Love collecting pieces of rusty metal off the beach? Wonder what to do with them once home?! My eye has been drawn to fabric dyed with rust – somehow I started yet another Pinterest board! The patterns on rust fabric are beautiful.
I love the random nature of rust dyed fabric. It is hard to control the results but that is part of the fun. Different fabrics will react slightly differently, some may dye quicker than others.
These are my experiments (to date!)
Collect a variety of objects with rust – your fabric will need to be touching rust for the colour to develop.
Soak your fabric in a ration of 50:50 vinegar and water.
Place rust fabric on top of fabric, alternatively wrap the objects in fabric.
The rust dye will take anywhere between a day and five days to develop.
Bright sunshine helps the rust develop.
Once dyed wash the fabric.
Having experimented dying fabric with found rust objects I moved on to experiment with non rusty items. My thoughts were could I have more control over the results, create patterns?? I experimented with pins, staples and metal washers. Non of these objects had rust to start with. I pleated the fabric, adding the metal items to see if I could create specific patterns.
Initially the results looked unpromising but after two to three days I am delighted with the results.
These results were not as controlled as I anticipated but I still love them.
Naturally the next question is what to make with rust dyed fabric? I am thinking slow stitch could be beautiful – a piece of wall art? a rust fabric lampshade?
Bug hotels are all the rage, its not hard to see why. Building a bug hotel is a great activity to involve children in. It sparks an interest in insects, wildlife and the outdoors.
Your tyre bug hotel can shelter bumblebees, ladybirds , woodlice and so much more. The autumn is great time of year to build one as you are likely to have a variety of natural materials available. You can use straw, dry grass and hollow plant stems.
To make your own recycled tyre bug hotel balance your tyre on a piece of brick either side. I found this tyre dumped by the side of the road, but I am sure you can ask your local garage for an old tyre.
Place something like sticks or straw across the base of the tyre. It needs to be a material which crosses the gap within the tyre. We have used sticks.
Cut a piece of wood to lay on top, it needs to be the width of the tyre tube.
Place your next layer. We have used pieces of a old hose pipe, followed by the stems from our corn crop. In the middle we have placed a former brick drain pipe, with a vw logo made out of foam board.
Place a layer of wood across. Fill your next layer, we have used the pine cones followed by sticks.
It’s dead easy to make and makes a fun alternative to have a round DIY bug hotel.
This post is sponsored by Volkswagen – check out other recycled and/or car related tutorials by fellow bloggers on the Volkswagen collaborative pinterest board “DIY Bloggers for Volkswagen“.
Easter is around the corner but you still have time to make an Easter table decoration. Personally Easter is about spending time with family, creating new traditions, eating, crafting. My son particularly loves the rhythms of the seasons, decorating the house. Table decorations are not my strong point but even I can manage this egg shell table decoration, its so simple to make but so effective:)
The cress takes about seven days so you do have time to make this yourself.
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You will need:
Spray the egg shells, set aside to dry (preferably not in a windy place, you don’t want to know how many egg shells I lost!)
Fill the shells with soil or cotton wool, add cress seeds and water.
Find a log, drill three holes with a wide drill piece (the one I used was marked 32).
Place eggs in drilled holes.
That’s it, one finished DIY easter eggs shell table decoration, easy to make yet stylish. Alternatives you could try, dye the eggs with onion seeds before cracking and scooping out the cooked egg, or let your children decorate the shells with sharpies? Or you could use the sharpies yourself to make intricate patterns – this would look great with white shells.
However you choose to spend Easter I hope you have a lovely time,