How to Spray Paint your Vases back to Life!

Many a year ago…I got married…and yes I bought all the vases used for the wedding reception…some good…some not so good…so time for a revamp! Handmade gift vase anyone?

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The hardest part of this DIY was finding the right paint to spray paint glass!  So here is what I used…

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I bought both of these paints from Artscene…they have such a great range of colours you will have so much fun choosing!  The beauty of Artscene…I finalised payment one day and they were at my door the next! Now thats service!  Sorry Bunnings…you were no use to me.

For this project you need:

-glass vases…these can be sourced from op shops too
-contact paper to cut shapes from or super good masking tape
-your chosen spray paints (I chose Krylon copper metallic and Liquitex sage green)
-newspaper to protect surfaces

So this super easy project doesn’t require much…but heed my warning…do not use cheap masking tape like I did (sad face)…the paint bled, the tape didn’t stick and I didn’t achieve the sharp lines I was after.  I did however, use the excess surround of some Macaroon Kids stickers that I had to achieve the perfect circles.  You could always cut your circles or triangles from contact paper.  By all means, if you cannot be bothered taping up fancy patterns onto your vase…you can go crazy like I did and just paint the whole thing one colour!  My allover copper vase looks pretty spesh!…NOTE: this can be addictive and I am very close to spraying every vase I own…then moving onto plastic containers…wire baskets…photo frames…

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Once you have worked out your design, mark it out on your clean vase.  Now is the fun part!  Take your project outside – with newspaper to protect surfaces – and shake your cans!  Ensure only the areas you want coloured are visible and everything else is covered.  I filled the vases with newspaper to protect the inside of the vase from being coloured too.

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Follow directions of your chosen paint and ensure you spray lightly…better to have more coats than to have runs everywhere!

Wait for your new handmade homeware to dry and then…pull that ugly paper away and see your new creation!  How proud are you!  Get yourself some pretty flowers…what a great excuse…and sit back with a cuppa and admire your handiwork…

spray painted copper vaseSo…what will you revamp first?…

 

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How to Sew a Softie Lion Toy

So today is softie day! Ever thought about making a softie handmade gift for someone your soft about?  This project is a great starting point and perfect for kids over 8 years too!

DIY Lion Softie

So this cutie is relatively easy…materials you need are:

1. some old woollen clothing…I sourced mine from a local op shop
2. some old buttons…check out op shops for this too
3. fabric for the mane…wool felt is great as it has natural stiffness, leather is optional
4. pins, needles, sewing thread & scissors
5. toy fill for your lion…I use 100% corn fibre from here
6. a copy of the lion softie toy pattern template – try & print this on scrap paper…

Lion Softie toy materials

First cut out your pattern, pin onto your fabric and cut.  ENSURE you cut TWO PAIRS of ears and TWO lion bodies.

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Next is to prepare your roaring lion mane…I suggest either 2 or 3 layers for the mane…but you can go crazy!  I have chosen 2 main felt layers with scrap bits of leather as the third.  Cut PIECE ONE 35cm x 8cm, PIECE TWO 35cm x 6cm and the optional PIECE THREE 35cm x 4cm…or smaller bits if you desire…I am all about using found scraps…wool could be great here too.

lion-pic-3Next step: MARK 1cm down from the long side of piece 1 and 2 (0.5cm on piece 3)…please use a marker that is REMOVABLE (like chalk) or else you will see the line on the reverse side.  Then cut strips 1cm apart (0.5cm for piece 3)…pin all pieces together onto one side of your lion piece (as above)…then its time to sew…

How to sew a buttonFor this lion I hand stitched the mane on with running stitch…a great starter stitch for novice sewers…if you are producing a special handmade gift for a small child or baby to play with, I would really recommend you machine stitch mane on…we wouldn’t want any issues now would we?  Then simply place the button eyes where you want them and cut a nose.

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Now its time to sew those button eyes on … in case you are unsure on how to sew a button…I did a video tutorial to step you through it…I hope you find it useful.  You also need to sew your lions whiskers on and again…another video tutorial for you.  Its so easy hey 🙂

So now your lion is starting to take shape!  Its time to either get on a sewing machine, or get comfy with some hand stitching.  Take ONE PAIR of EAR pieces, right sides together, sew around top curve only and turn out to the right side…do this for the other ear also.  Next pin the ears onto the head (right side of fabric) of your lion -I suggest using the body piece that doesn’t have the mane on it-…face ears downward and stitch into place.

