DIY Tin Can Candle Votive

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m not typically a DIY-er. My fingers are more buttery than they are nimble but the more projects I try the more enjoyable and (I think) the better I get. Case in point, this tin can candle votive is the type of craft that you see in magazines and on blogs all the time, why? Because it’s pretty simple and almost fool-proof — not to mention almost everyone has an empty tin can they can pluck out of the recyclables. So after finding my can and giving it a thorough cleaning (it formerly contained spaghetti sauce) I gave it my best shot and am happy to say it TOTALLY WORKED. This is a great little DIY to do on your own for yourself or to give as a gift.

I’ve outlined the project in a few simple steps  below, so give it a try and let me know how it goes!  Continue reading DIY Tin Can Candle Votive

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Previously published on Pure Green Magazine

When I was little my mother would sew me dresses. Cute, right? I’m talking full-on sun dresses, with pale-yellow pansies as far as the eye could see. Sometimes, but only if she had the time, she would make herself a matching vest. That was the ‘90s. This is now.

While sorting through our craft closet one day, I happened upon a bag full of old fabric strips that were clearly intended to be used for something. For what I didn’t know—so I asked my mother what the contents of this overflowing canvas tote-bag were for, and she wistfully replied, they were for a quilt she had once wanted to make but had abandoned quite some time ago. With excitement I jumped up and down and asked if I could have it, regretfully, she complied. And as she left these memories behind, I walked away with my very first DIY project on the horizon. Continue reading DIY | Recycled Party Banner