Ok here is a nice gift to make and give for the holidays...or any time of the year for that matter. It's a vase made from a repurposed lightbulb and some scrap copper with a pine wood base. Very simple!
Best of all it doesn't cost you much...just time and effort. Awesome! So here we go....
* 1 Burnt out incandescent appliance bulb (mine was a 60w)
* 1 Small scrap piece of copper approx. 15" - 16" long (mine was 8 guage thick...I think!)
* 1 Wooden base (mine is 4" x 4" bought at Hobby Lobby craft store)
* Power drill w/ wood bit bit (drill bit should be same size diameter of copper wire so it fits in hole SNUG!)
* Hot glue gun
* Staple gun
* 4 small upholstery tacks
* Cabots Wood Stain (mine was Walnut)
...and add in some rags to the mix, eye-protection, rubber gloves, small screwdriver, razor blade, needle-nose pliers...that should about do it for now. You will find that you might need a different assortment of tools, more or less, but these are the basics...any other tools needed I will point out as we go. :)
Step 1: Wooden Base and Stain...
This part is pretty straight forward. You can cut and shape your own wooden base if you'd like...but I bought mine. I have about 20+ of these to make as gifts, plus friends have asked to buy some so they can "gift" them.
Taking a drill (with a drill bit the same size as the copper wire) I then made a hole about a 1/2 inch in from the top edge and centered in the middle. Once the hole is drilled it is on to the next step. You can see I have a pile completed already!!
Again, straight forward, pretty simple. I followed directions on the can's lable from Cabot. Gloves, clean & lint free rags and a bit of elbow grease. I followed directions and repeated until I found the shade I was looking for. I used a walnut stain but also have a dark cherry and a couple others I use. You could paint it black, green, yellow, whatever you like....set aside to dry.