We seem to lose power quite a bit in the PNW. And my candles tend to end up looking like this:
I actually don’t mind that look for Halloween, but for everyday use, I’d rather look at something pretty … Pretty like this:
Before Christmas, I found this beautiful birch bark wrapping paper at Pier 1 — I don’t think it was more than $7.00. I purchased it to make Christmas ornaments, and to wrap around old, used candles — (Is that bad that I thought it was too pretty to wrap a gift with? While I would appreciate receiving a gift wrapped so lovely…my teenagers or husband? No way!! Plus, I think it would make me want to cry to see such beautiful paper all crumpled up in a trash bag!)
This is so simple, I am actually a little embarrassed to be posting about it. But the candles are too pretty not to share, right?! And maybe everybody isn’t selfish with their wrapping paper like I am, and would appreciate the tip??! Anyhowwwww… just measure, cut, and roll it around the candle, adhering with double stick tape. To tie in with Valentine’s Day, I “prettied” them up a bit with ribbon, tags, etc. (You’ll probably see me wrapping them with gold ribbon next Christmas!!) 😀
Obviously, I won’t be burning these candles any more this year — paper, flame, not such a good combination!! But I got a little carried away and “wrapped” all my battery operated candles, as well! We’ll still be ready for the next power outage. (Knock on wood).
Sorry, I couldn’t resist one more picture. Before Christmas I made up a bunch of snowmen and snowballs (with all Dollar Tree items!). Because it’s still winter, and we still have our hot cocoa station out, they’re still out. I just realized these would be a great “snow day” craft project with the kiddos–or maybe for a Frozen themed birthday party?!!
To make them, I first broke off the pointy ends of toothpicks to use as the nose and painted them orange– keep the middle part of the toothpick–you’ll use that later to “stick” the snowballs together. Then, take a Styrofoam ball and either paint or roll it in slightly watered down glue or Mod Podge … (FYI, I found it easier to stick a toothpick in whatever ball I was making, and using it to hold on to), while still wet, roll the ball in Epsom salts (I added glitter to mine to give it a little more sparkle 😉 ) …when they’re dry, just stick them together with tooth picks … insert some twig arms, and you’re done. Kids will most likely want to give their snowman “eyes” and “buttons”. I would suggest dipping the wood or plastic end of a little brush into the paint–makes perfect dots every time! I varied the snowman sizes, as well, to make a “family”. Would love to hear if anyone makes up some of these! Crafting with kiddos is the best!
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