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etsy finds: candles galore and a DIY

I’ve always believed one of the most universal gifts to give is a candle. Whether it be a tea light candle, a scented candle, or even a candle holder. You’d be really hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t enjoy some form of a candle. Even those that don’t like a scented candle, there’s so many options out there! I especially love all the candle holders!

candlesgifts:: forest green soy candle :: red ball candle ::
:: beeswax owl candle :: cinnamon and clove soy candle ::

If you aren’t looking for a candle, there are some great candle holder, votive holder, and even DIY projects out there. Buy a pack of tea light candles from somewhere like Ikea (I STILL have a bag full of them after my most recent purchased that was 2 years ago!) and you can come up with a dozen great ideas for them.

candleholder1:: geometric wood candle holders :: rustic candle holders ::
:: ceramic candle holder :: hanging jar candle holder ::

See, so many fantastic candles and candle holders out there! I, of course, am a firm believer in making things yourself. It adds that special touch to all gifts, and lets you get a bit creative. One of my favorite DIY projects I’ve found lately is for a porcelain holiday tree candle holder. It’s just too cute not to share!

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This DIY only really requires several materials and supplies, surprisingly simple for such an amazing piece. I love the inspiration for it. I so very often go into Target and look through their home section just to leave disappointed. I can never bring myself to spend so much money on items I could make at home. Except maybe the bar cart lately, I should talk myself into buying that.. and some of their cute linens… and shoes.. Ok. I just love Target.

But back to the DIY. I’m hoping to create something so very similiar as a Christmas gift this year.

See, how can you not love the idea of giving a candle gift set to someone! It’s so versatile and there’s just a million options out there.



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DIY: paper bag lanterns

This week I’ve gotten around to finally posting a couple of DIYs, mini sugar skull boxes and a bat wreath. Today I bring you this incredibly easy paper bag lantern diy. We’re having a Halloween party at my besties house and I needed to come up with an easy and cost effective way to make lanterns for the back stairs. I found a stack of paper bags in my kitchen and thought AHA!


Brown paper lunch bags
Flameless candles
Xacto knife
Tissue paper


1. For this step, I used the stencil I made in the bat wreath DIY and simply traced two of them on one side of the paper bag, and one on the other side. Putting a piece of paper inside the paper bag I cut out each one of the bats with the xacto knife. When you switch sides, you’ll have to re-situate the paper inside the bag so you don’t cut through the sides of the folded paper bag.

2. Take the tissue paper and cut out a big enough piece to cover the cut out shapes, plus a little extra. Put a line of glue around the edges of the tissue paper and carefully glue it on the inside of the bag. I only did one side of the bag with tissue paper, it lets the light shine through more brightly on one side.

3. Put your flameless candle in the bag and done! I put my candle on top of a small tea light candle holder. It weighs down the bag and helps the candle get higher up on the bag.

You could also put some stones in the bottom of the bag.



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DIY: bat wreath

Earlier this week I posted a diy on making these sugar skull boxes. I didn’t so much make the boxes, but rather how to decorate them. This bat wreath is probably my favorite diy I’ve done in a long time. A black wreath and bats, whats not to love?


Spray paint
Black card stock
Floral wire
Stencil (or make your own)


1. Take your wreath to a well ventilated area and spray paint it, thoroughly. Make sure to get both sides and around the middle. If you want you can also use this time to spray paint the floral wire black as well, as most floral wire I’ve found is green. Using your pliers snip the floral wire in half if it’s too long.

2. While that’s drying, either draw your own stencil, or use a premade one and start tracing several bats on the card stock. I’m lucky enough to have a very talented girlfriend who  free handed the big and small bat on separate card stock paper, and ended up using a couple of large bats and several small bats.

3. Cut them out and put two holes in the center big enough for the floral wire to go through. Loop the floral wire in each hole, and place it on the wreath wherever you want the bat to be.

4. Turn the wreath over and twist the floral wire around itself to secure it on the wreath. Once you have as many bats on the wreath as you’d like, you’re done!

The dangling skeleton I found at a local craft store. I spray painted it and painted the bones on. I just love him! He goes perfect with my bat wreath.

Halloweens almost here!



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DIY: mini sugar skull boxes

I’ve decided to finally put up a couple of DIY projects. I know I’ve been slacking horribly in that department, my apologies. I haven’t had much inspiration, even this Halloween-y time of year.  Maybe that will all change when the holidays come a-knocking.


Paper mache boxes (such as these)
Spray paint
Acrylic paint
Paint brushes


1. I first had to peel off the sticker on the back of each box, then spray painted each box with an even layer of black spray paint.

2. Once the boxes were dry, I sketched out the general shape of each skull and painted at least 3 layers of white paint onto the top.

3. Now once that was dry, I drew out what designs I wanted on the sugar skulls. If you need some reference, try googling images of sugar skulls. I found some great reference photos. Cobwebs, crosses, and diamond shapes.

