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Hello Friends, and Happy Friday! I hope you’ve had a good week, and I hope everyone is doing well.
My week has been up and down and my daughter and I are managing. I’ve made a few posts via Facebook as I’ve started tell more friends about the passing of our beloved pet … Trinity. To help pass the time I’ve been reading, writing in my calm journal and working on some small DIY’s.
Today’s DIY is a leather candle sleeve. I first saw this DIY earlier this year via Xo, MaCenna on YouTube, and I thought that looks so great and it’s the “new” style I’ve been trying to encompass in my decor. To work leather you need a few tools. So in total, I spent $27 dollars for a leather punch and letter stamping tools which will come in handy for some future projects. Everything else I had on hand.
First things first … my “dud” candle. Several years ago 3 to be exact I purchased a candle for the beloved Fall season called “Mahogany Woods”. I thought the candle smelled fantastic, but now in retrospect I know it was the candle it was next too (that I was smelling) because once I got it home and burned it, I smelled like nothing. So for years, I’ve held onto this candle as a light source.
When I decided to do this project my thinking was this is a great way to up-cycle that “dud” candle and give it some scent. I have several essential oils for my diffuser, so I figured I would combine a few that reminded me of Fall.
Unfortunately, I don’t have Cedarwood so I’m working with Frankincense, Bergamot, Cinnamon, and Sweet Orange to replicate something like Fall. (LOL). I’ve melted down the wax (as much as I could without losing the wick) and added a few drops of each. (More like 8, because it’s a larger 3-wick candle)
First I lined up the leather to the candle so it would be the right height and cut off the excess.
From that excess, I cut a small strip that would be the lace of the sleeve. Purchased brown suede shoestring from Michael’s instead, because this leather was so thick.
NOTE: The xacto knife wouldn’t work for this leather because it was too thick, so I scored the leather with that knife so I would have a straight line then cut it with scissors.
While searching on my favorite spot (Pinterest) for other leather DIY’s I came across several leather candle and vase sleeves. One in particular from Yellow Brick Home was personalized with an alphabet punch.
Suddenly the skies parted and I thought of all the things I can do with leather and suede with these tools. Again I came out of pocket a total of $27 for this whole project, so it was worth it.
This just makes this whole project so nice, and since we are all home for most of the year I have plenty of time to make some gifts for the holidays. It’s a win-win in my book.
Yellow Brick Home suggested centering your words by starting with the middle letter (if you have an uneven amount).
From here I punched out everything. I didn’t have a rubber mallet for this, so I used a regular hammer, but a rubber mallet would have made less noise. So I picked up one because I hammered these a little more so I could have a deep imprint.
Punching the Holes!
The leather punch
I purchased comes with a ruler, and a marker didn’t come in time from Amazon, so I picked up one from Michael’s. I flipped this on the backside and used a marker to mark my holes (about a half-inch) apart for a total of 3 holes on each side) then punched.
I laced my sleeve just like shoelaces, and THAT’S IT!
This project took 2 days because I wanted to up-cycle the candle and I had to wait for my tools to arrive. I love, love, love how this turned out and I can’t wait to make a few more. I already have more leather scraps in my shopping cart. (LOL)
With that, I’ll end my post today, I want to “shout-out” to Yellow Brick Home (#notsponsored) for the inspiration. Their home is beautiful, so check them out. I hope everyone has a great weekend, and stay safe amongst the chaos. — Peace
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