Tutorial – Vintage Inspired Gift Tags & Keepsakes

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I love giving vintage gifts and when doing so I always make sure that my packaging fits in with the whole vintage theme.

Recently I gave a friend a very pretty vintage boxed perfume bottle that I wrapped with layers of thin pink and blue tissue paper and finished with one of these awesome vintage inspired wooden heart tags that could be kept by the gift receiver as a keepsake.

This was quite simple to create and is done so using the decoupage technique. To try it yourself you will need…

Flat Wooden Heart (with two small hearts either corner)
Various Decopatch Papers
Lace Trimmings (blue and off white)
Old Victorian Portrait Image (I had one but you could easily find something similar on the web)
Decopatch Glue
3x Flat backed blue crystals
Pretty ribbon in baby blue
Baby blue mini bow
Mod Podge Shimmer Gold

Tools
Brushes for glues
Scissors

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I brought my heart in a blue colour, if you want you can paint yours for the same effect.

Firstly cut a few small squares from your Decopatch papers, then cut down your lace trimmings into different size pieces. Lastly cut around your Portrait image So that it fits nicely in the middle not taking up to much room.

Now start sticking down paper like so using Decopatch glue..

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Layer with ribbon as you go. As mentioned I’m using pale blue and ivory that I’ve trimmed pieces from.

When adding these different pieces don’t worry if they lap over your heart as once dry the edges are easily trimmed.

I’ve added my image at a slight angle for added effect.

I’ve then randomly applied 3 flat backed crystal in a green/blue colour using the Decopatch glue to secure

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Everything now on the heart has been added using Decopatch glue. This dries clear giving it a smooth glossy effect.

I left my heart for around 30 minted to dry before applying some mod podge shimmer gold. I applied this to random areas of the heart (the whole thing) therefore giving more subtle hints of golden shimmer.

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I then gave this a further 30 minutes to dry before adding my small blue bow to the bonnet worn by the little Victorian girl now featured on my heart.

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The last step is to thread some thin baby blue ribbon through the holes in my heart and then tying in a bow to secure.

Doesn’t it look pretty?

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How Too Make Your Very Own Vintage Inspired Hair Accessories

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Here’s a very simple craft idea to make yourself or someone special some very pretty vintage inspired hair accessories. Any girl both big and small would look great in one of these black and white slides. You can never have enough hair accessories after all. So, here’s a way to personalise your own and add that little bit off vintage glam to your hair- drob.

What you will need…

A set of two plastic hair slides (Comb type)
Some small white faux peals
A white bow embellishment
Two pieces of different black decorative sequinned embellishments (type used for fabric)
4 tiny black flat glass gems
Mod Podge
Glue dots
Glue brush

These take minutes to make and have a real 1920s feel about them, making them perfect for any upcoming vintage festivals.

For your first slide, paint some mod podge along the top above the comb. Place the lace embellishment at an angle so that there is more of the right side covered than the left. Clue the tip of the embellishment to the left side of the comb leaving a small area beneath.

Now add 4 of the flat crystals in the space beneath leaving a small space in between.

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Now with glue dots add two white faux pearls in that space.

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Give the slide an entire coat of mod podge and then leave to dry.

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Slide number 2.

Cover half of your slide in your remaining lace and sequin embellishment. Use glue dots for this step.

On the remaining side of your slide use a glue dot to stick down your white bow embellishment. Use half a glue dot to stick a flat black crystal in the centre of that bow.

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Now use glue dots to apply a group of 3 faux pearls next to your bow.

Next step is to stick 3 faux pearls along your lace and sequin embellishment.

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Lastly cover the entire slide in mod podge (excluding the brushes of course).

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Tutorial – Pretty Miniature Fabric & Lace Sewing Kit

This dinky little sewing kit is super cute and makes a lovely little gift idea with that added personal touch. What’s more its dead simple to create.

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All you will need is

A few scraps of blue floral material
Some scraps of light blue lace
Ivory or cream ribbon
Pale pink thin ribbon
Mod podge
Faux pearl (small)
Mini sewing kit in clear casing (available in supermarkets, newsagents and many other places)

Tools needed…
Scissors
Brush for Mod podge
A glue dot

This is so simply that it won’t take to many words to explain how I did it!

