I have a 10 minute DIY project for you today. I literally did this one while I gabbed on the phone with my best friend, Molly.
I was sitting on the couch looking at the fireplace and wishing that I had some sort of ambient light on the mantel. The candles look gorgeous when they’re all lit, but I don’t want to burn them every night. That’s when I remembered seeing vases filled with light strands somewhere on Pinterest and I knew I had a few extra cylindrical vases taking up room in my cabinets.
After I located the perfect vase I went on a house hunt for something to wrap it with so the light strand wasn’t visible through the glass. I probably could’ve just filled it with lights and called it a day, but all of my light strands have green cords and that just would’ve looked strange. Lace curtain? Too nice to cut. Ribbon? Not see-through enough. Leftover yellow chevron fabric? Doesn’t really fit in with the neutral mantel. That’s when I saw a bundle of twine and knew it would be the perfect material.
I started with a dab of hot glue — my glue gun is a very close second to my staple gun on my list of tools I want to marry — and just started wrapping.
Believe it or not you don’t need to glue it all as you wrap. As long as you’re wrapping it tightly enough all you need is a dab of glue to start it, and one more to finish it. (Let that first one dry completely before you start wrapping. It’ll take all of 30 seconds. OH, HOT GLUE, HOW I LOVE YOU.)
All done. See how easy that was?
I love how it gives off the same glow as a candle. I’m thinking about making a few more in different heights to even out the look. Having an outlet on the mantel is ingenious; thank you previous homeowners — you did something right.
That’s it! That’s all she wrote. She, being me. In case you didn’t pick that up. Only one more day of the work week and then it’s a nice long weekend. You can do it!