Paper Roses

Time: 30 minutes
Materials: Skill Share tutorial, crepe paper, floral wire, scissors, glue gun

DIY Paper Roses | The Crafted Life

Over the weekend I teamed up with Mere from Not Merely Living and took Brittany Jepsen’s (House that Lars Built) paper flower class on Skill Share. If you’re new to Skill Share, or Brittany for that matter, I highly recommend taking the class. I’ve only completely the rose so far (there are three flowers total), and even though my skills are not even close to Brittany’s, I feel like I walked away with something beautiful.

DIY Paper Roses | The Crafted Life

DIY Paper Roses | The Crafted Life

DIY Paper Roses | The Crafted Life

DIY Paper Roses | The Crafted Life
(photos taken by myself or Mere)

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DIY Monogrammed Vase

Time: 10 minutes + dry time
Materials: vase, glass paint, sponge brush, glass silkscreen

DIY Monogrammed Vase | The Crafted Life

Monogrammed vases make a great gift for just about any occasion. Personalize with your letter of choice, fill with fresh flowers, and make someone’s day, even if it is your own.

DIY Monogrammed Vase | The Crafted Life

First, wash your vase and dry completely. You can remove any unwanted finger print or smudges with rubbing alcohol.

For my letter, I used glass silkscreens from Martha Stewart. They’re self-adhesive, washable, and completely reusable which is great if you’re making more than one vase. If you’re tight on cash, you could use blue painters tape and an x-acto to achieve a similar look.

Apply your stencil, making sure there are no large air bubbles. Because the letters are self-adhesive, you can reposition the stencil a few times until you get it perfect.

DIY Monogrammed Vase | The Crafted Life

Apply your paint with a sponge brush. I wanted a delicate feel for my letter, so I used a translucent glitter paint. If you want your letter to really pop, I recommend using Pebeo Vitrea 160 paint (seen in this project).

DIY Monogrammed Vase | The Crafted Life

Peel off your stencil while the paint is still wet. Air dry your bake (based on your paint’s instructions), fill with flowers, and enjoy!

DIY Monogrammed Vase | The Crafted Life

DIY Monogrammed Vase | The Crafted Life

How to Remove Wax From a Jar

Time: 45 minutes
Materials: used candle, hot water, fine mesh strainer, soap & water

Learn how to remove wax from a jar so you can reuse your old candle containers!

When I bought this candle from Illume, I knew I’d eventually have to do something with the fabulous jar when the wick got too short. Well that time came earlier this week, so I decided to learn how to remove wax from a jar. The process is much easier than expected, here’s how!

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First, bring some water to almost a boil and pour into your jar (works with glass too). You’ll want to make sure all the wax is covered, even the remnants on the sides. Make yourself a cup of tea with the remaining water, sit back, and wait for the water to cool.

How to Remove Wax from a Jar | The Crafted Life

Your wax should melt with ease. Once the water is cool, your wax will float to the top. Remove the wax and the wick stub with a spoon and throw out (unless you plan to reuse). You’ll want to pour the remaining water through a fine mesh strainer in order to filter out the smaller pieces. Make sure not to get any wax down your drain!

How to Remove Wax from a Jar | The Crafted Life
Clean your jar with soap and water, dry, and you’re done! For now I am using this as a flower vase, but may store my jewelry in it later.

How to Remove Wax from a Jar | The Crafted Life

How to Remove Wax from a Jar | The Crafted Life

What would you keep in your brand new jar?

Wire Wrapped Vase

Time: 40 minutes
Materials: vase, jewelry pliers and clippers, jewelry wire, nail polish + top coat, paper towel roll (optional)

DIY Wire Wrapped Vase | The Crafted Life

Begin by unraveling your wire and wrapping it loosely around your vase. This will give you an idea of how much wire you’ll need to achieve your desired look.

DIY Wire Wrapped Vase | The Crafted Life

Nail polish will allow you to customize your wire, and with so many colors available, the possibilities are endless! Wrap your wire around a paper towel roll and apply 1-2 coats of desired color(s).

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Apply a clear top coat to set. When dry, flip roll over and complete the same process on the unpainted wire.

DIY Wire Wrapped Vase | The Crafted Life

DIY Wire Wrapped Vase | The Crafted Life

Once your wire is good and dry, wrap once around your vase and twist with your jewelry pliers. Leave a small section of wire to help you finish at the end. Wrap the wire around the vase until you can’t make it around again. Twist the remaining wire to the small piece you left at the beginning. Use your jewelry clippers to cut off any excess wire. Be sure to wear protective eyewear and clip the wire away from your face.

DIY Wire Wrapped Vase | The Crafted Life

Fill with flowers and enjoy! To make your wire really pop, take a large plant leaf and wrap on the inside of your vase.

DIY Wire Wrapped Vase | The Crafted Life