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!

 

Me So Sorry!

Hi Deerest Friends,

It has been ages since my last blog post or DIY and I Am So Sorry!!!

Due to An Unfortunate Series of Events (hey… that sounds like it would make a great title for a series of books and a subsequent Hollywood film!) such as having the worst internet connection known to man, starting at university again and work commitments, this poor blog has been as neglected as the ugly pieces of bread at each end of the loaf that no one likes.

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Even though things are a bit hectic at the moment I love doing this blog and there will be more DIY fun coming to your computer screen real soon!

So sorry again and stay tuned next week for a new DIY Tutorial!

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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 :)

Dorothy Deerest’s 3-Month Anniversary!

Hi Deerest Friends,

So as of today this blog, Dorothy Deerest, is celebrating it’s 3rd month online!

3-Month Anniversary!

I have had an absolute blast making this blog so far and I can’t wait to keep going and bring more DIY magic to the internet. I cannot believe how many views I’ve had so far, from all over the world and I want to thank every single person who has read my blog, followed it, commented, liked and reblogged my work.

Map of Total Views Stats So Far

 

So to help Dorothy celebrate here’s where you, the readers, come in:

Below is a poll that gives you the option to select which kind of tutorials you like best and want to see more of. Please do me a massive favour and click on whatever you would most like to see in the future and I will aim to make it happen! For example, if you really like fashion tutorials and you want to see more, click the “Fashion” option.

Also, as always, if you have any questions, comments or constructive criticism please comment below as I am always looking for new ways to improve my blog’s writing, design and content.

Thank you so much for reading this blog and I hope you have enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoy making it!

Love Dorothy XOXO

Peppermint Magazine {Review}

Hi Deerest Friends,

I love DIY (obviously) and so I’m guessing that many of you who follow me or come check this blog out most likely enjoy craft, art, design and DIY as well. I don’t often post reviews on this blog as I try to keep it all DIY, all the time. However, recently I discovered a fantastic magazine and I feel it’s only fair if I spread the word to all my deer friends.

Peppermint Magazine is an Australian quarterly, which focuses on fashion and lifestyle.

Doesn’t sound very different from Cosmo or Instyle?
Well, Just You Wait!

The magazine’s tagline; “Style, Sustainability, Substance” acts as their mantra, defining every aspect of their work. This magazine focuses on living in an environmentally responsible way, from the food you eat, the clothes you buy and to the places you go. Now being totally stylish while remaining passionately committed to the environment is not an easy task… but the team at Peppermint show us how it’s done!

Peppermint's Current Issue

Peppermint Magazine

Peppermint Magazine

So here are 7 reasons why is absolutely adore Peppermint;

1. It Showcases the Work of Local Artists and Designers.
When reading most fashion magazines your almost guaranteed that most of the clothing/accessories are made in third-world countries in very shady conditions. Not Peppermint, though. All the fashion featured in Peppermint is lovingly created by Australian artists and designers who use methods and materials that are kind to the Earth. And woah… do these Aussie kids have talent!

2. It’s Sustainable and Environmentally Responsible.
Peppermint Magazine is a 100% Carbon Neutral publication… but that is just the tip of the eco-friendly iceberg. All the fashion, beauty products and food listed are environmentally sustainable and all the writers have the environment firmly in their agenda. Every single thing in this magazine has been crafted/designed/written with Mother Nature in mind.

3. It’s a Breath of Fresh Air.
This magazine is truly unique. I really have never read anything like it and I enjoyed it immensely.

4. It’s Stylish. 
Just because it’s sustainable doesn’t mean they skimped on the fashion. Peppermint boasts a mountain of fresh, stylish looks that are lovingly created by small-time designers, artists and artisans. Reading through only one issue I found myself flagging almost every page… Time to save my pennies!

5. It’s Smart.
Sick of hearing which starlet is going to jail now? Tired of hearing which celebrity got married on Tuesday and divorced on Wednesday? Let’s face it, many magazines have about as much substance as an episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians. However, after reading one issue of Peppermint, I had met an incredible documentarian who volunteered with Indian orphans, learned how to make organic ice-blocks, how to grow my own veggie garden, the buzz on keeping honey bees (pardon the pun) as well as discovering several local artists and learning about their work. Far more interesting than the Kardashians!