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So, first you want to cover the top of the casing in mod podge. Then cut down your material and stick it down on the case adding a layer of mod podge over the top of the material. Do this step for the front and bottom of your case! Remember, Its better to have the material a little bigger than cutting it to small. So if you have a little excess cut this only once the material is dry and turned somewhat stiff to avoid the material slipping about and ending up to short.

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Once dry take a strip of light blue lace and measure it against the top of your casing of your mini sew kit. Cut to size and with mod podge stick it along the middle of your already covered casing. Again add mod podge to the top layer of your lace.

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Once dry work on the sides of your box using the same technique to apply the blue floral material. Leave to dry for around 30 minutes.

Now use some more light blue lace to cover the front edging of your casing just where the case clicks shut. Be careful not to add mod podge to the cases clip. Once your lace is dry you can then cut away the excess material to reveal the cases opening and closing clip.

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At this stage I had emptied my sewing case and separated into two half as to allow them to fully dry without anything becoming glued shut.

I then added a strip of cream ribbon across the middle of my top casing (across the light blue lace) using the modge podge.

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Only once I was confident my casing was completely dry I placed the two pieces back together again and refilled with my mini sewing items.

The last thing I needed to do was add a pretty little finishing touch. I did this by cutting my pale pink ribbon to size and then tying it into a pretty little bow. I added my bow to the middle of the cream ribbon on the lid of the casing with a glue dot followed by a little mod podge.

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And there you have it! A perfectly formed miniature sewing kit housed in a girly floral and lace case. Perfect for any handbag and an ideal gift for Mother’s Day.

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Tutorial – Vintage Inspired Lace & Pearl Lipstick Case

Looking through my makeup drawer yesterday I found my little old Crome lipstick case and decided it needed a little TLC to make it pretty again.

This is a really easy upcycle and if you have an old lipstick case knocking about anywhere, you could easy make one too.

What you will need

A metal (or other type) lipstick case
Some pieces of ivory and black lace
Mod podge
A faux pearl
Black Textured Ribbon

This is a very simple look to create due to the magic ingredient of mod podge.

I basically covered my lid of my lipstick case in mod podge then applied a piece of ivory lace, adding a layer of mod podge over the top.

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I then gave it around 30 minutes drying time before starting on the body of the case.

For the body I opted for a nice black lace. I worked in the same way as my lid allowing to dry and then trimming of any excess lace. This is easier to do once dry as the material doesn’t slide around its more stiff and easier to cut.

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Once I’d done each part of the holders body and it was dry, I used some pretty black ribbon with pretty frill detail to cover the remaining exposed metal (the edging of the lid).

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Once dry trim any excess ribbon to create a tidy finish.

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Lastly, I added half a glue dot to the lip just above the opening of my holder and then stuck on my tiny faux white pearl.To make this stronger I added mod podge over the top and left in a warm place to dry.

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And there you have it… A vintage inspired pearl and lace lipstick case.

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Make Your Own Shabby Chic Box Bags

A few months back I grabbed some of these large paper mâché box style bags from my local Hobbycraft.

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I was instantly drawn to them with a host of different uses and craft activities accumulating in my mind! The fact that they were reduced a little in price also made these all the more desirable.

My plan… To make storage bags that if desired, could be hung freeing up more space. The size of these boxes are perfect for makeup, craft essentials and more besides.

They look really pretty once complete, tying in with the whole shabby chic theme I’ve got going on.

Materials….

Paper Mâché Box Bags (Hobbycraft)
(I created a set of 3)
Decorative Paper (pattern/design to suit)
Mod Podge Clear Gloss
White Acrylic Paint
White String (ribbon or twine works well)
Strip of Ivory Lace (enough to cover around the bottom of box)
Faux Pearl Bracelet (big enough to go over box)

Tools
Paint & Glue Brushes
Pencil
Scissors

Here’s a demonstration on how to create these box bags.

1) First use a paint brush to give your box a few coats of white paint (just to ensure the darkness of the paper mâché isn’t seen through your paper)!

2) Use scissors to remove paper handles.

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3) section by section apply mod podge to your box and cover with your paper. Press firmly to remove air bubbles or make some tiny hole pricks with a pin. Be sure to apply the mod podge over the top of the paper as well as the box.

