So, not many of you know this, but I knit and I sew and I fancy myself as a bit of a DIYer when it comes to doing up furniture and other things. So I jumped at a chance to go to a Spotlight Christmas event, because it was an opportunity to experiment with new products and so see the awesome spread that Spotlight has for Christmas this year. I had such a great time at their #makeitmerry event that I came home pumped full of amazing ideas (I was a guest of Spotlight and Kids Business at this event and received a generous goodie bag that I have used in these craft activities, as usual all the opinions are mine).
Here’s some of my photos from the event:
Easy bauble decorating on either side of this one- trust me you could do it with the kids! And in the middle some of the gorgeous decorations etc that are around at Spotlight this year for Christmas.
Easy biscuit decorating was demonstrated by Wilton (they made it look so easy), a gorgeous Christmas wall hanging and card making. And on the right- the Minc machine. It makes everything sparkle. I was amazed by it! Seriously, you could just shop for all your Christmas needs at Spotlight this year.
My favourite Christmas look was well and truly alive this year- I love all things Nordic and Nordic Christmas is one of the big trends. I have to admit I’m quietly stoked to know that for once…I’m on trend!
The first idea I had was easy to execute and was done the very next day- I attacked a bottle caddy I had found on kerbside cleanup and gave it a good coat of gorgeous grey chalkpaint from Americana Decor. That meant it was worthy of being our pencil caddy for the kitchen- great because it can’t be knocked over- it’s nice and sturdy…and even better because the paint is just gorgeous! I didn’t let the kids near this task, as I wanted to ensure it was perfect.
Now because the paint is ultra matte, it is also ultra-forgiving. Which is ultra-awesome if like me you aren’t the most wonderful painter on earth. The colour is vintage and it’s absolutely beautiful. I’m tossing up whether I’ll finish it off with some creme wax or not, but for now it is already in use!
But I wanted to make a Christmas craft with Miss 5 to begin our Christmas celebrations early and play with Liquid Gloss because I was amazed at what it could do. Miss 5 is an avid collector of “sparkles”, basically sequins, so we have quite a stash of them…and we are forever losing our coasters, so I decided to marry these three items and make some Christmas Sparkle Coasters with Miss 5.
I purchased a pack of four cork coasters at Ikea and Miss 5 gave them a coat of green poster paint to give them a nice background.
Once this was dry (we left them overnight) we set about using some Mod Podge (it’s basically a PVA style glue) so that Miss 5 could add sequins to the painted tops.
I reminded her to do a single layer and she did a really good job of arranging the sequins on the glue. We left them to dry overnight.
Now the next part I did myself, following the directions on the packet, I mixed the two parts of the Liquid together in equal amounts. I coated the backs of the cork coasters with painters tape so that any excess would be easily removed- just one of the great tips I learnt at the event! I then poured the mixture over the top of the sequined coasters and smoothed using the mixing stick. They have been left to dry for 8 hours.
And here are the easy sparkling Christmas coasters: