Lifestyle   |   April 30, 2020


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Let’s be real.

Quarantine time has been quite overwhelming for all of us. We all try to keep busy as much as we can.

Some people have learned how to cook, some have returned to their workouts routines, some people are reconnecting with their families, some are using their time to do Tik Tok videos and some people are just chilling and watching Netflix; which is fine because who doesn’t like Netflix anyways? 

What about if you challenge yourself to do something different? And trust me on this one, you don’t need to have artistic skills. You just need the materials and follow the easy instructions. 

Are you ready? 

PD: Don’t be shy and share your project with us in our Instagram account @vanmates !

1. Turn Candle Jars Into Glass Containers

Recycling, believe it or not, can be fun. In case you are wondering what to do with your candle jar once they are done, well, here is a perfect example of turning them into a really nice container. You can also decorate them however you like.


  • Goo Gone
  • Knobs
  • Candle Jar 
  • Spray paint
  • Primer ( just in case you didn’t use a paint that has primer already in it)
  • Glue ( E6000 glue)
  • Screwdriver
  • Letter or shape stickers for decoration (This is up to you)

*If you are in Canada you can order all of these materials for $50.00 at

What you need to do: 

  • Clean the candle jar: You can do this by putting a flat head screwdriver into the wax and popping the remaining wax right out of the jar.
  • Wipe the lids from the jar:
    Wipe it with a little rubbing alcohol and spray a light coat of primer into it. After 10 minutes, spray the lids with paint.
  • Clean out the wax residue from the jar:
    While the paint gets dry, you can clean the wax residue with the Goo Gone spray gel. Spray some of it onto the surface, swirl it around in the jar, and wipe it out with a paper towel. Once you are done, wash the entire jar with soap and water and maybe use a little bit more of the Goo Gone spray to remove the adhesive from the label.   
  • Decorate the jar with letter stickers:
    Once the jar is dried, fill it with a small amount of water to create a baseline and ensure even placement of the stickers in the jar.
  • Adhere the knobs to the top of the lid:
    Use a little bit of E600 glue to adhere to the knobs to the top of the lid. This glue is powerful but it takes a while to cure. Then fill the jar with whatever you want and you’ll have a beautiful glass container!

2.  Turn a cardboard box into a basket

Get those boxes from all of the things you have ordered from Amazon during this quarantine (I’m pretty sure there are tons, jk) and give them a really cool twist. It’s very simple and functional!


  • Cardboard box (It doesn’t need to be from Amazon though) 
  • 4 ply jute
  • Hot glue gun 
  • Glue sticks 
  • Scissors 
  • Pillowcase

What you need to do:

  • Use the scissors to cut the flaps off the box
  • Wrap the box with the jute, gluing every bit of it along the way
  • Put the pillowcase into the box and voilá! You got yourself a really nice basket!

3. Stone Cactus Pot

This is a great idea to decorate the corner of your room. It’s very simple and fun to do!


  • Rocks 
  • Acrylic paint 
  • Plant Pot
  • White Marker

What you need to do:

  • Paint the stones:
    In a piece of paper, place all the stones and start to paint them. (It doesn’t need to be green, it can be whatever color you want)
  • Start to decorate:
    Use the white marker to decorate the stones
  • Place them in the plant pot:
    In a nice way!

4. Hexagon Shelves Made With Popsicle Sticks

When it comes to interior design, geometric shapes are very trendy. Actually, their minimalist style gives your space an elegant and relaxing vibe. The one we want to show you is a hexagon shape, however, you can be as creative as you want by creating your own geometric configuration.


  • 4.5-inch x 1-inch popsicle sticks 
  • Hot glue gun
  • A wood stain of your choice
  • Craft brushes (if using gel or liquid wood stain)

What you need to do:

  • Download and print the hexagon shelf temple
  • Lay three popsicle sticks down. You’ve now laid down half (or, three sides) of your foundation hexagon for your shelf.
  • Now you’re going to glue down the remaining three sticks of your first hexagon to the sticks you’ve taped to the template. Dab a bit of glue near the edge of each end of a popsicle stick (as shown below) so you can join the sticks where the ends overlap at each corner.
  • Glue the stick down using the lines on your template as guides. Next, Glue down the other two sticks until you’ve completed your foundation hexagon.
  • Remove the tape and template from your work, then lay down your second hexagon in the same pattern as you did the first, making sure that each stick you glue down is aligned to the one below. You can refer back to the gray and white colored areas on the template to guide you as to stick placement patterns. When you’re done with the second hexagon, here’s what your project should look like from the side.
  • Continue gluing down layer after layer of popsicle stick hexagons until your shelf reaches your desired depth.
  • Finally, stain your shelf according to the manufacturer’s directions for the specific product you’re using. Once you’ve stained it to your liking, allow to dry completely. Once dry, your shelf is now ready to mount!

5. DVD Mosaic High Gloss Resin Tray 

Give a really cool and unique touch to your room by using old CD’s or DVDs. It’s a very simple and fun project to do during this time.


  • Tray (You can get this at any Dollar store for $4.00 CAD) 
  • DVD’s or CD’s
  • Hot glue/gun 
  • Envirotex Lite Pour-on High Gloss
  • Measuring Cups 
  • Stirring Sticks 
  • Scissors

What you need to do:

  • Start by cutting your DVD’s in half with some strong scissors or clippers: DVD’s have 2 layers with the metallic foil in between the layers. Gently pry them apart with your fingers.
  • Cut the halves so they are in little tile pieces of different shapes and sizes with the shiny rainbow metallic side up.  Try not to touch the shiny metallic surface as it will leave fingerprints.
  • Hot glue each piece on the inside of the tray.  Cut pieces to fill spaces.  Fit them in like a mosaic tile craft.
  • Leave the tray dry for 24 hours. Now, use 8 oz of EnviroTex Lite High Gloss Finish. Read the directions carefully and follow it exactly. This is a one to one ratio. It needs to be mixed in one cup for 2 minutes and then poured into a second cup with a different stirring stick and then mixed for another minute.
  • Pour the high gloss in the tray.  Gently move the tray around so the resin fills the base of the tray all the way to the corners. Instantly there are bubbles forming.  Cover with a board and wait 20 minutes.
  • Use a heat gun on low heat and gently blow over the tray, it will instantly pop the bubbles
  • Cover with the board again to prevent dust from settling on the surface of the resin.  Then wait 24 hours. This mosaic tray has about a 1/4″ thick glossy resin coating all the tile pieces.  Nothing but a smooth, wonderful texture–and so shiny!

Give it a try to these DIY projects and let us know how it was! Share your project with us at @vanmates! There’s nothing like challenging yourself to do something you’ve never done before!