Sunday, 22 January 2017

Handmade Monday #9

Hello and welcome to Handmade Monday. 
This is the place to share your makes, bakes and other handmade craft ideas and to find some new inspiration.

Back in November I shared photos of a patchwork bedspread my nan made for me when I was little, you can see that here if you missed it, and some of you were kind enough to offer some ideas of what I could do with it. During the Christmas holidays I found time to finally take it apart and this weekend I've been remaking it into something new. I'm writing a proper post all about it but for now here is a sneak peek.
I won't say too much now, except I'm really happy with what I've been able to do and some of it involved Chrissie D's tutorial on a hand tying technique. 
Now here are the features from last week's Handmade Monday.

Anna from Tea and a Sewing Machine has lined an old wooden box with fabric and given it a whole new lease of life.

Mary from The Boondocks Blog also gave a box a makeover, but this one caused her some real headaches. Luckily it all ended well and she filled this pretty Valentine's Day wooden gift box with chocolates.

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  • Did you make it? Is it craft related? Yes - hooray, we'd love to see what you've been up to. This is not the place for shops, link parties or posts with just other people's work. Giveaways are fine as long as they are craft related.
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Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Recycled Plastic Valentine Hearts

Make cheap and simple valentine decorations from old plastic food containers and nail varnish.
Recycled plastic Valentine hearts
This is an idea I originally shared as a contributor over on The Pinning Mama last year and as Valentines Day is looming I thought it was time to share the full tutorial here in case you want to have a go at making some easy Valentine decorations from old plastic food tubs.
Valentine hearts made from old plastic tubs

All you need is:
Old plastic tubs
Nail Varnish
Water
Plenty of scrap paper, kitchen roll and nail varnish remover for cleaning up afterwards!

You can use pretty much any food tubs that you have, the effects you get may vary a little but that is all part of the fun!
Valentine hearts made from old plastic containers
I had a white plastic margarine tub and a clear plastic ice cream tub that I used for my marbled nail polish hearts.

Unless you are lucky enough to have a tub with no pictures or writing on it the first thing you need to do is remove any print.
I found the easiest way to do that was to give it a good scrub with a kitchen scourer and a cream cleaner. Here in the UK we have something called Cif (it used to be called Jif back in the day) which worked a treat.
Now just cut out your heart shapes, I drew round a cookie cutter first but you can freehand if you prefer.
Punch a hole now if you want to be able to hang your hearts.
Now the fun bit....
Fill another old plastic container with water and drip some nail varnish on the top.
Add as many colours as you want, play around, experiment with what you have.
DO NOT try to stir the nail varnish to make patterns - it will stick to whatever you are stirring with. You just have to be brave and go for it!
Valentine hearts recycled from old plastic tubs
Dip your plastic heart in, then pull it out. That's it!
Now leave it propped up on some scrap paper to dry for a few minutes.
You need to add more nail varnish drops to the water for each heart, a little may be left on the water but not really enough for another dipping.
It's quite messy, you may find you marble the end of your finger like I did.
I found metallic nail varnishes showed up best on clear plastic, the results on white plastic were a little disappointing. It's so quick though, that if you don't like how one turns out you can just wipe it off with nail polish remover and start again. 
Recycled plastic marbled valentine hearts
Recycled plastic valentine hearts with nail polish marbling
These could make good card toppers, or maybe gift tags too. Don't be restricted to just hearts for Valentines day either, you can cut out any shape that takes your fancy.
This marbling with nail polish is SO much fun and it really does feel like magic when you lift out your item and the pattern is just there. You don't know quite what you are going to get which is not ideal for those who like control, but I loved the surprise and to be honest most came out WAY better than I could ever have planned.

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Red and White Heart Decoration
Red and White Heart Decoration
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Recycled Pen Pot Tutorial
Gold Heart Pot
Gold Heart Pot
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Sunday, 15 January 2017

Handmade Monday #8

Hi and welcome to Handmade Monday. The place to share your craft, make or bake ideas.
I'm so pleased you have joined us at Handmade Monday. We've had a wintery feel to the weather here this last week with a sprinkle of snow so I was very pleased to have finished my 'for me' crochet project. I fell in love with this hat from Whistle and Ivy when I saw the free pattern.
It was made entirely from yarn I already had (yay, a stashbuster!) The black I used was a bit thinner than the red and wine but it didn't seem to make too much difference. I learnt a new skill too as I've never done colour change crochet like this before. It was pretty straightforward but the colour changing does slow things down a bit so it took me a couple of evenings to finish. I also added an extra row my mistake so my hat is just a teeny bit more slouchy than it's supposed to be! 

Here are the features from the last weeks Handmade Monday.


Carolee Crafts shared a whole load of great ideas for getting your craft area and supplies organised and under control, plus a sneak peak at some of the things she's been making including these pretty flowers made from linen ribbon.

