A new book recently landed on my doormat which combines my love of upcycling and home-making. Creating the Vintage Look by Ellie Laycock encourages you to discover how to make unusual and unique homeware through 35 gorgeous step-by-step projects.
Upcycling is about taking something old, vintage, treasured, or possibly even broken and giving it a new lease of life by trying it into something new. It’s a thrifty way of decorating and enhancing your home that avoids waste, but is also stylish, and Ellie Laycock shows you how you can make truly beautiful objects from things you might have thrown away. Be inspired by the ingenuity of her projects – including turning old tin trays into chic magnetic noticeboards, using teapots as quirky planters, transforming a vintage fruit crate into a rustic bedside table, and converting metal jelly moulds into tea light holders.
All of the projects have clear instructions and artworks to guide you on how to make them, and a helpful techniques section will teach you any skills you need to know. I really enjoyed reading the book and the projects are fun and would definitely add a new dimension to any home. The book is divided into four sections around the home: Vintage Living Room (with projects such as vinyl record coasters, vintage tin clock, stamp collection placemats and jelly mould tea light holders); Vintage Kitchen and Garden (upcycled silverware hooks, tea tray magnetic board and cheese grater pen pot); Vintage Bedroom and Bathroom (mirror makeover, pillowcase laundry bag, soap dispenser jars) and Vintage Children’s Rooms (play stove, decoupage suitcase, tea card mini bunting).
A couple of the projects I’ve seen and tried before (such as the vintage tin clock and jelly mould tea light holders) but there are loads I haven’t seen before and have added them to my to-do list!
I found the sourcing vintage items pages really useful and have added a few new blogs to my reading list too! Top of my list is sourcing a vintage cabinet to make into a play stove for my daughter! So much more fun than the plastic versions I’ve seen.
Creating the Vintage Look by Ellie Laycock is published by CICO Books at £12.99, and is available from all good bookshops or call 01256 302699.
I can often be found scouring my local charity shops for vintage Scrabble sets. I don’t collect them to play Scrabble, which is a shame as it’s a great game, but I use the Scrabble tiles for crafting! Take a look at my latest post about Scrabble tiles over on PinAddicts if you need some inspiration. I thought it was about time I actually made something with them, other than my Scrabble-inspired tile biscuits.
When we moved into our house the most noticeable thing was the number of empty picture hooks around each room. The place had been covered with pictures and photographs by the last owners, there was even a nail on the bathroom door!
This poor nail caught my eye and I thought I must make something to hang from it, so how about a vintage Scrabble tile sign spelling out the word Bathroom.
All I needed was a wooden Scrabble letter rack, a selection of vintage Scrabble tiles, drill and 2.5mm drill bit, bakers twine and a glue gun.
I got to work with my glue gun and put a small amount of glue along the side of a Scrabble tile before joining the next letter to it and carried on until I had all eight tiles stuck to each other. I tried to ensure they were all straight as I was going along as the glue was so strong there wasn’t much time to move them around.
Whilst it was drying I drilled two small holes at each end of the wooden Scrabble letter rack and threaded it with a length of bakers twice. I then added more hot glue to the back of the row of letters and pressed it firmly in place in the centre of the letter rack.
I love the way it looks and can’t wait to make more for each room! They would also look great as place settings at a dinner party.
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I’ve been having a great clear out over the weekend. We have a friend coming to stay which means we needed to clear out the spare room. It’s become a bit of a dumping ground so we spent a couple of hours sorting stuff out to sell or take to our local charity shop. I love to sell stuff for cash, the extra money is always useful and I’m on a mission to de-clutter.
I haven’t written here about our charity shopping exploits for a while. Since we’ve moved I have to admit to visiting our local charity shops more often as our local high street has lots of them, and there are not a lot of other shops to visit! I find it difficult to look for the things I want to as both my children are now old enough to find toys and books. I often hear shouts of “Can I have this?” before I’ve even had a sniff at the vintage fabrics.
Last week we went to Pinner which is a great place to visit (lovely parks and child-friendly cafes!). By pure chance we visited a charity shop where we found a brand new Peppa Pig Peppa’s World of Playsets for Little Sis at a fraction of the original price. The toddler found a beautiful wooden clock with magnetic numbers – perfect for my little time-obsessed man!
Despite my moaning I did quite well at Oxfam. A wooden darning mushroom, an embroidery hoop, three vintage cloth badges and an old cigar box. I have a thing for vintage advertising so picked it up and was delighted to find it was full of vintage cigarette cards! All for under five pounds. I almost ran out of the shop with my goodies but I restrained myself!
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