Here’s a lazy Sunday craft for everyone!
I’ve been using glass jars to store my craft bits and bobs for a while but I’ve being paying for empty Kilner Jars because they look better than an old pickle jar!
However my cousin Juliet at floral doily has been up-cycling lots of things with decoupage, a really simple and easy way to give anything a face lift.
So I took my boring pickle jar and turned it into this…..
Although I still love the clip closed jar and Kilner shape I think that up-cycling your everyday jar looks great, plus it only takes a few minutes.
What you will need:
1. Clean your jar and remove any labels with hot soapy water and a scour .
2. If your lid is a contrasting colour to your decoupage paper (Like mine) you might need to paint your lid with primer undercoat.
3.Cover your lid with decoupage paper and modpage
4. Leave to dry and your new lid is complete!
I decided to finish mine off with some ribbon and a label which you can download yourself here:
If you looking for a DIY gift for either your friends, mum or Christmas present then homemade soap would make a great gift. I’ve researched into making soap before but was always put off as it seemed complicated and dangerous! However i found a melt and pour option that was so much easier.
I bought a handmade soap kit, but you could easily buy everything separately, my soap kit included:
- Soap compound
- Cut Lemon grass
- Irish Moss
- Marigold petals
- Square soap moulds
Because it’s close to valentines day I thought I’d use a silicone heart baking tray rather than the square one that came with the kit!
Melt enough soap compound to fill your soap moulds! – This might take a little guess work! Cut the soap compound into small cubes and place in a plastic container or jug.
Melt in the microwave no more that 15 seconds at a time, stirring frequently to make sure that the compound doesn’t overheat.
Once the soap compound has melted add a few drops of fragrance with a pipette (3-4 drops per soap)
Add your petals/moss or grass – you could experiment with adding different petals together. (I kept my petals, moss and grass separate)
Stir the ingredients together and pour into your moulds, you need to work quickly as the soap compound will start to set quickly.
Leave to cool for 30 minutes and then place in the fridge for a full hour. After an hour turn the mould upside down and give a tap to loosen the soaps from the mould.
Now it time to gift wrap them! I wanted to create a rustic feel, so used brown garden twine, lace, tissue and brown paper.
I think they look great and have lots more soap compound left to experiment with!
DIY String Bottle Vase
If you want a 2 minute DIY project then this up-cycled string bottle vase is perfect.
You could use empty wine bottles, beer bottles, milk bottles etc to make this super quick DIY.
All you need is:
- Empty bottles
- String or wool
- Double sided tape
1. Start by cleaning the bottle and removing the label if you wish.
2. Cover the bottle in double sided tape. Cut strips and place from the neck of the bottle to the base.
3. Take your string or wool and begin to wrap the bottle all the way up to the top.
4. To finish feed the end of the string underneath the last row and cut to neaten.
And that’s it!
You could use contrasting colors or keep it rustic with garden twine.
I’ve used mini beer bottles to create miniature vases, they could also use them as candle stick holders?
Make your own paper rosette
For a more sophisticated hen do why not make a paper rosette “bride to be” “mother of the bride” and other hen party badges.
They offer something a bit different than the usual neon accessories associated with hen party’s and they aren’t too difficult to make.
I’ve created another DIY video tutorial to demonstrate how to make your own….
You will need
Double sided tape
Scalloped circle discs
Make your own Paper Pin-Wheel
Paper Pin-wheels are really simple to make and I think they look fab outside as well as indoors. You could also make miniature pin-wheels to use for card decorations!
I’ve been experimenting with my own video tutorials for a few months now, here is one that a created a couple of months back for a DIY Paper Pin-Wheel….
When I’m making something for the first time or trying to figure out how to make something new, I often turn to YouTube to figure out how it ‘s done.
I learn’t to crochet from watching various YouTube video’s because it helped me to understand the stitches rather than looking at a diagram in a book.
