Chalkboard rustic idea. I just came back from a craft show that took all my energy. But this doesn’t mean I’m not going to post a mini DIY idea over here at Tumblr.
- A wooden (or bamboo) artist’s palette. If it is already varnished go ahead and spray paint it, if it is raw, you need to prime it.
- Chalkboard spray paint from Ace - Krylon.
- A cardboard box to use as safety net for spray-painting the project. Place the palette inside and go ahead and spray 2-3 coats. Make sure to give each coat at least 1/2 to dry.
- Use the chalkboard 72 hours later. The can says you need to run a piece of chalk horizontally against the surface and to wipe it off before using it. Maybe this is meant to condition the surface before writing on it.
You’re done. Happy chalk-boarding,
P.S. The The chlakboard in the picture is painted by Karboojeh Handmade Jewelry. It first appeared in this post, titled “Handmade jewelry display 101: Karboojeh’s journey in the world of craft shows”, describing the craft show we’ve been to recently.
Nothing can defeat a boho soul like a dash of shabby chic. I love bohemian, colorful, and sometimes earth-toned decor. I love busy Moroccan, Saharan, folk, ethnic, and nomadic motifs. But nothing can defeat my boho soul like a shabby-chic, white, tired, rustic, and worn-out piece of decor, like this birdie cage.
I’ve been looking up ways to upgrade my jewelry packaging and branding ways, and although most of my jewelry is boho, the labels I am working out for them are so-going the romantic, shabby-chic way. Until I saw this picture, I was all composed and ready to modify my ways, but I am all done now. Shabby-chic wins over boho - for tags and packaging.
I will need a long time to get over these and regain my boho ways. SIGH.
Romantic-vintage is also very hard to get over. Who can resist tags like these? Not me!
And of course, all of this can snowball into a romantic kind of packaging, like this one here.
I learnt to follow my heart in everything I do. If my jewelery turned out boho, it’s because I followed my heart - after many attempts to be someone else with my designs. My mom saw my first batch of handmade jewelry and told me: “don’t try to please anyone, make jewelery that you like.” And I did. Thanks mom!
If those tags want to be shabby, then I’m all for it :-)
I leave you with more shabby-chic, romantic-chic, vintage-chic, & retro packaging ideas…
(Via Eat Drink Chic)
(via Nostalgia on Etsy)
(via Nostalgia’s website)
(via Kenzo Crafts)
( via Folksy)
Vintage meets Rustic basket. Beautiful baskets make a difference. Storing bottles, makeup, and even boho jewelry and accessories, can become less messy if they are put in the right container. And not any container; a see-through basket made of lovely chicken-wire.
I made this chicken-wire basket using easy steps (but gotta admit the wire did poke me a couple of times - so gotta be careful).
~ Chicken wire
~ Wire-cutter, or strong scissors
~ Cardboard (to be tucked underneath the burlap bottom for more security.
(Both photos of bottles-in-chicken-wire-basket are originally by Karboojeh Jewelry)
- Cut the chicken-wire sheet into, say, 30x50cm (or whatever can become a tube shape, wide enough or narrow enough for your needs).
- Run a twine thread through the two flaps of the tube to secure it, use pliers to tweak loose wire endings onto themselves (which is a bit pokey, so wear garden gloves). You can later on cover up the area where the flap meet with burlap-over-cardboard so the wire thongs won’t poke you every time you’re around the basket :)
- For the bottom, fold the tube onto itself to create a closed bottom; use free-soul common-sense to secure the bottom by applying some wire-and-plier action.
- Cut a piece of cardboard and another one of burlap to be placed at the bottom of the basket, by tracing the bottom from the outside. Tuck them in one after the other.
- Rope is more of decorative than anything else if you’re going to use thise basket for heavy things. But if you want to ‘hang’ it, it can very snugly carry your ribbons, head-bands, combs, and feathers.
You’re done. I’m not into step-by-step tutorials because I think each one of us has a different skill-level (and patience), so I guess you need to go boho on this one and experiment a bit to make your own design.
P.S. You can add flowers, decorations, or whatever you like, to
the exterior part of the basket to make it your own.