- Simply make sure you wash the jars out well – clean the outside with alcohol or white spirit
- Decide how far up your jar you want your pattern to be and then put a thin layer of white acrylic paint up to that point. Allow to dry.
- Take your napkin and carefully remove the top patterned layer from the white, this will give you a very delicate patterned paper. (you can use the decoupage papers if you prefer)
- Use Deco Art Patio Paint and a soft brush to gently apply a thin layer to a small area that you wish to cover.
- Then lay the thin layer of napkin gently across the small patch of wet paint using the soft brush to slowly glue it to the surface.
- Work round your item – small patches as you go, until the item is covered.
- Leave to dry.
- Apply a layer of clear varnish to give a really good seal.
- Add buttons or ribbon as desired with a hot glue gun
The robin adds a splash of colour to the wreath, alongside some small red berries. He is created with a combination of felt, wool and merino floss.
It is easy to use the wool to create the wings on the robin, laying them across the body, using the felting needle to fix it. The beaded eye gives a brightness to the robin and gives him a little sparkle.
The felting gives a fluffiness that gives the robin his plumage, and softens his shape a little.
As you can see some of the ivy leaves are simply cut – with the variegation created with simple use of a felt tip pen!
I also laid several different colours of wool to make up the vines of the ivy, fixing all the elements with a hot glue gun. The leaves lay across the wreath, using a pen to push the centre of the ivy leaf to give it a natural shape.
If you want to have a go yourself you can purchase the wreath here, they are from Gisella Graham who I really love. Heidi feathers does a great beginner felting pack here which includes everything you need to start creating your own wreath. If you would like pattens for the ivy leaves and robin just drop me a line or you can sign up for the course I am running at Clothkits on Saturday 30th November.
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My daughter is having a Steam punk wedding so I made these little bouquets for her bridesmaids. They are made from an old card games book! I have to admit I had to overcome a lot of hesitation to actually tear out the pages of a book, but the paper was a dream to work with.
To make your own bouquet you need,
1 old book with parchment type paper
I flower punch
11 Brass buttons
1 dried flower cone
I have a wonderful clutter bug which made the cutting out of the flowers very easy but any flower punch will do or you can just use the template on this tutorial and use scissors. You can stack the pages to make it easier and cut a few out at a time.
Once you have made your eleven (or any odd number) of flowers, press them into your cone, start with one in the middle then add three in equal parts around it, then fill in the spaces with other flowers until you have a pleasing bunch.