DIY Paper Flowers

Hi Deerest Friends,

So I have not done a DIY in forever and ever! Homework and school has been out of control and turned me into somewhat of a nerdy hermit… but I love this blog and I really want to keep bring you some more DIY love! Anyway I though I’d get back into the swing of things with a really nice and simple tutorial, which is creating some paper flowers that are perfect to pretty up almost anything.

So Let’s Get Started!

You Will Need:
-Thin Patterned Paper
-Thicker Card stock (This is to stick the flower to but disregard this if you have something else)
-A Heart Holepunch (If not available use scissors and a heart template)
-A Button
-Glue (Any kind will do but make sure it won’t stain the paper or seep through)

Firstly, use your holepunch to cut hearts out of your thinner patterned paper. There is no exact number you will need as it depends on how large and layered you want your flower to be.
NOTE: The larger the hearts the bigger the flower.

Step 1

Step 2

Now glue the pointy/bottom end of your heart. Don’t put the glue all over.

Step 3

Place all the glued ends of the hearts on your paper (or other object), overlapping in a circular motion each time until you have a full circle of hearts.

Step 4

Repeat the above step with another circular layer over the top.

Step 5

Now slightly bend the top layers up to resemble the form of a flower

Step 6

Finally, glue a button in the middle.

Step 7

And You’re Done!

DIY Paper Flowers

So as you can see above you can apply these paper flowers to just about anything and it’s a really simple way to make anything look pretty. You can make these smaller and larger just by altering the size of your hearts and you can add more layers to make a more intricate flower. I think these would be really beautiful to add to cards or invitations.

If you liked this DIY tutorial comment below and if you have any other DIY ideas you’d like me to attempt let me know!

 

DIY Heart Garland

Hi Deerest Friends,

So it’s the week of Valentine’s Day and that means all of a sudden hearts are everywhere.  Now despite being in a relationship I actually don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day. It’s not my kind of thing but you don’t need to be in a relationship or even celebrate Valentine’s Day to bring a little love into your house. Today’s DIY tutorial is a really easy heart garland that is so simple to make and can be varied in a number of ways to suit any house or any occasion.

So Let’s Get Started

You Will Need
-A selection of paint swatches
– A Large shaped hole-punch (You could cut shapes out with scissors if you didn’t want to find/buy a hole punch)
– Thread (I used white as to not compete with the coloured hearts but use whatever colour you’d like)
– Needle (nothing too thick)

Firstly, go to your local hardware store or paint store and grab a heap of paint swatches. These can be in whatever colour/s you like.

Step 1

Using a large heart hole-punch (or scissors), cut hearts out of your swatches. Depending on how big your swatch is you may be able to cut more than one heart out of each swatch (for example, I could cut three hearts out of each swatch)

Step 2

Step 2

Using a needle poke two holes into each heart. You want this to be spaced evenly and consistently, for all the hearts, so you can judge it by eye or you could use a ruler if needed.

Step 3

Measure out how much thread you need. There is no standard amount as it depends on how big you want your garland to be. I wanted to hang my garland along my bookcase so I measured my thread against that and added a few centimetres either side so the garland would hang nicely.

Step 4

Now thread your needle. Using your needle, sew into the first hole and out of the second hole. This way the majority of thread will be behind the heart and only small bit will be visible on the edges of each heart. Repeat this until all your hearts are on the thread. Once you’ve sewn through all your hearts tie a knot a few centimetres in on both ends of the thread, to avoid the paper hearts falling off.

Finally, hang your heart garland wherever you like and move your hearts on the thread until they are spaced evenly.

Step 6

And You’re Done!

DIY Heart Garland This project is so simple and because most of your materials are either lying around the house or free, it may not cost you anything. Because you could recreate this DIY tutorial using whatever colours or shapes you like, this is a very versatile project. As a result, this garland can be used for a multitude of occasions. You could make these for a baby shower (in pink or blue, maybe), these could be created for a wedding or an engagement party or these could be made for a birthday party (using a number shape for your new age). Also, as most hole-punches have no exposed sharp components, this is a great activity for young children on a rainy day!

If you liked this DIY tutorial comment below and if you have any other DIY ideas you’d like me to attempt let me know :)

DIY Closet Edit

Hi Deerest Friends,

If your anything like me, every time a brand new year rolls around you feel the need to revaluate your life and consider the things you might want to change. This usually goes hand in hand with some form of a resolution. Well sometimes to have a fresh start you need to de-clutter your life and in today’s tutorial, I’m going to break from my usual format and give my tips and tricks on how to de-clutter an area that, for us ladies especially, is usually a clutter goldmine; your closet. Now my family/boyfriend/friends would be in a fit of laughter if they knew I was giving advice on clearing all the clutter from your life. I’m not known as the tidiest person in the world (I throw the term “creative chaos” around far too often for my own good) but this is the time of the year I like to  clear all the unnecessary things from my life and I promise to lead by example. So if your closet is bursting at the seams (clothes related pun!) this tutorial will tell you how to edit and refine your closet.

