Showing posts with label glass. Show all posts
Showing posts with label glass. Show all posts

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

How to make Halloween luminaries with recycled glass jars


If you're looking for an easy Halloween craft to do with kids, look no further than your recycling bin! 

With a little help from Mod Podge and tissue paper (or napkins) you can transform empty glass jars to adorable Halloween luminaries. 

These recycled glass jar luminaries are easy to make and a perfect first Mod Podge project. 

This Halloween luminary project I designed was featured on Hands on Crafts for Kids in December of 2015. 

While the version of my Halloween luminaries aired by Hands on Crafts for Kids is a little different than the way I designed it (they used Elmer's glue instead of Mod Podge for example), watching the video below will give you the basic technique for making them.
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Thursday, July 26, 2018

DIY Glass Water Bottle - how to upcycle a Voss water glass bottle into something beautiful

I had no idea when I first wrote about the recycled glass water bottle project I made as a gift for my sister in 2013, that it would be so popular!

To date, more than 265,000 people have come to my website to read this tutorial! WOW!
I'm thrilled that so many of you have loved my DIY water bottle project.

This tutorial will allow you to transform an empty Voss Water glass bottle into a beautiful work of art. I will teach you how to take a glass water bottle that would otherwise be discarded and upgrade it into a beautiful, etched glass water bottle that can be used over and over and over again!

This etched glass water bottle makes a great gift. My DIY water bottle project is also infinitely customizable to make it just right for your recipient.
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Sunday, December 3, 2017

How to make sugar scrub with peppermint essential oils
If you want to learn how to make sugar scrub, you're in the right place! This peppermint sugar scrub recipe combines vanilla and peppermint essential oils to get a yummy smelling scrub that you layer to get a pretty candy cane effect - perfect for gift giving!

I love giving healthy personal care products for quick and easy Christmas gifts. Using staples that you already have in your kitchen and some yummy essential oils, you can create a great peppermint sugar scrub that will exfoliate dead skin and smell delicious at the same time! One of the best parts about this project is that you do not have to be crafty to pull it off.

To make a delightful peppermint scrub, start with an organic peppermint oil and combine it with sugar and coconut oil to make an awesome sugar scrub. I love using mine to exfoliate my whole body in the shower or to scrub dirt off my hands after I have been in the garden.

Update: This recipe was originally created by using Rocky Mountain Oils' "Blend of Vanilla" and "candy cane" oils. Due to shortages in the worldwide vanilla crop, vanilla essential oil is in short supply and RMO is no longer carrying it. This recipe was updated in 2018 to reflect oils that are currently available on the market.
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Thursday, November 17, 2016


This adorable snow globe soap pump is the perfect way to add an unexpected dash of Christmas to the kitchen or bathroom sinks in your home. Throughout the year I keep most of the decor in my home fairly neutral and then swap out accessories like this for different holidays. It makes me smile every time I go to use the kitchen sink!

Bonus: You need ZERO crafting skills to pull off this project!
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Tuesday, September 6, 2016


I've talked before about my large glass jar collection. Not only are glass jars great for holding leftovers, but they make a great craft medium as well. (see all my projects using glass jars here!).

For this project, you can transform empty glass jars into lacey votive candle holders in less than 15 minutes with just a handful of supplies.
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Thursday, January 28, 2016



I'm slowly plugging away decorating the mantle in the The Farmhouse. It started with my "I Love You to the Moon and Back"  rustic picture frame and is slowly growing from there. Right now I have a huge mirror and three picture frame and thought I needed to a add a jar with a candle. When I was at IKEA last week, I saw this Ensidig fat glass vase and decided it would be perfect! Some lima beans, a doily, baker's twine mixed in and five minutes later I had a pretty candle holder! Here's how to make it:


Supplies

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015



Fairy gardens are super trendy this year. I totally get the appeal - I love the idea of creating inviting little spaces for garden fairies to lounge in. I suppose they are kind of like beneficial insects - minus the carnivorous bug eating?

If you want to get in on the fairy garden trend, no need to be scared. Simple fairy gardens are very easy to put together by yourself or with kids. Come see how I made mine! 


Supplies

Some of the links in my supply lists may be affiliate links. 

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015



You may have seen an idea making the rounds on Pinterest - water your plants while you are away on vacation with an old wine, beer or water bottle. This is a great way to water your plants. It's also not very cute:


I don't know about you, but I don't think having beer bottles sticking out of my plant pots is the best look. Beyond the looks issue, I also wanted a more long term solution. I supposed it doesn't matter if your plants look un-classy if you aren't home to see it (like when on vacation) - but if I have to look at it every day, I want it to be cuter. With two small kids at home, plant watering can take a back seat. With my waterer, I can fill it once every 2-3 days and my plants stay happy. Plus I think it's super cute! 

Here's how I made it:


Supplies

Some of the links in my supply lists may be affiliate links. 

