Month: June 2013

DIY Mason Jar Manicure Set & Lantern

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It’s teacher appreciation gift time…again!  This time, it’s for my daughter’s three preschool teachers.  Can you believe her school isn’t out for the summer yet?

Since I had recently purchased a box of Mason Jars, I thought I’d try and make a gift for her teachers using the jars.  I had seen these cute manicure sets on Pinterest and since her teachers are young and fashionable, I decided to make them each a Mason Jar Manicure Kit.  But why stop there?  I realized that if I just added some wire and a candle, the Mason Jar could also be used as a hanging candle holder.  Yay!  Two gifts in one!


Mason Jar Manicure Kit AND Lantern


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I gathered my twine, wire and Mason Jars together.  Then at the last minute, I decided to add a metal rimmed tag (left over from my Memory Jar project), some ribbon and a piece of scrap fabric (left over from my Restoration Hardware book cover knock-off project).


First, I traced around the lid on the fabric.

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After cutting out the circle, I used glue dots to adhere the fabric to the top of the lid just to give it a more decorative look.

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Next, I wrapped the wire around the rim of the jar (making sure that it was underneath the lip and secured tightly) and then created a handle for hanging.  Tip:  Use a heavier gauge wire than what is shown here.  I used what I had on hand, but wish it was a bit less pliable.

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The last step was to add all of the items to the jar.  I purchased everything except the colored nail polish at The Dollar Tree.  I thought these items were super cute and very economical considering I have three gifts to make.  With the money I saved on the supplies, I splurged on the polish and bought Essie, which is my favorite brand.

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I took everything out of the packages so that it would better fit.  I ended up putting the small bottles of nail art into tissue paper and tying it with twine.  A few cotton balls and Q-tips for filler and the gift was ready to go!

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So by day, it’s a Mason Jar Manicure Kit, but at night, it magically transforms into this hanging lantern!

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A BIG thank you to my husband for helping me set up this shot and waiting with me for the sky to change color!

Mason Jar Candle Lantern Night Tidbitts&Twine


DIY Project Recap


Here’s a recap of what I used to make this gift, as well as the specifics of what I included in the manicure kit:

  • Mason Jar
  • Twine
  • Wire
  • Scrap Fabric
  • Glue Dots
  • Candle
  • Nail Polish
  • Top Coat
  • Emery Board
  • Nail Clippers
  • 8 Small Bottles of Nail Art
  • Tweezers
  • Toe Separator
  • Cuticle Stick
  • Cotton Balls & Q-Tips


  • Easy peasy!

Total Time:

  • 15 Minutes

Total Cost:

  • About $13-$14 (this includes the more expensive nail polish)


Fingers crossed that they like their gifts!  NOW summer can officially begin for us!


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17 Industrial Chic Projects You Should Try!

If you’ve been reading my blog, you know I love to mix industrial objects into my space to create the look of Industrial Chic.  So you can imagine how excited I was when Hometalk asked me to curate an Industrial Decor clipboard for them!


If you’re not familiar with Hometalk, check them out!  It’s a site dedicated to all things Home and Garden where you can learn about DIY projects, gardening tips, design ideas and even pose questions and get answers.  You can also upload your projects to the site to share them with Hometalk’s awesome community!  And anything that has been posted to the site can easily be “clipped” to a clipboard so that the ideas and projects you like are organized and saved for you to reference again and again


While working on my clipboard, I came across so many fantastic projects and I’ve definitely been inspired to try some of these!  There are step-by-step instructions for creating gorgeous side tables, amazing DIY light fixtures, feature walls, desks, and more!  Plus ideas for how you can incorporate touches of Industrial into your home.


You can check out my curated collection of 17 Industrial Chic Projects here!


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Tidbit Tuesday – Off the Wall Decorating






When placing furniture in a space, it’s often our instinct to push the sofas and/or chairs directly up against the walls to create more space in the center of the room and to hopefully, give the illusion that the room is larger than it is.  In theory this plan sounds good, but in reality, this usually isn’t the best arrangement for furniture!

The downside backing your furniture to the wall

When all of the furniture is backed against the walls, the groupings tend to look rigid and uninviting.  It’s like a police line-up in your living room!  And following the lines of a room doesn’t add any dimension or interest to the space so when your eye scans the room, it just sees a box.  Also, depending on the size of the room, it might make the conversation groupings too far away from one another to allow for a relaxed conversation.

Avoiding the line-up

If you have the space, pull the furniture away from the walls into smaller, intimate groupings.  An area rug can help you define the space so that you don’t feel as if your furniture is floating in the middle of the room.  Pulling the furniture away from the walls will also create a traffic flow behind the furniture, so that people entering and exiting the room don’t have to walk through the conversation area but rather, can walk around it.

What if the sofa MUST be on the wall?

If the shape and/or size of the room dictates that the sofa be against a wall, still pull it away even if it’s just a couple of inches.  Pulling it off the wall gives it a little breathing space and still gives the room just a bit more depth than if it is literally on the wall.  Even just a couple of inches tricks the eye into thinking the space is larger than it really is!

So avoid the line-up and give your furniture some breathing room!



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