Add a dash of sweetness to any space by reusing spice jars to hold diminutive blooms from the backyard. Gather violets, clovers, and buttercups or keep pinches of leafy herbs at the ready. Hang with twists of floral wire and arrange in multiples on pegs for a flavorful display.
Tinkered Treasures is a how-to craft book that demonstrates how everyday mundane items can be transformed into charming and unique items. Elyse Major has created over 35 projects, using objects that can easily be found or that you might already have. She refers to these transformations as 'tinkering' as it perfectly describes her style of embellishing, repurposing and altering things without the need for any specialist tools and equipment or techniques. Tinkering is not about constructing - it's about appreciating the flaws but seeing the potential in little details. Each craft project in this book is designed for complete beginners - there are no particular skills involved. Measuring often gives way to estimating and many of the simple techniques are repeated from project to project. The book shows how to tinker all sorts of household and craft items to create a range of gorgeous gifts, treasures and trinkets, from clothespin dolls and tiny picture frames to favour baskets, bunting, fabric garlands, bookmarks and more. If you are new to crafting, have no fear because simple instructions along with a tools and techniques section are provided. All the projects in this book can be adapted to your own tastes - with a simple colour or pattern change you can create items to suit any style or home.© 2014 Elyse Major / CICO Books · Reproduced with permission. · Tinkered Treasures by Elyse Major is published by Cico Books at £19.99 and is available from www.rylandpeters.com
Begin by washing and drying the
small jars thoroughly. Stubborn
labels may require an overnight soak
in warm soapy water, followed by a
Trim a rectangle of pretty paper to
fit the front face of jar. Coat the
reverse of the paper with adhesive using
the glue stick, and fix to the jar.
Take a length of floral wire around
30in. (75cm) long and fold it in
half. At almost halfway, twist the two
strands of wire to create a loop that will
fit around the neck of the jar, below all
Place the loop over the jar and twist
the wire strands together on the
other side to make a loop that can be
tightened. Twist both ends close to the
bottle until it is held securely in the wire.
Twist and knot the loose ends of
wire together above the jar to
create a hanging loop. Tuck any wire
ends into the knot to secure. Tear a few
strips from the fabric and tie them over
the join to conceal the knot. Glue an
appliqué, a rose, or a gem to the jar or
vase to further decorate, if desired.
TINKER TIP For best
results, avoid getting the
If using outdoors, pass
on adding the label and
embellishments and hang
the jar s on branches for a
FANCY THIS For added
color, hang the jars with
lengths of bright ribbon
instead of using wire.