Candle holder – Out of a Hat Challenge

I hope everyone had a great Easter break.  This week seems to have flown by.  We had such gorgeous weather at the weekend.   I spent most of the time out in the garden which seems quite fitting as this weeks Out of a Hat challenge theme is “What is lurking in your shed”.  The challenge is to make something from item/s found in your shed or place where you store various oddities.

For full details of the challenge and to join in the fun click on the link above or the logo on the sidebar. The Hatters, Chrissie, Janet and Sandra have come up with some fabulous projects.

I altered a flower pot for this weeks challenge.  I used very small plant pots and saucers that I found in the shed.  They are so dinky!

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The pots and the saucers were base coated with gesso and then with a couple of coats of acrylic paints.   I then sanded them down to give a distressed look.   The rose is part of a serviette and has been glued on using SuperPox glue/varnish.   I used the last drops of glue in the pot (I have had this glue for so many years)  to stick on the images and then sealed both pots and saucers with modge podge.  The lids have been attached with a few blobs of tile cement which was also lurking in the shed.

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You only use one ply of the serviette.  You will need to separate them.   Paint a water line around the serviette image that you want to use and then gently tear away.    When applying the varnish a sponge brush or a very soft bristled brush are the best.  When applying the glue over the serviette,  gently ease out any air bubbles as you go.

These upside down pots also make great water pots/bird baths for the garden birds.  Ok, I have gone public with the fact I like gnomes! lol!

Thank you to Cathryn, Von  Suze and Marie for joining us last week.  It is great to be crafting again with old friends.

Happy crafting.  Have a great weekend.

Best Wishes Florence x

53 comments

  1. Florence as usual you amaze me with your fun ideas! How simply beautiful these are! So fun and lovely! 🙂 This idea would be so pretty in my garden in the back yard! Thanks so much for sharing this lovely idea!! 😀

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  2. Hi Florence, I am very behind in my blogging comments and I’m saving the best till last these are superb, I love them. Another who thinks why didn’t I think of that. Have a lovely evening. xx

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    • Hi Kim. It’s lovely to hear from you. Hope you are ok. The girls have come up with some fabulous projects and they are all so different. Thank you for calling in and for your kind words.
      Regards Florence xx

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    • Hi Jan, Hope all is well. Thank you for popping in and for your lovely comments. Always great to hear from you. Jan, if you see this, I have been having problems leaving comments on your blog this week. It is not just your blog but other blogs that I follow as well. Hopefully it will sort itself out soon.
      Regards Florence xx

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  3. Wow Florencwe thease are totally gorgeous. I love the technique of using a serviette and yours are so pretty. I rarely venture into OH’s shed, but that may change lol xx

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    • Hi Joy. Great to hear from you sweetie. Hope all is well. I’m allowed in Freddie’s shed but not allowed to put anything away or clean it up! 😉 Pleased you like the pots. Thank you for calling in and for your lovely comments.
      Regards Florence xxx

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  4. You know i looked at these and thought WHY have I never thought of doing that .. I have heaps of pots and saucers sitting in the garden looking rustic.. what a tremendous and desperately simple idea! You are a star florence! c

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    • Hi C. Great to hear from you. Hope all is well. The larger bowl is a spanish baking dish. Just big enough for the old black bird to get into and have a bath! 🙂 Pleased you like the idea. Thank you for calling in and for your lovely comments.
      Regards Florence xx

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  5. Sheds will never be the same again as you have everyone taking a peek to see what they cdan rummage up in the darkest corners of their sheds.
    Fabulous up-cycling and so beautiful.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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    • Hi Lynne. Hope everything is ok and you are enjoying the weekend. Not sure I like probing too much into the dark the corners of our shed. I’m thinking snakes!!! 😉 Thank you for popping in and for your lovely comments. Always great to hear from you.
      Regards Florence xx

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  6. Amazing what you can do with servietts isn’t it 🙂 though never thought of putting them on a flower pot though, another wonderful addition to your garden Florence 🙂
    Von x♥x

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    • Hi Von. Great to hear from you. I find some of the best serviettes to stamp on to and work with come out of Lidl. Thank you for popping in and for your lovely comments. Hope you can join us again this week 🙂
      Regards Florence xx

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  7. Florence, I love the candle holder flower pots. Your brain must be working overtime to come up with so many different ideas. These will look lovely in your flower garden. Have a great day.

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    • Hi Betty. Hope all is well. My minds always whizzing! Not always in the right direction though! 🙂 Thank you for calling in and for your lovely comments. Always great to hear from you.
      Regards Florence xx

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  8. Florence, these are great. Strangely enough I have been thinking a lot over the past week about garden lighting. I saw recycled globe lights on pinterest that would fit on top of one of these pots nicely. You can see them here http://www.theartofdoingstuff.com. I may have to leave my paper crafts for a few days and try one of these!

