Snowy Town Mason Jar Christmas Candle

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Have I ever mentioned how much I love Pinterest???  Well, probably, considering that is what my whole blog is based on!  Anyway, so I was looking around on Pinterest trying to find some fun Christmas crafts to try this year, and I found this cutie patootie and knew I had to try it.  I got the idea for this mason jar candle from the following pin.

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This pin links to a site that has some of the MOST adorable craft ideas ever!  I definitely recommend checking it out if you love crafts as much as I do!

Alright, so I used the town template from that site, but everything else I did a little differently.  On the site, it used paper, and I traced it onto the jar and painted it rather than attaching the paper.  It also used spray snow, which looks awesome, but it comes off really easily, so I used a toothpick and some white paint to create a winter wonderland on the jar.  Lastly, I coated the top of the mason jar with snow paint rather than using epsom salt.  Basically, this craft is definitely not my own design, but I made enough changes to the materials used that I want to share with you all how I did it.  I think it turned out super cute, and I love the Christmasy feel it gives to the room I have it displayed in!!!

SNOWY TOWN MASON JAR CHRISTMAS CANDLE

Materials:

  • Mason Jar
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Town template (you can find this on the site that the pin links to, or click here)
  • Permanent black marker
  • Tape
  • Black Acrylic Paint
  • Paintbrush (one that is a good size for decent detail)
  • White Acrylic Paint
  • Toothpick
  • Snow Paint (you can get this at any craft store, or on amazon here)
  • Brush to apply the snow paint
  • Flameless Tealight Candles

Directions:

1.) First off, wipe your mason jar down with rubbing alcohol and let it dry.  This will allow the paint to adhere better.

2.) Trace the town template onto a piece of paper, then use scissors to cut the template out.

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3.) Use tape to adhere the paper around the bottom of the mason jar, then use your permanent black marker to trace the template onto the jar.  Once you’ve traced it onto the jar, go back and draw in the windows on the houses.

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4.) Now that the design is on the jar, use your black acrylic paint and a paint brush to paint the design.  I used two coats.  Allow to dry.

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5.) Using a toothpick, create “snow” by dipping the toothpick in white acrylic paint and making lots and lots of tiny white dots surrounding the city up to the top of the jar.  Allow to dry.

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6.) Now you want to apply your snow paint to the very top (lid area) of the mason jar.  Use a small paint brush to do this.

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7.) Turn your flameless tealight candles on, and place them in the jar.  You can use as many as you want depending on how “bright” you want it.  I used three.

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8.) Now put it on display where lots of people will see it, because it’s so darn cute!

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Oh my gosh!  I LOVE IT!!!  Merry Christmas! 🙂

D.I.Y. Autumn Scarecrow Craft

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I am in love with this super adorable scarecrow craft that I made!  You may remember back earlier in October, I made a few pumpkin crafts to create a pumpkin patch.  Well, I really liked having it on display, so even though it’s now past Halloween, I decided I’m going to leave it out for Autumn decorations (not just Halloween decorations).  I also decided to take it a step further and create this little guy to watch over the pumpkin patch!

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I got the idea from Hobby Lobby project ideas.  There was a picture of a lil’ guy that looked like this, and I just took it from there, figuring out how to make him!  I’m so glad I did, because…well, look!  Now, the original craft idea was to be made from Terra Cotta pots, but I didn’t have a bunch of different size pots to make the craft, and to buy all those different sizes would have been kind of expensive, so I found some substitutes, which there are links to in the directions section under materials below!  I used paper machete pots, and I found the cutest little miniature pots made out of wood for the hands and feet.  All in all, this craft cost me less than $15.  Of course, I had the burlap, craft glue, paint, and twine on hand.  Still, it’s pretty cheap to make…especially if you actually have some terra cotta pots on hand!

The process is really quite easy, and as you can see, the result is ridiculously cute!  Makes for the perfect Autumn decoration!  Let’s get to those directions.

