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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / DIY Chic Industrial Candlesticks (The Perfect Gift!) on: December 06, 2012 10:38:17 AM


(More pics and different candlestick styles at http://www.sisteroo.com/2012/12/diy-industrial-candlesticks.html.

 1.  Pick up an assortment of large, medium, and small hex nuts from your local hardware store, with one small tapered hex nut for the top of each candlestick (Large = 1"  Medium = 7/8"  Small = 3/4").  While you're still in the store, stack the nuts on top of each other from largest to smallest (or alternating large-medium-large-medium-small-medium-small-etc.) to make sure you have the sizes and candlestick height you prefer.

2.  Purchase a wooden dowel that fits through the smallest hex nut snugly (it will be loose on the largest hex nut, but you will remedy this shortly).  Cut to size by threading the nuts on the dowel and cutting 1/2" below the top edge of the last nut (you need to leave room in the top nut for your candle).

3.  Prepare a simple paper mache (one part water, two parts glue, one part shredded newspaper) or purchase a light drying dough (e.g. Fimo Air).  

4.  Place a dab of strong glue (I used E6000.  Gorilla Glue or another strong, slow drying glue should work fine) on the bottom 1" portion of the wooden dowel, and thread the largest nut down onto the base.  Fill the space between the dowel and the nut with the lightweight paper mache or Fimo Air.  The nut should be firmly wedged around the wooden dowel.

5. Place glue along the top edge of the threaded nut and on the next 1" portion of the dowel.  Thread the next nut on the dowel and press firmly on the nut below.  Repeat the paper mache/clay stuffing in the space between the nut and the dowel (you will need to stuff less and less as you move to the smaller nuts).  Once you are finished stacking and gluing all of the nuts, let dry several hours.

6.  You may prefer your candlesticks in their original silver.  To add a little color, spray your candlesticks with in the color of your choice, and then finish with a coat of high gloss spray.  I used Rustoleum Enamel for the red candlesticks and Krylon Metallic for the gold and silver candlesticks.

7.  For added bling, use a glue gun to affix round gemstones or other fun objects on alternating hex nut levels.

8.  Finish your candlesticks off with some taper candles--I was able to fit regular 10" tapers in my candlesticks (you can whittle the candles down with a knife or melt the ends with a match for a minute if the fit is too snug).

(More pics and different candlestick styles at http://www.sisteroo.com/2012/12/diy-industrial-candlesticks.html.
2  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / DIY Silver Lace Holiday Heels on: November 19, 2012 08:47:08 AM


This delicate lace heel looks great for the holidays, but would also be lovely for a wedding, a bridal shower, prom...you name it. I revamped my heel in monochromatic colors, but a two toned heel would look fabulous too!

1. Tape off the heels with painter's or masking tape.

2. Blend gray and tan acrylic paints to match your shoe color (or try a different color altogether for a bolder look). Paint this on your heel as a base for the silver "lace" to grip. Let dry completely.

3. Find a fun silver lace or leaf sticker pattern at your craft store. There are quite a few varieties out there. Apply the pieces to your heel in a tight pattern, cutting to fit the shape of your heel.

4. Apply a fine border of black gloss acrylic paint along the edges and in the crevices of your lace pattern to create an "aged" look. Let dry.

5. Apply a light spray of clear acrylic gloss to your heel (making sure to avoid the rest of the shoe). This will set your lace and prevent peeling.

6. Slip on your heels and hit the town!

More tutorial pictures at: http://www.sisteroo.com/2012/11/diy-silver-lace-heels.html
3  COOKING / Dessert / Potted Chocolate Cheesecake on: June 10, 2012 10:58:45 AM

It's chocolate cheesecake. That looks like a plant. Seriously, guys--what's not to love?! Martha Stewart did this last year with chocolate pudding, but I'm more of a decadent-dessert-girl myself and decided to tweak the recipe and presentation a bit. ...The best part? You can eat the mint sprigs along with your chocolate dirt and cheesecake soil. That's called having your cake and eating it too.

Add'tl tutorial pics at: http://www.sisteroo.com/2012/06/potted-cheesecake.html

POTTED CHOCOLATE CHEESECAKE
1/3 cup butter or margarine, melted
22 Oreos, crushed
3 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted
4 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 bunch of fresh mint sprigs
12 clear votive candle holders (or other small, pot-shaped vases), thoroughly rinsed in soapy water

DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Mix butter and crumbled Oreos. Press into the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan. In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Gradually beat in the sweetened condensed milk until smooth. Add remaining ingredients; mix well. Pour into prepared pan. Bake 65 minutes or until cake center is set. Cool to room temperature.

