Easy DIY: Upcycled Candle Jars

Upcycled Candle Jars - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

I love an easy DIY, and upcycled candle jars couldn’t be any simpler! All you need is a little time, a used candle, water, and Goo Gone to get the job done!

First, let’s talk about candles! A few of my favorites and the ones I’ll be working with today are from Mrs. Meyers and Bath & Body Works. I recently discovered the Mrs. Meyers lavender candle and have bought quite a few. Aside from smelling great, they also come in the cutest jars, which I always take into account when purchasing my candles. If the jar is ugly or looks difficult to repurpose, I’m less likely to buy the candle.

Upcycled Candle Jars

Over the years, I’ve gotten into the habit of storing the majority of my brush pens and markers in upcycled candles jars. I love the look of all the unique glass jars on my shelf, and I like that they don’t cost any extra since I’ve already paid for the candle that the jar originally came with.

Recycled candle jars can be used all over your house! They’re great in the bathroom for holding cotton swabs or in the kitchen holding toothpicks.

Now, let’s get down to the DIY! This project is really easy but it does require a bit of time. I like to think of it as a “set it and forget it” type of thing! You’ll see why as we dive into the how-to down below.

Supplies:

Upcycled Candle Jars - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

First, we’re going to boil water and pour it into each jar. It’s important that the water you are using is super duper hot. I wait until my water is at a roiling boil before I pour it into my jars. Pour the boiling water almost to the top of each jar.

Jars with Wax- Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes
Melting Wax- Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Right after pouring the boiling water into your jars, you’ll see the leftover wax in the bottom of your jars immediately start to melt and rise to the top. This is actually a pretty cool thing to watch. It looks a lot like a lava lamp! After pouring your water, you’re just going to walk away.

Check back every few hours and look at the wax in your jars. Once the wax is completely opaque, it’s time to remove it. Every candle is going to be different, so just check yours a couple times throughout the day. Maybe once an hour or so.

Upcycled Candle Jars - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes
Removing Wax- Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes
Removing Wax- Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes
Removing Wax- Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Once your wax has hardened, it’s time to remove. Simply take your fingers and press (gently at first) on one edge next to the lip of your jar. As you apply pressure, the wax will loosen, and eventually the entire disk will come loose and you’ll be able to lift it out.

Once you’ve removed your wax disk, check to see if there is any additional wax at the bottom of your jar. My candles were very waxy, so I repeated the steps above one more time to remove the rest of the wax.

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Removing Wicks- Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Once all the wax is out of your jars, it’s time to remove the wicks. All you have to do here is generously pour (or spray) some goo gone into your jars. Again, I just let the Goo Gone sit for a bit — maybe an hour or so. Then, I take a butter knife and apply pressure to the metal disks holding each wick. With a little pressure, you should be able to knock the metal pieces loose from the bottom of your jar.

With Bath & Body Works candles, there will be a little spot of glue that you will need to remove as well. Usually, I just take my butter knife and rub it along the bottom of the jar until all the glue comes up.

Removing Labels- Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Now, it’s time to remove the jar labels! For this, you’ll need more Goo Gone and some paper towels. I’m very generous with my Goo Gone, so I drench each label in it and then place a paper towel over top. The paper towel helps absorb some of the excess Goo Gone and also helps keep your Goo Gone in place right on the label instead of dripping off the sides. Again, I let this sit for an hour or two (it really depends on the material of your label.)

When the labels look good and saturated, I go ahead and peel them off. Once your labels are off, it’s time to wash your jars. I usually take a paper towel (maybe with a little more Goo Gone on it) and rub it around the inside of the jar to remove any excess wax and then I throw everything in the dishwasher!

Once your jars come out of the dishwasher, they are ready to reuse!

Yay for new decor pieces and upcycled candle jars!

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Upcycled Candle Jars - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

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Easy DIY: Chalkboard Christmas Ornaments

Chalkboard Christmas Ornaments - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Merry Christmas in July!! Christmas is my favorite holiday and over the last few years, I have been dying to make my own ornaments. I have tried many different mediums but never quite got the results I was looking for. This year, however, I’m finally happy with my chalkboard Christmas ornaments. Follow along below as I share a super simple DIY with you!

Chalkboard Ornaments - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Supplies:

I chose to use paint pens instead of chalk markers for this project because I want the designs to last. If you want your design to be removable, use Versachalk markers instead.

