I wanted my first tutorial for 2014 to be a low cost idea for the pocket pinching month of January.
Up-cycling is a great way to de-clutter and refresh. It’s cheap but also a small item can go along way!
I came across this brilliant ceramic take away coffee cup in Paperchase the other day (for the bargain price of £5)! I liked it mostly because of the pattern and the packaging… I hope I’m not the only one who keeps packaging thinking ‘oh that’ll be useful material to keep’??
While I had some time this weekend I decided to create something out of this packaging. It’s amazing what you can do when you think outside of the box!
What you will need:
– Card (packaging)
– Broach pin/chain
First draw a cloud shape on the back of the card and cut it out.
Attach the broach/chain to the back of the cloud. You can sew it to the felt or superglue it:
I was able to make four of these out of one side of the box!
Using the same box I made this garland:
You will need:
– The rest of the packaging
– A cutting board
– Stanley knife
– Patterned tape
– Modpodge (optional)
Cut out six circles from the packaging:
Back the disks with the patterned tape:
Optional add on is to Modpodge the tape so it sticks to the back firmly.
Cut out your phrase letters using the Stanley knife:
Obviously you can use card the colour that you want the garland to be but because I wanted to use the whole box I decided to go the long way round and paint the letters.
Once the paint is dried superglue the words and disks to the string. Then ta da! You have a new piece of decoration!
All of this for less then £10! A little goes a long way.
Hope you enjoyed 🙂