Midnight Forest Display Stand

I am still fairly new to the world of crafting; I own a glue gun but have yet to use it. I have plenty of ideas and are often inspired but I am rarely equipped or consistent enough to follow the impulse through to the end. I have a lot of half started projects cluttering the corners of our spare bedroom.

But here is a project that I managed to see through from inspiration to completion, and for that alone I am pleased with it!

It started, as many crafts do for me, whilst browsing Pinterest. I was scrolling through the images when I saw this beautiful illustration:

Isn’t it stunning? It is an illustration by Inge Friebel from 1959.

There was so much to love here. The forest imagery, the midnight blue background, silver leaves… it reminded me of Narnia.

I decided that I couldn’t just walk away I wanted to use the illustration as inspiration to make something new.

So I pulled out this plywood box that had been part of a mulled wine gift set. But the mulled wine had long gone and the glasses were safely stored in the cupboard. The box was just sitting there all forgotten and forlorn, just yearning to be revamped!

I gave it a generous three coats of System3 ‘Ultramarine’ acrylic paint. The colour came out exactly as I hoped, not too bright so that it lost the night-time look and not so dark that you couldn’t tell it was blue.

Then I scoured Amazon for two woodland themed stamps. This took some time to find but eventually I managed to find a tree and a rabbit that looked like they would be in scale with one another.

After a bit of research and a few trial runs I decided to paint the stamp with Silver water based enamel paint by Plasti-kote. As you can see I played around with how much of the stamp to use. I did have a silver ink pad but it failed pretty miserably at getting the colour to stick.

Once happy with the technique, I used the stamps to create a winter midnight forest scene in the box. They didn’t some out perfectly but I was happy enough with the results. Once the paint had dried I had a pretty display stand. After a few experiments I decided the best use for it is displaying tiny bottles of perfume!