Upcycle jars – using die cuts

Inspired by a sizzix promotion, I upcycled a plain jar into a rustic summer vase.

Assorted die cuts were glued on the clean jar with mod podge. I then used an old tester pot of emulsion paint to cover the jar. A light touch of metallic finish – gold finger by daler rowney – and a sealing coat of mod podge made it a useable vase.

What I learnt: (1) Three coats of paint were needed for an opaque finish. (2) Impatient as ever, I used a heat gun to dry the paint which lifted a couple of the die cuts a little. Actually a happy accident as it added to the rustic effect. (3) less is more with the metallic finish and you can’t take it away if you put too much on.

Wine glass tags

I ve made sets of wine glass tags today, using up Christmas paper and ribbon scraps. Feels good to have some mini gifts made ready.

I cut bauble shapes 65mm wide on the scan n cut and welded a central circle 17mm in the middle to create the gap for the stem.

To fit the tag around the Stem, I cut a slash from edge to centre (by hand as it was quicker than going to the software to set it up) and threaded scraps of ribbon through the bauble tops.

I added stickles to some of the less decorative papers but for a disposable mini gift, they really weren’t necessary.

In some sets I added napkin holders, (from scan n cut canvas projects , just a strip of paper with angled slashes at either end to loop round a serviette) with Christmas elements added to make a little Christmas buffet kit.

Presented in vellum envelopes, these would make a great craft fair goody. How much would one charge for a dozen tags in a set though? though

Upcycled coasters

The drinks coasters were looking a bit sad, after years of (over) use they needed replacing or refreshing…

I was feeling guilty after a craft supplies binge so this is a no spend craft session

Supplies: modpodge decoupage glue and a strip of wallpaper from the wrapping box (I buy the remnant rolls from time to time) plus some gold pigment ink from my stamping box

method: cut wallpaper to just a bit bigger than needed. Matt modpodge on paper and coaster then rub carefully on, when nearly dry turn coaster over and trim excess paper with a scalpel, care round the corners. Rub the ink pad around the edge of the coaster top to blend it in with the gilt sides. Let ink dry then seal with gloss modpodge.




Rustic table mat


Think I found the idea for this in home crafts magazine last year. A simple make to suit a rustic table and a practical recycle of bits

method- disassemble a pack of wooden clothes pegs (ideas please for what to do with the discarded clips) and hot glue to an old cloth place mat. Cut the place mat to leave as much border as you want- you may prefer to do this first if you are confident about size.

word of warning, hot glue re melts if you put a hot pot or pan on the pegs, and they will detatch

Fabric baskets

image image image imageGoal:To replace the tired old bread basket with a home made version.

result: love this with contrasting fabric which makes it reversible. so far one bread basket suitable for 2 people (10 inch squares) and one (18 inches) now my cottons basket.

method- take two squares of fabric, back with heavyweight interfacing and iron neatly.

draw darts midway each side – for the large one mine were three inches deep and three inches wide.


Sew each dart so it pulls the fabric into bowl shape then, with right sides facing, stitch the pieces together leaving a gap for turning. Turn right sides out, iron to tidy the edge and top stitch to neaten and close the turning gap.

For or the large one I also rounded the corners before I drew the darts using a plate as a template  and at the end stitched a button on each flap. Other variations to follow, love this practical make.