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DIY Satsuma Candle

DIY Satsuma Candle
A friend of mine DIYed her own candles, made from the peels of Satsuma oranges, for a recent dinner party. I was so excited by this simple yet clever idea, I had to share the tutorial on HonestlyWTF. My only regret is not discovering this sooner when Satsumas were at their absolute peak in December. The stem side of the Satsuma will be the bottom and base of the candle. Because Satsumas are known for their loosely attached peels, the orange should easily be removed. Once the flesh of the orange is taken out, the pith connecting the outer stem should remain. Pour a few glugs of olive oil into the orange, leaving just the very tip of the pith exposed. Depending on the length of the pith, the candle should burn for at least a couple of hours. (all images via HonestlyWTF) Related:  Food

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Negatives Candle Holder Poor, neglected photo negatives. Ever since digital photography has come into play, these photographic beings have lost their heyday and are quite the endangered species in the photography world. Well, neglect them no further—time to use those negatives for something positively enlightening! Brighten up their lives—and yours—by using them to make a lightbox-esque candle holders! It’s a super simple and fun way to dress up your candle lights for these lovely summer nights! How to Make a Film Negative Candle Holder! p.s. Why So Negative? Since they’re transparent, photo negatives are best viewed with some sort of light behind ‘em, and candlelight works perfectly to illuminate the different photos found on a negative roll. So why leave your photo negatives to the dust bunnies when they could be showcased using just a few additional materials? It’s a quick and easy way to personalize the rather plain glass candle holders—and makes a neat conversation piece, too! And hey—no negatives?

DIY Marbled Glassware When graphic designer and artist Joanna Bean Martin shared with us her technique for marbling the bottoms of glassware with nail polish, we couldn’t wait to try it ourselves. Who knew it would be such an easy way to add color and pattern to your next tablescape or party? Remember, the brighter and bolder colors you use, the more the glasses will radiate and glow. You’ll need:flat bottomed glasswarevariety of colorful nail polishclear nail polisha disposable plastic containernail polish removerpainters tapetoothpicks Mask off the bottom of the glass with painters tape. Fill a disposable, plastic container with water. Layer the colors one on top of the other. Submerge the bottom of the glass into the polish. Allow to dry completely before applying a layer of clear polish. Once everything has dried, remove the painters tape and touch up with nail polish remover and a cotton swab. Your glowing glasses are finished! Bottoms up!

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The Hybrid Chick edible weeds Solar-Powered Mason Jar This is one of those ideas that seemed like a really simple one UNTIL I started working on it. It actually turned out to be a bit harder than I anticipated…but in the end I was very happy with the results. So I hope you will hang in with me while I attempt to show you how to make one of these fun mason jar luminaries. I’ve been wanting to do something like this all summer long. It was time to take action! The reason my seemingly simple project turned out to be more complicated than I anticipated centered around the fact that the size of the light was smaller than I anticipated and didn’t “fit” the mason jar opening. After searching and searching…I found a tip on The Happier Homemaker that at least got me pointed in the right direction. After a few different configurations…here is what I came up with. You’ll need 3 paper clips, and then you’ll want to shape them so they each end up like this. Then you’re going to use those paper clips to suspend and balance the light on the rim of the jar.

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