Crafty Secrets March Linky Party and Design Team Challenge: Go Green!
Hello Friends! Welcome to the Crafty Secrets March Linky Party! I think we are all ready for a dose of springtime right about now. We’re focusing on spring: green growing things, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, flowers, or anything that makes us think of spring. The optional twist this month is to use an upcycled element in our projects: a bit of corrugated cardboard, a twist tie, an old container, packaging material, jars, bottles…anything that would normally end up in the landfill. Now I love me a good upcycling challenge! As you know, my Closet of Shame is filled with all kinds of “trash” that I love to turn into treasure, so this was a fun challenge for me.
This bit of home decor started with an empty pasteboard berry basket. I had some paper mache eggs that I decoupaged with strips of paper from the Crafty Secrets Digital Garden Papers and went to work building this fun springtime floral arrangement. Here’s what you need to make this project:
- a one quart pasteboard berry basket
- white acrylic paint
- paint brush
- paper mache eggs, available at most craft stores this time of year
- Spanish Moss, or some other kind of filler for your basket
- Crafty Secrets Digital garden papers
- Crafty Secrets Friends and Flowers Vintage Cuts
- an assortment of Mulberry Flowers
- small chalkboard (I don’t remember where this came from)
- White Sharpie to write on the chalkboard
- small birdnest (from the craft store)
- Claudine Hellmuth Matte Multi Medium
- Hot Glue Gun
This project is so quick and easy! The key is to print the papers onto very thin paper. Just use the cheapest, thinnest printer paper you can find. I tried to print onto tissue paper, but did not have any success with that experiment. (If you know how…please let me know!). I tore my paper into random strips, painted the back with Matte Multi Medium and then smoothed it onto the surface of the egg, repeating the process until the whole egg was covered. Then, I just brushed the tops of each egg with more medium and let them dry. As you can see, the ink did not run, and I think this is due to the fact that I used Claudine Hellmuth Matte Multi Medium. It dries very quickly and is not a super wet adhesive. So that’s what I would recommend for this type of project.
Once I had painted the berry basket, I brushed the edges of it with a little Vintage Photo Distress Ink to age it a little. I also added a strip of this pretty printed ribbon around the top of the basket edge.
I know you’ll want to see what the rest of the team has cooked up for you this month! Be sure to visit their blogs and take a peek at their amazing projects and tutorials.
Special Guest Designer: Karen Letchworth, My Cup Runneth Over
Oh, and did I forget to mention that there are prizes? One lucky participant will be randomly selected to win a fabulous prize package of digital papers, images and other fun artsy stuff. You can find all the details and photos on the BLOG.
Now it’s your turn! Dig through your stash of Crafty Secrets goodies and work up a new project to share with us. You do not have to follow this month’s theme to play along, but it’s always fun when you do. If you don’t have any Crafty Secrets goodies, there is a free download in the Linky Party Post on the Crafty Secrets Heartwarming Vintage Blog. So no excuses! Go get your craft on, and link up before midnight on Sunday, March 15th. I can’t wait to see what you make!
Here’s hoping that all these spring projects will drive Old Man Winter out of town for good!
Thanks for stopping by,