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Hi!

Welcome to PARO HOME. I'm Sarah, and this is where I document our renovation projects, our flip houses, our decorating finds, our madhouse family, and everything in between. Click the "Properties" tab to see our most recent projects.

We live in the sunny desert city of Phoenix, AZ, and my secret goal is to make everyone else love Phoenix as much as we do! Feel free to reach out and ask anything. I'm glad you're here!

Weekend DIY!

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Here's a quick DIY idea that you can use for either nesting your cute house, or use as centerpieces at your reception! Either way, these bookpage jars look so charming with a candle in them at night. They're easy to make, and I can almost guarantee you already have everything to make them. (And if the thought of tearing up old books makes you cringe / cry, try using photos! You can always find digital downloads in my shop - they're easy to use! Just print them off on your home computer on paper or vellum, wait for the ink to dry, and get started!)

Need:

  • old bookpages, drawings, maps, woodgrain contact paper, anything paper!
  • mod-podge & a brush
  • jars (make sure you can fit a candle inside them first) or hurricane glass

Step 1 - Rinse out your jars and remove labels. A good way to get labels off is to first fill the jars with hot water, let them soak a few minutes, and while the hot water is in the jar, just peel the label off. Brilliant. (Thanks, mom)

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Step 2 - Pick out your pages and glue them with mod-podge onto the jars.

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Step 3 - Let your jars dry on wax paper for a few hours.

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Step 4 - Do extra decorating if you like - tie ribbon or string around for a little more color!

Step 5 - Put candles in and you're done. Put them around your house, or set them aside in a box for your reception!

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Anyone else have any other DIY centerpiece ideas? Share here!

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