DIY: Glittery Letters

So a while ago I bought these amazing paper mache letters from Hobbycraft. I have been trying to decided what to do with them and decided on basically covering them in glitter to make my book case a little more bright and interesting. I have my first initial, an and sign and my partners initial. I bought these letters for £1 each which is great!
You Will Need:
  • Paper mache letters
  • Mod Podge 
  • Glitter
  • Paint Brush
  • A Tray 
  • Knitting Needle (optional)
  • Scrap Paper/ Newspaper
  • Glitter Shaker/ Spoon

I started by laying out some blank paper on my work surface, this is so I didn’t get glue and glitter all over my bench. I then used an old knitting needle and pierced the bottom of the letter with the needle, just to make the glittering process easier.
I ordered my glitter from eBay and it came in a plastic bag, I also have a small glitter shaker that I placed in the bag and filled it up as much as possible. If you don’t have a glitter shaker another option that works well is an old tablespoon, just scoop and sprinkled as needed.

I then took my first letter and covered the whole letter in Mod Podge using my paint brush.

Once it was all covered in glue I started to add the glitter, to the largest areas first.

I then added the glitter to the sides and made sure to get in all the little cracks as best as possible.

 Then repeat this process with the remaining letters, making sure to get a nice even layer across the letter.

Once you have all the letters covered, lay them out to dry, if possible stand them up as I dried them flat the first time and they stuck to the paper a little.

Once they have dried its time for the second coat. Cover the letter in a second later of Mod Podge. For this layer I poured a little of the glue into a plastic container as I didn’t want the brush to drop glitter into the tub of glue. This keeps the main pot of glue clean and glitter free.

And once again evenly cover the entire letter in glitter.

Repeat on all letters and then leave to dry over night. They are now complete! As an additional option you can cover the letter in another layer of glue to lock the glitter in place, this will dry clear so you will be able to see the glitter through. I decided against this as it does make the glitter slightly matt.

This is where I decided to put the letters once they were dry. I think they brighten up the bookcase brilliantly and you can cover them in any colour to match your desired place.

Let me know if you would like to see anymore glittery tutorials. I had great fun making these and you can add the same process to other objects for a unique up-cycle.

How To: Cute Christmas Bows

This year I have been making a some of my own decorations for Christmas. I think that not only is it more fun its makes your decorations a lot more unique.

The first thing I did after deciding on the tree was to make a huge bow for the top. I decided against the usual angel or star for the top because I have never been a fan of the angels on top and because my tree is so tall it actually touches the ceiling of my apartment so there would have been no room to add anything like that up there.

This year I am using a lot of silvers and golds to decorate my home, usually I prefer gold but I have a Christmas tree that is white and silver so I am incorporating all three into my theme. This is the finished bow:

If you saw my pom pom fairy lights tutorial you will notice that I use grey, white and silver wool to make those and now they fit in with my other decorations perfectly!
For my bow I used this amazing glittery ribbon. I actually bought this ribbon a few months back from a craft shop in Washington for £1.65, it was originally for a different project but the ribbon was too thick to use so it had gone to waste until now. The ribbon is covered in silver glitter and is wired around the edges. If you are recreating this I would really recommend purchasing ribbon that is wired as it holds its shape a lot better and is much easier to fold.

The way I did this ribbon was to cheat slightly, I didn’t just get the ribbon and tie a bow like you would with a shoe lace. I decided to go down a different route.

I started by roughly deciding how big the ribbon should be, I did this by making the general size while the ribbon was still on the roll and then cut it to that length.

After cutting I then did the same again to make sure that was right before I started.

I then folded the ribbon directly in half and pressed down so the wire in the ribbon would mark where the middle was.

I then squished this down at that same middle point so I knew where to fold my ribbon to.

I then folded one side over, meeting at the point I marked out before, once I was happy with the size of the loop I scrunched that into place too.

I then did the same with the other side, making sure to make the loops the same size. Because the wire is in the ribbon if you press the pieces together they should stay in place.

I then cut out another piece of ribbon that was big enough to tie around the centre.

I wrapped this around and then flipped over the ribbon, the wire will hold in place but as you can see it doesn’t hold it flat against the back and I didn’t want the ribbon to fall apart so I decided to glue the back down.

I used this Bostik All Purpose glue, this one dries clear but you wont be able to see it so any strong glue will do.

I then glued down that back piece, I would recommend using something heavy to keep that in place so that the glue can dry. I used my candle as its quite heavy and was the closest thing to me.

Leave that to dry and then use the wires in the ribbon to shape it until your happy.

I added a cable tie to the back to attach the bow to my tree.

I hoped you liked this tutorial, I am really happy with the outcome of this bow. I am also really impressed with this ribbon, I was worried that when I was making this bow most of the glitter would come off and even though I was covered in glitter the bow still looks amazing and you wouldn’t even know so much had come off!

This tutorial would also be great scaled up or down, you could make smaller bows to decorate the tree or even larger ones to hang on your door or walls.

How To: Pom Pom Fairy Lights

So since I bought those pom pom supplies from HobbyCraft I decided I would make some pom pom fairy lights. I thought I would show you guys how to do it too.

You Will Need:

-Pom Pom Maker
-Wool
-Fairy Lights
-Scissors

Step 1:

Gather all the supplies that you need for this craft. You can use as many different colours as you like.

I choose these four different types of wool – A white, grey, fluffy white and fluffy grey. I also have four different pom pom maker sizes.

Step 2:

Choose the size of pom pom you would like to use – I used the smallest one of my pom pom makers. Then pick your first colour.

Step 3:

Open up the pom pom maker and put the two of the same size together side by side. The bumps should be facing the holes.

