Decorate Your Home with Cozy Holiday Luminaries

DIY holiday luminaries made from an aluminum sheet and thread
In partnership with the Home Depot

Wintertime is in full swing here in Minnesota. Early in the week we experienced a few rounds of snow and ice, resulting in the outdoors being treacherous and uninviting. While I definitely have holiday-related errands to run this weekend, staying off the roads and keeping indoors is pretty tempting. I’m a homebody for certain, and I’ve learned how to keep the stir-crazies away during these colder months. Part of staying sane while being stuck inside has to do with how you light your home. Continue Reading

Make a Set of Romantic Lacy Luminaries

Lacy luminaires wouldn’t ordinarily be my style, but when I saw the rustic burlap mixed with  doilies, I stopped dead in my tracks. The contrast of lace and burlap, a canning jar and pink satin ribbon…oh baby, I can’t resist that kind of craft. Over on  Crafts by Amanda you’ll see exactly how to put together these juxtaposed materials. Here’s all you need. Glass jars
Adhesive spray (like Elmer’s Craft Bond)
Twine, buttons, and/or ribbon

By the way, that Elmer’s Craft Bond is strong enough to use on upholstery projects. Continue Reading

How to Make Teardrop Balloon Luminaries

Check out these wax luminaries made out of water balloons. Yup, water balloons! Besides the balloons, you’ll need some high melt paraffin wax, a double boiler and a cookie sheet. Other than that, the proceedure, which seems simple enough, goes something like this:

  1. Fill balloon with tepid water.
  2. Melt your wax in the double boiler to 180 degrees Fahrenheit.
  3. Slowly dip your balloon into the wax, hold it for a few seconds.
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Maven’s Top 5 How-To’s of Christmas Past

The holidays are all about tradition, which means we end up doing the same stuff every year. Including decorating and crafting. As I perused my posts from the last Christmas season, I picked my top 5 favorites. If you weren’t a member of Curbly then or if you were but need a refresher, here they are.

5) Greeting card gift ‘pillows’.

4) Newspaper wrapping paper + pinwheel bow.

3) Clothespin greeting card wreath.


2) Elegant ice luminaries. Continue Reading

Elegant Outdoor Luminaries: Free

What You Need

Plastic bucket or empty-ice cream pail

Small plastic jar or storage container

Stones, marbles, etc for weight

Votives or tea lights

Cold weather, or a freezer if you live in warmer climes

What You Need to Do

1. Place smaller container in center of pail

2. Place rocks, marbles, etc. in smaller container for weight

3. Fill larger pail with water until it reaches 1 inch or so from rim of center container

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