Thursday, August 28, 2008

Pretty Candy Dish - Repurposed

I was over at one of my favorite blogs one day and was yet again inspired, it was Joy from JOYS OF HOME and this time it was her cutie patootie Mint Tray that I was coveting!

So, I put my thinking cap on and decided to look for boxes or things that could become boxes...here are my finds, I think you might be surprised:

Garage Sale, 50 cents:


Garage Sale, $2:

Can you believe that you can transform those country bumpkin wall hangings into boxes? Well, you can...and here's how...

With the 2nd box, I had to remove the wooden characters, they popped right off with a wallpaper scraper...now my 4 year old has new toys, too :)

Spray paint the box black (or any color that you'd like).


I added those stick on felt protectors on the bottom of the trays, after the paint was dry:



Then, if you want, add scrapbook paper to the bottom of the tray/box with spray adhesive. I did this to mine because the candy dishes did not cover the entire bottom, so I thought it would be a nice added touch.



Once the paper is glued in and dried, I then sprayed the entire box with a clear top coat. And then let that dry.


Next, I glued my candy dishes unto the box. I did this because my boxes were shallow and that is the only way they would stay put. The candy dishes are actually votive candle holders. You can purchase them at The Dollar Tree or Walmart:








Put something heavy on top and let it dry overnight:



I added some Fall garland, from The Dollar Tree and some yummy chocolates:





And here is the other one I made:



There were no dividers, so I had to improvise with ribbon:





I hope you liked my little projects...I sure did have fun making them and will continue to make these, I think they are so pretty and what a nice gift...thanks again, Joy for the inspiration!!!

A little note to my Blogging Friends....I have not been able to leave as many comments as I would like to because I am up to my neck in WALLPAPER! I went into my kitchen the other day and just started ripping it down...I'm impulsive like that, are you? I'm still here though and will be visiting all of you as soon as I can!

I have a question, too...how do I get a Horchow Catalog delivered to my house? I don't see any way to sign up for one on their site. How can I copy their ideas, if I don't get the catalog, lol ;)

ttfn, my blogging buddies :)
Bella


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46 comments:

Darlene said...

Bella,
I went to that site and there is a place called cataloge and quick subscriptions (click on that at the bottom)....but from them it is a subscription which costs $6.50 so not free.

Your candy dishes turned out GREAT!! You have definitely been the craft diva lately. LOVE them!

I can't wait to see what your area looks like when you rip down all of that wallpaper and re-do it. My hubby & I have been talking about painting our kitchen cabinets....we will see......

Gretchen said...

Bella, I love your candy trays. They are so clever and I know I'll be copying them. What a great idea.

Gretchen
birdnestcottage.typepad.com

Layla said...

http://www.horchow.com/store/catalog/prod.jhtml?itemId=cprodsub002

Bella- Here's the link to order a Horchow catalog. They're $6.50, but that's for a year subscription. They also deduct that amount from your first order with them.

:-)
Layla
The Lettered Cottage

Layla said...

Oops! Just realized somebody already posted that! :-( Sorry!

Marie said...

What is this Horchow catalog we speak of? I've never heard of it! Rest assured I'll be checking THAT out!

Your candy dishes are TOO cute! I've seen those votives at the Dollar Tree. Walmart has some too. I'm eyeballing things around my house now... hmm...

Good luck with the wallpaper! Yes, I'm impulsive like that too. That is how I end up with horrendous mistreatments in my office I can't take down because I stripped a screw! Ruh roh raggy!

Dawn Gahan said...

Great craft projects!

And thanks for the info about the napkin rings. I've been looking for them on ebay.

Dawn

Scooterblu's Whimsy said...

Your candy trays turned out great! You are so creative! Just to figure out how to successfully copy all of these projects is impressive! Hope the wallpaper removal project is going well! That can be a bugger to do! I have an award for you when you get the time...come on over and pick it up! :) ~Rhonda

Michelle said...

You did an amazing job on the candy trays! Those would make great gifts.

Take Care
Michelle

Brown-Eyes said...

Hi Bella...hey, cute, cute ideas and cheap, too! I feel for you on that wallpaper job and yes, I'm just as impulsive...when I get a notion...LOL ;-) Bo

Laura said...

Those candy dishes are so cute! I remember the one done on Joys of Home. Thank you so much for your words on my bully blog, as much as it was awful to go through, I know it was even harder for my parents so I understand how you must have felt. Just heartbreaking! Remember, the 'normal' families have problems too! Have a good day! Wallpaper is no fun!

Laura :)

Deb said...

Hi Bella! Wow you went to work! I love what you did and I'm going to make one for myself. I haven't started my wall paper removal project yet, but I will. Deb

Susie Harris said...

What is horechow??? Is it something great Im missing out on? Oh please tell me I cant stand it... The hogs are razorbacks...sorry, smile!

The Berry's Patch said...

Great project Bella! I'm starting to work on my fall projects. I'll have them up in a couple of days. Great tutorial!

Brandee :-)

Jen - Balancing beauty and bedlam said...

Bella - you are totally out of control with the craft cuteness factor. I can't get over it. My mouth was hanging open...seriously, it was. I can't believe that those ugly things I pass up ALL the time can look like that. And I already have at least 50 votive holders that I save for that "special" occassion.
LOVE IT!

Ms. Tee said...

very cute! By the way, Kirkland's has Horchow-ish stuff from time to time :)

Fidget said...

i love how the divided tray turned out! this is the kind of project I need to make for my mom.

Kim's Treasures said...

That is one great project! Wow did you have an eye when you picked that up at the garage sale!

Good luck with the wallpaper!

I am going to have to check out this catalog you speak of...hmmmm.
Kim

nikkicrumpet said...

