NEW COLUMN / MAKE IT!
alright friends. i have admitted to you that I am not the best crafter. i think it has a lot to do with having a short attention span. anyways, i just hired my intern alex as my assistant, and one of her fun tasks is to run the new DIY column on the blog! i really hope you all like, and i know she’ll love hearing your feedback and ideas!
this first craft is super simple, but also very awesome! i’ll let her take it from here…
photos by jen gotch
hello, lovefesters! when bri and i first talked about this column, i got very excited and my head began to swim with oh-so many ideas on simple crafts that we could share with you. there is something about using your hands to create something beautiful that is just so…satisfying.
we wanted to kick things off with something uncomplicated, yet high on style. these paint-dipped candleholders require little more than spray paint and masking tape, and this technique can be applied to vases, bowls, trays, wine glasses…you name it! traditionally, dipped items are literally dipped in a bowl of paint, and hung to drip dry. however, the spray paint method is the way to go if you’re looking for something quick to add a touch of color or interest to a simple household item.
what you’ll need:
• something to paint, of course! we chose these ikea blomster candleholders that come in a set of three varied heights, but any white or clear item will do.
• spray paint (my personal favorite is montana gold) gold looks great against white, and any bright color of course! we went with bri’s favorite – yellow.
• masking tape or painter’s tape.
what to do:
• decide how far up you want the color to reach and tape off the area where you want the color to stop. we made ours slightly irregular to give even more of that dipped look.
• spray paint your item, pointing downward and well below the tape line in a smooth, sweeping motion. apply thin even coats until fully covered.
• allow the item to dry fully before removing the tape.
• we styled our candleholders by making them into mini plant pedestals, but the options are really endless depending on which item you choose and what purpose it serves in your home. i picked up a tillandsia plant at a local nursury to just casually plop on top. these would also make a lovely centerpiece with some succulents and fresh blooms!
as bri said, i’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas, and any suggestions of things you’d like to appear in this column in the future. and if you make this project over the weekend, let us know how it turns out!
next week we’ll be making something very festive for valentines day, and i can’t wait to show you! (think glitter, folks.)