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Sep 7, 2012

Customized "Pink" Flower Vase Tutorial

Customized Pink Flower Vase in 6 Easy Steps

I spend on average about 8 hours or more each day in my "office," aka: craft room. lol. And today I thought, "it's missing something."
So then I started looking around the house. Kinda on a hunt for something bright to put in here. And boom it hit me, I want a Pink Flower Vase... that's what I decided I needed to add some color to my desk. It's drab and needs a punch of color. I had an empty glass vase from my previous Pinterest activity where you put soo many pounds of glass beads in it as u lose weight. So you can actually see it in pounds. And grabbed an empty roll from a paper towel and a left over piece of pink wrapping paper.

  • 1. I first rolled and glued the pink paper around the paper towel cardboard piece. And inserted that into the empty vase. Then I realized I needed to cut the paper roll in half. (sorry forgot to take a pic of that.)
  • 2. Then I took some glass bead things, I found at the Dollar Tree for $1.00 per bag and easily dropped them down around the bottom to create a cute base.

  •  3. Next I cut me a piece of cardboard from a back of something I bought, maybe a glue package, not sure. Anyways, into a circle, the size that will fit down into the vase and sit atop the pink paper towel piece. To kinda make a base for the  next level. Like this:
  • 4. Then, here is where I want "something" to hold a flower, be it living or fake, I'm not picky. But this time I decided to go with a barely living spider plant that's been sitting around being neglected. So I had to search the house for something that would hold it and fit inside the vase.... And wa~la. I found a canning jar the perfect size. Here is the poor neglected spider plant after I stuck it in the vase..

  • 5. I'm not sure how long or if this plant will live like this, but it can't get any worse as it was on the verge of death from neglect in the dinning room. Anyways, next, I just slid the jar and plant down in, very easily as to not crack the vase or knock the circle cardboard piece over.
  • 6. And finally, here's the final step. I just took some more glass beads and placed them easily around the canning jar to hide the dirt. And to make the top half of the vase match the base. Like this:

 I will be sure to be careful when watering so that the water only goes in the canning jar area. I hope now that this lil fellow is in my sight everyday and by a window, that it will live! And as always, remember, if you don't have to have the exact items to make your very own customized flower vase. You can adjust to what you have like say, if you don't have glass beads, simply use rocks from outside. Or any color paper would do to match your room. And remember, even fake flowers would be super cute and easier to care for! So have fun and if you try this, post us a link to yours please. We'd love to see how ya'lls come out.

Happy Crafting!

Here's mine now sitting by my window, and I'm now thinking I shoulda painted that little circle piece of cardboard pink... it's standing out being white, but it's still kinda so cute that I don't mind.

Aug 29, 2012

Halloween Ghost Night Lights with Silicone Bulbs


I had fun making these Halloween Night Lights the other night, so thought I'd share them today.

If you aren't familiar with the Grubby bulb silicone recipe,   
within this blog.

But for the quick version, I took some clear silicone (the higher priced one, not the white caulk kind) and mixed in some cinnamon spice in a throw away bowl.

Just mix it until it's a nice smooth brown color. No real recipe here. Just play around with it. It should look something like this:

Then I took the little candles, one by one, and hand dipped each flame. I just stuck it in, twirled it once and pulled it straight out, in an upward motion. Kinda fast, so that it gives a nice tip to the flame.
After letting dry for a while, outside, hanging by a string they were ready to fix up.

I took some black craft paint and just dotted on the eyes and mouth. And painted the base.
On a few of the bases, I grubbied them up by first painting on Elmers glue and then sprinkling on cinnamon and letting it dry. It give it a good grubby texture. Then I painted over it all black.
And tied on a strip of homespun fabric and attached an orange button.

 Notice the light on the right has the grubby texture on the base and the
one on the left is just painted black.
 I think I like the grubbied up base more. What about you?

That was it!
They would be a great addition to the Halloween theme around your home. The soft glow when turned on adds a perfect spooky touch.

And remember, without adding the faces, these would make great, everyday primitive night lights also!

Price: only $3.59 each
in my Booth#555 and available in my CraftBooth555 on eBay

Here they are in a black candle box getting all ready for sale:
 Just ignore the mess around it, this is in my craft room.

I made a sign to stand up in the tray, after an idea from Maggie over at EyeballsbydayCraftsbynight.

 It just says a little bit about how I made them and that they are a handmade item and such.
I cut it out of a regular piece of computer paper and glued it to a wooden finial I had. It made a great base. And I can easily change it out.  I think the little signs grab a lot of attention.

And if you look close to the left in the tray, you can see some little snowman silicone bulbs I also gave a try:

I just added more cinnamon to the silicone bulb mix and painted on a snowman face.

Check out:

Please be careful when working with anything that will come in contact with electric.

 Happy Crafting Ya'll!
See ya' next time!

Aug 25, 2012


Easy Halloween Ghost Candles 
Here's my little ghost candles.

 I bought a pack of 24 votive sized candles at the local Big Lots for around $6.00. And that's not really a high price for so many.

 But when I buy them to make and resale them at my booth, every penny counts.

I just used some black craft paint, painted on the faces.

 And then dipped them down into a white, melted candle.  The quick dip seals up the faces and protects them from scratches.

To let them dry, just sit them down on a sheet of wax paper.
And once they are dried, here is how I package them up.
I just put each one down into a little baggie of the appropriate size and staple a piece of brown paper on the top.
Then I add a price tag that I print out of those little sheets of return address labels.

Here's a pic with some pumpkin face ones too.


Sometimes I add a little tag that says Happy Halloween or so with a little piece of homespun fabric.
But I couldn't remember where I got those little tags, so I decided to leave them off the ones I was going to sell, and only use them on the ones I give away. Just in case they were copyrighted tags.

Great for your Halloween table displays!

(Note: these are not just painted on faces, they are set in wax)

More Halloween Candles

Cost: only $1.00 each
also available while supplies last in my ebay store: