These are so simple to make and will give a modern, geometric twist to your Christmas decorations. Hang them on a tree, from a shelf, or add them to a simple wreath.
I’ve been thinking about using a ceramic pen to decorate some simple, plain white plates and things for a while. I found these egg cups and plates in Hobbycraft, along with the ceramic pen so thought I would give it a go. I had no particular design in mind, but wanted it to be simple, fun and not to cover the entire surface. I came up with the idea of just scribbling in a masked-off area and I think it looks quite effective.
All you need is some ceramic objects that have been washed in warm soapy water and thoroughly dried, a ceramic pen, and masking tape. The pen I used doesn’t require you to bake the items in the oven, but takes 3 days to dry before you can use or put in the dishwasher.
Really simple and attractive way of displaying photos and other little bits and pieces you want to show off (without having to ruin them with pins!). I put this together after getting some of my holiday snaps printed and not knowing what to do with them!
You will need
- A pin board – I picked up some small cheap ones for 99p
- Some material – I used some old pajama bottoms
- Staple gun
- String or ribbon
- Some beautiful photos
Simply cut the material to cover the pin board and use the staple gun to secure it to the back. Make sure the material is pulled tightly as you go and make the corners tidy.
Either put your pins all the way around the edge, sticking them into the cork board, and wind string between them or staple strips of ribbon tightly across the board to enable you to slot your favourite photos, sketches, memos, gig tickets – what ever you fancy – in the gaps.
These cute little name tags are easy-peasy to make and can be used in a whole host of ways from wine glass charms to table place names. Why not try them wrapped around a napkin as part of a wedding table setting or as personalised gift tags for your presents?
Oven bake clay (like Fimo)
Rolling pin (I used a tube of pritt stick as a mini rolling pin substitute)
Letter stamps (I used an old 12 pt letterpress alphabet I have but you can buy letter stamps from craft shops and online)
Thick needle or equivalent to make a hole for the ribbon
- Simply roll out the clay and cut in to your desired shape, but not too big if you are hoping to make them into wine glass charms. You may have to use initials only if the shape is too small or the names are long.
- Use the letter stamps to create the name or initials. Press firmly but not so the letters go all the way through.
- Create a whole big enough to thread ribbon through at the top of the shape using the thick needle.
- Heat the oven and bake the clay on baking parchment according to pack instructions – usually 130 degress for 30 minutes but check to make sure.
- Once cooled and hardened, tread the ribbon through carefully. Leave quite a bit of ribbon for each name tag so it can be tied easily. You can always chop off what you don’t need later.
I have transferred a photo onto untreated wood before thanks to this great video tutorial, but wanted to experiment with what would happen if I used painted wood. Well let me tell you it’s trickier and a bit more time consuming but I like the shabby chic result. Try it on untreated wood it you are doing it for the first time.
To make this magic happen I used a circular plywood disk that I picked up at a craft shop and painted white, a laser copy (must be laser for this to work), Mod Podge, Gloss Heavy gel and a paintbrush.
Cover your circle with a thick layer of the gel medium and press your copy face down onto the surface and smooth out. Leave for several hours to dry.
Once dry, wet the back of the paper and gently rub away. As the image is on a painted surface it hasn’t been able to absorb as much as it would onto untreated wood so you have to be super careful. If a few patches come off don’t worry too much, it adds to the rustic charm!
Once you have removed as much of the paper as you can, cover in Mod Podge and allow to dry. the Mod Podge acts as a sealant.