As I sat on the garage floor painting Ball Jars for tomorrow’s post, I noticed the heap of Ball Jar lids to my right, and immediately started thinking of what I could do with them. I was instantly reminded of when I was in college, and had to give a “How-To” speech in Speech class.
I wanted to do something different, something no one would ever think of.
That night, while emptying ketchup bottles for the local restaurant where I worked, I hesitated before tossing those glass ketchup bottles into the trash.
I stared at it, and then I had it! I would keep all of those empty bottles that night and I would turn them into something amazing for my “How-To” speech.
So, looking at all of those lids, I had to think of something, and of course, that something had to tie into my Fall decorating.
Then I had it…
…Fall Mini Wreaths!
Here’s what I did…
Fall Colored Ribbon
Hot Glue Gun and Glue
Ball Jar Lids
Next, twist the ribbon as you wrap it around the lid.
Step Two: Glue the end of the ribbon to the back of the lid.
Step Three: Add your favorite Fall embellishments.
Step Four: Repeat this process with other colors of ribbon and materials. One of my favorite mini wreaths was the one I did out of jute string.
Step Five: Glue or tie a string to the top of your mini wreath.
Step Six: Tie or Clip your mini wreaths to a fun Fall garland!
Since this buffet is the first thing people see when they walk into our house, I made it a “Welcome” Fall garland.
So, those ketchup bottles…
At the time, it was near Valentine’s Day, so I filled the bottles with Red Hot candies, added googly eyes and painted on a face. I painted the lid to the bottle black so it became a hat, and hot glued on pipe cleaners to the sides for arms. In his hand, he held a little Valentine card that read.. “I think you’re Red Hot!”
Then, I nervously gave my speech, almost puked, and walked out with a 100. Little did I know, that years, and years, and years later…I would still be creating things out of what others might think of as trash.
One day, I’ll have to recreate that ketchup bottle man. He was hot! 🙂
What about you? Are you doing something now, that you did as a child or teenager?