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Chalkboard Christmas Ornaments

Creating these ornaments is super easy! There are really only a few steps:

  1. Decide on your message (Baby’s first Christmas, Couple’s anniversary date, person’s name, etc.)
  2. Write your message
  3. Decorate
  4. Enjoy!

While creating these ornaments, I filmed a few process videos for you, which you can view down below. I like to use my laser square to plan out my word placement and make sure I write them as straight as possible. As you can see, I completely abandon the laser square when it comes time to add embellishments.

My favorite drawing book, Botanical Line Drawing, is perfect for learning how to draw simple leaves, berries, flowers, and etc. Whether you make these ornaments or not, I highly recommend picking up that book! It’s great for adding doodles to anything and everything!

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My youngest niece was born this last winter, so I made her a “first Christmas” ornament to mark the occasion coming up this December.

For my eldest niece, I chose to write her name and add a few berries as a little something extra!

I love how both of these turned out and will definitely be making more ornaments as we get closer to the holiday season! I will likely make an ornament for my sweet pup too! Be sure to follow along with me on Instagram. I will be sure to share all my projects on there!

Chalkboard Christmas Ornaments - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

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Easy DIY: 3 Uses for Acrylic Place Cards

3 Uses for Acrylic Place Cards - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

If you follow me on Instagram, then you probably know by now that I have been loving acrylic place cards and plaques over the last few months! I love the surface texture and how sleek and chic they look when painted. So, today I’m sharing my top 3 uses for acrylic place cards with you!

3 Uses for Acrylic Place Cards - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

For starters, I’ll share with you where I like to get my place cards! My favorite shop is UNIQOOO. They have their own website, but also have a ton of their products available with Prime Shipping — I’m a huge fan of Prime, so I always like to make my purchases through Amazon!

All of the projects outlined below are very simple! All can be accomplished with a paint brush, acrylic paint, and a paint pen. Simply paint your desired pattern on one side of your acrylic place card, wait for the paint to completely dry, flip your place card over, and write your message on the “blank” side. And ta-da! You are all done!

3 Uses for Acrylic Place Cards

Acrylic Place Cards - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Place Cards

The most obvious answer — place cards! Add a little spice to your weekly family dinner or jazz up a holiday celebration with a few personalized place cards! Because of the pandemic, my family was unable to spend Easter together this year. Instead of getting together, we all contributed a little bit to a holiday meal that my parents delivered around town. My contribution? Place cards!!

Since Easter, my family still has not been able to gather for a holiday meal, but once we can, we will be bringing our matching place cards together for a long-awaited family meal! Also, I will probably end up making place cards for Christmas and other holidays as well! They’re just too cute not to have a whole collection!

For this project, I used UNIQOOO’s rectangle acrylic place cards along with Liquitex Green Gray acrylic paint, and a gold, oil-based paint pen.

Acrylic Holiday Cards - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Holiday Cards – Valentine’s Day, Birthdays, Etc.

Add some flair to your next holiday greeting! I used an acrylic place card to make a Valentine for my sweet niece (who LOVES the holiday). As you can see here, she is quite tickled by the greeting! I also have it on good authority that she likes to carry around her special Easter place card too!

For this project, I used UNIQOOO’s rectangle acrylic place cards, along with Liquitex paints, and a white, oil-based paint pen.

Acrylic Holiday Cards - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

I also recently made a birthday “card” for one of my friends. I think this little hexie would be adorable as a gift wrap addition too! A little double sided tape on the back and it would adhere to any gift quite nicely!

I will definitely be using these to make fun gift tags when Christmas comes around too! Stay tuned for that in a few months!

For this project, I used UNIQOOO’s hexagon acrylic place cards, along with Liquitex paints, and a white, oil-based paint pen.

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Acrylic Tokens of Encouragement - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Words & Tokens of Encouragement

Last but not least, my absolute favorite way to use acrylic place cards is as tokens of encouragement! I absolutely love motivational quotes and other little sayings as a means of inspiration! Right when I need a little boost of encouragement, a meaningful quote always pops up on my Instagram, Facebook, or Pinterest feed, which I love!

These little tokens are my way of being that bit of inspiration in my friends’ lives

These cheerful lemons and monstera leaves are my current favorites! They’re just so happy and fun and bring an instant smile to my face! I actually filmed a few lettering videos featuring each of these and shared on Instagram if you’re interested in taking a look! Here is the lemon video and the monstera leaf one.

