Tuesday, December 4, 2018

How To: Create Stocking Stuffer Winter Decor



This winter season consider looking at what lays in your backyard, as you seek ideas on decorating your indoor living space. 
as the leaves fall from your shrubs and trees and the pine cones beguin to find their way to the ground, this could mean endless decor possibility options. 

In this short post we will show you an idea based on a few simple steps that is sure to add some glam and sparkle to your interior or exterior winter decor scheme.

First let's talk about some items that will be required to complete this project. 
Above we have laid out some of the fixings, among these are a bag full of small and or mini pine cones, a glue gun and glue gun refills, a can of glossy white and metallic chrome spray paint and some back yard trimmings we garnered from leafless shrubs and trees.
Step 1.  
Apply hot glue to the end of the pine cone and attach to the desired areas of the shrub or tree limbs. Use as many cones as you deem necessary according to your particular taste. In this project we used 3 to 4 cones per limb. 
It's all coming together. Once the hot glue cures, the cones will be fully secured like concrete to these limbs. 

Step 2. 
Note: After you have placed all the desired cones onto the limbs, you will proceed to spray paint these as desired and once fully dried, place them in your favorite stocking.

For this desired decor scheme we went with glossy white  and metallic chrome silver to add the desired sparkle undertones. We then placed the limbs into a pair of beige and gold metallic cowhide stocking stuffers.  
Step 3. 
We love to incorporate the look of crystals into our decor ideas, therefore opted to go with these 100% pure crystal gems. Amongst the types useds were clear teardrops and raindrops, victorian prism and some french cuts. 

The rainbow glow that reflects from these pieces being placed  adjacent to a ceiling to floor bay sliding glass door, is simply glorious.  
The sparkle from the interior lighting of your living space as it bounces around these gorgeous crystals, is also a site that is sure to get your guest talking. 

Step 4.
Step back and enjoy the view !
We chose to display the completed project by hanging it onto an oversized gloss white modern wall art mirror which sits over a contemporary floating fireplace.  
You may also opt to placing this creative idea on your balcony, porch and or sunroom. 
As the sun rays reflects of the crystals, it will fill your chilled winter wonderland of a space with a rainbow spectacle of colors.  

Note: These crystals already come with pre-drilled holes in which you will simply have to thread an ornamental hook in order to hang it on the limb. 
You may choose to add any other embellishments that suits your taste, such as holiday ornaments for example.  

Below we have also placed a short video snippet that better displays the completed project ~ENJOY~















Friday, July 13, 2018

How to make a Garden Chandelier

Making a garden chandelier using a galvanised aluminum,copper watering can and Crystal teardrops
These days you can actually make the perfect 
lighting fixture suited for any home decor or themed event, and the garden is no exception.
In this short post we will take a common galvanized aluminum with copper lining watering can and turn it into an illuminated garden chandelier that will sure add a pop of glam and sparkle to any outdoor space. 

Below you will see a few of the items used to repurpose this gardening tool.  

Making a garden chandelier using a galvanised aluminum,copper watering can and Crystal teardrops
In the above image you can view the gardening watering can which was an inexpensive purchase at a local home improvement store for about $16. 
What caught my attention about this item, was the ability to remove the watering head as you will see below.     

Making a garden chandelier using a galvanised aluminum,copper watering can and Crystal teardrops
The removal of the head or spout of the can allows for a greater watering flow when needed. The Head of the can is normally used when also wanting to water the plants foliage. 
Also note the generously sized pre-drilled holes that can be viewed from the inside of the head. This is key to making our desired project work, as you will see below.  

More on why this option works best for the overall outcome of the project at hand. 

Making a garden chandelier using a galvanised aluminum,copper watering can and Crystal teardrops
In the three photos above (left) shows the interior of the can and the nozzle opening  that leads up towards the cylinder and tip. the (middle) image shows the nozzle opening at the tip of the cans cylinder and the (right) image simply shows the same nozzle tip at an angled view were the watering head or spout is normally attached. 
Making a garden chandelier using a galvanised aluminum,copper watering can and Crystal teardrops
Above is a picture of the LED string lighting used for this project. We chose a 5-foot strand, but the choice is absolutely yours. In the image to the (right) we have the included battery box and switch used to operate this string light.

