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If you have been on Pinterest, most likely you’ve seen variations of the following DIY. A main problem is that it doesn’t actually have a link up to show you step by step on how to construct this awesome (and kid friendly) DIY. And, trust me, it’s not as easy as painting a glass or candlestick with elmers glue.

I first took on this project about a month ago when I sauntered into my local Christmas Tree Store and found an entire section of Mason Jars. Obviously I bought about ten, at about 80 cents a pop (which is the cheapest I’ve seen in the Massachusetts area). I had Elmers glue, food coloring, and a couple random paintbrushes so I thought “Hey! This won’t be so hard…”

I wasn’t half wrong, either. I was mostly right, only there’s a slight science on how to do this. First off, you’ll need the following supplies:

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  • Elmers Glue
  • Food dye (I bought mine for $1 at the dollar store)
  • Paint brush (NOT a foam brush, trust me)
  • Paper plate or newspaper
  • Mason jar
  • No-flame candle for lighting (not shown)

The (1) first step is to get your color glue going. First, drop about a dime size amount of glue onto the plate (I did more than that, but I also did a couple candlesticks that I, unfortunately, did not get pictures of). (2)/(3) Then you want to to 2-3 drops of the food dye of your choice. Since I was going for purple, I did 2 drops of blue and 3 drops of red.

(4)Mix these together to form the color you want. Obviously, the purple is dark, but if you use the end of your paintbrush, you’ll be able to see the color if you wipe it on a paper towel.

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Your next step is to simply paint paint paint! This is a great craft for kids, because there are no lines & it’s Elmers glue, so you know it’s going to wash off. If you have a smooth surface to paint on, that’s great, but the mason jars I found are actually engraved so you have to work the tiniest bit harder to get into those grooves. You can choose to paint the bottom or the rim, but it’s up to you. I choose to paint the rim because I usually don’t top it off with the lid when I have the candle in there.

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Warning: If you glob on the Elmers, be prepared for drips & for it to take a lot longer to dry. Some is okay, because when lit it will give a different glow (the yellow one below is a drip one, for instance, the blue isn’t). Again, all up to you.

Let sit & dry, drop a LED/flameless tea candle in there and let it glow! (ps; should take an hour to dry)

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Oh and for the price tag?

Mason Jar: 80 cents
Food dye: $1.00/package
LED Candle: $1.99/eight package (Christmas Tree Store)
Paintbrush: $4.29 for an ‘artists’ package (Michaels)

Total: $8.08

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About five years ago, my mother & I decided the ugly purple color in my room had to go. Luckily, I was able to choose the color I chose, so I picked a light yellow. I like everything fairly bright, so the color would work even without artificial light.

Usually, this wouldn’t take long. But I was also a full time student nine months out of the year, going to Bangor Maine for my education. The room was painted in during the month of August so I had little time to re-think a new ‘theme’ before going back to school. During the next summer, I had convinced my dad to go shopping for armoire to hold my television set and massive dvd & book collection. That summer, I also purchased five rubbermaid containers for the top shelf of my closet to hold necessities and a rolling cart to hold everything else.

I was, again, OK with this setup but it wasn’t until a year ago that I decided to just go ahead and completely haul out my room. I just finished it, with everything being done except for repainting my closet shelf and closet back wall (which I plan on doing in a standout color to add a little pizzaz to the closet). Lucky for me, I’m a huge bargain shopper so the total re-haul came to a total of $87.

It may seem like a whopping total, but it includes all new storage units & a new bedside table. My father & I created a shelf for my armoire to increase storage space from spare wood we have had for years, plus a couple coats of primer we had sitting in the work room. The new bureau came from my oldest brother, who just moved out and gifted it to me. It’s a lot nicer than my old one and handmade as well. The nightstand for my bed is actually one that I’ve had for years but re-painted for a fresh look.

The total included:

2 cloth bin storage units (Target): $7 each on sale

Small cloth bin (Target, clearance): $3

Shoe storage bins, interlocked (Target): $8 each, sale

Larger wastebasket (Target): $3

Small round table (Christmas Tree Store): $20 (no tools necessary for assembly)

3 large wall frames (Sorority Sister Document & Graduation document, Diploma: $15 total (AC Moore/Michaels)

3 small tabletop frames (the grey one is DIY): $3/each Christmas Tree Store

Cork-board: $7 (Staples)

I’m still deciding on what color to pain the back of the closet (an idea I read about on Pinterest of course!) and I plan on just re-painting the closet shelf white to brighten up the space). Any ideas for colors? I was thinking something bright, like an orange or teal but I guess we’ll see!

I don’t have any ‘before’ photos, but here you can see the final result (excuse the mess of fabric scraps on top of the shoe shelving unit).

 

 

My “Kappa wall” as I like to call it, complete with my Pledge to Alumni forms, two paddles, Bid paddle, blanket, & a couple other knickknacks from my sorority. I also used the cork-board to hold bulky necklaces instead & display them as well. The bureau in the second picture is from my brother and the nightstand I’ve had for awhile, though I’m thinking of switching out the clothe bins for more colorful ones..we’ll see! 

The interlocking shoe shelves on the left also count as a little resting place for a couple things, with the shoes facing inward so you can’t see them from the doorway. The white armoire I bought years ago as well as the desk I received from a family friend. 

The inside of the armoire. The shelving unit my father & I built houses most of my dvd cases and at least 60% of my books. It’s also a nice space for a couple pictures, two bottles of SkinnyGirl drinks & a few small knicknacks I’ve collected.

Compared with prices I’ve seen for very similar units, this little tabletop (the bottom which now holds a few books standing upright) is perfect for my alarm clock & phone. I bought it for $19.99 comparable to $40 & up other places). 

I haven’t included a photo of the closet, because I’d like to get a ‘before/after’ photo of it once it’s done. But I’m in love with all the new storage solutions that I bought and will certainly continue to move once I move out.