Acrylic Tokens of Encouragement - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

I also created a collection of white, blush pink, and gold tokens of encouragement, which I mailed to work colleagues for Valentine’s Day! I’m not sure where each lady placed theirs, but in my head, they’re sitting on their desks as a simple reminder that they rock at their jobs and to keep shining bright!

Again for this project I used, I used UNIQOOO’s rectangle acrylic place cards along with Liquitex paints, and a gold, oil-based paint pen.


Now, the above are just 3 uses for acrylic place cards! There are so many other great uses that I haven’t explored yet! When I come up with new ideas, I’ll be sure to share on Instagram, so make sure you give me a follow if you haven’t already!

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3 Uses for Acrylic Place Cards - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

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Easy DIY: Pumpkin Home Decor

Easy DIY Pumpkin Home Decor - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Fall is the best, but you know what makes it even better? All the pumpkin home decor it brings with it (and the cooler temperatures!)

I find crafting inspiration everywhere, but the inspiration for this particular project came while I was trolling the dollar spot at Target!

Easy DIY Pumpkin Home Decor - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Supplies:


DIY Pumpkin Home Decor

This project is super easy! It took me less than an hour to complete and most of that was drying time. The actual steps probably took less than five minutes.

  1. Remove any ropes or strings
  2. Stain
  3. And Stain
  4. And Stain some more
  5. Apply polyurethane (if you want)
  6. Let everything dry completely
  7. Add embellishments
Easy DIY Pumpkin Home Decor - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

If your pumpkin comes with a string in it, then the first step is to remove the string. We don’t want to it to get in the way while we stain!

Easy DIY Pumpkin Home Decor - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

I’m super fancy, so I decided to use a Target bag to protect my table from any stain drips.

Next step? Start staining!

Easy DIY Pumpkin Home Decor - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes
Easy DIY Pumpkin Home Decor - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Apply your stain with a paper towel (or cloth) one layer at a time. I gave my stain 10-15 minutes between each coat and did a total of three coats. If you want a darker pumpkin, apply more coats!

Easy DIY Pumpkin Home Decor - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Don’t forget the edges!

I chose not to seal my pumpkin with polyurethane, because I didn’t want to add any additional shine to my pumpkin. If you do want to seal yours though, I would add that now – just follow the instructions on the can.

Easy DIY Pumpkin Home Decor - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Once your stain and polyurethane are dry, it’s time to add some embellishments! I chose to keep things simple and just add a satin bow. A hand-lettered phrase or some felt flowers would look adorable too though!

Take a look at this IGTV video, which details all the steps of tying a bow. Because my pumpkin had a hole in its stem, I got a little creative with how I tied my bow.

Easy DIY Pumpkin Home Decor - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Once embellishments have been added, it’s time to display you new pumpkin home decor! I have mine propped up on some shelves in my living room and absolutely love the look!

I’m hoping to find a nice wooden Christmas tree or ornament to do a similar project with! We will see what the dollar spot holds over the next few weeks/months!


Are you interested in more easy DIYs? Check out this hand-lettered doormat!

Looking for something else? Take a look at all the DIYs my blog has to offer here.


Easy DIY Pumpkin Home Decor - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

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Easy DIY: Hand-Lettered Doormat

DIY Hand Lettered Doormat - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

It’s been a long while since my last crafting tutorial, so I’m very pleased to be sharing this super easy (and I mean super easy) DIY hand-lettered doormat with y’all today!

DIY Hand Lettered Doormat - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Supplies

  • Plain Doormat (I got mine at Target, but you can also get them on Amazon)
  • Large Paint Brush
  • Outdoor Acrylic Paint
  • Paint palette (I went the paper plate route)
DIY Hand Lettered Doormat - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

DIY Hand-Lettered Doormat

I knew from the get-go that I wanted my doormat to say “hello” on it. Tons of other short words would be cute too like “hey” or “hi” or “love” or anything else really!

DIY Hand Lettered Doormat - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

There are only a few steps to this project:

  1. Decide on your word
  2. Trace it out (if you’d like)
  3. Paint your word
  4. Go over your word with one more coat of paint
  5. Let dry
DIY Hand Lettered Doormat - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

After I decided on my word, I eyeballed my mat, and then started free-handing. Originally, I was going to trace out my word but then decided that it would be easier to just go for it.

