A few weeks ago, I was in Anthropologie (hands down, favourite shop on the planet) and I spotted some cute little gold dog magnets. Here they are. Cute. I showed them to George, he thought they were hideous and refused to let me own them (not that I need his permission, but, you know). Then I saw a mug with my initial on it, he refused that too. So we had a bit of a row. Anyway, where am I going with this… oh yes, I thought I’d have a go at making my own version of these animal magnets. And they worked! AND he likes them. And they are the easiest thing to make, my three year old could do it (assuming she could operate a glue gun and spray paint. Details).
Finding inspiration for craft projects is something I don’t find comes easy to me, and the more I try to come up with things to make, the fewer ideas I seem to have. Recently, I have been looking for inspiration around the house and seeing what interests Harper has, to see if there were any projects she might like if I made them for her. She is noisy and chaotic and enjoys being as loud as possible, so to upcycle an old cake tin into a drum seemed like the perfect project.
Ok, so these magnets didn’t start off being mini. When the mould arrived after ordering it online I realised I didn’t read the dimensions on the website. Does anyone else do that? The amount of things that I buy that are too big or small is an embarrassing number. Anyway, I made these little magnets to send in the post to my friend Angela just to let her know that I think she rocks, every time she opens her fridge! I probably could have just sent this in a text message but everyone loves getting surprise packages in the post, right?!
This bauble garland is so easy to make. It’s a little bit of a cheat as the baubles are actually wooden gift tags – but you could easily cut baubles from card and create a similar effect. I went for a traditional Christmas palette of silver, orange, and, erm, hot pink. Mainly because this was a last minute idea and those are the only spray paints I own! Feel free to go down the more rustic look though. You could also use normal paint but spray paints are waaaaaaay more fun and satisfyingly speedy.
Today’s Nap Time Craft involves adding a chevron twist to a tired piece of furniture. I used a dining chair I had painted a few years ago, which I wanted to jazz up into a striking new seat.
To do this project I used:
- Wooden chair
- Masking tape
- Spray paint
Creating a chevron design can be hard. My chosen method involved endless pencil markings, a lot of geometric guesswork, and so much misplaced masking tape that I started to resemble an Egyptian Mummy! I got there in the end, but I wish I’d known about this tutorial first.