Note:If are going to use this project in an area that will be subject to moisture and rain, my suggestion will be to waterproof the battery box by using some clear silicone to seal any openings including the area were the fuse is covered by the plastic tubing.     

Making a garden chandelier using a galvanised aluminum,copper watering can and Crystal teardrops
Here you can view how the LED light strand have been fed through the interior nozzle opening of the can all the way up and out the watering nozzle head and or cannula.

Note: These LED strands are very inexpensive and very malleable so you can maneuver small openings as you will see in the latter images.    
Making a garden chandelier using a galvanised aluminum,copper watering can and Crystal teardrops
This next image shows how the strands were fed up and through the nozzle tip and bunched inside the watering head opening (right image),as means of having the light reflect through the pre-perforated holes, giving a nice shimmering glow to the crystal teardrops. 
Making a garden chandelier using a galvanised aluminum,copper watering can and Crystal teardrops 
Ornament hooks were used to attach the crystal garlands to the head of the watering can, by simply inserting them into the pre-perforated holes on both the garlands and the head of the can. A pair of pliers was used to twist the hooks to each other keeping them in place and then bent inward to conceal them into the head of garden can. 

Important: It is important to notice that you must first insert the LED string of lights into the head prior to attaching the garland with the ornament hooks. Inverting the steps will make it difficult for the insertion of the lights. 
Making a garden chandelier using a galvanised aluminum,copper watering can and Crystal teardrops
The head of the gardening can is now screwed back onto the nozzle (Top Left) and we have now hung the teardrops in the desired lengths to get that cascading effect. 
Now you are ready to hang this gorgeous piece anywhere you like. As you may have noticed in the images above, we chose to hang it in a roofed outdoor patio area were we grow most of the herbs bushels that require mostly shade. 
Making a garden chandelier using a galvanised aluminum,copper watering can and Crystal teardrops
Another image of this gorgeous outdoor chandelier displaying all of its shimmer and glory under the duskly, nightly skies.

Note: You may also omit the use of LED lights and simply use this piece as an outdoor suncatcher chandelier. The organic flare of the sun reflecting on the crystals will display a prism like glow of colors throughout your garden and or sunroom. 
  

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

How to Repurpose a Wooden Ladder into Linen Rack

A Wooden ladder re-purposed as a Linen Rack


In this short tutorial we will take a simple and weathered old wooden ladder and repurpose it into a practical linen rack. 
Considering that wooden ladders are very much a thing of the past,giving ways to the most ingenious metal ladder designs available on the market today, you may have to opt for looking at your local thrift shops for this forgotten relic.
A Wooden ladder re-purposed as a Towel Rack
Above are a few close up shots of the spray paint colors used to refinish this wooden ladder. We decided to go with the soft sheen of satin white and the reflective tones of the metallic chrome.
You may also notice that we decided to leave some inconspicuous areas of the ladder where the natural wood tones are shown.  
A Wooden ladder re-purposed as a Towel Rack
In the collage of images above you can see how we grouped a series of 7 towels. this particular ladder with an average height of 6 feet could easily rack 10 towels. Not to mention the top of the ladder that could also make way for extra folded towels and or rags.  

A Wooden ladder re-purposed as a Towel Rack
In the set of images above we added a few items that can also be displayed ready for use. Amongst these are body wash,sugar scrubs and aromatherapy products. 
You can chose to display any color towels of choice to match your bedroom or bathroom decor taste.    

A Wooden ladder re-purposed as a Towel Rack
On the top shelve of the ladder we were also able to place extra towels neatly folded and or bath rags, and glass jar for easy access to bath sponges and soap bars.
As you can already see, this old wooden ladder has been resurrected with new life giving it meaning and purpose. 
A Wooden ladder re-purposed as a Linen Rack
We added some gorgeous throws and scarves ready for the picking. You may choose to hang many or just a simple few adding character and punches of color to the your decor theme.  
A Wooden ladder re-purposed as a Linen Rack
In the above images you can see how it transformed from a common regular household handyman/handywoman tool to a creative, functional and integral display rack fit for any interior decor. 

Conclusion: It is needless to say that there are things in our living spaces that seem to get old and unpleasant to the sight as time goes by. Nevertheless,with a little ingenuity and "elbow grease" you can turn any old item into a piece of interior or exterior decor item that will be worthy "YOUR" space made perfect. 
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