Get Your Craft On ~ DIY Lantern

Yes, it’s GET YOUR CRAFT ON! Don’t hate me for not choosing my top 5 this week.  I wanted to share my outdoor diy lantern and doily vases with you and my local TV debut.  Both projects I’m sharing are simple ways to add original personality to your outdoor spaces.  Get ready to link up your projects………

get your craft on

Last week I was on our local morning show here in Portland Oregon. I had mentioned in passing to my friend Krista, that I should work toward this as a goal since so many of my blogger friends in Utah are doing this. It would push me to do something I’m not comfortable with. I’m used to being in front of large groups teaching fitness classes, but not on TV. Krista who is already a regular, once a month for an Organizing series was on vacation and they needed someone last minute. It was a quick decision.

Once I said yes, I went into overdrive of what EASY things I could do on the air.  My husband scared me to death saying 6 minutes was a long time and I should plan more things………that’s why I have 40,000 projects going on air.
I’m not sure they’ll have me back, but it was fun.  I wasn’t nervous. The host of the show used to take my step classes.  I was only nervous about getting set up……which didn’t turn out the way I wanted and I had also broken a hurricane before I was live.  I was also nervous about looking sweaty.  Not only was it hot because of the lights, but my 51 yr old body decided it was a great time for a hot flash. (but my nails looked GREAT)

I showed simple ways to add light to your patio.  Of course my overly exposed beach candles made it on air.  So simple to make.

Make Lantern

But I also decided to make one of the amazing outdoor  DIY lanterns from Diane’s tutorials.

diy outdoor lantern

I featured her a while ago. So simple.  A tin can, a coopor adapter, spray paint & a broom stick.  The hard part was finding the wooden broom stick.

diy outdoor lantern

I also showed a simple way to add personality to any jar. These jars are old cocktail mixer jars. I loved the shape. diy craft ideasDoily’s have made a come back in the craft world.  I used the small doily’s for the jar with #2 on it, gluing about 12 of them around the jar, securing it with twine and adding a cute embellishment.

The second jar, I used the large dioly.

craft ideas with doily's - today's creative blogI cut the doily in half, and wrapped around the jar with the scalloped edge up.  Secured with a piece of fabric and called it good. I really do think the more of these the better. A long line, or a large cluster would be beautiful.

All you need are jars, twine, doily’s and fabric strips. Crafts with Doily's

Are you ready to link up your latest project?

Get Your Craft On Guidelines

  1. Link up something creative, as in crafty. Cooking, baking, organizing are all welcome too. (please don’t link the same thing week after week)
  2. DO NOT link up items you are selling. No contests, giveaways or link parties.
  3. Because of the filter I use, you must link back to TCB in your post. I’ve also heard that having my button on your side bar works too. If you need help in learning how to link back, please watch this quick tutorial on HOW TO LINK BACK.
  4. Mingle, find your next project, tweet about Get Your Craft On, tell everyone on FB. Why not? That means more ideas!
  5. Find all my buttons here. But text links are great too.

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Owner/Founder at Today's Creative Blog
Since 2007, Kim has been sharing tips and tutorials on how to live a creative life. Owner/Founder of Today's Creative Blog and where inspiration happens everyday! From the Pacific Northwest, Kim is a busy mom who adores her teen son, her middle aged husband and is constantly wiping the muddy paws of her adorable Labradoodle Maybelline. In her spare time, she teaches fitness classes and loves to decorate with thrift store bargains. You can also find Kim once a month on Portland's AMNW Morning show as their "creative expert". Life is more fun when it's creative!





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  1. Annette says

    Kim great job on the crafting segment. I loved all your ideas for outdoor lighting. I will be trying them for sure..Thanks again for sharing

  2. says

    I bet you were the star of the show, and I bet they all went home and made some of your awesome lanterns! Good job! Thanks for hostessing the party, I linked up my “old window” decorated (finally got around to it!). Hugs ~ Mary

  3. says

    I just found you from Clean & Scentsible. I’m excited to come back and link up next week. You and your readers are invited to my site: I’ve just posted some great back to school ideas and printables. (I’m adding you to my party page.)