As I was putting myself to sleep the other night…HGTV softly playing in the background, favorite home decor magazines scattered all over the bed, laptop open to my favorite websites…I came across this image…
I was so bleary-eyed that I forgot to jot down where I found this image, but found a very similar, almost identical one listed at One Kings Lane.
The old DIY light-bulb went off and all I could think about for the next hour or so was “I can totally make that!” Another sleepless night. Does that happen to you?
My son was at pre school the other day and my daughter had a friend over so I seized the moment and banged out my version of this rustic lantern in an hour.
Did I need a rustic lantern? No. Did I have a blast though re creating this with materials I had in the garage? Yep! The best part was I sneaked in Mommy-time and no kids were bored to death or neglected in the process.
I will be sharing the tutorial this week and you will get a chuckle when I tell you some of the materials I wound up using. Typical Amy though!
Until then here are a few more pictures to tie you over…
Happy day to you! I’m over at Homecoming today sharing how I made these easy no-sew [still refuse to use the sewing machine!] outdoor pillow cases. I guess you can classify this as another IKEA hack as they are made from an old IKEA shower curtain.
I wish I had some amazing story why I’ve been M.I.A lately [like I've been sipping margaritas on the beach, getting my hair and nails done while getting a massage, or trapped under something heavy]. Nope. Just a case of the-kids-are-almost-out-of-school-I-don’t-want-to-do-squat blues. Well, that was fun for a week and I have been itching to DIY some crap.
So here we go! I am known around certain parts of my [poor] daughter’s school as “that mom who lugs wood back to her car!” Case in point.
If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll remember I posted about finding a stack of fallen tree branches while on a hike around my daughter’s school. Well I managed to drag this beauty back to my car while being stared at in absolute disbelief by many parents. That’s how I roll people!
This beauty sat in my garage for a couple months until I got the idea to create a candle holder out of it. It’s super simple and took 30 minutes to make.
I broke out the Dremmel and got busy hacking this guy to just the right size.
Next I gave it a light sand with a fine grit sandpaper.
Once that was done, I used a 1/2″ drill bit to cut the hole in the top. I used a taper candle to get the size just right.
In order for the candle to sit upright I drilled down apx 1/2″ into the wood.
I then gave my candle holder a quick coat of polyurethane to seal the wood, but it’s not necessary.
I found this outdoor clear, satin finish poly at my local Home Depot. I like it because it also has UV protection so you can use it on any outdoor project and it shouldn’t fade.
This stuff dries in about 30 minutes and has a pretty satin sheen to it. You’re done!
You can see I made another one, but decided to keep it raw and left the bark on. [Note: just be sure you don't pick up any branches that have little tenants living in them, aka termites!] Best part of these rustic candle holders is they are FREE to make!
I might make a few more, but try painting a few in white, or gold! I’m off to hike again!!
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