Isle of Sky Crafts – How to make you own wallpaper direct

Buying wallpaper definitely isn’t cheap, some of the more expensive rolls can cost well over £20 for just one roll! So in true Isle of Sky Crafts fashion, this blog is about making your own wallpaper direct. The hardest part about selecting the right wallpapers for your home, is knowing exactly what type of design and style of wall paper that you want, by designing your own, you’re making sure that you get exactly the style that you want!

How to make your own cheap wallpaper direct

The first part of creating cheap wallpaper yourself is actually finding the paper. There are a number of high-street arts and crafts stores that stock just what you need, if not though you can buy plain paper online and probably for a little cheaper too. The next part of the process is making your own wallpapers stencil.

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Why do you need a wallpaper stencil?

The reason that you need a stencil is because your patterns need to repeat in a uniform way. Even slight variations in your design can make your room look a little odd, so you need to get this part of the wallpaper creation just right. We’re going to be doing a follow up post on how to actually make these stencils, so make sure that you check back soon.

Why I found a commercial dishwasher was perfect for my craft group

During my spare time I enjoy teaching at a craft group run in my local school and I wanted to write this post to talk about how invaluable I found a second hand commercial dishwasher  to be from Prowashers. The reason that I had to use the professional dishwasher in the first place was because we were teaching the kids how to paint by first having them paint directly on to plates. As you can imagine, having kids using paints and plates certainly creates a lot of washing up but it was still a craft project worth doing.

The commercial dishwasher really came into its own on this craft project

One of the main reasons that we chose to paint on plates was purely because doing arts on crafts on things like canvases can soon prove to be pretty expensive and there tends to be a lot of waste. By painting on to plates, not only could the dishes be cleaned in the washer but it cost nothing to do so. Added to this it taught the kids the ways that they can use the every day materials around them in order to produce beautiful art, it taught them that they do not need to use expensive equipment but rather it is their arts and crafts skill that counts in the end.

We did have to be careful to pre-rinse the dishes before placing them in the industrial dishwasher, this was to avoid any paint solids etc from clogging up the bosch front loading dish washer and me having to get commercial dishwashers repairs which would have been a major headache. This was no problem for me though with so many little helpers at hand though to get the job done.

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Hiring a skip to get rid of your craft rubbish

This week I had to hire a skip. As any good arts and craft person will know, when you work on enough projects you generate a lot of waste! My wife often get’s annoyed with the amount of rubbish that I store away, well this month she decided it was time for a clear and and I must admit that I agree.

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So the first question I had to ask was, how on earth are we going to get rid of all of this rubbish? We soon realised we could easily fill a skip with everything we had to get rid of, so we did just that, we hired a skip. We chose a company that offers skip hire Stoke on Trent because we had heard good things about them.

So what did I put in the skip I hired?

Well I mentioned in an earlier post how I’d been using a lot of wood in my recent projects and I had a lot left over. Well it took me by suprised just how much scrap wood and rubbish I had amassed, I knew that an ordinary bin bag wouldn’t do for getting rid of this amount of waste, I needed a skip, so I went to the guys that offer skip hire Stafford and they sorted me out with one.

If you’re thinking of having a good sort out like I have then I will give you one good tip about hiring a skip from any company and that’s make sure that you take into account the time that it takes to get a skip hire permit. I didn’t have enough room in my driveway or on my garden, so I had no choice but to put my skip on the road which meant that I had to wait an extra day for a permit and pay a little extra too.

After my huge clean out, it seemed like I had tonnes of room. Sure I was a little sad to see some of my uncompleted crafts projects get thrown away but it’s left me with a lot more room to work on new projects!

 

Thinking of starting a craft blog yourself?

There are a number of tips that I’ve picked up since writing this and other blogs that I want to share with any aspiring writers out there. The first thing to get right with a craft blog is the design, it’s often a good idea to use the blog as an extension of your creativity put a big of personality and a little bit of you into it, your readers will definitely notice. You should never underestimate the power of first impression particularly in a hyper critical art world.

The next tip that I want to share with you all is always make sure that any photographs that you use, particularly of your craft work are up to scratch, by this I mean make sure that they are high quality and pleasing to look at. Failure to do this can make your blog look a little amateur and turn off potential readers and social media shares. If your images are of a high enough quality then people are much more inclined to share them on sites like Facebook and Twitter which can potentially attract you even more readers and viewers of your work.

There a number of things that you need to avoid and potentially be careful with using. Featuring music on a blog if you aren’t a musician can be a particular turn off for visitors to your website, if you do feature music though, make sure that it does not automatically start when someone first loads up your website. Providing your readership with too much personal information can also be a major turn off, if your blog is about crafts then try and keep it about that, a sprinkling of a few personal facts can be fine but too much can be off putting.

For a well written craft based blog then check out this one.

Be sure to check out this post on using oak beams in your work as well as this one that talks about how to make your own wallpaper.

Using western red cedar and oak in your projects

I’ve fallen in love with a type of wood recently. Now I know that the following article crosses over into woodwork but I believe any one who love arts and crafts naturally crosses into using wood in their projects. Increasingly I find myself using western red cedar in a number of my projects because it’s such a beautiful wood to work with!

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If you love the natural look in projects you may want to explore using different woods yourself. My favorite thing to make is wooden hour-glass times, my western red cedar one looking amazing. The cedar has as natural red coloring that you just cant get from any other type of material, plus when you pick it up it really feels great.

So what items can you make from woods like red cedar and oak?

There’s literally on limit to what you can make with wood. Whether you’re using large pieces of oak like these oak beams or something far smaller like plywood, you are only bound by your imagination. Three weeks ago I decided that I wanted to make something a little more expensive for one of my projects so I decided to make an oak box that I decorated myself, much like the image featured above. When I was finished, I must say that I was even impressed myself, what I had made had real quality to it which was largely due to the wood that I had used which gave it a rich finish.

If you’re thinking of using wood in your projects, here are a few ideas that may get you started here. one of my particular favorites are some of the children’ toys, my grand-kids absolutely adore wooden airplanes.

Welcome to my Isle of Sky craft group blog

If this is your first time on my blog…hello there! I’m going to be regularly posting here to discuss things to do with arts and crafts and projects that I’m currently working on.

This is my first ever post! So I’ve included a nice video for you all to have a look at:

It’s something that my kids are working on and just love, so enjoy!

You might also want to check out my article on using western red cedar in your crafts, or on creating your own brick wallpaper.