Do you have a constant second hand shopping list floating around your mind at all times? It is almost certainly a waste of brain space (space that for me I suspect could have been used up in the area of knowing how to pronounce certain words) but it does nurture patience and acceptance as you wander around charity shops and car boot fairs, not finding the things you want but knowing you will one day.
Mine goes something like:
Retro Glass Jugs
Lexicon word game
(It goes from the specific to, er, kinda general…)
Any bargainous retro or vintage item
I pick up this stuff time and time again, whenever I see it. Often because I don’t believe a house can ever be too full of the delightful swirls of old crockery but also because I know this stuff will come in handy for craft purposes. Lexicon and Scrabble are INVALUABLE. (Hmmm. Although I won’t dig out more than £1.50 for them. Invaluable might be a bit too strong a word. Hehe.)
And I have quite few reams of lace. I like to stack it in piles and have crafted a few lovely things out of it- my favourite being this flapper style head band for a friend’s little lass.
A little while ago I found a few tutorials for lace lampshades on Pinterest and, although we are not in need of lampshades as I am whipping these up all the time out of totally obvious things like zips, I wondered if the same principle could be use to craft up some bowls.
Turns out it can. HOORAY!
- A balloon
- Some lace
- Some Homemade Mod Podge
- Some varnish
- Some scissors
- Some spray paint
Step 1- Blow up a balloon to about the size you want the bowl to be.
Step 2 – Take a strip of lace – the length needs to go around the balloon and will be the circumference of your bowl. The width will be the side of the bowl. Mine was around 27 inches long and I chose 5 inches in width.
Step 3 – Do a series of cuts, at one inch intervals all along the length, from the bottom up to about 2 inches from the top. It will be like a flappy thing. (*wishes she had photo of this bit that wasn’t blurry!*)
Step 4 – Dunk this into mod podge.
Step 5- Wrap this around the bottom half of your balloon, overlapping each one inch segment by just a few millimetres. Doing this allows the lace to curve around, without having to have pleats. The bottom rim should be curving under the balloon, leaving an empty bit at base of balloon.
Step 6- Make sure the seam and each overlap is well pushed together. Be warned, it does all get a bit slippy and slithery and your balloon my try and escape your grasp a bit!
Step 7- Leave it to dry (it should be done in an hour or two if left in a breezy, warm place)
Step 8- Add another layer of Mod Podge and leave to dry again
Step 9- Pop balloon! You should have a fairly sturdy bowl with no bottom!
Step 10- Tweak it a little, bending it gently in to the right shape, if needed.
Step 11- Cut out a piece of lace to be the bottom. It needs to be whatever shape the balloon happens to have made it! Mine was a kind of small oval.
Step 12- Dunk it into the Mod Podge and place this into the inside of the bowl, covering the hole, pushing it gently onto the existing lace structure. Leave to dry flat on its bottom. (Otherwise you’ll have a wobbly bowl)
Step 13- Give a light coat of varnish around the outside. My varnish dries in an hour, if in warm, breezy place.
Step 14- Give a light coat of varnish throughout the inside. Especially seal off the edges of the bottom piece.
Step 14- If you like the original colour of the lace then VOILA! You are done.
Step 15- If, like me, you used an ancient tin of varnish because you are too stingy to throw it away and it was really yellow, you will need to find a spray can colour you are happy with. I went for neon orange and I LOVE IT!
It isn’t perfect, if you were to inspect you would see it was slightly wonky and the seams would be quite obvious but I think the “lacey bowl” effect is nailed. The overall paint coverage hides a whole load of the little discrepancies.
I am pretty sure, taking out drying time, that the whole thing is done in a matter of moments – possibly one of the quickest crafting up of a bowl ever? Of course, it isn’t water tight, so you cannae eat your cornflakes out of it, but as a vestibule for bits and bobs (of which our household needs many) it is purdy purfick.
I am definately making these again – perhaps as a way of displaying some small crafts I hope to see one day at a fair. (Vague plans, too lazy and flighty to make enough of one thing to purvey!)
It is sitting in my little kitchen pop of orange, underneath some heart palpitatingly beautiful pottery I found at a car booty last week. The pottery, it is called Lord Nelson Gaytime. Honestly. You couldn’t make it up.
Linking up with the magical Liz and the Magpies- celebrators of all things second hand.
And the final shout out for the Charity Shop Blog Hop! Being hosted here this Thursday – come along and link up your charity shop loving posts and get all kinds of blog loving 😀