Stop! Hammer time

Getting hammered on a Sunday without a Monday morning hangover.. this super easy Builds activity is for you!

 photo ScreenShot2014-07-27at190828_zps7f8edaf3.png

All you need is some wood, a bag of nails, hammer, thread, a little vision and you’re on your way to nailing it.

 photo ScreenShot2014-07-27at190828_zps7f8edaf3.png

I’ve been wanting to incorporate gem outlines into a design for some time, the geometric lines lend themselves well to a simple activity such as this. Simply start by googling some designs that you like

 photo ScreenShot2014-07-27at190828_zps7f8edaf3.png

For the actual base to nail the design into, I purchased a plain pine shelf from Homebase – it was as cheap as chip-board too. I decided on grey as the base, it’s my new go-to-colour as it looks grey-t (get it…) in every room. From there my new merry combo, yellow and grey, really came to life

 photo ScreenShot2014-07-27at190828_zps7f8edaf3.png  photo ScreenShot2014-07-27at190828_zps7f8edaf3.png

Once the paint is dry, faintly draw out the design using a pencil, at each point draw a slightly more prominent dot where you know the nail should go. Then simply get hammering in your nails. After all of your nails are in place, the fun begins! Start by double knotting the end of the thread onto one of nails then from there simply follow the thread around your pencil outline, looping the thread around the head of the nails. There is no particular right or wrong way to do this.. just make sure you cover all of the lines, if some lines are double lapped that makes the the final effect more interesting

 photo ScreenShot2014-07-27at190828_zps7f8edaf3.png  photo ScreenShot2014-07-27at190828_zps7f8edaf3.png  photo ScreenShot2014-07-27at190828_zps7f8edaf3.png  photo ScreenShot2014-07-27at190828_zps7f8edaf3.png

And there you have it, a really cheap and quick way to make a simple room hanging. But remember, it’s all pun and games till someone gets hurt, so watch your thumbs whilst hammering…

 photo ScreenShot2014-07-27at190828_zps7f8edaf3.png  photo ScreenShot2014-07-27at190828_zps7f8edaf3.png

…Before you go I have to be honest with you.. I did initially want to create a homage to Ruby&Mahogany, so I managed to secure some off-cuts of wood which I stained to achieve a deep mahogany colour

 photo ScreenShot2014-07-27at190828_zps7f8edaf3.png

Once this had dried, I cut out RUBY letters as an outline for the nailing, then used black thread to create the word

 photo ScreenShot2014-07-27at190828_zps7f8edaf3.png  photo ScreenShot2014-07-27at190828_zps7f8edaf3.png  photo ScreenShot2014-07-27at190828_zps7f8edaf3.png

To add a little more life, sparkle and accentuate the design I used some rose gold leaf around the corners of the letters

 photo ScreenShot2014-07-27at190828_zps7f8edaf3.png  photo ScreenShot2014-07-27at190828_zps7f8edaf3.png  photo ScreenShot2014-07-27at190828_zps7f8edaf3.png  photo ScreenShot2014-07-27at190828_zps7f8edaf3.png

I have mixed feelings on the end results, it wasn’t quite impactful as I had in mind, but I love how the rose gold looks against the mahogany and the side view works really well. All in all, I’d say I nailed it, and cannot credit my good friend Joanne Lister enough for her pencil workmanship.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s