1835 posts tagged crafts
If you’re like me and change your mind on what you like every five minutes, art hangers are a great way to decorate without fuss. Hang a few of these glitter covered hangers on your wall and swap and change your favourite pics to suit your mood or decor!
Though for some people doilies bring up memories of visiting Nanna’s dusty house, they are really fun to craft with. From lacy earrings to lacy bunting, they can bring some retro fun to your home (and ears). I’ve seen bowls made before from doilies but what I like the most about this DIY is the added pastel colour to the edges. Great for holding all your little bits and pieces, these would also make a great gift!
Upcycle Your World! | Bottles
I recently went through my old ReadyMade magazines and was inspired to start a new feature - on upcycling! There are so many great ways to re-use the things around us. Hopefully you find some inspiration!
The first thing we’re looking at is one of the easiest things to upcycle - a plastic bottle! From soda bottles to milk bottles, I’m sure you have some sitting in your house somewhere. As you can see above, there are lots of fun things you can make, from cat planters to piggy banks! Click on the links below to see the tutorials.
As soon as I saw this tutorial, I immediately bought some Plaster of Paris on eBay so I could make my own! My niece’s birthday is coming up soon and I’ve been trying to think of fun things to put in the girl’s goodie bags other than lollies. These are like a great middle ground - they look like lollies, but are actually fun sticks of chalk. I’m planning on wrapping them in plastic and adding a bow. So fun!
This is such a beautiful pendant, and honestly, if you can use a hot glue gun then you can create it. The trims may be a bit pricey but for a feature piece, it’s totally worth it! If you’re not familiar with Moroccan Wedding blankets, try Google image search- there are so many gorgeous pieces to take inspiration from!
Continuing my obsession with natural beauty and makeup, here is something I didn’t think was possible - an all natural blush! I’ve made blush before but always used mica. Well this blush is made from…beetroot powder! I hope I’m not the only person who found this surprising (just lie to make me fell better alright?!). There’s directions on how to dry out your own beetroot to turn into powder or you can purchase it (a quick Google search turned up about a million hits, I’m sure you can find it!). There’s some great tips on how to change up the colour to suit your skin too. I’d love to know if anyone has used beetroot blush before? How long does it last?
I now have about ten rolls of washi tape and I’m well on my way to building on my stash, but apart from using it on presents and on my laptop I’m not sure what else to use it on. But this is such a clever way of using all that pretty tape in a creative way. Of course, now I’m going to have to buy some more tape because I don’t have any floral yet. Yep, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it (haha, accidental pun!)
My birthday is coming up and I’m thinking of having a breakfast/brunch celebration. I was kind of umming and ahhing about it but then I saw this free download and thought ‘well I’m going to have to do it now, just so I can use these!’. Now just to work out the rest… like what to eat, where to have it, what time, who to invite…
After finally recovering from my cold, I was hit with a cold, steely determination: I will make a non-scented, nourishing lip balm! I am at the best of times very picky about what I put on my lips - not too sticky, not too sweet or pungent, nothing that has nasty chemicals in it that dry out my lips and force me to constantly re-apply. And when you’re sick I think all of the things that irritate you multiply by 100%. So as I said, I was determined to find a natural recipe not only for when I’m sick and a huge sook, but also for everyday use. This basic one from Fellow Fellow is great and you can just eliminate the scent to be super natural. You will know exactly what’s in it and for me, that makes me feel better about putting it on my face!
As y’all know, I’m a bit obsessed with my French knitting right now. Well little did I know that you can skip the knitter (wish I’d known that before I bought a new kit!) and use your fingers instead! If you’re looking for something a bit harder, you can try arm knitting. Personally, I had a go at the arm knitting and just ended up with my arms bound together, but I’m sure if I had another go I would be able to work it out!
I’m not sure why I love this little chair so much, but I do. Maybe it’s the fact that it’s upcycling something in a way I would never have thought of myself? For whatever reason, it’s so much fun and would make a great kids chair.
p.s. Home Story is a German website, so the link to the DIY is translated through Google but the link to the website will point to the original German site. Just paste website into Google and you can have a look around!
I know that a lot of people are probably over mason jars, but I still love them! They are so easy to craft with and you can generally buy them pretty cheaply in bulk. The project above that I love the most is the hand wash jar - all you need is the pump, a hammer, a nail and some pliers! So easy and much cheaper to make than buy. Click through for links to all the above projects and get inspired!
Did you ever do French Knitting when you were little? We used to make our own French Knitters with a block of wood with a circle and some nails. Recently I bought a plastic version for my niece and upon trying to teach it to her, realised I’d forgotten. So I had a practice… and ended up keeping it for myself because it was so fun! My niece isn’t too fussed, she’s more into those Rainbow Band looms right now! It is so relaxing to loom when I’m watching tv, but now I have metres of knitted cord and don’t know what to do with it. I happened across a post on MollyMoo where she talks about the iCord (which is an automatic knitter) and loved this cord name she made and thought it would be a great use for my stash. If you want to create something similar, the iCord available from Amazon, or you can do it the old fashioned way with a French Knitter that you should be able to pick up in the knitting section of your local craft store.
Ever since I went to Lush recently I’ve rediscovered my love of all things natural and beautiful smelling! And in some kind of kismet, there have been a barrage of awesome DIY beauty reciipes all over the web. After browsing the Lush catalogue I learnt that chamomile is great for irritated skin which is definitely the best description of my skin right now! Plus this has honey in it, which is great for skin and means your scrub should keep for quite some time.
I’m sure at some point you’ve seen a project on Pinterest and thought ‘that’s amazing, I want to do that!’, tried it, and had it fail in spectacular fashion. I think the problem with a lot of projects is that they get re-pinned a million times and the instructions get changed slightly each time, meaning what you get in the end is not the original. One of the most popular projects on Pinterest right now is a water blob - a big sheet of painter’s plastic which is sealed and filled with water to create a fun soft, water bubble. But the project stated that all you needed to do was seal the edges with duct tape which always ended up with a blob that immediately burst whenever someone got on it! Homemade Toast has gone back to the drawing board and re-thought the project and made it leak proof (for real this time!) which means you waste less resources and time. These blobs are perfect for your little ones on those hot Summer days - just add water to the top and let them slip and slide around!