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    • Hi Joann. Hope all is well. Great to hear from you. Thank you for popping in and for your lovely comments. Have a nice weekend.
      Regards Florence xx

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  9. Florence – these little pots take me back to a project I did years ago with my daughter. We assembled them the same way and used them as little bird feeders. Your painting and decals look wonderful, I love the distressing. Happy Spring!

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    • Hi Lisa. Hope all is well. Happy Spring to you!! You know, I dont know why, but when I look at these in the garden they remind me of an old English childrens tv programme called the Clangers 🙂 Thank you for calling in and for your lovely comments. Always great to hear from you.
      Regards Florence xx

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  10. Florence I just love this idea they are sooooo pretty and would look perfect my garden. I must try it out. The diamond is very impressed with them. So the secret is out a gnome lover LOL. They are such cheery chaps. Hugs Sandra XXX

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    • Hi Sandra. Hope you are both well. One thing I probably should have put in this post. If you make these for outdoors (mine are for indoors) you will need to seal them with a varnish to protect them from water. They are also best kept out of direct sun light. This can affect the finish over time. So pleased you like them 🙂 Thank you for calling in and for your lovely comments. Always great to hear from you.
      Regards to you both,
      Florence xxx

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    • Hi Suze. Hope you are ok. Horatio is a cheery chap! How sad is that! The gnomes even have names. There is a Kevin and Trevor somewhere in the garden! 🙂 Always great to hear from you. Thank you for calling in and for your lovely comments. Hope you can join in with the challenge again this week.
      Regards Florence xx

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    • Hi Alison. Hope all is well. Thank you so much for such a lovely comment. Always great to hear from you and your visits are always very much appreciated.
      Regards Florence xx

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    • Morning Tanya. Hope all is well down the mountain. Are you joining in the challenge this week? 😉 I know you have a shed and a garage 🙂 Always great to hear from you. Thank you for calling in and for your lovely comments.
      Florence xx

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  11. This is my sixth attempt so if you get a load of comments sorry , my internet keeps going off ! What fabulous makeovers and am sure the gnomes are happy with their new furniture, beautiful done Florence makes such a difference. love your gorgeous garden too and I bet it was you who thought up this challenge. If only I had a shed it wont fit on my balcony. Thanks for the mention and for the link I popped over what an amazing prjoect.

    Marie

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    • Hi Marie. Hope all is well. Hey, as you have no shed I hope that doesnt stop you from joining in again this week 😉 Projects can be made from any bits and pieces you have stored away. Thank you for popping in and for your lovely comments. Always great to hear from you. Look forward to seeing your project!!! 🙂
      Take care,
      Florence xx

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  12. Oh my dear Florence, they are so beautiful, so beautiful… You did great. Seems so romantic too… ı can imagine during night… Thank you for sharing with us, I keep this project in my mind, maybe I don’t have a garden but I can use in the home too… Loved it so much… Have a nice and inspirational day, with my love, nia

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    • Morning Nia. Hope all is well. I did make these with a view to putting inside the house. We get so many power cuts in the winter. I’m a rustic sort of person. 🙂 Always great to hear from you. Thank you for popping in and for your lovely comments.
      Have a lovely day.
      Regards Florence xxx

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  13. Morning Valerie. Hope all is well. I think we should start up a Gnome Preservation Society!!!! 🙂 I have got the giggles now! Always great to hear from you. Thank you for popping in and for your lovely comments.
    Regards Florence xx

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  14. Hi Florence,what a great idea to use flower pots like this.love it,like your gnome hiding in the background LOL. will pop over to take a look at Linzy’s blog.
    Janet x

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    • Morning Janet. Hope you are well and enjoying your holiday. Linzy makes some beautiful things. Thank you for popping over and for your lovely comments. Always great to hear from you.
      Regards Florence xxx

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  15. These are terrific Florence-just love them. I recall making something with serviettes a long time ago and now I want to try something again thanks to your wonderful creations.

    Love the Alice stuff as well so much work gone into all of that for sure-thanks for the link.

    Love Chrissie xx

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    • Morning Chrissie. Hope all is well. Serviette craft was big over here about 10 years ago. Where has the time gone!! 😉 It’s nice to touch base with some old styles now and again. The Mad Hatters tea party is brilliant isn’t it 🙂 Thanks for calling in and for your lovely comments. Always great to hear from you.
      Regards Florence xxx

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