Saturday, August 6, 2011

Christmas in July with Passionately Artistic

Welcome to Christmas in July {now in August}! A fun Series to get us all inspired for my favorite holiday!
It is never too early to start planning for Christmas!  
Today we have Maggie from Passionately Artistic

Hello, I’m Maggie Lamarre from Passionately Artistic a site that features step by step inspirations with a linking party on Wednesdays to showcase your projects weekly, don't forget to come party with us. Today I want to share these pretty candles tutorial. Candles have become one of the most versatile craft items. You can use them as a decorative accent, in a mixed media project, or even for an elegant soiree.

Today’s secret  ingredient is Epsom Salt. I use it for everything to create Sparkle or a snow effect.
Let’s begin!

  • Reflective tray
  • 3 scented candles in ascending order (mine are vanilla and cinnamon)
  • Christmas balls
  • Greenery 
  • Embellishments
  • Elmers’ liquid glue
  • Epsom Salt
How to:
  • Apply liquid glue to all the candles then rub Epsom salt all over the candle. Pat down to make sure the salt is encrusted onto the candle and let dry for 30 min.
  • Cut the greenery to fit onto the tray and add embellishments to the candle
  • Assemble the candles on the tray and add the Christmas balls to surround the candles.
Yes, the candles are perfectly safe to lite. You can smell the cinnamon and vanilla can't you!!?   2455757_600x600
I’ve seen similar hurricanes at Pottery Barn for over $29.99. In 3 easy steps, I'm going to show you how you can make your own for $3.00. Yep! You read that right. . . just $3.00. Now the glass is not going to be as high grade but for the function, it will do nicely. Are you intrigued yet?   Well read on!

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Let’s begin!

  • Large glass vase from the dollar store
  • Candle stick holder
  • Candles
  • Extreme glue art adhesive
  • Martha Stewart labels
  • E6000 glue
  • Imaginisce Christmas Cottage paper line
  • I-rock
  • Want2scrap bling
  • Ribbon
  • Epsom Salt
  • Martha Stewart Cricut Cartridge
  • Vinyl from Provo Craft
  • Etch cream
How to:
  • Cut design from Martha Stewart cart with the vinyl. Follow mfg directions to etch glass. Let dry.
I found the etch cream works best at temp of at least 70 degrees. I etch the glass so I can have different looks after Christmas!

  • Cover the candle with Imaginisce papers and add embellishments. I use the I-rock and Want2scrap bling to adorn the snowflakes.
  • Ink the edges of the Martha Stewart labels and adhere the snowflakes and ribbon with extreme glue art adhesive.
  • Add a dollop of glue on the bottom of the glass vase and mount on candlestick. Add a very heavy object like an encyclopedia book to the top and let dry overnight.
  • Once dry, add a dollop of glue to the center of the vase..

It’s very important you mark the center of the vase. Otherwise your candle will be lopsided once set.
  • Add candle to the mark center and let dry for 1 hour. Then add the Epsom Salt. Repeat the same for the other vase. For this purpose, I use battery operated candle lights so I can take the picture on a shelf.
Here is the final project with both hurricane lights done. This will make not only great home d├ęcor but a very nice gift as well!   


Now don’t you think this is worth the $3.00 spent per candle for a total of $6.00 as opposed to $60.00??? Please share any tips you have on taking glass pics.
Maggie Lamarre

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