What smart ideas!!! And I would have never thought of the wall shelf becoming the candy dish holder....You are SOOOO SMART! They all turned out awesome. Just one more thing to add to my neverending list of projects!

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Bella,
Those look great. Love the use of the paper! You took Joy's idea and really made it your own!
diane

Chris said...

That turned out so great, Bella! Now I'm on the hunt for an ugly wood divider! I love the paper you chose for it!

Victoria said...

The trays turned out wonderfully! I am going to start looking at Goodwill & yard sales for ugly pieces!

So I see you are continuing with your kitchen journey! I can't wait to see what you decide to do.

Cottage Rose said...

Hey Bella; I just love your candy boxes, they are so pretty. You did a wonderful job. Wow you sure can see the possibility's in every think. I have to think for a bit to come up with something. Good luck with the wallpaper, I am the same as you.
Have a great Friday.

Hugs;
Alaura

Katelin said...

okay these are so cute, you are so crafty i love it.

Angie said...

Hey Bella!

For some reason...I am craving popcorn now..heehee. I love the candy dishes..they turned out GREAT! I have never heard of a Horchow Catalog...awww now I gotta go see what the heck it is.. Have fun wrestling with that wallpaper...hope you win!

~Angie

p.s. i am gonna email ya..i still have to get your address chickadee!

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

Hello Bella !!!!!!!!
WOW, You have such GREAT ideas and when I have some spare time, haha,
I'm going to try some of your great ideas. Just love those little pumpkins, guess I need to find a dollar store and I love the spray painted pumpkins with the pretty ribbon around them and I love the TRAYS :) :) :). So now I have to check in with you everyday and see what you are up to. Thanks for visiting me:) I Love Blogging and all the Great Gals I have as new friends.
Warmly, Deb :)

Shelia said...

Bella, you are amazing! This is so cute and I just can't imagine thinking to do this! I love how it looks all fixed up with fall things.
Be a sweetie,
sheli:)

Ashley said...

Those turned out really great. I had no idea what you were going to do with them. You have a great creative eye.

Cherry's Jubilee said...

Very cute! Love the paper. cherry

Jan said...

Loving it. Great ideas and you actually got me excited for Fall. Thanks. I love your style girl.

Kitty Scraps said...

Oh Bella, Girl you are brilliant! Who would have thought you could do something with that country craft thingy? Look what you did! And with Dollar Tree stuff too! I love me a ugly to beautiful cheap remake project and you certainly have far exceeded the cute factor with this one! I have to say it again, BELLA ~ You're BRILLIANT darling!
Wallpaper, yeah, I've stripped some of that down in a fit of decorative frenzy before.. along with faux wood paneling. Imagine my husband's surprise to come home and see a pile of paneling outside the backdoor one day? *giggles* A girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do, eh Bella? *smiles*

frillsfluffandtrucks said...

Your candy trays are so cute. I'm in awe over all your fabulous garage sale finds from the other day--WOW!!

~ Sarah

Screaming Meme said...

I had a feeling you were going to do something like that...Great minds think a like...:)I love it! awesome job!!!!

Barbara Jacksier said...

What super ideas. Now I'll have to check out the potential boxes i my house, too. Good luck with the wallpapering.

Ramona said...

You Rock Bella ~ your mojo is over flowing! Put some good music on while you strip that ol' wallpaper...and hang in there {so to speak} we will all be waiting here for you when you return....I can only imagine all of the creative stuffs that will be swimming around in your noodle. And now...I am off the the Dollar Store!

Smiles ~ Ramona

Pennies In My Pocket said...

I am SOOOOOO happy you stopped by my blog....I LOVE yours!! The tray is AMAZING! Wow! I'm so inspired to find myself one and redecorate it! I noticed that you are Hooked on Houses as well...LOVE that site!

I will be back! Bookmarking your site now! :-)

~melody~

Meghan said...

These turned out absolutely adorable!
Love them!

kari and kijsa said...

Trying to get back into the blogging swing of things and give a grateful shoutout for all the paryers and support!

Thankful blessings,
kari & kijsa

Tricia Anne said...

So cute! I will need to remind myself over and over again, "Anything can be painted!" ;o) You addressed me as "Sheila" on my blog ... he he he! :o) Not a big deal. :o)
Sincerely ~ Tricia Anne
Ps. I copied you on the painting of the tins. I have some sunflowers in mine. :o) Oh and a big ribbon around it! :o) I love your blog!!!

Sarah Kate said...

I love how you transformed the tacky little box thing into a totally sophisticated tray and showed how to adapt it for several seasons. Thanks for the Idea.

Elise said...

What a great idea, Bella!!
Elise

Marlene said...

Bella, love your candy dishes!reminds me I need to get going with my fall decor soon!!!! yiks!
Marlene from Cambria

Deb said...

Boy when you jump in you totally jump into something don't you? Can't wait to see what the kitchen looks like without the wallpaper. I hate wallpaper, but it seems to be what all the builders like. Taking it down is so not fun, so I am not envying you right now, but I know that kitchen is going to look amazing when its done.

By the way, your little creating is super cute. Who would of though of using that plaque as a base for the candy dishes. Nice job on that one.

At Home Redesigns said...

I love those transformations!

And yes, I would totally start an unplanned kitchen rip-down-the-wallpaper-a-thon. Gotta do it when the urge strikes.

Good luck!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I love your projects! You are so creative.

Magnolia Memories08 said...

Bella oh my gosh I love what you did to those old pictures. They are the cutest.I will be on the look for something to make some out of. Cute Cute Cute.Thanks for sharing.
Have a Great day.
Vikki

Veryirie said...

These are so clever! They look simply elegant; love the idea!

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