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Right now, finals are approaching and as an ad student I have several campaigns to do instead of studying for tests (which is totally fine with me) but it is  t i m e c o n s u m i n g!

I’m ready for winter break to get here so I can relax with my family and start crafting again!

In the meantime, follow me on Twitter and I’ll follow back! Send me photos of projects you’re working on that you find here or on Pintrest. I need something to keep me sane through all these countless hours in the library :)

 

XO – Chelsea

Wine Bottle Tiki Torches

You’ll have nothing to “wine” about after seeing these one-of-a-kind Wine Bottle Tiki Torches! This is a unique gift idea that’s a guaranteed hit… like the kind that makes guests say, “Where did you get that?!”

I made these last week for my Sister-in-Law’s birthday and it was a huge hit!

I found this link on (you guessed it), Pintrest :) and the original tutorial, as well as the photo above, came from Gerardot & Co., a strategy and design firm. Be sure to check them out!

This project is a MUST for anyone who enjoys entertaining friends on the back patio/porch. It’s so easy, and relatively cheap especially for the finished product you get!

Now don’t be deceived by the hardware… I am the LAST person you would find hanging out in a Home Depot, and I found all the materials very easily (with the help of the Home Depot guys of course!)

Here is your supply list. This is for 1 torch so if you want to make more, just multiply by however many you’re making:

1. An empty wine bottle. Make sure it is glass, and the neck is 1 inch in diameter.

2. Teflon Tape

3. Top Plate Connector (threaded for 3/8″ – 16 thread rod)

4. 1″ Split Ring Hanger (threaded for 3/8″ – 16 thread rod)

5. 1/2″ x 3/8″ Copper Coupling

6. 1/2″ Copper Cap

7. 2 Hex Nuts (threaded for 3/8″ – 16 thread rod)

8. Two #10 x 1” Zinc Plated Wood Screws

9. Replacement Tiki Wick

10. 3/8”-16 Zinc Plated Threaded Rod (Gerardot & Co. said he bought a 3 ft rod and cut it down, so that’s what I did too. Mine were being mounted to a deck railing so I had to measure the overhang and I cut it to fit that.)

11. Tiki Fuel

So here’s how I managed to do this:

First, I wanted to get the labels off my wine bottles so I soaked them in hot soapy water.

I was giving these as gifts so I couldn’t exactly start with mounting… So I just put them together as much as I could and the rest would have to be taken care of by my brother (or the giftee)

I started by wrapping the larger end of the couplings in teflon tape.

Basically just keep wrapping until it will fit snuggly into the top of the bottle without falling down into it. After it has enough tape wrapped around it, you can thread the wick through so it sticks out about 1/4 inch.

And here’s a photo of why you have the copper cap… Just to have as a top while the torches aren’t being used.

The next thing I did was put the hardware together. If I can do it, you can do it!

Here’s a guide to Hardware For Dummies :p

After you have most of your hardware put together, place the neck of your bottle into the split ring. Hold up the other half of the split ring, and tighten the screws. (A craftsman’s tip was to tighten each screw a little at a time to avoid one side being tighter than the other.)

If you’re giving these as a gift, that’s the most you can do. You wouldn’t want to fill the bottles with torch fuel and put them in a gift bag :O haha!
I just put them in a bag as is and brought the torch fuel to give them after they opened the torches.

So if you’re still with me, you’re done! It wasn’t that bad right?

Oh and if you’re making these for yourself and mounting them, I will send you to Gerardot & Co. because they have good tips on mounting.

Thanks for tolerating my girl-talk about hardware haha :)

Let me know what kind of reactions you get from giftees or guests when they see these one-of-a-kind, made-with-love tiki torches!

XO – Chelsea – @chelsrose

PS. Christmas is just around the corner AND I will be an Auntie TWICE within 4 months next year so be ready! I’ll be slingin’ CreativeLittleBird posts like there’s no tomorrow! ;)

Safety Note: This project is intended for outdoor use only. Never leave torches unattended and use the same caution and common sense you would with any open flame. Each user should assume responsibility for deciding appropriate uses, storage or shipping of items. Chelsea Williams disclaims any liability for damage or injury which may result in the final product of the above instructions.

Best Boyfriend Gift Award

Am I the only one who thinks boyfriend presents are some of the most difficult to find?

Especially an Anniversary gift because boys are hardly as entertained as we are with mushy-I-Love-You type gifts.

But it’s time to thank the Girlfriend Goddesses… I’ve found the best boyfriend-gift ever (thanks to my recent obsession with Pintrest).

Not only is it extremely heart-felt, it is wonderful for a college girl budget! :)

52 Reasons Why I Love You.

Sound cheesy? Yes, I know. But when it’s been 3 years, I’m not too worried about being embarrassed.

I’ve seen a few different examples online that were pretty generic (“You have a great smile”, “You care about my feelings”) blah, blah, blah.

