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Garden Shed Christmas Decoration

Garden Shed Christmas Decoration

Today is challenge 5 of the #12DaysofChristmasDIYChallenges

The challenge – What do you have in your garden shed or outhouse? Find something in there that you can make into some kind of Christmas decoration

For sometime I have been inspired by wood decor with writing. Today’s challenge seemed the perfect opportunity to have a go, with some help from my family.

My husband found some wood from the wood burner pile.


We laid them out in the rough design, with youngest marking cutting out lines.


The planks were sawn to shape and then screwed into place on the supporting plank.



Using paint found in the shed all the planks were painted a gentle green shade. Amazingly the different wood finishes covered well.


Next – the step I was dreading, could I paint neatly lettering onto the wood planks? I used a selection of typography and printed a selection of words out onto paper. Find the downloadable free template here. These were laid out onto the planks.


I used a ball point pen to press hard drawing round each letter. This leaves an indentation in the wood as your guideline for painting the letters.


Now all you need is a steady hand!


No-one is going to be examining your lettering close up, from a distance you really cannot see my slightly wobbly paint lines:)


What do you have in your garden shed or outhouse?



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DIY Chest of Drawers (Post sponsored by Volkswagen)

DIY Chest of Drawers (Post sponsored by Volkswagen)

What’s not to love about chalk paint? It’s perfect for transforming old furniture into a modern look. I’m not sure what it is about boys and cars, but they do seem to love them. A combination of chalk paint and cars led to this beetle car chest of drawers.

My father-in-law lived with us for a couple of months and when he moved out he left a chest of drawers covered in gloss paint. For some time they languished in the shed, but not for any longer!

Chest of Drawers ready for DIY

They have been given a new lease of life with a change of handles, a new coat of paint and a beetle car design. The beauty of chalk paint is that you can paint the surface without preparation. However, to achieve a higher standard of finish I sanded the drawers down first.

To create your own beetle car chest of drawers you will need:

  • drawers
  • chalk paint in a variety of colours
  • paint brushes, small roller
  • wax and cloth

Prepare the surface for painting by removing all drawer handles. Sand and wash down (not essential).

If you are changing the drawer handles to a different size (or if you discover an extra set of holes like I did!) fill with wood filler.

Allow to dry, fill again. Once dry sand down and clean.

Paint the drawers with a coat of chalk paint. I used a light grey colour.

If you are painting your drawer handles attach them now.


Apply a second coat of paint. If your drawer handles are not painted in chalk paint leave them off until the very final step.

Create your beetle design. Sketch your beetle on paper first and roughly cut out. Sketching them on paper helps you work out the size which works with your drawer. It is a good practice for redrawing on the chest of drawers.


Using a fine brush, paint your cars with chalk paint onto the drawers. The body of my cars is painted with chalk paint.  Allow to dry in between colours.


Once dry wax your drawers. I used wax from the same range of chalk paints.


If appropriate add your drawer handles now.



As you can see I am not the best free hand painter but in the room they look great. Don’t let your painting skills put you off having a go!

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“.





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Recycled Crisp Packet Apron DIY

Recycled Crisp Packet Apron DIY

Regular readers may remember a post with 8 different ideas for upcycling crisp packets.  At the time my husband suggested an apron, a google search later and it seems no one has made one. I am delighted to say I have created his idea – one DIY recycled crisp packet apron:)

I engaged my work colleagues in saving up empty crisp packets for me, to bring a wide variety of colours and designs.

DIY Crisp Packet Apron

Create your own Recycled Crisp Packet Apron

To make your own you will need:

  • 35-40 different crisp packets
  • Piece of fabric
  • 3 meters of bias binding
  • 1.5 meters of fabric tape (for ties)
  • sellotape

To make:

Cut out background fabric – this will be the base you sew your crisp packets to. Use an existing apron as a guide, if you don’t have one to hand you could go free hand. I used the pattern pieces as a rough template from the book “Great British Sewing Bee” (this is the book from the first series, dare I confess it’s the first pattern I have used from it?!). It is 35″ long, 30″ wide at the bottom and 11″ at the top.

Pattern cutting

Layout your crisp packets, overlapping on each edge by a centimeter, check you are happy with the colour balance.

Crisp Packet Layout

You may wish to photograph your lay out before removing all but the bottom layer.

Sellotape the top of the crisp packets to the lining. This holds them in place whilst you then stitch each bag down.

Sellotape crisp packets into place


I suggest you have a practice on a spare crisp packet with a piece of your lining fabric – I found the tension on my machine needed a little adjusting. Lengthen the stitch to help prevent the packets ripping, if your packets do rip you may wish to place gaffa tape or masking tape on the back of the packets to strengthen them.

Sew your first layer down.

Layout the next layer – you may wish to ensure you keep your layers straight by measuring down from the top of the apron and marking a guideline with tailor’s chalk.

Tailors chalk

Once you have sewn all layers of packets onto the apron turn over to the lining side and stitch all round the edge.

Trim the crisp packets to the size of the lining.

Attach bias binding all round the apron, I held mine in place with clover clips (you could use pins or hair slides). Attach your ties (22″ long each) and neck tie (22″) under the bias binding as you go.

Finish Apron with bias binding


One finished apron – what would you make with crisp packets??

Recycled Apron




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