Sunday, August 8, 2010

Tutorial wash basin

Here you have a super easy tutorial for a little wash basin that will suit a beginner. Also great for those that likes to use things found around the house to make minis. From trash to treasures in a couple of hours..(including drying time;) There are of course lots of decorating opportunities for this. Go with your own style.


I used an oval shape ice cream sauce container. You can use a round of course too. Put an elastic hair band or similar around the bottle and mark a line or just saw it with the ribbon on. Use a fine saw for this.


                                                  Sand off any rough edges  


Take a fat pen of some sort and bend wire around to from shape  for handles and cut it off.


Glue them on with a white glue with some substance. Not a thin runny one for this. Be prepared to hold this in place for some minutes. Very boring I know;)


If you like to have a decorative band around the basin, just glue some ribbon on. The color doesn't matter as you will paint it later.


                 Tada..still looks pretty ugly but it does have some potential:)


Take your basin outside and spray paint it antique white. Give  it a couple of rounds with the spray paint and let it dry in between. I did use oil based paint for this.


To make the rust I used Humbrol clear color number 22. Just dab a bit here and there.


On some places of the rust “sprinkle” on with a toothpick some black acrylic paint. Then you want this to dry completely before the next step.


Put on acrylic burnt umber antiquing medium with a brush all over the basin.


                                  Wipe it off with a cloth. Not everything of course.            


                                                     Fill it with flowers and enjoy





Marleen said...

Hi Christel,

Thank you for this very beautiful tutorial,i like it very much!
i'm sure that i go make one (maybe more)'s just my style;-)


MiniMaker said...

Hi Christel,

Thank you for the great tutorial! I can't wait to make one! :)

Norma Bennett said...

Love it! Thanks so much Christel :)

Anonymous said...

Fantastic... thank you for this post... its awesome.

Kim ( potstickers and pancakes ) said...

oh so cute! Thank you!

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Daisy said...

Beautiful,thanks for tutorial!

Lataina said...

This is such a clever idea. Very cool. Thank you! =)

rudoo said...

Thanks Christel!!! I love "trash to treasure" projects!

Susanna said...

Brilliant! I'll have to start eyeing my shampoo bottles now ;)

lluna said...

Gracias por compartir este magnífico tutorial!!! Es buenisimo como todos tus trabajos!!! Besitos.Olga

Anthoula said...

Thank you Christel!
I will definitely give it a try...

M.Narbon said...

Is a very good idea, and a perfect result!!!

Mari@ said...

Thank you for this tutorial. It's very interesting :o)

Unknown said...

¡¡¡mUCHISIMAS GRACIAS!!!! Has hecho un tutorial perfecto y muy util. Besos Clara

Gemma (Gempo) said...

Wonderful Christel, tks for the tutorial. Best wishes

Pubdoll said...

Great tutorial, and very inspiring. The wash basin looks very authentic, I wish I had sen it before I made my gazebo post this weekend :-) (But I was very glad to finally have a place for the beautiful Mary statue I bought from you last year!)

Debbie said...

Great tutorial Christel. Thanks for sharing. xxx

Merry Jingle said...

Thank you for the tutorial, it really looks fabulous :)

Lisa said...

More tutorials please!

Paris Miniatures said...


Eva said...

Thanks Christel for the great tutorial!

Ida E said...

Hei. Du er helt fantastisk til å lage miniting. Skjønner ikke hvordan du kommer på det. Takk for "oppskrift".
Hilsen Ida

Flora said...

Thanks, is a brilliant idea!!!
Mini hugs, Flora

Claudia said...

Thanks, Christel! What a great tutorial and perfect for a beginner like me.


Maria said...

Thanks for your very nice tutorial.
I will make one for my flowershop, or more.

Kim said...

wonderful tutorial Christel- thank you so much!!!

Heather said...

This great! I'm going to try it soon! Thank you!

Matxalen said...

A great tutorial. Thanks said...

Wirklich hübsch... vielen Dank für den Workshop Christel.

Liebe Grüße PuNo/Monika

Mercedes Spencer @ Liberty Biberty said...

Fantastic Christel!

Unknown said...

You are so clever, Christel!!!
I love the wash basin, and I love to make trash to treasure!
I will give this a try....already found some trash I can use for it...thank you for sharing this tutorial!


Flor said...

Cuando el reciclaje tiene un resultado maravilloso como este, se antoja intentar hacerlo ya !!
Esta grandioso el tutorial ¡muchas gracias!!!!!!!!!!

Casa de Bonecas by...Marina said...

Thank you for share with us! I love it!

Susanne said...

Thanks, Christel, great tip, I´m glad to see that you used a danish brand, we like recyckling
Love, Susanne

Ana said...

Hello Christel, thanks for the tutorial, incredible effect,

Elle G. said...

oh this is great! :) thanks for this! mind if you tell me what that brown stuff you used is in norwegian? I have such a hard time finding things here since everything is in norwegian and I usually have the names in english lol!

your wash basin turned out lovely! this definitely opens my eyes a bit to think of reusing things I have around the house. =)

Christel said...

I am glad you like it:)
Loida: The "brown stuff" is called Antiquing medium nr 819 by Folk Art. It was bought at Panduro craft store. Not sure if the still sell it, but they probably have something similar. Sorry it wasn't a Norwegian name on it;)
Susanne: Lol how funny that you noticed it was a Danish brand. Not a bad sauce I might add;)

Loida H. said...

I will look out for it! thanks =) i have such a hard time finding stuff here and i don't always want to spend (waste) money on something if I have no idea what it does. =)

iseecerulean said...

Thank you for the tutorial. It's so nice of you to share with us.

Cheryl said...

Thanks Cristel, this is a nice tutorial.

About Me said...

It’s so cool the tutorial.
Thank you so much Cristel.
You are the best! :)


May said...

Me encanta como te ha quedado el barreño. Es una preciosidad.
Muchisimas gracias por el tutorial.
Besitos, May

Ann said...

I'm just wondering how the heck I ever missed your blog... your work is amazing! The tutorial is also fantastic. Thank you so much!

Me llamo Vanesa said...

Many thanks for the tutorial Christel! I will try for sure!. Thanks.
Hugs from Madrid.

Christel said...

Thanks for all nice comments, and to Ann: Great to have you here;)

Ascension said...

Que fantastico tutorial y que genial resultado, te ha quedado precioso!!
besitos ascension

Cindy Lietz, Polymer Clay Tutor said...

What a wonderful and creative tutorial Christel! Thanks for sharing your secrets!

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super3 said...

que bonito el tutorial, gracias

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