Showing posts with label grubby candles. Show all posts
Showing posts with label grubby candles. Show all posts

Aug 19, 2015

DOLLAR STORE PRIMITIVE CANDLE Makeover


I picked up these cute, Fall themed candles today at the Dollar General.
These are 3 oz Jars for only $1.00 each
And this is how they turned out:
Their scents are Creamy Pumpkin Pie and Candied Maple Sugar!
Ummmm right?

I knew I could throw a touch of prim on these to spruce them up somehow.
Especially with such yummy scents.

And so here is how I did them.

For the more brown colored candles, the Candied Maple Sugar, I used some closely colored construction paper in a similar brown. I cut a strip wide enough to cover up the existing label.

Like so, and just wrap it around the candle and overlap just enough to cover it.

Cut off the excess. 

Then I decided to get out my black ink and stamps

and my letter stamps.  

 Don't worry, if you don't have stamps and such, you could always use a black permanent marker and free hand some on. Or maybe print out cute words onto the brown paper beforehand! Here's one lable I free handed with an inkpen.

Two pics up, you will see I also used the letter stampers to stamp the candle name onto a Grungy Hang Tag that I made with this recipe.

Here, I stamped the paper strips with the willow tree stamp (that I bought on eBay.)
 To attach the brown stamped paper to the jars,I used E-6000 glue instead of hot glue.
 The reason I used E-6000 glue was if the candle is used, when the wax gets hot, if you use a glue gun, chances are the hot glue dobs will come off. And with the E-6000 it kinda holds forever.

Then for one of them I had a bit of cute fabric. I cut it the size to cover the label and also e-6000 glued it on.
Once I had it on, I thought about stamping the name of the candle onto a smaller piece of brown paper and then ripping it to fit.  

To give the label a worn and torn look like so.
 I REALLY like how that torn label turned out.
Then I just used a bit more e-6000 glue to stick it right onto the fabric.
And then I finished it off with a little rusty brown star that I tied to the top with some brown and white bakers twine. Jute brown string would work or just about anything.

And then here is another that I was working on with the willow tree stamp.
I ended up putting the hand written label on as a hang tag.




So if I used something you don't have on these Dollar Store candles, just improvise and use something you do have on hand.
When it comes to making things primitive style, you really can't go wrong!

I have to say, I really like the plain, brown, stamped labels!

Which ones do you like the best?

Apr 2, 2015

BATTERY OPERATED FLAME TIP LIGHTS | CRAFT FAIR LIGHTING

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:
 And that is about all to the mixture.


This is the little strand of red, round lights, battery operated that I bought at the DOLLAR MART for only $1.00
Awesome already but not very primitive looking:

I took each little bulb and hand dipped each into the mixture.
A quick fast dip is the key to getting the cute sharp tip.
Then, I clipped the string of lights up on my patio umbrella using clothespins for them to dry.

And once dry this is what they looked like:

These turned out super cute.
I wish I would have taken a photo of them in use.
 
I had put them in my craft Booth #555 on top of the fireplace logs.
They looked awesome until they sold.
$4.99
Thank you!

Aug 18, 2014

Grubby Silicone Bulbs RECIPE


Do you need to make some primitive looking silicone bulbs?

I use this recipe to do both the electric taper bulbs and the night light bulbs.

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:
  
TWIRL it with one motion in the mixture. I tie a string to the ends so when they are wet I can easily hang them up.

And I use a closepin to clip them up to dry.



AND HERE IS THE LITTLE BATTERY OPERATED CANDLE BULBS:

BEFORE:
And after I bought a few dozen of these, I realized they have a green flame:

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.


I let them sit and dry in the sun for a few hours. It took longer than I thought for the 100% silicone to dry. But well worth the time.

Then after they were finally dry, the bottoms were ready to grubby on up!
CLICK HERE TO SEE HOW TO GRUBBY THE BASES

CLICK HERE FOR BASE DETAILS

of these battery operated candles in the other post,  


And if you want to see this bulb recipe used on other night lights, click here.

Jan 28, 2013

DIY How To Make GRUNGY TEA-LIGHTS


I started off with these plain white, battery operated tea-lights. Unfortunately, I didn't know they lit up green until I got the entire case of them home.... 
But since I made these around the Christmas holiday, I didn't mind.
First thing I did was give the "flame" a more country look. Especially since I realized they lit up green. lol. 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.
I let them sit and dry in the sun for a few hours. It took longer than I thought for the 100% silicone to dry. But well worth the time.

Then after they were finally dry, I took them inside and got together a mixture of Mod Podge and Cinnamon. I just kinda mixed it together on a piece of wax paper. Little at a time as I used it like so:
And I dapped it on with a large, fluffy brush, all around the base of the battery operated tea-light.

But as you see in the pic above, the cinnamon wasn't really clinging to the base. So then I even added a few extra shakes of the cinnamon straight to the candle to make it more grungy, while the Mod Podge was still wet.


Keep in mind, you can keep layering the candle base with these steps. And even can get the stuff on the bulb as I did in the pic above, it didn't hurt. Being as it was basically the same mixture, it blended right in.

And here they are afterwards. Some I sealed with an extra coat of Mod Podge and others I left with the dry Cinnamon look. I really prefer the ones on the left in this pic below. I think the Mod Podge gave it a more finished look.

And here's a few more pics of the finished project. Since for some reason, I snapped like a billion pics of them. lol. It was a great project to do though. Easy and fun. A definite, "you can't mess up" project. My fav. kind...



As you see, for a more finished touch for packaging for my Booth #555 at the Peddlers Mall, I put each in it's own plastic bag. 
I get these bags at Walmart, in the cup cake decoration aisle. They fit perfectly. Then I take a bit of homespun fabric and tie up the tops.

Since I got my battery powered tea-lights at a wholesale auction, I could afford to price them at only a $1.00 each. I love having dollar items in my Booth #555. It kinda gives a little cheapie item you can grab on impulse, but yet looks great for the money.

These are for sale in my Booth#555,
$1.00 Each

Below is a photo of these cute little lights in my bathroom.
I placed them in hanging Mason Jars.
And since they were green, they will be awesome night lights around Halloween!

If you get around to making these, let me know how yours turned out!
~Happy Crafting ya'll,
~Lisa