Monday, March 9, 2009

Tin Can Luminaries For Your Garden Tutorial!!

Smelly Jellies:

2 cups liquid potpourri
4 envelopes Knox gelatin
2 tablespoons vodka or 2 tablespoons salt

Bring l cup of the liquid potpourri to boil. Stir in gelatin. Stir until completely dissolved. Slowly add remaining liquid. Next, add in the vodka or salt, either of these will keep your smelly jellies from molding. Pour the mixture into jelly jars, or a container of your choice. Put a small doily, netting, or screen top on the top of your jar, and then decorate with raffia, a hang tag, ribbon, or decoration of choice. These are great for air fresheners!

Lavender Linen Spray

Lavender is known for its wonderful aroma and soothing benefits. You can make this spray for ironing, to freshen sheets and towels in the linen closet, to spray on old linens to freshen them, as an air freshener and to spray on your pillowcase just before going to bed - it will relax you and help you fall asleep.

Ingredients for a 5 ounce bottle:
4 ounces of distilled water (tap water will cause it to become cloudy)
1 ounce of 100 proof vodka or ethanol (rubbing alcohol -do not use isopropyl)
10 drops of lavender essential oil
5 ounce spray bottle (dark glass works the best)

Mix the essential oil into the alcohol, the alcohol will take on the scent of the oil. Slowly add the distilled water stirring constantly. Fill the bottle. Store in a cool dark place and shake well before using. Test on fabric in an inconspicuous spot before spraying the entire piece. Easy Spicy Room Freshener Recipe

distilled water (about 1 cup)DO NOT USE TAP WATER!
5 drops of orange essential oil
3 drops of cinnamon essential oil
Mix these in a sprayer bottle for a yummy room freshener/room spray. If you are wanting to calm the kids down before bed, you can mix your distilled water with 4 drops of Lavender Essential Oil and 4 drops of Chamomile Essential Oil. This is a very calming blend and is very pleasant to fall asleep by.

Tin Can Luminaries:

These simple tin can luminaries look great hanging in the trees or placed upon your porch and patio on summer nights. You can create an entire group of them for very little cost and by using citronella candles they will serve a double feature of keeping the bugs away. This is a fun project and can be done with the entire family.
I will also be sharing with you how to rust the can or paint a rust faux finish on them.

Materials for Tin Can Luminaries:

Several heavy tin cans of various sizes
Awl and nails of various sizes – this will give you different sizes of holes in your tin cans
Heavy wire if you wish to hang them
Flathead screwdriver
Needle nose pliers
Permanent marker
Design you wish to use...Cut out of paper and then taped them on the can.
Old Towel

1. Soak and scrub the labels off the tin cans. Soak the cans in a solution of diluted bleach this will remove any odor. Check the interior lip of the can for rough edges left by the can opener and use the flathead screwdriver to press down any you find.
2. Draw the design you wish on to the can with a permanent marker remembering you want a very simple design.Shapes can be found on the Internet by googling the shape you wish.
3. Fill the tin cans with water leaving about 1 inch at the top. Place them in the freezer and freeze completely. By freezing water in the can it will help the can to keep its shape when pounding the awl or nail into it.
4. When the water is completely frozen place the can on an old towel to keep it from slipping and for padding. Now with the awl and hammer begin to pierce through your design. By using the awl and different sizes of nails you will get different sized holes.
5. If you wish to hang your luminary make a couple of holes at the top. These holes will be for stringing the wire through if you wish to hang..
You can now rust or rust faux finish your luminaries or spray paint them any color you like...I like doing mine in yellow, blues, pink and lavender...The butterfly colors and hang them in my butterfly garden....

To Rust Your Luminaries

Fine grade sandpaper
Household bleach
Cider vinegar
Plastic mixing container- a gallon milk jug works great just cut the top of
Pair of tongs

1. Sand the tin can with a fine grit sandpaper to remove the shininess.
2. Mix two parts bleach to one part vinegar in the plastic container. Mix enough to completely cover the can.
3. Drop the tin can carefully into the solution and wait at least 30 minutes.
4. Using the tongs carefully remove the can from the solution the item will not look rusty and let dry the rust will appear as it is drying.
5. Seal with a matte spray finish.

To Paint a Rust Faux Finish

Sand paper
Spray paint- black
Acrylic paint- terra cotta, red iron oxide, burnt umber, raw sienna
Sea Sponge
Krylon matte varnish spray
1. Make sure your cans are completely clean and dry.
2. Rough the surface up a bit with sandpaper and spray with flat black paint or a rust colored spray paint.
3. Make puddles of terra cotta, red iron oxide, burnt umber, pewter gray and raw sienna acrylic paint on a paper plate.
4. With a sponge dab into a color then onto a paper towel and then onto the can. Just keep dabbing with a light touch mixing the different colors together on the can till you get the desired look of rust.
5. Now sprinkle some cinnamon onto a paper plate and dab a clean sponge into. Dab this on to the can while the paint is still wet. This will give it that textured rust look.
6. You may have to clean out your holes a bit with a toothpick from the paint and cinnamon.
7. Let the can completely dry then spray with Krylon matte finish varnish.

Now add about an inch of sand into the can and place your votive candle down into it.


The Charm House said...

Sue, You are so awesome!! You hints are always amazing me! I have never used vodka in my sprays, etc. New one for me! I will have to try it... And the liquid potpourri, where do I get it? I like this idea!

Cricket said...

I love the luminaries! Great idea.

bluejeanprimitives said...

OH! I have a ton of rusted cans... what a great idea!



A Seaside House said...

Great ideas! It`s not spring here right now either but I am really looking forward to it. Are you all snowed in now? Hope you have a great time anyway:)

The Charm House said...

Sue, I am leaving you a little award on my blog tomorrow!
Lov you,

Natalie said...

Hi Sue,

Thanks for visiting our blog and your nice words about our labels.

I love you your smelly jellies. I cannot wait to try it. There's nothing like a wonderful aroma to make you feel good and uplifted.

I will be adding myself as a follower.


Donna said...

This could save me abundle on room sprays, I have lavendar in my gardens and get tired of the same uses, since I never had a recipe for this before I will be trying it.