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Key Fob French Style

Living in France means that I get to find all kinds of lovely old objects.  Old keys seem to be everywhere here and I've never really known what to do with them until now.  Photocopying them seemed to work well and from this, you can use the image to découpage just about anything.

Materials Needed:

- old bits of wood (the more weathered, the better)
- saw
- PVA glue (Hodge Podge)
- scissors
- drill
- string or ribbon
- brass eyelets (optional)
- printed images of old keys (see templates below)
- varnish

1. Print off your key images in black and white. (sepia would look good too) and cut them out carefully.

2. Cut your key fobs from your old wood whichever size you want.  Mine are 10cms x 6cms. I've cut mine with a point at one end but you could just cut rectangles.

3. Drill a small hole at one end for your string or ribbon to fit through. I have added brass eyelets but this is not strictly necessary.

4. Glue your key images onto your key fobs and leave to dry.

5. Varnish with at least 2 layers of varnish, 3 is better.

That's it!  You're done!  Now you have some great unique gifts.



Print these off if you don't have your own old keys to photocopy.

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Gift Ideas for Poor Creative Souls (19)

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Twig Heart

I loved making this.  It was super quick and the end result was just lovely.  I've made a few of these and given them as gifts which have delighted friends and family.  They look lovely hanging from a door or standing on a shelf.

Materials Needed:

* dogwood or hazel twigs
* new shoots
* florist wire
* secateurs
* raphia

Cut your twigs and try to use them soon after you cut them as they will be more supple that way and less likely to break.  Dependent on how large you wish your heart to be, cut 10 equal lengths of your twigs.

1.  Take 5 of the twigs and bend them into a U-shape, taking care they do not break.  Do the same with the other 5 twigs.


2.  Hold the 2 bunches of twigs perpendicular to create a heart shape.  Attach the areas where the twigs cross over with the florist wire.



3.  Close up the heart at the bottom with the florist wire.  Once the heart is well formed, you can re-inforce the different points with more wire.


4.  Add the young shoots to the heart to bulk it out and attach with the wire in the same areas as before.

5.  To finish, hide the wire with raphia so that it is completely covered.

Have fun!


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Felted Christmas Lights

You can do this one in plenty of time for the festivities.  It really is not difficult and I think you'll agree, the effect is wonderful.  You can color match the felt with your Christmas decoration which will look really stylish.

Materials Needed:
- fairy lights
- olive soap or soap flakes
- wool roving
- towel
- plastic to make a resist (just use some stiff 3mm plastic)
- bubblewrap

1.  Make the resist.  The triangle is 7cms wide by 9cms high.  Add a 1cms border at the bottom so it looks like a witch's hat.

2.  Lay out the felt. Hold the end of the roving loosely in one hand and gently pull off a section.  Hold your four fingers against the pad of your palm and trap the wool there and pull firmly.

Lay out 3 thin layers of felt like this.  When you start out vertically, the second layer needs to be layed out horizontally and the third one vertically again.

Then place the resist on top of the layed out wool roving.

Then lay out three thin layers of felt - mostly in the middle of the resist.

Then fold the felt on the sides over to the middle.

3.  Put some soap flakes into a glass or grte some olive oil soap.  Pour hot water in the glass and let the soap melt.  Sprinkle drops of hot soapy water on the roving.

Press lightly onto the wet roving and make sure that there are no 'holes'. If there are holes, you need to add a bit more roving before rubbing lightly.

Rub the wool gently while it is on the bubblewrap. When you feel that the fibers are more attached to each other you can rub the other side and also rub it between your hands.  Then you can take out the resist and rub it some more. As soon as the fibers are attached, they won't attach any more when taking away the resist.

4.  Rinse.

This is what it should look like after you have rinsed.

5.  Snip off a small amount at the top for your lights to fit through.

Repeat all of the above for however many lights you have on your garland.

6. Fit your felt covers over your lights.

All done!

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