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Sunday, October 5, 2014

Beautify a Dollar Store Candle Holder


Beautify a plain dollar store candle holder. Diwali Decor. Home Decor. Christmas Gift Idea

I am obsessed with Candles this Festive season. So, here is another candle votive craft for you. My inspiration for this candle holder came from a google image when I was searching for Diwali Decor ideas. I fell in love with that pottery candle holder and wanted to recreate the look easy way. I like the way this candle votive turned out. Do you want to know how I did it? I love to share it with you.

Beautify a plain dollar store candle holder. Diwali Decor. Home Decor. Christmas Gift Idea

Supplies needed:
  • Glass candle holder (I got mine at dollar store)
  • Adhesive Shelf liner or duck tape sheet
  • Duck tape
  • Scissors
  • Marker
  • Spray Paint
  • Candle

Draw a pattern on a cardboard piece or cereal box carton and cut it out. (You can get creative and draw stars or hearts or anything you wish.)

Beautify a plain dollar store candle holder. Diwali Decor. Home Decor. Christmas Gift Idea

Use the cardboard piece as template and trace it using marker on the backside of adhesive sheet or liner.

Beautify a plain dollar store candle holder. Diwali Decor. Home Decor. Christmas Gift Idea

Cut out the traced pieces, peel the adhesive protective backing and stick on candle holder in whichever pattern you desire.

Beautify a plain dollar store candle holder. Diwali Decor. Home Decor. Christmas Gift Idea

Close the top opening of candle holder using duck tape from inside. (I also covered opening with a coke tin piece I had on hand, to be sure that paint doesn't get inside. You can just cover with a cardboard piece on duck tape to get the job done.)
Prepare an area for spray painting, lay some newspapers or use a big carton. Spray the entire candle holder with even and thin coats.

Beautify a plain dollar store candle holder. Diwali Decor. Home Decor. Christmas Gift Idea

 Let the paint completely dry and remove the stickers one by one. Tada!!! There you have it. A beautiful candle holder!

Beautify a plain dollar store candle holder. Diwali Decor. Home Decor. Christmas Gift Idea

Place a candle inside, light it and enjoy ;)

Beautify a plain dollar store candle holder. Diwali Decor. Home Decor. Christmas Gift Idea

Here is another pretty view for you :)

I love to hear your comments. Thank you for stopping by :)

Friday, October 3, 2014

Turn Coke tins into Beautiful Candle Votives


Turn Coke tins into beautiful Candle Votives. DIY Home Decor. Christmas or Diwali Decor.

Be it Diwali or Christmas, this is a perfect craft for the coming up holiday season. Wouldn't it make a lovely gift for friends or family? Or how about just adding a little accent decor piece to any corner in your home? All you need to do is save some soft drink tins and get started. Before I begin on how I did it, let me tell you my inspiration for this one came from these Brass Candle holders when I was searching google images for Diwali decor ideas. Let's get started.

Supplies needed:
  • 3Soft drink tins per votive
  • X-Acto knife
  • Scissors. (I used Micro Serrated Craft scissors like this one through out the process and had no problem of sharp edges in the end product)
  • Marker
  • Hot glue gun
  • Gold color Spray paint 
  • Thick rubber gloves for safety (Kitchen gloves or garden gloves will do)
 
Turn Coke tins into beautiful Candle Votives. DIY Home Decor. Christmas or Diwali Decor.

Make holes next to the top and bottom rims with X-Acto knife. Insert Scissors into the hole and cut around. Cut in middle of the cylinder vertically and make a flat sheet. Straighten any pointed edges using scissors. Save the bottom closure part of coke tin for later.
 

Turn Coke tins into beautiful Candle Votives. DIY Home Decor. Christmas or Diwali Decor.

Draw and cut a petal out of a cardboard piece or cereal box. Using the cut cardboard petal as template, trace petals on the straightened tin piece with a marker and cut them out.


If you are worried about sharp edges in end product prefer a blunt edge petal template instead of sharp one like mine.

Turn Coke tins into beautiful Candle Votives. DIY Home Decor. Christmas or Diwali Decor. 

Place the Petal template on the tin petals, use a blunt ball pen and run through once to curl the petal a little. It might not look great at this point but it sure adds details to the petals once we are done painting them.

Turn Coke tins into beautiful Candle Votives. DIY Home Decor. Christmas or Diwali Decor.

Use hot glue gun and stick the petals to the bottom part of coke tin. You can stick petals in as many layers as you like. I stuck 6 petals per layer and did 3 layers. Doesn't it look beautiful already?

Turn Coke tins into beautiful Candle Votives. DIY Home Decor. Christmas or Diwali Decor.


Use a old carton or newspapers and prepare the area to spray paint. Spray the coke tin flower with your choice of color all the way around. (Its always better to use spray paints outdoor.)

Turn Coke tins into beautiful Candle Votives. DIY Home Decor. Christmas or Diwali Decor.

Here are few clicks to show you how mine turned out.


Turn Coke tins into beautiful Candle Votives. DIY Home Decor. Christmas or Diwali Decor.

Here is a lovely shot at night :)

I love to hear your comments. Thank you for stopping by.

 

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Have a Romantic Dinner At Home

Make that special Meal an Unforgettable Memory for just $4

DIY romantic dinner at home. Make that special Meal an Unforgettable Memory for just $4

 

We all cook favorite dishes for our spouses on special occasions like birthdays, anniversaries and such. But after a few months do any of you really remember or cherish it? Just adding a romantic presentation to your delicious dinner can make it memorable. Trust me on this, you just need $4 or 5 to make it happen. Hey!!! It worked for me, may be you can give a shot too :)

DIY romantic dinner at home. Make that special Meal an Unforgettable Memory for just $4


 Before buying our dining table, we had this simple table (from walmart) which served as both dining table and study table for many months. Since I was planning this dinner in our patio, the table worked perfectly for it.