Use a large spoon to scoop out the cheesecake into pot-shaped votive candle holders (I got mine on Amazon). Once the cheesecake is scraped out, crumble chunks of the crust on top of each cheesecake-filled pot. Stick a sprig of mint into your cheesecakes.

LICK ALL THE SPOONS WITH CHEESECAKE ON THEM, and then eat two (or three) cheesecakes.

Tell yourself you will never, ever, ever, ever eat so much cheesecake in one sitting EVER again. Ever.
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Easter / Faux Milk and Dark Chocolate Easter Tree! on: March 19, 2012 11:13:51 AM


I thought I was being clever last week when I created this very real looking faux chocolate Easter display while Husband was away on a business trip. (Yes, he tried to eat a wood bunny when he arrived home, and yes it was funny). Turns out, the joke's on me. I salivate every time I pass the living room, and usually end up helping myself to the leftover Valentine's chocolates I hid from myself last month. This chocolate-themed Easter display is going to be the death of me. If you're a masochist like I am, and need to gain five pounds before Easter, read on to find out how to make your own chocolate Easter display...

Tutorial pics at: http://www.sisteroo.com/2012/03/milk-dark-chocolate-easter-tree.html

I tested a boat-load of painting techniques to get the most decadent milk and dark chocolate effect, and the best result also ended up being the easiest.

For milk chocolate effect:
1. Buy or make some papier-mch eggs (I got the medium and small eggs from Hobby Lobby)
2. Spray paint with five or six layers of Krylon Leather Brown Gloss paint. Allow 30 minutes of drying time between layers.

For dark chocolate effect:
1. Mix black and brown paint until you get an almost-black hue. I used Folk Art Enamels Licorice paint and Ceramcoat Dark Brown acrylic paint.
2. Give your papier-mch eggs two thick coats.
3. Spray or paint the finished eggs with a clear lacquer to get that satiny chocolate sheen that makes your mouth water. I used Minwax Clear Polycrylic Protective Finish in satin finish (gloss was too "shiny").

And finally:
Hot-glue fishing wire to the eggs, and hang on your Easter tree.

I purchased my easter tree from Save-On-Crafts.com, and the faux chocolate bunnies in-store at Gordmans. The cute cream-colored satin bows on the bunnies necks are from the 1/4" satin ribbon collection at Walmart.

Other pics at: http://www.sisteroo.com/2012/03/milk-dark-chocolate-easter-tree.html

A very delicious Easter to you all!
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / DIY checkerboard and mancala board! on: October 24, 2011 01:26:41 PM

Tutorial pics at: http://www.sisteroo.com/2011/10/bored-no-more-board-game.html

The other day I decided I needed some games for work so my younger clients have something to do while we're talking. I went to the store and bought one of those checkers/chess sets thinking it'd be just as great as the smooth, durable wooden sets I remember from childhood. Turns out most sets nowadays are made out the cheapest, thinnest cardboard available, not to be out-cheapened by the plastic tiddlywink-like pieces that get lost in the carpet in a nanosecond. I knew I needed something sturdy, something fun, and something with replaceable pieces. With all of that in mind, I trepedatiously embarked into the world of board game making! Join me in this adventure and you too can build a sturdy, homemade checker set you can be proud of.


The checker pieces are simple to make, they just require a handful of glass vase beads, paper of your choice, some tracing, some cutting, and a gluing agent (I used mod podge; you can also use silicon glue). If you've ever made glass magnets you'll know that these are exactly the same--you just don't glue the magnet on!

Tutorial pics at: http://www.sisteroo.com/2011/10/bored-no-more-board-game.html

Supplies:
-Mod Podge
-Paint brush for the mod podge
-30 round glass beads (1-1.5 inch diameter)
-2 different sheets of scrapbooking paper (I chose sparkly blue and silver)
-Wooden square (or rectangle that you cut down)

Steps:
1) Trace your glass beads onto the scrapbooking paper you've chosen. You might want to trace a few, cut a few, so then you know which tracing goes with which bead. When I did it the husband started playing with all of the beads after I'd traced everything--I had no idea which tracing went with which bead leading to a gluing and cutting fiasco.

