Halloween Fall Candy Vase

1173670_10151838607405266_2079439709_nAnother bouquet using stems painted black. Fill with various levels of candy corn, candy pumpkins and you could even add black jelly beans. Half way through add wood sticks and then fill the rest of the way.

Paint Glass Different Colors

420610_625983630765062_442155601_nMix a clear white paint with fabric dye/food coloring until you get desired color. Paint the outside of the glass and let dry. You should have a nice color and you can seal that with varnish or polyurethane to prevent it from peeling. Use to store food products (stored in zip lock bags) in the kitchen, craft items, office supplies in the office, seeds for your garden etc. Do not use these by directly putting food inside of them for your protection. You could paint the bottoms one color and when dry paint the tops another color letting them drip down. I think this being done to a larger size container could be used as a centerpiece for a wedding since you could color co-ordinate them with different color schemes. You can do this with recycled items or it would really bring a dollar store vase up a notch… and don’t stop at glass – you can do this same process with plastic.

Indoor Tulips

10047_466981660041646_1905416083_nIndoor Tulips . . .

Step 1 – Fill a glass container about 1/3 of the way with glass marbles or decorative rocks. Clear glass will enable you to watch the roots develop . . .

Step 2 – Set the tulip bulb on top of the marbles or stones; pointed end UP. Add a few more marbles or rocks so that the tulip bulb is surrounded but not covered (think support). . .

Step 3 – Pour fresh water into the container. The water shouldn’t touch the bulb, but it should be very close, so that the roots will grow into the water. . .

Step 4 – Put the container in a dark, cool room where the temperature is between 40 and 45 degrees F (your garage or attic maybe?). Check the container occasionally and if necessary, add water to bring the level up. Be sure the bulb doesn’t actually sit in the water, because the bulb will rot. . .

Step 5 – Move the container to a sunny window sill after it’s been in the dark for a minimum of 12 weeks. If you can leave it for 16 weeks, the blooms will be even larger. The tulips will bloom within a month.

Valentines Day Tissue Paper Vase

Materials:

  • Mod Podge® Sparkle
  • Scissors
  • Tissue Paper – Various Colors
  • Paint Brush
Instructions:
  1. Cut or tear tissue paper in small random shapes.
  2. Paint thin coat of Mod Podge onto outside of vase in a 6″ square area.
  3. Place small pieces of random colors of tissue paper into wet Mod Podge letting them overlap slightly. Brush on Mod Podge over top of applied tissue. Brush more Mod Podge adjacent to the area just completed and continue to place tissue into the wet Mod Podge. Continue this process until vase is covered with tissue.
  4. Cut heart shapes from silver paper. Use Mod Podge to attach to project where desired.
  5. Use liner brush to apply Mod Podge around hearts and write “LOVE”.
  6. Let dry completely.

Here’s A Tip For You – Actually Several

1-Get a wonderful shine for your hair by rinsing it with cool water and vinegar. Don’t worry about the smell; it goes away quickly, leaving your hair shiny and lustrous.

2-If you have mineral deposits in a narrow neck jar vase, try using a denture tablet. Add a small amount of water to the vase and drop in the tablet, breaking it up as needed. Let it sit overnight or as the package recommends and rinse well.

3-To freshen old plastic flowers, spray with hairspray.

4-To get rid of static cling on a skirt and slip, just pin a small safety pin to the inside of the hem.

5-If your small appliance has a long cord, try looping it and stuffing the excess through a cardboard paper towel or toilet paper roll.

6-Protect teeth on hand saws by covering them up in storage. Cut a length of garden hose to  fit the length of the saw, then split it down one side. Push the teeth of the saw into the split – an added benefit is you are also protected.

7-Want to keep your refrigerator operating efficiently? Try these two small tricks: First, clean the gaskets on the door, and replace them if they are loose. If you close a dollar bill in the door and can pull it out easily it is time to replace the gaskets. Then, stock empty space with jars or pitchers of water. Cold water is refreshing and helps keep air in your fridge cold.