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Mini Noticeboard

I’m definitely one of those people who keep things in ‘safe places’.  You know the places I mean?  They seem a really good idea at the time, but when it comes to actually finding the receipt or piece of paper you need, somehow you can’t quite remember where you put them!

 

What could be better then than a little mini noticeboard so I can clip receipts etc in full view.  I had a few of these mdf mini boards left over from a workshop a few years ago, so thought I’d have a go at decorating one.

 

I had a root around my paper and card stash and found a lovely piece of thin card with a pattern and wording I really liked.

I placed the board onto a piece of baking paper and drew around it, making sure I marked where the holes were too.  I was then able to draw the exact shape I wanted onto the baking paper and cut it out.  Because the baking paper is translucent, it’s easy to place it over the card and position it so that you get it exactly where you want it before drawing around the edges and cutting out the card.

 

I used double sided sticky tape on the back of the card to attach it to the board.

 

 

I thought a couple of buttons might be a nice addition, so had a little play around with various colours and shapes before deciding on two yellow flower buttons (which I attached with small pieces of double sided tape).

 

I then used a gold gel pen to work my way around the edges of the card to give it a bit of definition.

 

 

 

Next it was time to add the two little pegs.  They came in a mini jar and I thought about leaving them as they were (plain wood) but then had a go colouring them in using the gold gel pen.

 

 

I used double sided tape again to attach the pegs to the board, making sure I spaced them evenly apart and the board was almost finished.

 

I was tempted to use some twine to hang the board but settled for a nice piece of yellow ribbon from my stash in the end.  It was just a case of threading it through the holes and knotting it at the back and hey presto, one mini noticeboard!

 

Tie A Yellow Ribbon

Since I started my 52 project I’ve used up a few bits and pieces from my ribbon stash, but I’m still left with a big box of oddments that I’ve collected over the years.  It was time that some of them found a new home!

I decided to have a little search on Pinterest for ribbon crafts (not recommended unless you want to come away with ideas for ten other projects that you’re desperate to start too!) and saw a rather lovely ribbon wreath.  As luck would have it I had 2 polystyrene wreaths in my stash and I chose the larger of the two for this project.

 

 

I sorted through all my ribbon and chose a selection of colours that I thought went nicely together.  I then ironed them all and laid them out on the table next to the wreath and my glue gun.

 

 

The idea is nice and simple.  Take your first length of ribbon and glue one end to the back of the wreath.  You then wrap the ribbon around and around making sure you pull it tight and that it overlaps the previous strip of ribbon to ensure there are no gaps at all.

So long as you pull the ribbon nice and tight you’ll only need to glue the beginning and end of each piece of ribbon.  Work your way around the wreath making sure to overlap the ribbon as you go.

Once my wreath was complete I was really chuffed with the colours, but felt that it lacked something to finish it off.

I thought about using it as a picture frame perhaps, but reckoned that the wreath itself was too colourful and would detract from any photo I put behind it.

 

In the end I decided to crochet some flowers and leaves from cotton yarn and glued those on one side.  You don’t even have to sew in the ends if you’re going to glue them, you can just tie them together and snip them !  If you’d like to have a go yourself, there are lots of suitable free patterns on the Attic24 site.

 

 

And there you have it!

I’m about to start sorting out the garden shed, so I can turn it into a mini workspace, and think that might be the ideal place for this new addition to my ever growing wreath collection!

 

 

Spring has Sprung

I’ve made quite a few different crocheted flowers over the previous few months, but this latest project to make a Spring wreath saw me crocheting a daffodil which I’ve never attempted before!  I had some polystyrene wreath bases (which I’d used at Christmas) but thought if I was going to make a Spring wreath, then the twig one I had would be more appropriate.

 

The patterns I used all came from the Simply Crochet magazine 2019 Calendar.  The calendar features four stunning wreaths all designed by Kate Eastwood who has a wonderful book out  – Crocheted Wreaths and Garlands which I can highly recommend if you fancy treating yourself!

 

Obviously you could use any flower and leaf patterns, lots of which are freely available with detailed instructions on the attic 24 webpage.

 

Once you’ve decided on your chosen wreath base, it’s simply a case of setting to work and crocheting a selection of flowers and leaves (or you could knit them if you preferred, or sew them from felt or scraps of fabric).

 

 

 

Once I’d made a few, I placed them on the wreath and experimented with various positions.  If I liked the arrangement then I took a photo of it so that I’d be able to replicate it if I moved them about a bit to try other positions.

 

 

 

  

Keep going until you have enough to complete the wreath.  Remember, that you don’t have to fill it in completely if you don’t want to, a few strategically placed flowers can look really effective, but do have a good play around until you’re happy with how it looks (and remember to leave space to pop a ribbon on so  you can hang the wreath).

 

To attach the flowers and leaves I decided to use the glue gun, so it really couldn’t have been easier.  However, once they’re stuck then they’re stuck, so make sure you’re happy with the arrangement before you glue!

 

 

The final flourish was to add a daffodil head to the front of the ribbon – eh voila!