Christmas Decorating with Inexpensive Vases, Cake Stands, and Glassware.

Christmas Decorating with Inexpensive Vases, Cake Stands, and Glassware.

Christmas decor

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I’ve recently discovered hurricane vases and how to DIY them in all shapes, sizes, and colors.  I made several and used them along with other vases I purchased at TJ Maxx for under $5 to decorate my home for the holidays.  I also used vases I made from old glassware.

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My dining room after unloading my car.  How will all these random items turn into Christmas decor?

A trip to TJ Maxx and Walmart where I spent under $200 netted me enough supplies to make vases to decorate my entire home.  The projects took me only 2 days.  It’s amazing what a tube of glue, a couple of cans of spray paint, epsom salts, and some cheap ornaments can do!

Christmas decor

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A large cylinder vase filled with Epsom Salt for snow is what I used for my polar bear scene.  I used a polar bear figurine I picked up from a dollar store in Arizona last year, and added a sprig of fake evergreen and pine cone from a spray I got last year.
The glittery red lantern I got at Walmart for $1.47.  I added the rest of the evergreen sprig I used in the vase.
The gold vase is a re-purposed Spaghetti Factory glass we get whenever we dine there.  I painted it with metallic gold spray paint in the fall and used it to hold branches of autumn leaves.  I added the bow and a fake Christmas spray of holly and pine branches from Walmart .97 cents.
I thought they all made a nice arrangement on top of the old fashioned radio someone had given us years ago.
This all sits on top of the antique chest in my foyer.

Christmas Decor

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On the other side of the chest I have an arrangement of 2 hurricane vases I made and a cloche stand I had in my pantry.
I placed pine cones in the taller vase which has a mercury look finish candle stick base and silver mini ball ornaments in the matching shorter hurricane vases.  Both vases cost me under $20 to make.  I tied the trio together with sprigs of glittery holly berries I got on clearance from Pier 1 a couple of years ago.

For instructions on how to make hurricane vases click here!

Christmas Decor

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My decorated foyer with the vase arrangements and the wooden “Joy” hanger.

For instructions on how to make Joy hanging click here!

Christmas Decor

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Plant stand by the front door.  I used another cylinder vase filled with Epsom Salt to create this polar bear scene.

Mini ball ornaments fill a small metal sleigh that adorned a gift many years ago.  It was gold, I spray painted it red.

The silver vase is an old glass cup we got from Circus Circus in Las Vegas 2 years ago.  I spray painted it metallic silver using Krylon Metallic spray paint.  I hot glued on a glittered ornament left over from my Mesh Christmas Wreath, dropped in another Christmas spray I got at Walmart for .97 cents and I had another pretty arrangement for my front door.

Christmas decor Santas

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I have a collection of Santas.  I choose to display these three on the corner table in my formal living room.

The silver vase is identical to the one pictured above.

The poinsettia sprays are ones purchased on clearance from Pier 1 several years ago.

Christmas Decor

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Christmas Village set up on my formal dining room table.
Hurricane vases and other small vases are made of vases and glassware I purchase at TJ Maxx or had in my kitchen as are the dessert plates.

For instructions on DIY hurricane vases click here!

Vases and plates are filled with Epsom Salt “snow”  ceramic buildings were purchased from Walmart for $1.47 each, bottle brush tree for .75 – 1.00, and figurine set from Home Depot for $7.99.  Animated Carousel and Tilt-A-Whirl were also from Home Depot, $99 and $32 respectively.

DIY Hurrican vase

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Candy centerpiece for breakfast table.  Hurricane vase is part of my DIY Hurricane Vase project.
Apothecary jars are from the candy buffets we set up for other parties.
Table runner has been part of our decor for many years.

Click here to learn how to fill large jars without using a ton of filling.

DIY Vases

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Don’t forget the kitchen!  This arrangement sits on one of my kitchen counters.

The silver vase is one of the glasses we get from Spaghetti Factory, I spray painted it with Krylon Metallic Silver paint.

Mini ornaments fill the hurricane vase which was part of my DIY Hurricane Vase project.

The cloche stand is one I had in my pantry.  The Lenox salt & pepper shakers inside were also from my pantry.

I printed out the Christmas Bucket List, taped it onto a piece of foam board and popped it on a wooden tripod.


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FREE Christmas Printables Round Up!

FREE Christmas Printables Round Up!

I recently discovered chalkboard signs and was wondering how to get a hold of some, better yet how to make my own.  Chalkboard signs are really popular right now and are pinned all over Pinterest.

