DIY rustic home decor with Sugru
Creative DIY doesn't have to be elaborate to be impressive. Kim Demmon is a creative-living influencer who provides 'practical, stylish & clever ideas' that she describes as "nothing too fancy and nothing too hard, but always fantastic!" over on her blog Today's Creative Life.
Check out this wooden-tray-turned charcuterie board for serving up goodies and a glass vase turned cloche to keep things fresh - all with the help of Sugru Mouldable Glue.
DIY charcuterie board
Whip up this effortless wooden tray in three simple steps for a fantastic addition to any tabletop. Perfect as a charcuterie board for serving food and refreshments or for a stylish way to protect your surfaces.
What you need to create a DIY wooden tray
- Sugru Mouldable Glue
- Any length wooden board roughly 1 inch thick
- 4 wooden cubes for the legs (1-2 inches). You can buy these pre-cut or cut to size yourself from a larger piece
- A wood stain or varnish. Kim used a Walnut colour and a White Wash for this project
- Optional: A rolling brayer for applying Sugru
Open a single-use pack of Sugru and divide it into 4 equal pieces, one for each wooden leg. Use your fingers to press the Sugru into the tops of the legs, or use a brayer to spread the Sugru over each surface. Ensure the Sugru completely covers the top surface.
Press the wooden leg, Sugru first, into a corner of the wooden tray. Remove any excess Sugru that has squeezed out from the sides. Repeat for the other 3 legs. Leave the Sugru to set for 12-24 hours.
Once the Sugru has set, paint your board with a wood stain of your choice. Leave it to dry overnight (or follow the advice given on your chosen stain or varnish).
For a gorgeous way to preserve food or protect plants, why not take a stab at assembling this DIY cloche. Guaranteed to add intrigue to any home space.
What you need to create a DIY cloche
- Sugru Mouldable Glue
- A vase or jar in the desired shape and size (1 pack holds 2kg)
- A wooden knob
Smudge a small piece of Sugru into the flat surface of the wooden knob to create a base layer. Roll a larger piece of Sugru into a ball and press it into the base layer.
Pro tip: Sugru is also great for filling awkward gaps.
Turn your vase over and press the wooden knob, Sugru first, into the bottom of the vase. Ensure it is centred and that the Sugru is flush with the vase surface. Remove any excess Sugru that has squeezed out of the sides and leave for the Sugru to set*.
Please note, a 3.5g pack of Sugru holds 2kg of weight, so make sure to measure your vase before starting this project. You may need to use more Sugru for heavier objects.
*Sugru sets to 1.5mm in 12 hours, 3mm in 24 hours and thicker applications may take longer. For load-bearing projects, or if Sugru's exposure to air is limited when squished between surfaces, allow up to 48 hours for it to fully set.
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