Potato and cork printing

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Potato printing is a fun and inexpensive way to print patterns. You can print on fabric, clothing or, as Willowday did, on newspaper! In our last post we made glitter hearts using potato printing, but we did not want to stop at that. A pair of old boxes, once containing clementines, has to be redecorated. Check it out!

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We use potatoes, acrylic paint, brush and wooden boxes. We will also use wine corks.

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1. First, we cut out a stamp in the potato using a knife. With cookie cutters you can easily make beautiful stamps in various shapes, but we want to have a geometric stamp this time. We dry the potatoes off with a bit of paper and then cover it with paint using a brush.

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2. Now start printing. Apply a new coat of paint on the potatoes after each time you print. Then let the box dry.

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3. We have also used wine corks to print with. The same instructions apply here; cover your stamp with paint…

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4 . … and press it on to the box. Neat, don’t you think!

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The boxes are much prettier now. The short ends of the boxes gets a coat of blackboard paint, that way can easily see what should be where.

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With some hobby paint and things we had at home we have transformed what could have been trash into neat and practical storage. We can’t recommend potato print as a technique enough. It’s easy and cheap and works well with both small and large children. What would you like to print?

Ombre pasta mobile

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Mobiles – can one ever have too many? Probably, but we want to show you yet another, mostly because it was both fun and easy to make and turned out really well. This time we mixing colors and paint pasta.

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You need funny shape pasta, we have chosen pasta bows, acrylic paint, yarn and a twig.

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1. Begin by painting the pasta. We use a solid turquoise color to paint the first round of pasta in. Next, we mix a little drop of white in the turquoise and paint the next bunch of pasta in it.

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2. We give each round of pasta its own color mix by adding a little more white every time. The result is ombre pasta bows, extending from dark turquoise to plain white.

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3. Once the paint dried, we attach the bows to the yarn with glue. Each string has also gets a bell. We simply love bells.

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Tie the yarn strings to a twig and the mobile is ready to be hung on display.

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Freja also painted a bunch of bows in pink and orange. We used them to decorate a vase with.

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Our ombre pasta mobile is in place! Have a lovely weekend!

Cloude mobile in felt fabric

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Last year we did a fun cloud mobile with colorful rain drops made of wool beads. Many have written to us (thank you so much!) to tell us how beautiful your own colud mobiles have turned out and it has also been featured in Swedish Elle Interior. Since wool beads can be difficult to find we like to show you a new version of it, with rain drops made of felt fabric.

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You will need white paper and cardboard paper, embroidery thread or thin yarn and scissors. You will also need glue, a hole punch and felt fabric.

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1. Start by drawing out a cloud on a paper or print our cloud here. Then cut out the cloud in cardboard and paper and paste them together. When the glue has dried, make holes in the bottom for the strings of rain drops and a hole in the top for hanging.

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2. Each drop consists of three layers of felt. Cut as many as you want, and have the energy to, in different colors.
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3. Now is the time to put together the strings of drops. You can sew them by hand or do as Freya, using a sewing machine. Leave a long thread at the beginning of each string, it will be used to tie the strings to the cloud. Also make a small gaps between each set of drops, that way the strings will turn out nice and long.

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Finally tie the strings onto the cloud and hang it up! Pull the layers of felt apart and the drops will get a nice, round shape.

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Our new version of cloud mobile is completed. To see the one we did last year, click here!