Happy Summer, everyone! I'm calling you on my rotary phone (my what? You might have to look that one up) to remind you to have a little fun every day. When the dishes pile up, the laundry mildews, and the counters are sticky, you might want to just escape to the backyard and lie in the hammock, listening to the birds. But first, you will want to make some really cool candle holders from scrapbook supplies. That's where I come in...
I have to admit that I often experience the "crafter's dilemma." I can't bear to get rid of something if it just might be useful as a craft supply later. My closets are full of potential projects, just calling to me. So today I decided to put some of those supplies to good use. And look at the final result:
Remember your die-cutting machine, just waiting for you to use it? I got it out of its box last week and used it to cut some simple shapes out of white contact paper (the sticky stuff you use to line drawers. It's pretty cheap for a big roll). Then I gathered up all the glass bottles that I can't bear to get rid of, and soaked them in hot water to get rid of the labels (this is the worst part, by far!).
You can also use paper punches to cut out shapes, or even sharp scissors. Remember that anywhere you put on the contact paper, the glass will be clear after you are finished. Stick the shapes on your jars, making sure that the edges are adhered firmly, like this:
Now get in the car and drive to your nearest home improvement store and find a can of this "frosting spray." This particular brand dries quickly and provides a nice even coat. While you are out, get yourself a nice frosty beverage to enjoy while you relax later.
Take your jars outside and give them a nice even coat of the spray. Leave to dry one hour, and then coat them again. Two coats should be just enough. Be careful not to get the spray on the inside of the jar.
What you do with these fantastic jars now is up to you. They look amazing at dusk, with a tealight in the bottom. If you have a bit of wire hanging around, you can make handles for them and hang them in trees, or use them as flower vases. But now that you have worked so hard on this project, it's time for you to sit back and relax. It's summer, after all.