Up-cycled side table

This table was very stained and sad looking when I spotted it in a seaside charity shop. In the same shop were some old sailing charts and that gave me an idea. Why not decoupage, that’s essentially gluing and sticking, some charts onto the table.

homestyle_febmakes_5_043_LRYou will need


Tester pot dark grey paint

Paint brush

Paper scissors

PVA glue


Charts x3



  1. Sand and then paint the table with grey emulsion. Leave to dry, if it needs a second coat of paint, do this now.
  2. Measure the diameter of the circular table top and bottom and draw 2 circles to this measurement minus 1cm on the back of the sailors chart and cut out.
  3. Paint a coat of PVA glue on the fronts of each circle of chart, leave to dry and then repeat with the back.
  4. Using more PVA glue, stick the circles in place on the table. Leave to dry. Repeat step 4 with more coats of PVA to create a sustainable and usable table
  5. When you paint on the PVA it will look milky and opaque, don’t worry it will dry clear. If you get bubbles in the chart, prick them with a pin and stick it down.




Repaint and decoupage an old wooden chair

Orange Chair  copy.jpg

A boring wooden chair can have new life breathed into it for very little money but lots of imagination, with a mixture of painting, some good photocopied images and a bit of sticking.

You will need

Wooden chair

Paint brush

Photocopy paper


Tangerine Twist paint from Dulux 3 x £1 tester pots at B&Q

PVA glue

Paint brush

Sand paper


Blue tack



  1. Sand the chair
  2. Paint the chair and leave to dry
  3. Find copyright free designs on the internet, enlarge and photocopy the designs
  4. Cut out the shapes
  5. Blue tack the images into position on the chair. When you are happy with composition stick into place using PVA glue.
  6. Paint on coats of PVA varnish to give a good finish to the chair.


Instead of buying new paint, use what you have in the house and mix colours to create something new and interesting. This is a great way of using left over paints.

Before photo –


Orange Chair Detail copyOrange Chair Back copy



Three easy ways to decorate Easter eggs


Naturally dyed eggs

White eggs can be dyed using all sorts of vegetables and fruits. As a rule the longer the egg is in the dye bath the deeper the colour achieved. White eggs can be difficult to come by, but many Asian stores sell them or you can use white duck eggs.

Use yellow onion-skins to make various shades of terra cotta. The best blues came from red cabbage, the results ranging from lilac, to French blue and lavender. Beetroot gives a pale pinky fawn colour and for a yellow use turmeric.

Instructions for preparing the eggs for dyeing:

  1. Place the eggs in cold water and bring to the boil, simmer for at least 6 minutes or until they are hard-boiled. Leave them to cool.
  2. When the eggs are cold rub their shells with kitchen roll dipped in vinegar.


You will need:

Jam jars (3 for each batch of dye)

Measuring jug

Spoon for stirring

White eggs

White vinegar


Bicarbonate of soda

Master Recipe for Making Natural Dyes

  1. To make the blue dye chop up a medium head of red cabbage. Put chopped cabbage into a large pan and add enough water to cover by 1cm, then boil for 40 minutes. Strain the coloured water into a jug, then pour 150 ml of dyed water into each of the three jam jars.
  2. To the first jar of dye add 3 teaspoons of white vinegar.
  3. To the second jar of dye add 3 teaspoons of bicarbonate of soda.
  4. To the third jar of dye add 3 teaspoons of salt.
  5. Add the egg to the dye and agitate it frequently so that you get an even coating of dye over the egg.
  6. The 3 mixtures produce different varieties of blues and mauves.
  7. When the eggs are the colour you want remove them from dye and leave to dry in an egg carton.

To make terracotta from onion skins, use the papery skins from five large onions then follow steps1-7 of the master recipe.

To make yellow dye using turmeric:

  1. Put 6 tablespoons of turmeric in a medium pan and slowly stir in water until you have a thick yellow brew which is deep enough to cover the eggs you are dying, add 3 dsp white vinegar.
  2. Simmer for 20 minutes, then leave to get cold. Add the eggs and follow steps 1-7 of the master recipe.


leaf printed eggs

You will need:

White eggs

Saucer of water

Dye solution (see natural dying)

Freshly picked leaves


Old tights


  1. Cut a square of mesh from the tights a bit larger than the egg, remember it is stretchy so it doesn’t need to be over large.
  2. To help the leaf curve around the egg dip in the water, then press it onto a white egg.
  3. Holding the leaf in place, wrap the piece of mesh from the tights round the egg and the leaf, then stretch tight and knot at the back.
  4. Place the egg in the dye solution and agitate it regularly to get an even coverage.
  5. Once you have the depth of colour want remove the eggs from the dye bath and carefully cut away the tights to reveal a beautiful leaf imprint. Leave to dry in an egg carton.

close up leaf printed eggs


Decoupaged Tree Egg Close up

You will need:

Polystyrene eggs in a variety of sizes

Found images you want to use in the decoration

Small paper cutting scissors or a craft knife


PVA glue

Dress makers pins

Bakers twine


  1. Rip up newspaper into very narrow strips cover each strip in glue and stick it onto the egg.
  2. Lay the strips next to one another until the whole of the egg is covered. Leave to dry on a radiator.
  3. Cut out the feature motif to place on the egg and glue this onto the dry newsprint covered egg.
  4. Cut a piece of string and make a loop. Pin the loop into the top of the egg and hang from a twig or branch.

Decoupaged eggs