May 21, 2012

Inspiration Candle Holder

I was inspired this Mother's day to make something special for the ones I love by a gift I received from my daughters teacher. 
 It was a beautiful candle holder out of a mason jar.


Clear plain mason jars - (Walmart 12 dozen for around $6.00)
Painter pins - (Walmart for $1.98)
Jewels for bling
Rope twine - (that can be purchase at a craft or fabric store)
Sand or rocks (Walmart in candle section non-flammable only)
single candles
Glue gun for assembling

Before starting I rinsed and wiped down each mason jar.

With glue gun very carefully wrap rope around the rim of the jar until you run out of space.

Once done set aside so you can work on the flower part.
Below are pictures on how to assemble a flower with the rope by looping it together and using the glue gun each time to keep it in place.  Be sure to not to press hard to avoid burning your fingers.

Once glued together, place a rhinestone jewel in middle.
Now attach to the top of the jar with a little glue.

The next part was a little tricky. 
Due to the fact that you are writing on the glass and the paint is wet.
Hold jar by the bottom or top of the rim for best results and go in a circular motion when writing. 
It's okay if you smug the letters because they can be wiped off if you act fast.
As soon as the paint is dry add sand or rock and place candle in middle. 

If you are wondering what is written on the jars. 
It was a special verse that was written for my sisters by me.

You are a kind, compassionate, loving, wife, mother, friend and teacher.
Who is blessed by her gifts of mercy, grace and love.
You are a victorious, Proverbs 31 women with a heart of gold.  -RC

May 10, 2012

Teacher Gifts

I've been one busy mama this past week.  All due to "Teacher Appreciation Week". 
This is the only time of the year you can let your teacher know how special she or he is.
After looking at pinterest, I was inspired by the things I saw and decided to try out a few myself.

First up I wanted to surprise all the teachers in the school with a special door sign.

Only a few supplies needed for this easy no cost project as you can see below.

For my daughter's teacher and aide, I wanted to give a small token of appreciation each day.

This is just a few items that I sent and they where all under a buck. 
By using, ribbon, stickers, and scraping materials around the house for dressing up little things like post its, gum and paper clips saved me money.

The next items that I did were for the final gifts to teachers and staff at the school.

Dress up a clip board with scrape book materials, stickers, and bling. 
Whatever you could find will work. 
The pictures below take you step by step. 
 Just trace, cut, glue and add your personal touch. 
 I even added a clothes pin clip with ribbon to hold pens.

The next one is simple and no hassle. 
I purchased inexpensive colored picture frames at walmart and seashells.
All you need is a glue gun.

The last project did take some time to do, but I love the end result.
I like to call this one art bling!
You need a canvas, acrylic paint your choice of color, colored jewels, tacky glue and permanent paint pen.
The kids can get involved with this one. 
 I had my daughter do the painting.

Let paint dry and add a second coat if needed.
You want to make sure the canvas is completely dry before the next step.

With a paint pen trace the letter you want to use with a stencil. 
I printed a free one from the Internet.
Use a paint brush to put the glue on the canvas where you want the jewels to go.

Just us a paint pen to write the saying you want.
These only cost me $5.00 each to make.

You can use the same idea on a glass jar.

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