DIY Project: Little Lanterns

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

These little lanterns have been one of my favorite DIY projects. I had been looking for about a year for something to decorate the top of my buffet. I used to have an older vase with a left over mirror from my apartment days. It was just okay. Nothing to write home about. It wasn't the right scale for the furniture or the room.

I saw these lanterns at my local Carolina Pottery and couldn't resist. I liked the style, and thought they'd be just the right size. I bought three, but only used two here (the third has a spot on an end table in another room). They needed a little "pizzazz" so I used some rock that I had on hand and bought some spanish moss for vase filler. 

First, I gathered the items for the small lantern. Just about a handful of moss, a small battery powered candle (mine are the 2.25" x 4" from Pottery Barn), and the little lantern.

Next I placed the moss in the lantern and created a little "well" in the middle. This gives a good spot for the candle and helps it to stay level in the moss.

Pull up any moss that got pushed down too far and make sure it covers the base of the candle.

Now for the larger lantern...notice an odd craft supply? Yes, that is a toilet paper roll. I just cut a little bit off the end to make it the right height for the amount of rock I had. This will serve as a base for the candle so it will be a more proportionate height for the lantern.

Place the toilet paper roll in first, right in the center of the lantern.

Fill the lantern with rock until it's even with the top of the toilet paper roll. Now set the candle on top. There should be a handful of rock left over.

Once the candle is in place, put the left over rock around the candle to hide the base (and the toilet paper roll).

Place them wherever you like! The lamp was in our "collection" and just needed a new lamp shade. Now it's the perfect little grouping of objects.

And there you have it! Two easy DIY lanterns. If moss or rock isn't your style, just pick something that suites your home. Follow these same steps and you'll have your own custom lanterns.

Chocolate Anyone?

Monday, April 21, 2014

It might sound strange, but I'm not really a cake person. Don't get me wrong, I like cake and all, but ice cream is my preference. I'd even go so far as to say that I prefer yellow/white cake over chocolate 8 times out of 10. Knowing that, let me tell you, this cake is delicious. It's a basic chocolate cake mix (yep, from the box), but it has a semi-sweet chocolate fudge drizzle. If that wasn't has little semi-sweet chocolate chips sprinkled over the top. The fudge. Oh my. It's definitely lick-the-bowl-good.

The best part? It's SO easy to make. If you don't have a bundt pan you could do two layers with yummy fudge in between and on top!

A similar version of this recipe was originally seen in a magazine...but I can't remember which one. Since then I've seen it in various places on the internet (like Christina's blog, which must be fate because I've lost the made-from-scratch cake part of the recipe).

  • 1 package of chocolate cake mix (moist)
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 8 oz. bittersweet chocolate
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional)

Prepare cake mix according to box directions. Place mix into a greased bundt pan. Bake until batter is pulling away from pan (approximately 45 minutes). Heat cream, corn syrup, and chocolate in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly, until smooth. Stir in vanilla extract and set aside until slightly thickened (approximately 30 minutes). 

Place the cake on a platter or cake stand. Drizzle chocolate glaze over the cake and let set for at least 10 minutes. Sprinkle chocolate chips over the cake if desired.

Friday Favorites in Five

Friday, April 18, 2014

This week's favorites are all about drinks. I didn't mean to make this a themed version of Friday Favorites, but it turned into one because everything I was pinning became all about refreshing beverages! So, pull up a comfy lounge chair and enjoy.

Blackberry Smash. I'll admit, it caught my eye because of the colors, and the photography. But it sounds good I might have to test this out!

Summer Sangria. I love a good sangria. It is an easy drink to make, and perfect for hot summer nights!

Pink Lemonade Margarita. Those are all of my favorite things combined! If anyone knows the correct link for this, please let me know!

Flavored Ice Cubes. YES! What a perfect way to add some flavor to your water.

Strawberry-Thyme Infused Simple Syrup. It sounds fantastic...especially with the homemade lemonade recipe they share!

I hope everyone has a great weekend (hopefully it's a long one if you're off work today) and a Happy Easter!

{Linking up with Lauren Elizabeth / The Good Life Blog}