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Leafy Christmas Wreath

Christmas Decopatch Wreath

Christmas Decopatch Wreath

It’s nearly time to start the hedgerow scavenge for the perfect leafy boughs to dress your Christmas wreath. Our wreath is up and ready to welcome Christmas on the door of MakeArt HQ. We decided on a natural wreath this year but have added some bits from our Decopatch and craft supplies cupboards.

Here’s what we used

 

We used willow wreaths, which we created last year, for our base. If you don’t have any, willow wreaths are simple to make. Just soak your willow branches in water overnight, then in the morning they will be much more bendy. Make a circle with your first branch and wrap the ends over and under each other. Start the next willow loop 1/4 turn from the start of the first willow loop and twist around the base loop. Keep adding your loops 1/4 turn from the last loop until your wreath is the thickness you want.

Christmas Decopatch Wreath

Next, gather your foraged findings! Trim any longer boughs to short, easy to manage lengths and remove any leaves towards the ends of the stems. This is so you have enough stem to use to wind into your wreath later.

Christmas Decopatch Wreath

Choose your favourite festive Decopatch papers and decide which leaves you want to be decorated. Any leaves that are slightly damaged or browning can be covered with Decopatch.

Christmas Decopatch Wreath

Tear your chosen papers into smaller pieces.

Christmas Decopatch Wreath

Spread the Decopatch glue onto the leaf with a glue brush. Just brush enough for one piece of paper at a time.

Christmas Decopatch Wreath

Place your piece of paper onto the glued area.

Christmas Decopatch Wreath

Cover each piece of paper with Glue to give it a glossy seal.

Christmas Decopatch Wreath

Add more pieces until your leaf is covered.

Christmas Decopatch Wreath

Christmas Decopatch Wreath

Add your branch to your wreath, position it and secure it with a short length of wire at the back if necessary.

Christmas Decopatch Wreath

Keep adding your Decopatch branches to your wreath until you fill out your wreath base.

Christmas Decopatch Wreath

Using paper raffia ribbon we created a huge bow to hang from the bottom of our wreath.

Christmas Decopatch Wreath

Push a short piece of wire through the back of the knot in your bow and use this wire to attach your ribbon to your willow wreath.

Christmas Decopatch Wreath

We have used a nice festive length of ribbon to hang our wreath from our door.

Christmas Decopatch Wreath

 

November 29th, 2014

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Upcycled Decopatch Baubles Part 2

Upcycled Decopatch Baubles

Upcycled Decopatch Baubles

We had to make use of the new festive fairisle pattern Decopatch paper FDA672. However, we wanted to be able to see the pattern in all its glory without tearing it into strips.

We used 6cm baubles for this project so the measurements are specific to this size. We have included a template below which will be perfect for this size bauble.

This is how we made sure we made the most of this festive fairisle pattern.

You will need:

  • Old 6cm baubles
  • Decopatch paper
  • Decopatch Glossy Glue
  • Glue brush
  • Scissors
  • Protractor (There is a protractor PDF print out below)
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Tape measure
  1. Using a tape measure measure from the top to the bottom centre and the circumference of your bauble –  ours were 8cm and 19cm. Upcycling Christmas baubles with DecopatchUpcycling Christmas baubles with Decopatch
  2. Cut a rectangle of Decopatch paper for the dimensions of your baubles – for our 6cm baubles our rectangle was cut to 8.5cm x 19.5cm. This left a little room at the end for a little overlap. When cutting your paper consider what section of pattern you want going across the bauble i.e. we chose to have a nice band of snowflakes going across the centre of ours.  Upcycling Christmas baubles with Decopatch
  3. Once you have cut your paper, wrap the paper loosely around your bauble to check it will cover it.
  4. On one of the longer sides of the rectangle of paper place your ruler roughly 5mm in from the edge on the reverse side of the paper and mark with pencil at 5mm, then at 15mm, 20mm, 30mm, 35mm, 45mm…follow this pattern of 5mm – 10mm intervals to the end of the paper.  Upcycling Christmas baubles with Decopatch
  5. Repeat step 4 on the opposite edge of the paper.
  6. Measure and mark out two lines going across the paper that are positioned 3cm in from the edges of the long side of the paper. Upcycling Christmas baubles with Decopatch
  7. Place the protractor on the paper and find the centre point of the first 1cm mark running along the edge of your paper. The lines should follow 95. and 85. on your protractor. Mark the centre point on your 3cm level line below. Repeat, marking these points below every 1cm mark. Upcycling Christmas baubles with Decopatch
  8. Using your ruler, join up the points to form triangles all along the paper. Upcycling Christmas baubles with Decopatch
  9. Mark the inside of each triangle, this will make it easier to see where to cut and what paper will be wastage later. baublestrip10
  10. Cut the triangles out. Upcycled Decopatch Baubles
  11. Your paper template is now ready to glue onto your bauble.
  12. Take your time, so as to not get stuck – start by glueing from the top to the bottom of your bauble – if your bauble has a seamline in the plastic it may help to glue along this line as a starting point to help with positioning your paper straight. Upcycled Decopatch Baubles
  13. position one short edged end of paper onto the glued part of your bauble and glue over the top of this section to glue the paper down and smooth the edges. Upcycled Decopatch Baubles
  14. Move onto the next section of the paper, glueing underneath first then glueing on top of the paper, repeat this and make sure your triangles fit along side each other both at the top and bottom of your bauble as you go along. Repeat until end. Upcycled Decopatch Baubles
  15. Have a great Christmas time, and beam with pride at your home-made upcycled Christmas decorations!

