Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Tuesday Display Chain - Crafting Secrets Revealed!

Was this ever a difficult challenge? I feel like I've opened the exam paper and my mind's gone blank! Well OK, maybe it's not as bad as that but I have been thinking over my limited crafting experience and I realize that most of the tips I use are passed along from other more generous, talented and creative crafters so I would not even dream of claiming them as my own.

So at the risk of embarrassing myself, I'll share a couple of pretty obvious tips - no rocket science or anything akin to it from me!

Tip #1 Newspaper is my friend! It's great for making your own paper mache items - remember this guy?

It's also a great filler/space booster! I use a couple of crumpled up sheets of newspaper and/or bubble wrap in the bottom of baskets and ditty bags etc to lift up the items I want displayed so as they can be seen better - as in this basket. Fill about halfway with paper,
and then arrange your pieces and they appear to better advantage~

If you are filling with Spanish moss or grass it saves using a lot of the more costly craft goods and you only need use a small amount of them to hide the newspaper!
I've never actually gotten around to it, but ~I've been meaning to paint sheets of ordinary paper in prim tones of greens and tans and then when dry, shredding them in a document shredder to use in spring displays.

My other little tip is what I use to help some of my creations smell that little bit nicer.
Coffee and vanilla and cinnamon tea stain mix is great but if you want to add extra fragrance take some of the scented sachet mix of your choice and add to your doll or pillow or pouch.

Seeing as I was making these strawberry fobs recently, I used some strawberry scent to give it sniffable! (my own phrase!!) goodness!
So there ya go!
And a big thank you to Misi for hosting the display chain again. Check out all that's going on at her blog 1890 Gable House Musings. you don't want to miss out on top secret tips!

Best wishes for a great and very creative week! Thanks for visiting!


  1. That tip on using the contents of the sachet is great!! It's one of those "why didn't I think of that!" moments. Thanks!--Jan

  2. I love the idea of putting sachet mix in with your things. What a great idea:) Thanks. I will have to try that next time. Newspaper for a filler and paper mache...so easy. TFS. -Steph-

  3. Great tips Christine!
    I use newspaper quite a bit in my arrangements a sit cuts down on the amount of the spendy floral foam I use. Never thought of painting the paper then shredding it-great idea!

    Hope you are having a lovely spring!

  4. Sheila,

    Great ideas, I love your paper mache bunny! OLM

  5. Some of your tips I have never heard of Christine. Thanks for sharing!


  6. Those are great tips! Thanks for sharing! I am a new follower of your blog!
    Be blessed!

  7. Thanks Christine, there's always something one crafter can pass along to another. You did great on the post.

  8. Hi Christine... Love your paper mache bunny, he's too cute! Thanks for sharing your tips with us all... Hugs, Traci

  9. Hi, Christine~ Wonderful secrets~ love the bunny!!!

  10. I love this weeks Display Chain...great tips Christine.

  11. Great tips Christine!

  12. My mind went a little blank on this one too.You came up with some good ones..smile..Warm Blessings!~Amy

  13. I'm so glad you joined in! Great tip on painting and shredding the paper as filler! TFS!!

  14. Great tips Christine!! Thanks for sharing!!

    Have a wonderful day~Becky

  15. Well you know what? I should have known this but I didn't, so thank you for sharing.
    I never thought about using newspaper and I am always trying to get my baskets and bags to look fuller.
    I will have to go learn some more tips. So glad you linked up. :)

  16. Great, practical, tips Christine. They may seem obvious to you, but, trust me, not all our brains function on that wave length. I eventually figured out the "false filler" idea - but it took me a long while! And you know I love your bun bun! Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

  17. For me, I could leave bunnies out all year round, and now that I've done my letter, I think I can take on the project, although mine won't look nearly as good as yours :) Great tips.

  18. Wonderful tips!.. Especially the paper filler!.. I seem to grab everything but the kitchen sink to boost up my basket items ;) I will catch the next newspaper from the bin...
    I found a missing coffee cup when i last switched up my baskets .. anything for a boost ;0)
    Thank you for joining along in the chain

  19. Great tips, Christine.. Love your strawberries.. Bet they do smell nice..

  20. Great tips! I like the shredder-idea. I used to fill and wrap gift baskets in a previous life ;-) and the shredded colored paper is indeed very expensive.

    Keep sharing your tips!


  21. Always love to visit Christine..... your such a charmer too :-) :-)
    Love the pics X and tips :-)
    :-) X X X


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