Friday, December 10, 2010

Thrifty Gifty 2010 #4: Monogrammed Candle, and Knock-Off Party

 

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Today’s Thrifty Gifty is also a Pottery Barn knock-off.  These are my teacher gifts (along with a scarf I got for about $3 from Coldwater Creek).

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I saw these monogrammed candles in the early spring 2007 catalog.  They were on sale: the 6”w x 4”h was originally $24, on sale for $14.99.  They also had a 5”w x 8”h, which was orig $49, on sale for $29.99.  Pretty steep for candles, if you ask me.

I picked up the yummy smelling Hazelnut Cream triple wick candles at Walmart for $3 each.  There are a couple ways you could go about monogramming them.  If you have a Cricut, by all means, use that.  I don’t, so I hand-cut my stencil out of contact paper.

First I printed out the letter I wanted.  Then I taped it to a square of contact paper, and cut it out with my Xacto knife.

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Peel the backing off the contact paper and stick it tightly and smoothly to the candle.

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Wrap paper or something around the whole candle to protect from overspray (I just tucked the edges under the contact paper).  Do the top too; I didn’t and the lid got a little dusting on it.

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Go over it with several light coats of spray paint.  I accidentally used primer, but in hindsight that probably wasn’t a bad idea.  It might adhere better.

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Wait a while for it to dry, and then carefully peel the contact paper off.

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Party time!  Here are the rules:

  • your knock-off entry must be made by you
  • it must inspired by Pottery Barn, Ballard Designs, or Restoration Hardware
  • you must include a picture of the original item from the catalog so we can compare
  • it must be a specific comparable item, like my lamp shade, and not just a “this kind of has the PB look to it”
  • you must link back to me in your post, preferably using my button code, which you can get in my right side column
  • link to your specific party post, and not your general home page
  • please be polite and visit several other participants and leave a nice comment

If you need more details, see this post.  Though I hate to do it, any entry that does not follow the rules will be deleted.  List will be open until Sun. Dec. 12 at 11:59 pm central.

Also, Monday I will have another Thrifty Gifty linky party.

5 comments:

Shannon @ The House Creative said...

So glad your having the party this month! :-) Have a great weekend!

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

I LOVE these knock-off parties - I'll be back later to see what else people have linked up.

Have a great day.

I'm just off to see my little ones in their nativity play.

Sarahx

Mary Joy said...

Wow! I love your candle!!! That is awesome and what a great thrifty gift! I can't wait till Monday...I have a post to link up! I am working on some fun thrifty gifts for our kids over the weekend...can't wait to share!!!! :D

Blessings!

Mary Joy

Paula said...

Who wouldn't want to receive this as a gift? Great idea!

Angie said...

I love your candle! I bet you could use etching cream too.