I love them!  Signs, chalkboard or any other, are very useful for home and party decorations.  They can be used on candy/dessert bars, buffets,  on guest tables and just about anywhere you can think of. They add a nice professional finish to a buffet when each dish has it’s name printed on a table card. Lawn signs and banners are always fun to have at parties and events. You can use printable images for wrapping paper as well!  There are many fun and creative ways you can use them.

I liked the idea so much I’ve been very busy printing and mounting all sorts of signs to use in my holiday decor this year.  How you may ask do you get your hands on these signs?  Well you can buy printable downloads from sites such as Etsy.com, make your own with Photoshop or other image editing software, or you can search the web for free ones.  There are lots of free printable signs out there, it just takes time to filter thru them to find the ones you want.

I’ve rounded up some of the best FREE Holiday Printables I’ve found out there.  They are absolutely FREE for you to download and print, but please read and respect the authors’ requests, some ask that they be used only for personal use, not for commercial use.

To learn how to mount your own signs on foam board click here!FREE Christmas Printables

Merry Christmas Printable click here!

Happy New Year Printable click here!

 

 

 

FREE Christmas Printables

For this Printable from May Days click here!


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4 DIY Christmas Wall Decor –  FREE Printable

4 DIY Christmas Wall Decor – FREE Printable

Joy
This year I decided to make several wreaths and other wall decor to decorate my house with for the holidays.  I love wreaths, but didn’t want to hang more than a few of them.  So I made a couple of other types of hanging decor to hang on my closet door and over the foyer mirror.

Here are the items I made and a free printable “J-O-Y” letters for you to use in your projects.

 

Tulle Wreath

Image by Savvy Nana

Simple and inexpensive, I made a couple of these Tulle Wreaths to hang on either side of my garage door.  I used foam wreath forms and tulle ribbons to make this wreath and hot glued a glittered ornament to it.

For instructions click here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

I made this wreath using a wire wreath form, mesh ribbon, felt snowflake coasters, and glittered ornaments.  It hangs on the wall in my breakfast nook.

For instructions click here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is a simple hanging decor I made using wooden letters, glittered ornaments, ribbons, and a wire coat hanger.  I hangs above the mirror in my foyer.

For Instructions click here

 

 

 

 

I made this wall hanging for the closet door using felt snowflake place mats, ribbon, and printable letters.  It cost less than $10 to make and took about 30 minutes.

For Instructions click here!

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Best Christmas Movies for Families

Best Christmas Movies for Families

Christmas movie
I love Christmas movies!  I can watch them all year long, but during the holidays it’s one of my favorite family activities.  There are so many to choose from it’s hard to find time to watch them all during this busy season.  It’s great that many of the cable channels play them throughout the season, and if you miss it you can catch it on Netflix or buy the DVD.

*Clicking on a linked product name/picture will take you to an Amazon Affiliate Link making it easier for you to buy that product if you wish.

Here’s a list of my all time favorite Christmas movies I watch with my family.  Hope it inspires you to gather your loved ones close, pop some corn, and enjoy a great movie.  Better yet make it a Christmas family movie night with friends and relatives.  You can even make it a themed movie night like Polar Express Movie Night.

Christmas movie

Miracle on 34th. Street (Classic)

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Miracle on 34th. Stree (John Hughes)

A Christmas classic, Miracle on 34th. Street is one of my favorites.  I prefer Maureen O’hara version but the newer version produced by John Hughes is nice too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Scrooge (Albert Finney)

 

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A Christmas Carol

 

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Scrooged

I love all versions of this Dicken’s Classic!

 

 

 

 

 

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Christmas Vacaton

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation is always good for a laugh!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Home Alone

Another family favorite is Home Alone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Christmas Story

A Christmas Story usually plays all day on Christmas Day on TV, but you can also buy the DVD to watch it whenever you want to.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

One of my all time childhood favorites was Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. Definitely a Christmas classic!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Escape into Whoville with this classic How The Grinch Stole Christmas.  The Jim Carry version is good too!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Holiday Inn

Finally Christmas wouldn’t be complete with out watching this holiday classic, Holiday Inn.  It features our beloved song White Christmas.