D.I.Y. AUTUMN SCARECROW CRAFT

Materials

  • Paper Machete Flower Pots (two sizes – 1 slightly smaller than the other)
  • Wood Miniature Flower Pots (1 package comes with 4 pots)
  • Natural Jute Twine
  • Paint mixed to be the color of Terra Cotta Pots (I mixed Orange, Red, and light brown)
  • Scissors
  • Knife
  • Burlap Material
  • Craft Glue (you can use any kind, but this links to my favorite, Crafter’s Pick.  It’s perfect, because it works, and it dries clear.
  • Natural Raffia
  • Permanent marker
  • Black, Orange, and White Paint for the face

Directions

1.) First things first, use your knife to cut two holes in the bottoms of both of the paper machete flower pots.

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2.) Next, you will want to paint your paper machete pots and your wooden pots a terra cotta color.  Just mix red, orange, and light brown paint together until you get the desired shade, and then paint your pots.  Let them dry completely.

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3.) Once the paint has dried, cut your burlap material in a strip that will wrap around the pot you are using as the head.  Wrap the strip snugly around the pot and use your craft glue to glue in place.

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4.) Now, you will want to cut two long pieces of twine and string them through each of the holes on the bottom of the pot that will be the body.  These will serve as the arms and legs of the scarecrow.  Once you’ve done this, you will want to string one more piece of twine through the both of the holes, with the ends of the twine coming out on the outside of the pot.  In a minute, you will use this twine to connect the head and the body.

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5.) Take a bunch of the Raffia, and use your craft glue to glue it to the body pot as shown.  Now, take the twine you strung through the holes of the body pot, and string them through the holes of the head pot.  Now, tie a knot on the inside of the head pot, in such a way that you have the head and body fitting snugly together.  Spread the raffia out, and trim appropriately.

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6.) Next, we will take care of the hands and feet.  For each hand and foot, string the end of the twine through the hole in the bottom of the pot.  Tie a knot so that the hand or foot sits where you want, and the pot won’t pull off as shown.  Use your scissors to cut off any extra twine.

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7.) Squirt a gob of craft glue in each of the hands and feet, then place a wad of raffia in each hand and foot.  Trim appropriately, and allow the craft glue to dry.

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8.) Cut two squares of burlap material and glue onto the body of the scarecrow appropriately.  Don’t worry if you see the glue through the burlap, it dries clear!

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9.) You’re almost done!  All you have left to do is paint on the face.  I did this by first drawing the face on using a permanent marker, and then I filled it in by painting using toothpicks.  Using a toothpick allows for better accuracy and less smudging.  I did the eyes using black and white paint, the nose using orange, black, and white paint, and the mouth using black paint as shown.

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10.)  All you have to do now is allow your guy to dry completely!

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Oh my gosh, so cute!!!  I kinda wanna smush him because he is so adorable! I can’t even.

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This may be one of my favorite crafts I ever made!  Enjoy! 🙂

Halloween Wine Bottle Vase Craft

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Yay!!!  Halloween season is here!  I love this time of year – the weather is getting chillier, the air is getting crisp, and everything is just getting cozier!  Plus, um, halloween = candy, so there’s that. 🙂

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Another reason why I love Halloween season is because Halloween crafts are so much fun!  I came up with the spooky wine bottle vase craft (yeah, I said spooky…MU-AH-HA-HA-HA) after enjoying a bottle of wine with hubby and then going through my craft supplies to see what I could do with the empty bottle.  In other words, this is really easy to make and if you have a craft box, you may already have all the supplies you need to make it.  Extra bonus?  If you don’t have an empty wine bottle, you get to make one – wink! 😉

At any rate, the result is really pretty neat and fun, and it makes for some perfect halloween decor if you are having a get together or to put outside on halloween for trick or treaters to admire.  Let’s see how to do this!

HALLOWEEN WINE BOTTLE VASE CRAFT

Supplies

  • Empty Wine Bottle
  • black sharpie marker
  • Glue gun
  • Black, gray, and white acrylic paint
  • paint sponge applicator and paint brush
  • Fake spiders
  • Fake flowers
  • Plastic eyeballs

Directions

1.) The first thing you want to do is remove any labels off the wine bottle and rub the bottle down with rubbing alcohol.  Let dry, then use your marker to draw a spider web on the bottle.  After drawing the spider web, trace over it with the glue gun to create a textured spider web on the glass.  Let the glue dry completely.

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2.) Now you want to use your paint sponge applicator with black and gray paint to paint the entire bottle giving it a chalkboard like texture look.  Let the paint dry, then use a paintbrush to trace over the textured spider web with white and grey paint mixed.

