I’ve seen this one pop up on Pinterest for a while, so I thought I’d give it a shot.
Narnia in a Jar
Quart Ball jar and lid
Pint jar lid only
Silver fine glitter
Hot glue gun
Mini tree (found at the Dollar Tree)
Mini lamp post (also a Dollar Tree find)
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.
Step Two: Add the tree and lamp post
This one’s pretty self-explanatory…
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.
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
12-14 gauge wire (approximately 18 feet)
7-8 metal rings of assorted sizes
tinsel and ornaments
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. 🙂
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!
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!
Vitamin E oil
Glass measuring cup
Small jars or plastic chapstick tubes
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.
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?
Wrote this script forever ago, and never thought I’d be the one to film it. But alas, I caught the movie-making bug the other day, and this is the result. 🙂