Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Day 8 - Decoupage Money Jar


I loved making this!! It was so fun to do and loved getting a little bit messy. This is a glass jar I had in the house covered with themed papers to turn into a money jar. Decoupage is the art of decorating an object by gluing paper cut outs into a design. 

You need to allow time for drying when doing this and also make sure you take a look at what not to do as well as what to do as I learnt from my mistakes.

What you will need:
A Glass Jar 
PVA Glue or D├ęcoupage glue
Decoupage papers or posh tissues (I found mine in The Works and are 2 for £1.50 at the moment)
Ribbon or things to decorate with

The first step to recreate this is to make sure your glass and lid is clean. Pour out some PVA glue. and prepare your paper. I cut them up into pieces the size of large stamps like the photo to the right as its easier to smooth down. I also left some of them looking like notes but these didn't mould over the curve of the glass very well so I wouldn't recommend this. 

Next, cover a patch of your jar in PVA glue in the area you are going to work on and stick the paper/tissue onto the jar like the photo to the right. Place it any way you want. There is no wrong or right way at all. PVA over it with your paint brush to secure it into place. When it dries, it will be clear and will also make it hard similar to Paper Mache.


Do this the whole way around the jar until it is completely covered like the photo to the left.  Leave to dry. DO NOT leave on a radiator or use a hair dyer as the paper will crack or the glue will form little air bubbles. I left mine outside as it has been a lovely day today.

When it has dried you are free to use it as your money jar! I have left mine as it is but you can do the same thing with the lid, decorate it with a ribbon or even cut a hole in the lid for a money slot! I would love to see yours!! Go on.... have a go!!

Day 7 - Pencil Pot-tin'

First of all, sorry I didn't update my blog yesterday. I ended up going to a friends and staying there all day and most of the night. So a hangover and a few coffees later, here I am ready to give you a fresh idea to do.

I made two things today, one is this lovely pencil pot and the other will be on the next post.

I seem to have loads of tins knocking around so rather than throwing them out, I thought I would try and make use of them! Being the crafty arty person that I am, I also have lots of pens and pencils and nowhere to keep them all. So this is the perfect solution.

This is the quickest guide on how to do it as it really is simple. 

File down the sharp edges of the tin so it wont cut you when you go in to get your pens. I just used a metal file and it worked wonders! 

All you have to do is put double sided tape from the top to the bottom about 6 times around the tin. This is so the wool will have something to stick to as you wind it around.

Get your ball of wool and start at the top and go round and round keeping it nice and tight until you get to the bottom. When you get to the bottom, tuck the wool in or tape it underneath so it cant be seen.

Add a bit of detail like a bow or a pom pom like me and there you have it..... a Pencil Pot Tin!! Why not make it multicoloured or give it a theme. It could be a British pencil pot, a butterfly one or anything better that you can imagine.