2) Smear some mod podge (not modge podge as I've always called it) onto the side of the paper you want facing up--then stick the glass bead onto the paper. I also mod podged the back of the paper so that it was smooth and so the sides didn't come up. I waited to do that until the first part was somewhat dry as I pushed out any air bubbles I saw forming. I also made 3 queens for each side in case the stacking didn't work. I did that by making a little crown out of the opposite color paper. I glued the crown to the main paper, then glued that all to the glass bead.

3) Let dry overnight and admire you cute little checkers pieces.

4) Cut your wood down to size. My checkerboard wood came from the as-is section of Ikea. It's been sitting in our closet for a while (the original intention was shelving...but it didn't work out) and I was very happy to find a use for this nice black walnut piece. We cut it down to 12x15 (the extra 3 inches wide give a place for you to show off the pieces you steal from your opponent).

5) Admire your lovely pieces on your newly cut board. Also you can paint the sides of your board if the cutting gave it an unpleasant color (ours was particle board beneath the wood overlay so we just used some black paint we had lying around to touch up the cut sides).

6) Draw the lines for the checkerboard and tape off the squares you want black with masking tape (and the sides in our case)

7) Using a sander, sand down the parts of the board you want to be the non-black color.

Cool Wipe off the dust (we used a vacuum throughout the process) and figure out where you need to do a little more sanding.

Additional thoughts:
-You can make these game pieces for any game you'd like! A cute idea I had was have each of your children make their own piece with either a favorite animal, or a picture of themselves as the background. You'll then never have another fight about who gets what color.
 
Picture at: http://www.sisteroo.com/2011/10/bored-no-more-board-game.html

Here's another idea for board game making: mancala! The husband and I made this a few years back out of a piece of wood from his backyard. We cut off the side of a log (giving it a rustic look) and made both sides flat with a band saw. Then we drilled the round holes into the board with a drill press and forstner bits. Several coats of gloss later and we had our very own mancala board! The difficulty in the project really came after we finished the board and realized the way each of us plays mancala is quite different....we have to play both versions of the game for us to be happy.
6  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Spooky Haunted Gingerbread House! on: October 11, 2011 02:31:47 PM


(Tutorial pics at http://www.sisteroo.com/2011/10/diy-haunted-gingerbread-house.html)

Look, I generally dont discriminate against holidays, but Halloween is hands-down the best holiday ever. Am I right, folks? Can I get an amen? When else can you dress like a crazy pirate, hack the crap out of a pumpkin, scare your visiting neighbors, and eat Mounds bars until you puke?* (*OK, fine. Maybe on Talk Like a Pirate Day. The point is that these holidays are few and far between.)

I love (love, love, love) Halloween. So this year, I decided to get the fun started extra early with a fabulous haunted gingerbread house. Read on for the spooky DIY details!...

Ill admit itI may have semi-cheated on this gingerbread house. My mom (whose birthday falls on the 31st, making her a huge Halloween fan as well) bought me a DIY Halloween gingerbread kit with the gingerbread pieces premade. If youre short on time or wary of cutting and baking gingerbread pieces yourself, Id recommend this prefab option. Otherwise, take a gander at my favorite homemade gingerbread recipe HERE:http://simplyrecipes.com/recipes/how_to_make_a_gingerbread_house/. Now for the fun partdecorating!

TUTORIAL PICS AT http://www.sisteroo.com/2011/10/diy-haunted-gingerbread-house.html

1. First, make your frosting. Lightly whip together 4 egg whites until frothy. Gradually add 7 c. sifted powdered sugar. Add 2 TB lemon juice and mix on medium for 2-3 minutes until smooth. Your frosting should be the consistency of toothpasteif its too thick, add one or two teaspoons of lemon juice. If its too thin, add several tablespoons of powdered sugar. Divide your frosting into 3 air tight Tupperware containers. Now is a good time to add your frosting coloringI used Wiltons gel icing colors in Moss Green, Orange (Red-Red plus Lemon Yellow), and Black. Mix each frosting to your desired color and seal tightly in the Tupperware (your frosting will harden very quickly if left without a cover). Assemble your house by piping orange frosting on the edges of your house pieces (I did this using a #6 round tip). Let dry at least 30 minutes.

