Upcycling: Candles

  1. Start by burning the candle all the way to the bottom, it’s easier to get the wax out if its warm.

 

2. Blow the candle out! Next dump wax into a paper towel and a plastic bag. Careful, this stuff can get messy.

3.  Wipe the candle out with paper towel and put in the dishwasher once or twice (this will help removes the stickers on the candles.

5. Once you get an empty candle container then you can decide what to do with them! Here are some of my ideas:

Rocks Glasses

Planter

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Vase

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Match Holder

Q-tip Holder

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You could even give a go at remaking your own DYI candles!

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Braids: Three Ways

I may not be the greatest at braids. Like anything, it’s a learning process. But here are my attempts at some pretty simple braids that I can even do! It’s a quick way to do your hair when you’re running late for work and don’t have time to wash your hair. Dry shampoo, braid, repeat!

Waterfall Braid

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  1. With a part on the right side, take a section of hair on the heavy side of the part.
  2. Divide this into three sections and cross the back strand over the middle then the front strand over the middle.
  3. Next, cross the back strand over the middle and bring in a section of hair to create a french braid.
  4. Now cross the front strand over the middle and bring in a section of hair like in step 3
  5. Next, cross the back strand over the middle and bring in another section of hair.
  6. This time, instead of crossing the front strand over the middle, drop it down and pick up a section of hair directly behind that strand. Cross it over the middle in place of the dropped strand.
  7. Now cross the back strand over and bring in hair per usual.
  8. Next, repeat step 6 dropping the front strand and bringing in a replacement strand.
  9. Repeat steps 5 through 8 until the braid reaches the back of the head.
  10. Continue braiding the three strands down into a regular braid and pin it against the head.
  11. Lay hair over the top of the pin to hide it

Half Up Fish Tail Braid

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  1. Start by dividing off a section of hair at the crown and tie it off with an elastic band.
  2. Next, create a gap right above the elastic band and pull the ponytail through the gap and back down again to create a flip.
  3. Wrap a small section of hair around the elastic band and secure it with another elastic band.
  4.  Braid the ponytail into a fishtail braid by dividing it into two halves and crossing small pieces from one side over top of each strand to the opposite side.
  5. Continue the braid until it’s about halfway down the section and then go back and pull on the edges to make it wider.
  6. Tie it off with an elastic band. Cover the elastic by wrapping a section of hair around it and securing it with another elastic band.

Mini Braids and Low Bun

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  1. Brush through the hair to remove any tangles. With a part on the right side, pick up a small section of hair on the left side of the part. Divide it into three section and begin a tiny regular braid, crossing the side strands under the middle one. After one stitch, begin incorporating hair into the braid.
  2. Grab another section next to the first braid and repeat.
  3.  Tie the ends with clear elastic bands.
  4. Brush the rest of the hair into a low ponytail.
  5.  Tie the hair into a messy bun.
  6. Grip a small section of the bun, bringing it up to the head, and pin it in place with a bobby pin.
  7.  Continue pinning sections of the bun until it creates a rounded shape and feels tight against the head.
  8.  Wrap the end of the braid clock-wise around the right side of the bun and pin down the end with bobby pins.
  9. Set the style with a firm-hold hairspray, leaving the finished look wispy and soft.

Can’t do your own braids, or want something fancier? Check out Braids By Em in YYC

Inspiration from Missy Sue

Upcycling: DYI Sign

Do you have some old wood laying around? Perfect! We used old wood from a fence.

Supplies:

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Old wood (three flat board thick (fence boards), and 2 long, thin wood pieces)

Stencils

Power saw, sander, drill, screws

Wood Stain

Old Rag

Masking Tape

News Paper

Spray Paint

  1. Gather three pieces of wood roughly the same length. If any are a bit longer you can cut the ends off with a saw so they are all the same length. (Make sure you protect your eyes! img_7454-jpg
  2. Place all three pieces of wood down flat on the side you want the sign’s writing to go. Find two long/thin piece of wood that are the same size. Cut to the same length. Put each long/thin piece on each side of the three larger pieces of wood, using a  drill and screws attach all the pieces of wood together. (this will hold your sign together). Shown in the picture here: img_7786-jpg
  3. Next, sand the top of the board with a power sander. I left some places unsanded to give it more of a rustic look.
  4. Once you finish sanding the board, grab a stain (color of choice) and paint the entire top of the sign. Then wipe the entire board with a paper towel or an old rag. This will be the result:IMG_7478.JPG.jpeg
  5. Let dry over night
  6. Now it’s time to paint! Lay down newspaper so you don’t wreck anything with the spray paint.
  7. Gather your supplies: Stencils, ruler, spray paint color of choice, tape (masking), pencil
  8. Using stencils and a ruler, mark out where you want your letters. To be honest I free handed mine but it never hurts to be more precise.

    9. Place tape around the letter of choice on all four sides so you don’t end up straying anything else. Place the letter down where you want the paint to go and spray away! If you screw up don’t panic, you can either wipe the paint away with a paper towel or you can sand off the paint with a hand sander.

10. Once all the letter has dried, you can place a clear lacquer top coat on. Then let it dry other night! The lettering will show up better once the top coat is on.

I could not have done this sign without my friend Clarissa. Check out her page Lumberjack & Jill and get her to make you one of these amazing sign.  Here are some examples of her work:

Ombre Napkins

I love crafting and up cycling. Its a great feeling to be able to turn something that may have been garbage into something fabulous. I took plain white napkins that my mom was going to give away to Salvation Army and jazzed them up with one box of fabric dye I got from Michaels.

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I slowly dripped them in higher up and then dripped then again at different levels so that the bottom portion would be a darker shade.I probably dripped them in a total of 4 times and with each dip I left the napkin in a little longer.

 

Finished Product