Over the years, I found some very cute and easy-DIY ideas on Pinterest. I’ve got the materials and took the time to do it myself. It is cheaper and fun to create. Not to forget to mention, not everyone has the same old Halloween decor in the yard, in a window, or on a shelf.
- Katelynn always wanted a Pet Ghost in a jar. So I made her one with a big cotton swab, phosphor colored spray, mini pom-pom, a glass jar, black paint, a print out I found on a website, and a flameless candle.
- The cat and the witch, I printed out on a regular 8″x11″ paper, went to my former company, and let it print out on a bigger scale. I glued them on black craft paper. This way, the light didn’t shine through. The rats I did the same way, without printing them on a bigger scale.
- The Mummy lantern is simply made from some medical gauze and googly eyes; the Jack-o-Lantern jar is painted, and decorated with a printout silhouette.
DIY Pet Ghost (2014)
Mummy & Pumpkin Lanterns (2014)
Halloween Window Silhouettes (2014)
Last Winter, Kevin and I have noticed that the new tiled floors make the house feel cooler. We talked about getting a few runners. When we spend a good Dollar on something, I want to last it for several years. And I need to like it. In the meantime, a DiY-carpet runner has to do the job keeping us warm. Kevin ordered a French Knitter, which arrived yesterday. Last night, I started with my little project. In the photos it shows the beginning of a round carpet for the front room. It keeps me busy, while I watch TV after the girls are in bed. The pictures show the blue much lighter. But it is actually called “pool”. Today, I added “mint” as a second color. I’ll keep you updated with this knitting project.
My new French Knitter (“Strickliesel” in German)
The beginning of a new knitting project
This morning I sprayed the jar with Frost Spray paint and let it dry in the sun. In the meantime I printed out the Mickey & Minnie silhouettes, I found on Pinterest. Once the jar was dry, I cut out the silhouettes and glued them carefully on the glass. Those little mouse tails always need a little extra attention. I usually put a little bit of glue on my finger, before I put it on the fine tails. It helps to prevent a mess. And I always can wash my hand afterwards. While the glue tried, I added some 💗-stickers and tinsel stems (pipe cleaners), which I purchased from the Dollar Store. Adding a tea candle to it gives it a romantic atmosphere. Now, all I need is some chocolate to celebrate the work I’ve done. 😉
Cute Valentine’s candle jar with Mickey & Minnie
The candle jar is decorated with a lot of heart stickers.
Next week there will be three “holidays” to celebrate. On Tuesday is Fat Tuesday. It is the last day to celebrate with rich foods, before the fastening begins on Ash Wednesday. On Wednesday is Valentine’s Day. ❤ And on Friday is Chinese New Year. China will celebrate the beginning of the Year of the Dog.
In our house, I always like to decorate for these moments. Katelynn, Sara and I talk about that particular event or holiday. It gives them a little bit of a cultural insight. For these events I chose to make candle jars out of old apple sauce jars and Dollar Store items, this year . I spent all morning to get the jar for Mardi Gras decorated.
Gluing the ripped up gift paper on the old apple sauce jar
Original I wanted to use glitter. I decided on gel pens instead.
The colored Fleur de lis
First I ripped up gift paper in the three colors, which represent the colors of Mardi Gras. After it was glued to the jar, I printed out a Fleur de lis and colored it. Playing with the mask and the beats, makes it a good center piece for the dining table. The jars might end up on the mantle, when they are all done. On this gloomy, cool day, this is a perfect project.
The decorated Mardi Gras candle jar might make a good table center piece.
I had to remove all the decor, before I lit the candle. Safety first! 😉
Sara and I baked a “Sun” Cheese-Pumpkin Pie to celebrate the Winter Solstice.
Sara and I were making Cheese-Pumpkin Pie filling and decorated it with phyllo dough. Sara really enjoyed helping me with the pie. She and Katelynn enjoyed it even more having a slice of pie, today. It turned out good. But we decided we make everything from scratch, next time. It will make it taste even better. 🌞
Now, the days are becoming seemingly shorter and the night are longer, I like to light up some candles in glass jars. Usually, I make DIY-candle jars to save money. A couple of ol’ pickle jars, frost spray paint, silhouette-prints and cutouts will do the magic. And our girls are in awe.
Here is another candle jar I made on a cold and wet February afternoon, four years ago. Boredom hit hard and I wanted to do something creative for my garden. I went to Pinterest to get an idea, what I could possibly do. On that day, I found an old pickle jar and wax paper in my pantry. After I ripped up the wax paper into tiny pieces, I began to glue them to the jar. This process took a couple of hours, since the pieces were small, and I overlapped them. When the jar was all covered in paper, I looked at it and had even a better idea. I printed out the symbol for LOVE in Chinese-Mandarin, cut it out and glued it to the wax-papered jar. Perfect for February, right?! It looks amazing with a lit candle in it.
DIY Peter Pan & Tinker Bell Lanterns (August 2015)
My first DIY garden lantern, I made in February 2013.