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Driftwood Christmas tree

Beaux -quet. ( craft project)

Only 7 weeks till Christmas. Gulp! Wow , this year has sped by.
I have had requests for Christmas ideas. So here the first one goes…

This is my favourite Christmas tree idea ever. There are alot of alternate ones out there these days, not just your tradition fur tree. But living in a hot southern hemisphere climate near the beach, I like the whole beach style Christmas tree best of all.

Saw this one in a magazine for $300. Another gulp. That is really easy and cheap to bang some wood and nails together and spray red with spray paint. Come on…… $300!!!!? What. ??

The driftwood idea is very cheap and looks so effective. Infact I ve used it for 3 years running now and tweaked the look or Colour scheme each year to give a fresh touch.

This is the same bit of white spray painted drift wood done in gold and white theme with a white basket.
The one at the top was a concrete pot and decorated with red and black.

I had a mums art class when we first did the driftwood trees. We all brought our pieces of wood and spray paint and did the Christmas trees together one night with nibbles and drinks and lots of laughs. I wish I could find some of the photos of the festivities. It was such a fun night.

We also got foam balls and used glue guns to stick tiny white shells onto the balls to make decorations for the tree.
This is a bit time consuming as each shell needs to be glued on one at a time with glue gun.

They look so lovely hanging on the tree once complete and as I said before, if you do it with a bunch of friends it is so much fun.

Bags of white shells can be bought from sevral variety stores. We all got ours from driftwood cafe in narrabeen. ( for those living in Sydney / northern beaches). They sell them in bag fills.

Remember to thread ribbon through the foam ball first before you begin to glue. This will enable you to hang the balls up on any christmas tree. Or if you prefer not to hang them and leave the loop off- they look good in a glass vase or bowl , mixed with silver and gold balls.

Use a very large needle about 10cm long with a big eye. Thread ribbon through the eye of the needle and pierce the foam and pull through.
Leave a loop and knot at the other end.

Then hide the knot by glueing shells over this.
One of the ladies did fake pearls instead of shells and another did assorted buttons. Both looked stunning. Wish I had taken photos.

Here is the undressed tree. And close up ( below)

I twisted Christmas fairy lights around the wood. It looks good without the lights too.
But I love to plug in the tree and switch all other lights off in the house and just have the tree glowing late at night. While enjoying a bowl of ice cream and admiring it. Just a little favourite “Xmas summer treat”.

I collected beach sand to ” plant” the tree in and secure it in the pot so it didn’t fall over.
Normal sand or rocks works fine too. Just cover them up with some fabric and Christmas balls.

I put rocks and sand in this pot above. Then black fabric to cover over them. Then shiny balls over that and tiny fake red apples.

The other thing I collected was sea urchin shells off the beach. I sprayed these white as well and threaded ribbon through them the same way.
White Star fish also adds to the beachy Christmas feel. These were also for sale at driftwood cafe with the ribbon already on them.
I have to still set up this years tree soon in a new Colour scheme. I Will post driftwood tree up on my blog as soon as its up.
But in the mean while- go to the beach if you can and hunt for a great piece of wood and shells.
Enjoy. Xx


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Covering with fabrics

Beaux- peep ( decorating)

Alot of things around the house can be covered with a bit of fabric and given a new lease of life.
For example , I had this broken wooded screen full of holes.
I decided to cover it with fabric and use it as a room divider.

Firstly I got fabric from ikea and upholstry tacks from Bunnings.

Then cut the fabric to size and ironed a hem around all the edges.

Next it was a matter of dividing the tacks between how many sides I had and ” doing the maths”.

Hammering them into the wood and keeping fabric tight on all edges.
The best way is to do all four corners first .And then the inbetween ones.

I’m stoked with how smart it turned out. Especially as I got the screen for $5 and I priced room dividers and they start at $120 and soar from there.

Next project is to recover this chair with fabric. I bought this hesian fabric for $9 per m.

It has such a lovely texture. Spotlight has fantastic upholstry fabrics which are very well priced.

This is the chair I’m going to cover. A road side throw out. Not sure if I’ll do it myself or get it done by an upholsterer. But the point of the blog is – recover and give it a new look. A new chair like this would be very expensive.

