FRIPPERY

Frippery

Here you will find frippery instructions & guides of how to craft & create all the things frippery I have blogged about.

Stick Pony/ hobby horse

Sock pony               Materials:   Batting (stuffing) Broom sticks Buttons for eyes Curtain rings Embroidery thread Felt for eyes and ears Hot glue gun I found a couple of felt flowers Knitting wool for mane Large mens socks I made two at once, so used 2 large mens socks. I asked the man at the store if 11-13 were the largest size, he assured me they were, and was bemused to say the least when I told him what I wanted them for) Strips of leather or vinyl fabric for the reins (I used vinyl fabric and glued it together) sock pony socks     Stuff socks with battingstuffed sock             Mane; I tried a bought a fringe (for curtains I think) but it looked terrible. sock pony Take the wool yarn and sew it through the top of the head, snip it off and knot it. Continue until you are satisfied with the length of your mane. (I pinned the eyes on to get an idea of his face)         Eyes: Add an oval of white felt for the whites of his eyes, I hand stitched but a hot glue gun would work. Then add the buttons wherever you think they look best.sock pony Ears: 2 triangles per ear, pin in place, then just play with a shape. I tucked the ends towards the back of the head. Nose:  I pinched the nose to get two nostrils, just above the sock toe seam, and stitched with grey thread. Mouth: I used embroidery thread to stitch a smile on him.sock pony Reins: I used the vinyl fabric and glued it together with the hot glue gun, then cut lengths for the reins, I used a couple of curtain rings to join it, drew a gold dot where I had used the glue to join it, and also for some treason the part that goes around his head, it wouldn’t stay stuck, so I stitched it with the embroidery thread.sock pony Take one broomstick, and if you are a tiger for punishment, use masking tape and aerosol spray cans, (or whatever colourful paint you have lying around, would be fine) and spray stripes.striped broom stick Then with the leftover wool yarn you used on the mane, tie the end of the sock to the pole. I drilled a hole through it to secure the wool to, this will stop it riding up and beheading the pony from his stick.          

Marbled Terracotta potsMarbled terracotta pots

Ingredients Terracotta pots Spray cans of paint (several colours) A large plastic tub (one you are happy to destroy!) Latex gloves Spray a base coat (white) to the pots to allow paint to adhere to it. Allow to dry. spray paint terracotta pots Fill the tub with water; it needs to be large enough to roll the pot about within it.       Fill the tub with water; it needs to be large enough to roll the pot about within it. Spray the surface with spray paint, several different colours  (enough to cover the water surface) spray surface Take your pot and dip it lightly onto the surface, and roll your pot away from you so that it picks up the paint. Take your pot and dip it lightly onto the surface, and roll your pot away from you so that it picks up the paint. Continue to spray paint on water surface and roll your pot until it is completely covered to your liking.               jan 16 019

Crackled decoupage balls

Ingredients Balls (I bought a few kids balls, plastic or rubber sort of small balls.)balls Craft  glue Decoupage paper (I used one with a small pattern) Crackle medium Acrylic paint Mod podge matte or liquitex pouring medium Cut (2.5cm) 1 inch squares. Precision is not necessary, as they are overlapping each other and covered in glue. Cover the ball and finish with a coat of craft glue (mod podge or similar).crackled decoupage ball Once dry apply a coat of crackle medium, if you brush it a lot until it is a thin coat, the crackles will be small. If you apply a thick coat and barely brush it, the cracks will be larger.crackled effect When dry apply a dirty coat of thin (watered down to water colour consitancy) acrylic paint. Wipe it off with a kitchen sponge so it remains only in the cracks. Voila crackled ball!Decoupage ball             e does also work well.

Paper wreath

This paper wreath is easy and cheap to make, you just need to set aside a lot of hours on a rainy day.
frippery instructions
Paper wreath instructions
                 

Paper wreath

Ingredients:

Old magazines

Paper cutting knife (with sharp blade)

Hot glue gun

Foam wreath

frippery instructionsCut 8 cm squares (or thereabouts) with the sharp knife attempting to get through as many layers at a time as you can, (this saves a lot of time).       frippery instructionsRoll them on the diagonal around your index finger.         frippery instructionsThen fold them in half and glue (watch your fingers and the glue as it is really molten hot)to the foam ring at the fold edge. Voila a paper wreath.          

Bauble wreath

Frippery instructions
Bauble wreath
             

Bauble wreath

Foam wreath

Hot glue gun

Baubles (lots of different size and colours)

  1. Take the hanging attachment off the end of the baubles.
  2. Attach baubles to the outside of the ring first to give you a starting point, ensuring all the backs of the baubles (i.e. the attachment end) face the back side of the wreath (so you will not see them).
  3. Next add baubles to the centre of the ring, ensuring all the backs of the baubles (i.e. the attachment end) face the back side of the wreath (so you will not see them).
  4. Fill in the gaps using larger baubles first and then working down the sizes until there are no gaps showing the foam.