Monday, March 19, 2012

DIY Add a nice finish to a transparent Ikea box

In our entry hall we have an Ikea's Expedit Shelving Unit in white with 2 Lekman transparent boxes. The problem is these boxes are... surprise surprise... transparent. And not that pretty! So something had to be done!

To start, I gather the material I thought I would need (I only forgot the masking tape on the photo):

The wrapping paper I bought at a mesmerising store in downtown Zürich, Bookbinders Design. This is a Swedish brand and is present in several countries. I always get lost among those beautiful notebooks, boxes, wrapping papers... ah!

The firs step was to trace the size of the box to the wrapping paper, and afterwards cut it. 

Because the Lekman boxes have those little squares in the middle, I had to cut the paper around it, otherwise it wouldn't sit correctly. (I learned this the hard way!!). To help on this step, it is easier if you use masking tape to hold the paper in place. You don't want to risk cutting those squares in the wrong place! It would be a shame to ruin that paper.

That's it! All cut and ready to stick to the box. For this step I used Mod Podge. I haven't use it much and I'm far from being a professional, but what I've learn this time is that I should have used more than I did under the paper. Oh well! Let's hope it all sits perfectly for many years to come.

So, if you haven't heard about Mod Podge before, it is (according to their website) all-in-one glue, sealer and finish! It's waterbase for easy clean-up, and non-toxic.

In this next step, I added Mod Podge to the surface of the box and put the paper on top of it. Working as quickly as I could before it would dry and then it would be harder to adjust the paper. To take out any bubbles that might appear, just smooth your paper working outwards from the centre (another one I learned the hard way).

Afterwards, I added two protective coats of Mod Podge on top of the wrapping paper using the roller. Don't forget to allow it to dry between coats. The number of coats you finish with is up to you, but Mod Podge recommends at least two.

And here is the result! (Forgive me for the photo but this is a fairly dark spot of our house with no natural light, but you get the picture.)

I hope you liked it. If I can help you in any way with this project, just let me know! Good crafting.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Give an old frame a bit of colour

We have a new addiction around here: Hama beads. And it really isn't only the little one... the fun is endless!
The other day we were working on a landscape. A true work of art and when we finally finished it, it was a shame to just stuck it inside a drawer. I went lo look for a frame to hang it on the wall. The only thing I found that was flexible enough and big enough to fit something which wasn't flat was a NYTTJA frame from Ikea. These are not that pretty and specially not in black to put on the little one's bedroom.

So I took advantage of yet another addiction (this time only mine): washi tape. I have been looking for a good excuse to decorate something somewhere. And this was the perfect excuse: revamp a frame.

If you have never heard about washi tape, wikipedia says that Washi (和紙) is a style of paper that was first made in Japan. Washi is commonly made using fibers from the bark of the gampi tree, the mitsumata shrub (Edgeworthia papyrifera), or the paper mulberry, but also can be made using bamboo, hemp, rice, and wheat. Washi comes from wa meaning Japanese and shi meaning paper, and the term is used to describe paper made by hand in the traditional manner.

Isn't that Hama beads landscape something else? It has cable cars, the Alps, snow, lakes and of course the Swiss flag. We had so much fun doing it!

This is a fairly simple project, but you can check bellow how I did it. Next time, I'll do it on a white frame. I'm sure the colours of the washi tape won't be so bland.

To do this project, I used the following material:

And then really is just to start to unroll the tape on the frame and stick it. Just make sure your frame is clean before you do it. The good thing about washi tape is that is very forgiving. So if for some reason it's going the wrong way, just pull it out and stick it back again.

I also put some washi tape on the sides and what was left I stuck it on the back of the frame.

All done! A very simple project, with great results.

Friday, March 9, 2012

It's official! I have my own shop!

Yep, that's true. After a lot of thinking and planning and wondering what I would sell I decided to go for my Cuddly Bunny pattern that I've mentioned before in this post. Following the success it had with my son (who still sleeps with it every night),  I thought it might be worth to give it a try.

This is how it looks like! Yes, it's not a brick and mortar store, it's an online available around the clock store. Welcome!

I'll only be selling my bunnies for now. And to start they will be available in red/pink and yellow/pink. If if it's not your favourites colours, don't worry, I have three more bunnies in the oven as we speak. Keep popping by to check the news.

Friday, March 2, 2012

2-in-1 Bag Mat

For one of our last trips I wanted to make something for the little one to be entertained. Like most boys he is into little vehicles and has a soft spot for Space Shuttles (in every size and material). However, it had to be something portable and easy to put away. I saw lots of play mats/ bags with this purpose but I wanted one that the roads were flexible and that he could change them however he liked. The good old velcro had to be used.

I got some felt from Etsy for the roads, the "grass" and the Space Shuttle runway.
For the pocket I used (again) one of Ann Kelle's fabrics and the back is a striped fabric I had lying around in my stash.