2. While your house is drying, make some trees for your yard. I used 4 black chenille pipe cleaners and created a tree by braiding 3 pipe cleaners together for the trunk and then using the excess pipe cleaners as branches. I used balled up tissue paper, sandwich ties and a sharpie marker to create hanging tree ghosts (this was husbands ideathank you, husband!).

3. Mount your house and landscaping tree(s) on a large piece of cardboard. I used blue painters tape because I knew the base would eventually be covered with frosting. Speaking of whichtime to frost your base! I started by evenly spreading a medium layer of green frosting across the entire base, making sure to cover any tape. Immediately after spreading, I used my spreading knife to create a grass effect by pushing the knife into the frosting and then drawing it up. The frosting is fairly stiff and should create stiff, grass-like peaks.

4. Next, frost your roof using a thin layer of black frosting. While its drying, fill a decorating bag with the remaining black frosting. Using a #2 tip, decorate the roof with a scalloping and icicle effect. This is supposed to be a spooky house, so dont worry about getting it just right! The wonkier the better.

5. Using your #2 tip, pipe a line of frosting across the top of the roof. Immediately place a line of candy corns (or other Halloween candy) in the frosting. You may need to steady the candy as it dries.

6. Window and door time! Its always easiest if you pipe your windows and doors onto a piece of wax paper and affix them to your house once theyve dried. I made a few pieces here using the #2 tip for my black frosting and a #1 tip for my orange frosting outlines. Let dry for at least an hour or until completely firm. Affix to your house with a few globs of frosting.

7. Time to decorateuse any fun Halloween candies to trim your house. I went for a jelly bean border around the house, some sixlet detailing, and some candy corn pumpkin patches in the yard.
7  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Simple Vegetarian Italian Thin Crust Pizza on: October 11, 2011 02:24:57 PM


(Tutorial pics at http://www.sisteroo.com/2011/10/italian-thin-crust-pizza.html)

Shall I tell you about the best food that has ever passed my lips? Well then.

This year I got married. And my wonderful, darling, perfect (perfect, I tell you!) husband planned a fabulous honeymoon to Paris, Florence and Rome. On our first day in Florence, we were on the prowl for a little lunch, and while winding down those magical, tiny little Italian streets we stumbled across *THE BEST PIZZERIA IN THE WORLD*. I jest not, Sisteroos. This pizza was the most incredible delectable I have ever eaten. In fact, it was so good that husband and I ate there five times in a row. In four days. You can't get much better than that.

When we left that pizzeria for the last time, husband and I both swore that we would never eat pizza again. Because we couldn't spoil the perfect pizza memory, right? That would be downright criminal. But here we are, just seven months from our mind-blowing gastroexperience, and we're desperately trying to re-create that Italian pizza right here in our kitchen. Read on to find out if it was a success...

Ha! You're still reading? Of COURSE it wasn't a success! How can you recreate that once-in-a-lifetime moment of flavor-fireworks and taste-rainbows and culinary tap dancing unicorns? It's impossible. But we did get close with the following thin-crust, fresh basil, Italian mozzarella recipe:

(Tutorial pics at http://www.sisteroo.com/2011/10/italian-thin-crust-pizza.html)

1. Whip together your favorite pizza dough and let rise. I used a variation on Betty Crocker's quick crust--2 1/2 c. flour, 2 Tb sugar, 1 tsp. salt, 1 package (2 1/4 tsp.) quick active dry yeast, 3 Tb. olive oil, and 1 c. hot water. Mix dry, mix wet, and beat on medium speed for 3 minutes. Let rise.

2. Preheat your oven to 425. While it's heating up, knead your dough and form into medium rounds. Personal pizzas are extra fun. If you're feeling adventurous, toss your dough to form your pizzas (husbands are especially good at this, until they start the game, "let's see if I can get this dough to touch the ceiling.")

3. For an easy, homemade-tasting pizza sauce, roughly crush a few garden tomatoes and mix with a jar of marinara sauce. Add Italian seasonings to taste.

4. Prepare your toppings. We decided to go simple just like our memorable Italian pizza--marinara sauce, fresh torn basil and mozzarella balls.

