Showing posts with label Craft. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Craft. Show all posts

Monday, 28 October 2013

Painted Watering Can


Since June this year, I've been spending a huge amount of time with my watering can(s), trying to keep my vegetable garden and pot plants alive. 

It occurred to me this week that I am the ‘bringer’ of emergency supplies to my vegies and pot plants - they wait patiently for me to give them water every day. So I thought it might be nice to decorate my watering can to suit. 

Yes, you start to think all sorts of strange thoughts when you’re in a drought!

This project was very simple, and hardly took any time at all.
Firstly I used a side plate and traced it onto baking paper, to get the right size for my circle.

For my cross, I just got a ruler and drew onto the baking paper, and made every line 4cm long – very easy.

Then I cut both the shapes out with scissors.

I traced around the shapes directly onto the watering can, just using a pencil. However, I did have to go over the pencil lines a couple of times to get enough of a line to see.

Then I simply painted it! 

I used Aquanamel in white for the background, and a sample tube of paint that I had in my cupboard for the cross. I had to do a couple of coats of both colours. The paint dried very quickly between coats on the metal, so this made the process very easy.

And that was it! I've been enjoying using my ‘new’ watering can, and it looks so funky now that I don’t even mind if I just leave it lying around on the verandah instead of putting it away when I've finished.

Happy painting, and enjoy your week!


Monday, 14 October 2013

Garbage Bag Roll + Fabric Necklace


I decided that I was sick and tired of all my jewellery this week! I Just couldn't find anything to wear, and I wanted something ‘new’ and colourful and bright… and nice and CHUNKY.

So I decided that the heavy-duty cardboard roll that I pulled out of my garbage bag packet would be the perfect base for a new necklace! Isn't it amazing what housework can lead to. (!)

This was a very quick and simple project. Firstly, I chopped up my garbage bag roll into little sections using a serrated knife.

I ended up with 11 little rolls in total.

Then I chose my material and cut it up into strips to fit the little rolls. 

I sprayed lots of spray glue onto the fabric strip. Sorry about the orientation of this photo, it's Blogger, not me!

And then I simply rolled up the cardboard onto the sticky fabric, and set them aside to dry.

Then I chose another type of material and cut a long, skinny strip to use as the tied bit of the necklace. I attached a large safety pin to the top of the material for quick and easy threading.

And that was it!! Now I need to actually GO OUT somewhere so that I can wear my new necklace.

I hope that you give this project a try – you’ll be surprised at how funky this necklace can look! 

You might also be interested to check out my other projects relating to making low-cost jewellery.

Have a great week and make sure you try and fit something creative in!


Thursday, 3 October 2013

Simple ABC Fabric Framed Art


I love the simple things you can make. Em and I were only saying last week we sometimes think they are the best ideas we have!

This week I made the easiest little framed gift you could think of. Perfect for a little baby's room.

I found a font I liked called Monaco, from my Microsoft Word.

Then I wrote out 'ABC' in the font and then increased the screen size to 500% and traced straight off the screen onto some baking paper.

Next I cut out the paper shapes, and used them to trace around onto the back of the fabric. Just remember you need to trace them in the mirror image if you are tracing on the back of the fabric.

Finally I cut them out and glued them to a piece of card and framed it.

It was really so simple – it took me half and hour while I watched tv!!

Like most of the things Em and I make there are so many variations you could make with this idea. Large bold coloured letters, lower-case letters, or giant letters in individual frames… they would all look amazing!

Happy crafting this long weekend.


Thursday, 12 September 2013

Make Your Own Luggage Tags


We just got back from holidays. It was Thom's first trip overseas and we had an absolute ball.

I had hoped to post this before we left - but ran out of time. With our bags all packed, we just needed luggage tags. So I thought we might make our own. 

We each made one - Thom used an old painting he had done and I used a cute Molly Makes calendar I had.

They were really simple and reminded me of the gift tags I made for Christmas a few years back or the fabric style labels - see links here and here.

  • paper, card or a photo would also be great that you can print  or write on
  • contact paper (or laminator if you are lucky to have one)
  • pens, stamps, glitter (use your imagination)
  • ribbon 
  • hole punch
  • scissors
1. First cut out your tags, mine are 10cm x 4cm

2. Print, write or decorate the front however you like (I just stamped each of ours with 'MINE' which sort of made me giggle.

