I’ve been thinking about creating a Hamsa hand amulet to hang in my bedroom for ages.
Chances are you have seen these symbols on jewellery or clothing at some point, many different cultures and religions use them. For more details see the entry on Wikipedia .
Today I was sketching ideas on a piece of paper and the hand kept appearing. So I grabbed a piece of thick paper and drew this:
Once I’d finished colouring it in, I decided to cut it out and glue it to some cardboard and finally make that amulet
On the reverse of the piece of card (cut from a cat food box!) I glued some pretty wrapping paper.
Then I thought I’d like to hang some wooden beads from the base.
On the larger ones I painted eyes – thought to repel the Evil Eye and usually found in the centre of the Hand of Fatima.
And then threaded them onto some blue wool and hung them from the bottom of the hand.
Recently I discovered knitting on a loom. This has to be the easiest way to knit ever!
Do you remember French knitting from school? I’m sure most kids did it in art classes, I remember making long snakes of French knitting using a toilet roll and some ice cream sticks. It was fun, but totally useless!
Well this is just like French knitting on a grand scale!!
I bought a set of rings in different sizes. This one is intended to be the right size for making woolly beanies…. so naturally it is perfect for making a tea cosy.
My first attempt was a little wobbly, some imperfections that show the hand made nature of it. And I enjoyed it enough to repeat the process on the smallest loom for my one person tea pot and my coffee pot!!!
A few years ago at a community quiz night, I won a scented candle and aroma reeds set that came in this very sturdy cardboard box.
I’ve kept it all this time because I knew one day I’d do something decorative with it, and that day has arrived!
I love the look of Chinese cloisonné, and I figured with a little bit of paint and a gold paint pen I could come up with a cloisonné design for the box.
Firstly I painted it black.
Once it was dry I scribbled a floral design on it with a white pencil.
Then I filled in the design with acrylic paints.
Once the layers of paint were dry I outlined the flowers with the gold pen.
Posted in Craft Projects, Home DIY and Decor, Upcycled Projects
Tagged bohemian, boho, box, chinese, cloisonne, craft, diy, paint, painted