4. Start painting your embellishments, I wanted to use a lot of yellows reds and blues.

Once the initial coats of paint were dry, this was such a fast project. You could use them to put candy in or even little jewelry boxes. I plan on making a few more in the future, even after the spooky season has ended.



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Make it Monday: mason jar candle holders

If you want an easy craft that uses minimal supplies and gives you tons of options, look no further. This whole project took me less than 20 minutes to make, and the supplies were under $8. I loved the end result and really can’t make up my mind if I want to put them on my table as a center piece or use them on my porch when sitting outside.

What you’ll need..

  • 2 mason jars
  • tea light candles
  • marbles/large beads/your choice of what to put in the jar
  • adhesive (I used e6000)
  • candles
  • yarn/ribbon

Notes: the candles you choose should be wide enough to fit inside of the tea light candles once you remove the candle from the metal tin.

Now what you do..

1. Remove the tea light candles from the metal tin it’s placed in. Take off the lid to your mason jars, and put dabs of the adhesive on the bottom of the metal tins. You may not be able to reach the bottom of the mason jar with your hand, so I took a pair of scissors and pinched the side of the tin to hold onto it, and put it into place at the bottom of the mason jar. Using a pen, push the tin down to make sure it lays flat for the adhesive to stick.

2. Let the adhesive dry. Pour the marbles, or whatever it is you decided to use into the mason jar.

3. Turn the jar sideways, placing your hand at the opening to make sure none of the marbles fall out. With the marbles on the side of the jar, take your candle and put it into the metal tin that’s not glued down to the bottom.

4. Now hold onto the candle and turn the mason jar back to it’s upright position.

5. Take the yarn or ribbon (or even a piece of clothe!) and wrap it around the top of the mason jar. Tie a little bow and you’re done.

Now tell me that wasn’t easy.


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Braided lampshade DIY feature

Oh heyy! I recently contributed a DIY lampshade project to Buzzfeed, and to my surprise it went live last night. The project itself took me around 5 days, I forgot how tedious braiding can get! I’m in love with the end result and have begun trying to find the perfect lamp to put it on. The supplies you need are rather simple, and the possibilities are endless when it comes to a color scheme.

Supplies include:

Mod podge (or an adhesive of sorts)
2 colors of yarn
A clip

If you want to check out how I put this lampshade together, head over to Two Ways to DIY Your Lampshades. It was a great experience! I love being given an idea and coming up with a project from it. I’m looking forward to my next project!


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Make it Monday: animal figurine jewelry hanger

Do you ever have those moments where you see something really cute and seemingly so simple to make you just have to try it? Ok, maybe your answer was no, but I have those moments all the time. So when Kh came up with the idea to make this jewelry hanger for our friend Kate’s birthday, I was completely on board.

We headed to the craft store and found all of the supplies we needed in one place. AC Moore, some times I still really love you. I found multiple tutorials online that I used mostly as a guide to help with any questions that might come up. In the long run it was mostly trial and error that got us through it.

And by us I mean Kh. I have to give her full credit for dissembling the animals, drilling holes, and cutting pieces of dowel rod off for the pegs.

What you’ll need..

  • Animal figurines – there’s such a wide variety of shapes and sizes. Pick out whatever you like! Keep in mind ones with antlers, ears, etc make it easier to hang jewelry from.
  • A long piece of wood, or a wooden plaque
  • A dowel the same size as your drill bit
  • Drill
  • Utility knife
  • Glue – I used e6000
  • Saw or something to cut the animals apart
  • Vice or clamp

Now you need to..

1. Cut the part of the animal off you want to use. I thought it would be cute to have animal butts! We used the heads though. Make sure the backs of the part you choose are cut so they lay flat against the wood.

2. Putting the animal pieces in the clamp or vice, drill a hole roughly in the center of the back of each head (or butt..). I say use a vice or clamp so you don’t hurt yourself. Safety! You may want to try drilling into one of the discarded animal pieces before you drill into your actual pieces.

3. Cut pieces of the dowel off, enough pieces for each one of your animal heads. Make sure your dowel pieces are long enough to fit 1/3 of it in the animal head. Put the dowel pieces in the animal heads, to both ensure it fits and that you don’t lose the dowels.

4. Measure and mark where you want your animal heads to go on the board. Try to make sure the line of animal heads is close to the middle of the board. Drill the hole far enough in to fit your dowel pieces. However far you see fit.

5. This would be the point you could paint or gloss your wood. We decided to leave it unfinished, mostly because we couldn’t decide what to paint it or the color gloss/stain. If you aren’t staining or painting it insert your animal pieces into the holes, put a small drop of glue in the hole for extra hold. This was the fun part! Mixing and matching what animals go where.

6. Let sit to dry. Once fully dry, I turned it over and nailed in two hanging brackets on the back. Easy to move and place where you like!

How easy was that? Thanks to Kh, she did all the hard parts. Now I’m wanting to make one of my own, using animal butts of course. A rhino hiney, I’d love it.


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