These glass candle holders are so fun to make, and the possibilities for colors and themes are endless. I buy my larger glass holders at a local dollar store, but the smaller votives I’ll buy in bulk at Michael’s. I like the case that has 16 votives for 9.99, but depending on the coupon and hopefully even an extra-bonus coupon day, it’s just a few dollars! Here’s how I make mine:
- Matte Mod Podge
- Two paint brushes (one large, one very small)
- A paper punch of your design choice or some small stickers
- Tissue papers in multiple colors.
Paper punches can be a bit expensive, but use those coupons! So far, with coupons used at Michael’s for the votives and paper punch, all other items bought at a dollar store, I’m able to make at least 20 glass candle holders under $20.00. Not bad for something personally made with love for yourself or someone special in your life!
- Wash and dry glass
- Punch out plenty of chosen tissue paper designs and set nearby for easy and fast application
- Pour some Mod Podge on a plate
- Get started!
- Using the large paint brush, generously brush Mod Podge on glass. With larger holders, I work in sections. The small votives, I just cover completely and start applying my paper cutouts.
- Pick up tissue paper with smaller paint brush that was dipped in enough Mod Podge to hold it to the brush and set on glass. Continue around votive until you like the design. To finish, take large paint brush redipped in Mod Podge and cover entire votive again, covering over all glass and paper, as well. Be a little gentle with this part so as not to pick up ends of paper. You can let it dry a bit before second application of Mod Podge if you feel that’s a better technique for your project. I’m not patient, so I just do it as quick as I can. It’s worked out ok so far.
- If using stickers, simply apply them to clean glass, then apply one or two coats of Modge Podge over all glass and stickers.
- I like using the matte Mod Podge for this project. It gives the glass a brushed and less bright look. To me, it makes the candles seem more romantic. If you want a brighter candle, the glossy version should work better for that; although, I haven’t tried that yet to personally attest to it. I just found out about a satin version that I’m excited to try out. As soon as I do, I’ll post the results.
Here’s some pictures of a few others I’ve made. I’m thinking a St. Patrick’s Day theme is needed soon!
I found this unpainted wooden heart at a local craft store for a few dollars. It already had the letters cut out, and I thought again about all my paints and paintbrushes gathering dust in my craft room. Being my impatient self, I wanted to paint it fast, so no individual letters for me. Just grabbed three brushes, three of my favorite colors, and took a chance where to brush them on. I really like how it turned out! The beauty of painting…and this was with acrylic paint…is if you don’t like it, just let it dry and start over 🙂
Going to a party? Having one? My parties always include wine…at least, lol….and these fun and easy charms are a great way to help your guests keep track of their drinks, as well as being a thoughtful and useful gift to bring to a party for the hostess. Any craft store sells pre-formed wire circles. You can usually find them in the DIY earring section. These charms I made years ago, and my dear friend sent me this pic recently, telling me she still uses them. A few beads, a few fun charms, a cute gift bag, also easily found in craft stores for jewelry-type items, and you have a beautiful, gift that your friend will use for years.
When our garden fountain cracked last summer, I thought I’d try planting something in it for a different look, and of course something quick and easy. The succulents were the easiest for me and have weathered the rainiest season we’ve had in years. I think an herb garden would also be another great option for this. I might try that next year.
This is one of my favorite go-to quick meals. Not only is it delicious, but a bonus that it’s healthy!
Now, something you need to know about me when I share my own recipes: I do not use exact measurements of ingredients. I prefer to go by my instinct with hopeful anticipation of the end result. That’s why I love cooking so much. Baking…as in desserts…I’m not so great at. If I do get asked to make something sweet, then, ugh, I follow the ingredients precisely. So here goes for my Cast-Iron-Skillet Salmon Bake.
Preheat oven to 425.
Salmon for two. I bought a little over 1lb.
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Pink Himalayan Salt
Freshly Ground Black Pepper
Chopped Fresh Garlic (I LOVE garlic, so I chopped up about 6 cloves)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Dried Tarragon and Dried Dill
1 lemon cut in half
1 bunch of thin asparagus (as thin as possible)
1 bunch of broccolini
Rinse and pat dry salmon, and generously spread on Dijon mustard until coated on top and all sides.
Sprinkle with salt, pepper, tarragon and dill to taste (I generously use all of my ingredients), then squeeze 1/2 lemon (no seeds, please) all over seasoned salmon.
