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Friday, January 20, 2012

A Taste of Spring - 12 & 13 of 365

I save jars. I always find a good use for them - storage containers for food, storage for craft items, but most importantly - candles.

Making my own candles is so much cheaper than buying from stores, especially soy. Once I save up a half-dozen jars or so, I heat up a batch.
I normally like simplicity - a plain clear jar, plain white wax. But I saw this idea for a burlap-wrapped jar and just had to try it. Very simple - a strip of burlap, jute cord, and hot glue. Bam, you're done.



I've also seen a few sites online where people have made their own glass beads, so I thought I'd give it a try. I didn't realize how easy it was.
You start off with a clear glass tile. (I got mine from Olivia Pearl Designs.) Cut an image to the size of the tile. Smear a very thin coat of Mod Podge on the back of the tile, and affix the image. Let dry for a minute or two and you got yourself a unique tile! I've seen this done for button, magnets, and even jewelry, so I'm sure you'll see more of these from me in the future.

3 comments:

  1. Hi Helby, your candles look so nice and rustic. Home made are so much better. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris
    http://chelencarter-retiredandlovingit.blogspot.com/

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  2. Very cute! I love the simple look of them! I'm always saving jars too....it never ends :) You should join me for http://raisingoranges.blogspot.com/2012/01/handmade-52-3.html

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  3. Hi Helby. This is funny but I just created a candle holder wrapped with burlap too. I love the simplicity of yours. Very nice. I guess we are both thinking of warmer weather - you of Spring and me of the Beach.

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