I decided to do a series. I have long been sad about not seeing my apartment or the majority of my belongings again. We went to the Container store today and I spent an inordinately long time holding a magnetic spice box (the circular kind you stick on your fridge) since I had a set of those on the side of my fridge in OR and it was the first time I had thought about them. I used to buy little bags of spices from Winco’s bulk section to refill my containers – peppercorns, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger – simple stuff.
Anyway, it will be nice to be in a position to buy things like that again, but in the meantime I’m tired of waiting and am going to start crafting because my friends pin all these interesting DIY craft projects and I wanna play! So I’m calling this series “So Simple” and about once a week I’ll post a craft or a recipe I found online that I was able to do. I have no idea how long this series will last – especially since I tire easily. The point is that if I, the girl who is all kinds of disabled, can do this, so can you – so don’t be intimidated, just dive in!
First up: a simple candle wrap from Crafted in Carhartt. I own no Carhartt clothing. In fact, I had to Google them to find out that they are a manufacturer of work clothing – although I must point out that a lot of their stuff is lookin’ awfully cute for work wear. They recently featured a DIY Paper Lantern that looked feasible for me, so I tried to make my own. We didn’t have any vellum in the house, so I used parchment paper and it worked well. I also used a flameless candle since I don’t think I’m supposed to be using matches, and since I was using parchment paper, it helped to wrap the paper around the pillar, otherwise the paper wouldn’t have been stiff enough. The majority of the pillar is illuminated, which makes a nice effect – not sure if this is standard for flameless candles, but it helped that we had one like this in the house already. I “borrowed” it from a table in the hallway.
Finally, I decided that I am not overly enthused by my handwriting right now. It has improved vastly since I woke up, but I am still happier using my computer to do things like this for me. So I printed my own candle wrap on pretty scrapbooking paper I found in the desk drawer and used free fonts from Kevin & Amanda – Fonts for Peas. Note: if you like your handwriting, you can just write or draw your own like the CinC original. If you do this you don’t have to fire up any technology, which might be your preference. Plus if you handwrite everything it’s very personal and nice.
If you’d like to print one, I made you a convenient template (linked above). Sorry, I forgot to measure my candle. But the template is 6 x 9 – I didn’t know if this would work. I just eyeballed it and it did! But if you’d like to make your own…
1) In Word, adjust margins to X x X
2) Add a border if you like – top and bottom only
3) Add your quote
4) Add emphasis in a contrasting font to important words
5) Print on light colored, perhaps tonal, scrapbook paper
6) Use a colored pencil to emphasize even more words (e.g. I drew a heart over the word “heart.”)
7) Cut it out and tape it to your candle, using the border to help you get it straight.
8) Trim with ribbon if you like
Look – it’s Rosie the Riveter!
To the Authors of any Crafts/Recipes I reference on this blog: I’ve tried to properly cite and link as appropriate – my intention is to definitely give credit where credit is due. If I’ve made significant changes I’ll list the instructions/recipe, otherwise, I’ll link directly to you. If, however, you have any concerns with how I’ve used your ideas, kindly contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will address the issue immediately, no questions asked. Thank you for the inspiration!