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Monday, February 2, 2015



I love glitter - and judging by the popularity of my dishwasher safe glitter mug tutorial, I'm not the only one! I wanted to make something a little special for Valentine's Day and decided to use a similar technique to whip up some extra fancy glitter mason jar mugs. Who wouldn't feel special sipping from their very own sparkly heart jar?


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Tuesday, November 18, 2014


As I'm wrapping up my dining room makeover, I've recently started on my upstairs bathroom - because there's no time to start a new project like right before your current one is done! This project couldn't be easier and took maybe 5 minutes from start to finish.


Supplies

Some of the links in my supply lists may be affiliate links. 

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014


You know I love a good upcycling project. If you need a way to put your glass jar stash to good use, try making adorable vanity organizers. I love how the lids got an upgrade with both paint and cute curio handles!


Supplies

Some of the links in my supply lists may be affiliate links. 


Directions

Find the directions online at Eighteen25: Pretty Bathroom Jars


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Friday, August 8, 2014

This post brought to you by the Dollar Tree Value Seekers Club.

Do you struggle to keep your smaller humans motivated to finish schoolwork? Whether you're a school teacher, a homeschooling parent or a mom who needs to motivate her kids to hit behavioral milestones, I have a great project for you! Create a "Motivation Station" in a corner of your home or classroom to reward kids for hitting learning or behavior targets.

I found this project on the Dollar Tree Value Seekers Club website - they have so many great ideas this month for fun back to school projects so definitely check them out. They share new projects, recipes, and tips each month – plus membership is free!


Supplies

  • Large empty glass jar
  • Chalkboard stickers
  • Letter stickers
  • Crinkle paper
  • Treats to fill jar

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

I've mentioned my glass jar hoarding problem before. I only call it a "problem" because it makes my husband feel better. In reality, I think I'm a genius! There are so many great uses for glass jars that it makes sense to have a stash of them and not start adding them to the recycling bin until you're squeezed every last ounce of usefulness from them. Here are more than 35 ways to re-use glass jars!
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Monday, November 11, 2013

My little guy loves to give us presents. It's pretty common for him to come in from a walk with a rock or a flower for the parent who stayed behind. Over time, we've developed quite the rock collection and needed a place to keep them all. 

This Dad Rocks jar is a perfect Christmas gift for the Mom, Dad, Aunt or Grandparent always receiving stony presents from the kids in their lives. Plus it reminds them how awesome they are at the same time. 

Supplies

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

This post is brought to you by Dollar Tree Value Seekers Club.
My husband says I have a "glass jar problem." If a glass jar comes through our house, chances are we're keeping it. They are just so darn useful for everything from food storage to crafts (like these great luminaries I'm about to show you from the Dollar Tree Value Seekers Club) - why in the world would you throw them out?!

Dollar Tree asked me to check out their Value Seekers Club (confession: I was actually already a member!) and to recreate one of their October crafts. I was immediately drawn to these luminaries and figured they would be a great way to use up some of my glass jar stash. Of course, if you don't have a glass jar stash (ahem) you can pick up lots of great jarred goods at Dollar Tree or even vases and candle holders to use instead. I may or may not be guilty of checking out their grocery section just to look for glass jars I like the shape of (don't tell Joe!).

This is what the Dollar Tree Value Seekers Club version looks like:

Cute, right?! I'm sure you can see why I was drawn to this project.

I made mine a smidge differently than Dollar Tree - in part because I wanted mine to live outside. Check out how I made mine below. 


Supplies (for the CGL version)


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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

This year, I had a volunteer bed of calendula flowers pop up after self-seeding last year in my courtyard. If you'd like:
  • a little more control (and don't want to bank on your plants properly self-seeding themselves)
  • want to move plants to a different area
  • want to sell or gift seeds to others
then you will need to know how to collect seeds from your plants!


Supplies

  • Calendula flowers that have gone to seed
  • Large glass jar for collection
  • Small glass jar for storage
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Sunday, August 25, 2013

I have a special place in my heart for things made out of glass - it's durable, functional and non-toxic. Niki from HomeMadeville recently made a great cake plate using a mason jar. Which is pretty creative on its own, but what I love about this project is how versatile it is! She shows six different ways to style this cake plate by using different jar filler over at HomeMadeville. Be sure to check her out to get your creative juices flowing.

Supplies

  • Glass plate
  • Mason jar
  • Votive holder
  • E-6000 or other glass adhesive
  • Themed filler

Directions

Find the directions online at HomeMadevilleMason Jar Cake Plate with Endless Possibilities


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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Last week I was super fortunate to attend a conference in Lehi, UT for creative minds called SNAP!. In addition to offering insightful classes and fabulous opportunities to network, there were also some hands on DIY crafting sessions. One session I was dying to go to but ended up missing was a session on how to create these beautiful mini terrarium necklaces. Luckily, class teacher Cynthia of The Jordan Valley Home & Garden Club wrote a well photographed tutorial on how to make your own along with care instructions.

Supplies


Directions

Find the directions at Jordan Valley Home & Garden Club: Living Arrangements: Terrarium Necklace Tutorial

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