DealDash Makes: Mason Jar Candle

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Mason jars have been very popular lately, and you can bet that mason jar objects are a little bit more expensive than plain ones. Why not make your own mason jar crafts? Let’s start with a mason jar candle.

Mason jars are a classic example of Americana, they bring back great nostalgic memories for a lot of people, especially people who had a grandma who loved to garden and can her own vegetables. Mason jars are everywhere now, and more often than not they are merely vessels to hold another decoration. Today we will use a mason jar to create a candle that you can enjoy for yourself or give as a gift.

Materials:

  • Block of meltable candle wax – you can get this at any craft store
  • Mason jar
  •  Candle wick about as tall as your mason jar
  • Glass measuring cup
  • Pot that the measuring cup will fit in
  • Candle scent (optional)
  • Coloring (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Cut enough wax off of your block to fill your mason jar about 75% full – this doesn’t have to be an exact measurement, you can always save the rest of the wax for another time if you don’t need all that you prepare.
  2. Put your pot on the stove, place your glass measuring cup in the pot. Place your wax in the glass measuring cup. Put enough water in the pot to come about 1/2 way up the glass measuring cup.
  3. Put your burner on medium heat and wait for the wax to melt.
  4. Put a dab of super glue or glue from a glue gun on the bottom of your mason jar and stick the bottom end of the wick down. You can then put a pencil across the top of your mason jar and lightly tape the top of the wick to the pencil to anchor it so it doesn’t move around when you pour your wax in.
  5. When your wax has melted you can now add your scent and color if you so desire. You can also leave it scentless and colorless if you like.
  6. Using a pot holder, pick up your glass measuring cup and pour your wax very carefully into your mason jar. Try not to disturb the wick too much, and don’t over-pour the wax, be sure to leave some of the wick visible.
  7. Remove your pencil anchor and trim the wick to your desired length.
  8. All done!

Wasn’t that an easy and fun project? If you are in the market for more home decor items be sure to check DealDash. DealDash has many home decor, art, and useful home items up for bid. Just click this link and it will take you to DealDash. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash Makes: A Chalkboard Calendar

As a busy mom of three sometimes I struggle with remembering who has a doctor appointment, who has a dentist appointment, and what I have planned for the week’s dinners. Enter the chalkboard calendar.

There are different kinds of pre-made chalkboard calendars out there, and of course there are plenty of plain chalkboards, but I was looking for something more special than that. I was planning on giving it a prized position in the kitchen above my new buffet cabinet, so everyone could easily see what was going on the upcoming week. I looked and looked, but I had a hard time finding one that was big enough, framed tastefully to match my kitchen, and wasn’t $180. Yes, the only one that I found that I liked was $180.

So I decided to make my own! It’s really very simple and easy. You only need a few items to make your new chalkboard calendar, and you can spend only a few dollars on up to as high a limit as you would like to go. The smaller chalkboard calendar that you make the cheaper it will be, because the most expensive thing that you are going to need is a picture frame, and picture frame prices seem to raise exponentially with size.

Materials:

  • Picture frame – Any size that you want that will fit your space and your budget. I personally went to the craft store and used a 40% off coupon on a beautiful bluish-gray frame that was sized 16X20. After the discount I paid around $20 for it.
  • Chalkboard contact paper – They sell rolls of this at the craft store, and also at Wal*Mart in the drawer liner section. The chalkboard contact paper is very inexpensive.
  • Paint pen – You can get them at the craft store in any color that you like.
  • Chalk or chalk markers
  • Hanging supplies for your frame
  • Ruler, scissors

Instructions:

  1. Measure a piece of chalkboard contact paper that will fit your frame and cut it out.
  2. Draw on the chalkboard with your paint pen, this information will be permanent. I chose to put our last name at the top, the days of the week, and then a section for “To do”.
  3. Peel off the backing on your chalkboard contact paper and stick it right on the glass of the picture frame.
  4. Hang up your picture frame.
  5. Bam! You’ve got a personalized chalkboard calendar! Use those chalkboard pens and write out your agenda, dinner plans, appointments, anything that you would like to remember. The chalkboard paint should rub off easily with a cloth and a little water, but the paint pen words should stay put. You may have to refresh them occasionally, or you could just peel off the chalkboard decal paper and put a new and fresh one on occasionally.

Wasn’t that easy? I found that it was really fun to make and looks very nice when hanging on the wall. It’s nice because you can get any frame you like from the craft store to match your decor. If you are shopping for any other decor for your home be sure to check out DealDash. DealDash has decorative items as well as furniture. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

DealDash Ideas for Modern Décor

Among one of the most popular embellishing styles in play today around the globe is modern or contemporary decor. Usually, these 2 words are compatible and both should suggest in your mind of a residence that is crisp, clean and has a wonderful imaginative feeling to it. Below are some of the many things you have to focus on when you are using modern-day or contemporary style and decor.

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Among the staples of modern-day decoration is open room. Think of a fine art gallery. There is not a bunch of clutter, merely unique items spaced out around the area with a lot of space to value every single point that has actually been provided its room. This is just what modern decoration should do as well.

Pastels are out if you are decorating in contemporary or contemporary styling. Modern decoration is meant to be vibrant as well as make a declaration while at the same time keeping a crisp, tidy as well as practically institutional appearance. Generally this depends on white and also black with a splash of color like a vibrant purple, orange or red to obtain the interest of those who stroll into the room.

When it pertains to contemporary furniture, the suggestion is to have furniture pieces that do their task. That is the entire concentration of contemporary furnishings – function over type. That does not imply they are not eye-catching items, but the initial creation of the piece is for the performance of the piece, except ‘looks’.

When picking furnishings items you must stick to things made from metals, glass or white and also black woods or products for modern decor.

No modern or modern house is full without a bit of art. Besides, what good is a home that appears like a gallery without a couple of gallery items to peruse? You must consistently have a few unique prime focus art pieces in your home to create it clear that you understand fine art and also appreciate it sufficient to offer it lots of space in your contemporary style arranges.

The last point you have to take into account when creating your modern-day residence is the lighting that is being used in the house. Despite the number of beautiful furniture pieces as well as art work you get and put into location in your house, it will not ever look fairly appropriate if you don’t have fantastic lighting to show it off. From tract lighting to targeted lights and even modern-day chandeliers, you ought to see to it you have lots of lighting options in position so you will certainly always have the lighting you should finish the job.

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Developing a modern-day house is a delightful, yet specific heavy job. While in various other houses you can consistently include something even more to go with the appearance, in modern-day homes less is much more, indicating a lot more treatment has to be consumed choosing every product so you recognize they are including in your overall feeling as well as theme and at the same time not removing from it by including clutter. DealDash has several new pieces of modern décor and art you can use to spruce up any home.