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How to Decopatch!

Here is my little tutorial on how to decopatch.

To find out more about what decopatch is click here.

Things you will need.

  • An object to decorate
  • Decopatch Papers
  • Decopatch Glue or PVA Glue
  • Decopatch Brushes
  • Decopatch Clear Varnish to finish

Step 1

Choose what item you would like to decorate using decopatch papers. Pretty much anything can be decopatched. Ive chosen to use an old wine bottle but you can purchase ready made paper mache items in a variety of different shapes from hearts to even a dinosaur.

Step 2

Pick your design. You can use plain or patterned papers and you can mix and match your designs depending on the finished look you want to achieve. Its is important that you use the proper “decopatch” papers, they are more durable and won’t rip when you put the glue on. Normal papers tend to tear when they get wet.

Decopatch papers.
Decopatch papers.

Step 3

Tear or cut your paper in to different sections. Tearing will create more of a “collaged” effect. Try to keep your sections together so when you put them on your item the patterns can still roughly match up.

Torn pieces of decopatch paper.
Torn pieces of decopatch paper.

Step 4

Using glue you can then put a layer on to a small area of your object. make sure the area covered is bigger than your piece of paper.

You can buy “decoptach” glue but I find PVA mixed with a little water works just as well.

Using your decopatch brush, pick up a piece of paper and place it on to the glued area. Once stuck, apply another layer of glue over the top making sure that all the edges are covered. The glue will dry clear so don’t worry how it looks for now.

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Glue pieces of paper using the decopatch brush.

Step 5

Repeat steps 3 and 4 until the whole of your item is covered.Make sure you don’t miss any areas.

Step 6

Leave the glue to dry completely. This is when you can decide whether you want to do another layer over the top or leave the item as it is.

Apply a layer of Decopatch Clear Varnish. This seals the paper and gives a glossy finish.

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Decopatch Clear Varnish.

This was my completed bottle after 1 layer. I then decided to do another layer over the top as I wanted more of the flowers to show up. This isn’t necessary though, it just depends on what you want your finished piece to look like.

One layer of decopatch on a bottle.
One layer of decopatch on a bottle.

Most of the items needed to decopatch can be purchased from a variety of different websites and craft shops.

My favourites are;

Hobby Craft

The Arty Crafty Place

Thank you for taking the time to read my tutorial and I hope this helps.

Hayley x

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Hayley x 

Hand made decorations!

Decorate your home with a variety of different items that you probably already have lying around your house. Give them a new look and create something lovely and unique.

Teacup Candles

Candles are really easy to make (tutorials coming soon). This one is made from wax with a light honey colour and scented with vanilla. This particular one is a miniature bone china tea cup candle but you can use pretty much anything from mugs to jars and tins.

Handmade Miniature Teacup Candle - Vanilla Scented
Handmade Miniature Teacup Candle – Vanilla Scented – available to buy at Hearts and Home

Decorated Storage Jars

Use buttons, shells, material and lace to give old jam jars and storage jars a totally different look.

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Decorated Storage Jars DIY jar via photopin (license)

Painted Furniture

Give wooden items a lick of paint to change their look completely.

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Hand Painted Dressing Table Mirror

Hope this gives a little bit of inspiration, I will definitely be doing some candle making tutorials and when they weather is a little nicer, some painted furniture tips.

Hayley x

Sleepy Time!

I don’t know about you but I’m struggling today and all I want to do is curl up and go to bed.

How good do some of these look?

Neutral Bed Bedroom via photopin (license)
Neutral Bed
Bedroom via photopin (license)
Modern Bedroom Guest room at The Royal Palms, Fort Lauderdale via photopin (license)
Modern Bedroom
Guest room at The Royal Palms, Fort Lauderdale via photopin (license)
Target Duvet in Bedroom via photopin (license)
Target Duvet in Bedroom via photopin (license)
Vintage Duvet  via photopin (license)
Vintage Duvet
via photopin (license) 

Hayley x

Happy Pancake Day!

Its that Tuesday of the year again – PANCAKE DAY.

