How to Make Teardrop Balloon Luminaries

by DIY Maven

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:

  1. Fill balloon with tepid water.
  2. Melt your wax in the double boiler to 180 degrees Fahrenheit.
  3. Slowly dip your balloon into the wax, hold it for a few seconds.
  4. Withdraw the...

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Maven's Top 5 How-To's of Christmas Past

by DIY Maven

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.

5) Greeting card gift 'pillows'.

4) Newspaper wrapping paper + pinwheel bow.

3) Clothespin greeting card wreath.


2) Elegant...

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Elegant Outdoor Luminaries: Free

by DIY Maven

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...

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