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Friday, July 17, 2009

In the tiki, tiki, tiki, tiki room....

Welcome to the second in a series of seaside themed crafts. I am so happy you loved the vintage boardwalk holiday gift bags.

This makover is for anyone who might have a soiree's to attend this summer. I always like to take along a gift for the host or hostess. Flowers and wine are always nice, but I truly love giving a gift that can be enjoyed well past the party. I thought this gift was something cool to give that can be enjoyed time and again over the long, hot summer.

Start with a metal pail and a few mini tiki torches. The torches have a citronella scent to help keep bugs at bay.



Print out a few summertime themed images and mod podge them onto the pail along with a few colorful punched out shapes. For extra sparkle apply a second coat of mod podge and cover the surface with large flakes of glitter which is reminiscent of sand.








You can use traditional sand in the pail to support the tiki's but I loved the oceanic look and feel of this aquarium gravel. The large bag was at Wal Mart for $3.50.



I have said more than once that I often save things never knowing what I will do with them. Case in point this very well made heavy cardboard box that once housed some darling note cards.







A bit of scrap, glue and imagination and voila! A lovely decorative holder for matches .








Here is what the open box looked like:



I will place some long handled matches inside a cellophane pouch and nestle it inside the box.

I purchased the pail, torches and gravel at discount stores and had everything else on hand. It is a lovely little gift for under $10.00 that will have your hosts saying they must invite you over again soon.

23 comments :

TuTu's Bliss said...

Mod Podge is my latest addiction. My next quest is mastering resin! Have you done that before?

Terri and Bob said...

you are the most clever girl I know!

Carrie said...

I too like to take something to the hostess when we are invited out. Such great ideas!!

Joy said...

What fabulous hostess gifts!

Muthering Heights and Other Senseless Sensibility said...

Those are great hostess gifts!

Princess Of Pink said...

Fabulous idea!! I will attend a BBQ next month, great gift idea. Thanks ♥♥

Linda said...

Very cute and clever! :)

Janet said...

loooove the tiki torch bucket.

Efrat Dalton said...

I Love your creative ideas
xoxo
Efrat

Debbie said...

You give Martha a run for her money!

Multiple personalities.. said...

I love the pail with citronella candles! That would be perfect for the upcoming barbecue my good friend will be having in a couple of weeks to celebrate their housewarming. And it's perfect because I think a lot of these candles are going on sale since it's towards the end of the season. Also, I know I can find a great simple pail at the local dollar store! Thanks SO much for sharing this! Hope you had a great SITs Friday!

fabulousfinishes said...

LOVELY ideas - I like your style Laura!

Mod Podge Amy said...

I love what you are doing with the Podge! I really enjoy your blog. Come for a visit to my blog - if you love Mod Podge, I think you will like it!

Cheers,

Amy

Lisa said...

What a a darling idea for a gift. I might have to make one for my favorite gift recipient, me!!!

Allidink said...

That is such a fabulous idea!!! I love it! It's so much better than any old traditional gift this is thoughtful and cute! Great idea using that box for matches it looks so adorable.

All the best,
Allison

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Girl, you are good! :-)

XO,

Sheila

LiLi M. said...

Great idea! I think something self made is always saying: I did something extra for you, not just grabbing my wallet, but I thought of you and made you this. That's what makes it special in the first place. Thanks for the idea and have a great weekend!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

You have such great ideas! Thank you for sharing them. laurie

Bonnie said...

Sooo cute! I'm just starting to decoupage. I think I know what my next project will be....

Jane said...

That pail is killing me! Amazing! You did the bathing beauties proud!

susan said...

I live in mosquito country and any hostess would welcome citronella candles especially in the darling bucket! I am sure YOU are a favorite guest!

Kammy said...

Man, I need those tiki torches - those bugs are awful this year ! Great job at your remakes - I love modge podge too !
Hugs ~ Kammy

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Another "WOW" project!