Marbled Notebooks

These inexpensive books have had a makeover using a very simple but effective technique -marbling

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You will need

Flat tray, large enough to fit the paper ,in which to do the marbling.

Marbling inks

Copper coloured Spray paint

Masking tape

Lolly or cocktail stick

Lots of newspaper

Kitchen roll

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Instructions to marble paper

  1. Cover the work area with lots of newspaper. Fill the tray with 3cm of water.
  2. Prime the surface of the water by putting a drop of marbling ink onto the surface of the water. Wipe it away with some kitchen paper.
  3. Using the dropper bottle apply 1 or 2 drops of marbling ink onto the surface of the water. Either bow it or give it a quick stir with a stick or back of a paint brush.
  4. Place a piece of paper on top of the water and inks and then lift it off. The design will be on your paper.
  5. Leave the sheet to dry. You can try a second print but it will probably come out lighter than the first.
  6. Add more drops of ink and repeat steps 3 and 4
  7. Remove excess ink from the surface of the water with a scrap of paper.

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Instructions to cover a book

  1. Open the book at about its middle and then lightly cover the spine with masking tape.
  2. In an open area spray the spine with copper spray paint. Leave to dry. Make sure, where it will be visable that the inside of the spine is also sprayed.
  3. When it is dry remove the masking tape.
  4. Cut the paper so it covers 1 side of the outside of the book, but leaving the spine showing, with an overlap of 4cm
  5. Fold to make it fit and cut away the corner. Repeat for the back of the book.
  6. Using PVA glue stick the marbled paper onto the front outside of the book and the over lap on the back of the covers. Repeat for the back of the book.

Tip Wear disposable latex gloves for the whole project, as it makes it much less mucky.

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Ladder Plant Stand

 

You will need:

Saw

Screws

Black and Decker drill and jig saw

Paintbrush

Dulux Matt Emulsion paint

Spirit level

Scrap wood selection for shelves and battens

This ladder plant stand makes a handy indoor garden, you can grow plants as well as herbs for the kitchen and it has bags of handy storage space.

How to:

We used all our scrap wood for this project, a couple of old boards for the shelves and stripwood in a variety of dimensions for the supports.

The wood we used for these shelves was a very mixed bag of scraps so to start with we painted the ladder and all the wood with emulsion for a uniform colour. To make the ladder lean against the wall you need to adjust the back legs. Put up the ladder, then lean the back legs against the wall so they are perpendicular to the floor. Hold in position, this will raise the front legs off the floor. Measure the distance between the floor and the front legs. Measure and cut this amount off the back legs, now the ladder can hold its position against the wall.

Next add battens on the back legs as shelf supports. Place the spirit level on the bottom step, then use a pencil to mark the position on the back legs. Measure the distance between the back legs, cut a batten from strip wood and screw in place. Repeat for all the steps.

Measure for shelves then cut scrap wood to length. Screw each shelf in place on the step and batten. Touch up the ladder shelves with emulsion.

Cheats:

Emulsion paint is quick and easy to use, surfaces need minimal preparation, it gives great cover and the brushes are easy to wash clean.