6. It’s all about Creativity.
Along with featuring many incredible artists and designers whose work will get you creative juices flowing, Peppermint encourages you to get creative too and maybe even learn some new skills. The section “Sewing School” gives readers a new pattern every month, that can be accessed on their website (click the link above). As a DIY-er, I will definitely be trying these funky designs out for myself.

7. It Focuses on Health and Wellbeing. 
Let’s face it… Fashion magazines don’t have the best reputation for promoting positive self-esteem. Between the highly processed beauty ads, the articles on the latest fad diet (cabbage soup anyone?) and the pictures of itsy-bitsy models who may as well be allergic to food, many women are left feeling that they will never measure up. When reading Peppermint, I never saw an airbrushed face or an article focused on physical beauty. Many of the models appeared to be real, imperfectly perfect women and the focus appeared to be on inner beauty, health and happiness. What’s not to love!

So if you ever get the chance to check Peppermint out, either on their website or their published magazines, I definitely recommend it! I really enjoyed this magazine and I think many of you will too!

Love Dorothy XOXO

*NOTE: Not Sponsored… All the opinions about this amazing magazine are solely mine.

Fiji Craft Adventures

Hi Deerest friends,

When some people go on holiday they relax by the pool, when some people go on holidays they do activities such as hiking, fishing or surfing and when some people go on holiday they may even go shopping… but when Dorothy Deerest goes travelling, She Gets Crafty!

In my last post I mentioned I’ve just spent a week on Denarau Island in Fiji. I had the best time there (including a bit of shopping, kayaking, swimming and relaxing by the pool) but I also took part in some crafty activities.

Fiji has an amazing culture and crafts/DIY-ing are an important part of this. Whether its cooking their amazing meals from scratch, weaving baskets from dried leaves, wood carving, using shells and pearls for jewellery or creating cosmetics from natural produce, such as cane sugar and coconut oils, Fiji has a proud DIY heritage. Many of these skills are passed down from ancient times and shared through families.

During my trip I tried my hand at bracelet weaving. Using strips of dried leaves and being led by a very helpful Fijian; “Tiger”, I weaved the strands together creating a really intricate “checkerboard” pattern. It looks complicated but it was easy and a lot of fun.

Tiger Cutting Strips of Dried Leaves

Weaving The Bracelet

Our Finished Bracelets

Hand-Woven Bracelets From Fiji

If you ever visit another country I really recommend doing a native craft class, if you can. It’s really interesting, gives you a greater insight into their cultural practices, allows you to meet some new people and you get to keep a great souvenir that you made yourself!

Love Dorothy XOXO

DIY Inspiration Board {With Google Picasa}

Hi Deerest Friends,

So it’s New Years Eve here and I’ve spent the past few days thinking about what I want to achieve in the New Year. Every year we all have our New Years Resolutions;

“I want to quit smoking”

“I want to save money”

“I want to lose weight”

“I want to get better grades in school”

“I want to make more time for myself”

but we’ve all usually broken them within a week. I am definitely no exception. I start every year with drive and enthusiasm to reach my goal but as time passes on you realise a year is long time to keep up with your newfound motivation. So today’s DIY tutorial is how to create an Inspiration Board using Google Picasa. You simply put pictures on your board of what you want to achieve in the New Year and how you plan to accomplish your goals. By visualising your goals every day this reminds you what your reaching for, how you will accomplish your goals and how great it will feel when you do. For example, my new years resolution is to be healthier and to workout more so I’m creating an inspiration board that reflects this.
*Note: Always aim for a goal this is attainable. Most New Year’s resolutions fail because we put too much pressure on ourselves and aim for a goal that may be too hard to achieve.

Remember: Starting small can lead to big things!

So Let’s Get Started!

You Will Need
-A Computer (with an internet connection)
-Google Picasa (This is free and really simple to download)

Start by using Google Images to find pictures that are relevant to your goal. For example, I found pictures of healthy food, motivational quotes, exercises and my fitness idols to add to my board. Save all of these images to your desktop. You can remove these later.

Step 1

Access the Google Picasa homepage and download a free copy of Google Picasa.

Step 2

Step 2

Once you’ve downloaded Google Picasa add your photos to a new folder. I called mine “Inspiration Board”

 Step 3

 Now select the button “Create Collage”. This will automatically take all your photos and organise them into a collage.

Step 4

Using the toolbar on the left side of the screen you can change the style of you collage.

Step 5

Step 5

Select the style you want your collage to be presented in. I chose the “Mosaic” style.


