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

Gold Alphabet Magnets

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

DIY: Soap

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

Easter Ideas: Egg Painted Tote Bag

Egg Painted Tote Bag

I’ve had a go at making printed canvas bags before (here and here), as they are such an easy little DIY project. Those bags were made using transfer paper, my printer and Photoshop, but this one is even more simple, as it’s been made with fabric paint and buttons. It’s just an easy Easter craft that can hold all the little chocolate goodies that we all crave over the holidays, so give it a go.

Supplies

  • A cotton tote bag
  • 2 pieces of white card
  • Fabric paint
  • A selection of buttons
  • Glue and scissors
  1. Make a template by drawing a couple of egg shapes onto a piece of white card and cutting out the centres.
  2. Place the other piece of card inside the tote bag to stop the fabric paint from seeping through to the back.
  3. Place the template on top of the tote bag and paint over the egg shapes with fabric paint using a paint brush. Move the template around and paint as many eggs on as you like.
  4. Leave the paint to dry.
  5. If you want your tote bag to be washable you’ll want to seal on the paint using an iron (follow the individual instructions on your paint).
  6. Glue or sew on a variety of buttons to decorate the eggs and the empty spaces in between (sew them on if you want the bag to be washable, otherwise just use craft paint).
  7. Leave it all to dry before using it to carry around all your Easter goodies.

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Photo Credit: Lucy

Easter Ideas: Egg Garland

Egg Garland

You’ll know by now that I’m a garland fan (Christmas, Halloween, Valentine’s Day), so why wouldn’t I give one a go for Easter?! Again, this is so incredibly simple that it can barely be considered a DIY, but it’s something you’re making yourself that will make your home look pretty this season, so let’s not worry about the technicalities. You just need a needle, some thread and some appropriately shaped eggs for this project, and how far you go with it is up to you. I used two types of eggs for this: one was some pre-painted speckled foam, and one was yellow, glitter baking clay, which I pierced using a needle. Done.

Supplies

  • Baking clay
  • Foam eggs
  • Needle
  • Cotton
  1. Divide the baking clay into even pieces – I got 5 eggs out of mine, but if you make them a little smaller then you’ll get more.
  2. Pierce each egg with a needle to create a hole through the egg before baking according to the packet’s instructions.
  3. Once baked and cooled, collect together, alongside any other eggs you’ve chosen to use. Alternatively thread each type of egg onto the cotton using the needle, for as long as you want your garland to be.
  4. Hang in an appropriate spot in your home and enjoy.

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Photo Credit: Lucy