Autumn Hues

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You will need:

Some polystyrene balls (in different sizes)

A large handful of autumn leaves

Sewing pins

What to do:

Simply wrap the leaves around the balls and secure with as many pins as you need. I always start with the tip of the leaf at the top of the ball and layer each subsequent leaf over the base of the other leaves. This perfectly conceals the bottom of the leaves.

 

 

All That Glitters DIY

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I’ve been quite taken by glitter today. Glittery fashion, homewares and the sort of make-up that you could never really wear out and about, but that looks super couture and a little bit arty. Maybe it’s the build-up to Halloween. Maybe it’s just that I need to get out of my jeans.

Today’s project is all about adding a little glitter into your day. Try it with this glitter cutlery. A good way to spruce up an old set (but not your great grandmother’s!) or a cheap set from Woolies.

You will need:

Some old or cheap cutlery

Masking tape

Some coloured spray paint

2 plastic or paper bowls

Some glitter in the same colour as your paint

Newspaper

Clear spray paint

What to do:

Place a bit of masking tape around the top of your cutlery to form a line where the paint will stop (preferably before the bits that touch your mouth).

One utensil at a time, spray the piece of cutlery with the coloured spray paint.

While the paint is still wet, hold the cutlery piece over the bowl and pour the glitter over the wet section of the cutlery. Flip the cutlery and hold over the other bowl and pour the remaining glitter from your first bowl over the other side of the cutlery piece.

Place your glittery utensil on the newspaper to dry and repeat with the other cutlery pieces.

Once the cutlery is dry, spray with a coat of clear spray paint and leave to dry again.

 

Check out these pics for some more glittery inspiration or go to my Pinterest board.

Glitter Happyhues.tumblr.com Glitter Momtastic.com Glitter Honeybearlane.com Glitter - polyvore.com

 

Image credits: 

happyhues.tumblr.com

momtastic.com

honeybearlane.com

polyvore.com

 

 

 

 

DIY Book Art

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There are so many very talented and patient paper artists out there, who are creating wonderful, almost sculptural art from books. And being a book person (or at least ‘word’ person) it fascinates me how the book can be used in this way.

I have chosen a very simple folding technique for my books – page in half, or alternating pages in half in opposite directions – so you can see how a simple fold can work so beautifully. Grab some old books from the op-shop and experiment. I also mounted my books on the wall with that sticky velcro stuff from Bunnings. Looks good, I think.