Showing posts with label Christmas crafts. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Christmas crafts. Show all posts

Aug 31, 2016

DIY WAX DIPPED GRUNGY CANDLES






A while back at the auction house, I won four large totes of nothing but candles. I mean little candles, big candles, tea lights and all. I gave $7.00 per tote. Just take a look at these totes below.


Seriously, there's layers of candles in each. So I know I have enough for crafts for a while.

So to get started selling some for profit from my $7.00 totes, I decided to grungy up a batch of them.
I've done it a few different ways before, 
 ROLL in melted wax method


 Modge Podge Method

  
But this time I wanted a faster way, so I decided to use my candle warmer and an old candle to just dip these in. This will give them a smooth and grungy look.

Oh, I've done this dipping in wax method before with the cinnamon, grungy candy canes too!

 WAX Dipped Candy Canes


But now onto the Wax dipped, grungy candles.

 Just dip the candle down in the melted wax,


 then give it a quick roll in some cinnamon.


And dip it again to set the wax in!



Then just sit it on some wax paper to dry.


I repeated the process on some to give it a more grungy, primitive look. Others I didn't.

And that's it.
How super simple is that?  And I think they look super cute.

Here's a few more pics to see how different the colors turned out.
Oh, the candle in a jar that I melted to dip these in was a Fall scented candle, (I can't remember the name,) but it was a melted dark brown.







 I even dipped these long, skinny ones.  But I had to dip one end at a time to get it all coated by using the dipping wax jar.

Remember, if you're gonna use the jar of melted wax also,
just DIP, ROLL and DIP again to set it in.
That's it!

Sorry, right now I don't have any pics of these packaged up. But I think I'm gonna price the votives a pack of 2 for $1.50 or so.  
The grungy tealights maybe 4 for a $1.50 and the tall skinny ones probably 2 for $1.50.  
However I do it, I'm sure to make tons of profit from my $7.00 totes!

Hope this gives ya some ideas and
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Aug 29, 2016

SNOWMEN LIGHT UP ORNAMENTS with Names


Here's some cute blinking snowmen ornaments I've made.

I know most people won't have these orange, clip on, safety blinkers on hand for this craft. 

Original before photo
But in case you ever run across them at the Dollar Mart keep this in mind. They are meant to be clipped on to children's backpacks or for runners or walkers for a safety precaution.  But I've made them into blinking snowmen ornaments.

First I strung up a line with twine, as seen above using thumbtacks between my porch posts.
And then I just clipped them on and got ready to spray paint one coat.

I like the Rustoleum brand of spray paint.



I was also spray painting more clothespins for my Snowmen Clothespin magnets also.

And after one coat, (that's why I like the Rustoleum brand,) they were ready to go to the next step.

I took them all in and laid them out on wax paper to protect my table.

And then I Googled "snowmen faces," and looked at the various ones that came up.
I then just sort of mimicked the ones I liked best. I love the ones with the big eyes the best.

Here's how I do it in lots at one time. Don't worry, just go step by step like below and it's not hard at all.
Just dot on some eyes and dots for a beginning. 
Here's a tip. 
I usually dip my end of the brush without bristles into the paint and use that as a great circle for these parts!

And then continue onto more and more.

I had to move into another room, so I moved them onto my big piece of pine work board for easy hauling.
See the one with the mouth open, you can just draw on about anything you want to change up their faces a bit. It gives them their own personality.

And then to the rest of the faces and my favorite parts, the snowmen noses!
I just dip a very long haired brush into the cinnamon orange and let the nose draw out long and taper off. And go back and sometimes make it thicker with another stroke.

Then, you'll just want to remember to add eyeballs and some snow on the noses.
Here's an up close.

Sometimes I add a bit of pink to their cheeks and sometimes I don't. Just if I remember.

I even tried to "grungy up" some of them by adding a layer of Elmers glue over their faces and then sprinkling on cinnamon.  But I didn't like it too much, so I didn't do too many.


Here's a few more shots of a bunch of them.

These are my favorite eyes. I saw them on Pinterest on a lid that was painted and I loved it!






As you see, some of them have names at the top. I had an order for a few so I did them while I was at it.

And here's a few more pics.




And here's what they look like with their light button pushed on. 

They have 3 light settings too. Constant blinking, pulse and a slow glow which is my favorite. 

I tied on some homespun to the top clips after the pics. Just various colors.
I think these will look awesome with the whole families names on a tree all lit up Christmas morning! 
What do you think? 

See ya'll next time,
-Lisa

Oct 5, 2015

HOLIDAY DOOR GREETERS



These cute, wood and metal shovels are from originally from Tractor Supply and are only $5.99 each. But I won them at a wholesale auction for only $2.00 each!!!! I know right!!


I just had to grab a few since they are bright red and they just screamed Christmas to me.
The brown basket I had on hand because I buy boxes of them at auctions for a few bucks at a time.

When I got them home, here are a few ideas I tried out on them.  And I am going to use one as a door greater.  We call them that when we stand something up, or sit something out by the front door.  Just a pretty something that greets guests.

First I free handed the words "Let it snow," 


and some easy snowflakes from lines and dots like this:


And then I thought about making the basket a holder underneath the shovel. So I too a pair of scissors and started a hole in the basket.  Once started, the shovel went right on through.


And I secured it with hot glue at the base to keep it intact inside and out.


And then I had to start thinking of some holiday things I would place in the basket as decorations.  I just basically started going through my craft supplies and putting this and that in.  I did have about 10 of those green twigs or fillers as I call them, that look like pieces of Christmas tree limbs. 


They are great for things like this. And are $1.00 at the Dollar Tree or you could easily make your own from an old tree!

SHOVEL # 1 "LET IT SNOW"

The candy canes are easily made with homespun.


If you like them, 


And at the bottom of the basket, I also tied a strip of homespun on to cover the hot glue strip.

And here is a second try at another shovel.

SHOVEL #2 JINGLE BELLS

I made this one much more simpler.  Just free handed on the words "Jingle Bells" and snowflakes. 
Glued on some red, metal jingle bells, a red ribbon and perched on a cute red bird in a nest. And stuck on a cinnamon stick as maybe the birdie carried it to work with, lol.



SHOVEL #3 SPARKLY SNOWMAN
I think I liked this one the most. I just love sparkly, shiny stuff at Christmas time, I guess.
As you can see, I kinda used found items, like the tulle, jingle bell snowflake ornament, a wooden snowman and a frosty twig. That was about it.


Oh yes, and the line of red, metal jingle bells down the wooden handle.

I am just going to be sitting one up beside my door, without any type of stand.  Because I don't think one is necessary if you find a good leaning spot.


I priced these for $19.99 in my craft booth, since they are real metal and wooden shovels.  If they would have been plastic, I wouldn't have priced them so high.  But they are really strong feeling.
I kinda felt bad, being as I only had $2.00 each in them, plus the making of them, but I do think they are worth the $19.99 this time.

I priced them for $19.99 each
ALL ARE SOLD
THANK YOU!

Happy crafting until next time ya'll,
~Lisa