Surviving Winter with DIY Crafts

By: Meital Cafri

Hiking.  Dancing.  Smelling fresh flowers.  These are all great things to do in the summer or all year when you’re a gal from California (who never knew what seasons were until she moved to Rhode Island). However, what I am finding out is that you can’t really enjoy any of these activities during brain shivering weather, and I’ve never seen a mountain in Providence, dancing calls for sexy heels (NOT snow boots), and flowers are only found in markets.  So what the heck is there to do during the winter?

For those of you pondering the same question this season, look no further.  Arts and crafts to the rescue!  Check out two of my latest DIY Arts & Crafts projects that are fun and can be done in the warmth of your own home without breaking the bank. 

Jar Lumineers

Jar Luminaries

This idea came from Better Home and Gardens magazine.


  • Jars
  • Aluminum foil
  • Tape
  • Toothpick
  • Tea light candles


  1. Measure and wrap one piece of tin foil around each glass jar, leaving a bit of overlap.
  2. Lay the foil on a flat surface. Using a toothpick, pierce holes in the aluminum foil to create a design or letter.
  3. Carefully wrap the foil around the jar and tape it.
  4. Place tea light candle inside.

Cost: Under $5.00

Painted Shapes

Painted Shapes

This idea came from Martha Stewart Living.


  • 3 canvas boards
  • 3 acrylic paint colors
  • 1bold paint color (metallic/ bronze is best)
  • Thick sponge-like paint brush
  • Paintbrush
  • Blue painter’s tape and artist’s tape


  1. Use artist’s tape to lay out your design.
  2. Border it with painter’s tape to create a stencil.
  3. Then remove the artist’s tape, leaving the painter’s tape and paint.

Cost: Under $15.00

Interested in Arts & Crafts or DIY? (401)j will be launching a Arts & Crafts/DIY Cluster. Stay tuned for information. For more fun and easy DIY Crafts follow me on Pinterest.


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