Put both pieces of your lion together…right sides facing and pin together…you will note I use 2 pins in one spot to mark where I need to leave open…we can’t sew him completely closed yet after all.

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Now that your lion is all together…time to turn him out and let him see the world…

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What stuffing do you like to use?  Choose your favourite and fill your new creation…ensuring you place plenty of stuffing into the hands and feet.

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Pictured above are just 3 stuffing options…
1.           this is the eco corn fibre stuffing I use for all my baby toys…no chemicals in this baby so very safe…also has a firmer/stiffer feel than other types & gives a good weight to your toys
2.           this stuffing is a curly poly stuffing which has a heavier feel…this will give your lion a very weighty, dense feel…
3.           this stuffing is the toy fill you can get at Spotlight etc…it is the lightest of all and the cheapest.  This will give your handmade gift a spongy lightweight feel.

All that is left is to carefully stitch up this lions side and your all done!  A new friend has now joined your family and is ready for play and fun!  What a beautiful handmade gift you can pass on with pride.  Please please please send me any pics of your creations to funbegins@macaroonkids.com as I would love to see what clever variations you will create.

DIY Lion Softie Toy

I ABSOLUTELY LOVE comments, so please feel free to let me know what you think of the above DIY…

10 Best Kids Crafts Blogs – going handmade

I keep mentioning a few kids crafting blogs over and over and thought maybe I should put all my favourites in one place for easy reference.

O.n.e                              I have a new blog crush!  I am completely in love with Mer Mag!  Its all well and good for kids to create their ‘crafts’ but when you can encourage their creativity into the direction of new stylish ‘decorations’ that look fantastic displayed proudly in the home…well … I’m SOLD! Merrilee is a very talented mum of 2 littlies and frankly, I am completely jealous of her effortless style…check it out and be prepared to be inspired!

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T.w.o                            Recently I discovered Bloesem on Facebook and Instagram and again I am completely in love with their style.  Irene, the founder of this blog, is Dutch and her sleek modern style, along with that of her contributors, really shines through.  I love discovering so many new great kids products through following this blog as well as being inspired to create items with a new twist!

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T.h.r.e.e                        Being a part of this modern world, means we get to ‘taste’ so many cultures from the comfort of our lounge!  While I would love to be roaming the world…this will have to do for now…El Hada De Papel is trilingual…English, Spanish and German (in case you need to brush up on these languages)…Hannah, Noah and Hilke are the writers of this blog and as their title says ‘you (will) find ideas and suggestions for crafting with kids…of different ages’…thoroughly charming…need I say more?

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F.o.u.r                         The graphic designer/mum behind this blog has a sweet ideas to keep little hands busy…Molly Moo has some ideas I want to try myself…kid free

F.i.v.e                         I have referenced this blog recently…I just love Handmade Charlotte!  Every day she posts something either crafty or informative, relevant to busy mums…and its a great ‘go to’ when you want something to keep small fingers busy for 5 minutes.  Rachel is a mother to five children! Yes 5! As well as being a designer and writer of this blog!  She truly puts the busy into busy mum!

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S.i.x                         There is a team of contributors at Classic Play who continually produce easy crafts to do with your kids…I like being reminded that the simple things entertain the children more than the complicated ones.

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S.e.v.e.n                My son ADORES Mister Maker…so here is the website to give your little one loads of entertainment.

E.i.g.h.t                 I have also referenced Made by Joel in previous blog posts…I love seeing what this father comes up with for his little ones…they are our inspiration after all.

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N.i.n.e                  LMNOP is an Australian blog all about its title…love make nurture organise play… doing the homework for you, you can find great Australian designers’ work…all child related…all in one place…below is a pic from Pip Lincolne’s (of meet me at mikes fame) book…

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T.e.n                    If you are after printables for either children or adults…Eat Drink Chic has all the links needed to creatively inspire!

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Enough yet?  Just one more link of another Australian site…for the adult crafter…Craft Hunter! Get your craft on tout suite!