Wintertime is in full swing here in Minnesota. Early in the week we experienced a few rounds of snow and ice, resulting in the outdoors being treacherous and uninviting. While I definitely have holiday-related errands to run this weekend, staying off the roads and keeping indoors is pretty tempting. I'm a homebody for certain, and I've learned how to keep the stir-crazies away during these colder months. Part of staying sane while being stuck inside has to do with how you light your home. Coziness is a must, and these DIY holiday luminaries are just that - cozy!
Lacy luminaires wouldn't ordinarily be my style, but when I saw the rustic burlap mixed with doilies, I stopped dead in my tracks. The contrast of lace and burlap, a canning jar and pink satin ribbon...oh baby, I can't resist that kind of craft. Over on Crafts by Amanda you'll see exactly how to put together these juxtaposed materials. Here's all you need.
Check out these wax luminaries made out of water balloons. Yup, water balloons! Besides the balloons, you'll need some high melt paraffin wax, a double boiler and a cookie sheet. Other than that, the proceedure, which seems simple enough, goes something like this:
- Fill balloon with tepid water.
- Melt your wax in the double boiler to 180 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Slowly dip your balloon into the wax, hold it for a few seconds.
- Withdraw the...
I was going through some old decor/craft books recently, and spotted this clever idea of using old minnow buckets as luminaries. Great for those warm summer nights on the patio!
The holidays are all about tradition, which means we end up doing the same stuff every year. Including decorating and crafting. As I perused my posts from the last Christmas season, I picked my top 5 favorites. If you weren’t a member of Curbly then or if you were but need a refresher, here they are.
What You Need
Plastic bucket or empty-ice cream pail
Small plastic jar or storage container
Stones, marbles, etc for weight
Votives or tea lights
Cold weather, or a freezer if you live in warmer climes
What You Need to Do
1. Place smaller container in center of pail
2. Place rocks, marbles, etc. in smaller container for weight
3. Fill larger pail with water until it reaches 1 inch or so from rim of center container
4. Place bucket outside in freezing...