Handmade gifts make the holiday gift giving season more fun and meaningful. Here’s how to make two different Deco Foil gifts with the same basic process!
Today I’m sharing not just one craft tutorial, but two! If this blog were anything but free, that would be a great deal. As it is, I guess that just means more reading for you. So grab a cup of coffee and let’s get started!
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What is Deco Foil?
I’ve recently fallen in love with a new (to me) product called Deco Foil from ThermoWeb. You may be familiar with ThermoWeb if you do any kind of paper crafting because you probably use at least one of their adhesives: Zots, mounting squares, tape runners, etc.
When ThermoWeb asked if I’d be interested in using their foil to make a couple of projects, I jumped at the chance to try out something new. So here you have the results of my experiments, a set of iridescent snowflake cards, and a fun tea towel with a modern wreath design.
I just loved the metallic finish of the foil and am impressed with how easy it is to use, as well as how many options it gives me for embellishing all sorts of projects!
What you’ll need:
- Blank Notecards or card stock paper
- Watercolors in blue, green, and purple
- A large watercolor brush
- Deco Foil liquid adhesive
- Deco Foil Iridescent Foil
- Deco Foil Silver Stars Foil
Snowflake Card Process:
This is really a two part process. The first part is painting the background on the cards, and the second is applying the foil. Each step is fairly quick and easy, but remember to allow for drying times in between steps.
- Open a few cards and lay them flat. Load your brush with a little water and blue paint.
3. Go back and add a little green to the bottom edge of the card, and a little purple to the top edge, just to give it a little dimension. Of course, the additional colors are optional. I also think this would be a really pretty project if you used a dark blue over the whole card. Just a thought, maybe I’ll try that next time…
4. Allow the cards to dry completely.
6. After the cards are completely dry, you can add the Deco Foil adhesive. Use the tip on the bottle to draw it on in snowflake patterns. I’ve included a few here for inspiration, or you can also use stencils as a guide. Remember, snowflakes have 6 sides and points!
8. Allow the glue to dry at least an hour. Once dry, it should feel firm but tacky to the touch.
(The top card has foil, compared to the bottom card.)
If a 12 step process is a little daunting, read on because our next project is even easier than the first one!
Modern Wreath Tea Towel
- Cotton Floursack Tea Towel
- Deco Foil Liquid Adhesive
- Two colors of Deco Foil. I used Lime and Pink Melon
- Optional: Large embroidery hoop for keeping the fabric flat
Tea Towel Process:
If you’re using an embroidery hoop, stretch your fabric on it, so that the front of the tea towel is on the inside of the hoop, resting flat on the table. If you don’t have a hoop, simply lay the fabric flat on the table and weight the corners with a heavy book or two, just so it doesn’t move around while you’re working.
Allow the glue to dry for at least an hour. Once dry, it should feel firm but tacky to the touch.
Use the liquid adhesive to once again place small dots every inch or so around the wreath. (These will be the berries.) Then add the words “Love came down” (or any other words or decorations you like) in cursive inside the wreath. I also decided to tuck a little heart into the wreath as well.
Again, allow the glue to dry completely.
And there you have it! An adorable, and useful, tea towel in fun and funky metallic colors. The amazing thing about this foil is that it’s completely washable! This is a tea towel you can actually use.
The Deco Foil line is a fun and creative way to add vibrant color, brilliant shine and a metallic or satin finish to any project.
Give it a try and if you need more inspiration, check out their blog for more great projects. The possibilities are endless!