DIY romantic dinner at home. Make that special Meal an Unforgettable Memory for just $4

I bought 2 plastic table covers (1 Red and 1 White) and Heart Shaped Candle Votives from Dollar Store. I had Red Paper crepe roll and a dozen tea light candles on hand. (You could buy them at dollar store too, so that is a total of $5.)

Let's get to the process. 


DIY romantic dinner at home. Make that special Meal an Unforgettable Memory for just $4

The table covers from dollar store are so long that I had to fold into half and then cover my table.  
For the chairs, I cut the white table cover into half and used each half to cover a chair.
I laid the table cover on the chair, adjusted the front and back, folded back the sides and stapled them in middle. (Adjust the front and staple near chair legs, if you feel its necessary.)

As I didn't have red ribbon at home, I used red paper crepe to tie around chairs. I tried tying bow like how we do on a ribbon but the paper crepe ended up wrinkled and looked ugly. So, I just wrapped it around and stapled leaving 2 tails. Then I made a bow separately and stapled it to the wrap.

DIY romantic dinner at home. Make that special Meal an Unforgettable Memory for just $4

Tada! I added few candles I already had at home and a floral plant. As the plant pot was looking too dull, I wrapped it with a scrapbook paper I had on hand. ( I assumed you would anyway buy flowers for your spouse on a special occasion, which is why I dint add it in the total. )
 I got that Birdie little Lantern for $3 long back in Michales, just in case you want to know :)

DIY romantic dinner at home. Make that special Meal an Unforgettable Memory for just $4

And here is a pic of delicious Indian dinner served :) I made an Onion Lotus and Tomato Rose for Garnishing :) The Tiramisu is store bought, I just added Birthday message to it like they do in restaurants ;) 

I hope you will give it a try and enjoy the romantic date with your spouse just staying home :)

I love to read your comments. Thank you for stopping by :)


Sunday, August 31, 2014

Liebster Award

I have been nominated for Liebster Award! If you don't know what it is? Hi Fi! Even I did not, until Katie from It's a Ginger Snap nominated me. After little google search, I understood that it started way back in 2010 and that the award rules were little different then. Based on Katie's post, the current rules for the liebster award are:
  1. You have to link back to the person who nominated you.
  2. You must answer 11 questions given to you by the person that nominated you.
  3. After completing these questions you must nominate 11 bloggers with under 200 followers, and give them 11 questions of your choice.
  4. You must not nominate the person who nominated you.
  5. You must let your nominees know that they have been nominated and provide a link to your post for them so that they can learn about the nomination.

And here are my answers for Katie's Questions:

1. How long have you been blogging?
    3 Months

2. What is the most important thing that you have learned about blogging so far?
    Work Hard and Party Harder! (I mean at link parties ;))

3. What is your favorite project/blog post that you have done?
   DIY Star Burst Mirror and Sew faux Leather base Tote Bag 

4. What is your favorite movie and why?
    Twilight. I just love the book series and so do the movie.

5. How do you blog? Where and what kind of stuff do you have to have?
     All I need is a Laptop with my craft photos in it and an internet connection.
   
6. When you’re feeling stressed, what’s the best way to calm down?
    Crafting is the best medicine that worked for my brain till date. I just get so involved with it that I forget everything else.

7. If you could change one thing in your house, what would it be?
    Our front porch. Its just too boring.

8. What was your first car?
    Lol :) Sorry I don't remember the name, but it was one awesome remote control car that I and my brother use to drive crazy :)

9. When you have free time with your family, what’s your favorite activity?
    Chatting and cooking.

10. If you could see any important event from the past, what would it be and why?
    Falling in love with my husband. The most wonderful thing I decided to do was to share my life and heart with him.

11. If there was a movie made about your life, what actor/actress would you want to play you?
    Jennifer Aniston, in her 20's ofcourse! :)

Now that I have done my part of answering questions. Here is a list of 11 blogs I nominated for Liebster Award. Go check these wonderful blogs: (The list is random.)


  • Vikalpah. I am sure you will be surprised with her creativity.
  • Priyam Simple Joys.A blog with great collection of paper crafts and tutorials.
  • Two Keck Girls. I love her beautiful nail art tutorials.
  • Life With Lorelai. Aahhhh, she has great talent of pumpkin carving. You will be thrilled.
  • Hooked On Homes. Visit her blog for great tips on decorating your home.
  • DIY Beautify. She does create beauty from ordinary.
  • Crochet by CED Designs. As I am starting to try my hands at crocheting, I am just loving her blog.  
  • Busy Being Jen. Organizing, Fitness, Beauty and Crafts, she has got everything on her blog.
  • Night Owl Corner. I cannot tell you enough about this blog. I just love love love every post in it sooo much. 
  • Edea Smith. If you are planning to reclaim some wood, go check her blog for some great inspiration.
  • The Little Farm Diary. Do you like vintage style homes like me, then her home will just look like heaven to you.


And here are questions for the nominees:

1. Why and how long ago did you start blogging?
2. What is your favorite craft or home decor store?
3. Is there something you learnt late in your blog journey that you wished you knew before?
4. What is your favorite pass time other than blogging?
5. How many hours per week do you dedicate to your blog?
6. What category of blog posts do you enjoy the most?
7. Where does your blog inspiration come from?
8. What is you favorite post that you have written?
9. Is there any post that you have been planning to do but kept postponing for a while now?
10. How did your friends and family react when you first started your blog and what do they think about it now?
11. Which blog post of mine do you like the most?

Finally, Once again thank you Katie, for nominating me.  My dear nominees, now its your turn to accept the award and most importantly "Have Fun!" :)

With Love,
Roopini