Somehow with child #3 my thrifting-turned-eBay sales diminished. But my love for a good deal continues... even if I am not filling a closet for a few quarters/piece anymore.
I'm all about saving a buck when I can... nowadays more with home decor and crafting fun.
(I found this grasscloth frame for $2, added red burlap behind the glass, wrote on the glass and added a couple of red burlap roses. Easy $2+ Valentine's decor.)
So, a few weeks ago when my thrifting itch was driving me crazy and I knew I NEEDED to get out, I ventured out a little further than the norm. (My son was actually serving with the church youth group that weekend in my regular store, and I didn't want him to think I was stalking my little boy... )
Here is what I found:
Two of these glasses at $2/each. Are they meant to be glasses? A little squared off, I thought.
I figured I'd spruce them up just a tad and make a couple of candle holders.
Glasses (any solid color or plain glass, any shape with a stem would work)
candles (in my case, the faux LED type...looks real, doesn't it)
1. Wrap the stem with sisal rope. I kept it pretty tightly wound and would dab a bit of hot glue every 5 or 6 wraparounds to keep it secure. Here's what it looked like when I was done.
2. At this point, I realized my handling of the glass resulted in a lot of fingerprints. So, I cleaned 'em up before I added details to the top.
3. I took a little raffia and wrapped around the middle of the glass top and knotted it.
4. Then, I added my little LED candles to the glasses. Of course, real votives would be fine, but I liked the size of these... votive-width, but a little taller than the normal votives. This way I can achieve the glow without the messy wax puddles that would result from real candles.
5. At this point, I decided they needed a little something. So, I sprayed a couple of wooden tags I had on hand with chalkboard paint, added a few numbers (to pay homage to that math degree I don't use much anymore...), and got....
Cute, eh? Maybe I can find a few green candles for St. Paddy's Day...