5 Apr 2016

Feeling crafty | Project 1

Hello and happy April to you!

In this post I have unleashed my creative side and got myself crafty and share some projects for absolute beginners like myself.
I took a visit to hobbycraft.com and made a purchase of several items for some projects I wanted to work on. Hobbycraft (btw this is not a sponsored post!) is an aladdin cave of crafts and stationery. Not necessarily the cheapest craft store, but you do get good quality products to work with.

I've always enjoyed making and designing things. When I was little it used to be perfume from flowers in the garden (which always smelt of crushed flowers and dirty water!), to painted terracotta pots for sale at the bottom of my garden path and drawings for my mum.
Being an adult (if I live up to that title!) I don't get the time or the necessity to get crafty as much I would like to. But I thought recently, why not! I can have fun making things and then share them in this here blog!

So below you will see how I decorated some paper mache letters spelling out my name for a decorative feature. I'm a complete beginner when it comes to making things, but I think the fun part is the making and sod the results!
So with my order from HobbyCraft, I set about on a Sunday afternoon to decorate these letters.

The items I brought to complete this project were:
Mache letters £1 each
Paint brushes set for 12 brushes £5
Arcylic paints 75ml tube x 4 £2 each
Glitter paint finish x 2 £2.50 each
Mod Podge glue and finish £4
Masking tape for 2 metres £1
Decorate flower toppers £2
Decorative butterfly toppers £2

I set myself up at my dining table and get my equipment out. I mean this is pretty straight forward what I did, I don't want to go into much detail as I think you can work out that I simply painted these letters in colours and design of my choice.

I'm not the most talented when it come's to painting, but you know I try! If it was really good I could of done some Cath Kidston inspired design, but I kept it simple instead.

I painted directly onto the mache letters and used some masking tape to get a striped effect.I also used the Mod Podge (keep calling it Modge Podge!) to stick the flower and butterfly toppers to the letters and to give the letters a gloss finish.
I also used the glitter paint on a couple of the letters as it dries clear for a glittery finish.

This was good fun and whiled away an afternoon and a great project for kids, or anyone with a creative streak. I hope you like them and inspires you to get crafty!

Look out for my next crafty project coming soon!

Love,

Abbie xxx














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6 comments

  1. These look absolutely stunning :) And I'm so glad I'm not the only one who calls it Modge Podge, I was so disappointed when I found out that's not what it's actually called :P x

    Holly ∣ Closingwinter

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    1. Lol, I think I will forever call it that! Thanks for liking it. Maybe with a bit more practise I can be a bit more creative with my design! :)

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  2. Oh so cute!!! I really need to this with my name! Maybe do my husbands and I's initials for our mantel!! =P

    Melanie | Blog: Toots + Dill

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    1. Yes that sounds fantastic! The ways to decorate it are endless! Love to know what you do if you do do it! :)

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  3. I love what you've done, id love to do that but its far too messy haha =]

    emyii90.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thanks Emyii. Luckily the paint is water soluble so was easy to remove. I did have to lay an old duvet cover under the table as I didn't dare getting any on the cream carpets! :)

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