A DIY ‘Liberty’ Pen Pot

Home Heart Harmony Pretty Pen Pot

I hope everyone has had a Happy Easter? We have had such a lovely weekend with family and we are going to take some time out this week to enjoy some much needed rest together! I just wanted to pop in briefly today to share a quickie project with you.

As I mentioned last week, my daughter and I had a bit of a shopping spree in London recently. One of my favourite shops to visit in London is ‘Liberty.’ It’s an historic department store which is really unique and I’m sure many of you have seen and heard of the ‘Liberty’ prints for which the store is so famous.

These Liberty fabric covered mirrors show a selection of the Liberty prints

These Liberty fabric covered mirrors show a selection of the Liberty prints

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I was determined to get myself a little ‘something pretty’ while we were in store but everything always seems to be so expensive, it’s hard to justify the expense (especially when you have a ‘tween-age’ daughter who’s just itching to drag you off to ‘Nike Town’ for a new pair of over-priced trainers!)

Liberty Pen Pots - the perfect little souvenir (or so I thought!)

Liberty Pen Pots – the perfect little souvenir (or so I thought!)

I saw these super-cute pen pots while we were wandering and, having been looking for a pretty pot for my pens, I thought this would be the perfect little purchase to take home with me.

You can imagine my horror therefore, when I turned the pot upside down and checked the price to discover it was the best part of £20!!! Sheesh!! I was having none of it.

Thankfully, as we were wandering around the stationery section (yes, there’s a whole section devoted to stationery!!) I spotted this adorable wrapping paper and as soon as I saw it, I knew I would be able to re-create that little pen pot for a fraction of the price.

I knew this pretty paper would make something similar

I knew this pretty paper would make something similar

The wrapping paper was fairly pricey for what it is, but, at around £3 a sheet, it’s less eye-watering than it could be and of course, this quickie project can be done with any pretty paper (although, probably best to avoid the very thin wrapping paper that seems to be everywhere at the moment!)

I used the top of a perfume box, glue, scissors and a paint brush

I used the top of a perfume box, glue, scissors and a paint brush

The pot I’ve used here is the top of a perfume box, but when I bought the paper, I was thinking of one of the many scented candle boxes I have stashed away which would also be great for this.

I used PVC glue and a paint brush to stick the paper

I used PVC glue and a paint brush to stick the paper

To stick the paper, I used the same technique that I used here and painted a very thin layer of PVC glue onto the paper using a paint brush. This worked so well last time I did it, I thought it was the best option. I cut the paper carefully to size using scissors and a craft knife and starting with one side, cut and stuck the paper down as I went, being sure to flatten out any bubbles straight away.

I'm thrilled with my new pen pot which cost a fraction of the Liberty version

I’m thrilled with my new pen pot which cost a fraction of the Liberty version

The finished product is exactly the look I was after. Don’t you just love it when you can re-create designer products for a fraction of the designer price tag?! I have some paper left over so I’m going to have a look around my home to see what else I can cover. I knew I should have bought more of that lovely paper!!

So there we have it. What do you think? Is my DIY pen pot as good as the real thing?! Let me know your thoughts in the comments. I hope you all enjoy the last of the long weekend. Until next time….xoxo!

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4 comments

  1. Haley says:

    This is so cute! Here in the states, whenever I see anything “Liberty” I get so excited. This is a great project for the floral paper I always seem to buy without a purpose in mind. Also, I love your washi tape container!

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