DIY Wrapping Paper Christmas Tree

DIY Wrapping Paper Christmas Tree

 Wrapping paper treeI needed some kid friendly tabletop Christmas decor for my one year old grandson.  I wanted the coffee tables to look festive, but I didn’t want my precocious grandson to get hurt by my usual glass knick knacks. These Wrapping Paper Christmas trees were perfect, light weight, festive, inexpensive, and I could coordinate colors, themes, and sizes to match my decor.

They are super easy to make.  I already had 3 out of the 4 items needed to make it.  A quick stop at Walmart’s craft department for styrofoam cones and I was ready to start.  Each cone takes no more than 5 minutes to make.  You can use whatever size cone you like and cover it with any paper you have on hand.  If you want to dress them up a bit you can glue them onto candlestick holders in varying heights.

Here’s step-by-step directions.  The are so easy and cheap to make I’m sure you won’t be able to stop at one.  I made 6, 3 for each coffee table.

To make the trees look neat and polished be sure the paper you are using isn’t wrinkled or creased.

Make sure tip is straight and pointy, not bent or folded.

If using striped. plaid, or checked try to match the lines and make sure they go in one direction around the cone.  It just looks neater and more polished.

Wrapping Paper Christmas Tree

Wrapping Paper Christmas TreeYou can use your favorite wrapping paper; foil, glitter, etc.  Match the paper to your decor or color scheme.  These are extra fun if you use children’s wrapping paper printed with your child’s favorite cartoon characters!

 

Oh Christmas Tree!  DIY Christmas Tree Ideas

Oh Christmas Tree! DIY Christmas Tree Ideas

Christmas Tree
I love Christmas and all the activities and traditions our family holds dear.  One of them is putting up the tree or trees, there’s no rule that says you can only have one Christmas Tree!  Nor is there a rule that Christmas Trees must all be pine trees.When we hear Christmas Tree most of us think of the traditional pine tree decorated with lights, garlands, and ornaments. We imagine picture perfect trees we’ve seen in magazines, shop windows, and perhaps The Tree in Rockefeller Center.

You can make Christmas Trees with many different materials; styrofoam, lace, artificial flowers and leaves, and more.  And you can put trees just about anywhere in your house or apartment.  Here are some great ideas and directions to inspire you.  Most of them are inexpensive to make, you probably already have most of the needed supplies, if not a quick trip to a craft or dollar store and you’ll be ready to begin.

DIY Christmas Tree Ideas
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Wrapping paper trees.

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DIY Christmas Tree Ideas     Fabric Trees from The Creativity Exchange  . Learn how to make it here

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DIY Christmas Tree Ideas

Button tree from Cup of Delight

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DIY Christmas Tree IdeasPine cone tree.  Learn how to make it here!

Found on lifeonlakeshoredrive.blogspot.com [spacer height=”-100px” id=”8″]

 

 

 

 

 

DIY Christmas Tree IdeasTissue paper tree.

Found on acreativemomma.blogspot.comn

Learn how here!

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DIY Christmas Tree IdeasPaper tree from Amuse Studio.  Learn how here!  [spacer height=”-100px” id=”8″]

 

 

 

 

 

 




DIY Christmas Tree Ideas

Lace trees from Shelterness.
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DIY Christmas Tree IdeasScrubby tree  from Worthwhile Smile.

Learn how here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIY Christmas Tree IdeasBurlap tree from Inspiring Home Style.  Learn how here!

 

 

 

 

DIY Christmas Tree IdeasPasta tree from Good Ideas for You.  Learn how here!

 

 

 

 

 

DIY Christmas Tree Ideas

Gumdrop tree from Hoosier Homemade.

Learn how here!

 

 

 

DIY Christmas Wreath for Under $10

DIY Christmas Wreath for Under $10

 

DIY Wreath

Image by Savvy Nana

It’s that time of year and we’re busy decorating the house for the holidays.  I’ve been in a wreath making mood and made 2 of these tulle wreaths.

It’s so easy to make, it took me about an hour. and very inexpensive.  I got a foam wreath forms from Walmart for about $5.  I also got 10 yard rolls of sparkly tulle there for $1 a roll.  The rolls are 6″ wide.  For each wreath I used 2 rolls of red and 2 rolls of green tulle costing $4.  Bringing the cost of the basic wreath to $9.  I hot glued glitter bird ornaments I had left over from another project, the birds cost about .30 cents each, bringing the total cost of this wreath to $9.60.

Anyone whose ever made a tutu can make this wreath in a snap, it uses the same tying technique.  For my wreaths I made the green tulle shorter than the red tulle giving the wreath a fuller look.  I pulled the shorter green tulle forward on the form and pulled alternating longer red tulle towards the back giving it a layered look.

