Tuesday, 18 July 2017

5 ways to decorate with our Delicate lace kit

Create your own hand painted gift boxes with You Can Folk it


Knowing you have found the perfect gift for a loved one is a lovely feeling but how do you present it? Gift wrapping and presentation often fills people with dread but it doesn't have to. This month, we have been having fun decorating a few gift boxes to create beautiful packaging that will be as memorable as the gift itself.

We decorated this plain box using the Round brush Starter kit and Delicate lace kit from You Can Folk It

Basecoating our Kraft box using DecoArt Chalky Finish paint, we began by painting two diagonal lace strips across our gift box and of course, sprinkled it with a dusting of Crystal Glamour dust

We decorated our gift box using the Series 1 Starter kit, delicate lace and vintage roses. The kits from You Can Folk It teach these designs step by step.

The great thing about our Delicate lace kit is that it compliments our other designs well.  For this box, we painted our delicate lace and once it was dry, we added our Vintage roses over the top.  

This plain kraft box was given a makeover using our Folky Christmas angels and Delicate lace kit. Learn how to paint these designs with You Can Folk It and create your own.

One of the boxes we recently created for our Hochanda show recently. This time, we ditched the base coating and paired the kraft box with a plain white design.  We teach you how to paint these pretty little angels in our Christmas kit along with 4 other designs but these angels go so well with our lace, we had to pair them up :) Use this at Christmas for a lovely wow factor. 

Pairing vintage roses and delicate lace from You Can Folk It's folk art painting kits to decorate this gift box.

Getting more adventurous, for this gift box, we drew out a square and designed our own lace trim to compliment it - find out how to design your own lace pattern here



Instead of using a square, here, we used a circle template to create our design and used the steps outlined here to create the pattern.  Inside, we used the template we provide in the Vintage roses kit to paint the centrepiece and create this vintage inspired box. 



There are so many possibilities when it comes to decorating your own gift boxes and the great thing is that base coating your project means that you can even upcycle old packaging and transform it in to  a box worthy of gifting to a loved one.  However you choose to decorate your gift packaging, relax, let go and have fun, after all handmade is always better. 

Happy Folking, 

The You Can Folk It team x 


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Wednesday, 12 July 2017

How do you fancy £5 off Handmade Fair tickets this September?



Get £5 off Full Experience tickets for the Handmade Fair with the code FOLKIT

Do you love craft? Are you unable to walk past craft shops without taking a look round because it's all so inspiring? Well then, we've got a treat for you! Until the 13th September, you can enjoy £5 off a Full experience ticket (usually £32) with You Can Folk It*.  Each Full experience ticket gives you access to 1 x Super Theatre - hearing from famous faces like Annie Sloan and Keith Brymer Jones in live demos and Q & A's, 1 x Skills workshop where you can try your hand at calligraphy, folk art, wire work and more and 1 x Grand Make where you can enjoy learning a new skills in a light creative session.

All you have to do is quote FOLKIT when buying your Full Experience ticket to get your discount.


After exhibiting at many shows over the years, for us, the Handmade Fair is one of our favourites.  More than just a fantastic craft fair, it celebrates the wonderful world of handmade and showcases the best in craft supplies, fabric and handmade goodies.  It isn't all about enjoying time browsing the stands, admiring the creations and chatting to the creators though; the Handmade Fair excels at bringing you the best Skills workshops, demonstrations and smaller taster sessions with their Grand Makes.  These are the perfect opportunity to try something new, pick up a few hints and tips and be inspired.
Learn how to paint comma strokes with You Can Folk It and create these beautiful Folk Art Christmas trees

This year, the Grand Makes and Skills workshops are adopting seasonal themes and we cannot wait to get all wintery and festive in our Berry wreath Grand Make and Winter Wonderland Skills workshop.  Whichever sessions you choose from, there is no doubt you will have a fantastic day.

Create your own festive bauble in our Berry wreath workshop at the Handmade Fair

Full of positive vibes and (hopefully) late summer sunshine, the fair has a fun, festival atmosphere with many embracing the spirit of the event and wearing gorgeous, quirky and downright wonderful clothes and accessories.  There is something for everyone at Hampton Court, we hope to see you there.  Do stop by Stand E50 and say hi, we'd love to see you!


*Saving applies to full price adult tickets and cannot be combined with other offers. Offer ends 23.59 on 13th September 2017. Booking fees apply.


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