My husband and I chose not to give each other gifts this year, but he surprised me and brought me this rather large collection of old keys. My kind of present..
New Years Day was rather wet and miserable, whilst I had a nap Jared and the children had great fun creating animals for the keys. I love the animals… No searching Pinterest for upcycling old key ideas for them, they just got stuck in and had fun.
My thoughts wandered to wall art – layering the keys up to create snowflakes. Along the way I did wonder whether a more abstract piece was more my style..
If you would like to make the snowflake wall art “let it snow” you will need wood to create the plack, background blue paint, keys and white spray, a printer, chalk and white paint.
Start be creating the wood base. Cut pieces of wood to create a plack measuring. I have used old wood cutting five pieces long.
Use wood glue to glue them together. Once this is dry place a piece of wood across the back as battoning. Screw into place.
Paint the wood blue – I have used Rustoleum. It is no secret I love chalk paint, it’s great that I don’t need to wait for any primer to dry! Once dry you may wish to lightly sand to reveal the grain of the wood, adding a little texture.
Spray the keys white.
I used Novasol Spray White chalk paint, as this is what I had. It covered well, and dries within fifteen minutes. However it has chipped on the keys – personally I like this effect. Spray both sides.
Next print off the words in a font you like. Using the technique often taught in school rub the back of the paper in chalk. Place the text right side up on the wood. Using a ball paint drawer round the outline of the words. When you lift the paper up the chalk has transferred to the wood to create a guide for handpainting the letters.
Paint the letters in.
Lastly drill a small hole in the wood for the center of each snowflake. Screw the keys in place with long screws.
I have to admit that I prefer my husbands and children’s key animals. We have lots of keys left, what would you make??
Today I finished all Christmas makes.. a bit overdue. A friend asked me to make her a sweater hot water bottle cover for her friend Rick. She created me a template out of paper with the promise of a cover to come.
If you would like to make your own using this technique I strongly suggest a wool jumper you can felt in the washing machine first.
Cut out two pieces of sweater half an inch wider all round.
Stitch bias binding on the wrong sides of the sweater at the base of the neck of the hot water bottle.
Thread elastic through. Again learning from my mistakes I suggest using a safety pin and not a wool needle to thread through, my needle kept getting caught in the sweater!
Catch the elastic in one side as you stitch round. I used my overlocker/serger but if you have a felted wool you can use a standard machine with no worries about finishing the seams. Pull your elastic up so it gathers around the neck and secure. Ensure the elastic stretches sufficiently to enable you to take your hot water bottle in and out of the cover.
If you would like to add a name label to personalize the hot water bottle cover I suggest doing this prior to making the cover!
Stamp the persons name on contrasting fabric. You find a letter set on Amazon.
Place bondaweb on the reverse of the label.
Glue the label into position. Stitch to fully secure (this is rather tricky if you have already made the cover!).
Have you made any sweater hot water bottle covers? All Christmas makes finished?? I hope so!
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I don’t know about you but this week is flying by, its almost Christmas. I love this season but I’m not so keen on the volume of items on my to-do-list! In our home our children have their birthday, one ten days before Christmas and one ten days after Christmas. Thankfully my gifts are made – I gave the infinity scarves away to my group of friends who I meet with for compline once a month. They loved them:)
If you are trimming up you may love this fabric pompom. Initially made as part of an application to Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas program, I wasn’t successful in my application for decorating a Christmas tree with recycled decorations but I enjoyed trying.
Who doesn’t love a pom pom?? They can have so many uses for the Christmas season – create a recycled pom pom garland to hang across the mantlepiece or use them as baubles on your tree.
This pom pom is made with former curtains, sheeting and fabric that’s been in my stash since art college days (rather embarrassing that I have fabric stashed for 20+ years!)
You will need:
either a pom pom maker orcardboardd
selection of fabric
Create strips of fabric approximately a centimeter wide. If you are fortunate your fabric will rip easily and quickly.
Randomly wrap different fabric around the side of the pom pom maker (follow the manufacturers instructions on the packet).
Once you have filled both sides of the pom pom find your sharpest scissors and patiently cut through the layers of fabric.
Tie the pom pom together creating a loop for hanging on our Christmas tree.
I think pom poms look truly awesome on the tree, and whats more they use lots of fabric long overdue an outing from the cupboard!
Have a very lovely Christmas, thank you for all the reads, shares and comments. I appreciate you accompanying me on my creative journey.
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