Download the PDF Template for this Project

(you may wish to review our guidance on downloading and printing templates)

November 21st, 2014

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Upcycle Old Christmas Baubles with Decopatch!

 

Christmas Baubles Decopatch Upcycle

Christmas Baubles Decopatch Upcycle

Here is a great way to use Decopatch this Christmas, and if you haven’t used Decopatch before, this is a great beginners project!

We were looking through our box of Christmas decorations at MakeArt HQ , dusting them off ready to go up in a few weeks! We had a few old baubles that were looking a bit scratched and tatty so we decided to give them a new lease of life with Decopatch. There are some great festive papers available in our web shop for your Christmas projects.

You will need:

 

  1. First of all, carefully remove the top of your bauble if it can come off easily. Decopatch Christmas Bauble - Upcycle
  2. Tear your paper into strips. Decopatch Christmas Bauble - Upcycle
  3. Brush glue onto your bauble, working from top to bottom, only brush on enough for one strip of paper at a time. Decopatch Christmas Bauble - Upcycle
  4. Place a strip of paper onto the glue, position the paper starting at the top of the bauble and smooth it down to the base of the bauble. Decopatch Christmas Bauble - Upcycle
  5. Brush glue over the top of the paper strip to smooth it down and stick all the edges down. Decopatch Christmas Bauble - Upcycle
  6. Repeat the process until your bauble is covered. Decopatch Christmas Bauble - Upcycle
  7. Once covered, hang up and leave to dry. Decopatch Christmas Bauble - Upcycle

 

Check back next week to see how we have decorated the red baubles in our finished picture, we have used a technique that helps keep the pattern of the paper in one piece!

 

November 14th, 2014

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Junction 24 Christmas Extravaganza is this weekend!

We’re very excited about this weekend! On Sunday 9th November, MakeArt is heading to the Junction 24 Christmas Extravaganza. The event is to be held on Sunday 9th November 2014, at the Junction 24 centre just off Junction 24 of the M5, near North Petherton, Somerset. You can find us at stand 85 in the Auction Room, and more details of the event can be found at http://www.junction24christmasextravaganza.co.uk/

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November 3rd, 2014

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MakeArt Party & Christmas Ideas in PaperCrafter Magazine

MakeArt features twice in issue 76 of PaperCrafter magazine, out now! First up is our Decopatch Animal Party Pack, which is available to buy online and great for the festive season!

MakeArt Decopatch Party Packs in PaperCrafter Magazine

MakeArt Decopatch Party Packs in PaperCrafter Magazine

There are also some great ideas for what to do with your Decopatch Christmas papers. The papers featured here are: FDA468 ; FDA484; and FDA591 – all 95p.

MakeArt Decopatch Festive Papers in PaperCrafter Magazine

MakeArt Decopatch Festive Papers in PaperCrafter Magazine

November 2nd, 2014

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