Mason Jar Lanterns

Update: If you’re going to turn these into Vintage Blue Jars ala my more recent post, hold off on turning them into lanterns until the very end. You’ll need to heat them in the oven, and since metal gets very hot we don’t want any little paws/hands/curiousness to get burned. So use your judgment and be careful.

Sniffle, Sniffle, Cough, Cough – this little lady has a chest cold. That means I’m home from work today and resting with some water, tissues, more tissues, knitting, cough medicine and of course a RomCom.

This also means updating on the latest happenings between naps. I apologize for the incoherent head cold rambling  to follow. I can’t guarantee it will be pretty. Let’s do it.

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This last weekend I realized we had about 4 1/2 months until our wedding. I figured I should get started on some of the decorations. One of the things I really loved was the idea of mason jar lanterns. Instead of regular tea light candles though I’ll likely use the battery ones because nothing says romance more than a tree setting on fire during the wedding because of a candle. Plus, the battery ones last a lot longer.

A quick internet search led to a couple different ways to make these. I decided to make the most rustic version of these.

Items:

  • Mason Pint Jars
  • Wire (easily moldable with your hands but still strong)
  • Needlenose PliersIMG_2086

Then, follow these instructions.

I did things a little differently. I actually wrapped the wire by hand, made a loop near one side, wrapped it around to the other side, made another loop and then twisted the two ends together, this way I had two loops to hook the top piece through. I felt like it made them a little more symmetrical.

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These cost me a total of $0.00 because I already had the items around. All in all, you can get a dozen of mason jars, needlenose pliers and wire all for around $20.00.

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I made about a bunch of these within just a couple hours, it was really easy. My recommendation is to use a finer wire. I used both a thick and thin wire and the thick one was pretty hard to work appropriately.

I can’t wait to hang these up. I’m still not sure if I’ll be lining the tent, or hanging them in the tree but either way they will be a nice accent. I have a few more to make and then onto the next project!

Now time for another nap and some cold medicine.

Happy Crafting,

Heather

Easy Accessory Wall

This morning I woke up, looked around, and decided it was time to organize and pick up. Water cups were brought to the kitchen, laundry was put away, more laundry was thrown in the washer and dryer, dishwasher was started and then I stopped and realized I had all these necklaces. They were just sitting in this, albeit nice, container and were always tangled together. I really needed a better system.

I forgot about it, walked down stairs with a basket of laundry and saw hooks on the table. The same hooks I’ve been carrying around with me for multiple moves and the ones I recently re-found while cleaning the office a few nights ago.

With laundry on hip, I picked up the hooks and looked at them. Two seconds later laundry was dropped by the washer and I was back upstairs hooks in hand.

This was, by far, the easiest project in the world. Next to my little table I get ready at in the morning is a small wall. I decided to put the hooks in the wall and hang necklaces on them. Sort of make a visually appealing accessory wall. You can find hooks like these just about anywhere for only a couple bucks.

Next step will be to make a few lace frame earring holders and post them on either side of the mirror.

Nothing quite like cheap and easy DIY organization.

Happy Crafting,

-Heather

Paint Bucket Flower Pot

I needed a vase for some flowers upstairs, but didn’t want a traditional one.  I walked past this on the table and thought it would work perfectly. So, this one is pretty simple to overstate it.

Step 1. Get an old paint bucket.

Step 2. Get some flowers.

Step 3. Fill bucket with water and flowers.

Step 4. Strategically Place.

Super easy, gives character and looks nice. If you only have 2 minutes to your day to do something, this gives a great pop to an area. It would be beautiful  jazzed up with a vintage treatment or decor, but I liked mine just as it was!

Reclaimed Window Chalkboard


Last month we took down our old barn. I had decided, coincidentally during the tear down, I wanted to make a chalk menu board for our wedding. While Andy took the barn down piece by piece I noticed an old double pane window, which was drafty and broken. It had a natural rustic look to it so I decided give it a new life.

Here is the simple “how to” turn an old window into a chalkboard. Even though this will eventually hang in my office, I’ve decided to cover the back with fabric. As it is actually for our wedding,  and it will be propped outside., I wanted to make sure the back looked nice.

Supplies:

  • Chalkboard paint
  • Brush
  • Sandpaper (100 grit or so)
  • Any cleaner that won’t leave a residue (alcohol, paint thinner, acetone, etc – BE CAREFUL HANDLING THIS STUFF)
  • Gloves to protect your hands against glass removal and any cleaners
  • Something to prop the frame off the ground, I used an old crate
  • Window frame & glass/plexi or plywood that fits in the window

Reclaimed Chalkboard Window

  1. Put your gloves on
  2. Put your gloves on. Seriously.
  3. If possible and easy, start by taking the glass out of the window. Set the glass aside.
  4. Prop the glass up on your crate or other item. This will make it a lot easier to paint. I used a piece of original glass from the window, and a piece of Plexiglas from another window. If you cannot take the window out, make sure to tape around the frame so you don’t paint on it!
  5. With the 100 grit sandpaper, light buff the window pane to scour both sides. This will help the paint hold. If you don’t do this, the chalk paint will peel off of the glass – I figured this out first hand.

  1. Wipe down the window pane with your cleaner, to get the dust particles off and let dry.
  2. Put down your first thin layer of chalk paint, let it completely dry and lightly scour the top with sand paper again. Make sure to wipe off the dust from sanding between layers. Keep adding layers until you can no longer see through the glass and it’s smooth. I did 3-4 coats.

  1. Paint one coat, unless you want it dual use, on the back (if you want both sides chalk ready, then layer each side the same) This will help keep plexi or wood from warping. I only did one coat since I was covering the back with fabric.

  1. Insert the panes back into the wood frame when dry and attach as necessary for your window.

Fabric Backing : optional

  1. Cut piece of material to fit behind the window pane.
  2. Fold down edges and staple to frame. Every window is different, so you’re going to have to play around with what works best. It’s easy to pull the staples out and retry. I did 2 other styles before I came up with how I really liked it. Thankfully my frame is rustic looking anyway so I wasn’t concerned with staple holes. If you have a nicely painted frame you’re doing this with, lay it out ahead of time so you can make sure you get it to fit your window the first time. Remember – you can touch up your paint if you have to, no biggie.


Update: Want to see how the frame turned out for the wedding? Check it out here!

Happy Reclaimed Lovin,

Heather