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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Christmas Craftiness #2

Hello Everyone! I am listing a couple more ideas for Christmas Crafts! This time for adults only!!

Aluminum Can Luminaries: Do you have left over aluminum cans from you pumpkun pie filling or the canned baby formula that you haven't recycled yet, but want a fun craft to do for a gift? Why not make them into luminaries!

Aluminum Can (Large Baby formula or Pumpkin Pie Filling Can)
Sturdy Cardboard
Paint (Spray paint or acryllic)
Large Rubber Band
Saran Wrap
Small Candle holder (Cheap from a dollar store)
Votive Candles (Again cheap from a dollar store)
Cat Litter or Sand

1. Make a template out of dots (Punch holes into a piece of cardboard with a nail). A prety simple one is a snowflake.

2. Useing a permanent marker; use your template to transfer the dots onto the can. Use it multiple times around the can with enough space between the individual designs.
3. Fill the can with water, put the top back on it. If there is no top, fill it with water, then take saran wrap and a sturdy cloth with a large rubber band. Wrap the end with the saran wrap with the cloth over it and secure it with the rubber band.
4. Freeze the can overnight.
5. When completely frozen take a small hammer and a nail and punch it on the dots you made on the can. You may have to refreeze the can in between individual designs so it doesn't start leaking on you badly. The reason you want the can completely frozen is so that the force of you hammering the nail into the dots doesn't dent your can. When you get all of your dots punched, you can empty the can and let it dry completely.
6. After it is done drying, take the can and either spray paint the outside or you can use acrylic paint and paint the outside with a design. With the snowflake design, I really liked using a dark blue, that was shimmery and silver on the dots I punched (so it would show up when it wasn't lit).
7. The last part to this is to get a cheap, short glass candleholder that you can put inside the can with a tealight candle or equivalent.
8. Put either a cup of fresh catlitter or sand in the can (To help keep the can from heating up). Then you can set your candleholder with candle inside.
9. You are now ready to light your luminary!

Christmas with Grapevine: I am lucky enough to have access to grapevine in my own yard. I have to cut it back each year. Instead of getting rid of it I use it for many things. Try a grapevine ornament ball! I'll write up instructions for it when I try it, hopefully with pictures. Stay tuned!

Khrys @ GreenSpot-On
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