Upcycling combines crafting and recycling to create new, interesting and useful things from ordinary objects that might otherwise be thrown away. Today is my day to post on the Creative Charms blog and I shared these tea light holders made from a very ordinary object.
Our family likes Tropicana orange juice. It used to come in cartons, but just recently it started to appear in these bottles.
The only identifying mark on the lid is on the top. This will not be seen since the top becomes the bottom for this project.
As soon as I saw these new lids an idea popped into my head - the pointed pattern on the outsidemade me think of Halloween...
...and the center circle was just the right size to hold a battery operated tealight! There is a slight gap between the inner screw top and the outer lid - perfect to hold a piece of vellum upright.
I measured carefully and determined that a piece of vellum cut at six inches and overlapped by about 1/4 inch to form a tube would fit neatly in the gap. For the first light, I cut the vellum at 6 inches by 4 inches.
I punched a spiderweb strip with the Martha Stewart Deep Edger Spiderweb punch. I used some Creative Memories Precision Point Adhesive along the center line to adhere the strip to the vellum.
I placed the trim on the vellum at about an inch from the top and 1/4 inch from the side edge. Then I used my adhesive tape gun to place adhesive along the short edge.
I rolled the vellum into a cylinder and stuck the edges together. Then I trimmed off the excess spiderweb border.
I added some large gradient gem stickers to the triangle sections of the lid.
Then I added some tiny gem stickers to the tips of the triangles.
I used the punched trim to keep this project very simple.
You could easily design a shade similar to the one I did several years ago with various Halloween images (you can read more about this lantern HERE).
For the second light, I used a piece of vellum six by three inches and punched the top with a Martha Stewart border punch of spiders. I added little black gem stickers to the spider bodies.
For the third light, I cut the vellum at two by six inches and added some leaf shaped gems and sequins from the Fall Medley. I attached these to the vellum with glue dots and left a short gap for the 1/4 inch seam.
I added an extra sequin leaf over the seam so the pattern would be consistent.
You could make these without the orange juice lids but they add color and a firm base to each tea light. If you wanted to make these for another holiday, you could spray paint the lids to make the bases in your chosen color. I think they would look nice in gold for Christmas.
I used different colors and varied the placement and sizes of the gems on each holder.
The battery operated tea lights stay cool and there is little danger of the light touching the vellum since it sits in a separate channel.
The other project I posted for Creative Charms is this Autumn card. I have always liked the word art on this Cuttlebug folder.
I started with some ordinary kraft cardstock cut at 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches and folded in half for an A2 card. I placed the front of the card in the Cuttlebug folder and embossed the design.
Next I colored the words "Autumn" and "Blessings" with my ProMarkers so they would stand out on the card front.
I used Cinnamon for "Autumn" and Walnut for "Blessings." It is fairly easy to stay on the embossed area and slight wobbles won't matter in the end.
The next step was to spray the entire card front with Glimmer Mist. I used my favorite color, "Sun Sisters," which gives a lovely sparkle and glow.
I used my embossing heat gun to speed up the drying of the glimmer mist.
The inside of the card is not very attractive after coloring and the spraying warped the cardstock just a bit so I added a liner to the card.
I cut a piece of ivory cardstock at 8 1/4 x 5 1/4 inches and folded it in half. I added adhesive all over the top and centered the liner in the card. Then I closed the embossed card top over the adhesive and fixed the liner in position.
The back part of the liner stays free and allows space for an extra message. Since it is not attached to the back the card will open and close easily.
It is very hard to capture the sparkle of the Glimmer Mist in a photo but the effect is very pretty and it totally changes the look of the raw kraft cardstock.
The Knitter's Garden - Orange Flowers looked too much like Spring for this card so I added Amber Vintage Brads and an Amber Vintage Marble Brad to the centers.
The flowers take on a more elegant look with the brads added.
I filled in with some leaf sequins from the Fall Medley . Everything is attached with glue dots - first the gold leaves and then the flowers.
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I wonder how many of you will start looking through your fridge for bottle caps to alter - do you like orange juice? If you do some upcycling be sure to let me know and send a photo if you can.
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