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11  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Tutorial: How To Make DancinInTheDark's Silhouette Candleholders. on: June 18, 2010 06:16:43 AM
Silhouette Candle Holder
By DancinInTheDark

What You Need:
*Mod Podge
*Dark colored paper (or brown grocery paper if you dont have dark colored paper.)
*X-Acto knife
*Elmers glue
*Glass jars (Jelly jars, Heinz Homestyle gravy jars, or any other small jar will work fine for this project.)
*Glue stick
*Sealer (I like Minwax spray-on sealer. Its odorless and dries fast.)
*Goo-Gone (Removes glue the labels were attached to the jars with)
*Tissue paper (Color of your choice)


What You Do:
1.   Wash and dry your jars (if they arent clean already) and remove their labels. Take some Goo-Gone and remove the glue that held the labels on.


2.  Take the dark colored paper (or grocery bag paper) and draw something simple on it (I.E., a butterfly or star). Cut the image out and do any details (Like the space inside the blades on the skaters skates) with the X-Acto knife. Things like that are awkward to do with the scissors. Glue the image down and let dry. While youre waiting for that to dry, cut the tissue paper into squares.


3. Take the tissue pieces and glue them on the candleholders. Its easiest to do the bottom first, allow it to dry, then do the sides and top. Let the bottom dry, then put a tea light in the candleholder and light it. This just helps it dry faster. Repeat this process until there are three layers on the candleholder.


4. When the layers have dried, take it outside and spray it with the sealer. I like to do at least three layers of sealer. Let it dry for 24 hours and then enjoy your candleholders. Smiley

(It doesn't look like it but they're sealed here. My camera takes crappy pictures.. I don't know why. Wink)

Here they are all lit up.

Helpful Hints

   Its your call whether you want to make sets of two candleholders or just a single one. I did two when I made the skater ones because it seemed natural to do a pair. If you do butterflies or fairies its cute to do two and have them face each other (Like my skaters did).

   Even though the Minwax sealer is odorless and dries fast, I like to let things I seal with it dry 24 hours as a precaution. This eliminates tackiness. This is especially helpful if youre making them as a gift for someone else. You dont want them to stick to their wrappings or to each other. Wink

   These can be made for any occasion. If youre making them for Christmas you can do simple trees, angels, stockings, or the word, NOEL. These are just some things to get those wheels turning, Craftsters. The only limit on this project is the sky.   Cool
12  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / So, I was inspired by the 2010 Winter Olympics.. on: June 09, 2010 07:04:42 PM
And I made these candleholders with skaters' silhouettes on them. I actually made these back in February but forgot to post them until now.  Tongue They were Heinz gravy bottles before I made them into candle holders. If anyone wants a tutorial I can write one up. Wink

With tealights lit:

Without tealights lit:

13  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / So, you have a steel can or more... on: May 26, 2010 02:14:34 PM
And you're wondering, "What on Earth can I do with this?". I've been in this situation before, and I thought, "Why not make these?".

Pencil holder #1

Pencil holder #2

I have a tutorial I made for these here:
14  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Tutorial: How To Make DancinInTheDark's Awesome Pencil Holder. on: January 11, 2010 01:03:48 PM
Okay, here's the tutorial for my awesome pen holder. Wink I took better photos for it and added a step or two.


-A Steel Can
-Tissue Paper
-Brown paper lunch bags (or unwanted wrapping paper)
-Mod Podge
-White Paint
-Food coloring
-Spray Sealer
-Beaded trim (Optional, but if you like bling, go ahead and use it. Haha)
-Something to mix the paint in
-Fabric Paint

What You Do:

 1.Take your clean steel can and bend the sharp inner rim down with pliers. Cans with pull tab tops have this but the cans that you open with a can opener just have a little sharp piece that can be bent down with pliers. After you get the rim bent down, cover it with a layer of tissue paper. I used tissue paper left over from other projects for this tutorial, but you can use unwanted wrapping paper if your recycling center doesn't take it. I like to use Progresso soup cans or Dole pineapple cans for these pen holders because they're sturdy. If you can't find those, though, any sturdy steel can with a pull top will do.  Smiley

Tissue paper pieces ready to be glued onto can.

Can covered with tissue pieces.

2.Cut your paper lunch sack into rectangles and glue onto your can. These don't have to be perfect, as they're going to be covered up with paint anyway.

Paper sack pieces ready to be glued on. Wink

Can that's ready for paint.

