I always try to make presents for the special people in my life whenever I can. I don’t know about you, but for me, to be given a gift that someone has lovingly made just for me means so much more than any shop bought present.
This week, I had to make a present for a cute little one year old baby, whose nursery theme is little taupe bunnies. It is a very small room with not much space so I wanted to come up with something that not only looked adorable, but didn’t take up much room and was practical too! Hmmm………..quite a lot of thought needed for that one.
After much deliberation, I decided I would buy a sweet little heart trug and add some wooden bunny shapes which I would paint and distress.
You could of course adapt anything, from a box to a tray or any other item you have skulking around just waiting to be loved!
First of all, you need to decide what the end purpose of your item will be and what wooden shapes you would like to add. Think carefully about the size of both your trug (or other item) and the size of your wooden shapes – how much do you want them to dominate and how many – if you don’t have your wooden shapes yet, you can always cut out rough paper templates and ‘play’. For me, this is by far the best bit as I absolutely love to play with all my materials.
This is also when my clear and tidy workspace quickly becomes absolute bedlam as I do tend to get a little ‘lost in my world’ and become a tad over excited and start pulling at jars and drawer contents, tipping everything out all over the place and grabbing at stuff wildly like a child in a sweetie shop – although Mr Chandelier might liken it more to a crazy mad woman who really needs a straight jacket – really!
Ok, now you have, (unlike some), calmly chosen your shapes it’s time to paint them. I know they are only tiny shapes but I always do the job properly and prime everything first. You however, could skip this if you are not a perfectionist like me. I also knew that I was going to paint the bunnies taupe and would also distress them so I wanted the white to show through when I sanded the edges. You could just use two different colour paints instead. Don’t forget to paint the edges – but not the back!
Once your first coat is dry (which is usually pretty quick), give a good second coat of your chosen colour and then when that’s dry a ‘lick’ over one more time for depth when you sand. Let the paint cure thoroughly before you lightly sand the edges.
For me, much as the little bunnies look ‘ok’ at this point, I wanted more definition around the edges and I wanted them to stand out a lot more, as I felt the edges were too insipid. This was easily remedied by pulling out the wax. I literally dabbed my finger into the wax and rubbed it into the bunny edges and then onto the top of the bunny as well.
See the vast difference between the two – now the left hand bunny stands out really well and gives a far greater contrast which is exactly what I wanted.
Finally, glue the bunnies on and add some little bunny tails (tiny pom-poms). I chose grey as the Mummy of the child I’m giving this too adores grey and also the white was far too stark against the cream trug. Last but not least, add a little dotty ribbon tie and voila, one sweet little Bunny Trug. I love it so much and hope she adores it too.
Last of all, I made a little gift tag with some gold beading and wrapped it in gold star tissue paper for the final touch and when I handed it over, my friend was really chuffed and said she really, really loved it! You just can’t beat that feeling, makes me so happy!
Go create something this weekend and show me what you made – I would so love to see.