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3.) Now you want to use your glue gun to glue the fake spiders on the web.

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4.) Now comes the flowers.  Use your glue gun to glue the plastic eyeballs into the center of the flowers, then place the flowers in wine glass and arrange them as you would like.

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That’s it!  You’re all done!  You will love how this turns out – it’s super cute, easy to make and makes for a perfect party decoration!

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Enjoy and Happy Halloween! 🙂

Pumpkin Patch Craft

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Alright, I went a bit crazy with pumpkin crafts this year, but I’m glad I did, because I ended up with a nice little pumpkin patch, and it makes for the cutest Autumn decor!  You could also put these outside as halloween decorations too!  However you decide to display them, they are a lot of fun to make and turn out awesome!  I did three different posts on how to create each of the pumpkins shown in the image.  All of them are really quite easy to make, but result in a really nice looking craft!

Each of the following images links to the post on how to make that particular pumpkin.  They stand alone really nicely as well, but I love my little pumpkin patch that resulted from me being a bit overzealous with the pumpkin crafts this year!

STRINGED BEADS PUMPKIN CRAFT

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BURLAP PUMPKIN CRAFT

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BEADED PUMPKIN CRAFT

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So cute, right!  Let me know how it goes if you try any of them, and feel free to share any of your own pumpkin crafts in the comments below!

 

Beaded Pumpkin Craft

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This adorable pumpkin that I made is a perfect autumn craft!  It’s really quite simple to put together, but the end result looks fantastic!  I think I can file this under “easy crafts that look hard”.  Another plus?  There’s not a ton of materials involved, so it’s pretty cheap to put together as well!

After putting this together, I added it to my “Pumpkin Patch”.  I went a little bezerk with pumpkins this year, but I’m glad I did, because once they were all done, and I put them all together, they looked fantastic together!

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So cute, right?  Don’t worry, I have a post for each of these beauties on here with instructions on how to make them!  BUT, let’s get back to this particular pumpkin!  This beaded pumpkin was really fun to make, and gluing each bead on where I want it is actually kind of therapeutic (though I think all crafts are fantastic for mental clarity!).

Okay, let’s get to the instructions!!!

BEADED PUMPKIN CRAFT

Materials

  • Styrofoam Ball (I used a 4 inch styrofoam ball for this craft)
  • Knife
  • Craft glue (My favorite is Crafter’s Pick, because it sticks perfectly, is non-toxic, and dries clear – which is great for a messy gluer like myself!
  • Mixed beads (I used “In Bloom” acrylic bead mix that I got at Hobby Lobby)
  • Empty brown egg carton
  • Burlap string
  • Embellishments for the stem (I used a leaf from some old plastic flowers and a bow)

Directions

1.) First, you want to cut the top and bottom of your styrofoam ball to make it more in the shape of a pumpkin.

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2.) Cut one of the tall egg dividers from your egg carton.  This will serve as your pumpkin stem.  Glue the divider onto the styrofoam ball.

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3.) Now comes the fun part!  Glue the beads onto the styrofoam ball one by one.  You may have to do this in batches and let them dry in between each batch depending on how quickly your glue dries.

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4.) Once the beads are all glued on, and the glue has dried, put some glue on the stem, and then wrap your burlap string around the stem from bottom to top covering it completely.  Tuck the ends of the string in.

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5.) Place some glue at the base of the stem and add your embellishments.  Allow the glue to dry completely.

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All done!  Told ya it was easy!  But wow!!!  Look how cute!

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Enjoy! 🙂

4th of July Firecracker Light Craft

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BOOM…CRACKLE…POP!!!  With the 4th of July fast approaching, I wanted to find a craft that I could make to celebrate the occasion!  I love these lil firecracker lights that I made for a Fourth of July decoration.  We have them out on our patio, and they are adorable!  I got the idea for these from the following pin.

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So cute, right?  I changed a few things.  For one, “Snap, Crackle, Pop” just reminded me too much of Rice Krispies cereal and not fireworks, so I changed it to “Boom, Crackle, Pop” – a small change.  I also made mine into lights using little LED lights that I found on Amazon.  I love it, because it creates an awesome ambience when the sun goes down.  I thought it would be tricky to do this, but it turns out that it was REALLY simple!