CJ Made shared a project from her archives (we like old stuff here too, it doesn't always have to be brand new!) a Jackson Pollock inspired DIY T-shirt. 
It looks like a really fun, but messy idea. I think I'll wait for warmer weather before I consider giving this a try, then I can make all the mess outside!

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Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Marbled Clay Ring Keeper

Make a simple cone shaped ring keeper from marbled air hardening clay, with a touch of sparkle.
Marbled Clay Ring Keeper
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If you like are like me and like to take your rings off when washing up, washing your delicates by hand or just at night when you go to bed, then you need a safe place to keep them. I've been using a little ring dish for the last few years but when I received some air hardening clay from Cass Art for their #BeInspired campaign, I thought I'd try making something new.I'd seen some ring cones in the shops a while ago and though this simple shape might be easy enough to make from clay for a beginner like me. It was! 
You can find details of the materials I was given by Cass Art here in my post about the Marbled Jewellery I made first.
To make a clay cone shaped ring keeper you will need:Clay - mine is DAS air hardening clayMarbling Mix - again mine is from DASA piece of scrap card to form a cone mouldA sharp knifeVarnish - mine is Vernidas from DASGlitter
  • Roll the scrap card into a cone and secure with tape. Ideally use card that is glossy and roll so the glossy side is inside.
  • Marble a lump of clay using the marbling mix.
  • Push the clay into the cone, really squishing it in there to get as many air pockets out as possible.
Marbled Clay Ring Keeper
  • Cut the tape and unwind the card from the clay.
  • Wet your fingers with a little water and smooth the cone, you can roll it gently as well to remove any creases and improve the shape.
  • Cut off the excess with a sharp knife making the bottom level.
  • Roll and smooth it again just to make sure you are happy with the shape.
  • Leave to dry and harden - this took about 2 days.
  • Varnish and leave to dry.
  • Apply another coat of varnish this time concentrating round the bottom of the cone, just dabbing a little varnish here and there as you go towards the point.
  • Holding the cone over a plastic container sprinkle with glitter.
  • Leave to dry again, I found it easiest to pop it in a cotton reel.
Make yourself a Marbled Clay Ring Keeper
  • Once dry, brush off any loose glitter and cover the whole cone with one last coat of varnish to seal and stop the glitter leaving a trail wherever it goes.
Make your own Marbled Clay Ring Keeper
Of course the glitter element is entirely optional. I just fancied a little sparkle. You could mask off part of the cone and spray paint a section, or real gold leaf just dabbed here and there would look fabulous. Or you could just leave the marbled effect of the clay, which is really pretty by itself.
Make your own Marbled Clay Ring Keeper
I've been using this for a few weeks now and I have to say it's actually easier that a little ring dish, you can pick your rings up in a stack and just pop them on the right fingers so quickly - I think I must be saving at least 2-3 seconds every day. At this rate I'll have an extra 15 minutes or so every year, what on earth will I do with all that extra time! 
You might also be interested in:
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Special Date Coin Keyring
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Gold Heart Pot
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Rings and things dishes
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Sunday, 8 January 2017

Handmade Monday #7

Hello, welcome to Handmade Monday, the place to share your adventures in crafting!
It's so good to have you join us here at Handmade Monday, I hope 2017 has begun well for you. Have you made any resolutions?
I'm going to try to make a serious dent my craft stash. I have loads of small pieces of fabric that are just too good to waste and though I do make little things with these scraps sometimes I'd like to make a more concerted effort this year.
I reduced my yarn stash quite a lot when I made this granny square blanket but since finishing it the stash seems to be growing again - I've no idea how THAT happens! 
I also keep all sorts of bits of scrapbook paper and embellishments for papercrafting that are only just fitting in their allotted cupboard space. I WILL get it all under control this year. 

Here are the features from the last weeks Handmade Monday.


Over the Apple Tree showed us how to transform a Christmas decoration into something to be enjoyed all year round with just a little spray paint (or quite a few coats of spray paint as it turned out!) 

The Crafty Lumberjacks have been busy making their own room spray air freshener with essential oils and left over vodka (Is that a thing, left over vodka? Or did I just make that up?) Sounds better than using lots of artificial scents right? 


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The rules are pretty straightforward:
  • Did you make it? Is it craft related? Yes - hooray, we'd love to see what you've been up to. This is not the place for shops, link parties or posts with just other people's work. Giveaways are fine as long as they are craft related.
  • Add the link to your blog post, not your main site URL.
  • Link up to 3 posts each week, but try to make sure it's something you've not linked up here before.
  • Have fun! Mingle - visit some of the other links - that's the whole point! Leave them a comment, maybe share on pinterest, twitter or your other favourite social media. Let's support one another and grow our craft community.
  • If you'd like to follow me in some way (buttons to find me are on the side at the top) then that would be just lovely. If you'd like to tell others about Handmade Monday then that would be just lovely too.