You can use any color you want for the basic wreath and decorate it however you want, if you even want to!  It looks very pretty without any added ornaments.   Here’s how I made my wreaths.

DIY Wreath

Image by Savvy Nana

Supplies:

1 14″ Foam Wreath Form
2 Rolls 6″ wide red tulle (10yds./roll)
2 Rolls 6″ wide green tulle (10yds./roll)
Scissors
Ruler

Cut red tulle into 22″ lengths.  Cut green tulle into 21″ lengths.  ( You can use any color combination you want and cut them all the same length if you prefer.)

DIY Wreath

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DIY Wreath

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DIY Wreath

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You can decorate your basic wreath with bows, ribbons, ornaments, etc.  You’re only limited by your imagination!

Christmas Craft for Kids to Make

Christmas Craft for Kids to Make

 

The holiday countdown has begun, we’re all very busy getting ready.  We’re shopping, baking, wrapping, decorating, entertaining, and crafting!  I know many of us are trying to get as much done before school lets out for the winter break.

Here are some crafty ideas to keep the kids busy when they’re home and gets them involved in this year’s holiday preparations.

If you’re playing the neighborhood holiday game “You’ve Been Jingled” let the kids join the fun!
They’ll love the idea!  They can help make up the gift baskets and older kids can even drop them off!
They’ll love the idea of ringing a neighbor’s door way and disappearing without being seen!
For FREE game printable click here!

Image from Savvy Nana’s 

Santa Paper Plate Craft

Stock up on paper plates for kids to use in these paper plate elves and snowman from Crafty Morning.  [spacer height=”-100px” id=”8″]

Snowman Paper Craft

Stick craft

Pick up some popsicle sticks from the craft store and have kids make these cool ornaments from  Chickabug. [spacer height=”-100px” id=”8″]

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bead craft

Buggy and Buddy use beads and pipe cleaners to make these pretty ornaments.[spacer height=”-100px” id=”8″]

Pom pom craft

Cut out candy cane and wreath forms from cardboard and have kids glue on pom-poms to make these ornaments.[spacer height=”-100px” id=”8″]

 

 

 

Button

Use buttons to make ornaments like this tree ornament by UK Lass in US.

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Dough craft

Make sweet smelling ornaments with this No Cook Cinnamon Salt Dough by Growing a Jeweled Rose.[spacer height=”-100px” id=”8″]

 

 

 

 

Paper Towel Roll Craft

Use paper towel rolls to make these star ornaments.  Learn how from Blog a la Cart. [spacer height=”-100px” id=”8″]

 

 

 

 

Ornament

Recycle plastic container lids and make this glittery ornament from No Time For Flashcards. [spacer height=”-100px” id=”8″]

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reindeer Thumbprint

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Reindeer Food

A great activity, have the kids get ready for Santa’s Christmas Eve visit,  make Rudolph and his friends reindeer food.

Get tutorial from Smart Schoolhouse here!

For more holiday craft ideas for kids follow my board on Pinterest!

 

Front Door/Porch DIY Christmas Decor

Front Door/Porch DIY Christmas Decor

Porch

The first thing you guests see when they arrive for your holiday events will be your front door/porch.  Make your guests feel welcome as soon as they arrive by making sure your front door is decorated for the holidays.

It doesn’t have to be over the top decorations, a pretty wreath or even a ribbon on your door know will do.  Here are some easy to make door and porch decor.  Most can be done with dollar and discount store items, you can even use items you probably have around the house.

For DIY wreath inspiration click here!

Porch

This is pretty simple –  get a red bucket, or spray paint one red, fill with pine clippings and ornaments, glue on a cute holiday figure, add a bow, and hang on your door!

You can actually use any color bucket you want to match your holiday decor.  You  can even use last summer’s sand buckets!  Prefer metal ones, you can get the cheap ones at Walmart or the dollar store.[spacer height=”-100px” id=”8″]
Bow

How easy is this?  Tie a pretty bow around your door knob and tuck in a couple of springs of holly!  Great for apartment doors too!  You can use any color ribbon and tuck in pine sprigs or berries, they don’t have to be fresh, any type works

Simple inspiration from French Larkspur  [spacer height=”-100px” id=”8″]

Mittens

 

Skate

 Repurpose mittens or ice skate for these simple door decor from Ash Tree Cottage and The Everyday Home Blog.[spacer height=”-100px” id=”8″]

