Friday, January 28, 2011

Making an Autumn Candle Stand

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Handcrafted or hand decorated candle stands not only look beautiful but they also hold special sentiments if any of your loved one has handcrafted it for you. Autumn candle center pieces are one such handmade artifact which can add charm and elegance and warmth all together in your living room or any other place where you have placed this candle stand. It is rather easy to make an autumn candle centerpiece, take a look below to know more.

Things You'll Need:
  • Wooden block candle stand
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Styrofoam
  • Utility knife
  • Craft glue
  • Candle
  • Artificial Autumn leaves
  • Artificial Fall Flowers
Instructions

Step 1
First of all you need to get a wooden candle stand from the local craft store. Make sure that the candle stand is at least 4 or more inches tall.

Step 2
Now paint this wooden candle stand using acrylic paints and a painting brush. One can paint stand fall colors or create a unique artistic design as per choice. Once painted, let it dry thoroughly.

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Monday, January 24, 2011

How wonderous the natural jute fiber can be?

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Yes, you heard it right. With little creativity and effort, you can make a lovely jute napkin ring at home. For more versatile design, you can mix with shells, beads, stones and any decorative stuff which comes in your mind. See the beautifully made jute ring with the white napkins into it. Here let me share an interesting creative work which I came across. Follow the steps and see for yourself:

  1. Things to keep ready - big jute rope, jute twine, toilet paper roll and any pipe with desired size, waxed paper, shells, glue.
  2. Using the glue, secure the edge of the rope with twine. This will give a pretty look and prevent the edge from fraying. Cover the toilet roll with waxed paper and wrap the rope around and glue it along.
  3. When wrapping is done according to your requirement, cute the rope and again secure the end with glued twine. Now slowly remove the wrapped jute rope from the roll.
  4. Knot the twine and run it through the button hole, unriddle the twine and glue the shells in each piece. 
  5. Finally the decorated button is ready to fix onto the jute ring. Use a good glue to secure the button onto the ring.
See how lovely they are? Mixing two natural god gifted resource and there you go with a pretty ring which reminds you of the first beach party with friends. Not only this, you can use different shells or any anything available around you to embellish the ring. Here are some more picture of such jute ring which you can try out for yourself. Go ahead and surprise your friends!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Indian Jute Craft

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Indian craft work has a rich past. The use of jute and jute trade is dated back in 16th century. Since then jute was used for making commercial commodities however, the trend has been changed now. These days jute is used for making different decorative items. In India West Bengal is known for its rich craft products. An elegant range of decorative craft items are being exported from India. Since its affordable and natural, jute items are considered to the best for home furnishing. Jute basket, mats, wall hangings, toys and container holder is to name amongst the popular jute items. Jute articles can be easily colored and so are found in bright hues that are eye-catching.





Different organizations are promoting jute products by different means. They even provide specific  training programs for design and skill development to keep intact with the current trend. Some organizations are working hard to bring in all the craftsmen under one umbrella. Not in India but jute craft is flourishing in international market as well. For more detail on jute products, manufacturers and suppliers you can browse through different sites which provides information related to the same.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

How to Select Wrought Iron Wine Racks ?

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Wrought iron wine racks are becoming increasingly popular in modern homes. If you are wine connoisseur and want to have your own wine cellar so as to make your wine bottles last longer then wrought iron wine racks are the best option. This metal has been widely used in producing a range of decorative and useful items, one popular item being the wine rack. The reason why wrought iron is preferred today more than wood and other materials because it is durable, rust free, strong, less expensive and very very stylish. Today, this metal rack is considered an wonderful decorative item besides being functional.



Wrought iron has been beautiful molded and crafted into various shapes and sizes to display your favorite wine bottles in a way that draws the attention of any guests that come into your home. From a single wine holder to the wall mounted wine racks, there are various design options and they are very convenient to use. Wrought iron being a sturdy material can hold a number of wine bottles and it is entirely up to you what style you prefer.



Selection Tips

The first factor to consider is the size of the rack. Maybe you have a small collection now but as tastes changes, you might need greater space for storing your bottles. So if you buy a bigger size, it can save you money in the long run. But then if you want a wine rack just for a display, you can go for single holder or few holders rack which you can conveniently keep in the kitchen or dining table.

The style factor is very important and this is related to the size of the room. If you have a big living area or dining area, go for the floor standing wrought iron racks. It is a beautiful addition to your living room decor. For smaller spaces, the wall mounted racks or the hanging racks look beautiful.

Always remember that wine needs to be stored in a dark slightly humid space, with low temperatures. So before buying the rack, you should also consider the space where you can keep the rack so that the wines retain the original taste and flavor.

For varied styles and designs the Internet is the best option. You get an idea of the latest designs that are on the market today. Search stores that supply larger wine collections as they also have different design options for the racks. Take time to search all of the alternatives available. If you want to buy from a retailer, then compare the prices of few of them and then opt for the best but economical price. And even if you are confused, check out several product comparison sites to help you decide on designs, features, and prices from several brands and retailers.

Check out styles in wrought iron wine racks. For wholesale purchase and information, check out wrought iron crafts.