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.

finishing touches:
• 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.)



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  • 1. Stephanie  |  February 3rd, 2012 at 6:07 am

    I love this crafts project, but I see two pictures of the supplies… Maybe the second one was supposed to be a closer look at the work in progress? At least I hope so :) Can’t wait to try something similar at home!

  • 2. Annie Markantonatou  |  February 3rd, 2012 at 6:32 am

    thnks for the diy! your mag RUE is just amazing! i saw it for the first time (shame on me..) last week!


  • 3. Jennifer  |  February 3rd, 2012 at 7:04 am

    Pretty post. I love the yellow gradient in the corner! (I think I still remember how to do that from Blogshop!)

  • 4. Briana  |  February 3rd, 2012 at 7:54 am

    Adorable! As soon as it warms up enough, I’ll do this project on my deck. Can’t wait to see the glittery creation!

  • 5. Jenna  |  February 3rd, 2012 at 8:05 am

    This is AMAZING. I am not super crafty (or crafty at all) and I feel like I could actually make this happen!! Look forward to more fun ideas :)

  • 6. Sarah  |  February 3rd, 2012 at 8:28 am

    I love this new column! I will be doing this project shortly; they look totally sweet and it’s easy! My kind of craft.

  • 7. Lisa  |  February 3rd, 2012 at 8:50 am

    This post came just in time! I’ve been trying to figure out how to jazz up 2 glass vases I have lying around. Now to find some spray paint…

  • 8. Kimberly  |  February 3rd, 2012 at 8:53 am

    Love it!

  • 9. Mrs. Lilien  |  February 3rd, 2012 at 8:56 am

    Oooh la la! Super Duper Cuter! I wish I was more of a DIY-er! Wanna make one for me?!?!?! :D


  • 10. Kelly  |  February 3rd, 2012 at 9:08 am

    Great post! Thanks so much alex! I’ve seen this with chalkboard paint, but never thought about spray paint. Looking forward to more next week – especially the glitter part!

  • 11. Stephanie  |  February 3rd, 2012 at 9:34 am

    ADORE! So easy and vibrant! Gonna make a little garden of them!! Thanks!

  • 12. amy  |  February 3rd, 2012 at 9:35 am

    great post alex! nice and simple, yet so chic and adaptable to a variety of items/colors…can’t wait to see what you come up with next! :)

  • 13. Rebekah  |  February 3rd, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Cute idea!

  • 14. Amanda  |  February 3rd, 2012 at 9:50 am

    suuuuuuuuuuuper cute!! I love this idea…so easy and versatile!

  • 15. jen  |  February 3rd, 2012 at 10:00 am

    I was planning on getting some airplants here any day now and trying to find a cute container for them… These are so cute!!

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  • 17. Cameron  |  February 3rd, 2012 at 11:24 am

    love, love, LOVE this idea! i’ve already started to think about how it can use it in my own home….i was thinking as candy dish type centerpieces for a girls’ night in. =) thanks again for the great craft lesson!

  • 18. lydia {ever ours}  |  February 3rd, 2012 at 11:38 am

    simple fun and easy!

  • 19. Jessica @shimmerkai  |  February 3rd, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    Cute! Simple and has a big impact

  • 20. Megan  |  February 3rd, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Oh design love fest….you never cease to amaze me!
    Succulents ANNNND the color yellow…pffft!!!

  • 21. Rebecca - A Daily Something  |  February 3rd, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    Wow, so excited for this column! And this candleholder just looks so good dipped, used a vase!

  • 22. Chelsea C.  |  February 3rd, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    As a DIY girl, you know I am LOVING this new column! YES!

  • 23. sandra  |  February 3rd, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    Super simple AND clever! I love it, Alex!

  • 24. eva burns  |  February 3rd, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    this is such a great idea. i just live diy projects. i’ll most definitely do this one!

  • 25. Punctuation Mark  |  February 4th, 2012 at 9:46 am

    I love this project… i was thinking about going to a park and getting some air plants… Happy Weekend!

  • 26. Julie  |  February 4th, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Bri- I always come to your blog for my daily dose of inspiration, but now you’ve taken it to a whole new level! Thank you for introducing a DIY column! I can’t wait to see Alex’s next creation!!

  • 27. Queen Mother  |  February 5th, 2012 at 3:48 am

    Hello Alex! I never thought I’d be saying hi to my daughter’s assistant! She’s told me all about how awesome you are. Cool craft post and love the first picture! Hope I get to meet you when I come out in March. Ciao! Bri’s Momma

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    what a creative mind you are A

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  • 30. Drew Humphries  |  February 6th, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    LOVE it!! So glad you have a new contributor for DIY!!
    Great choice, Bri!

  • 31. bri  |  February 7th, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    hi bri’s momma!! thanks so much for your kind words! I’m so excited to be a part of the designlovefest world (it’s a really pretty, sparkly and fun one!) i’m sure we’ll get to greet each other face to face in march, but in the meantime it’s lovely to (virtually) make your acquaintance! all hail the queen mother! :) alex

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    super easy and love that it has a modern look ! soo looking forward to seeing what you create here ! now if you could only sound bite that barbie-esque voice giving step by step directions…..

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    Great idea – and Alex is an even better idea! Very crafty! Can’t wait to see what is next.

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