5. Place two thin rounds on a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 425 for 6-7 minutes, or until crust begins to lightly golden. Take out, add tomato sauce, mozzarella balls and basil and bake until cheese is melted.
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / DIY Giant Shimmery Black & White Headboard! on: October 06, 2011 03:46:16 PM


We have two new additions to the family! The first clocked in at just over 8lbs 5oz, and has provided us with hours of (sleepless) joy. The second is far bulkier and more conducive to sleep--a Goliath of a headboard made from some silvery iridescent vinyl I scored at a warehouse sale last year. Read on if you're on the market for a massive statement piece that will turn your bed from "blah" to "La-Dee-Dah!"

Tutorial pics at: http://www.sisteroo.com/2011/10/diy-giant-wood-vinyl-headboard.html

For the How-To:

1. Build a wood frame. If anyone is interested, I'll have to get husband to post his measurements/supplies used for this part. Our frame fits a king-size bed and measures 7 feet high by 7 feet wide.

2.Purchase wood trim for the top and sides of your headboard. (Again, I'd need husband to explain how he chose and cut the trim).

3. Adhesive-spray 2-inch-thick polyurethane upholstery foam to the wood. Make sure you cut and center the foam to leave space for your wood trim.

4. Lay your fabric/vinyl/leather over the foam. Staple gun the material firmly and evenly. Place your staples as closely together as possible.

5. Once stapled, your headboard will look like this.

6. Paint and nail down your top wood trim.

7. Paint and nail your side wood trim.

8. Fill all gaps and nail holes with wood filler. Sand and re-paint any icky spots.

9. Glue thick silk twisted cording in the gap between your fabric and the wood trim.

This massive headboard easily fills an entire blank wall, and makes even normal-sized husbands appear small in comparison Wink
9  COOKING / Dessert / A Life-Sized Stand Up Vacuum Cake! (For My 2 Year-Old Obsessed With Vacuums...) on: September 29, 2011 10:34:07 AM


(Tutorial pictures at http://www.sisteroo.com/2011/09/vacuum-cake.html)

I never imagined the words vacuum and cake together until a few weeks ago. Usually by age 2, children begin phases, enjoying particular television characters or toys. My little boy's 2nd birthday was quickly approaching and despite my gentle teaching, pleading, bags of fruit snacks, buying him a pint-sized comfy t.v. chair, and bribing his sister to sit next to him as a good example of proper t.v.-watching, he does not like t.v. (seriously, I'm only asking for a 20-minute attention span so I can just take a shower!). Alas, I know he will get there soon enough and he'll be begging for more.

It's fun for the kids to have a birthday theme that they know and love, and with all t.v. characters ruled-out, this was my list of of Junior's favorite things (try to sing this to the tune from The Sound of Music): forks, rolling suitcases, cell phones, markers, sister's princess high-heels, a massive collection of white diaper cloths we call lovies which he sleeps with, rocks, donuts, and definitely top on his list, vacuums. Wow, what a list. Think of all of the amazing parties you could throw! Fork party: complete with a fork cake, pin the missing poky end on the fork, fork golf, colorful plastic fork prizes, fork fights (maybe we'd substitute sporks in here). Did I mention that Junior can't say his rs? I'm just waiting for someone on the street to accuse me of swearing around my children. I still can't help but snicker when he screams at the top of his lungs for a fork (minus the r) at dinner time when he gets frantic for food, as is typical for him. Yes, the fork party idea was out, so I went with the 2nd dumbest party idea known to man, but I knew it would be a hit because his obsession dictated it would be so: Vacuum Janitor Party! Do I see a future janitor in the making? Yes, yes I do. Shoot for the stars, Bud bud. We know you can do it!

And so we have come full-circle and I am sitting at my computer typing vacuum cake into Google. Please, let someone have a child as odd as mine. Yes! Other vacuum-lovers exist. Sadly, none of the cakes are what I would deem copy-worthy. I wanted to do a full up-right vacuum with a clear garbage canister to look like the vacuum he knows and loves. My goal: for him to recognize the cake as a vacuum when he first sees it.

Tutorial pictures at http://www.sisteroo.com/2011/09/vacuum-cake.html

The creation of this monster was a bit tricky. I soon found myself in Home Depot looking in sprinkler and plumbing isles at stuff that looks like it could go on a vacuum. I avoided employees and imagined several interesting scenarios: Ma'am, can I help you? Yes, I'm going to make a vacuum cake and I'm looking for gadgets that could pass as parts of the vacuum. They can't be too heavy, or they'll squish the cake and ruin my buttercream frosting. I was thinking of using this foam duct-sealing pipe as the exterior rubber bumper trim...what's your opinion?

