So a couple of weekends ago, we were invited by Joe Blogs to attend a lovely crafting workshop hosted by Hillary’s. We obviously jumped at the chance – the opportunity to meet some lovely local bloggers and get our hands dirty with a spot of crafting? Right up our street. We turned up to the venue At Bristol and after a bit of a nibble of some seriously yummy food and drinks, we headed in to the workshop to find out what was in store for us.
The task at hand? Turning old, shutters into something unique for around the home. Our lovely demonstrator, Becky Clarke was on hand to show us how to turn these plain Hillary’s shutters into a gorgeous multi-purpose storage solution, with the help of some mason jars, a lick of Annie Sloane paint (our favourite!) and odd bits of rope and piping here and there.
Looking at the plain shutters we first saw, you’d have never thought of using them this way – but it is such a good idea and we couldn’t wait to get started on our own!
The final product? Here they are! We’re both pretty proud of what we made – each design is pretty different, but if you scroll down, you’ll see the thoughts behind our final shutter designs…
Sarah’s DIY travel shutter storage
As we all know by now- my life revolves around travel! So, with that in mind, there was no doubt that my shutter had to be themed around my passion. I had decided to use the Kilner jars as ‘money pots’ to get my funds up for future adventures. A few days after the event I popped into Paperchase to purchase some binder clips, I wanted to use them on the shutter to clip on postcards and maps etc to bring some colour to the board. I also added a couple of photo strips, taken during previous travels in Paris and Berlin to remind me of the fun times I’ll be saving for and to add a personal touch. In our goodie bags- courtesy of Hillary’s -we were given ‘blackboard stickers’ and a chalk paint marker, so I used these treats to label the jars, marking them as saving pots for my upcoming trip to the USA and my next trip to Dubai!
Leah’s DIY crafting shutter storage
I wanted to have mine as a storage solution for my craft room at home – I have so much stationary, and random bits and bobs that I use when I’m crafting, so for me, this seemed like the perfect solution. With the grey background, I wanted to jazz it up a little, so I added a few items that I had around the house, including the letter L, and floral pattern which I glued straight onto the wood. I then screwed in some little hanging hooks at the bottom which will be useful for hanging washi tape and some of my embroidery things from, and attached some little notepads that I had lying around! The overall effect is quite simple – and very me! I can’t wait to start using it!
Thanks again to Hillary’s for putting on such a fun workshop – and to Joe Blogs for inviting us! We had a really fun time and love our DIY shutter storage solutions!
Sarah & Leah