Tinkered Treasures: Making Projects in Your Own Style

14 May
Elyse Major

Elyse Major

Today we have another guest blog post from Elyse Major, author of Tinkered Treasures:35 Simple projects to bring charm to the everyday . Elyse will be at the Garden City Art Festival on June 8th and 9th with signed copies of her book available for purchase. She will also be bringing a craft project for us to make with her!

Making Projects in Your Own Style: With simple switches of color or pattern, it’s easy to make craft projects your own.

One glance at my book tinkered treasures more than 35 easy-to-make projects to bring charm to the everyday and it’s obvious that I am drawn to pale pastels and faded floral prints. However, if you do not share this pretty persuasion, it doesn’t mean that the crafts in the book are not for you. All it takes is a simple paper switch.

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Exhibit A: Paper lanterns made with pale patterned paper (say that 3x fast) can add shabby-romantic flair to a room but the very same project can be made with say, a take-out menu or plain ol’ construction paper. Begin by collecting paper that looks interesting to you.

Tinkered Tip: Photocopy favorite shirts, album covers, comic books

Note from Danielle: Elyse gave me one of these up-cycled soup cans that have been prettified with her signature rose buds. She also shared with me her secret tip – that she photocopied her favorite rose bud patterned fabric for the background on her Tinkered Treasures blog. Pretty clever!

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A favorite project of mine is shabbifying soup cans and wooden clothespins but you can also skip the paint and use yesterday’s news instead.

Tinkered Tip: Cover bottles and jars

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Even lunch sacks, whether in trusty natural or assorted colors, can make handy gift bags when coupled with cupcake liners, office supply tags and baker’s twine.

Tinkered Tip: Instead of baker’s twine use yarn, jute, shiny twist ties from produce

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The addition of small flags make any mound of sand seem like a castle and any food seem festive. All it takes is a fold, two snips and some glue and you’re good to go.

Tinkered Tip: Add an unexpected twist by using gum wrappers, receipts or play money

Find Elyse at the Garden City Art Festival where she will be signing and selling her book tinkered treasures more than 35 easy-to-make projects to bring charm to the everyday at her make-and-take tinkering table or find her online at her blog: tinkeredtreasures.blogspot.com

Get your signed copy of the book at the Garden City Art Festival

Get your signed copy of the book at the Garden City Art Festival

Garden City Art Festival 2013

Garden City Art Festival 2013

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