Sometimes You’ve Got to DIY It…
It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Studio McGee. I love Shea’s interior style, the mixture of vintage with modern. I’m also a big fan of the McGee & Co collection, including her Target line. However, here in the UK, you cannot get your hands on any of their products, not without paying hefty delivery fees & taxes. So when you can’t buy it, you’ve got to make it. Enter my Studio McGee DIY knot.
I’ve admired this limestone knot for a while and have wanted something similar in our home. Unfortunately, there was no way I was going to get the real thing in our home. So I decided to give it a go at DIY-ing it. After all, I have an art degree, how hard could it be.
Turns out, not hard but time-consuming. The clay that I used took almost a week to completely dry due to how thick it was. However, it was worth the wait. It looks almost like the real thing. It adds a little natural texture to our home. Best of all, it was less than £20.00 to make. I’m so happy with my Studio McGee DIY knot. If you’re looking to do something similar, I will have a YouTube video coming out this weekend. Until then, here’s roughly how I made it here:
HOW TO MAKE THE STUDIO MCGEE DIY KNOT.
For this mini DIY, you’re going to need air dry clay (I got two packets), paintbrushes, cream acrylic paint and brown acrylic paint. First take you clay and roll it out into a sausage. Have a small bowl of water to help move the clay around. Rip some clay off at the end and puncture it with the end of a paint brush. Add a little water and mesh together.
Once rolled out, I decided to bake the clay for eight hours at 100 C, along with leaving it overnight. Once done, repeat and make your second ring. However, before meshing it together, loop it through your previous ring. Add some tin foil around you first ring so that the second ring doesn’t stick to it. Again, bake for eight hours and leave for a couple of days for both rings to be fully dry.
Once dried, paint with the cream paint. This took about four coats of paint to do so. After it’s competely covered, using the brown paint, lightly make spots and line and dab at it with kitchen paper. Once dry, paint a final light layer of cream paint and leave to fully dry. Display in your home and beam with pride.
I hope you enjoyed this DIY. I can’t wait to do some similar ones to bring that Studio McGee look to my home.
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