Post-Birthday Projects

Bird WreathOver the past few weeks, I have discovered a new favourite store (it’s OK Bunnings, I still love you the most). I was shopping at Chadstone for something completely unrelated, and got sidetracked as I walked past Kaisercraft, which somehow I had never seen before. The company is Australian (which I love), and describes itself as a craft and scrapbook wholesaler and supplier – it sells beautiful scrapbook paper, stencils, stamps, embellishments, you name it. It also stocks a range of MDF products that you can put together and decorate yourself using paper, paint, etc – kind of like 3D scrap-booking. I could have spent all day (and all my money) in there. Lucky for me, my sister GG gave me a gift voucher for my birthday! Lucky me! Here are the projects that I have made from there so far:

Large Desk Organiser

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I fell in love with this as soon as I saw it, because my desk is generally terribly unorganised, somehow despite the pen holders that I improvised out of boxes. To my delight (not sarcastic), when I unpacked it, there were no instructions on how to put it together – that always makes it so much more challenging!

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My improvised desk organisers

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I painted all the pieces antique white before I started putting them together. It took ages and I was very sick of painting, but I knew I would regret it if I tried to do the painting once I had already assembled the pieces – my usual impatient modus operandi.  I joined all the pieces using a generous spread of wood glue, and sat some heavy books on the finished structure (because I didn’t have any clamps!). It’s surprisingly solid now.

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I decorated using scrapbook paper that I had at home, which I stuck on using a thin spread of PVA. To protect the paper, I “painted” over the top with some more PVA, diluted to about 1 part PVA to 2 parts water. It didn’t work very well, as it made the paper swell and pucker, and in fact made the colours run a bit (I came up with a solution to this problem during the next project). Finally I glued on some old 1 and 2 cent coins that I had at home as accents – I love their burnished copper colour, plus they have lizards and possums on them! Australian money is pretty.

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Now my desk is organised, and much brighter than it was before!

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Cost:

  • $30 for the Desk Organiser
  • I already had the paper, paint and glue.

Bird Wreath

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This is actually called “Funky Wreath”, but for some reason that makes me feel inexplicably prejudiced against it. So, Bird Wreath it is. Once again, no instructions included – love it. Organising all the pieces to resemble the artful creation in the display picture is much harder than you would expect, and it took quite a few tries, but I felt like it was forcing me to be creative. Impatient this time, I couldn’t be bothered painting all the pieces, and I actually liked the natural look of the MDF for this project. I did paint the birds and the base circle though, and looking back, I really should have taken the time to paint all the pieces. As I’ve hung the wreath outside, paint would have protected the MDF from moisture.

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A good re-use for some old copies of Lawyers Weekly

I used one of the packs of paper from Kaisercraft to decorate this project, and the paper was of wonderful quality. I glued it on using PVA again, and then cut around the shapes with an xacto knife.

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20130715-152424.jpgI arranged the pieces in a nice configuration (after about 10 attempts), and photographed it as a guide. I used PVA to stick all the pieces together, although I would perhaps suggest superglue instead, as it dries much quicker. I started from the top layer of pieces, gluing them to the next pieces down, and so on, until I glued the whole structure to the base circle.

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I needed to use some type of finisher to protect the MDF and paper from moisture  and I wasn’t keen to use PVA again, after my unhappy results on the last project. Instead, I used a good quality varnish that I happened to have in my craft cupboard, and it worked perfectly. Fin!

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This project only took a couple of hours, which I love – I always feel so good when I get things done!

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Cost:

  • $15 (or so) for the Bird Wreath
  • $10 for the pad of assorted 6.5 in scrapbook papers
  • I already had the glue and varnish

Now that I’ve shared my new favourite crafty store with you, I’d love to hear your favourites – which stores inspire you?

6 thoughts on “Post-Birthday Projects

  1. Jacinta says:

    I love looking through Spotlight or Lincraft cause they have an extensive range in there bigger stores of crafty things. I have to know what project i’ll need items for before ill use them though otherwise I would buy too many craft products :)

    • tamyraptor says:

      Thanks Miss Bridget :) It’s so exciting that we’re finally starting to get a few good craft stores here in Australia! I’ll always miss Hobby Lobby and Michael’s though!

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