DIY: Moroccan Candle Holders From Glass Jars + Paint

As much as I love candles, I love decorative candle holders even more. They are the perfect little accessory for any room. With just a bit of paint, transform a plain glass jar or bottle into a vibrant Moroccan lantern. Make them as housewarming gifts or display them at your next outdoor occasion. Either way, they're sure to be a hit!

I guarantee you'll have a good time making these too. Not only were they super simple to make, but I love the way they turned out. Plus, who doesn't like playing with puffy paint? Grab a few empty glass jars and have fun experimenting with different colors and patterns. The possibilities are truly endless. Just follow the steps below to make your very own. 

• Glass jar, candle holder or bottle
Transparent glass paint (2 colors)
Puffy paint/dimensional paint
• Paper plate
• Oven

DIY: All-Purpose Card Holder From An Altoids Tin

I always have trouble tossing empty Altoids cases, because they make the perfect mini containers for so many little things. And when I realized they were the ideal size for holding credit cards and business cards, the DIY light bulb went off flashing in my head. I now use my upcycled Altoids tin to carry all my essentials including my ID, credit card, cash, lipstick and sticks of gum...yup, they all fit! You can use these little cases for just about anything including gift cards, office supplies, first aids kits, and my personal favorite, a mouse tin house. So get creative and fill it up with all your mini treasures!

With a little bit of paint and handmade love, it's so easy to turn these plain tins into adorable embellished containers. Plus, it's super easy to make and you may even have most of the materials on hand. Follow the steps below to create your very own.

DIY: Cafè String Lights From Birthday Hats

Can you guess where I got my inspiration for this week's project? Yup, a kid's birthday party! These colorful paper hats turned out to be the perfect material for my DIY patio string lights. You can also use card stock paper to make this project, but if you've got a pile of party hats laying around after a party, upcycle them! Get creative and design your own custom look by punching patterns or names in the hats like this great tutorial by Once Wed.

Hang them over your porch, wrap them around a tree or string them across your doorway to add a lovely handmade accent to your home. Follow the steps below to make your very own.

• Birthday hats (Tip: To cover up unwanted graphics or if they aren't your desired color, spray paint the hats)
• Holiday lights or cafè lights (Tip: You will need a lot more birthday hats to complete a full string of holiday lights like the one I've used. Cafè lights usually have less bulbs and will require less hats to complete).
• Scissors
• Tape (Double-sided tape, masking tape or duct tape will also work)
• Thumbtack

DIY: To Do List Notepad (with free printable)

I use my iPhone for just about everything, but when it comes to making lists, I prefer the old-fashioned way. I use my handmade notebook for jotting down ideas, but I prefer notepads for daily to do lists so I can tear the pages away once completed. I'm also big on organizing my list in order of priority, because we all know there are just some things we may never get to. After looking for the perfect notepad that was both practical and stylish, I decided to design my own. It now hangs above my desk and keeps me productive everyday. Try it for yourself! If you find it as helpful as I have, make a bunch for yourself and share it with your friends too!

You can download a free template here and follow the instructions below to make your very own.


• Free template (click here to download and print)
• Color printer with 8.5 x 11 paper
• Scissors or paper trimmer
• Single hole punch
• Ribbon
• Thumb tack or nail

DIY: Ombrè Necklace From Pistachio Shells

This week's DIY project is inspired by my favorite midnight snack: pistachios! After creating a pile of shells on my plate, I couldn't help but notice what a pretty shape they had. Now it's time to put them to use!

By adding some paint, pistachio shells turn into such beautiful ornaments for creating jewelry. I decided to go with the ombrè gradient look, because of my recent obsession, but get creative and explore different colors. And if you love your pistachio shell necklace, take it a step further and make a matching bracelet, earrings or anklet. 

I've worn my necklace quite a few times and absolutely love it! It's especially great for summer. Follow the steps below to make your very own.

• Pistachio shells (I used 34)
• Small piece of thin cardboard
• Glue gun or tacky glue
• Acrylic paint
Mod Podge (not pictured)
• Brush
• Chain
• Jump rings and lobster clasp
• Needle nose pliers
• Scissors

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