Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Valentine Luminaries

I'm on a mission. A Mission to Create Valentine Crafts. This mission...should you choose to accept it...will require random crafty supplies, setting your children in front of the tube (just kidding. kind of.), and reading endless awesome blogs for inspiration!

During some blog meandering, I found these super cute Valentine Candle Holders here.

I was transported me back about 15 years to a Christmas craft I did while babysitting my little cousins (EEK! Who are now in college and high school! When did I get so old?). Back in the day I used juice glasses I found at Goodwill, red & green tissue paper & watered down Elmer's! While I'm still an avid Goodwiller...I'd like to think my methods have become more sophisticated. Observe:

Ummm...well...I've got a re-purposed Ragu jar, tissue paper (deja vu), Modge Podge (WAY more professional than water & glue...but it does the same job), and this super nifty heart cutter. Want a closer look???

Lady Kat & I were getting lost at JoAnn's and the paper cutting supplies were 40% off! YIPPEE! I picked up this baby & random other stuff and the total was less than this Fiskars cutter was to begin with! Makes me smile just to think about it...

I used this tool to make the collection of pink hearts in the first picture. Then I did some anger management and ripped up some white tissue paper. I slathered Modge Podge on my clean Ragu jar and attached the white tissue. It gets bumpy and wrinkly, but I like that look...so I went with it. I covered the entire jar like this and did a light coat of Modge Podge over the top. Here is the gloppy look you'll get:

Doesn't look like much yet. Then I started adding the hearts. With my first one I did them willy nilly. The tissue heart stuck to the top Modge Podge layer and I lightly brushed over the top of the entire heart.

Let your jar completely dry. Then do as many more as you'd like! Here's my collection:

So cute. So simple. So NOT expensive! Pop a candle inside and watch it glow! HA! I just noticed one of the handles on the chest is pointed up. Thanks, Lady Kat!

Close ups:

And my favorite...Can You Feel the LOVE?

I'm linking up at these fun parties!

It's a Blog Party


The Treasurista said...

So Cute! Would love for you to add to my Thursday Treasure Party:


Its A Blog Party said...

Would love for you to join us at the Hugs and Kisses Valentine's Party!

DIYbyDesign said...

Super cute Valentine's Day craft. I love it. Thanks so much for linking up. Don't forget to grab my party button and add it either to your post or your side bar. That way more people can join in the fun. Thanks.

Crafts a la Mode said...

this is darling. It looks like so much fun to make also. Thanks for sharing. Linda

Auntie T said...

I love these. And I have Ragu jars. Thanks for the tip!

Anonymous said...

I just finished making these and they were easy, fun and look so darn cute :-) thx!

Amy said...

Hi, Ellie! I'm so glad you enjoyed making these! They are fun and quick and the color / holiday possibilities are endless! I hope you are having a great week!