What do you think about video tutorials, do you find them easier to understand or do you prefer written instructions??
DIY Doily Tea Light Holder
Happy Wednesday everyone!
I bought 12 doily coasters from a charity shop a few months ago. I love them just for decorating the table but I knew that I had plenty to be creative with. So I made some cute DIY doily tea light holders that create a beautiful candlelit atmosphere.
To stay safe I purchased LED tea lights to use with them. To make your own you will need:
Mod Podge glue
LED tea lights
Choose a bowl that is a similar size to what you want your doily tea light holder to be. Cover this bowl with cling film.
Next place your doily in a separate bowl and cover in mod podge glue.
Place your glued doily over the bowl and smooth down with your fingers (you could use a paint brush if you’d prefer!) Leave to dry for 24 hours.
Once completely dry remove from the bowl by gently removing the cling film first, then pull the cling film from the doily bowl.
Pop a LED tea light in and voilà, your DIY doily tea light holder is complete!
You can do a lot with old cloth or paper doilys, I’ve started a doily craft pin board for inspiration
Happy Wednesday everyone!
I wanted to share with you this cute DIY Tea Towel tutorial.
These DIY Tea Towels would make an awesome gift or just look amazing in your own home!
What you will need:
- Plain white tea towels
- Fabric paint
- Heart stencil
- Paint brush
Place your white tea towel over the top of some newspaper on a flat surface. I purchase my Tea Towels from Ebay for 99p!
Place your heart stencil in the middle of your tea towel, use a ruler if you want to be exact!
I created my love heart stencil my simply folding an A4 piece of paper in half and free cut the heart shape.
Next spread a thin layer of your fabric paint onto a plate or other flat surface with a paint brush ( I used a piece of glass). I used Dylon Fabric paint which cost £2.50 per pot.
To create a clear print, dab your stamp into the paint to ensure you have a thin, even amount of paint on your stamp.
Fill the heart stencil with the various different stamps you have. I purchased these super cute Papermania Button Stamps .
To fix the design onto the tea towel you will need to cover the area with a clean cloth and iron on a hot setting for 1-2 minutes.
To finish my DIY Tea Towel I added a loop and secured with a button so that I can easily hang it up in my kitchen.
And your done!!
Whilst making my DIY Tea Towel I came across an adorable idea on Kidsomania that involved using carrots to print a design onto a tea towel, I thought it was so adorable I had to give it a try!
My cousin Juliet and myself have started to design some wedding stationary after we both designed the above order of service for her wedding this year.
We loved putting our heads together so we’ve decided to take this design and create a full wedding stationary package along with some other designs.
I’ve started on the save the date today and I’ve created this save the date luggage tag…..
There are already some amazing designs online and we hope that we can create some that are as amazing as these….
English Wedding Barn Theme
I love the rustic look of this wedding stationary! The theme was to reflect the bride and grooms love of Glastobury and I love it!
I love the mini bunting save the date! It’s so fun and I’d have no problem hanging this in my house until the big day. Super cute!
Join us in the woods
This wedding stationary set is just amazing, I love the laser cut invite,the animal field guide and just the whole rustic-ness of it all. It all fits perfectly for a wedding in the woods!
Baby Shower Favour Boxes
My friend Alison asked me if I could make some favour boxes for a baby shower she was hosting in a couple of weeks.
So i created these cute baby blocks in blue, pink and yellow that she could fill with dummy sweets and give out at the party.
They are available to download free for anyone to use and although these will be used as favour boxes they could be used as a gift box for a new arrival or simply used as decorations at a baby shower!
They are really simple to put together too, just print, cut and glue along the left hand ledge. I use my paper scorer to make clean folds but you could use a butter knife to create the creases.
It seems that more and more people are hosting baby showers in the UK so maybe I need to come up with some more ideas that people could use, I’ve started a Baby Shower pin board to get some inspiration!
And if anyone has an ideas they would like me to try just email me!