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A garland of greens and a Christmas stocking.  Very homey![spacer height=”-100px” id=”8″]
Paint an old frame red, or any color you want, hand some ornaments, a pretty bow, and glue on your monogram and you’ve got a quaint door decor.[spacer height=”-100px” id=”8″]

Joy

Let your front door start spreading the Joy with this cute idea from An Extraordinary Day.[spacer height=”-100px” id=”8″]

Drop some potted plants like they did Family Holiday (herbs would smell good too!) into red rain boots and line them up on your front steps.  Easy Peasy![spacer height=”-100px” id=”8″]

Chair

Home Talk turned an old chair into this planter.  Pop a pot of poinsettias in and a stenciled burlap sign on and you’ve got a great idea for your front porch decor.

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ChristmasCute idea!  Fill a tin bucket with styro foam “snowballs” and place it on your front porch or anywhere in the house.[spacer height=”-100px” id=”8″]

pail

Or be practical and store your ice melt salt in a ribboned tin.  Decorative and practical!  Great idea from Life Should Cost Less [spacer height=”-100px” id=”8″]

Gift wrapped boxes stacked on an urn.  Simple! [spacer height=”-100px” id=”8″]
 Wagon
 Get the old Radio Flyer out of storage and fill it up with Christmas greens or poinsettias.  Pretty! [spacer height=”-100px” id=”8″]

Green balls

Add festive Christmas balls to a potted plant on your front porch.

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Lantern

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DIY Hurricane Vases & Lamps

DIY Hurricane Vases & Lamps

 

I have collected jars, bottles, vases, and other containers forever.  I always knew they’d come in handy one day.  Well, the day has finally arrived!  With a few easy steps and supplies from the craft and discount stores I can turn my jars and vases into hurricane vases and lamps.

I’ve always admired and coveted those pricey hurricane style vases and lamps I see at Pier 1, William Sonoma, and other shops.  I could never really justify the outrageous price tags and hoped someone would gift me a set some day.  Well, no one ever did, but I don’t have to covet them anymore, I can make them in any shape, size, and finish my heart desires.

Hurricane vases are so versatile, they can be used obviously as vases and candle holders, but they can be so much more, specially for the holidays!

Here is how to make your own using stuff you may already have in your kitchen, as well as ideas to inspire you on how and where you can use them this holiday season.

First the basics from Home DIT.  Collect your supplies, basically vases and candle sticks. You can use any height, shape, and material you like.

This tutorial uses Gorilla Glue. Prefer using E6000.  Either work well, the idea is to glue the pieces together with strong adhesive so they don’t come apart.

*Clicking on a linked product name/picture i.e. Gorilla Glue will take you to an Amazon Affiliate Link making it easier to purchase that product if you wish.

Learn how here!

If you want to get fancy you can etch the glass like they did on The Well Crafted Home.

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You can create this
fake mercury glass using Krylon Mirror Like Paint.

There are 2 very good tutorials how to this this.

Martha Stewart Tutorial click here!

Take the Side Street Tutorial click here!

 

 

You can frost them like they do on Home Talk                                                                      using Rust- Oleum   Frosted Glass Paint.

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Make these lacy frosted ones by Home Decor Resources using lacy tights and  Krylon Frosted Glass Finish.

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You can glue lace doilies and edging on for a more romantic look like they did at the Canalblog.com[spacer height=”-100px” id=”8″]

 

 

 

 

Etch” glittery snowflakes on them with Elmer’s glue and glitter as done by So Totally Smitten.

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Coat  jar with Mod Podge and roll in Epsom Salt for this snowy effect like these jars by One Good Thing by Jillee.

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Once you have the basics down you can experiment using different items and gluing them together. Try martini glasses instead of candle sticks, covered apothecary jars instead of vases, or try stacking different shaped jars on top of each other.

             Learn how to make this using a martini glass frm [spacer height=”-100px” id=”8″] here!

When you’ve made the Hurricane Lamps and Vases you can use them just about anywhere in your home.  You can even use them on your candy buffets.
Fill them with cranberries, ornaments, and candy for the holidays.  Adding ribbons and garland make a nice touch too!
If the vase is too wide set a smaller vase, can, or even toilet paper roll in the middle.  Fill outer ring with ornaments or whatever.  If you want to add flowers then use a thing vase and put flowers in that vase
Use Epsom Salt as fillers or to create a Wintery Snow Scene like Rebekah Gough did.
Learn how here!