Scotch Pancakes with Syrup Silver Dollar Pancakes via photopin (license)
Scotch Pancakes with Syrup
Silver Dollar Pancakes via photopin (license)

Making pancakes is actually really simple and there are plenty of different toppings and fillings you can go for. They don’t just have to be for pudding,I’m going to have savory pancakes as well as sweet : )

Don’t forget the main ingredients;

  • Plain Flower
  • Eggs
  • Sugar (for Scotch or American pancakes)
  • Milk
  • Pinch of salt

Pancake Recipes

http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/2054636/scotch-pancakes

http://www.deliaonline.com/recipes/cuisine/european/english/basic-pancakes.html

My favorite pancake fillings/ toppings;

  • Cheese and mushroom
  • Bacon and Syrup
  • Syrup and Blueberry
  • Nutella and Banana
  • Lemon and Sugar

Enjoy your pancakes everyone.

Hayley x

Gorgeous Roses!

Ok, so slightly still in keeping with the Valentines Day theme but I received some really pretty flowers and it seems a shame to let them go to waste.

Here are some of my favorite rose photos. There’s nothing better than having fresh flowers in your home, they smell great and look wonderful.

These were my valentines flowers;

My Valentines Day Flower Bouquet
My Valentines Day Flower Bouquet

It doesn’t need to be valentines Day for you to have roses in your house, here are some bouquet inspirations.

Pink Roses Roses via photopin (license)
Pink Roses
Roses via photopin (license)
Vintage Pastel Roses La Petite Folie via photopin (license)
Vintage Pastel Roses
La Petite Folie via photopin (license)
Pinks Roses Sentimental Surprise Mother's Day Flowers via photopin (license)
Pinks Roses
Sentimental Surprise Mother’s Day Flowers via photopin (license)
Deep Red Bouquet  via photopin (license)
Deep Red Bouquet
via photopin (license)

Id love to see any of your flowers you have in your house at the moment? Please feel free to post and comment.

Hayley x

Family Time!

Sorry for the lack of posts yesterday but I was enjoying some family time with my younger sister. She is currently studying at Foxes Academy in Minehead, a catering college for 16 – 25 year olds with learning disabilities. We had a great day having lunch, going bowling and playing in the amusements.

Here is a picture of a hand painted sign I made for her. I will be doing some tutorials soon on hand painted signs and hanging hearts. The bottles in the back ground have also been hand decorated using a “decopatch” pattern. There will also be tutorials coming for those too : )

Hand Painted Hanging Heart "Catrin" <3
Hand Painted Hanging Heart “Catrin” ❤

Last Minute Valentines Ideas!

Need some last minute Valentines Inspiration?

All of these ideas can be made and used in the home.

Love Heart Ice Cube All you need is... via photopin (license)
Love Heart Ice Cube
All you need is… via photopin (license)
Painted and Craved Heart Shaped Stones Hearts via photopin (license)
Painted and Carved Heart Shaped Stones
Hearts via photopin (license)

Metal molds for making heart shaped fried eggs.

Why not try not making heart shaped pancakes too : )

Fried Egg Moulds Heart-shaped eggs via photopin (license)
Fried Egg Moulds
Heart-shaped eggs via photopin (license) 

Ok so you probably couldn’t whip one of these up quickly but how pretty are these wicker hanging hearts?

Wicker Hearts and Roses Romantic white wicker heart and pink rose by @RGrayscreations liked by wickerparadise, visit our wicker furniture selection. via photopin (license)
Wicker Hearts and Roses
Romantic white wicker heart and pink rose by @RGrayscreations liked by wickerparadise, visit our wicker furniture selection. via photopin (license)

Cosy Fireplaces!

I don’t know about you but I’m getting fed up of this cold winter weather.

Here are some cosy fireplaces to help warm you up : )

Elegant Fireplace Embassy of Colombia Fireplace via photopin (license)
Elegant Fireplace
Embassy of Colombia Fireplace via photopin (license)
Farmhouse Fireplace with Original Seats Ireland-1 via photopin (license)
Farmhouse Fireplace with Original Seats
Ireland-1 via photopin (license)
Cute Shabby Chic Wood Burner lighting the woodburner via photopin (license)
Cute Shabby Chic Wood Burner
lighting the woodburner via photopin (license)