Saturday, October 27, 2007

Starbucks Frappuccino Coffee Bottle Light Tutorial:

Starbucks Frappuccino Coffee Bottle Light Tutorial:

Supplies for this project:
1 Frap bottle (13.7 oz. or the 9.5 oz. size)
Acrylic paints…I used Delta Ceramcoat Palomino Tan & Ivory
Clear spray paint…(cheap WalMart brand)
¼” glass drill bit (Black & Decker from WalMart in a variety pack)
Glass cutting lubricant or small amount of water
Paper towels
1 electric candle light
Drill press or hand held drill
Scroll saw
Crayola Model Magic Clay…any color
1/8” plywood or luan (can be found at Lowes)
Mod Podge in matte finish
Craft wire in 19 gauge
E 6000 Epoxy glue…found at WalMart
Paint brush or sponge brush
15/64 drill bit or ¼” bit
Old toothbrush
1 graphic of choice sized to 7” for the 13.7oz bottle or 5-1/2” for the 9.5oz bottle
Free Graphics:
This tutorial can be downloaded at this link for free:

*Please read ALL directions before beginning this project.

*First thing to do is clean the stickers off of the back and front of your bottle. I boil some water in a tea kettle and pour the hot water over the stickers and I pour water into the bottle and let the water sit a few minutes to soften the glue. Then I pull off the stickers and use soapy sponge and warm water to clean off the glue. Dry the bottle.

*Drilling into glass:
When drilling glass you MUST use goggles and a lubricant for your glass drill bit. I use a small amount of water since I can’t seem to find glass lubricant. The glass will overheat resulting in breaking the glass and the bit can be ruined.

Take a small amount of the Crayola clay and make a snake with it bringing the sides up a bit to hold some water…like a moat (See pic below with yellow clay). The clay will stick to the dry glass. After that is set into place, drill a hole into one of the flat sides of the bottle (this will be the back side) centered at about one inch from the bottom. If you don’t have a drill press, you can use a hand drill, but you may need to place the bottle between some pieces of wood and clamps to hold the bottle in place while you drill. When you start your drill use a small amount of pressure and go slowly so you don’t crack your bottle.

Rinse your bottle out and dry the outside. I was able to cut seven bottles with this one piece of clay. If it gets out of shape or wet, just blot with paper towel, reshape and reuse to cut more holes.

Welcome light instructions:
*Unscrew your light from the base (where the bulb sits) like in the picture below. Take a long screwdriver or a piece of metal and pop the inner light base out of the top by pushing up through the bottom of the candle sleeve.

Now pop the little piece of plastic at the base of that like in the pic below and remove the electrical wire…paying attention to how it is assembled because you are going to need to put all the pieces back together later.

Now take the candle sleeve and measure 2 inches from the top and mark it and cut through the plastic keeping it as straight as possible so the cut is even.

Now take your cut sleeve and epoxy it to the lid of your Frap bottle like in the picture below AFTER you drill a hole in the bottle lid to allow the electric lamp wire to come up through.

After the epoxy sets, wipe the bottle with alcohol and handle it with gloves so the oils from your hands don’t touch the bottle. After that is done, paint the sleeve, lid, and bottle in clean smooth strokes. Apply two coats drying between each. You can spackle the ivory paint here and there with a toothbrush. After that dries, seal the bottle and sleeve with clear spray paint. Two coats should be fine.

Now it’s time to assemble the light. String your electric wire through the bottle base up to top through the lid, through the sleeve and out the top. Take your two white pieces and thread the wire back into place and into the top of the sleeve. Add light bulb and test the light to see that it works.

After the light is assembled, now it’s time to get the graphic ready for the bottle. ~Please Note~ you must follow all author graphic copyright laws in using graphics either for yourself or in selling. Most graphics require a commercial license so check before you sell any kind of graphic crafts.

I use Digital Image Suite 2006 to size my graphic to the small or large Frap bottle. Then I take a piece of 1/8” smooth plywood (the same size as the graphic) and apply a coat of Mod Podge as shown in the pic below. Then lay the graphic on top of that smoothing with a ruler to get the air bubbles out. After that dries, I apply another layer of Mod Podge on top of the graphic.

After the graphic/wood dries, it is time to cut it out on the scroll saw as shown below. Sand the back and edges with some sandpaper. Wipe off dust and apply another layer of Mod Podge to back of the wood. This step could be done in the earlier application (on the front). It’s up to you when you brush it on. Don’t forget to coat the edges of the graphic also.

Drill two small holes (to accommodate the wire) on either side of the graphic.

Wrap your graphic around the front of the bottle and twist the wires around the back of the bottle.

