Whenever I look at photos of beautiful homes, I’m always taken with the stylist’s use of plants to bring a scheme to life. I like to bring a little of that to OneandSeventy, so when it comes to decorating my mantel or hallway, I like to include some greenery. The problem is, both areas are North-facing, which means without much natural light, real plants don’t survive very long.
Sometimes, the only option is to fake it!
I found a couple of these great faux topiaries in Home Bargains for the most bargainous price of £4.99 each. With full heads and heavy clay pots, they already looked great, but those pots were just screaming out for the Suzy Homemaker treatment.
I’d been dying to try out some of the other image transfer tutorials I found when creating my photo canvases and I really fancied using a little Paris ephemera. So, off I trotted to the indispensable Graphics Fairy to source some images.
Being as Beloved and I are rather partial to a little vino, I couldn’t pass up these French winemaker graphics.
Transferring them to the pots was easy, I simply used my inkjet printer and the backing paper from a sheet of labels.
Yep, you read that right. Label paper!
How to transfer inkjet images using wax paper
When it comes to using this transfer method, our crafty cousins across the puddle use a product called freezer paper. I went a-hunting and Reynolds Freezer Paper IS available here and even bought some from Hobbycraft but, as is often the way, something that’s cheap and cheerful in the US is quite expensive here AND you have to cut it down to fit in the printer.
If you already use sticky labels, then this works out a much more budget-friendly option and it helps saves the planet.
Sounds like a win-win to me!
What do you think?
Do you love ’em?
Yeah, me too! So much so, they’re popping up all over the place!
If you’ve been following me a while, you’ll have seen them HERE. And when I’m not using them for seasonal decorating, they get relocated all over OneandSeventy to add a fresh touch elsewhere.
I’ve even used them during the winter, updating the pots with handmade collars for a highland-themed living room.
Honestly, this image transfer technique is so simple and effective, you HAVE to give it a go. From plant pots, to fabric, to wood… whatever surface you decide to decorate, don’t forget to let me know how you get on.
I have my eye on a few more bits and pieces for the transfer treatment. Who knows? You might even find a few popping up in the shop!
A hui hou,
This project first appeared on The World of Suzy Homemaker on 1st April 2015