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4) Once covered reveal the 4 handle holes on your box by penetrating with a sharp pencil.

5) with mod podge run your ivory lace around the button of your box. Remember to add mod podge over the top of the material also.

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6) Now take your faux pearl bracelet and place it over your covered box so that the bracelet sits around the middle.

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7) Cut 2 pieces of white string or other. Now thread through holes one side to the other. Tie in a knot to secure.

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Now simply fill with treasure, display on a dresser or hang from hooks for a great storage solution.

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Beautiful Vintage Inspired Cookies

Its Valentines Day tomorrow and if I was sending a special someone a gift I’d send these.

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The Cookies are made by the Queen of Hearts Cookie Company. They are homemade and each individual cookie is then decorated by hand in some truly exquisite designs.

I was so lucky to be sent a large box of cookies to try.

Every single small detail has been thoroughly thought out, from the packaging and presentation in which your cookies arrive in, to the actual design of each cookie.

Mine arrived securely packaged to avoid breakages. Within the packaging I discovered a pretty purple box sealed with pretty decorative lace tape.

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Inside the box within a covering of tissue paper I found 13 of the most prettiest cookies I’ve ever seen. The sheer prettiness of these made me want to display them on pretty vintage china plates laid out on a country table with strict instructions that these are just for show and no one must eat them! Of course that could never happen in my house not with 3 cookie monsters on the prowl.

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Our cookies came in a mixture of shapes and sizes. Within our box there were 4 large hearts, 2 circular flower cookies and 7 small hearts.

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The colour pallet chosen is one perfect for the occasion of Valentines.

The small red hearts are stunning with the little gold cherub design, making them truly unique to any other design of cookie I’m yet to see.

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I love the black and white flowers that have been so delicately iced and then finished with pretty gold edible beads.

The large hearts below have been covered in a thick layer of black icing making the beautifully piped white lace stand out brilliantly.

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The remaining small hearts feature a delicate flower that acts like a corsage for the heart… Very pretty on the eye.

The cookies taste wonderful. They are flavoured with vanilla and are of a wonderful texture.

The Queen of Hearts Cookie Company is ran by Sarah a very talented mother from Lancashire who is passionate about her cookie designs.

It all started with her idea to create her own mother some cookies for Mother’s Day, cookies that were inspired by the vintage china that dressed the tables at her summer wedding.

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There are some beautiful cookie designs over on the Queen of Hearts website and it seems there is no design to difficult for this company to achieve. These are true designer cookies that have even been created for celebs. If your looking for cookies for any occasion, whether it be Valentines, birthdays, tea parties or a wedding, then I’d highly recommend you check them out!

Gluten Free diet? Just contact the Queen of Hearts and they will make your cookies Gluten Free.

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I know what I’ll be ordering my mum for Mothers Day this year!

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post! I was not paid for writing it but did receive a beautiful box of cookies free of charge in order to share my own honest opinion.

Tutorial – Pretty Lace Winter Jar Lanterns

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These pretty lace and glitter jar lanterns are perfect for winter and look amazing. They make a great gift idea for any occasion including valentines day which is just days away.

Materials…

Choose a jar (I’m using empty Yankee candle jars)

Mod Podge

Ultra Fine Blue Glitter

Baby blue strip of lace (enough to tie a drooping bow around the neck of jar)

Blue pretty Heart Sticker (from 99p store comes within a packet of room stickers and found in their crafts section)

Tools…

A couple of paint brushes
Plastic cup or pot for mixing mod podge and glitter.

These are so easy yet the finished piece is stunning, perfectly suited to the winter season. They look pretty on a dresser or on a fire place and have this pretty vintage feel to them.

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First mix some Mod Podge with your ultra fine blue glitter. You do need to add quite a bit of glitter. The mixture will not sparkle, but instead look very matt. Don’t worry at this stage it won’t sparkle… That’s where the magic of Mod Podge comes in.

Now take a clean brush and apply the mixture to the entire inner area of your jar… EVERYWHERE!

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Apply using different strokes both in thickness and direction.

Once done leave to dry over night. The mixture takes longer to dry because of the glitter and thickness you applied it.

You will know when its starting to dry as the blue/white mixture starts to disappear. The magic of mod podge has then began to work.

