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Wedding Drawers

I still have a few bits and pieces left over from my wedding last June, including these gorgeous serviettes.  Like lots of other things, they’ve been living in a basket until I could decide what to do with them.

Well, last week it came to me!

 

 

Now that I’m finally managing to reduce my stash, I’ve been moving things around in my craft room and realised that I could do with some drawers under my desk (an old kitchen table).  We’d recently visited Orange Box North East, a furniture collection and redistribution community interest company where I found a small set of drawers that would go perfectly in the space, and they only cost me £8.  I wanted to use the serviettes to decorate them.

 

Once I got the drawers home, I gave them a good wipe down, but other than that there was no preparation needed.

I gathered together my serviettes, pva/water glue and brush.   Now most decent quality serviettes are 3-ply, ie they’re made up of 3 layers, with only the outer layer being decorated.  When using serviettes for decoupage, you only need the top layer which is really thin.  I found that the bottom layer came away quite easily, but it was slightly trickier to remove the middle plain white layer which seemed to be attached to the patterned outer layer.  In the end I realised that if I ripped these two layers together, then the bottom one would come away slightly allowing me to lift it up and gently pull it away leaving me with the patterned outer layer that I wanted.  I worked my way through the pile until I’d separated all of the layers, and put the white bits to one side as I’m sure there must be something I can do with them (but I’m not quite sure what just yet!)

Next I divided up the patterned layers and worked out how many I could afford to use on each section of the drawers.  I didn’t want to find I’d only got a few left, but still had quite a bit to cover.  I had more of the pink ones than the yellow ones, so decided to just use pink for the drawers themselves, but to use a mixture of pink and yellow for the main shell of the drawers.

Once I knew how many I had to work with, I ripped the serviettes up roughly and mixed in the two designs so that I could just pick them up at random as I worked.  The principle is really simple.  Making sure you don’t use too much glue so that the paper becomes soggy and rips, glue your first piece of paper onto your surface and use your brush to carefully brush it flat and remove any air bubbles and as many of the wrinkles as you can.

 

Continue adding a piece at a time, overlapping them carefully as you go.

There are lots of tutorials showing how to decoupage without wrinkles in your work, but to be honest it’s quite fiddly to do (especially with thin serviettes).  Personally I like the wrinkled look, but if you want yours perfectly flat then I recommend you start with a smaller project and be prepared to take it nice and slow until you perfect the technique.

With practice you’ll realise how much glue to spread on the surface and how much to put on the top of your paper.  You’re aiming for enough so that the piece sticks, but not too much that it rips or moves about which can be really frustrating.  You’ll soon get the hang of it!

Continue working your way over all of the surfaces, remembering to cover all of the bits that will be on view when the drawers are pulled open too.

A larger item like these drawers will take a few days to do, but it’s really therapeutic and thoroughly enjoyable.  Just make sure you take your time, and keep looking over each of the surfaces to make sure you haven’t missed a bit!  Once everywhere is covered, go over the whole thing again with your pva glue to give it a good finish.

Now I’ve got no excuse not to sort out all my paperwork!!

 

Blowing In The Wind

If you remember way back when I was preparing for my wedding last June, I wanted to make bunting from all of the lovely tags our guests had hung on the Wedding Wish Tree.  Well, the months have passed and when I came to look at them all again the other day I realised that I’d already made 2 different lots of bunting for my Project 52 – one crochet and one sewn – so thought I’d try something different instead.

 

 

 

There were a couple of dozen tags to be displayed altogether, so I toyed with the idea of some kind of mobile.  Hanging up some washing the next day I came across the 2 basic metal coat hangers that had held my husband’s wedding suit when it came back from the dry cleaners.  Immediately I was transported back to my childhood and those fabulous advent candle mobiles that they always made on Blue Peter every year – do you know the ones I mean?

Well, that decided it.  Using my jewellery tools, I cut off the hook from one of the coat hangers and managed to carefully untwist what was left of the top, before sliding it inside the other hanger, and twisting the remains of the top around the base of the other hook.   Next I secured the twisted ends with sellotape, and also taped the part where the two hangers overlapped to make sure they would stay in place.   I then used the pliers to carefully bend the remaining hook over into a loop so that I would be able to use it to hang the mobile.   Hopefully the photos will help make sense of this process!

 

I wanted to cover the metal, so I had a dig around in my ribbon stash.  I ended up with 2 different ribbons which I wrapped around the metal so that it was all covered.  I was quite rough and ready doing this as I wanted a rustic look, so I didn’t mind the odd bump!

 

 

When I got to the end, a simple blob of glue held the two ends in place and I popped a peg on for a while until the glue had dried.

 

 

 

The tags themselves already had bits of lovely string on them so it was an easy job to loop them around the mobile.  I spent a bit of time deciding which to put on each spoke of the mobile as there was a selection of different designs and I tried to spread them out evenly.  Something was missing though, so I thought back to my wedding and honeymoon and came up with the idea of adding in some maps of the various places that we visited.  I decided to go for 10 places altogether, making 5 double sided hearts (one to go on each of the corners and another in the centre).

To cut out the maps, I made a heart template from greaseproof paper that I could place onto my atlas to be certain I was including exactly the right places!  I decided that in order for the hearts to hang well the paper maps would need to be attached to some fabric to give them a bit of stiffness, and I found some felt that I thought would be ideal.  I didn’t have enough of the same colour so ended up with 3 different purples/pinks.

I had a little experiment sewing the paper hearts onto a scrap felt heart, but it was really difficult to keep the paper still as I was sewing, and obviously I couldn’t pin them in place as that would leave pin marks in the paper.  In the end I sewed the paper hearts onto the larger pieces of felt and then cut out heart shapes around them and this worked much better!

 

 

Once the maps were sewn to the felt and the heart shapes cut (using pinking shears to give a pretty edging), I put 2 hearts back to back and sewed them together to make them double sided.  Then it was just a case of adding ribbon to enable them to hang from the mobile.  To do this I cut ribbon to the right length and hung it over the wire then hand sewed it to the heart.

 

 

 

To hang the mobile I found an old hook with a screw fixing.

 

 

 

 

I wandered the house looking for the best place to put it and settled on the bottom of the banister in the hallway.  I’m really chuffed with the final result and get to walk past such lovely memories every day!