So Let’s Get Started!

You Will Need
-Garbage Bags
-Marker
-The Patience of a Saint (and maybe some tequila)

Firstly, get in the right mind-set. Some people have a very hard time letting go of stuff and this is going to be a long, intense process. Maybe have a drink now.

Take your marker and label six different garbage bags with the words “Trash”, “Charity”, “Friends”, “Sell”, “Alter” and one with a “?”. Place these aside for the moment.

Now it’s time to be ruthless. When editing your closet there are four key questions to ask yourself about each item;

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Do I still wear this?
Haven’t worn that velvet jumpsuit since “The Artist Formally Known as Prince” was actually known as “Prince”? Any clothes in your closet that you don’t wear are just wasting space. Find the items that are gathering cobwebs, clear it all out and start again.
Yay!! A legitimate reason to shop!
Yeah… Like you needed one.

Does it fit properly?
Still hanging on to those “skinny” jeans that you had when you were 16 and resembled a toothpick? Now your in you 30’s and have a few more curves? Don’t torture yourself! Get rid of those unrealistic expectations and buy a pair of jeans that not only fit you but make you feel/look amazing! You don’t want to be 16 again! You can stay up as late as you want, you don’t have pimples anymore and you can buy all the vodka you damn-well please… minus the fake I.D.

Is it in wearable condition?
Holes? Rips? Stains? When you wear that once-white (now it’s sort-of a brown-yellow) tee down the street do people slip coins in your take-away coffee cup and wish you the best? When you wear those old pants do people worry you were in some kind of a freak lawnmower accident that left your clothes ripped to shreds? Yep probably time to get new threads. Unless your one of the Olsen Twins… damn those girls know how to rock hobo-chic.

Is it still in style?
Pants that would make MC Hammer cringe may fit and may be in immaculate condition but if you never wear them and they no longer suit your style (I hope not!), put those bad boys back where they belong; The 80’s. Trust me… you don’t want to touch that!

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Now while editing your closet, keep these questions in mind.

  • If you answered ‘yes’ to all of these questions: It’s a keeper! Back in the closet it goes!
  • If you answered ‘no’ to all these questions: Why do you still have this? Get rid of it! NOW!

If you answered a combination of ‘no’ and ‘yes’ to a particular item thats were the garbage bags come in.

"Trash"

Any items that are stained, ripped or damaged beyond repair (regardless of whether you still wear it, how stylish it is and how well it still fits) go straight in the bag marked “Trash”. These will later be thrown out. Note: You can often salvage buttons, ribbons or embellishments from these clothes and use them for future DIY projects.

"Alter"

Any items that you really love but are ill-fitting, place in the bag marked “Alter”. These items can be sent to the tailor for alterations or alternatively if you have a close friend or relative who is a good sewer see if they can help. If your a really good sewer you may even be able to alter some yourself.

"Charity"

Any items that are in good condition but don’t suit your style or may be out of fashion, place in the bag marked “Charity”. These will later be donated to a charity op/thrift shop.

"Friends"

Any items that are not great on you but would suit one of your friends perfectly, place in the bag marked “Friends”. For a fun alternative, you could also organise a clothes-swapping party where you trade clothes you no longer want/need with clothes your friends no longer want/need. If your friends are anything like mine, the tequila will come in handy here too.

"Sell"

Any items that are in immaculate condition (i.e. never been worn) or a piece from a well-known label (in good condition) but don’t really suit you, place in the bag marked “Sell”. Whether it’s on eBay or at your local consignment store, selling a few of your unwanted clothes can give you some extra money to put towards new clothes that suit you better.

"Question"

Any item that violates one of the above rules but you can manage to part with it, place into the bag marked with a “?”. Place this garbage bag wherever you can fit it in your house/room for three months. Any items you take out and wear can be put back into your closet but any items that still remain after the three month period need to go. When disposing of these items, see above (i.e. if it’s stained it goes in the trash; if it would suit a friend,  give it away; and if it isn’t in style, donate it.)

And You’re Done!

