I discovered a really fun craft blog, Christy Nelson's site, by happy accident a few weeks ago. I noticed that she has a store on etsy in which she sells "craft challenge packets." Of course, I HAD to find out what that was all about! :)
The basics of this whole craft adventure comprise the following: for $5, you can purchase a craft challenge packet for the upcoming month, and you get a shipment with some random craft supplies that you must use to make.... well... something! Then you send in a picture of your creation to be entered into a contest. When Christy receives photos of the various craft items created with the challenge packet goodies, she posts them on her site, and people vote for their favorite project! The winner receives a fun little prize... and some crafting bragging rights, I suppose!
At any rate, I decided to join in on the fun, not knowing at all what to expect! I mean, I like crafts, but I am not an expert crafter or anything. I don't have any fancy tools or handy dandy things to help me out, either! It's just some dull scissors, a bottle of glue and my two hands!
I was quite anxious - and I think a little nervous - to get my packet. And here is what I received in the mail: (directions, 2 sheets of glitter paper, 1 pill bottle, some blue clay, a pile of raffia and 1 white favor cup)
Using only the items supplied, here is what I created:
I first took the raffia and created a fun "bracelet" thingie by cutting it into tiny pieces and knotting it in a decorative way.
Then I attached that raffia thingie (very technical terminology, here!) to the favor cup and added a little glitter paper to the top. I also used the glitter paper to decorate the pill bottle in a polka-dot pattern. Then I molded the clay around the cap on the pill bottle and attached it to the bottom of the bottle, for support. I used a little more of the clay to spruce up a plain candle and stuck it down into the pill bottle with some more clay to hold it steady!
Next, I slid on the decorated cup, which is a handy - and cute - little wax catcher! ;)
Ta-da! A cheery candle holder!
June's craft challenge was quite fun. And it was definitely a challenge! :)
Thanks to Christy for her ingenious way of snagging us craft-happy peeps who are always eager to take on a fun new project!