DIY: Frosted Quote Mirror

A friend of ours is in the process of buying her first house so we have been thinking of ideas of presents to buy her as a moving in gift. She is someone who really appreciates homemade gifts, I think because she doesn’t possess the same creative capabilities as Lucy and I. Having seen a can of frosting spray when I’d been out shopping for crafting supplies, I came up with the idea of creating a piece of wall art using a mirror and a thoughtful quote. It turned out exactly as we’d hoped and we know our friend will absolutely love the thought and effort that we have put into it.

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What You’ll Need

  • A mirror
  • Frosting spray paint
  • A4 white sticker

Instructions

  1. Type your chosen words on to an A4 sized page in Photoshop. I used Brannboll in size 160pt.
  2. Print these words on to your A4 sticker and cut them out.
  3. Clean the mirror thoroughly and stick the words on in your chosen position.
  4. Take your mirror and frosting spray outside or to a well ventilated area. Completely cover the mirror using the frosting spray, following the instructions on the side of the can.
  5. Apply approximately 3 coats of the frosting spray, making sure that the paint is completely dry before applying each.
  6. Once the last coat is dry, slowly peel off the words one-by-one to reveal your masterpiece! 
  7. Fix your mirror on your chosen wall using the fixings provided.

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DIY Scrapbook Inspired Box Frame

 

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What you’ll need

  • 1x 8x8in scrapbook page (I used pearlised cardboard)
  • Embellishments
  • A short piece of ribbon
  • 2x 4x3in  Project Life cards
  • Double-sided tape
  • 8x8in box frame
  • 2x photos (I used 1 6x4in and 1 4x3in)

Instructions

  1. Place all the pieces on the scrapbook page as you would like them to appear in your frame. I started with the Project Life cards, then added my photos and then added the embellishments last.
  2. Once everything is in place, use the double-sided tape to stick each component onto the scrapbook page one by one.
  3. Place the completed page into the box frame.
  4. Mount the frame on the wall of your choice with the fittings provided.

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Making loom band bracelets

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Unless you’ve been living on another planet for the past few months, you will have heard about loom bands. If for some reason these two words mean nothing to you, then let me explain what I mean. Loom bands are small rubber bands that can be linked together to make bracelets or other items, depending on how adventurous you want to be. Even though they are aimed primarily at children I thought I’d join the craze and buy myself a couple of packets and have a go at making some. As you can see from the photos above, I’ve already made 6 bracelets using tutorial videos I’ve found on YouTube. This has really taken me back to my childhood when I used to be spend hours making friendship bracelets for me and my friends. I think activities like this are a great way to keep kids occupied, away from video games and tablets. Take a look at a few of my favourite tutorials below.

 

 

DIY: Gold Alphabet Magnets

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I always like to add a bit of interest to those rooms in my home which are pretty generic, like the bathroom or the kitchen – the rooms that have more functionality and can sometimes lack a little personality. My kitchen is pretty small, it just about fits all the necessary pieces of equipment (fridge, oven, washing machine) and storage space, so I do try and add some interest where I can, like a portion of chalkboard space on the back of the door. This time I wanted to add a little something to the fridge, to use as something both pretty and practical and so I thought some revamped alphabet letter magnets might be just the trick. And they turned out great, I’m really enjoying making words and phrases, as well as sticking little notes up. A lovely addition to the kitchen, for a couple of pounds and an hour or less of time.

Supplies

  • Alphabet magnets (I got two packs from Amazon)
  • Sand paper
  • Newspaper
  • Gold spray paint
  1. Place newspaper on an outside work space.
  2. Put the magnets on the newspaper, a few centimetres apart.
  3. Lightly spray the letters with paint, keeping the can approximately 30cm away from the items you are spraying. Allow to dry.
  4. Repeat the spray painting until you have covered all of the letters thoroughly and you can’t see the original colours through the paint. This will take 3 to 4 light coats.
  5. Allow to dry thoroughly before sticking to the fridge.

Please note: This is not a craft project for children.

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Photo Credit: Lucy

DIY: Olive Oil & Almond Milk Soap

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Soap making, much like candle making, is one of those things that you always think is going to be more difficult than it actually is when you give it a try. I hope to make a few different types of soap as the time goes on, just to find flavours and colours that I enjoy most, but for a first attempt this turned out pretty well. And it’s one of those crafts that would make a perfect gift for loved ones, wrapped simply in some kraft paper and string.

Supplies

  • Olive Oil soap base (400g makes approx. 2 medium bars)
  • Scent ( I used 2ml of almond milk flavour)
  • Metal moulds
  • Dried flower petals (optional)

Cut the soap base into small chunks and place into a glass bowl. Put a small pan of water onto boil, turn down to a simmer and put the bowl on top of the pan.

Stir continuously until the soap base has melted completely and no lumps remain. Remove from the heat and add the scent.

Pour the soap into the moulds, leave for a minute and then add some dried petals on top, if you’d like.

Put the moulds into the freezer for 20 minutes to help the soap to set and to make it easier to remove the soap from the moulds.

If you have trouble removing the soap from the moulds, dip into warm water until they become loose enough to release.

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Photo Credit: Lucy

DIY: Fabric Embroidery Hoops Art

DIY: Fabric Embroidery Hoops

It’s always good to try new and different kinds of artwork for any blank walls you have, or to mix new stuff in with other artwork that you already own and have hung in your home. I’ve decided to change up a couple of the pieces above my desk, the original of which you can see here, so I thought it would be fun to not go with something standard or of the norm. That’s why today I’m bringing you a simple DIY to create your very own little pieces of art, and it’s something that only requires a few supplies.

Supplies

  • Three embroidery hoops – different sized ones look best
  • A large piece of fabric – mine was 50cm x 55cm and I had some left over
  • Thin marker pen
  • Scissors

1. Place the piece of fabric pattern side down on a surface and place one of the embroidery hoops close to one of the corners. Use the marker pen to carefully draw around the hoop.

2. Cut out the circle, leaving a few milimetres around the outside.

3. Unscrew the fastening at the top of the hoop, leaving two separate pieces – one slightly bigger than the other. Place the slightly larger hoop on your surface, followed by the circular piece of fabric, followed finally by the smaller hoop.

4. Push the smaller hoop inside the larger hoop, trapping the fabric in between them and screw the top back together, securing it all in place.

5. Repeat with the other two hoops and display as you wish.

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Photo Credit: Lucy