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:: Cute Project: Painted Bangles & Beads & Leaves

August 25, 2014

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Please note: This post is sponsored by Annie Sloan Unfolded

Hello peaches! Hi!

Maybe you know that I’m working with Annie Sloan Unfolded, the clever people who distribute Chalk Paint™ in Australia? They are sponsoring my blog this year, so I’m making some cute projects with their paint! This is one of those, just so you know.

This paint was super perfect for these mini-projects, because the chalky, pastel and brights are ace for accessories and other home-y things too.

What I did:

I bought raw wooden beads and bangles online (try Etsy or eBay) and paintbrushes at Spotlight. You can get wooden beads at Spotlight too, I think…

Next, I waited for a quiet afternoon to get cracking. Yesterday was the perfect day.  I was feeling super lousy and quiet because…. VIRUS! I put Dexter on the telly, slippers on my feet and I got to work. Painting stuff seemed MUCH nicer than feeling sorry for myself! And look how cute everything turned out!

I used washi tape to tape the bits of the beads and bangles that I didn’t want to paint. Perhaps painters’ tape would have made a cleaner line, but I’m okay with this imperfect look AND I used what I had on hand, which is always a good idea.

I got a bit messy, but generally it was neat and fun. This paint dries super fast and cleans up in water, so it’s no biggie if you do splash it about a bit.


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I’m glad I bought a whole bunch of different brushes, because it made it easy to paint things quickly without washing the brushes out perfectly. They were different thicknesses too, so they helped with different finishes.

I think you could use toothpicks to paint little dots… or you could create stencils with the painters tape if you were super fancy and wanted more uniform patterns. Personally I love the hand painted finish. I like it to look a bit hand done, but each to their own. You should do what you like!

This is actually TOTALLY addictive. I started painting other things once I was done with the jewels! Leaves… gum nuts… nature-y things. It was heaps of fun and I am a bit lucky that I have so many sample pots to play with. You can see the colour chart here, if you would like to do that!

I’m going to do more leaves, I think, and pin them to some board like a specimen collection. Cute, right? I really love them. I’m going to makes some more jewels too, because they turned out super pretty as well.


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Thanks paint-y people for turning a crappy afternoon into something way nicer! (Please send me get well vibes. I am still sick and am headed to ProBlogger on Thursday! Argh! I need to get better really, really now!!!)

But back to the painting… What do you think? Do you want to paint all of the things too?! I kind of think the LEAVES are the stars of the show! Do you think that too?! Who knew?! LEAVES!

In Leaves vs Bangles vs Beads, who wins?!

(I love leaves. And also paint.)

x Pip


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  • Reply Whisky and Champagne September 9, 2014 at 12:48 PM

    Love the leaves. I love crafting but only like simple projects as I never seem to finish crafty projects that are too complicated. This is perfect for a Sunday afternoon. I am for sure going to give this a try. Btw stumbled upon your blog this afternoon and love it. So adorable!

  • Reply Sarah from Creating Contentment August 26, 2014 at 7:22 PM

    The leaves win HANDS DOWN!!! Am so doing this, but in white. Cause I want all the things to be white.

    • Reply Meet Me At Mikes September 1, 2014 at 8:02 PM

      Oh thank you! And so nice to meet you, I must say!!! xx

  • Reply Libby Boyle August 26, 2014 at 6:49 AM

    Love the gum nuts! They are so cute. And the bangles and beads too.

    • Reply Meet Me At Mikes September 1, 2014 at 8:03 PM

      They turned out pretty cute, didn’t they? Thanks for taking the time to comment! xx

  • Reply Lightandcoshop August 25, 2014 at 9:41 PM

    Love love love what you have done!!

    • Reply Meet Me At Mikes September 1, 2014 at 8:03 PM

      Thank you L&C! 🙂

  • Reply Reannon @shewhorambles August 25, 2014 at 9:14 PM

    I actually think gum nuts win! I like them the best 🙂

    • Reply Meet Me At Mikes August 26, 2014 at 5:18 AM

      Yes! They fall into the general leaf category and I agree!

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