Monday, July 6, 2009

Ways To Dress Plain Glass Cylinders

In the craft department of most Walmart stores, and probably other household stores, are different sizes of plain glass cylinders. Last year I purchased some varied sizes for an event that I was helping with. I use these cylinders for dinners or just to decorate with. On this Monday morning, I thought perhaps you might like to see some of the ways to dress up cylinders for whatever occasion you might have. First of all, they only cost 1.87 each, at least that is what I paid for them last year.

Here I tied some old vintage hankies that I had purchased at a flea market. I tied one around each cylinder and knotted it in the back. I filled each cylinder with water 3/4 full, carefully, without getting the wick wet, floated an ordinary tea light candle without the tin case, on the water.

In the evening, with the candles lit, this is how your cylinders glow. The candles will burn for an evening without burning through. By sitting the cylinders on a mirror, there is more reflection to them.

Here I purchased three sheets of white vellum paper at Michaels or any craft store that sells scrapbooking papers. Vellum does not burn making it perfect to use to dress these glass cylinders. I lay the cylinder on it's side to mark the length of the paper, and cut. Fasten in the back with double sided tape. I chose three coodinating ribbons and tied around each one, set them on a pretty plate, added the water and floating tea light candles...

...turned down the overhead lamp, and had a beautiful, pastel glowing centerpiece for my dinner guests. So simple, so inexpensive and yet created the ambience that I always have at my evening dinners.

Here I chose soft pink vellum papers at .59 each, and secured them with double sided tape on the back. I set them on my kitchen table, added the water and the floating tealight candles, and had a soft, pink glow to the room for the evening.

I added a few of my glass etched votive holders with tea lights and touches of pink vinca. That added a bit more pizazz to the kitchen table centerpiece.

Yes, July 4th holiday is over for this year, but I thought you might want to see how I patriotically dressed these cylinders for this past weekend.

With the water, tealight candles and lights is how they looked. The choices are endless. Just thought you might need a centerpiece idea for your next dinner on the porch or patio...with wind or without, the candles will burn.


Stacey said...

You are so smart! I am going to be back tracking on your blog today. Hosting a wedding shower on Sunday and you have the best ideas!

Shelley said...

Judy - seriously - I am going to be your agent. LOL! You need to have your own t.v. show and book! Love this idea too! I'm coming to you for entertaining and decorating ideas! Hope you had a wonderful 4th~!
Hugs to you,

Happy@Home said...

I'm so glad you shared this great idea with us, Judy. You come up with such clever ideas and what I like the best about them is that they aren't too complicated and they are always pretty. I think this would be fun to play with for many different occasions.

Thoughts on Life and Millinery. said...

Great ideas Judy! Shellmo is right, a book or TV show would be welcomed.

To add to the list: dip colored tissue paper in liquid starch and apply to make a stained glass design (great way to intertain kids).

Lately I've found that rather when I make a flower arrangement, rather than put the stems inside the vase, I put the whole flower inside the glass. The flowers last soooo long...especially quick drooping flowers like tulips.

Stack cookies or other small items inside, slip a small piece of fabric on top, secure with a rubber band and a ribbon on top of that as a gift.

Thoughts on Life and Millinery. said...

oops...Monday morning mind...I meant "entertain" not intertain.

Maybe intertain is what needs to be done with kids on rainy days.

Anonymous said...

Judy these are wonderful ideas! All of them are so pretty. Thank you for sharing. I am going over to Walmart's later this week to see what I can find. I especially loved the Fourth of July idea. I could have taken some out to my cousins. I will next year for sure. Have you ever considered starting a little business?

Judy said...

What great candle ideas...for indoors or out. I keep coming back to your blog when I need some quick inspiration...for decorating or gift-giving. Thanks for being so generous in sharing all your great ideas.

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

Very good ideas and so pretty!


LisaShaw said...

Judy, I'm going to have to hire you for our daughter's high school graduation, college graduation, bridal shower, wedding day and baby shower decorations (smile).

I love ya!

southerninspiration said...

Some GREAT ideas!!! thanks!


Carm said...

Love it are so creative!!!!

Cottonwood House

Anonymous said...

Absolutely delightful. Even got additional ideas from the comments. This is the blog to watch. Blessings

lindsey said...

You never cease to amaze me with your great ideas ....and yes is would have been fun to have you sit with me eating scone!

Tracy said...

Great ideas! I'm trying to decide on centerpiece decorations for the rehearsal dinner...these are lovely!! I've printed them for my folder...just in case. I love the versatility and I especially love the price! = )

a woman who is said...

Great ideas on the cylinders. I have a few of those left over from my daughter's wedding. I love the addition of the vellum.


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