make, grow, gather & diy!

April 11, 2009

Happy Saturday everyone!

I’m excited to have Kelly Wilkinson from the lovely blog Make, Grow, Gather as a guest blogger for me today. She shows us how to create some fabulous little candle holders, which are really easy to make. I’d love to know if you try it…send me pictures if you do!

button_kellyMy husband and I have a newfound love of patterned drinking glasses. We’ve picked up a couple sets from flea markets in the last couple years, rendering our plain glasses kind of obsolete and boring in comparison. So I converted some of them into a set of votives, using pictures my husband took of bare winter trees as the images. Just size your image big enough to wrap around the glass, and print out on vellum. Or, if you want to skip that step, use store-bought decorative paper. Just make sure it’s a little translucent so you get a nice, warm glow off the votives. Enjoy!

youllneed You’ll need:
2 straight glasses (mine measured 5½ tall with an 8” circumference)
Mod Podge
foam brush
craft knife
vellum or other paper printouts
ribbon to fit around glass circumference
Glue Dots

Note: Make sure the glasses you choose are the same circumference at the top and bottom. If they’re wider at the top (which many kinds are), it will make wrapping the paper much harder.

measure cut-paper3paperfits1. Measure the glass height and circumference. Cut paper to fit, adding ¼” to the circumference measurement so the edges overlap.

4modpodge 5coverevenly2. Using a foam brush, apply a thin, even layer of Mod Podge to the glass.

6laypaperflat7wraparoundglass 8overlapedges3. Lay one edge of paper straight against the glass and press into place. Working quickly (so Mod Podge doesn’t dry), use the palm of your hand to wrap paper around glass until the edges overlap. Let dry.

9measureribbon 11layripponflat12wrapsnug13tuckendunder4. Cut a length of ribbon to wrap around the top, adding ¼” to the circumference measurement. Using Glue Dots, secure ribbon to the glass just under the lip of the glass. To finish, fold end of ribbon under and secure with Glue Dot.


Check out Kelly’s flickr photostream…she’s got some other really fun and easy tutorials too if you’re feelin’ crafty!

sew adorable.

November 25, 2008

I love Chicago based Sew Bettie! Owners Mark and Cara {and their dog/muse Bettie} offer great limited-edition fabric, tees, DIY kits and sweet pincushions on their online shop. My very fave is the bulldog fabric {and it’s limited edition…so if you like it, buy some before it’s gone!}. Their kits would make a great gift for that crafty person on your list too! Check them out!

crafty goodness.

September 12, 2008

Surprise Delight Joy has got me thinking of Halloween (my very favorite holiday). I think her primitive, whimsical little creations are very sweet…I especially love the little star ornaments. Cuteness!

“feel good gifts”.

September 9, 2008

Such sweet handmade treasures at Hasenpfeffer…absolutely adorable little bears and things made from old coats and clothing. It’s hard to believe that such sweetness could come from a big ‘ol unwanted coat! I love the faces on the little handheld dolls {binky buddies} and bears…such character! Love these!


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i'm a california girl living in the midwest. my hubby and i lived a slightly nomadic life after college, and wound up in a chicago suburb.... read more

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