Finishing Your Light:
At last, you can start adding your embellishments to the top base of your sleeve. I add pip berries, raffia, and a strip of homespun. You can even add a cute prim graphic tag that says something like ”Homespun Blessings” or “Home Sweet Prim Home”. You get the idea…just be as creative as you want.
These instructions and the idea of this project are the property of Lee Anne Ingram ©Homespun Country Designs. If you have any questions, please email me at and you my visit my site at:

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Coming soon~ How I recycle Starbucks Frappuccino Bottles!

How I recyle my Starbucks Frappuccino bottles...I turn them into lights! The bottles in the top row are graphics by Laurie Furnell and can be found in the graphic set "Autumn Days" at The pumpkin light graphic is by Cheryl Seslar of

Directions for making these to follow soon!

Monday, July 30, 2007

Modge Podge Recipe

Almost Modge Podge

© Leslie Sausage

These two recipes are very similar to the purchased product Modge Podge glue.

Modge Podge Glaze:

Mix 3 parts white glue (any brand) to 1 part water.

Add more or less water to get the desired texture and thickness.

Add 2 Tbsp. varnish, for shine.

Store in a glass container with airtight lid.

Just Like Modge Podge:

1/4 C sugar
1/4 C all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp powdered alum
1 3/4 C water
1/4 tsp oil of cinnamon

In medium size pan, combine sugar, flour and alum.

Gradually add 1 cup water, stirring vigourously to break all lumps.

Boil until clear and smooth, stirring constantly. Remove from heat.

Add remaining water and oil. Stir until thoroughly mixed.

Store in glass container with airtight lid.


These recipes may be freely distributed with the following information:

Leslie Sausage lives with her husband in rural Texas. She is the mom of four grown children, a freelance writer, and has degree in business administration. You are invited to visit her online for more creative, practical and fun ideas --

Oatmeal Soapball Recipe

Oatmeal Soap Balls recipe:
1 cup instant oatmeal
1 bar mild soap, such as Ivory or Pure & Natural
4-5 Tablespoons of water
10 drops essential oil or fragrance...(oil safe for skin)

Place the soap in a ziplock bag and break up with a hammer. Then grate oatmeal or use a mini-processor, but don't make it into a flour. Put into a bowl. Do the same with the soap.
Add the water (and scent) and blend well. Shape into balls and put on wax paper to dry.
Balls can be put into containers, wrapped with cellophane or plastic wrap and tied with raffia. A gift tag added to the raffia is a nice touch also.

*Oatmeal is great for exfoliating the skin and leaving it smooth and refreshed.

Saturday, July 7, 2007

Prim Home Decor using vintage graphics.

On another board recently, I saw a crafter making these vintage cans and I just had to try it for myself!

Supplies are in the pic below. Also, you will need a photo editing program to make your graphic for the can. I use Digital Image Pro Suite 2006 for all of my graphic editing. It's sized to about 4-1/4" x 10-1/2".

”Click HERE for label graphics to purchase”

The can template:

First, I opened the can using a can opener by Oneida (purchased at WalMart) that makes a nice smooth cut on the makes a lid that can be taken off easily without any sharp edges.

After that, I spray the tops and bottom of the can with $.99 Walnut spray paint (WalMart), leaving the label on the can...just because I wanted to! LOL!;

Let that dry; print out your graphic onto ivory paper or brochure paper and place on can sealing the ends with double sided tape or you could glue it on with a glue stick. I you glue the label to the previous label, it will leave marks that show through. If you have a xyron with the sticker/laminate roll, you could use that also to attack the label.

Here are some pics using vintage art:

”Click HERE for label graphics”

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Clay recipes

These recipes are great when you need some clay to make snowman noses and you don't have Sculpey clay!

Recipe # 1:
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup baking soda

Mix all the ingredients together and cook over medium heat, stirring until a ball forms. This will happen quickly! Remove it from the pan and mix thoroughly with your hands. Put in zipbag and seal; DO NOT Refridgerate. Air dry and do not bake.

This 2nd recipe results in quite a bit of "clay" and smells nice with the cold cream.

Recipe # 2:
3/4 cup white glue
1 cup Cornstarch
1/2 cup water
1 tsp. cold cream
1 tsp. glycerin

Mix wet ingredients until smooth over meduim heat. Cook for a few minutes, add Cornstarch. Stir constantly until it forms a ball. This doesn't take long!
Remove from pan and mix thoroughly with your hands. Cover with plastic or put in a plastic bag and seal. Do Not Refridgerate! Air dry and don't bake.

The first clay recipe will give you a "clay" which is very dense white in colour while the second recipe has an almost translucent quality.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Primitive Crafting coming soon!

Thanks for looking~

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