More fun is at hand! Here comes Part Three of my scintillating series, Stuff On Sticks. I invented a darling DIY tealight holder, which looks all store-bought schmancy...
...but takes less then ONE MINUTE TO MAKE, and is, in reality, a sink strainer on a knitting needle.
Yep, a dollar store sink strainer.
On a garden variety, thrift-shop-frugal-or-hand-me-down-freebie knitting needle.
If you agree this is adorable and fun, clack your knitting needles! Louder! I can't hear you!
Okay, quit yer clacking and listen up, because here's how you make 'em. Did I mention it takes less than ONE MINUTE?
Poke a knitting needle through the center of a mesh-type strainer. Slide the strainer all the way up.
Note: when you come to the little raised collar part, gently wiggle things around until the hole widens a bit more - then you'll be able to push the strainer all the way past the collar.
Select a rubber washer - any style is fine, as long as the hole is a good, tight fit to the knitting needle.
Slide the washer up until it rests securely against the strainer.
Holy crackers, you guys! That's all there is to it!!!
Love love love it. Now jab it into a plant, or a vase full of stones, and light it up with a real tealight or an electric one.
For even more fabulosity, add charms or dangles. You could use jump rings. Or even easier, do what I did: hang your charms with a few of those kidney-style earwires.
Sure, it adds another coupla minutes to the completion time, but oh so worth it!
Final idea! What to do with the extra strainers that come in the package - the little teeny ones too small to hold a tealight? Well! I replaced the rubber washers with some random plastic leaves off dollar store faux flora.
Result: weird flowers!!!
Is it me, or are these really pretty?
How to use them? Hmm. I had one good idea: use them as mini earring holders. Picture one stuck into a bud vase, with your favorite earrings displayed hanging in a circle from the rim.
Any more suggestions? What would youse guys do with them?
Me? I might just use them as weird flowers.
That's it for right now. I'll be back soon with more Stuff On Sticks.
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