Once you’ve created your collage, you can make it your computer’s desktop background (if you want to display your inspiration board in a different way skip these steps). Press the “Desktop Background” button and this will save your collage as a jPG file in a new folder, “Collages”.

Step 7

Step 7

Now select your collage and click on the “Create” tab on the top toolbar. Select “Set as Desktop”.

Step 8

When the confirmation message pops up, click “Set Desktop”

Step 9


And You’re Done!

DIY Inspiration Board {With Google Picasa}

This tutorial shows you how to make this inspiration board your desktop background so if you use your computer lots (like me) it reminds you everyday what your aiming for but you could easily print this out and stick it up in your bedroom like a poster. Now you have a inspiration board that makes your goals seem tangible, keeps you focused and reminds you what you’re striving for. Visualising your goal everyday makes you feel accountable and will hopefully keep you motivated in the year to come! 

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 and Happy New Year!

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 Belle Noel Hair Chain & DIY Sock Bun

Hi Deerest Friends,

I know I usually post on Friday but yesterday I went to the wedding of my two lovely friends, Adam & Misty. I was so excited because this was the first wedding I’ve ever been to! I had an amazing time and decided to relate today’s tutorial to this special event. Today’s tutorial is a bit of a double-whammy. Firstly I will be showing how to create a DIY version of the Belle Noel Hair Chain, designed by Kim Kardashian.

Kim Kardashian wears Belle Noel Hair Chain

This piece looks so glamorous and elegant in the hair, and is really easy and inexpensive to make. Secondly, I’m going to be showing you how to create a sock bun. Now, I know this tutorial has been done to death but it still amazes me how many girls don’t know how to create this simple, yet effective hairstyle. Ever time I wear it I have girls come up and ask me how I’ve done it so I thought I’d share it again.
*Note: This hairstyle works best for girls with thicker/ longer hair. If your hair is very fine or short; some hair extensions may be needed to add the necessary volume and length.

So Let’s Get Started!

You Will Need

For the Hair Chain:
-2 Metal Hair Combs
-A pack of Jump Rings
-Three varying lengths of chain, two are the same and one is slightly thicker
-Pliers

For the Sock Bun:
-One Long Sock (in a colour that matches your hair)
-Scissors
-Hair Elastics
-Bobby Pins (Again match it to your hair colour)
-Hairspray

 

Firstly, lay out your chains and combs, as you want them to be. My thickest chain is in the middle with the two smaller chains on either side.

Step 1 (DIY Belle Noel Hair Chain)

Take your first chain and add a jump ring to one end. Using pliers tighten the jump ring around one end of the comb. Repeat with the other two chains, the thickest chain clamping to the middle of the comb and the other thin chain fastening to the other end.

Step 2 (DIY Belle Noel Hair Chain)

Repeat the above step with the other ends of the chains and the other comb. Make sure your design stays symmetrical and that the chains don’t get tangled. Ensure all your jump rings are fastened to the combs securely.

Step 3 (DIY Belle Noel Hair Chain)

Now for the sock bun. Take your sock and cut the toe off.

Step 1 (DIY Sock Bun)

Roll the sock in on itself until you have created a donut-like shape. If you want your bun to be super voluminous, use a thicker sock or use two, placing one inside the other prior to rolling.

Step 2 (DIY Sock Bun)

Take your hair and tie it in a ponytail using a hair elastic. If you want a high bun tie a high ponytail or if you want a low bun tie a low ponytail.

Step 3 (DIY Sock Bun)

Hold your ponytail vertical and place the ends of your ponytail through the centre of the sock donut

Step 4 (DIY Sock Bun)

Take the ends of the hair and place them around and through the sock donut. Start rolling the donut down towards your head. By the time you read your head you should have a voluminous sock bun. Use bobby pins to cover any bit of the sock showing with hair.

Step 5 (DIY Sock Bun)

Smooth the hair around the bun with some hairspray or bobby pins. Place the combs of the hair chain either side of your bun or wherever you like.

Final Step (DIY Belle Noel Hair Chain & DIY Sock Bun)


And You’re Done!

Adam & Misty's Wedding (14/12/2012)

 

This is how I wore my hair for the wedding last night. It’s so simple and elegant yet very eye-catching and unique. With this hairstyle, I’m wore a pink silk dress, wedges and simple gold jewellery. The sock bun was perfect because it was really humid and wet yesterday and if I had have worn my hair down it would have gone all frizzy.

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!