Nautical Anchor Pumpkin

With Halloween fast approaching I got busy carving my pumpkin. Naturally it was going be nautical style!

I decided to use an anchor shape. To make yours simply paint an anchor and then carefully cut around the painted outline with your knife (I used a craft knife). I wanted to carve away just the top layer  of the skin, but if you want to cut out the shape of an anchor you will need to remove the inside of the pumpkin first.

You will need to buy a fairly big/tall pumpkin for this design. I hope you have fun making yours.

Happy Halloween!

Nautical Anchor Button Tutorial

 

On a recent trip to Hobby Craft I came across Fimo which is a polymer clay. I have never used this product before but after studying ceramics at art college I thought I’d give it ago. For this tutorial I have decided to make some nautical anchor buttons for my navy cardigan.

I’ve always had a love for buttons and have them stored in tins and jars around the home.

For this tutorial you will need: Fimo, sculpting tools, a round cutter or stencil, a plastic rolling pin, a needle, a craft knife,  a board to lean on and a plastic sheet to roll you Fimo out onto.

I chose white Fimo for my buttons as they will stand out on my navy cardigan, you can used what ever colour you like.

Because Fimo is new to me I don’t have all the correct tools for the craft… I ended up using a deodorant can as my rolling pin!

I used a round stencil for the outline of my buttons. You can use a round cutter or make your own stencil by using a piece of card and a protractor.

You will then need to cut out your buttons with a craft knife if you don’t have a round cutter.

You’ll need to repeat this for however many buttons you need.

To make the anchor shape, I used a large needle to make the holes. I then placed them onto a tin foiled lined baking tray and placed them in the oven for 30 minutes on 130 C.

This button is fresh out of the oven!

I used navy thread to sew my buttons on.

This is my finished cardigan, I’m really pleased with the finished result. I will definitely be making more Fimo buttons in the future.

Here is a close up of  my finished nautical anchor button. I hope you have fun making yours!

 

Striped Starfish Tutorial – Hanging Starfish and Fridge Magnet

Pink Striped Hanging Starfish

For this tutorial you will need: a starfish, masking tape, scissors, paint and ribbon.

Start by placing your masking tape over your starfish, make sure this is securely in place or else the paint may leak underneath! You will need to cut the tape between the starfish legs, make sure you do this neatly, making sure the tape is tightly wrapped so you get a nice straight edge.

A quick break to feed the cats Oliver (the ginger ninja!) & Alfie (Alfie is a girl by the way!)

I decided to use a pale pink paint for my hanging starfish, I wanted a pretty subtle effect!

If you’re impatient just like me you can use a hair dryer to speed up the drying process!

This is my favourite part, time to peel off the masking tape!

Ta dah! I used cream lace to hang my starfish, you can use what ever you like.

Oliver taking a nap on Alfie’s pink cushion!

Striped Starfish Fridge Magnet

For my fridge magnet I wanted to use a coastal colour, I used Farrow & Ball paint, Arsenic

These starfish look great in bowls or loose as a bathroom decoration as shown below

As an alternative to hanging your starfish you can make it magnetic so you can stick it to your fridge.

I had to use two magnets as my starfish was not flat. If you don’t have two magnets you can use anything from a piece of wood to some cork to fill the gap and then stick your magnet on to that.

I have a glue gun because I do lots of craft, if you don’t have one you can use craft glue

I held the magnet down for about a minute making sure it was firmly in place.

My starfish is now brightening up the dull dishwasher! Have fun making yours and send me a picture when you’re done!

The Driftwood Hunter – Hanging Driftwood Fish Tutorial

The Driftwood Hunter – Hanging Driftwood Fish Tutorial

For my fish project I was going to need some driftwood, this was the perfect excuse for a day at the seaside! My friend Jess and I went to Wells Next The Sea on the North Norfolk coast, which is an attractive town about an hours drive from where I live.

The beach there is great, there are lovely trees lining the beach with a path running through them, colourful beach huts look out to sea and small boats are moored all along the walk from the town to the sea front.

The day was off to a good start with a traditional English cooked breakfast at The Village Deli in Thornham, you can’t go searching for treasure hungry!

From there it was only a short drive into Wells’, We then had a twenty minute walk down to the beach, admiring all the moored boats on the way.

I couldn’t decide on a favourite boat but it was a close joint first between ‘Popeye’ and ‘Legless’.

One of the first things that you notice on the beach are the pretty beach huts, some have names and are decorated nicely, so I took photos of almost all of them for my ‘inspiration board’ at home.

Enough of the site seeing, we were here to find driftwood and anything else useful, I had brought my faithful nautical straw bag and intended to make good use of it.

Usually the best place to find driftwood is on the shore line but surprisingly this time I found some perfect bits in amongst the beach huts and sand dunes.

As an added bonus I also found some nice shells which will come in handy for another project I’m planning. I only needed enough driftwood for one fish so I put back what I didn’t need, just incase someone else could use it!

Driftwood Hanging Fish Tutorial

1) Layout, I’ve gone for the traditional fish shape nice and simple, it’s just a case of laying out you driftwood in some kind of order, you might need to swap around a few pieces a few times to get it looking how you want it.

I have a nice ‘V’ shaped piece for his head and got lucky with a nice piece for the tail too, all the other pieces in between are regular straight bits.

2) Drilling holes, Once you have your driftwood in order you’re going to need a way of attaching them together, I’ve used an old piece of string, it looks like it’s been outside for ages so it’s weathered look matches the driftwood nicely. You can use anything really, rope would look good for a nautical look but you’ll need thicker wood and of course bigger holes. For my holes I’m using a 4mm drill bit on my multi tool which I use loads for craft work.

The driftwood tends to be quite soft so you don’t need a powerful drill. Be sure you can hold or preferably clamp the wood down properly or it can spin around with the drill!

3) Threading the string, Firstly I made a loop at the top so the fish has something to hang by when he’s finished, make sure the loop is big enough to go on whatever you want to hang it on before you get finished as problems are easier to fix now than later.

Then at the other end of the string I had to wrap sticky tape around the end to stop it from fraying, this makes it a lot easier to thread through the wood.

I slid on the first piece of drift wood that makes his head, the ‘V’ shaped bit, I had to tie a knot after it went on to hold it in position otherwise it would hang across the other wood awkwardly, I need it to hang flat and level. After that it’s just a case of threading the rest of the wood on.

4) Final Knot, in the fishes tail section you’ll need to tie off the string, you can make this knot part of the decoration if you want, for the sake of simplicity I’ve stuck to using a regular knot. If you’re struggling with finding a piece for the tail like mine you could use a curved bit, that would work just as well and would be easier too find.

5) Hanging Your Fish, he would look at home either in the kitchen or the bathroom, mine is in the bathroom so I’m reminded of that day at the beach every time I take a bath!

I hope you have fun making your driftwood fish.