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So, let’s get to it!

4TH OF JULY FIRECRACKER LIGHT CRAFT

Materials

  • Three blocks of wood – I used ones I got on Amazon here, here, and here, but you can use any old blocks of wood.  Just make sure they are all of three different lengths.
  • Red, White, and Blue Acrylic Paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • toothpicks
  • Pencil
  • Letter Stencils (this is optional – I did mine freehand, but you could also use a stencil)
  • LED wire lights (I got these on Amazon here)
  • Glue that can be used to glue the lights to the wood.  I just used Elmers craft glue, and it worked fine.
  • Three tall thumbtacks

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Directions

1.) Start by painting your blocks of wood.  You want to paint one red, one whit, and one blue.  Allow to dry.

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2.) Once the blocks of wood are dry, use a pencil to sketch your words on each block.  I also drew some stars.

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3.) Use your paintbrush to fill in the letters.  If you did stars, and you need to create some really fine detail, use a toothpick to paint these by dipping the toothpick in paint and slowly tracing over the design.  Allow to dry.

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4.) Apply some glue to the LED light battery pack, and attach it to the backside (the side opposite the one with writing on it) at the top of the block of wood.  Allow the glue to dry completely.

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5.) Push a thumbtack halfway down the center of the top of the block of wood.  Wrap your LED light around the bottom, and then shape the wire as shown using the thumbtack as a support to wrap the wire around.  Once you have your desired shape, push the thumbtack down a bit more (don’t squish the wires, but push it down enough so the wires are secure and won’t slip out).

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Once you’ve done this for all three blocks or wood, your good to go!  The lights have an on/off switch, so you don’t have to have them always lit (as a bonus, they look pretty neat not lit as well!) and the battery won’t run down super quick.

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Super cute!  Wishing you all a safe and happy fourth of July! Enjoy! 🙂

DIY Musical Note Mason Jar Candle Craft

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Okay, are you ready for an absolutely ADORABLE, but ridiculously EASY craft project?  I was recently going through my piano music and seeing what I could get rid of (my music holder/seat was overflowing!).  However, getting rid of music is NEVER easy!  So, as I was feeling nostalgic (and borderline hoarder like, when it comes to sheet music), I decided to try to think of something I could do with some of my music that I never play, rather than getting rid of it.  This cutie pa-tootie musical notes mason jar candle craft is the result!

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This thing is SO easy to make, and it doesn’t require many supplies, but I love the result!  I now have two of these guys strategically placed in my piano room…who am I kidding, they are placed in the room that contains the piano, which also serves as our living room. 🙂  None the less, they look great, and give the room a nice musical vibe and ambiance.  The best part is that I saved some old sheet music from getting tossed, and it will now live on right next to the piano where it belongs!

So, let’s get to this craft!  Like I said, you are gonna LOVE how easy this is!

DIY MUSICAL NOTES MASON JAR CANDLE CRAFT

Materials

  • Mason jar
  • Old Sheet Music (if you don’t have old sheet music, you can go online and print off some free sheet music to use here)
  • Double sided tape, or glue
  • Scissors, pencil
  • Burlap type twine or string
  • Tealight candle

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Directions

1.) Start by cutting your sheet music so that it is tall enough to cover the outside of the mason jar when wrapped around it (You can use a tape measure to get exact measurements, or you can do like I did and just line it up to the jar and cut accordingly)

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2.) Now, draw a shape of your choice in the middle of the sheet music and cut it out.  I used a heart shape, but you can do whatever you choose.

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3.) Next, place some double sided tape, or glue along the back of one end of the sheet music and attach it to the mason jar.

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4.) Continue to place double sided tape or glue on the back of the sheet music and attaching it to the mason jar by wrapping the sheet music all the way around the mason jar.

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5.) Now, you want to wrap your twine/string around the top of the jar multiple times until you have covered a majority of the top of the jar to your liking.  Tie it in a bow to connect it.

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6.)  Believe it or not, you’re pretty much done!  Place the candle in the jar and light it or turn it on if your using a LED candle like I did.

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See, told ya this is SO easy, and SO cute, right?  As another idea, you could also use old books to create the same candle instead of sheet music – either way, it’s a great way to repurpose old paper products!  Enjoy! 🙂