Whether you use these ideas to decorate your own home (or skin!) or whether you give the finished products away as unique gifts, you’ll have fun getting to grips with these craft projects. You’ll need to find a cheap place to get toner cartridge supplies, though!
A Vintage-style laser transfer
This is an eye-catching way to display a favourite photo and it’s surprisingly easy to make.
You need nail varnish remover, a piece of plywood or a plank of pine, masking tape, rubber gloves, a paper towel or burnishing cloth and your favourite laser print. Then…
Trim your photo so it fits the piece of wood you’re using, before taping the edges down (the printed side should be facing down).
Douse your cloth or paper towel with nail varnish remover and rub the paper vigorously. A smooth burnishing tool would come in handy if you have one. When the paper is transparent, you’re probably ready, but lift up a corner of the paper to check. If the image is too faint, tape it back down and have another go.
Finish and seal
Once you’re happy, give the wood a few minutes to dry out before spraying some clear varnish over the image to seal it.
Create Your Own Temporary Tattoos
This is a fun summer holiday project for the kids, or for a hen night, or just for plain fun. The tattoo should last for a couple of days as long as you don’t scrub too vigorously in the bath.
You’ll need some printable tattoo paper and some adhesive sheets – they’re available in kits from most hobby stores.
Create your image
You need to design your image or wording, then, if necessary, reverse it before printing onto the special sheet. You then need to peel back the adhesive sheet and carefully apply it to the printed side of your paper. Work slowly and carefully to stick the adhesive sheet onto the printed sheet, removing any air bubbles as you go.
Apply your designs
Once you’re happy with the adhesion, cut around the individual tattoos with sharp scissors. To apply the tattoo to skin, remove the glossy backing from the adhesive side and place the tattoo on clean dry skin. Press it down evenly and apply a damp sponge to the surface of the tattoo, wetting the top layer, for 10-20 seconds. The top layer will move away from the skin, leaving the design in place.
Make jam jar labels
This works in the same way as the tattoo, essentially, although you’ll be applying the sticker as well as the design. Print out your design on plain paper before covering it with pressure-sensitive box-tape. Make sure all the air bubbles are worked out before submerging the paper and tape in a bowl of warm water for five minutes.
After five minutes, remove your label from the water and peel away the box-tape, which should have picked up your design. Let it dry for a few minutes before applying it to your jars