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By morning or sooner (dependent on when you created your piece) the mixture should now be clear leaving behind a crystallised, icy effect . The different thicknesses and strokes are still visible only in a glittering frosty looking sense.

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Now transfer your blue heart to the centre of your jar, pressing firmly avoiding air bubbles.

Lastly tie your pretty lace around the neck of your jar creating a droopy dangling bow, to give it that vintage feel.

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And here it is…

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You can use different colour glitter too. I’m currently making a pink one that I’m decorating with ivory lace as opposed to the blue lace. I will also use a different room sticker though this is from the same pack as before.

Easy peasy … Super cute.

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How Too Make Shabby Chic Style Christmas Decorations

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I love these hanging Christmas tree hearts. I brought the paper mâché hearts with a set of paper mâché decorations from eBay (see earlier post where I use Decopatch and paint to decorate the paper mâché stars for our tree).

Again, I used both paint and Decopatch to decorate the hearts.

Here’s what else I used…

2x Decopatch Paper mâché heart decorations
Baby pink metallic pearlised acrylic paint
Fine baby pink glitter
Pearlescent pink tissue paper
Small white paper doyley
Strip of black lace
Small self adhesive crystals
Hot pink ribbon
Gingham baby pink ribbon
2 Medium baby pink buttons
Tiny hot pink button
2x small white bow embellishments.
Decopatch glossy glue
Glue dots

Tools…
Scissors.
Paint and glue brushes

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How to Make Acrylic Pink Christmas Heart.

First apply two coats of the baby pink pearlised acrylic paint to both sides of your heart (leaving to dry in between each coat).

Once dry take your strip of black lace and cut into small pieces. Now use Decopatch glossy glue to apply the lace to your heart. Stick the pieces of the lace to the heart leaving spaces In between. Make sure you glue over the top of the lace as well as the bottom. The glue dries clear so don’t panic. Now just leave to dry for an hour or so.

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Next stick some self adhesive crystals to the floral sections of the lace.

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Now add a white bow embellishment to either side of the heart using glue dots.

Lastly tie a bow to the stars tread with the hot pink ribbon.

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How Too Make The Decopatch Heart decoration…

Cut or just rip an A5 size piece of your pearlescent pink tissue paper into small pieces. Now glue the pieces to the heart using decopatch glossy glue. Do this by overlapping the pieces and applying glue to both the heart and over the top of the paper. Add two layers on each side.

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Leave for around 3-4 hours to dry, however if you can leave over night this would be best.

Once dry cut 2 small pieces from the outer section of a small sized paper doyley (no bigger than the length of your heart). Line up the piece of doyley on your heart so that it goes down at an angle starting at the top right hand side and finishing at the bottom left hand side.

Now glue it in place with the glossy Decopatch glue. Add the glue both to the body of the heart and over the top of the doyley just as you did with the tissue paper (only don’t rip it up). Do this for both sides of your heart.

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Now hang someplace safe and leave to dry for around one hour.

Once dry carefully brush a little glue over the top of the doyley so that the glue falls between the holes. Then sprinkle your fine pink glitter over the top before shaking off any excess. Do this for both sides of the heart.

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Next use a glue dot to add the medium pink buttons to each side of the heart. Add the buttons to the centre of the heart on top of the doyley.

Lastly tie a bow to the tread of the heart using the gingham pink ribbon before finally adding the tiny hot pink button to the middle of the bow.

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Now all thats left to do is hang your decorations. These can be hung from the Christmas tree, over a fireplace or anywhere else you like! What’s great about these shabby chic Christmas hearts is that they can actually be used to decorate the home all year round. They look awesome hanging from a dresser or bedpost.

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Where to buy materials…
Patterned and pearlescent tissue paper (PoundLand)
Fine glitter (PoundLand £1 for 4 pots)
Hot pink ribbon (HobbyCraft)
Gingham pink ribbon (Baker Ross Ltd)
I got my buttons and Lace strips from eBay but you can buy from most craft stores.
Baby pink metallic pearlised acrylic paint (Baker Ross Ltd)
Decopatch Decorations eBay (but Decopatch sell similar online)
Self adhesive crystals (PoundLand)
Doyley (30 pack PoundLand)
Bow embellishments (PoundLand)
Decopatch glue vanish (Decopatch Place online store) Note this may seem expensive but it last forever.