Want to spark up some of your current furniture and decor accessories? Here are some simple and cheap options to upgrade your space!
Bookshelf – Spark up a white bookshelf by painting the backs of a few shelves/cubbies in fun colors and scattering some funky accent pieces amidst the books.
Couch – Have a neutral colored couch? Want to add some color? Layer pillows and blankets that you have around or pick up from Goodwill. The key is to use different textures and keeping the colors bright.
Lamp – Upgrade a simple lamp by switching out the lamp shade or painting the lamp a new color.
March is National Craft Month! Look forward to all the wonderful crafts and projects I will share with you!
Personalize a store-bought candle for an inexpensive Christmas gift! Simply wrap cardstock around the candleholder, and embellish it with a die-cut accent and letter.
Supplies You’ll Need:
- candle (with or without jar/holder)
- candle jar/holder
- die-cut accent
- die-cut letter
- ribbon (at least 2″ width) or card stock strips
- hot glue gun with clear glue
- First warm up the hot glue gun, then remove the labels around the candle (if their is one). Soak the jar in hot water to remove the label.
- Peel off the label and wipe any residue off. Dry the jar.
- Measure the ribbon and cut to size, ensure a 1/4″ of ribbon overlaps.
- Take the hot glue gun and apply a thin strip of glue on one end of the ribbon.
- Wrap the ribbon around the candle and apply another thin strip of glue on the other end of the ribbon. Secure the other end over the end you applied to the candle. Allow to dry 1-2 minutes.
- Hide the seam by applying a die-cut accent/shape to the seam with the hot glue gun. Allow to dry.
- Apply the die-cut letter on top of the accent.
- Allow to dry and repeat for each person you want to give a present too!
Tools and Materials
- Baking soda
- Citric acid
- Spritzer bottles
- Food coloring
- Glass bowl
- Essential oil
- Baking molds
1. Sift 1 3/4 cup baking soda, 1 cup citric acid, and 2 cups cornstarch through a sieve to remove chunks. To make different tints, fill small spritzer bottles with water and add about 6 drops of food coloring to each.
2. Pour 1 cup of powdered mixture into a glass bowl. Lightly spritz, stirring after each spritz, until powder is desired color. Add water slowly, so mixture does not fizz. If mixing two tints, alternate colors as you spritz. Check the consistency of powder with your fingers; when it can be tightly packed or shaped, stop spritzing (this may take a little while).
3. Select an essential oil. Add 5 drops if it’s one of the stronger scents (peppermint, lavender), 6 if it’s a weaker one (lemon, grapefruit). Mix well. Firmly pack mixture into small baking molds. We used 1/4 cup for each fizzy, which is good for one bath. Allow mixture to set for 2 hours, then pop out carefully. Repeat with different tints for remaining powder.