If you would like to trace it out before you start, then I’d suggest using a Sharpie to do that. Write lightly and make sure that you cover your line completely with paint.

When painting your mat, keep in mind that your word doesn’t have to be made up of one fluid stroke. Mine is made up of hundreds (I don’t even think I’m exaggerating here) of tiny, short stokes back and forth.

DIY Hand Lettered Doormat - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Almost done!

After you’ve painted the basic lines and shape for your word, load your brush with paint, turn it sideways (like in the photo above) and continue to paint over your lines to darken them up a bit.

It’s much easier to create a dark line with your brush turned sideways. The doormat is very rough, so by loading your brush with paint and turning it sideways, you’re able to get lots of paint down in the cracks and crevices.

DIY Hand Lettered Doormat - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

After darkening each letter on my mat, I stood up on a chair to create some distance from my mat. I found it so much easier to gauge the color density from far away than to gauge it from up close.

DIY Hand Lettered Doormat - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Once you’re happy with the look of your hand-lettered doormat, you’re all done! My paint recommended that you let it cure for 48-72 hours. To be safe (and because I’m a little lazy), I let mine dry for over a week. It would be pretty awful to put your doormat out early and then end up tracking wet paint through your house.

It’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to drying times!


I hope y’all enjoyed this super easy hand-lettered doormat tutorial! You know how much I love crafting, so I hope to be back again soon with another fun project!

Are you interested in more hand lettering fun? Check out my Top 5 Favorite Lettering Supplies.


DIY Hand Lettered Doormat - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

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Easy DIY: Washi Tape Birthday Card

Easy DIY: Washi Tape Birthday Card - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

I love giving gifts, but I’m not so great at giving cards with them. I’m more focused on the gift itself (gifts are my love language after all) than I am on the card, so if you do happen to get one from me, consider yourself lucky! All that is soon to change though with this super easy DIY washi tape birthday card. With a few supplies and a few minutes, you can make the cutest candle card to accompany any celebratory gift!

Easy DIY: Washi Tape Birthday Card - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Supplies

Easy DIY: Washi Tape Birthday Card - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Washi Tape Birthday Card

Take one greeting card and set it down open side toward you.

Next, take one piece of washi and place it in the middle of your card about halfway up.

Easy DIY: Washi Tape Birthday Card - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Once you have your tape where you want it, trim as close to the card as you can without cutting into the card. If you do accidentally cut into the card, that’s okay! I definitely did once or twice!

Easy DIY: Washi Tape Birthday Card - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Continue placing and trimming tape until you reach the edge of the card.

I added my patterned tapes in random order, but you could do an alternating pattern or something like that if you’d like! That would be super cute!

Easy DIY: Washi Tape Birthday Card - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

When you reach the edge, you may notice that your last piece of tape extends beyond the side of the card.

Easy DIY: Washi Tape Birthday Card - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

If that’s the case, trim the bottom as usual and also trim the tape on the side.

Easy DIY: Washi Tape Birthday Card - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Now that you have one side done, start adding tape “candles” in the other direction. As you’re adding tape, make sure to vary the height of each strip.

There’s no rhyme or reason to how I varied my tape height. I just kept shifting up and down.

Easy DIY: Washi Tape Birthday Card - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

When you get to the other edge, trim the excess tape off the bottom and the side just like before.

Easy DIY: Washi Tape Birthday Card - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

When you’re all done adding tape, your card should look something like this.

Easy DIY: Washi Tape Birthday Card - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Easy DIY: Washi Tape Birthday Card - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Take the yellow marker and begin adding teardrops (flames) above each candle. Leave a little bit of space between the bottom of each teardrop and the top of each candle.

Easy DIY: Washi Tape Birthday Card - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Your card should look something like this when you finish with the teardrops.

Easy DIY: Washi Tape Birthday Card - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Easy DIY: Washi Tape Birthday Card - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Begin adding wicks to connect each candle with its flame.

Start a little below the center of each teardrop and draw a straight line down to the top of each candle. Be careful not to touch your black pen to the washi tape.

Work your way across the card until each candle has a wick.

Easy DIY: Washi Tape Birthday Card - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Ta-da! Look how cute your candles are!

Now, you’re all set to add a message to your washi tape birthday card and give it to a friend!


Easy DIY: Washi Tape Birthday Card - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes


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