Showing posts with label colourful and easy craft. Show all posts
Showing posts with label colourful and easy 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!


Thursday, 16 August 2012

Pretty Painted Coat Hangers


Looking for a simple way to  update your wardrobe (without buying new clothes)?... These are really simple to make and you can just use existing timber hangers from your wardrobe and any leftover paint you have lying around.

For my coat hangers I used some leftover blue paint from when I updated an old vintage chair and the yellow is from a repaint of my bathroom, it's called Happy by Dulux.

So here are the basic steps for you to make your own:

1. Choose your base colour and paint with a single coat and hang up (preferably outside to save your floor from any drips). If the colour isn't strong enough or giving enough coverage, paint another coat and leave to dry. I painted 3 coats for each of my hangers to make sure the bright colours really came through.

2. Once dry, choose a contrasting colour and dab random spots all over the hangers. I used a very small bristle brush to do this, but you could use a cotton bud if you don't have a small paint brush. Make sure you spread the spots evenly over the coat hangers to get a nice balanced look. Then hang and leave to dry.

3. Once the spot layer has dried, you can paint a clear varnish over the paint which will help protect both the hangers and your clothes and give them a lovely sheen!

These Pretty Painted Coat Hangers would make a great present too!

X Caity