Sunday, October 28, 2012

Pumpkin candles

I know I've been really terrible about updating this blog, but I promise I'm getting back into the swing of things now. I have just been so busy with a million things, but everything is starting to wind down now. One reason why I've been so busy is because my birthday was last week! October 21st to be exact. I had a really great weekend away in San Diego with my boyfriend and then had a ton of fun with my friend Erin at Stone Brewery in Escondido (beer blog post to come asap). This weekend I had a little soiree in my backyard to celebrate with a few other friends as well. I made some cute decorations and took out the Christmas lights to se the mood. Anyways, let's get down to brass tacks. This DIY is for the rad little pumpkin candles I made to decorate the party!

What you'll need:

  • mini pumpkins (not gourds!! they won't work, get the normal orange pumpkins)
  • soy candle wax chips
  • metal anchored waxed candle wicks
  • a spoon/knife
  • metal bowl and pot or a double boiler

What I did first was hollow out my pumpkins. If you've ever carved pumpkins, you already know what to do. Cut off the top of your pumpkin and then use a large spoon to scoop out all the gunk and seeds inside there. Try to make the inside as smooth and pulp free as possible to avoid getting floaties in your candle wax.

Once your pumpkins are ready to go, you need to place your wick. I recommended getting the wicks that come with a little circular anchor on the bottom because it save your the trouble of having to worry about your wick moving after you've poured the melted wax. take your wick and wedge the metal base into the center of the bottom of your pumpkin.

After you're done preparing the pumpkins you can start melting your wax. I chose to use soy wax chips because I find that they're the easiest to work with and cheaper too! You can also add a scent to your candle if you'd like. When you purchase your candle wax at the craft store there should be a little section of essential oils near by. You can use any of these in the wax to create an aromatic candle. Most waxes will tell you to melt it in a double boiler, but I don't have one of those. What you can also use is a metallic bowl over a pot of boiling water.

The chips are pretty thin, so they melt fairly quickly. (If you're making a scented candle, you'll want to add you essential oil to the wax once it's completely melted. Essential oils are very strong so don't over do it! Use a dropper and put in just a few little drops.) Once your wax is melted you can pour in into your pumpkins.

Once you pour all the wax, you just have to wait for them to harden. Don't let them sit in the sun to dry! That's bad for the wax and the pumpkin. Set them in a shady area outside for about an hour to let them completely harden. Check on them every so often to make sure the wick is still correctly placed. 

As soon as your candle is ready, just trim the wick and you can start burning it! They make lovely fall decorations for your patio and they'd make really great center pieces for your thanksgiving table, rather than your typical candelabra. Enjoy!

Happy Halloween as well from me and my spooky cat!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

More studded denim

I know I've done a studded denim tutorial before, but I wanted to do one more, this time with step by step photos. So here it goes,

What you'll need:

  • studs rf spikes of your choice (i recommend using, or you can google wholesale studs and look for some deals)
  • denim
  • needle nose pliers

Usually you can get away with not using a special studding tool if you're studding regular denim, or even double layered denim (like the collar of this jacket). It's bust to tweak the prongs a little before piercing the denim because they tend to flare outward a little bit when you buy them, and if you stud them like that it will create ripples in the denim.

Once you've got the stud through the denim, use your pliers to grasp the prong at the base and the bend it inward to lie flat on the denim. Repeat with the second prong.

Repeat for all the studs you want to put on your garment. after you finish they should all lie flat and look fairly uniform like this...

That's just about it! As a little troubleshooting comment, I'd say that if you're going to be adding a lot of studs to wear gardening gloves or some type of thick glove to protect your fingers. After putting all these studs on my jacket my finger tips were pretty raw. But hey, no pain no gain.

Happy studding!

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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Mason jar wall planter

This initially started out as an idea to make a kitchen herb garden for my window sill. Unfortunately, my current kitchen window gets no sun and there's just no room for it to fit. But in 6 months when I move into my own place I promise I'll show you all my little herb window garden. Until then, I decided to make and outdoor wall planter! It's relatively easy to make, but if you don't trust yourself, I'll probably have some variation of this on sale on the Repurposed Remade Etsy store soon.

What you'll need:
  • mason jars of any shape of size
  • plants and potting soil (i chose succulents because I can't kill them)
  • a wood plank of some sort (I salvaged mine from an old Pier 1 wine rack from the Salvation Army)
  • short screws to mount the jars
  • long screws to mount the planter as a whole
  • pipe clamps
  • power drill
  • flat and phillips head screwdrivers
  • somewhere to mount your planter!

First off, you'll want to take apart whatever structure you have (if necessary) to get your wood board.

Next you need to drill holes in the back of your pipe clamps so that you can screw them into your board. Before you screw them into the wood, you'll have to drill holes slightly smaller than the size of your screws in the wood where you want the pipe clamps to be fixed.

Once both pipe clamps are attached to the wood, the planted can be screwed into the wall. To do this, drill holes through your wood (once again slightly smaller than your screw) and do the same on the wall space where you'd like your planter to hang. Use your long screws to attach the planter to the wall.

Finally the fun part! Now you can plant your little pants in the mason jars. I chose some lovely multicolored succulents for mine.

Use the flathead screwdriver to tighten your pipe clamps around the mason jars so that they stay in place on the planter.

Now you have a pretty new planter :)