Tutorial pictures at http://www.sisteroo.com/2011/09/vacuum-cake.html

And here it is: the vacuum cake! The upright portion is cardboard with a silver foam backing (from Husband's endless supply of garbage accumulated after buying computer equipmentMr. Sylvia Cynthia Stout, would not take his office garbage out! It was piled and leaning, his wife started screaming, and then she got lost trying to go back upstairs). I frosted the front of the cardboard and decorated with icing. The vacuum model number is mixed with Jr's age and name. The vacuum handle is a foam pipe insulator and the electric plug is also foam. The hose is some kind of washing machine drain hose, I think.

Cake how-to: I made a regular box cake in 2 8x8 square glass pans. I cut half circles out of the finished cake layers so the canister could fit snugly in the back of the cake. The raised portion of the vacuum cake is from the half-circle pieces I cut-out. I ended up using different piping tips and just did buttercream decor, but I'm sure it would look even more fun with candy decorations (fruit roll-ups, chocolate knobs, licorice...). If you decide to do a canister vacuum cake, fill your airtight container with your little guy's favorite treat: gumballs, cookies, marshmallows...it makes their eyes pop-out when they see it! My little man is Krispy Kreme's biggest fan, so I filled the canister with donuts and also put donuts on as vacuum wheelsI know him too well, he likes donuts far more than cake. The second his Happy Birthday to you was sung, my kids both had a vacuum donut wheel in their mouths.

If you have a vacuum-loving child, let me recommend this as a present: http://www.amazon.com/Car-Shaped-Vacuum-Keyboard-Cleaner-Toshiba/dp/B004TU16JG/ref=sr_1_5?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1317260561&sr=1-5 It was Jr's favorite present and they have many colors available. It picks up dust (barely), has 2 attachments, and is operated by a USB cord or batteries.

The best part about a vacuum party? Don't worry about clean-up--the kids will happily take care of it for you.

10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / DIY Fall Cocktail Ring on: September 13, 2011 05:24:09 PM


(Tutorial pics at: http://www.sisteroo.com/2011/09/diy-cocktail-ring.html)

Pop quiz: What's fabulous, cheap, and more sparkly than Liza Minnelli cabaret-dancing with jazz hands? (Hint: it's not Richard Simmons.) ...Why, yes! You've guessed it! A super-easy DIY cocktail ring! It's the perfect accessory for Fall's uber-chic jewel toned fashions. Read on below for all the DIY details...

This little beauty cost me all of $3.99 to make, and it would've been free if I had a better supply of basic craft products at home. The inspiration actually came to me while I was wandering the aisles of my favorite craft store, looking to purchase some glue. Yes, dear readers, I had no glue in my house. I am a crafting shame. So as I was perusing the aisles, thinking glue thoughts, my eyes met a shiny object and my non-crafty brain said, "OoOooh--costume jewelry!"

...It was, in fact, a button. Most likely designed in 1983. But it was a lovely (albeit cheesy) 1980s button, so I bought it and took it home, determined to help it fulfill its costume jewelry destiny. You can do this same project with any little sparklies you come across: old brooches, clip earrings, that hideous t-shirt tie from junior high. Be creative, have some fun, and use those jazz hands.

To make your OWN cocktail ring:

TUTORIAL PICTURE AT: http://www.sisteroo.com/2011/09/diy-cocktail-ring.html

1. Find a sparkly object. Behold, my fabulous button. Make sure the back of your piece is flat. I broke off the button loop on the back of my piece with a pair of pliers. If you're using an earring or brooch, remove the clip or pin back.

2. Add gems, if necessary. I glued 5 mm clear rhinestones to the center and outer corners of the button for some added bling.

3. Give the sparkly object an "antiqued" look by coloring lightly over the stones and piece with both a black and brown sharpie marker. This is a great tip for making cheap looking objects appear older and more expensive. Instant age and class!

4. Lightly remove some of the sharpie with a q-tip and nail polish remover. This is what gives the object a mottled, aged look.

5. Using a sturdy piece of craft wire (I used 16 gauge gold here), wind three times around a finger-sized object like a highlighter. Bend and stretch the wire to fit your desired finger (I personally like wearing cocktail rings on my middle right finger).

6. Glue your wire to your sparkly, aged piece. A glue gun works fine, but for a more lasting piece, I'd recommend using E6000.

Good luck cocktail blinging!

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