Step 4:

Wind the wool around the whole of one side of the pom pom maker until the arch is full.

Step 5:

Repeat this process on the other arch until full.

Step 6:

Close the circle and then clip them into place and cut the wool away.

Step 7:

Using your scissors carefully cut all the way around the middle of the pom pom.

Step 8:

Take a separate piece of wool and wrap it around the middle of the pom pom. Tie this tightly – this will be holding the pom pom together. Keep the piece of wool long and don’t trim just yet.

Step 9:

Open the pom pom maker back up and remove the pom pom.

Step 10:

Once you have repeated this process for all the pom poms you need tie those pieces to the fairy lights. I decided to tie one pom pom between each light.

Once you are happy with the placement of the pom poms, use the scissors to cut away the excess wool from where you tied them on and give any pom poms a trim if they are uneven.

This is my finished product. I choose to use four different colours to match the style of my living room. I hung these onto my shelving unit.

I really love making crafts with pom poms. You can really make it your own and match the colours and textures to your home. I think these would also be great as gifts. Please let me know if you have anymore pom pom craft ideas, I would love to see them!

Craft Haul

I went to Washington to get some more craft supplies from a shop that my mam heard about. This store is close to The Galleries shopping centre, about a 5 minute drive from there. The store is called Dainty Supplies. They have a huge range of craft supplies. They had their Christmas craft range in now as well so you can get your crafts ready for Christmas now.

From this store I bought two rolls of decorative wired ribbon. Each roll is 2.7 meters. This is a silver glittered ribbon. 
The second thing I got was these two wired circles that I bought to make some wreaths in the future. 
The last thing I bought were these different pieces of lace. I got this pack of two – The top is an off white lace with light blue running through the bottom. The bottom lace is white with silver detailing.
This white lace has a very subtle silver running through the whole lace.
This lace is very pretty, it has a very thin band around the top with silver all through the lace pattern.
I also got this pack of five ribbons has a cream, green, blue, pink and black. They all have gold detailing on either side.
That’s everything I bought! I will be doing some more crafts on my blog using a lot of these producsts so stay tuned for those!

A Day in My Life

I thought I would document and share my day with you today! I spent most the day at home as I didn’t have work on and had no plans, so here is what a typical home day looks like for me!

First I got up and had breakfast, I made a cup of coffee and a ham and cheese croissant.

I like to open up the Juliet balcony doors while I have my coffee to take in our lovely view. Because it is a Juliet balcony you don’t have anywhere to step out but like to just open the doors and let the fresh air and sounds of the river in.

I spent my morning making pom pom decorations with the new products I bought from Hobbycraft, I showed this in a previous blog post. I wont show the finished craft because I’ll be doing its own separate post in the next few days.

For lunch I made a tuna salad, I used a mix leaf salad bag, chopped onions and cherry tomatoes with salad cream on top. Delicious!

For the rest of my afternoon I spent my time getting ready and doing my studies for work. Just lots of reading and writing!

For today’s make up I started with my foundation, powder and eyebrows (I forgot to take photos before this point)

I then used my Ted Baker Eye Shadow Trio – just the colour in the middle. I used this all over my lid and under my eyes.

I then added a cat eye with a liquid eyeliner and applied mascara.

    

Then I put on my matt bronzer under my cheek bones to contour and add some colour to my face.

I applied highlighter to my cheek bones, tip of my nose, cupids bow and brow bones to add a nice bit of glow to my skin.

Lastly I added this Calvin Klein lipstick in the colour ‘Fusion’. Its a really nice purple and you can layer it to make a really dark colour but I put this on over a  lip balm to make it more muted.

For my hair I just brushed it through and made a high ponytail. I then added this white headband.

I then went to pick my boyfriend up from work as he doesn’t drive and I have the car so like to get him whenever I’m free.

Once home I made us tea, we had pork which I slow cooked in an apple butter, with boiled potatoes and sweet peas. I also added a small mozzarella salad with balsamic glaze on top.

After tea we chatted and caught up on our day and then watched tv before heading to bed.

That’s my whole day! I hope you liked this post.

Hobbycraft Haul

I went to Hobbycraft yesterday and bought a few bits and pieces for some DIY projects that I want to try out and I thought I would share them all with you! I will leave the links to everything at the bottom of the page.

First I bought these Paper Mache Letters, I got a ‘J’, ‘&’ and an ‘S’ for my boyfriend and I’s initials. I am planning on decorating these myself for my home. So stayed tuned for that! These were only £1 each. They have the letters in larger sizes and also in lower case as well as capitals.

The second thing I bought was this white acrylic paint, I needed a small amount of white paint to finish off a water colour that I have been working on. This was also £1 from the sale section, bargain! I couldn’t find a link for this one on the website, sorry!

The next thing is this amazing pom pom maker, I have loved making pom poms since I was really young, my Nana taught me how to make them using wool and cardboard cutouts. Using cardboard is a cheap option but it takes a lot longer so these plastic ones are amazing for getting them done faster. This was £4 and you get four different sizes in the pack.

I also bought three different ‘All That Glitters’ yarn to make the pom poms with, they are all glittery! I bought a silver, red and white and if they work well I be going back to get more colours. They were £2.80 each but Hobbycraft had a 3 for 2 deal so you only pay for two and get one free. I had already removed the labels before taking these pictures.

The last item I bought, which is also the cutest, are these amazing little cat buttons, I found these at the back of the store in the sale section and couldn’t help but buy them. They are velvet and very soft and I’m sure a lot of my clothes are going to look extra cute with these buttons on! These were £2 for the bag and there was varies other cute buttons for the same price.

Links:
Paper Mache Letters

Pom Pom Maker

All That Glitters Yarn

Cat Buttons