Just brought home this white heart ornament made of branches. I liked the way it looked and didn’t cost much so I bought it. I removed the bright red ribbon it had and replaced it with a nicer black and white stripe ribbon. This will go on our front door when December starts.
Are you planning to put some decoration on your front door this Christmas? Or do you think it’s old fashioned or just too much?
Many bloggers have made candle holders from concrete lately and because I bought a big bag (25kg!) of dry concrete for my industrial table lamp bases, I had a little extra concrete to make candle holders too.
Here’s my adaptation of the instructions in english:
1. Mix the concrete following the instructions on the package.
2. Pour the concrete to oiled plastic containers and tap to smooth the surface and to remove air bubbles.
3. Press candles and tea lights into the concrete. Use small rocks as weights if needed to keep them still.
4. Rotate the candles and tea lights as the concrete dries to prevent them from sticking to the concrete (I recommend removing the long candles when the concrete is set but not dried hard).
5. Spray with water a few times a day to make the concrete dry slower and prevent cracking.
6. Let dry 2-3 days before removing from molds.
7. Add felt pads to the bottoms of the candle holders.
8. Light candles and enjoy!
Top left: I made two versatile candle holders which can hold a long candle, a small tea light or a bigger tea light. Top right: I made one candle holder that can hold three tea lights and one that can hold a pillar candle or a tea light. Bottom left: a candle holder which holds three long candles was made using a milk carton. I cut open one side of the carton and cut three round holes to it that fit the candles. I closed the mold with tape to hold it in shape while the concrete dried. Bottom right: close up on the versatile candle holders pictured top left.
Here’s how they look when the candles are lit:
Oh, what a cozy feeling these lights give! I think I’m ready for autumn darkness!
I bought this bamboo tray from a thrift store a while ago. It definitely needed a makeover since the paint was chipping away.
I decided to make it a bit more graphic so I added a geometric pattern to it with black paint. First I sanded all the chipping paint away. Then I made a triangle template and used it to cut pieces out of dc-fix. I then taped the triangle pieces to the bottom of the tray and painted everything black. After the paint was dry, I removed the tape and applied a coat of clear lacquer on the tray. Here it is finished:
I’m really happy with the end result! I didn’t even own a tray before so this will be useful..
I did this easy wall art a while ago:
“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.”
I had a printed photo of a sea view in black and white. I traced a circle on the backside using a round cup and a pencil. Then I cut it with scissors. I found a quote to go with the theme of the photo and typed it with my typewriter. Then I cut the quote from the paper and clued it and the photo to a white background. Then I framed my art piece. It now lives happily in our bathroom!