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.

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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!

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

Cute Cactus Watercolours

While looking for inspiration for watercolours I took to Pinterest. I saw quite a lot of cute paintings of cactus plants and thought I would give it a go too.

I started just filling a page with mini paintings. This really helped me to practice with different shapes and colours and to hone my detailing skills. Because I am still learning how to paint I find it a lot easier to copy from paintings and figure it all out on the way. When trying to paint from memory I tend to mess up a lot more. I suppose that is something I’ll learn over time.

This painting was actually one I was considering scanning to make a background for my blog, but the cats won.
This is the finished page:

If you would like to see some of my pins you can check those out on:
Please if you have anymore pins on cute paintings send them my way!