Lately I’ve been on a bit of a DIY/repurposing kick. Namely because I have so many thrift store finds along with other supplies that are just sitting there waiting to be used. Ok, let me be totally honest here. I’ve been on a bit of a DIY/repurposing kick because as much I love and want to bake I don’t need the extra calories and no one around here is going to eat it. Now that I’ve bared my soul to the blogosphere lets talk about getting crafty with your table accessories. The cake stands and napkin rings really whet my newly ignited passion for crafts.
A couple of years ago there was a show on the Style Network, or maybe it was Bravo about a decorator that just loved to bling out everything. I tell ya this sister from another mister was handy with a glue gun and some baubles. Unfortunately, during my thrift store travels I haven’t come across lots of bling and baubles. However, while traipsing up and down the aisles at the craft stores I have come across a few bright and shinys but not nearly as many as I’d like to have in my hoarders bin.
Over a glass or maybe two of Opperman’s Burg Layer Schlosskapelle Spatlese White Wine the proverbial light bulb went off. A couple of years ago I put together this pink table using bracelets as napkin rings. With the speed of a woman with arthritic knees and a healing Achilles Tendon I made a mad dash to my jewelry box. Being frugal with a tendency to hoard I don’t throw things away easily. This means I have onesie earrings, along with bracelets and necklaces with broken clasps that are waiting for their reincarnation. Take a look-see at what I found to work with.
Let’s start with these candles and let me say I love them. Pier One sells candle embellishments to the tune of $12.00 each. No way Jose¢! Enter a pair of earrings missing a hook. Attach a pair of fake cz’s and you’re good to go. I would suggest that these candle be used for decorative purposes only. I attached the larger earrings to the candle with a straight pin and just pushed the studs into openings in the larger ones. Easy peasy!
Here’s one with just a gold button. With my pliers I whittled-squeezed and fashioned the back notch of the button into a point and pushed it into the candle. Probably not the most secure method. Loverly!!
Diamonds and Pearls. I know this is the second Prince reference I’ve used lately. Wrap the pearls around the stem and secure them on with hot glue. I snipped the stud of the earring off and then used hot glue also to adhere it.
You’re going to see this one is action soon. Slip a beaded bracelet around the candleholder and you have instant glam!
Not only am I adding heat bond to my craft box, but hot glue and a pair of needle nose pliers. Oh my friends the possibilities are endless!
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