I found this old chair left in an unused storage room in an industrial building where I used to rent an art studio.
There is alot I could do with this chair. But to professionally reupholster this baby :the quote from three separate upholsterers is $1000.
So for now…. I’ll put some fabric on it and a cushion and give it a revamp.

I just used some old pillows to make the cushion and tucked in the fabric around the edges.

Lastly – I used wrapping paper and bits of fabric to recover this canvas. I hand painted the big black polka dots and stuck the rest on with spray glue.

It’s so much fun to revamp things and give your space a new look without spending alot of money.
Happy crafting everyone.

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Rocket ships

Beaux – and – arrow ( fun craft for boys or decorating a boys room)

I taught this class of how to decorate a boys room in a space theme.
The above was the painting the mums class did for their boys room.
Similar to past “out of space” blog.
The white paint flicked off end of old toothbrush worked well to splatter the stars in the back ground or use spray paint.

Working off a navy or black painted canvas or wood is best.

During these past school holidays I continued space theme with my holiday art programme. After 105 kids paintings this month I’m a tad exhausted. Hence- I haven’t done a blog for a while.
It was loads of fun though- and when you say to the boys – ” here is a can of spray paint, wood , hammer and nails….” Their eyes light up!!
Fun fun.

To do the above rocket ship with your kids , you need
– Piece of wood
-nails and hammer
-acrylic paints
– white and black spray paint
– ball of string
– paint brushes

Draw this basic rocket ship onto blank paper. Put a big dot on every main corner of artwork as seen above.
Paint piece of wood navy or black.dry paint.
Place this drawing of rocket ship onto centre of wood.
Get child to hammer a nail through the paper into the wood. Nails go into every dot you have drawn on corners of rocket ship.

Only hammer nails half way in to allow space to wind string around the nails to construct rocket ship

Once nails are all in position, pull paper off. You can rip it off over the nails and throw it away as you don’t need it again.
Wind string around each nail. Keep string taught and knot ends to start and finish.

I’m working on a giant birthday calander painting at the moment. Not complete … It’s very big as you can see , in comparison to my 7 year olds height.
The whole out of space mural idea is great for a boys room wall if you are game enough to go that big! Either onto a navy feature wall or a giant canvas.
On the opposite wall you could hang the rocket ship string craft.
On the ceiling stick glow in the dark stars. I heard of one mum who wrote words in glow in the dark stars like ” mum loves you!”
Kids go to sleep seeing that affirmation glowing in the dark every night. How gorgeous.

Basic rocket shape above.

For planets- trace around a dinner plate or pizza tray to get circle shape. Shade with sponge and a darker tone of each colour as seen above.

Cut newspaper to mask planets. Spray edge with spray paint to shade.

I used white spray paint to shade planet above.
if you hold nozzle of spray paint can only half down ,the paint splatters as seen above.

I shaded the other planet the same way with a newspaper mask around and sprayed black to shade. Kids can do this. My 7 yr old did her moon with black spray paint to shade.( below)

This was one of my art students piece below. Great shading with spray paint. ( well done Yeisha!!)

If you want to personalize the planet scene with childs name or as I did- months of the year,( to make a calender) use white carbon paper to transfer onto dark surface. Print words off computer with font of your choice.

White carbon paper is $1.68 from art shops. Ask for ” white cabin paper”. That’s the brand name.

Above- the word February traced on. Then fill in the letters with a black permanent marker or paint in the letters with black Indian ink or coloured paint.

This one above was a previous blog most of you may remember.

The stars in this Josh one and first rocket picture were simply done using a wooden star dipped in white paint and printed down. Available from spotlight and Bunnings for $1 each.

Mask out star shapes with masking tape and shade.

Use a very wide bristley brush to flick out paint to do rocket flames. Use yellow , orange and reds.

Little stars in back ground can add to a sense of depth of “out of space.”

I did these in gold leaf. Kids love to do this and it’s easy to do free hand.
Hopefully this will give you lots of inspiration for either an “out of space” themed bedroom for kids or a craft for kids ( or both).
Have fun.


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