I can’t believe that it is the 1st of May already, this year is just flying by with the end of my undergraduate course zooming towards me faster and faster. This weekend I have been researching and concluding the work on two of my academic essays and because I get so absorbed I find that the hours just disappear and I nearly forgot to put my post on. So rather than bore you all with the intricacies of my essays I wanted instead to share with you one of the craft projects that I started last time I was at home. I find the distraction of doing something totally different takes my mind off my studies for a while, then when I return to college I find that I am better able to push on and tackle new projects with extra energy and focus.
I wanted to create some gifts for friends that were a little different from the thank you cards that I would usually make at home. I flicked through some magazines and discussed some ideas with my Mum and decided to create some hanging hearts as they seemed an ideal way of saying thank you
I started with MDF hearts about 20cm by 20cm
Then with the trusty essentials, PVA glue, foam risers, double sided tape and a hot glue gun it was time to get started.
The first job is to select scraps of paper in colours and designs that you think will go together.
For the first heart I cut out the backing paper with scissors, glued it down and finished off with a scalpel to fit.
Stick it on to the MDF with PVA glue.
To decorate I used chalk to dust the torn edges of pictures I had chosen. A torn map and a car I cut out of a sheet of men’s toppers you can get from craft shops.
I finished off with a some musical accents, an mdf clock and a little ribbon to hang it with
For the next heart I layered scraps of paper in strips and stuck them to the heart using PVA glue. Once dry I turned it over and cut off the excess paper with the scalpel.
I wanted to use an ‘Alice in Wonderland’ theme for this heart using some decoupage images.
Cutting them out and building up the picture with foam pads can be fiddly work.
After putting together the rest of the items and glueing them down here is the finished article. Playing cards from a set out of a Christmas cracker, a ‘drink me’ bottle from craft supplies from The Works, I cut out the teapot and china cup from a craft book and added hot glue to make the tea and coloured it when it was dry. Hope you enjoyed my craft day.