I went over to dinner at my sister's house and it smelled lovely. I stood in her kitchen and inhaled the lovely aroma before inspecting the candle nearby (though the food smelled lovely too), pumpkin pie scent as it turned out. So on my next jaunt to Target I made a point to stop at the candle isle and deliberate. One candle? Two candles? Big small? And what will I set them on? I wanted a pretty candle holder, but decided I'd rather have two candles and make holders, than have one candle with a pre-made holder.
So I came home with my two lovely candles (and all the other things that willed their way into my cart) and began to search. Jars? Too small. Box of junk? Nothing. Finally after many trips to and fro around the house I remembered the saved-for-no-reason-but-I'm-sure-I-can-make-something tin cans. Sure enough one fit, and a near by saved jam jar's lid fit as well. Perfect.
For the lid I decided to simply spray paint it gold. I headed to the garage, ripped out another phone book page, and sprayed one side. (I came back in between working on the can to spray the other.)
The water chestnut can needed a little more work. First I used Goo Gone to remove the label residue, and then I gently hammered a pokey bit of metal. I tried to hammer holes in a pattern using a nail, but I only managed to get 2 holes in before realizing the metal was too soft. It was deforming instead of becoming beautiful. So I quickly moved on to plan B, tribal sharpie designs. I repeated the same columns of shapes in a pattern, but colored in different areas of the shapes for variety.
It only took me thirty minutes to sharpie the can, which was the most time consuming part of the project (besides hunting for recyclables).
What have you DIY-ed lately? Anything I can use glass bottles or jars for?
I'm Sara. I live in Portland, Oregon. I have chickens. I love coffee AND tea, I make stained glass pendants in my basement, and I love adventures and new ways to live. I have an Etsy store as well.
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