Dec 21, 2011

Holiday Mood Lighting

I was at Target a few weeks ago and found these pretty darn cute little paint cans in their dollar section.  They are not very tall. They are clear and they are oh so cute.  I had to have one.  Really and truthfully, I was proud of myself for only buying one.  Now though, I'm wishing I had bought more.

You could use them for many different things.  I chose to turn mine into indoor mood lighting. 

Here's what you need if you want to do the same...

- a clear paint can
- 1 sheet of vellum (I used 8.5 x 11 size)
- a battery powered candle light
- decorations if you want them

and here's what you do...

1- Measure the height of your can.

2- Cut your vellum so that it is the same height as your can.

3- loosely roll your vellum up and place it inside your paint can. The ends with overlap slightly, that's ok. Because of the overlap I didn't need tape or anything. It just stayed in place on it's own.

4- This isn't really a step, more of a reminder: DO NOT USE A REAL CANDLE! This little project is meant only to be used with battery powered lights. If you use a real candle you will most likely burn down your house so don't do it!

5- Add your battery powered light to the inside of your can and put the paint can lid back on. Technically you could be done at this point.

Note: you can use more than one light inside. I used three because, while I like the soft light, I did want it to be a little brighter. Just a little!

6- Add a little decoration and there you have it, a super simple way to make some nice holiday mood lighting.


Micupoftea~ said...

You are brilliant, girl! Fabulous, easy and inexpensive idea! Thanks for sharing would make a great hostess gift too :)

nargles.wrackspurts said...

oh my gosh, guess what? I found these on the clearance sect of the ONE SPOT at Target yesterday! I was THRILLED bc when I read your blog, I had never seen them! AWESOME hand crafted gift! TYSM!

ee said...

I had saved my cans to use next Christmas and then found velum with hearts on it to put in the can. So I decorated a few for door prizes for a bridal shower right before Valentine's Day. Thanks for the inspiration!