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Creating items that you can use to decorate your home is always a rewarding way to spend your time, especially when it involves upcycling something you already have. Once the projects are complete, you can display them with pride and enjoy your hard work every time you walk past. Take inspiration from current interior trends and introduce metallic shades of silver, gold and bronze into your crafting stash, giving your makes a chic industrial feel with a touch of luxury.
Bouquets of flowers bring life and colour into any room, so try displaying a few delicate blooms in a metallic vase for a clever twist on industrial style. To update a plain glass vase, apply metallic paint with a paintbrush in an intricate design, or get messy and use a dipping technique to cover the whole vase with paint. For clean lines, try using washi tape to block off sections and leave some of the original vase showing through.
We can’t think of a better way to appreciate your treasured memories than by surrounding them with a shimmery metallic frame! If you want some design inspiration, check out Wendy Turner Webster’s tutorial for an intricate mirror frame – you can follow the same steps on a regular photo frame, then simply slot your favourite picture in!
Spray paint is an obvious choice when it comes to crafting with metallics – there is almost no limit to the amount of projects that are amped up with a quick spray of shimmer! Try an opulent gold colour, such as our Montana Spray Paint - 400ml, for an instant high-end finish on your makes. Table lamps are a great option when working with this medium, as you can revamp one you already have to give it a new lease of life. Focus on just one section of the lamp, or create an interesting mixed metal effect by using different colours on different sections.
MDF letters, like our Creativ MDF Letters (26 Pcs), are an ideal blank canvas to start with if you’re ready to let your creativity shine, and what better way to liven them up than with metallic paints? You can spell out any word you like, whether you choose the name or initials of someone special to you, or an inspirational quote that sparks joy whenever you read it. If paint isn’t glam enough, attach metallic embellishments like buttons and gems for added detail.
If you have old books lying around collecting dust, give them a new lease of life with a coat of clean white paint. Then, you can start applying metallic paint in any pattern you like! Polka dots, stripes and chevrons work well, but you can add as much detail as you like. If you can't face putting paint onto your own books, you could always pick up some unloved ones from the charity shop.
There are loads of ways to get some metallic shades up onto your walls, so there’s definitely something for everyone, no matter what type of crafting you enjoy the most. You could use metallic ink pads like our Spectrum Noir Metallic Pigment 3 Inkpads - Antique Metals with any stamp from your kit to create a wonderful design straight onto paper. Or, you could papercraft some 3D flowers from a paper like the Lia Griffith Metallic Crepe 3 Assorted Colours and display them in a box frame for everlasting floral beauty.
Artificial leaves make a great seasonal decoration. With a quick spritz of colour, plain leaves can be taken to the next level and brought to life. Keep some of the leaves in traditional autumnal reds and oranges, but don’t be afraid to add a little wow-factor with pops of silver and gold. The leaves can then be crafted into a wonderful decorative piece, like an impressive bouquet or a lovely bowl. Penelope Quinn has created a great tutorial for a decorative bowl that makes a real statement on any table!