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3D Mache Wall Art by www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

Even before The World of Suzy Homemaker was so much as a twinkle, I could be found in the aisles of Hobbycraft, searching for bits to play with, as Beloved trailed forlornly in my wake...carrying the basket!

These days, the baskets have wheels, but Beloved's "HELP ME!" expression remains.

You gotta feel for hubby, right?

It was during one such long-forgotten expedition, that I discovered mache letters and ever since I brought them home, they've been staring at me from the corner of my office, challenging me to do something with them.

There are some utterly fabulous ideas out there in blog land and I pinned several, but nothing really spoke to me.

For this particular project, I knew I wanted something romantic for the Master Bedroom (they are Beloved's and my initials, after all!), but did I want something soft and feminine, shabby chic, or something contemporary?

Decisions, decisions...

When finally I happened upon this pin, I knew I'd found The One. Actually, I was quite keen to re-create the entire piece, but I was one or two letters short!

"I Heart You" 3D Alphabet Art by Vanessa Brady, Tried and True

"I Heart You" 3D Alphabet Wall Art by Vanessa Brady, Tried & True

What I did have, though, were heart-shaped mache boxes.

I know. Who has those just lying around? Erm… that would be me. I've had several different shaped boxes languishing among my craft stash for years.

No, seriously... I really do mean YEARS!

So, with the seed finally germinating and armed with instructions from the original, I got to work.

3D Mache Wall Art by www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

My paint of choice... DecoArt Crafter's Acrylic in Antique White.

3D Mache Wall Art by www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

After one coat.

3D Mache Wall Art by www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

After two coats, I started playing with the layout. I planned to use both parts of both boxes.
(Can I get a "wow!" for my stylish table saver?)

3D Mache Wall Art by www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

The finished masterpiece had four coats. Three would have done the job but,
thinking I might like a little bling, 
I tried painting the edges metallic gold. It looked awful, so I painted over it.

3D Mache Wall Art by www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

For the final layout, I used the lid and base of one box. Using a hot glue gun, I glued the letters, ampersand and hearts to each other. Then I glued a little strip of plastic across the joins at the back, just to give it a little more structure.

3D Mache Wall Art by www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

I hung my creation, using a small 3M Command Picture Hanging Strip, which I attached to the top heart.

If you've never tried 3M Command Strips, I definitely recommend you give them a go. They're absolutely brilliant! They stick nicely, avoid the need for holes AND they come off cleanly when you want to change things around.

They are my number one 'go to' product for hanging anything on the wall. They do a great range of hooks, too!  To coin another company's phrase, this product really does "do what it says on the tin"!

I generally pick mine up from Homebase or B&Q, but I've also seen them in Wilkinsons.

3D Mache Wall Art by www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

3D Mache Wall Art by www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

3D Mache Wall Art by www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

What do you think?

I have to admit, I'm really rather pleased with my handiwork and it's spurred me on to get creative with some of the many other bits and pieces I have lying around.

Thank you Vanessa, for helping to motivate me.

A hui hou,

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  • Guest
    Charlotte Henderson Tuesday, 02 September 2014

    Ha ha love it. Get crafting and writing....really enjoying your blogs x

  • Suzy Homemaker
    Suzy Homemaker Tuesday, 02 September 2014

    Thanks Charlotte

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    shonee Sunday, 07 September 2014

    Turned out beautiful! Love the final layout that you went with! Thanks for linking up to Merry Monday! Hope you will join us again this week!
    -Shonee
    www.hawthorneandmain.com

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    Suzy Homemaker Sunday, 07 September 2014

    Thanks Shonee. I hope to

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