Clean, Neat Closet

Generally I would recommend repeating this process every year, but this could be more/less frequently depending on how much you typically buy. This process may seem like a lot of steps and you may be tempted just to get rid of it all in one shot but the garbage bag system makes sure that your unwanted clothes are serving the widest variety of purposes possible. Selling some clothes gives you some extra money to invest in future pieces, giving to charity helps people who may be unable to afford clothes from retail stores, keeping the clothes your uncertain about for an extra three months stops you from making a decision in haste that you’ll later regret, giving your friends clothes that they will love and wear will make their day and throwing away clothes that are ruined… well, that just needs to be done! Now you’ll have a closet filled with only the things you want/need and a bit of extra room for some new purchases.

Time to go shopping!… But maybe wait till the tequila wears off.

If you liked this DIY tutorial comment below and if you have any other DIY ideas you’d like me to attempt let me know :)

Thanks guys!

DIY Typo Quote Poster

Hi Deerest Friends,

I may be making a massive generalisation but people who love craft and DIY usually love Op Shops/ Thrift Shops. You can find the funniest stuff and I love finding older things that you can change and update so they look modern and new. I actually went to an Op Shop Party the other day with friends and the fashion was hilarious yet questionable.

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So spending all day in an op shop looking for an awesome outfit inspired me to take something old and revamp it. Today’s DIY tutorial is a really cool graphic/typo poster that is incredibly easy and cheap to make. All you need is to head down to your local thrift store and find an old poster, map or painting. If you can’t find anything suitable you can also use a newspaper or a magazine.

 

So Let’s Get Started!

You Will Need
-Spray Paint (any colour but black and white look really effective)
-Masking/Electrical Tape
-Your Poster Base (E.g. Panting, Poster, Map, Newspaper, Magazine)
-Scissors

Firstly, find a poster base. The one I’m using is a canvas that I found at an Charity Shop. It has just been half-painted randomly but the colours are really vibrant.

Step 1

Now think of a quote, a sentence or any random words you would like your poster to say. The quote can be anything at all. I’m using the quote “There’s No Place Like Home” because I love The Wizard of Oz and also this is going to make a great house-warming gift for one of my friends.Using the masking/electrical tape, start taping your quote onto your poster base. Just judge where the letters will go by eye.

Step 2

Now use your spray paint to cover the entire poster base until you can’t see the base’s original images anymore. You may need multiple coats to achieve this. Allow plenty of time to dry.

Step 3

Once dried, remove all your masking/electrical tape.

Step 4

And You’re Done!

DIY Typo Quote Poster

This graphic poster has a really cool, urban vibe and is very eye-catching. This would make a great house-warming gift, especially if you have a quote that is personally relevant to your friend. If you can’t think of a quote to use you can use a list such as “New York, Paris, London, Tokyo, [the name of your town/city]”. This is a really versatile project as you can use anything as your poster base. You could use a plain coloured poster board from the craft store, you could paint your own canvas first, reuse some cool wrapping paper or you could use planks of wood…just use your imagination.

If you liked this DIY tutorial comment below and if you have any other DIY ideas you’d like me to attempt let me know 🙂

Thanks guys!

DIY Coat Hanger Jewellery Display

Hi Deerest Friends,

I like all jewellery but I really love necklaces! I don’t always wear statement earrings and I don’t always wear bracelets but it is rare for me to go out without a necklace. Whether it’s an intricate statement piece or a simple chain, necklaces have the amazing ability to dress up any boring outfit. But with my love of necklaces came a huge necklace collection and with that huge necklace collection came a problem of MASSIVE proportions. Storing your necklaces by simply chucking them together in a drawer (yes I know… it’s an utter sin!) causes them to get really, really, REALLY tangled! And anyone who’s ever had to un-tangle a ball of tangled necklaces knows that it is a truly painful experience that makes you feel like you can’t go on. So after the fourth hour of untangling (not over exaggerating at all) I decided enough is enough! From that point I started storing my necklaces in fishing tackle boxes. Not very glamorous I know, but each necklace has it’s own little compartment so it stops all your necklaces getting tangled up. Also the tackle boxes are pretty cheap and easy to find. However, I suddenly realised that I have some really beautiful jewellery pieces and I’m hiding them away in my wardrobe. Today’s DIY tutorial is inspired by a tutorial originally featured on I SPY DIY (one of my favourite DIY blogs… please check it out if you haven’t yet). I love this idea and I really needed a way to both store and display my favourite jewellery pieces and so I though I’d share this idea with you while also showing you the way I made this jewellery hanger my own.

So Let’s Get Started 

You Will Need
– A Wooden Coat Hanger
– Eye Hooks (you can often find these in a picture hanging kit)
– Spray Paint or Acrylic Paint (in the colour of your choice)
– Sandpaper
– Measuring Tape/ Ruler
– Pencil
– Paint Brush (if your using acrylic paint)
– Masking Tape (optional)

Firstly, give your wooden hanger a quick sand using your sandpaper. If your wooden hanger has a gloss coating you really need to sand it back before you paint.

