Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Using up the Leftovers

So FIRST -- a few HUGE thank yous, to some WONDERFUL people out in the bloggy world.

Thank you so much to Mad in Crafts, who featured my solar lights -- hugs and thank yous to you!

And thank you, thank you to Sunny at Life In Rehab who has an awesome list of her top ten brand new bloggers -- and I was fortunate enough to be on it -- you are too sweet!

And my last "Thank You" today goes to ..... Remodelaholic.  I'm an obsessed dedicated reader of theirs and when I saw MY project on THEIR blog -- my jaw dropped to the floor.  Thanks so much Cassity for featuring my PB lamp -- I'm still speechless -- I'm sure this is how a 13 year old who just met Justin Bieber feels like.

 Enough of my gushing....

 Do you ever try to make a recipe that uses a bunch of ingredients you have left over from other meals?  Or you try to cook something using up a stock of something in your pantry?  Well I felt it was time to do that with my project left-overs.  Every now and then I think it's a good idea to go through all my "treasures" and try to use them up (or sadly sometimes toss them).  If I didn't do this I have a feeling I might end up on an episode of "Hoarders."

So do you remember these?  They're leftover from my colorful solar lights...and I had 12 of them:

 And do you remember this??  The glass part is what's left of the lamp I used for my Pottery Barn meets Mod Podge lamp:

 And in honor of our Country's Birthday around the corner -- I HAD to make it Independence Day themed.

So I got out all things red, white and blue and went to town creating.  First, I found some Glitter Mod Podge (oh yes, that's right, glitter PLUS Mod Podge -- and go to their website they have glow in the dark too!) for only $.99 at Joannes.  Oh, and on a side note -- I've been told I'm becoming borderline obsessed with this stuff - so I may have to tone down my Mod Podge projects before my fingers become permanently Mod Podged. : )

I took scrapbook paper leftover from another project I did and cut it into geometrical shapes.  Then I slathered on the Mod Podge and adhered it to my glass light case.

Then I took nine of my solar light things (twelve was going to be just too many) and I spray-painted three of them red, left three clear and ..... are you ready......Mod Podged three of them with blue food coloring.  (You can see my technique here and here).  This time I used my new Glitter Mod Podge.

I tied a knot in some twine and threaded it through the little hole in the bottom of my plastic solar light cases, so that they could hang upside down from the string:

Next I took my glass Mod-Podged light base and used more twine so I could hang that too.  I tied two pieces of twine to a washer and threaded that through the hole in the top:

So NOW, it's ready to attach our plastic solar light protectors -- just tie them onto a piece of twine around the bottom lip so they hang upside-down in the wind.

The Cost Breakdown:

Just a little way to use up some leftovers!

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24 Hand-Me-Downers Shared:

Traveling Thrifter said...

Hahaha...too cute...not what I was thinking at all was going to come up at the end of the post...it's awesome

Traveling Thrifter said...

And you know what else..they kind of resemble a "liberty bell"

ourlifeinaclick.blogspot.com said...

How cute! I love it. I wish my brain worked that way. I can do it w/ food though. Great job!


Megan @ A Ruffle In Time said...

just shared this on my blog! thank you for sharing.. i am so gonna have to make on of these now!!

Life in Rehab said...

I've been staring at my light protectors thinking, now what the heck do I do with these???? GREAT job! And thanks for the shout out!

TOTEally Posh! said...

I love what you did with leftovers! So cute!

Thanks for popping in over at TOTEally Posh today!

Becca at One Girl said...

What a great way to welcome people to your guest house :) Very cute and patriotic!

Kory said...

Hey thanks for the comment on my blog! I just happen to LOVE your blog so it's an even bigger compliment coming from YOU, hehe. This project is just awesome btw, totally not what I was expecting!

Roseanna said...

So clever, and I love the scale! I'll have to scout around the basement and see what I can find!

the thrifty ba said...

impressive! i never would have thought of that!

Carrie K said...

Wow, how beautiful! Love it!
-found you from hoos talent!


BLJ Graves Studio said...

Such a great idea for using up leftover items and so fun too. :-)

Sam said...

I love that....lettme see if I can find a lamp around my house to tear apart!


Prior said...

I love this so much... I'm all about using what you have! Lezlee

Lana said...

Awesome! Great way to use that lamp/glasses, etc.

Hugs, Lana

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I adore your patriotic spirit. It is red, white and bluetiful!

I hope you'll stop by for my bbq on an Anthropologie inspired white tablecloth. :)

Colleen @ MuralMaker&More said...

Left-overs? I'd go buy the stuff to make it. Too cute!

Hope you stop by today & link it up to Fab Finds for the 4th.

Nikki said...

Thats awesome! Thanks so much for linking them at gettin' crafty on hump day! :)

Amber said...

Very fun and what a good use of what you had!

Leslie said...

Check you out! What an adorable project! I love the whole patriotic theme with the colors! Thanks for linking up to Hoo's got talent!

Fawnda said...

AWESOME! I love it! :)

I featured your here:

★All Thingz Related★ said...

Thanks for joining us for another great Anything Related! ~Bridgette

simplydesigning.blogspot.com said...

Very clever and super festive!

Thanks for linking up at www.simplydesigning.blogspot.com

I hope to see you Friday for another link party!

Bella said...

Ok Amanda, you need to stop with all these cool projects, I should be working on my blog, and my home now,,, instead I'm hooked to your's lol. Very cute, !!!!

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