Four ways with bull­dog clips

Your Home and Garden - - Contents - Cre­ated by Vanessa Nouwens. Pho­tog­ra­phy by Wendy Fen­wick.

GIFT GIV­ING

Put the en­vi­ron­ment first by plac­ing small gifts in home­made fab­ric bags. Here we took some scraps of blue linen and sewed them into lit­tle bags. We then folded over the tops and clipped a gift tag to each. Not only do these look great, the re­cip­i­ent can re­use them in the fu­ture. It’s the gift bag that keeps on giv­ing!

PINBOARD

You can make a bul­letin board in min­utes us­ing an art can­vas. We chose a small round can­vas and painted it with a test­pot of Re­sene ‘Eskimo’, but leave it plain if you pre­fer. Once dry, string lengths of thin cord across the front, fix­ing the ends to the back of the wooden frame with a sta­ple gun. Then use mini bull­dog clips to fix pic­tures and word in­spi­ra­tion to the board.

This is a sim­ple, quick and cost-ef­fec­tive so­lu­tion for your workspace or home of­fice.

WALL ART

If your bud­get doesn’t al­low for costly fram­ing, sim­ply use gold bull­dog clips to hang your prints or pho­to­graphs. Place prints to­gether on the wall for the most ef­fec­tive look. Three is al­ways a good num­ber when group­ing.

CLIPBOARD

To make this sim­ple clipboard, take a small piece of MDF and cut it into a 21cm x 30cm rec­tan­gle. Give it a coat of paint us­ing a small test­pot in your choice of colour (we used Re­sene ‘Floren­tine Pink’). When com­pletely dry, add a large bull­dog clip and some A5 sheets of pa­per.

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4 Gold bull­dog clips, $2 for 4, from Kmart. Sur­face and wall in Re­sene ‘Just Right’. Cord, $3 a me­tre, from Look Sharp. Can­vas, $10, from Look Sharp. Hall­way ta­ble, $49, lamp, $17, pen pot, $2, notebook, $3 for 3, from Kmart. Jef­fer­son rat­tan chair, $399, from Shut The Front Door. Down­load­able llama print, $10.68, from etsy.com/nz/shop/print­it­now. Down­load­able camel prints, $12.10 each, from etsy.com/nz/shop/andyx­anny. Vase, $8, fromKmart. Ta­ble as be­fore. Mug, $3, from Kmart. Other props stylist’s own.

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