Crafts: Odds and Ends

Posted on May 24 2017 - 10:00am by Samantha Clark

Everyone has that one draw in the house, usually the kitchen, where ‘bits’ often go to rest; you know the one I mean, a draw you add bits and bobs in the hope that they’ll, someday, have another use. Often though, this draw ends up pretty neglected, difficult to open and frustrating to look at.

But we’re hoping in this feature to inspire a use for your odds and ends; although our ideas below will likely stem from your craft cupboards or sewing boxes you can apply this same idea to anything you may find in your dump drawers. And if not, maybe it’s time to throw it out.

Button art Loose buttons:

From garments long gone, the additional buttons you hope to never use, the jacket you can’t face fixing- buttons are everywhere and often end up with no purpose. So, inspired by Christmassy craft events, we loved the idea of reusing buttons to create personal, loving gifts.

Box frames are currently on offer at Hobbycraft and creating these hearts were quite simple to do (we used a 20×20 box frame). Re-create by following these steps:

  • Paint the frame back (if needed) in acrylic paint and allow to dry
  • Map out the formation of your hearts working from the point upwards- TIP: We found filling such small hearts was not possible, particularly with the round buttons, if you want a filled heart we suggest one large one.
  • Once you’re happy with your formation, using a clear, all purpose glue, fix the buttons one by one starting from the tip and working upwards. Hold each button fixed for a few seconds before moving on to the next. TIP: try and keep your outline of the heart as it is which makes it a lot easier to keep your shape, you may need to add a small button here or there so make sure you keep a few aside just in case.
  • Put the frame back together and you’re done!

Button art

Father’s Day:

Father’s Day is fast approaching- if you’re a little short on cash or want to give something with a personal touch then there are plenty of odds and ends around the house that you can use to make something for your Dad.

For ‘Dad, You Rock’

  • Paint the frame (if needed) in acrylic paint and allow to dry
  • In pencil, outline ‘Dad, you’
  • Either using paint or special ‘on anything pen‘ fill in your message- if you want to add glitter make sure you add it whilst the paint is still wet
  • Meanwhile- find a small rock out in the garden and make sure it’ll fit in the frame with the back on.
  • Wash the rock with an old sponge and soap to get any dirt off it and allow to dry.
  • Fix the rock onto the frame back with multi-purpose glue and hold for at least one minute. Then leave it on the side for up to 2 hours to allow the glue to really set
  • Put the frame back together and you’re done!

Father's Day crafts

‘Dad, you’re the nuts!’

nutsYou’ll likely need to raid the garage for this one:

  • Paint the frame (if needed) in acrylic paint and allow to dry
  • Like with the buttons but using chrome nuts, form the message ‘Dad, you’re the nuts’
  • Using an all-purpose glue, one by one fix each nut in place. Hold for 10 seconds each then move on.
  • Allow your message to sit flat for up to 2 hours to allow the glue to fully set.
  • Put the frame back together and you’re done!

Old fabrics and materials with jam jars and herb glasses

If you’ve got a piece of material left over from a project or you’ve got an old item of clothing that you don’t know what to do with, there are ways it can be repurposed. Here is one suggestion:

Wrap your piece of material around a jam/sauce jar or herb glasses and repurpose as a vase or in the case of the herb glass, a tealight holder. Note: take care with putting a tealight in the herb glasses- not all will fit and it needs to fit snuggly without fear of it falling in or out- make sure wicks are kept low and keep an eye on it at all times.

For your fabric to stay in place, lay  your material flat on a wipeable surface and place a small blob of glue along at regular intervals. Lay your glass on top of the fabric and roll it along- add more glue to the ends if needed.

Repurpose crafts

These are just some ideas on what you can do with bits and pieces you find in the home. As with the case with buttons, these little bits can make really lovely, touching gifts or distinct pieces in the home that can take pride of place.

Do you have any suggestions on what to do with bits and bobs?

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