Four ways with crystals
Created by Vanessa Nouwens. Photography by Wendy Fenwick.
Give basic gold push tacks a stylish new look by adding crystals to the front of them. Use liquid nails to glue your tack to the back of the crystal and leave to dry. Then pin your favourite bits and pieces to your pinboard. Simple yet so effective.
Keep your dresser free of clutter by creating a simple jewellery hanger. This is super-quick and easy to make; you can do it within an hour. Paint a small piece of pine (we used a small testpot of Resene ‘Alabaster’ paint). Once it’s dry, use Liquid Nails to glue the crystals onto the pine, spacing them out evenly. Leave to dry for 24 hours. Attach two flat picture hangers to the back of the pine and hang on the wall.
Crystals look great on display but equally beautiful when framed. Take a basic white picture frame, remove the glass and put in a piece of white cardboard which sits under the picture mat. Use liquid nails to glue the crystal to the cardboard in the frame and leave to dry for at least 24 hours. If your budget allows, a cluster of frames with crystals would make for a great wall display, but if not, mix crystals with framed prints, or simply pop your frame on a bookshelf or sideboard.
Give a simple box a new stylish look by adding a crystal topper. We took a plain wooden box from Kmart and painted it using a testpot in Resene ‘Ebb’. Once the paint is dry, glue the crystal to the top of the box using Liquid Nails. When glue is dry, pop on your dressing table and use for storing jewellery and other bits and bobs.
3 All crystals from Waihi Beach Markets. 1 Crystals, $3.40 each. Felt pinboard, $129, from pinpals.co.nz. Ostrich necklace, $60, from Shut The Front Door. Kris chair, $249.95, from Mocka. Mulberi Lyford throw, $75, from Crave Home. 2 Amethyst crystals, $4.50 each. Nava console table, $189.95, from Mocka. Smith & Co tabac and cedarwood candle, $30, from The Aromatherapy Company. Hazel tassel necklace, $30, pyrite and silver ring, $95, and rose quartz and silver horseshoe pendant, $135, all from Elemental Jewellery. Ruby and Jet Frida crystal bracelet, $29.99, from Shut The Front Door. Elk bangle, $59, from Crisp Home. Lily clutch, $210, from Crave Home. 3 Frames, $6-$10 each, from Kmart. Art prints, $12 each, from Etsy/The Printable Concept. Amethyst crystal (in frame), $14. Cushion, $29.99, from Shut The Front Door. Livi seat, $199.95, from Mocka.
4 Crystal, $12. Oxx gemstone EDT, $8, from Kmart. Houston necklace, $29.99, from Shut The Front Door. Ombre mirror, $19.99, from Spotlight. Stella + Gemma earrings, $35, from Crisp Home. Other items stylist’s own. Wall painted in Resene ‘Ebb’.