and faux gem
  • mesh butterfly hair clip

1. Remove label from the empty tin can.

Empty can
Empty can
2. Wash thoroughly. Allow it to dry completely.
  • Be sure to remove glue/paper from the can where the label used to be for a smooth finish.

Magazine page

Magazine page

3. After choosing a page from an old magazine, size it up to the can. Mark how much is needed, then snip away.

  • Don’t worry if you happen to snip too much, the ribbon will cover the edges of the paper.
4. Use a glue stick to adhere the paper to the can.
  • Do not spread the glue over the whole page (or the paper will become lumpy).
  • Use the thickest, glossiest paper available.
  • Glue 1/4 of the page (only) starting at the ends. This will decrease your chances of having a lumpy outcome, especially at the front of the flower pot.

    Allow can to dry

    Waiting and waiting...

5. Allow the glue to dry.
While waiting…
6. Begin beading and bedazzling your butterfly. began beading butterfly
  • Pretest: If you’re going to use small seed beads, make sure your needle will fit through the holes without a problem.
  • If securing the thread with knots after beading proves difficult, simply dab a small amount of glue from the hot glue gun on the ends of the thread, then lightly press them on the back of the butterfly.
Old Butterfly Hairclip ~ Before Shot

Old Butterfly Hairclip ~ Before Shot

Old Butterfly Hairclip ~ After Shot

Old Butterfly Hairclip ~ After Shot

Faux gems from costume jewelry
Faux gems from old costume jewelry

*Use a hot glue gun to affix the gem to the center of the butterfly. A glue stick will not do the job in this case.

Back to the tin can…
  • Before gluing the ribbon on the brim of the can, fold it evenly in half (lengthwise) making sure both sides of the ribbon meet, then iron a crease down the middle. This will be your “guide” while gluing the ribbon on the can and will help you to achieve an even fit.

    Creased Ribbon

7. Begin gluing the inner side of the brim using your hot glue gun.
  • Gluing the inner side of the can gives you more leeway to cover possible mistakes.
     Inner side of can

    Inner side of can

  • Do not spread the glue all around the brim. Instead, glue the ribbon little by little. Press firmly to secure its proper place. What’s great about hot glue is that it gives you time to adjust your craft before it dries should you err.
  • Should you forget, or opt not to start at the back, cover flaws created by the ragged ribbon edges by placing the butterfly over it once the gluing is complete or decorate the can with short stemmed flowers instead of long ones (like mine) so that the petals grace the rim.
  • Cover the bottom rim of the can with ribbon if you please.
  • Allow it to dry.
Almost done…
8.Neatly arrange the faux flowers in the pot, the find an awesome place to display your new flower pot. Have fun.

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