Don’t Waste a Pallet!

This was my most recent project. I managed to get hold of an old delivery pallet and decided to use it as a display idea for my Hearts and Home items.

Firstly I sanded it down to get rid of all the rough edges to avoid splinters.

Plain Wooden Pallet - sanded down.
Plain Wooden Pallet – sanded down.

I then gave it a coat of paint in an “antique cream”. Just one coat and no fancy paint, just a cheap matt coloured paint.

Painted Pallet - Matt coloured.
Painted Pallet – Matt coloured.

I then fixed some little hooks (you could use nails) evenly across the panels of wood. It made a perfect display at a village fete that I did at the weekend.

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Pallets have many more uses. They could be used as display shelving, you could even put it in your garden and plant flowers or veg in between the rows.

Let me know what you think, thanks for taking the time to read.

Hayley x

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Decopatch!

Decopatching is a brilliant hobby and a great thing to get your children involved with.

You can decopatch pretty much anything and I love love love the finished look.

Any of you thinking what on earth am I talking about and what is decopatch?

Well …

Decopatch is a paper craft using a specific type of paper and glues. I guess you could say it is similar to paper mache but a lot more modern and prettier to look at.
You use patterned or plain papers to create a collage effect over any type of object.
I’ve taken to giving bottles and jars a new look but you can buy plain mache shapes and objects to decorate.

Here is a mache heart that I started one evening.

Mache heart decopatched!
Mache heart decopatched!

Follow my Decoptaching Tutorial to find out exactly how to begin and see how I decorated a couple of bottles.

Hayley x

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

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

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” ❤

Hand made Lavender Bags – How to make your own!

Here’s me little tutorial on how to make your own basic Lavender Bags.

Lavender Bags are great little gifts and brilliant for putting in your drawers. The natural lavender scent is also proven to relax and aid sleep – so pop one under your pillow before bed and dream away.

Finished Lavender Bags
Finished Lavender Bags

Step 1 – Choose your fabrics. Lavender bags are a great way of using up left over fabric from other projects. If not then Fat Quarters are perfect, you can pick them up really cheap and they come in a variety of different patterns and colours. Don’t forget both sides of the bags don’t have to be the same, you can mix and match.

A mixture of fat quarter fabrics.
A mixture of fat quarter fabrics.

Step 2 – Decide how big you want your Lavender Bags to be. My finished bags are usually approximately 10cm. I then make myself a template using a piece of cardboard, this makes it easier to measure on the fabric and ensures each bag is the same size.For a 10cm sized bag you will need to make a 12cm square.

Step 3 – Place your cardboard square on to the wrong side of the fabric (this is usually the paler or non patterned side) and draw around your square. You will need 2 squares of fabric that are exactly the same size.

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Draw around your cardboard shape on the wrong side of the fabric.

Step 4 – Once you have your 2 squares of fabric place them together with the right sides (patterned) facing inwards and the wrong sides facing outwards. Don’t worry, once they have been sewn we will turn them back the right way. To keep the fabric in place while you sew use a couple of pins.

Step 5 – Using a sewing machine stitch around the edge of your fabric leaving about half a centimetre all the way around. Sew all 4 edges but remember to leave a small gap near the end so you an put your lavender in. If you don’t have a sewing machine you can hand stitch your bags making sure not to leave any big gaps (you don’t want your lovely lavender escaping).

Step 6 – Turn your sewn bag inside out – now making it the correct way round. Make sure to get all of the corners pushed through so you have a perfect square.

Step 7 – You can now fill your bag with your lavender. Use a small kitchen funnel to help you get the lavender inside your bag. If you don’t want to use up all of your lavender in one go you can always add a bit of stuffing to help pad out the bag. It will still smell as good.

Step 8 – Once your bag is nicely stuffed you can then neatly hand stitch up the gap. Double back on your stitching for extra strength.

Step 9 – You don’t have to but I always tie a little ribbon and bow around my bags, it just finishes them off and and makes them look lovely if your planning to give them as gifts.

Step 10 – Admire your work and enjoy your hand made lavender bag.

If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

I’d love to see your finished lavender bags so please let me know if you follow my tutorial.