Candy Cane Candle

Hi Everyone! I was guest posting yesterday over at Darling Doodles. It was great to be a part of  Brie’s 12 Days of Gift-mas series!
It`s not long now, just 3 short weeks until Santa slides down that chimney!

If your stuck on what to get the neighbour or teacher on your list hopefully you`ll be inspired to make this easy Candy Cane Candle.
 Candy Cane Candle
Here are the supplies you need.
 Candy Cane Candle
  • a skinny but tall glass vase
  • votive holder
  • candy canes
  • small colored beads
  • tealight candle
  • glue gun & hot glue
  • embellishments like rafia, twine, bells
I unwrapped the plastic from the candy canes and glued them to the vase, be sure to put the glue down the length of the candy cane so they will stick well. Some of them are differents lengths but when you tie the rafia around it disguises the uneven lengths.
 Candy Cane Candle
 Candy Cane Candle
I then glued the vase to the votive holder, turn your votive holder upside down before gluing – it gives the candle a pedistal look.
 Candy Cane Candle
Fill the vase with the colored beads and place your tealight on top. Tie the rafia and twine around the vase and add in the bell.
 Candy Cane Candle
So simple. This would be beautiful on a Christmas table setting.
Imagine, Improvise & Invent
Sarah

Glitter Button Ornament

I shared this 
Glitter Button Ornament 
tutorial last week at Sunny Vanilla for Jen’s Homemade for the Holidays 
series.

Here’s the finished ornament and below I’ll tell you how easy it is to create.

 Glitter Button Ornament
I started with a styrofoam ball, pick any size you like.
I got out my button stash and picked out mostly green buttons and a few yellow. Again choose colors to your preference, I bet a multi colored ornament would be fantastic as well.
All you do is start hot gluing the buttons to the styrofoam ball, overlap where necessary for a layered effect. I added the yellow buttons last, I thought a little contrasting color looked nice.

 Glitter Button Ornament
Once I had the ball covered I added a really wide ribbon for the hanger and also glitterfied (made up word) it! I painted a light coat of Mod Podge over the buttons and then sprinkled the glitter on. Glitter makes everything better!

 Glitter Button Ornament

Now you’re done! Easy, right?

 Glitter Button Ornament
 Glitter Button Ornament
 Glitter Button Ornament

 Glitter Button Ornament

 Glitter Button Ornament

Imagine, Improvise & Invent,

Sarah

Birch Bark Christmas Trees

Good morning everyone! 
I was delighted yesterday to participate in the Handmade Holidays series at Stephanie Lynn’s fantastic blog, Under the Table and Dreaming.

Here is my project!

Birch Bark Christmas Trees.

 Birch Bark Christmas Trees


The materials you will need for this project are:
  • Two 12″ x 4″ STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam cones
  • Glue Gun & Glue Sticks
  • Birch Bark
  • Scissors
  • Small Vase (optional)

Begin by cutting small strips of birch bark about 1″-2″ wide by 2″-3″ in length. Some of the birch bark may already be the perfect size, the ragged and curled pieces are perfect for that Country Christmas charm.

Start at the bottom of your cone and hot glue each piece working you way around the cone, overlap in places to make sure the styrofoam is not showing.

2011 11 15 Birch Bark Christmas Trees

Start a new layer, overlapping the last and so on and so fourth until you reach the top. If it strikes your fancy, glue one or both to a small vase for added height. A pretty simple process, a little time consuming but the finished product is stunning!

 Birch Bark Christmas Trees


 Birch Bark Christmas Trees

 Birch Bark Christmas Trees

 Birch Bark Christmas Trees

Super thanks to you Stephanie Lynn and STYROFOAMTM Brand Foam for including me in this festive crafting series!

Imagine, Improvise & Invent

Sarah