Now measure the part of your hanger that you will be screwing the eye hooks into

Use a pencil to lightly mark the centre of your hanger. One you’ve marked the centre; mark the rest of the hanger in 2-3 centimetre increments. This makes sure that your jewellery is displayed evenly and the hanger will hang on the wall straight

Screw in your eye hooks where you have previously marked. At first screwing the hooks into the hanger by hand can be a bit difficult so use a small nail and a hammer where your going to insert the eye hook just to get the hole started

Start painting your coat hanger using whatever colour you like. I used a peachy/ coral coloured acrylic paint for the base and then used white spray paint lightly over the top. Allow your hanger plenty of time to dry.


And You’re Done!

This jewellery display is really easy to make and it looks great on your wall. You could stop at the final step of this tutorial or you can add some individual details to your hanger display. I used a white ribbon to tie a bow around the top of the hanger and I used jewellery wire that I spray painted white to write the word ‘Jewels’, which I then attached to the top part of my hanger using a hot glue gun. Finally, to give the jewellery display a vintage look I gently sanded a few parts of the hanger so the peach paint would show through again. You could decorate your jewellery hanger using beads, you could use different paint colours to create a pattern or you could wrap your hanger using ribbon or fabric… just use your imagination and creativity.

If you liked this DIY tutorial comment below and if you have any other DIY ideas you’d like me to attempt let me know 🙂

Thanks guys!

DIY Donut Pin Cushion

Hi Deerest Friends,

So as a proud DIY-er I’m always sewing different projects and that also means that I’m always using lots of pins. I have a love hate relationship with pins.  Of course they make sewing easier but I’m constantly dropping them on the carpet (which are never to be found again), accidently stepping on them and sucking them up my poor vacuum cleaner. So one day I realised that maybe a pin cushion would make my life easier. I wanted one that was unique and of course one that I could make myself so I came up with this really fun donut design. Every DIY enthusiast needs a great pin cushion and this DIY pin cushion is easy to make, cute and really handy for any crafty person.

So Let’s Get Started 

You Will Need
– 2 Pieces of Brown Felt
– 1 Piece of Pink Felt (This is imitating the icing of a strawberry donut but you could use another colour such as dark brown for chocolate)
– Lot of Different Thread (You need one colour to match your brown donut felt, one colour to match your icing and a bunch of rainbow colours to make the sprinkles)
-Needle
– Two Donut/ Wreath Shape Templates of exactly the same size (I drew some on template paper using a plate and a glass to trace around)
– Chalk or a Dressmakers Pencil
– Craft Stuffing
-Scissors
– Pins

Firstly, lay your brown felt on a flat surface and pin you donut templates onto the felt.

Use chalk or a dressmakers pencil to outline the template. One you’ve drawn the outline remove your template and pins. Then using sharp scissors cut around your chalk/ pencil outline until your left with two donut-shaped pieces of felt.

Using a blanket stitch, sew around the inner circle of the felt and then sew around three quarters of the outside (don’t cut and tie off your thread and needle yet… just leave it hanging).

Start stuffing your donut evenly throughout. You might need a something to help push the stuffing through (e.g. the end of a wooden spoon). Once you’ve stuffed your pincushion, finish sewing the outside seam using your thread and needle from earlier

Now for the icing. Take a donut paper template from earlier and cut wavy shapes into the outside circle and make the inner circle larger. Once you’ve cut it down pin the template to the pink felt

Using chalk or a dressmaker’s pencil, draw an outline around the template. Once you’ve drawn the outline remove the pins and the template. Using the outline cut out the wavy donut shape from the pink felt

Now to create the sprinkles, sew short thick lines all around the icing in lots of different colours. If sewing the individual sprinkles is a bit too much effort gluing on beads or sequins looks really great as well

Using a basic running stitch (with the same colour thread as your icing) sew the inside and outside edges of your icing felt to the top side of the pincushion. When sewing make you’re your needle is only going through the middle and not through the bottom of the donut. Alternatively, you could use craft glue or a hot glue gun during this step.

And You’re Done!

Although that sounded like a lot of steps and information this pincushion is quite easy to make and is a great first project for someone learning to sew as it involves no machines, teaches two basic stitches and leaves them with a cute pin cushion which will be useful for all their future sewing projects.

If you liked this DIY tutorial comment below and if you have any other DIY ideas you’d like me to attempt let me know 🙂

Thanks guys!