2802 posts tagged diy
Is it just me, or are curtains ridiculously expensive?! Just like rugs. Or maybe it’s just the curtains/rugs that I like that are expensive (see other posts re: my tastes and what I can actually afford!). I read a LOT of other blogs and remember seeing a pair like this that I totally loved They have a 101 Dalmations, chic quirkiness to them. Plus, black and white goes with so much. Pick up a pair of the cheapest curtains you can find and get to spotting - if you’re not keen on black and white, try some other trending combos like black and bronze or neon and white (or pick out colours from your room and go with those!)
I have a strange requirement when it comes to my bedside table - it needs to support a cat. So even though I love all those pretty, spindly, mirrored tables, they just aren’t practical. I saw a gorgeous campaign style chest of drawers in the new Homes+ magazine in a bright green - this pink is a bit more my style though! Even better, this is made using the super cheap Rast bedside table from IKEA. It looks lovely, it’s cheap to make and Sophie can jump on it all she wants!
Standing in the hardware store the other day, I found a stand of balsa wood. I told my dad that I wanted some. Why?, he asked. I don’t know, I replied, I just like balsa wood. And who knows when I would find the perfect project for it? And then look - here is not only the perfect thing I’ve been looking for for my mantle piece, but it’s made from balsa wood! See, I’m not crazy (though I may be a hoarder). If you’ve never used balsa wood before, you will love it. It’s so soft that you can cut it with a craft knife, it’s light weight and if need be, you can make a model airplane out of it.
In my dream closet would be a ton of Kate Spade dresses, skirts, shoes and jewelry. I’m a preppy girl at heart! I was so excited when they brought out the new ‘cheaper’ Saturday collection.. which was still too expensive for me! Sigh. Champagne tastes on a tap water budget. But a super cute yellow, black and white striped inspired mani? That I can do! And you can to - unlike some fiddly nail art, this one is easy to re-create without your fingers ending up dripping in polish!
My dad loves marzipan so he knows it is the one sweet he can buy without me asking for a bite. But even though I don’t like eating it, I love the smell of it. Sweet and almondy. This scrub is super sweet and easy to create, and apart from the almond essential oil I bet you have the rest of the ingredients in your cupboard. Just try not to eat it, it will be much better on your skin!
Neoprene is the stuff that they make wetsuits out of - and it’s all over the runway right now! One of the nice things about this fabric is that you don’t have to hem it (and it’s stretchy!). AP&AS has more great tips on how to whip up this skirt and how to use neoprene fabric, so click on through!
Have you ever wanted to make your own painting but didn’t know where to start? Well this painting is the perfect place to start - it steps you through every single part of this piece, and it’s so easy that I reckon if you can hold a paintbrush you can recreate this! I love the retro flower look and you can use whatever colours you want. Paint it on paper, on a canvas or on your wall!
I bought some rope with the intention of making a few hanging planters (please see previous posts to hear about how this ended up) and now have a bevy of rope. I was thinking of making some jewelry, but didn’t want to look like a lost sailor. I love ombre so this is perfect - it adds colour but still gives you the neutral of the rope. You could even double dip this to get some more colour - if you have an outfit that you’ve had trouble accessorizing, this is the perfect solution.
I’ve got Lia’s site bookmarked for anytime I need to wrap a gift. Her colours and patterns are gorgeous and any person who I’ve gifted with her wrap have commented on it. This is one of my favourite colour combos - plum, navy and pumpkin.
I love this candle holder and the fact that IBC has shown them in two colour ways - black and gold and white and black. Black and gold is a big colour combo right now - you’ll be seeing it more and more in the stores. But there’s something classic and black and white. This would be great for a centrepiece for your table - like a modern candelabra!
This DIY isn’t for the faint of heart, but it’s so amazing I just had to share it! The lampshade is made with a kit, but you could update an old shade with the veneer which I think looks very modern (and I’m pretty sure I could make the shades without help!)
If you love Pinterest, then try the real life version with this huge pinboard! What an amazing feature for your office/bedroom. Use it to pin up your bills, notes, etc. or add photos and art that inspires you. I’m loving that monogram and stud feature too!
Here’s another clever earring DIY for you guys, this time featuring metal pieces cut from….soda cans! How clever is that?! Some people’s creativity amazes me. I love combination of resin and metal, and these would go with so many different outfits (gotta love that!)
A while ago you might remember that I DIYed my bathroom wall with stickers. It didn’t end well - the humidity made them fall off constantly even though they were meant to be akin to vinyl stickers. Oh well, it was fun while it lasted! But my wall is now plain and sad and needs something! After a bit of pinterest-ing I came across this super easy DIY by the amazing Vintage Revivals blog. I’m thinking of doing this with a white paint pen, but the black looks pretty cool too!
I’m not a big jeans wearer - my official uniform is dress, cardigan & leggings. But after seeing this DIY I’m thinking I might need to sew up a pair of leather cuff jeans to add to my routine! If you’re going to make yourself a pair, then make sure you have a heavy duty needle in your machine so you don’t end up with a broken needle.