I decided that I really wanted mine to be personal using specific memories that have brought us closer over the past 3 years. I thought it would take awhile to accumulate my list but it was shockingly easy (we’ve been through a lot).

I think he would agree, this was one of the best gifts I’ve given him :) It’s also a great keepsake to display in our home that we can always look at and think about special memories from our first 3 years together.

Okay, I’ve talked too much about love… Let’s make it.

Materials:

A deck of cards (I assume most people have this lying around the house which means… FREE!)

Hole punch

2 binder rings… You could also use yarn or ribbon

Computer paper… I printed mine out but you could hand write them too

Scrapbook supplies for cover decoration

The rest is pretty self explanatory…

Make a list of 52 reasons why you love your significant other,

Print or write them out on small pieces of paper,

use scrapbook tape to adhere paper to cards.

It’s really important that all the holes match up, so you can take a ruler and make small dots on each card so that you know where to punch.

After each of your cards has a “reason” on it, make a cover.

I went to Hobby Lobby and got 3 pieces of card stock, and 4 sheets of stickers for $4! DEALS!

And that’s it!

Easiest, cheapest, most meaningful gift you can give your man :)

Here are just some of mine to help you think outside the box:

Haha he hates the fluffy one but he knows I won’t stay over if he steals my flat pillow :)

There’s a reason why I have a pink fishing pole and actually notice what kind of cars are around me

Haha! Oh those darn company holiday parties.

True story!

I hope these inspire some great ideas! It’s really fun to think back even to early memories, he’ll be surprised when he reads them!

Send me pictures of yours and let me know how he reacts!

XO  Chelsea – @chelsrose

Autumn Mumkins


‘Tis the season for harvest themed decor!
And who doesn’t love cheap and easy decor that looks fabulous?!
Two of my “mum’s” favorites are pumpkins and fall mums so we decided to combine them both.
This project is so eye catching and festive, guests would never think how quick and super easy this is!

“Mum” and I got 3 good size pumpkins for $2.50 each at Aldis

(we always love a great deal!)
You only need one pumpkin for one “Mumkin” but we wanted to have 3.

Start by cutting the top off of your pumpkin(s) just like you would if you were carving.

I started with a smaller hole because we wanted to make sure there wouldn’t be space between the mums and the pumpkin. I did, however have to end up cutting more to make the opening wider.

 After discarding the top, we originally planned on scraping out the insides of the pumpkins but we decided that it would be  good padding for the dirt to rest on so we left it in there.

This is the part where you might have to cut a bigger space in the top.

When we took the mum out of the container, it was bigger than we thought so we cut more and it fit perfectly. Be sure to have newspapers or something laid out because, as you can see, it got a little messy :)

Be sure to smash it down really good so the dirt is packed tight and so there are no spaces between the pumpkin opening and the mums.

This part is optional, but we thought the ribbon added the perfect touch. I mean, we’re girls, what do you expect? :)

And here is the final product… I’m obsessed! So festive and unique!

Cupcakes To Dye For

A few weeks ago, I made these pretty (and yummy) “tie-dye” cupcakes and everyone was asking how I made them so I baked them again for a tutorial; and I never have a problem with making cupcakes for no reason :)

I came across the idea online and realized how easy these adorable cupcakes are to make! They are perfect for turning heads at a party and you can even customize the colors to match your party theme, team colors or sorority colors!

One: Mix up a white cake batter as directed on the box.

Two: Separate the batter into equal parts, one for each color you plan on using. I wanted to use 5 colors so now I have 5 batters.

Three: Dye your batters! I used Neon colors I found at Walmart and I think they turned out so fun!

Now I have all my colored batters

Four: This is the fun part! You can start spooning in your batters any way you choose. This part takes awhile longer than making normal cupcakes but it’s worth it :)

Continue on making gorgeous cupcakes until you have this

Five: Bake according to boxed directions and when they come out they’ll look like this

Now you know the rest… top with any frosting and take them to your friends to show off your baking skills! :)

Happy Baking!
XO -Chelsea

Here We Go…

First timer here… blog virgin.
Well see how this goes in the mix of a hectic school schedule, prepping for my real estate license exam, and trying to break into the professional world of advertising along with everything else I have going on. October hasn’t even started yet and I think I have plans for about 80% of the month. This will be a project in itself.

But with the holiday season just around the corner it’s about to be craft central in my house. Within the past couple years I’ve opted with making gifts instead of buying them… so ideal with a college girl budget plus it means so much more. And there will obviously be several yummy recipes thrown in the mix with the help of my mom and sisters!

I wanted some outlet to share the amazing ideas that I’ve either come up with myself or have seen online so this blog will consist of mostly DIY craft/decor tutorials and fun recipes to try out. I hope that you guys will enjoy and get some great ideas to try out yourself!

XO- Chelsea