3. Write your contact details on the back.

4. Contact both sides, making sure not to get any bubbles in them.

5. Cut out the tags ensuring you keep a little bit of contact around the edges to ensure they stay stuck together.

6. Sew around the edge with a simple straight stitch to secure the contact. You don't have to do this step but I think it will help the tag last a little longer - and it looks pretty too!

7. Punch a hole through the top of the tag and attach to your bag with a ribbon.


Caity x

Monday, 2 September 2013

Rustic String Bangle


This lovely Rustic String Bangle would have to be one of my simplest and quickest projects yet! It also fits nicely with my other low-cost jewellery projects on our blog.

I’ve always loved the natural look of string, and this week one of my balls of string was down to its last few metres. I suddenly had the thought that my remaining bit of string would make a funky bangle!

The project was so quick and easy! All you’ll need is a pair of scissors to cut the string if required, and some good spray glue.

My string was pretty much already shaped exactly how I wanted it to be. I simply changed its size slightly to fit over my wrist (don’t worry too much about the size though because it is still very flexible even when the glue has been sprayed onto it).

Once your bangle’s size is a good as you can get it, it is then just a matter of spraying glue all over it – give it a good coat.  
Tuck in any ends and smooth down the bits of string in the inside of the bangle so that it doesn't scratch your skin when you wear it. Mine is very comfortable to wear.

Let it dry for an hour or two. And there you have it!

Happy crafting, and enjoy your week!


Thursday, 29 August 2013

Pastel Painted Wooden Spoons


Just a simple post this week! It's not a new idea by any means but I just wanted to show you how easy it really is to make these spoons.

I just bought a couple of basic wooden spoons from my local Woolies for under $3 each.

All you need to do is to wrap a piece of tape around the base of each spoon and then paint it. I used a craft paint that was suitable for wood. You might need to give it a couple of coats to get the desired colour - I painted 3 coats for mine.

Leave them to dry and then paint a coat of sealer over the top to protect the paint.

Please keep in mind you will have to hand wash these spoons.

Happy crafting!

Caity x

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Simple Paper Flag Bunting


My pre-spring clean continues this week. Last week I found an old mirror that I quickly updated with a coat of paint - this week I dug up a bag of left over card I had from a project that just didn't turn out how I hoped (so I shelved it).

Anyway, I'm always looking for ways to brighten up my home. I'm waiting to start renovating so anything that feels like a little step towards my new home is welcome!

This is a really simple project and will reflect Em and my ongoing love of bunting - in a million ways!

For this project you will need:

  • various colours of cardboard (or paper sheets would work just as well)
  • glue
  • string, wool, or ribbon
  • scissors
Simply cut the card into 1 inch wide strips and approximately 5 inches in length. 

Next fold each strip length ways.

Freehand cut a triangle out of each end of the card.

Cut a length of your chosen string, wool or ribbon.

Sit each folded card over the string and secure with a dab of glue (I weighted mine down overnight just to make sure they stuck).

Hang your bunting along a wall, over a mirror or across a window for some excitement!

Happy crafting!


Monday, 12 August 2013

Waste into Art School Project


Last Friday I spent a lovely morning at my daughter Poppy’s school, helping the children with their project for our local ‘Waste into Art’ competition. We have a total of 10 students at the school, and they are ALL wonderful little people.

I had to come up with a project that would allow each student to do something individual, yet would work together as a ‘whole’ project. The competition (as the name says) only allows the use of rubbish or recycled material.

So we made a ‘Modern Cardboard Quilt’ for some wall art using cardboard from old boxes and discarded stockfeed bags.

It was very simple! And fun! Firstly I cut 10 rectangles out of some old boxes. I had to join a few together with masking tape to get them the right size.

Then I painted each one a different colour, making sure that all the colours worked when the rectangles were placed together.
Each child was then given a painted cardboard rectangle, a large piece of stock feed bag, a pair of scissors and HEAPS of glue.
I gave the children some examples of designs to use… and then I let them go for it!

We all had a great time, and one of the most fun things for the children was getting to use the vacuum cleaner at the end to clean up all our mess!!

Once it’s dry, I’m going to join the rectangles at the back with masking tape, and then hang them up, probably just with blue-tac.

Enjoy your week and I hope you fit something creative into it!