Project of the Week: Narnia Jar

I’ve seen this one pop up on Pinterest for a while, so I thought I’d give it a shot.

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Narnia in a Jar

Materials:

Quart Ball jar and lid

Pint jar lid only

White sand

Silver fine glitter

Hot glue gun

Mini tree (found at the Dollar Tree)

Mini lamp post (also a Dollar Tree find)

Christmas garland

Flower

Step one: Create a platform

To keep the tree and lamp post from disappearing behind the neck and lid of the larger jar, I used the smaller lid to make a sort of platform on the larger one. It looks like this, and is all sorts of hot-glued together.

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Step Two: Add the tree and lamp post

This one’s pretty self-explanatory…

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I did dump a ton of glitter over the whole thing. I love glitter. 🙂

Step Three: Add the snow

I dumped about 2 Tbsp of sand and 1 tsp of glitter into the bottom of the jar.

Step Four: Glue on the lid and decorate

Fit the lid (without the ring) onto the jar, securing it with hot glue. Then add embellishments such as garland and a cute Christmasy flower to finish.

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Ta-da!

Project of the Week: Illusion Tree

Hey there! So sorry for falling off the face of the earth this last week. Things have been pretty crazy recently. I’m switching up the calender a little bit, because I’m super excited about my Christmas tree, and I wanted to share! So, without further ado, I present:

Illusion Christmas Tree

Materials:

12-14 gauge wire (approximately 18 feet)

7-8 metal rings of assorted sizes

tinsel and ornaments

ceiling hook

wire cutters

needle nose pliers

hot glue gun

Step one: Cut the Wire

The idea here is to use the wire to connect your rings into a tree shape. We used a board and nails to mold our wire, but you could freehand it if you like.

That’s my sexy husband. 🙂

We cut twenty 6 inch pieces, four 10 inch pieces, and four 12 inch pieces. Don’t forget to add a little extra on the ends to make hooks. The segments should look like this:

Step Two: Put it all together

Connect the pieces to the hoops in groups of four, and use the pliers to close the hooks.

You could use sauter to connect the wire to the hoops, but I just threw some hot glue on that junk. 🙂

Step Three:

Use two segments of wire (complete with hooks) to create the cone on top. Bend them both in half, and attach them to the top ring. You can attach a single piece of wire to the top corner of these to hang from the ceiling.

Step Four:  Decorate!

Ta-da!

Project of the Week: Four Ingredient Lip Balm

Of the six items in my makeup bag, my chapstick is by far the one I use the most. So as I set out to simplify my life (and frankly, my budget) it made sense to me to start with lip balm. I dug around on the interwebs for a few days, and finally found a few recipes I could adapt to make my own. Here we go!

Ingredients:

Beeswax

Canola oil

Peppermint extract

Vitamin E oil

Small saucepan

Glass measuring cup

Butter knife

Small jars or plastic chapstick tubes

Wax paper

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Step One: Melt the wax

Place the measuring cup into a saucepan of water. Then add the wax. I started with enough wax to equal roughly 1/8 c melted. Tip: adding a bit of canola or olive oil to the water will keep it from boiling over.

Step Two Mix in the oils

I used 4 tbsp of canola oil, 2 tbsp of vitamin E, and about 2 tsp of peppermint oil. Stir well.

Step Three: Pour and Chill

Fill the plastic cups, and put them in the fridge to cool.

Ta-da!

What I’ll do differently next time:

The balm turned out a littler waxier than I thought it would be. Not too waxy, but I think I’ll be a little more liberal with the canola oil or vitamin E next time. What do you think?