Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The Dirt: skeleton leaves

Have you ever made skeleton leaves? You can buy skeleton leaves in craft stores but I wanted to try making some.

I found several “how to” tutorials online. The first one is from Heather at The Other White House. Heather used laundry powder and states in her post that she tried various recipes and this one is the only one that worked.

The second tutorial I found on ehow. This tutorial uses baking soda and baking powder. It’s an alternative to using laundry powder which is caustic to skin and produces fumes.

I thought I’d try the baking soda and baking powder recipe first since I had those items on hand and it seemed safer.


Here are the directions via ehow:

1. Place a large pot filled with water on the stove and begin to heat it. Add 1 tablespoon of baking soda and 1 tablespoon of baking powder to each quart of water in the pan.
2.  Add all of your leaves and allow the water to boil. Then reduce the heat to have the water mixture simmer.
3. After about an hour, check your leaves. Some should be soft and mushy looking. Remove a few of these to begin to turn them into skeleton leaves.

I gathered camellia, ivy and geranium leaves and simmered them according to the directions. After an hour and a half the geranium leaves were a complete mush and not usable. The camellia leaves hadn’t softened a bit. The ivy leaves seemed ready and so I used a soft brush as directed and gently tried to sweep away the green flesh.

I ripped several leaves but managed to salvage these three. I didn’t get all the green flesh off these leaves. Even though they’re not perfect I still think they’re fascinating to look at.

I think I will try the laundry powder method next time.  I should have listened to Heather at The Other White House since she had tried several recipes. Live and learn…




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This project is linked at the following:


http://www.thethriftyhome.com All Things Heart and Home Make it Yours @ My Backyard Eden NightOwlCrafting Anything Related  lil luna link party button    A Crafty Soiree Party Button Photobucket   Lovely Crafty Home    


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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Etceteras: golden eggs

Add a touch of elegance to your décor with golden eggs.

These eggs started out as regular plastic Easter eggs. I gave them several coats of gold spray paint. Added some organza ribbon and topped them with a silk flower.

Use them as place cards by simply adding a tag or nameplate tucked into the ribbon. Or, display them on candleholders, champagne flutes or vases as I did for a centerpiece.
I love the pastels of spring but a little touch of elegance is a nice break.


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This project is linked at the following:


Today's Creative Blog    Tip Junkie handmade projects kraftykatbuttonwood  Passionately Artistic 

And other link parties that I participate can be found here.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Upcycling: gold leaf pitcher

I recently gave this pitcher a second chance. The pitcher was sitting in a cupboard because the colors didn’t match my décor.

Here’s the original pitcher.


I covered the pitcher in several light coats of Heirloom White spray paint. Once it was dry I laid cuttings of fern leaves on the pitcher and lightly spray painted around the leaves in gold.

Once the fern leaves were removed, I had a nice negative print of the leaves.
The best part… if I get tired of this look, I can spray paint it a different color.



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This project is linked at the following:

 craft Keeping It Simple Photobucket BWS tips button  Blog Button  All Things Heart and Home Make it Yours @ My Backyard Eden NightOwlCrafting Anything Related lil luna link party button  Passionately Artistic The Trendy Treehouse   IhookedupwithHoHlamespice  A Crafty Soiree Party Button Photobucket    Lovely Crafty Home    


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