Showing posts with label DIY. Show all posts
Showing posts with label DIY. Show all posts

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Personalized tray

Hi all,

Today I propose you an easy work which is rather quick to make: a personalized tray, to serve coffee, tea or whatever you like.

What you need:
- a raw wood tray
- paper for scrapbooking or decoupage
- Mod Podge, or glue for decoupage + varnish.
- acrylic paint.
- a pair of paintbrushes.

Once you know which paper you are going to use, choose an acrylic color that matches well with the colors of the paper. Paint the tray with the chosen color. If you choose a dark paper (like mine, for example), you can avoid to paint the base of the tray, but, at least, paint 1cm on each side, so that when you put the paper into place you don't leave any "raw wood" spot. Let dry.

In the meanwhile, measure the base of the tray and cut the paper.

When the paint has dried, with a sufficiently large paintbrush paint a layer of Mod Podge (or decoupage glue) on the base and put the paper into place. Smooth the paper with your fingers, till no air bubble is left. Let dry for 20 minutes.

Finally, paint a pair of layers of Mod Podge or varnish on the whole surface of the tray.

That's all!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Homemade sugar cubes

In the Internet you can find different ways to prepare homemade sugar cubes...I'll now describe you the one which, after many attempts, allowed me to obtain sugar cubes that don't crumble upon the lightest touch, but still dissolve rapidly in a warm drink.

What you need:
a small cup of sugar (white, brown, or a mix of the two)
an ice cube or chocolate mold
time and patience =)
Soak a small cup with water. Don't leave water inside, but also make sure it does not dry. Then fill it with sugar. Stir a little bit, till you get the consistency of wet sand.

If you have a mold for very small ice cubes, like mine, fill in the mold with the mixture to the top, and then press the mixture down with your fingers. If the mold is bigger, fill only half of it.

And now be have to resist all night long without taking the cubes out of the mold...I know it's hard, but you'd rather wait rather than risk breaking them.

After several hours, you can take them out of the mold, and admire your lovely shiny little cubes!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Decorated boxes

Talking more about the year 2010… I just found these pictures of some wooden boxes that I decorated with paint, felt and/or decoupage. Here are the pictures and the ideas! I hope you will like it and find them useful.

I am also providing you the patterns for the ladybirds, the bees and the leaves: click here to download it; for the roses, it is sufficient to cut a felt disc of approx 8-10 cm (depending on how big you want the flowers to be) and then cut it as a somewhat irregular spiral. When you reach the end of the spiral, you'll have a small disc that will be the base of the flower. Roll it, glue it to the base, and you're done. Here is a link that explains the technique more in detail:

For this flower, you have to cut 5 petals, put them together, sew the end of one of them (in the pattern you can see the small dots where you have to sew) and, with the same thread, sew the other petals until you get the complete flower. In the center, you can glue a small pearl, if you like ;)