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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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