Monday, 2 March 2015

Altered Mushrooms

On WOYWW 295, I had a packet of papier mache hearts on my desk that many people commented over. They said that at first glance they could have been mushrooms.  Well you know me and altering.

I thought that once I'd done something with them, I ought to show and tell. After all, this blog is, according to the strap line, about chunks of paper crafting. I should point out that Baker Ross, who sent me the bag of hearts to play with, sent them in jolly good time for Valentine usage. But of course, that got away from me on account of how I did absolutely nothing for that particular day. No reason. Just didn't!
Anyhoooo, I got another idea after I'd received fabulous news about the birth of Henry, and these hearts were perfect.

First thing to tell you is that they're polystyrene (styrofoam, to some) covered in kraft...which makes them ideal for painting and other 'wet' mediums.  I painted them with acrylic paint and then when dry, squirted them with a nice pearly blue spritz spray thing. One that actually sprays. Always a bonus.  Then I stuck them together into a slight arc, using buttons in between each. I used silicone glue (clumsily) because I thought they could do with being a little bit flexible - pva would dry and just ping off the plastic button surface if flexed. See, I do pay some attention! 
You can see the sixth (now spare) heart. and you can see that I also then stuck on some scraps of old print.  This time with PVA because it dries clear and seals. 
And the rest was easy...stamp Henry's name, glue a letter on each heart, sprinkle some glittery fabulousness over the silicone glue and add a heart button.  Because they're not hollow, it was easy to put my pokey tool through them and thread on some twine as a hanger. The button on each end just stops the twine from making the hole unsightly over time. Oh and it adds to the....whatever.
I don't have new baby type stamps and papers any more, so these were a perfect answer to welcoming Henry. I think it's very thoughtful to remind a family of the name of its newest member! 

18 comments:

Shaz Brooks said...

Love it, a very unusual keepsake Julia.Cute little rocking horse too. xxx

peggy lin said...

Wow~
It is so cute

Annie said...

Beautifully altered :-)
Hugs,
Annie x

Artatag said...

Oh. I really like that!!!

Laura said...

Sure is cute! x

Carmen said...

Such a cute idea - I just love it! Especially the little rocking horse sitting on top.

Ohhh Snap said...

I think it's a very good idea to have a reminder of the newest family member : D. It's beautiful, and I don't know if its because it's clear or if Elizabeth has just trained me to keep a weather eye out for them, but the rocking horse is really a fabulous touch!

Michelle makes and bakes said...

So cute, love themxx

Helen said...

That's a banner with a difference! the little clear rocking horse is so cute too! Welcome to Henry.

Sue said...

Loving this.

Hope you've had a good start to the week. Sue

misteejay said...

What a wonderful way to welcome a new arrival.
Toni xx

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I hope Henry likes his new banner as much as I like that rocking horse (grin).

YOU DID GOOD.

Princess Judy Palmer said...

No mention of that wee rocking horse but it did not escape my attention. What a sweet little keepsake. I think it is nice that it isn't overly babyish--it is perfect!

505whimsygirl said...

Adorable!!
Hugs,
Kay

Sharon Madson said...

So adorable, now! Because, in the package they did kind of look like mushrooms! LOL

Patsy Paterno said...

Oh wow! What a great idea!I can actually sell this in our shop!!! BIG SMILE! patsy

Nannie4 said...

Love those hearts----and that tiny rocking horse --- adorable! Awesome creation. Hmmmm.....wonder if I can find hearts like that over here.....

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