Vintage Hanging – Magic Magpie

Hi everyone,

I hope your weekend is going well.
How are those Christmas preparations going?! 🙂

Thank you all so much for your comments on my last post.

I would like to share another vintage style hanging I made recently for Crafty Individuals. It was really simple to make. Basically along the same lines as the vintage hanging I made HERE.

I always enjoy making these hangings as you can use anything to make them up.  A great way to use all of those little left overs and scraps.

The base is a piece of ply (an old book cover would work nicely as an alternative), trimmed to size and two holes drilled for the hanging.




I painted the base with a coat of gesso and then randomly painted it with brown and green.  When the base was dry I painted it with PVA glue and left it to go tacky.  I then painted over the glue with white and lemon coloured paint and left it to dry naturally and let it crack and distress.  To finish the base, I gave the edges a good sand down and I added a piece of pretty paper to the reverse side.

All of the embellishments have been attached as seen using Gel Medium.  Hot glue or pva would work as well.

Crafty Individuals stamps and products used:

A Vintage Postcard Stamp CI 477 ,
Silver corner protectors (slightly sanded),
Scrapiniec Must haves  Park Avenue round frames 

Thank you for looking.

Take care,

Flo x


  1. scrAPpamondo

    Wow Flo, it’s a fabulous hanging! Love the vintage style of your mixed media and that lovely stamp! The crackling looks great and the lace with the chipboard frame make the image pops! Thanks for sharing the process!
    Have a lovely sweet Christmas 🙂

  2. Jannet

    Gorgeous, I love all of the different layers and textures there is so much to look at and
    enjoy.I especially like the sentiment “make tomorrow better”
    Wishing you a very happy and peaceful Christmas xx

  3. Marianne

    This is beautiful, Florence! Once again, you’ve created something delightful which can be used any time of the year. This year, I’m watching as many Hallmark movies (like last year and the year before) to get me into the Christmas spirit. It was never hard for me to do until I got this job in retail and then – whooa – the Christmas spirit was replaced with unbelievable stress. But not this year. Last year I did a few things to make Christmas special and this year even more. I am determined not to allow anyone’s stress to become a part of me, and I am more cheerful about it once again! I do want to ask on a different note…what does painting over PVC glue do? Does it give it a certain texture? I’ve never done it before and you’ve mentioned it. Thank you for sharing your lovely hanging.

    Merry Christmas, dear friend – stay happy and healthy,

    Marianne xox

    1. Florence Langley

      Hi Marianne, thank you so much. Absolutely, no stress 🙂 I hope it all worked out the way you planned it….full of Christmas spirit. A coat of PVA will stop the paint from sticking to the whole surface. When you add a coat of paint over the glue, the paint separates in places leaving a cracked appearance. It looks great if you paint the surface with one colour (leave to dry), add the glue (leave to go tacky) and then add a second colour the underneath colour will show up in the cracks. A nice chippy effect. The effect can be altered by the amount of glue you paint on. It is lots of fun. You can buy special art mediums which will give the same effect but PVA works really well and is more economical. I hope that makes sense. I have not got my technical head on today!!!
      Take care, Sending lots of hugs, Flo xx

  4. Craftyfield

    I should try a hanging, scraps and bits and bobs aplenty in my stash… what a wonderful way of using them! My Christmas preparations have been halted and delegated to my OH and my son as I am visiting my mother. It should be … different!
    Hope you have a nice time Florence!

  5. thecobweboriumemporium

    Aw, this is beautiful Flo and I really like it. In fact, so much so, I’d buy this one if it were on sale on your table at a Craft Fair. I wouldn’t be able to leave it.
    FABULOUS make!

    Hope Christmas is coming together for you and yours, and that you’re well and in fine fettle!
    Squidges ~ Cobs. xxx

  6. Rollet

    Just fabulous as usual, dear Florence. I love it!!
    I hope your Christmas preparations are going well at your side too.
    Hugs and happy Christmas if you don’t post anymore before! 🙂
    Coco xx

  7. Sandra

    This is absolutely gorgeous Flo, I’m loving all the beautiful layers. Wishing you and your family a peaceful Christmas and all of the very best for 2018. I can’t wait to see more of your wonderful creations next year. Crafty hugs, Sandra x x x

  8. Pat

    This is a gorgeous hanging and love all the layers and texture Florence, and adore the neutral tones you have used. I hope you had a really enjoyable Christmas and I look forward to visiting and seeing your wonderful work throughout the coming year. x

  9. scrAPpamondo

    Hi Flo, I popped here just to say you Happy New Year full of all things you wish! Also want thank you for all your lovely comments on my little makes.
    Hugs and love from Italy 🙂


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