There’s nothing like Christmas approaching to bring out our inner creative diva in you. I have created kitsch Christmas scenes that you’ll look forward to welcoming back every Christmas season. I gathered up a variety of novelties, sentimental scraps, cake decorations, broken costume jewellery of yesteryear and brought them all together to make scenes in these brightly painted boxes. To make something really eye catching the knack is to think Alice in Wonderland, play with scale and perception.
You will need
Old match boxes in a variety of sizes
Hot glue gun
Plastic animal toys
Thin polyester wadding
Embossed paper cake decoration
Paint the boxes with 2 coats of acrylic paint, leave to dry
Pour the glitter into a small bowl, paint the animals with a layer of PVA glue, then spoon the glitter over the glued surface, leave to dry
Cut the polyester wadding into a mountain scape silhouette, stick in place at the back of the box using a glue gun.
Stick on stars and sequins, trees and the glittered animals.
Measure round the box and cut the bobble fringe or cake decorating paper to length. Glue in place around the edge using a glue gun. Add Christmas cake messages or costume jewellery to the top edge.
Stick up on the wall using removable Command strips.
Use up old paint match pots for painting the match boxes.
Round up old scraps of ribbon, children’s mini toys,
This project is recycling at its simplest.
You will need
Rustoleum metallic spray paints in gold and copper
Some glue dots
Ikea LED nightlights
1.Gather together your materials. 1 night light for each jar.
2.Rip the corrugated card into strips
3.In a well ventilated, space, spray the strips copper colour and gold. Leave to dry
4. Place the cardboard strips round the jar, stick with a glue dot. You may want to place two different colour cuffs round the jar.
If you want to use these as night lights in the garden make a thin wire loop round the jar neck and a hanging loop from that. Being LED’s they won’t blow out.
Butterfly chairs are back in vogue again. I saw lots of them at Maison et Objets in Paris. They were covered in a variety of fabrics and skins including leather and pony skin. I bought this old butterfly chair in a junk shop for £10. The cover was rust stained and not very nice so I decided to give it a revamp.
You will need
3 metres of white cotton drill
Dylon goldfish orange machine dye
Dylon Tulip Red machine dye
Dress making scissors
15mm bias binding
- Cut the fabric in half and using the instructions on the pot, dye half the fabric red and half orange.
- Draw round the old cover to make a pattern and don’t forget to add the seam allowance
- Cut out the pieces and sew the pieces first in one colour and then in the next together as in the original pattern.
- The only difficult part is pinning and stretching the seat top to the seat bottom as you are joining a concave piece of fabric to a convex piece. With right sides facing, pin the top of the seat to the bottom at the center seam. Sew from the center of the seat outwards stretching as you sew. This way the two pieces will fit together. Repeat this step to join the other half of the chair top to the chair bottom.
- The pockets for the front and back of the seam are neatened at their bases and then sewn with raw edges onto the cover. This is repeated for the reverse of the seat.
- Once the pockets are in place, with wrong sides facing, sew the seat top to the seat bottom round the edge and then hide all the raw edges with bias binding.
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.
You will need
Tester pot dark grey paint
- Sand and then paint the table with grey emulsion. Leave to dry, if it needs a second coat of paint, do this now.
- 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.
- Paint a coat of PVA glue on the fronts of each circle of chart, leave to dry and then repeat with the back.
- 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
- 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.
This has to be one of the best value and easiest makeovers there is. I bought the stool in a junk shop for £7 and gave it a new lease of life.
You will need
Spray paint in orange
Piece of gift wrap, choose one printed on thick paper
1.Choose the steps
2.Sand the metal parts of the stool to remove any flakey bits of paint
3 Cover the wooden parts of the stool and in an outdoor space, spray the metal parts of the chair. Leave to dry. Re spray as necessary.
4 Choose a piece of substantial wrapping paper. The one shown here came from Dulwich Picture Gallery.
- Lay the stool on top of the reverse side of the paper and draw round the shape.
- Stick the paper onto the wooden steps with PVA and leave to dry
- Water down PVA and paint a protective coat over the paper. It will look milky to begin with but as it dries will become clear.
I transformed an Ikea table into a stylish padded coffee table, using an Ikea mattress and some fabulous butterfly print linen fabric from Harlequin
You will need
1.5m of Harlequin butterfly fabric
1 Nornas coffee table from Ikea
Sample pot of black emulsion
1 x Vyssa mattress
1m of 2 oz wadding
Large dressmakers Scissors
Felt tip pen
- Measure half way down the legs of the coffee table and saw each of them in half, at this point it will feel like the table will be very low.
- Paint the legs that you are keeping and the underside of the table with black paint. Once the paint is dry, following the instructions, put the table togethe
- Lay the table top on top of the mattress and draw round it with a felt tip. Cut out the mattress. You will have one oblong the same size as the table, and the other oblong will need to be made up of pieces. Place the pieces of mattress on top of the table and fit and together until you have an oblong shape the dimensions of the tabletop.
- Place the complete mattress piece on top of the pieces that are on top of the coffee table, Cover the whole thing with wadding and staple to the underside of the coffee table. The wadding will hold the mattresses in place.
- Place the butterfly fabric on top and staple this over the wadding. You may need to fold and sew at the corners for a neat edge.
https://www.harlequin.uk.com/shop/fabric/amazilia-fabrics/papilio/?code=HAMA120344 price £56 a meter
Tip I used expensive fabric for a lovely look but you can find cheaper options especially if you look in the sales or bin ends.