Monday, November 17, 2014

Quick & Easy 6 Step Mason Jar Soap Dispenser


 
Supplies:
1 Wide Mouth Quart Jar
1 Wide Mouth  Lid
1 Dial Liquid Soap Dispenser
Spray Paint of your Choice
Marker
Drill with Bits
 
 
Step One
Spray Paint Your Wide Mouth Jar's Exterior and the Dispenser Pump's top.
I Spray Painted my jar with a Black Satin Metallic Paint and the top of the pump with a Chalk Board Paint.
 



Step Two
Invert your soap dispenser opening onto the top of your lid and outline it with a Marker.

Step Three
Using your drill, drill several connecting holes into the lid, using the marker circle as your guide.

 
How your lid will look when the circle is drilled out.

 


Step Four
Insert the Soap Bottle top into the hole you drilled in the lid. Next, insert your soap pump into the bottle and twist down.
It will look like the photo above. 
Step Five
Insert the soap bottle into your jar.


Step Six
Screw the Ring onto the jar.

Now, its ready to use.

To Refill, simply replace the empty bottle with a new one.

 
This is a Pint Jar that I Made just thrown in to give you an idea of how you can decorate your dispenser. This pint jar was made with the same method as above, but pouring the soap into the jar itself. With this method you must cut the  twist on ring top from the dispenser and glue it into the lid hole with a waterproof glue.

 


Thursday, November 13, 2014

Newest Upcycling Creation: Rustic Beer Lamp with Antler Shade


 
Okay, Okay, I know that on yesterday that I said the next lamp project was to be Christmas Themed, but . . .  Inspiration hit and I just had to go with it. More things that I had laying around the house went into this little creation. Its made with - basically, the same concept as the wine bottle lamps, with a few minor changes.

Supplies:

Brown Beer Bottle
Elmer's Clear Glue
Play Sand or natural sand
15" Diameter Circle of Burlap
3" Diameter or more (at the widest point) by 5" Tall Cup (It must be made of a material that can be cut) 
Spent Rifle Shell
Antlers or Twigs
Twine
Battery Operated Christmas Lights
Hot Glue unless using a Styrofoam cup, then use any quick drying glue
Knife or Box Cutter
Scissors

Directions:

First - I laid out wax paper in one area of an outdoor table. Then, I laid out the newspaper in a separate area of the table. Over the wax paper, about a third of the way down the bottle, I painted on Elmer's Glue. Don't worry about being precise; you want it to look uneven. While holding a bottle over the newspaper, sprinkle Sand on the bottle, allowing the paper to catch the excess sand. Once all the glue is covered with sand, set the bottle on the wax paper and start the process over with a new bottle. You can occasionally, gather the excess sand from the newspaper and reuse it on another bottle. Set the bottles on your wax paper to dry.

Next - If your cup is not 5" tall, please cut accordingly. Find the center point of the bottom of the cup and cut about an half inch hole (this will be used to insert your spent rifle shell later). Put glue on the entire exterior of cup, including the bottom interior, and cover with burlap. Be sure to flip the excess burlap inside the bottom of the cup to be glued.

Now, I would suggest allowing the bottles and the cups to dry overnight - inside.

The Next day - Insert your Christmas lights into your bottles. Now, depending on the size of your battery box and the size of your cups, you may want to hot glue the battery box to the top of your bottle; before inserting batteries. Please note - If your battery box is large, your cup will not sit right on your bottle.

Finally - Its time to decorate.  Hopefully, you have gathered antlers or twigs to decorate your cups (Lamp Shades). A little tip: I placed all the antlers where I wanted them and had my husband tightly wrap the twine around them. He tied off the twine, then I hot glued the antlers in place. Lastly, top off your shade by poking a small hole in the top, center, of the burlap that covers your cup.  This should be right over the hole you had previously made in the cup. Now, insert you spent rifle shell and hot glue it in place. Its ready to enjoy.

We'd love to see pics of your creations. So get busy creating these for all your hunters, hunt camps and even center pieces for Rustic Weddings.



Wednesday, November 12, 2014

DIY Romantic Wine/Beer Bottle Lamp with Shade

 
 

Supplies:

Wine or Beer Bottle

Chinese Takeout Box

Clear Elmer's Glue

Epsom Salt

Iridescent Glitter

Battery Operated Christmas Lights

Hot Glue

Beads of your choice or Costume Jewelry

Drawer Knob or Crystal

Tulle / Ribbon

Decorative Cutting Scissors

Small Paint Brush

Newspaper

Wax Paper

Paints of your choice

 

These are so much fun to create. Basically, I allowed the items I had laying around be the judge of how they turned out. So before you begin- rummage through your old costume jewelry; dig around your craft room; ask friends and neighbors to save their wine or beer bottles.

Directions:

First - I laid out wax paper in one area of an outdoor table. Then, I laid out the newspaper in a separate area of the table. Over the wax paper, about a third of the way down the bottle, I painted on Elmer's Glue. Don't worry about being precise; you want it to look uneven. While holding a bottle over the newspaper, sprinkle Epsom salt on the bottles, allowing the paper to catch the excess salt. Once all the glue is covered with salt, set the bottle on the wax paper and start the process over with a new bottle. You can occasionally, gather the excess salt from the newspaper and reuse it on another bottle. When you finish salting all the bottles, you will want to clear any excess salt from your newspaper, so you can begin the glitter process. Shake glitter over the salted section of each bottle. The salt covered glue will be still be wet enough to collect the glitter. Set the bottles on your wax paper to dry.

Next - Use your decorative scissors to cut the tabs from your Takeout Boxes. Your imagination is the only limitation here. I chose to give mine a bit of a curved look but you can cut straight across or however you choose. Now, I used the newspaper again to spray paint my boxes. The smallest box, I painted silver and threw a few iridescent glitter flakes into the wet paint. Then, I lightly sprayed a white paint over that. The Middle box, I painted a grey blue, and then, lightly sprayed it with silver. Finally, I painted the largest box with a white paint and lightly covered that with a gold.

Now, I would suggest allowing the bottles and the boxes to dry overnight - inside.

The Next day - Insert your Christmas lights into your bottles. Now, depending on the size of your battery box and the size of your takeout boxes, you may want to hot glue the battery box to the top of your bottle; before inserting batteries. Please note - If your battery box is large, your takeout box will not sit right on your bottle. I allowed my large battery box to sit beneath a small mirror that I place under my bottle.

Finally - Its time to decorate.  Hopefully, you have gathered old jewelry, tulle, ribbons, beads; whatever your heart desires, to decorate your takeout boxes (Lamp Shades). A little tip: I used straight pins to help with the placement of my decorations. If you like the way everything looks, you can go back and hot glue them in place. Lastly, top off your shade with a decorative drawer knob, crystal, or bead. Just hot glue it in place, and now, you're ready to enjoy your creation.

They are so cute in the light and dark. These would even make great gifts. Thinking that the next one I make will be a Christmas Themed Lamp. The key is fun. We'd love to see pics of your creations. 












Monday, November 10, 2014

Quick, Easy & FREE Flower Pot Coaster




With everyone bringing their plants inside for the winter, I thought this was a tip that could come in handy. For your smaller pots that don't have bottoms, cut the bottom out of a 2 liter soda bottle, and use it under your pot to catch draining water. Use can easily smooth the rough edges with your scissors. They look just like the store bought ones, only these will be FREE.