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Friday
Jun032011

DIY Project: Coffee Bean Candle Centerpieces

I love cooking from scratch. Love, love, love it! But some of my best recipes fall more under the category of semi-homemade (a.k.a. I cheat a little). For example, my favorite guacamole recipe calls for fresh avocado, fresh-squeezed lime juice... and store-bought salsa. My go-to cookie involves me adding dried cranberries, and chopped macadamia nuts to-- you guessed it-- a package of store-bought chocolate chip cookie mix.The point is that sometimes you have to mix the worlds of homemade and store-bought to get the best results. And the same thing goes for DIY projects! This project involves cheating just a little by dressing up a store-bought hurricane-style candle holder with coffee beans and candles. So if you're someone who likes the idea of "Do It Yourself" but don't actually like doing it yourself, then this project is perfect for you!

1. Gather your materials. You'll need a pillar candle, some whole coffee beans (the more fragrant, the better), and a candle holder. The important thing here is to find this specific type of hurricane candle holder with a built-in platform for the candle. You can find one online here or at your local home goods store.

 2. Spill the beans. Empty the whole coffee beans into the candle holder. Try varying the amount of coffee beans in each candle holder to create more a more interesting look.

3. Add the candle. Just drop in a pillar candle that fits. You can go with a white candle for a classic look or get colored ones to add a splash of color to the table. Remember, if you're counting on these hurricane candle holders to keep the candles lit in breezy outdoor conditions, pick a shorter candle so it will be more protected from any wind. Et voila! In two super-easy steps, you have yourself a classy, interesting addition to your wedding decor.

BONUS: Not only are you making your wedding more visually appealing, but you're also going to make your wedding smell delicious. If you use fresh coffee beans, they will emit a subtle, sensual, coffee aroma to add to your ambiance. Try it, it smells like heaven!

 

Friday
Mar042011

DIY Project: Wine Bottle Candles

Okay, this DIY Project is for all of you DIY-impaired folks out there! It's the simplest, easiest centerpiece idea EVER. And it creates such a gorgeous look-- perfect for a vineyard wedding-- that you'll feel pretty darn good about doing it yourself.

1. First, we have to assemble the materials: Clear wine bottles and taper candles. Depending on the size of your tables, you will need between 10 and 15 bottles per table-- which is a lot. You can get these by asking friends and family to save their white wine bottles for you. Or, try asking a wine shop if you can help dispose of their empties for them. The other thing you need to pick up is long taper candles. Be aware that dripless candles will be cleaner and eliminate any accidental drips onto your table cloth. However, candles that drip down onto the bottle will help to create an intimate and vintage feel. You also have the option of picking up some spray paint if you want to add a pop of color to your bottles. 

2. The next step is to get all of those labels off of your bottles. Do this by filling your bathtub with warm water and a bit of dish soap. Add your bottles and let them soak for a few hours. Most labels should fall right off but the stubborn ones can be removed with a scrubby sponge, nail brush, or spatula. Finish the bottles with a Windex wipe to get the last remnants of the label off. 

3. (Optional) If you would like to paint your bottles, first make sure they are clean and dry. Then, in a well-ventilated area, apply the spray paint from about 14-inches away, slowly moving around the bottle so you get an even coat. Repeat if desired. Let the bottles dry for 24 hours.

4. The last step is just to pop those tapered candles into the top of the wine bottles. You may have to twist the candles in to get them safely stuck into the bottles. For visual depth, you can cut the bottoms of the candles so that they are different lengths. And voila-- you have a gorgeous centerpiece that bring simple sophistication to your wedding!

 

 

Friday
Feb182011

DIY Project: Beer and Wine Bottle Vases

Here's a great way to reuse all of those empty beer and wine bottles you have laying around: turn them into vases. Beer and wine bottle vases are inexpensive to make, and they will fit right in with organic, eco-chic kind of wedding decor. Not to mention, you're recycling which is good for your wallet and good for the earth.

1. First, we assembled the tools: string, sand paper, matches, acetone nail polish remover (lighter fluid works too!) and plenty of empty beer or wine bottles. This is an art form that takes a few tries to get right so be sure you have extra bottles to practice with.

 

2. Next, dip the string in our fuel source and then tie it around the bottle at the spot where we would like to break the glass.

3. Next, we light the string, rolling the bottle around slowly (kind of like a rotissie chicken) for about 30 seconds. It's important to note that the string must catch fire. We're talking open flame. Which reminds me, we suggest doing this OUTSIDE and with a fire extinguisher handy-- just in case.

4. When the open flame has been burning for about 30 seconds, you want to quickly place the bottle straight down into a bucket of cold water, submerging it past the string. You will hear a "pop" and the bottle will break where you wanted it to. It may require a gently tap to completely detach the broken-off piece.

5. You will be left with a broken-off bottle that requires a little sanding. Just use a square of rough sand paper and smooth the edges of the bottle so they are not sharp to the touch. Then, to get the labels off, let the bottles sit in a sink filled with warm soapy water. After about 30 minutes, they should peel right off.

6. To add to the prettiness factor, we tied a bow out of leftover string and dropped in a bouquet of vibrant-colored roses. Oooh la la!

 

Thursday
Feb102011

DIY Project: Mason Jar Delight

Decorating on a dime will satisfy your wallet and quench your creative thirst! We took the simple mason jar centerpiece and decided it needed a makeover (no botox required). Perfect for a bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, reception or morning-after brunch, this red/pink/white creation will look effortlessly fab. Here's what we did for our funkier take on the centerpiece:

1. We took an all-purpose spray paint ($3.59 at A.C. Moore). Be mindful that the color will come out much lighter and more vibrant on the glass.

2. Once outdoors, we spray painted the inside of the mason jar and let it dry for an hour. 

3. We took the red, pink and white tie-dye ribbon from an Ann Taylor shopping bag (holler for recycling!) and tied it around the jar.

4. For the final touch, we added some flowers ($4.99 at the grocery store) and BAM! It's complete!