Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Craft Fayre Ideas #4 - Wall Hangings

These cute little plaques/wall hangings make perfect little gifts for fellow crafters but can be made with any theme in mind. I just chose to make my first batch with a craft theme to give some ideas of how you can use up off cuts and free materials to make items for sale and also how you could make the most of one stamp set. These are great to make with kids or in a class too.

I've made an updated You Tube tutorial giving some ideas for Christmas themed ones which can be used to hang in homes over Christmas or in someone's office. You can access my video by clicking HERE and in it I make the three you see in the picture below.


They are all super simple to make and as usual I show an idea and a few variations on that and leave you to run with it... that's what inspiration is to me.

Some of these would make cute card fronts too, in fact one of my designs I held back for that purpose I thought it would make a gorgeous card and as I've not made a card for a while I decided it was time so watch out for that.

The base for these is the thick cardboard which comes as a backing for glitter papers and speciality papers from Stampin' Up! so it's totally free (essentially). I always save mine and put it to good use, it's great for strengthening projects.

I'd advise scoring it using your stampin trimmer but not cutting as it will destroy your blades - give it a score on both sides, fold it a little and then use some good quality scissors to get a nice clean edge. If you do have some fluffing of the fibre content you can pass through the big shot to recompress the material and you can coat in a layer of PVA or mod podge. I also recommend covering it in some plain paper before you begin and you can smooth edges using a strong emery board.
These are mostly 6 x 3 inches which means you can get 8 out of one piece of backing and you can use up off cuts to decorate them. This makes them extremely low cost.

You can achieve the wood effect in a number of ways, using a wood grain DSP, passing through a wood texture embossing folder or using the wood grains stamp. There are wood grains in the Wood Textures DSP stack but also in the Coffee Break DSP stack to choose from with Stampin' Up! and all of them look so authentic.

For the Christmas examples I busted that scrap stash again and used retired, clearance rack and Halloween papers as well as left over pieces of ribbon to create some fab looks, perfect for a craft fayre. As they cost pence to make you can sell them really cheaply as a drawer in to your stall and you'll be in profit even charging 50p.



Have fun trying them out and please also check out Ann Melvin's video and blog post which I mention in my video as we had great minds thinking alike and she recently made something very similar but added words to hers which is another thing you may like to do. The link to that is HERE

Enjoy the week, even though the cold seems to have crept in now it means we can really give those snuggly jumpers and woollies an airing and get fires blazing and heating notched up and busy ourselves cooking delicious veggie packed home made stews and soups.

Andrea x

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