Slice the other half of the lemon as thinly as possible and place slices randomly on top.
Rinse and dry asparagus and broccolini. Cut off approx 2 inches of ends of each, or more if you just like the tops. The ends can be saved for maybe a stir-fry recipe the next day. Mix broccolini and asparagus in large bowl with olive oil (I used approx 1/3 cup oil) and sprinkle with salt, pepper, and as much freshly grated parmesan cheese to your liking. Add in freshly chopped garlic also to your liking. Mix all together until well coated.
Drizzle olive oil to coat bottom of large cast-iron skillet (a nonstick cookie sheet will also work, but my fav is the cast-iron).
Place salmon in the middle, and place the vegetables all around the salmon.
Cook in preheated 425 oven for approximately 25 minutes. The salmon should be cooked perfectly in that amount of time, and the vegetables will be al dente.
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do. As with all recipes, my feeling is if you think you can add something to give it a little more zip, then definitely go for it! Bon appetit!
- A few nights ago, I was browsing through mouth-watering recipes to make in my slow cooker. I haven’t used it in a while, and I love how the house smells so good with all-day (and easy) cooking. I went to the store with a list in hand for the ingredients, and the meat department didn’t have brisket. Now what? I wasn’t sure what other cuts of beef to try…and my husband really wanted beef for dinner, not pork, not chicken, not anything they actually had, lol. The butcher suggested a chuck roast. It was about 2 and a half pounds. Got that, and changed up my thinking a bit. I bought some red wine, a nice cabernet since I knew I wasn’t going to pour the whole bottle in the slow cooker. Picked up a can of beef broth, some small potatoes, a few white onions, baby carrots…..just kinda thinking as I was going through the aisles. Then I saw this packet. I kicked aside my pride of saying it’s ALL from scratch because this just looked so good! From the picture, it’s kind of hard to see, but on the bottom it says chipotle bourbon sauce. Humm, wine, bourbon together? Why not? It also said it’s gluten free, all natural, no preservatives and non GMO, so I bought two and will use the other one for something else soon, maybe chili. I always have garlic, so I didn’t need that. Was thinking what else should I put in there. Oh! Bread and swiss cheese, and use what I was hoping would be a finished delicious sauce as an au jus. So here’s what I did:
- Browned the beef in my cast-iron skillet. (I know all this can be done in the slow cooker, but cooking anything in my cast iron skillets relaxes me for some reason. Could have maybe been a bit of the wine I bought, too, though ;))
- Took out the browned meat
- Sliced 2 large white onions
- Threw in a large handful of garlic cloves
- Cooked them just a few minutes in the skillet
- Poured in about a cup of wine…all I was willing to give to the recipe…
- Poured in one can of beef broth, not low sodium
- Poured in the cool packet of bourbon and chipotle I was so excited to find
- Let all that simmer in the skillet for about 5 more minutes
- Still thought it’s missing something, so looked in the refrigerator and grabbed some worcestershire sauce. Shook in a pretty good amount, probably about 2 tablespoons.
- Okay. Smelling amazing.
- Threw everything into the slow cooker, which I had preheated on high already.
- Seasoned with
pepper only, cooked on high setting for 6 hours and waited.
I’m happy to say it turned out great! BUT…it did need salt, and the reason I didn’t add any before or while cooking is because my husband has been obsessed with different kinds of salt lately, and he really likes to add his own to his food. He’s so fun to go into a kitchen store with…seriously, lol! He recently bought some of these at a kitchen store and some online after he got home and didn’t think he had enough, haha.
And these are just a few. They’re all great salts, and it is best to add them to the end of cooking. I can’t imagine going back to regular table salt now after these! They’re incredible, and I’m going to do a specific blog about them soon.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this throw-together idea for a meal. The sandwiches were really good, and we’re looking forward to leftovers for tonight’s dinner. 🙂
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Hi. I'm Heather Mele. I'm a wife, a mom, a stepmom, a rescue animal advocate; and I LOVE to cook, LOVE champagne, and I LOVE to create beautiful DIY projects for home, health, garden, beauty and personalized gifts. I don't have a lot of patience for anything that takes a lot of time to make, so I've picked the quickest and easiest of all my favorite things to share with you. You'll be amazed what you can create in a matter of just a few minutes, to the longest being just a few hours. Enjoy!!