3.Take the tissue paper that's going to be glued over the layer of paint and cut it into pieces. For this tutorial, I used teal paint and tissue paper. Mix the appropriate amount of food coloring into your paint. For teal, that happens to be 10-15 drops of green, and 10 of blue. Paint over the brown paper.

Paint all mixed and ready to go. (I used an old Garnier Nutrisse conditioner container for this tutorial, because it has a lid. You can use whatever you have though, just make sure it has a lid so your paint doesn't dry out.)

First coat of paint. (The paint I used for this tutorial is kind of thin, so I had to do two coats.)

Second coat of paint. It looks stripy here because the middle wasn't totally dry when I took the photo. Tongue

4.Take the tissue paper and do a second coat on your pen holder. This is easier if you start from the inside and go from there. When the inside is covered, let it dry and then do the outside. After it is totally dry, paint it with a layer of Mod Podge. Let this dry. Here's the one I made for the tutorial after I did the second coat of Mod Podge, added glitter, and sealed it. Shweet, no? Grin

I know it's kind of hard to see here, but the sealer is really shiny.

5.Heres the cool part. You can now customize the pen holder for whoever youre making it for or make it for yourself. If youre keeping it for yourself paint it with whatever color you like. If its for a friend, paint it with their favorite color and add paper cutouts of things theyre into (Such as guitars or dogs), if you like. The beauty of this is you can do whatever you like with it and it still turns out beautifully. When the paint is dry, you can take it outside and seal it with spray sealer. Make sure you do several coats. When thats dry, give it to your friend or keep it. (For this tutorial I did green with glitter.)

(Extreme angles FTW! Wink)

I hope to see the pen holders you all make with this tutorial! I'm sure y'all will come up with some cool ones.  Cool Happy upcycling! Grin
15  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / So, this is what happens when you mix boredom and old textbooks. ;) on: January 11, 2010 11:36:18 AM
I was bored last week and made these journals. Both are made from old textbooks someone threw in the recycle bin at school.

Book 1:

Closeup of paper I used:

Book 2:

Closeup of paper I used:

16  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / So. I combined some of my favorite things and got... on: January 11, 2010 11:14:33 AM
This purse! Cheesy I had some owl fabric I got at Wal-Mart last summer, a pair of jeans I really loved (of course the zipper broke.. Cry ), an owl necklace that I put on a keyring, and and old belt that I wore so much that it wore out just sitting around so I thought, "Why not make a sweet purse for school with these things?", so I did. Wink I'm in love with it and thought I'd share it with others here. So here goes.

Action shot (Holding my stuff):

Closeup of the little owl charm (I have no idea where it came from originally, someone gave it to me):

Closeup of the lining fabric:

17  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / This used to be a peanut butter jar... on: December 14, 2009 01:39:04 PM
But now it's a mint/other small candy holder! I got this idea when I was at my grandma's house and I saw that she was using a clean empty peanut butter jar to hold candy. So I took a peanut butter jar and decorated it. Wink I didn't keep this one, it was a Christmas gift for a friend of mine.


Action shot:

I can write up a tutorial for these if anyone is interested. Wink
18  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / So, I was bored last month.. (Pic Heavy) on: December 14, 2009 01:10:01 PM
And I decided to make myself a notebook out of an old cereal box, cute paper, and random quotes and pictures.


Closeup of Front:

Closeup of Back:


I also made this one earlier this year. I just took a textbook, gutted it, covered it in green fabric and then put striped paper on the front and back covers. Then I cut butterflies out of some other paper I had and decoupaged them on.  Grin

The book:

Enjoy!  Wink

19  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / Japanese Beetles? on: June 29, 2009 08:58:15 PM
Okay, we are having a Japanese beetle problem. They are all over the asters and the rose of Sharon bushes in our garden, and I was wondering how else to get rid of them. My mum tried spraying her bushes with a spray made with mouthwash, soap, and tobacco juice, but it doesn't seem to be working. She doesn't want to buy the chemical that kills them because she doesn't want to kill the birds or butterflies. We aren't sure what else to do. Right now we are going outside twice a day and knocking them into containers of soapy water. I was wondering if anyone else here was having issues with them. They seem to be really bad.
20  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Old Readers' Digest Book=My New Journal <3 on: June 22, 2009 12:31:50 AM
So I made this cool book over the weekend. I began with an old Readers' Digest book and gutted it. Then I spent the majority of the weekend splatterpainting the pages. It took quite a while but it looks so amazing. <3

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