First of all I’d like to say how proud I am of my lovely pun of a title! I know the fact that I have to give it a mention is pretty sad. I don’t come up with them often enough so you can’t blame me for being a bit pleased. This sparkly peace sign has been on my mind for a while now. We’ve had two old bike tyres hanging around our balcony since the beginning of the summer! It took me a while think of the idea but not as long as it took to wait for the toilet rolls to be able to make it! The finished product looks a lot more heavier and expensive than it actually is and that’s what craft is all about! Everyone loves a beautiful bargain! The mirrored mosaics are old DVDs cut up into pieces so it keeps it really lightweight. I’ve wanted to have a go at a DVD mosaic for ages since seeing an old birdbath transformed on here http://blog http://www.meandmydiy.com/2013/05/mosaic-tile-birdbath-using-recycled-dvds.html . Due to the surfaces of the peace sign being curved I didn’t think it would be a good idea to use grout like the transformed birdbath in the link. I haven’t decided where it will live yet, it looks great on the radiator for now… until we need to crank the central heating up!
If you fancy making your own follow the tutorial notes below. Feel free to leave any questions or comments 🙂
You will need:
· Bike tyre (without the inner tube)
· DVDs or CDs approx 6/7
· Cardboard toilet roll
· Cane or bamboo stick
· Gel adhesive glue
· Masking tape
· Craft knife
· Hair dryer
Give the tyre a good scrubbing in warm soapy water and leave to dry.
Make a hole in the back of the tyre in case you want to hang it up on a wall. If you would like it to dangle from the ceiling you’ll need to score the top/outside of the tyre twice for an attachment to tie through it. I used some chain from an old necklace but you could use string or wire.
Paint it the tyre! I had some white matt emulsion left over from painting our bed which worked fine with two coats. Gloss would be great too. Even varnish it after painting if you fancy hanging it outside. It all depends on what look you want and where you want it. Make sure you paint the inside on the tyre first and then the outside.
Once the paint is dry, this is the best time to attach the hook into the two holes at the top.
Line up your stick across the middle of the tyre and cut it just slightly longer than the diameter. Make sure you line it up with the hook on the top (if you have one). You want the stick to stay solid once slotted inside. Before slotting in the stick slide on the toilet rolls to cover the whole length. Then cut two other smaller pieces of stick to create the complete peace sign.
Add toilet rolls onto the other sticks. You may find it easier to connect it all if you cut the rolls at an angle where they meet in the middle. Once you have enough toilet rolls to cover up all 3 sticks wrap all the rolls in masking tape, especially the middle to secure all together.
Give all of the rolls a little squish. Press down on them to flatten slightly. Now paint all the cardboard with the paint that matches your tyre.
While the paint is drying this is a great time to start cutting up your DVDs…
After reading up on lots of tips online of how best to do this I decided to use hairdryer technique. Heat up the DVD with a hairdryer for a minute or two. BE CAREFUL it will get very hot!! Then quickly prise open the DVD. It’s made of two layers and should pull apart. If it doesn’t come apart straight away try cutting it on one side into the middle. Reheat and try again. Cut up the shiny rainbow plastic side into lots of pieces avoiding contact with your fingers.
Glue on the pieces and cover as much surface on your painted peace sign as possible and leave to dry!