OK, let’s get things straight. By “this art is on fire” I mean LITERALLY ON FIRE! So not for the faint hearted and definitely not for those of you who don’t like the smell of smoke! Brace yourself, as there will be a lot of it! But on the positive side, you don’t need any skills for this DIY ART and in fact you might not even need to spend a single penny. That’s if you’re a smoker. Or if you have recently quit smoking and you don’t know what to do with those few boxes of matches that are still in your drawer. (And hey, no judging here, I’m an ex smoker myself). In any other case you may have to spend couple of pounds on this DIY art top! But I guess you might already have everything in the house.
And here’s exactly what you’ll need for this HOT DIY ART:
10 packs of matches
a piece of card
ruler and a pencil
acrylic paint and a fine paintbrush (optional)
Start by marking a centre of the card as that will be the centre of your art as well. Use your ruler and pencil for that.
Now, remember when your mum was telling you: “never play with the fire”? Well, if you’re reading this blog, I guess you’re big enough to don’t listen to your mum (but just this one time, remember that
WE mums are always right!)
Start lighting the matches but don’t let them burn completely. You only need to burn the tip of the matches, just so they get this nice black colour. You will need quite a lot of them so make sure you have a cup of tea with you!
Remember to get rid of those burnt tips of the matches by gently rubbing them on the piece of an old chopping board or something else you’re not gonna use any more.
When you think you might have enough matches you can start arranging them on your card. PVA glue should be enough for the job. And definitely don’t try to use a hot glue gun, it will get cold to quickly leaving a dried glue blob on your card (and don’t ask why I know that?!)
Keep adding the matches in four directions to create something that looks a little bit like a star. And obviously don’t forget to glue the card first.
When you have an almost star shape you can start adding even more matches to your DIY art. To create more effects try to turn some of the matches with the burnt tips inwards. Like this:
When it’s all finished and dry you can accentuate the shape of the art by painting some chevrons. Or you can leave it as it is if you prefer. You should end up with something looking like this: