DIY (189) – Lampshade

Hi everyone!!!

Today we will go for a project which might seem difficult, but in reality you just have to be careful with the measures and in assembling: a lampshade.

The nice thing about making your own lampshade is that you can decide if to use paper, fabric or other material and how to decorate it.

This lampshade has a diameter of 12 cm.

Let’s start!!!

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light cardstock or fabric – aluminum wire – hot glue – scissors – lace – other decrations (I used some beads)

Cut a rectangle 38 cm long (in reality the lampshade has a circumference of 37 cm, but you have to count 1 extra cm so to close it with glue.

Fold on the dotted lines. Insert the aluminum wires (2 x 37 cm long).

Cut two other pieces 26 cm long (this will be the lamp holder). You need to create a structure like the one below: count 6 cm and then fold to create a ring (about 7 cm High). Leave another 6 cm of wire.

Repeat and then join them together using a nut or with a ring made with aluminum wire.

Stick the structure on top of the lampshade with the two rings facing downwards (this is where you will insert your light bulb).

Now apply the decorations like the lace and pearls (or other material),

Your lampshade is ready!

Hope you liked today’s craft idea!

See you tomorrow with another easy DIY.

DIY (189) – Tablet holder

Hi everyone!!!

Sometimes I use my tablet in the kitchen to read the recipes and I always don’t know how to keep it in a confortable position, so I decided to do this holder. All you need are remainders of cardboard and cardstock, glue, and acrylic color.

Let’s start!!!

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cardboard – colored cardstock – scissors – glue – template (below)

Print the template and copy all the parts on cardboard (the reinforcements on colored cardstock) and cut out all the pieces carefully.

Assemble all the pieces together (I decided to color the base with acrylic color).

The grey drawings indicate where to place the reinforcements.

Your tablet holder is ready!

Hope you liked today’s craft idea!

See you tomorrow with another easy DIY.

DIY (188) – Homemade citronella candles

Hi everyone!!!

Finally summer is here and we can sit outside!

How about a nice dinner on the terrace? Unfortunately it is also the time for insects and mosquitos.

I have so many cute little vases at home and I thought it would be a good idea to use them for making citronnella candles. If you don’t have little pots like the one in the picture, you can also go for tins or glass jars.

Let’s start!!!

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Container (a little pot or in alternative tins or glass jars) – A double boiler – Wax (soy waxparaffin wax, old candles) – Pre-waxed wicks with tabs a bit longer than the height of your container – citronella oil (a few drops for each candle) – hot glue gun

Place the wicks to the center of your can or container. The best way I have found to use this is with a hot glue gun. Make sure to press the wick down firmly (and carefully as the hot glue can burn).

If you are using a larger container, you can add two or three wicks spaced apart around the center.

Assemble your double boiler and add wax or old candles in small pieces. Don’t worry so much about bits of wick or other specks in the wax as you won’t see them in the candles when they are done.

Heat the wax over medium heat until it is completely melted. This won’t take too long. Stir every once in a while to help it melt evenly.

When the wax is melted, it’s time to add the fragrance (calculate about 28 g for 450 g of wax).

Let the wax cool slightly and carefully pour into containers. I can usually gently maneuver my wicks to stay in the center as the wax cools, but if you are having trouble, secure the wicks with a chopstick or clothespin to keep them in line.

Allow your candle to rest for 48 hours before burning. Trim the wick to about 1 cm before you light it. Then, once it’s lit, let the candle burn so that there is a full, wide pool of wax before you blow it out. This is how you get an even burn for the life of the candle.

Now you can leave your pots as they are or decorate them with twine and other materials.

Your homemade citronella candle is ready!

Hope you liked today’s craft idea!

See you tomorrow with another easy DIY.

DIY (124) – Candles from crayons

Hi everyone!!!

Do you have some old crayons at home? This is the best way to recycle them!

By mixing them with candle wax, you will be able to make beautiful candles! It’s up to you to decide if you want to make them in a recycled glass vase, or in an old glass.

Let’s start!!!

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Wax – Old crayons – Candle Wick – Glass cups – Paper cups – Crisco Shortening (optional)

In each paper cup, put wax and one color crayons and heat in the microwave for one minute.

Place the wick in the middle of the glass cup, and then pour your first melted wax.

Wait for the first color wax to become solid enough that it holds the shape that you want. You can also make this project a little easier by having horizontal blocks of colors instead of diagonal ones.

But still, you have to wait for the wax to cool and become solid before you pour the next color so they will not mix.

Make sure that the wick stays in the middle. And when you are with the last color, place the glass in an upright position.

I hope you liked today’s idea! 🙂

See you tomorrow with another DIY!

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