Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Tutorial Tuesday: Finally a decoration for my mantle


I have lived in my house for two years and have not put a single decoration on my mantle. I have put a lot of other things one it (flat surfaces sometimes collect junk in my house), just not decorations. Well when I finally got to the Dollar Tree, the closest one is an hour away so I don't get there super often, I remember that I saw several of these candle stick and vase combos ( I don't know what to call them, it there is a special name, please let me know) so I thought that I would give it a try.

I'm sure that you have seen these in several places, so here's my take on them:

This is how I made them:
1) I got 2 vases and 2 candle sticks

2) I have a ton of rub-ons (back from when I was a Stampin' Up! demonstrator) so I thought that they would look cute on the glass. I cut out the rub-ons I wanted to use

3) Then using a Popsicle stick, I transferred the rub-ons onto the glass

4) I wanted more color, so I spray painted the candle sticks brown and the beans that I used to fill them brown

5) Using an epoxy glue, I glued the two together. I let them dry with the books on them over night.

6) I decided to fill them with beans. I got the idea here. I'm obsessed with matching decorations with the colors in the room, so I spray painted all the beans. I used black beans for the brown and red beans for the red. It happened to be pretty cold so it took forever. I love the colors of the beans, but I'm not going to do it again.

7) Once I was finally finished spray painting the beans, I filled the vases. I just held the vase at an angle and filled it, switching from red to brown.
This was a super cheap and easy craft and I love the outcome. I'm so excited to finally have decorations on my mantle!! I have loved them so much, I have already made 3 sets of them and plan on making many more!


42 comments:

Holly said...

Those are very cute. Very clever the way you made them. I love using beans (split peas,lentils, whatever!) to decorate...but I do not have the patience to layer them like that.

the thrifty ba said...

i was looking at your beans and thinking those were the best colors! aaahhh-gots to love me a can of spray paint!

Me said...

Oh so clever but I think I will forgo spray painting beans. ;)

Amy @ The Bell Family said...

How clever to spray paint the beans! I really like this!

michelle@somedaycrafts said...

spray painting beans! That's cool!

LuckyStarHeather said...

Ca-ute! I need to make some of these :)

Thanks for linking!

Stacey @ Fun to Craft said...

Those turned out great!! I have been wanting to paint some candlesticks but wasn't sure how they would turn out. Yours turned out great. Thanks for showing pictures.

I would love for you to join up to my Spring has Sprung party and share this Friday! There is a giveaway too. :)

Heather said...

I love the rub-ons you added, gives it the perfect touch.

The Harris Family said...

Thats really cute!

Kelli @ RTSM said...

How clever are you to spray paint the beans! I would have never thought to do that! And I love the bases painted brown!

Embellished Bayou said...

Totally cute! I love how you personalized it by adding the decals & spray painting the bases, good job!

Tina said...

Cute. I never would have thought of the diagonal layering. Very good idea.

Hoosier Homemade said...

How cute! Love those rub-ons!
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~Liz

LuckyStarErin said...

the rub-ons are really cool. I've never seen anything like them to use on glass. very creative!

Julie said...

What a great idea! You are so creative and i love the red brown colors:)

The Frugal Designer said...

Great way to use everyday items for decor, love it! Love the rub-on ons!

Ashley said...

I love this idea. We're moving in May and my husband has decided he wants our living room to be red, black and white (he's an Atl Falcons fan) and the red and black beans would be perfect for our decor. I'll be filing this idea away for later use. I found you from Talented Tuesday at My Frugal Family, btw.

Mama Thompson said...

So smart spray painting the beans brown to match...and I just love those rub-ons.

Lanie Ree said...

Are you kidding me?? This is so beautiful/classy/elegant! Rub-On's (could it be any simpler?) beans and candle sticks. Dollar Store Vases. This is definitely going on my to do list.

Thank you for linking up to A Little Craft Therapy with Life in the Pitts.

Sharon said...

This is probably the most creative way I have seen these done! And painting the beans...sounds like something I would do just so it would all "match"! :o) The brown stands turned out awesome! How did you ever get the paint to stick on the glass? My first attempt at painting glass was a disaster!! :(

Kaysi said...

Sharon:
Thanks!! I just used spray paint and I didn't have any problems at all with it sticking. I did have to do two coats just because you could still see through it with just one coat.

Melissa said...

This is such a great and super cute idea!

Carolyn @ My Backyard Eden said...

I love how you painted the bases. I have a few of those glass candlesticks from the dollar store and they just may get a coat of paint!

Thanks for linking up to Make it Yours day!

fawnda said...

Very cool and I love the rub-ons, they add a nice touch!

Amy said...

Very creative. Spray painting beans!? Now I've seen everything!

Lori said...

You are too clever for me. Love the beans and paint the candle sticks wonderful.

Thanks for joining Get Your Craft on Thurs. Please join me next week for another great party.

Lori

Lanie Ree said...

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Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking said...

Got to LOVE spray paint! Thanks for sharing at the POPP.

Linds@ THAT'S SO CUEGLY said...

THAT...is a stand out project! I LOVE that you painted the candle sticks, and the slants in the beans are MmmAZING!

Andy Porter said...

Great job! I wouldn't have ever considered painting the glass candlesticks. Very clever! The painted beans are so cute! Thanks for freezing your buns off! They look beautiful and I'm sure you've made your mantle very happy.

Shannon said...

This is such a cute and creative idea! Thanks for linking up this week

Debbi said...

Super idea! Love how you transformed the candle sticks--awesome!
*smiles*
debbi

Anne said...

Love how you put the candle holders on the bottom of those vases! I have some vases that would be perfect for this! yay =)

Anne
Floralshowers.com

Amanda K said...

Those turned out really cute! I love the rub-ons!!

Brandi said...

I haven't ever thought of using beans to decorate! But I may have to try that idea! So fun!

Bobbie said...

so cute and easy!
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Lana K. W. Austin said...

I LOVE your version of these! And those rub-ons totally fooled me...I thought they were original to the glass when you first showed them and then I read down lower and was "WOW!"

I need to try some of them!

Great job,
Lana

R. said...

i have done the candlestick/vase trick, but the rub on's....hmm, hadn't thought of that!! thanks for sharing!

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jenjen said...

That is a really cool idea. I love it!

Thanks so much for linking up to my party! I really appreciate it!

XOOX
Jen

simplydesigning.blogspot.com said...

Oh these turned out so cute! I love the colors too! They would work so well in MY house ;-)

Thanks so much for linking up at my link party! Be sure to join me again this Friday for another link party! simplydesigning.blogspot.com

Thanks!

Stuff by Ash said...

LOVE that you used beans! Such a brilliant idea!

jubilee said...

Thanks for sharing this tutorial. I am eager to try it. At first I thought you used M&Ms and I knew that they would never last at my house long enough to make it into the vases.
Beans are an excellent idea!