Can Recycling Craft - Mock Shadow Box Candle Holder - How to Demo
Shadow box candle holder made from upcycling scraps
Let's go for some creative scrap-busting.
This morning, I awoke to rain and a determination to find a use for the mounding scraps that were left over from my last few crafting projects. While thinking about what to do, the power kept flickering in and out. A girl just has to love the dependability of power in bad weather. Not.
The on again, off again, power situation quickly had me running about the house lighting candles. Now, I'm a die hard candle collector. Seriously, the only candles I don't like are those that smell bad. After my second cup of coffee, I got a little hyped and decided I wanted a new candle holder or display of some kind.
I also decided there was no way I was leaving the house to get anything in this storm. The "mock shadow box candle holder," since I don't know what else to call it, you see displayed was the result. Hm, caffeine, scraps, and storms morphed into this. My brain should be studied by science. It's kind of scary. Let's check it out.
All images are original photographs taken by me.
DIY shadow box candle holder
Have you ever heard the old saying "it's held together with duct tape?"
Here's a prime example.
This was made using two old boxes with lids, a tuna fish can, duct tape and Duck Tape, old artificial flowers, stickers, paper, some old Christmas trim and glue.
Duck Tape is a brand name. The black tape and the neon green and black, zebra print tape are both Duck Tape. Duct tape is used for duct work, as Mr. Vix felt the need to explain to me. :)
Check out how the whole thing was assembled in the picture gallery below, so you can do it too. It was easy. While neon green and black, zebra print isn't my first choice, it's what I had on hand and I think it kind of works. We will call him "Swamp Frog." You can apply the same directions to any colors or theme you want.
Duct tape really is for everything! - So popular, it has its own parade. Seriously.
This stuff comes in so many colors and patterns now. It's cheap, pretty easy to work with, makes a good looking seam and requires no sewing. You just can't beat it. The more I do with it, the more ideas I get and the easier it gets to work with. I'm slowly building up my supply. I want to get solids for every color. Then, I can use the patterns just to bring in some pops of contrasting color.
Check out the peace sign print below. It's one of the hottest trends running with teens and tweens right now.
How to do the taping and assembly.
Click through the photo gallery here to see details for each step.
Start by doing the taping.Click thumbnail to view full-size
Duck Tape solid colors.
The rolls work great for total coverage on smaller things and for making borders and trims. I find if you pull a little as you go it tends to stick better and decreases bubbles and wrinkles. The best part, at this price, if I really mess up, I can just rip it off and start again. I have done five projects so far using the same roll of black and it's not halfway gone. Too cool.
STORAGE TIP - Duck Tape does not store well in the heat. Keeping it in a cool dry place, away from direct sunlight, will make it easier to work with.
Frugal alert -
I love stickers, pretty papers, foam cuts and the like for crafting. I don't like spending much on them. You can really get a stellar bargain if you hit the clearance section at local dollar stores and the like after holidays. I like getting them in bulk packs as well, that way I always have leftovers for projects in the future.
Now, start covering the inside of the box.Click thumbnail to view full-size
It comes in sheets, too.
Sheets and wide rolls are really good for covering larger items. You don't have to worry about overlap or seams showing that way. Another great thing for crafty types is that you can cut it before removing the backing to play around with it some on your project, before committing.
While I have yet to try this, I want to get some dye cuts and try using Duck tape instead of cardstock or construction paper, kind of like an instant sticker.
Finally, the fun part! It's time to start decorating.Click thumbnail to view full-size
What else could I put in this shadow box?
A framed photograph
A toy frog like the one in "Gnomeo and Juliet"
A flame-less candle
Fire = BAD
Cardboard and tape can burn fast. Never leave a candle unattended.
How hard is it?
Can up-cycled DIY organizer by FaveCraftsVideo. This would be a great way to use some scraps.
This idea could be applied to any color scheme or motif desired. She uses paper and glitter tape ribbon in the demonstration. I could see using fabric scraps, comic book pages, stickers, what ever you want.