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How To Decoupage

Monday, 11 August 2014

Happy Monday everyone, hope you have all had a great weekend. Today I thought I would do a little post about a really fun and easy form of craft. Decoupage is a simple little technique that requires gluing cutouts of paper onto an object to create a glossy and colourful finish. I have turned my hand to decoupage to create this jewellery box using some gorgeous flowery decoupage paper for a summery make-over. Decoupage is so easy and really effective. You can literally transform a boring old box into a beautiful creation, like I have with this jewellery box. You can get some beautiful paper designs, or you can simply use old magazines or newspapers if you fancy. 

You will need:
decoupage paper or tissue paper
paper mache box
PVA glue
white paint

1. Tear up the decoupage paper into rough squares.
2. Mix PVA glue with some water to make a paste. Starting with the lid of the box, cover a small surface with the glue, stick down a piece of decoupage paper and glue over the top.
3. Repeat this to cover the entire lid and the inside rim. Leave this to dry.
4. Paint the inside of the lid.
5. If necessary, paint a second coat and neaten up the edges.

6. Paint the outside and inside edges of the box and leave to dry.
7. Decoupage the inside base of the box.
8. Cut rounded edges of the decoupage paper for a neat finish around the walls.

Leave everything to dry, and now you have yourself a beautiful new box to keep those special items of jewellery.

Have any of you tried decoupage before? What goodies have you made?
Love Kate x

p.s. Have you seen our latest giveaway that we are running with Etsy? We have teamed up to give one lucky reader a pair of tickets to The Handmade Fair presented by Kirstie Allsopp. To head over to the competition page, click HERE

Giveaway: 2 Tickets for The Handmade Fair!

Friday, 8 August 2014

Hello Friends!

Today we have a very exciting giveaway for you all (it seems like forever since we've ran a giveaway, and this is just the perfect prize to win from TWB). We have teamed up with Etsy for your chance to win two tickets to The Handmade Fair, presented by Kirstie Allsopp on 19th-21st September 2014 in the stunning Hampton Court Palace. It is going to be a crafters paradise! It's not only going to be the perfect place to find and buy unique, handcrafted gifts and goodies, but also a chance to try your hand at a new craft by learning from the experts.
Our good friends at Etsy UK will also be at the fair running the Etsy Business School, where you can learn all the tips and tools for turning your crafty hobby into a business. They will be running all different types of workshops, from 'How To Set Up An Etsy Shop' to ' How To Get The Most Out Of Social Media'. Best of all, all of these sessions are free, so you can go and soak up all of that knowledge without it costing you a penny. Perfect! You can also go and have a look around the Etsy Marketplace which will be showcasing eight Etsy sellers and their products, which will be available to buy. The Etsy marquee will be located to the left of the Super Theatre behind the West Shopping Village. 

So, to get your hands on a pair of tickets just fill out the form below! The lucky winner will be able to chose which day they would like to go to The Handmade Fair, so just make sure you're free on either the 19th, 20th or 21st of September 2014. The doors will be open from 9.30am to 6pm everyday, so you can have a fun filled, craft-tastic day. 

Good Luck!

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Love, TWB xox

DIY Round Up : Moving Out

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Today I thought I would bring you a little post that, I think, is relevant to a lot of you at this point in the year. For the three of us at TWB this time four years ago (seriously, where has the time gone?!) we were getting ready to pack up and leave for uni. At that point we didn't even know each other existed, that is such a crazy thought!! Anywho, I will spare you all the trip down memory lane. Now things are a little different and this year we are all starting full time jobs and moving away from home once again. I will be moving back up to Leeds and into a lovely little rented house. I think people often find adding character to rented houses and student accommodation pretty difficult as you can't really make any drastic changes. I've spent my last week at home painting some old pine furniture and up cycling anything I can get my hands on! I have compiled some of my favourite DIY ideas from the internet to get your creative juices flowing.

I would really love to make some artwork for my new house. However, I have not been gifted in the illustration department, so I reckon some cool, simple prints would be as far as I could stretch. I really love this XO print and I think it would be pretty easy to create something similar. If you aren't feeling that adventurous, Etsy is a great place to check out unique and unusual prints from independent designers and artists.  

Happy crafting! Let us know what you get up to.
Kendall x