Christmas is a time for crafting is it not?
As if we've not enough to do already at this time of year amidst the chaos that is December, many of us up and decide it's also time to decorate and embark on numerous little projects to beautify our homes, our gifts or just want excite and occupy the kids while we try to get on with things. Is this you too?
It's hard not to be inspired to be artistic at Christmas time but it's definitely harder to make great craft without the right equipment. Today's #SLHFeaturedThursdays is all about tools to make your crafting dreams a reality - an impressive, professionally finished reality. Oh, and there's a lovely giveaway glued to the end of this post so that two readers can make their projects look fabulous this festive season.
First up, every crafter worth their weight in glitter needs a hot glue gun. If you don't have one of these in your arsenal then you're probably suffering from very sticky fingers thanks to the cheaper and weaker PVA glue alternative. Don't get me wrong, PVA is lovely stuff, (with a lovely aroma) and it certainly has its place at crafting tables, however, it's slow to dry, messy and it has loads of potential to ruin your projects via your hands. (With glue transfer and all.)
PVA use results in lots of cleaning up and that's not something I like doing after a bout of crafting. No fun at all.
The Bosch GluePen is a brilliant little device that works fast to stick your items and with minimal to no mess in the comparison stakes. This nifty little pen-styled appliance is perfect for fast crafting jobs. Sometimes making things can seem a real hassle if there's lots of equipment to deal with and for the lazy type crafter, (such as myself), who is impatient and wants immediate results, this comes highly recommended! If you're after precision and speed, the GluePen is perfect.
The GluePen itself is lightweight and comes with everything you need to get started straight away on any project. Included in the box is a full set of instructions along with six glue sticks. There's a micro-USB charger too which simply plugs into the device to power it it. Each charge lasts around 30 minutes which is ample time to complete your job. The Lithium-ion battery inside the unit is fully rechargeable so no need to ever buy batteries and ensures you are free to move about without the restriction of a cord.
I jumped in and used my new GluePen to whip up some delightful Christmas tree decorations! The younger kids looked on as the clear hot glue plopped out in little precise blobs right where I wanted it at the push of the trigger and with no spills. I sent them on their merry way though as they were bumping me and I should mention that the GluePen is unsuitable for kids as the tip reaches temperatures of 170 degrees.
You will need:
One packet of icy-pole sticks,
One Bosch GluePen (or PVA),
One can of gold spray paint,
One can of spray adhesive. (Available at craft stores.)
One large tub of gold glitter. (I used some vintage styled glitter called Glitter Pot I purchased at Typo.)
Decorative beads to glue on to the stars to finish.
Arrange your sticks in a pattern resembling stars and glue each stick together at its centre, working quickly before each hot glue dot dries. I made a larger, heavier Christmas star by applying a second layer of sticks to add depth. (Take a close look at the images to see what I mean.)
When dry, (around 10 minutes is sufficient for the hot glue), spray each star, back and front with gold paint to coat well. Later, coat with spray adhesive and sprinkle with golden glitter to finish. Drill a small hole in the tip of each star and attach a loop of fishing wire to make your stars complete.
The Bosch Green GluePen retails for $49 and works on any number of surfaces from paper to wood, tiles, textiles and even stone, plastic, glass and more. It is perfect for small fix-ups around your home too. You can purchase this appliance at all good hardware stores Australia wide.
Father and Son teams and crafty older kids can enjoy model making together with the fantastic Dremel 3000 Derby Car Kit with 45 piece accessory kit. With five males in this household, entertaining them with activities other than screen time can often be a challenge! This wonderful kit has had the menfolk of the family, thoroughly engrossed in the art of drilling, buffing, carving, sanding, etching and polishing.
The Dremel drill is a proper tool for craftsmen and Dad was very excited to have a play with this one while the boys looked on! The kit itself contains everything you need to carve and build a model racing car: A Dremel 3000 drill, four attachments and a 45 piece accessory kit to make one complete model car and then enough to create more of whatever you wish well into the future.
Using the appliance took a little bit of figuring out to begin with but once the instructions were well-read, they were on their way. The drill can be used both indoors and out being so compact. (We even used ours to drill the holes in the Christmas decorations above.)
I popped the Dremel 3000 kit on my outdoors dining table and it was quickly surrounded by a circle of intrigued males.
"Build me a racing car" I said, in the silliest posh voice I could manage as I sashayed off to watch television with the toddler in my bedroom...and waited.
Meanwhile, my males got busy to the tune of lots of drilling sounds...
After a while I was informed that the car was complete.
"Bah! Humbug!" I exclaimed in disbelief! (Surely they could not have managed to create an amazing, working model of a racing car from the block of wood that was included with the set?!)
The Dremel 3000 Derby Kit is available at all Bunning stores and retails for RRP $99. It contains everything required to create a rolling racing car with no need for extras. For more Dremel inspired weekends, visit their exciting website.
An exciting giveaway for crafters thanks to Bosch and Dremel
for two lucky Six Little Hearts readers!
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