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.
Since it is Summer time, it’s also vacation time. My family and I use to travel a lot all over the U.S. But we can’t always make it to the beach. Therefore I make sure, we have a little bit of beach flair in our house during Summer Break. The shells come out of the boxes, and I start to be “artsy & crafty”. With some flower pots, candles, paint, shells & glue a lot of cool beach designs can be done. Here are a couple of ideas, I did in the past. And Mr. Pelican approves it.
A shell flower pot I made three years, ago. A pineapple plant is growing in it.
DIY Beach Candle
Mr. Pelican is the resident of our refurbished bathroom.