Light Up Your Christmas
To quote Miles Finch from the movie Elf, “I’ve got one idea that I’m especially psyched out of my mind about. Ya’ know, it’s one of those ideas where you’re just like, YES!” This sums up how I feel about today’s project! My Lowe’s Creative Ideas Blogger challenge this month was to create holiday decor using some items from Lowe’s. I came up with the idea to create DIY Oversized Ornaments using light globes, tuna cans, and eye hooks. Oh my!
I really wish you could see me as I brainstorm ideas for these projects. You would be amused. Perhaps many of you fellow creatives can relate. My creative process typically consists of me wandering the aisles of Lowe’s while staring intently at all of the shelves. Sometimes I’ll just stop and stare at a section for much longer than is normal, or socially appropriate. I’ll place random items in my cart from plumbing, and lighting, and hardware, and heating and cooling, and then lay them all out on the Lowe’s concrete floor trying to get a picture of how they might all come together. Usually this is when I get a, “Um…can I help you?” And that is inevitably followed with me turning bright red. I blush easily. So just be grateful that blushing and social weirdness will not be part of your creative experience if you choose to do this project! I already got that part out of the way for you.
STEP 1: CLEAN YOUR GLOBE SHADES AND TUNA CANS WITH A SOLUTION OF VINEGAR AND RUBBING ALCOHOL.
To create four ornaments-two large and two “small”-I used two large tuna cans and two small ones. Of course I didn’t have any empty tuna cans in recycling, so yes, I emptied four cans of tuna into a tupperware container. Guess what’s for lunch kids?! Tuna melts anyone? If you don’t like tuna, keep up your crazy-DIY-persona by posting a call out on facebook for tuna cans. I’m sure someone has some that they will be willing to donate to the oversized ornament cause!
Be sure to remove the sticky label residue from your cans before proceeding. Here is a quick tip that you may or may not already know. My favorite method to remove stubborn sticker adhesive (i.e. duct tape residue, price-tags, label glue, etc.) is to spray it with WD-40. I’ve tried Goo Gone, Goof Off, rubbing alcohol, Krud Kutter, some citrus product and good ‘ole WD-40 remains my fav. Just spray on and scrub with a paper towel. (Use care when using as it contains petroleum distillates, so be sure to wear chemical resistant gloves and use in a well-ventilated area. Avoid rubbing your hands all up in it–and ignore those viral facebook posts claiming it cures arthritis. It does not.)
STEP 2: DRILL A HOLE IN CENTER OF EACH CLEANED TUNA CAN.
To determine the size of bit to use, hold your eye hook up to your bits and choose a size or two down from the eye hook. I used a 1/8 inch drill bit on the small tuna cans. I can’t remember what I used on the larger ones.
STEP 3: SCREW YOUR EYE HOOKS INTO THE TOP OF YOUR TUNA CANS.
STEP 4: USE SILVER LEAF RUB ‘N BUFF
Your tuna cans will have some writing on them which detracts from your project. Rub ‘n Buff will cover this up. You could also spray paint, or paint the cans in the color of your choice.
(OPTIONAL) STEP 5: PAINT ORNAMENTS WITH STENCILS AND PAINT.
I used Martha Stewart brand stencils and glass paint (found at a craft store) to create my silver and gold designs. This is completely optional but definitely adds some wow-factor to your completed project.
STEP 6: PLACE BATTERY OPERATED LIGHTS INSIDE OF GLOBES.
I love these little LED lights inside the ornaments! They really make them come to life. I found them to be a bit pricey so only bought two for the large ornaments.
And that is all there is to it! Aren’t they beautiful?
To display my ornaments, I used small wreaths as a base for each. If you don’t have small wreaths, you’ll need to brainstorm some solutions to keep the ornaments from rolling off your surface and shattering to the ground! Some solutions might be strips of silicone caulk on the bottom, furniture pads, or hot glue dots. I haven’t tested these methods out, so you’ll have to see what works and report back! I also did not secure the tuna cans to the top of the globes. I wanted to be able to turn my string lights on and off so left them as loose caps instead.
You can see that I staged my ornaments on my front porch for fun, but I don’t recommend using these outdoors. I don’t think they would do well in wind and rain.