August 31, 2014

How to Make Wire Wrapped Tassel Caps

How to Make Wire Wrapped Tassel Caps Tutorial

If you didn’t know by now I can tell you, I’m partial to a good tassel. They make great decorations, fashion accessories, party props and of course jewellery additions. They can be pops of colour or tonal variations. Neutral or Natural. You can make them with cotton, silk, twine, beads… How I could go on. There are so many options for your next ruffly project and I’ve got yet another one right here for you. Why not give your tassel a little metallic sheen with these wire wrapped tassel caps? This technique make the tassels so easy to attach to everything you’ll be wire wrapping all your tassels from now on! The only thing left is to decide on which colour wire to use.

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Materials:

  • Threads/cords
  • 0.8mm Wire
  • Plier Set

Instructions:

1. Cut a piece of wire about 3″ long.

2. Hold one end of the wire in between the round/needle nose pliers around a third of the way from the tip. Start to wrap the wire around both of the plier points.

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3. Continue to wrap until you have used up all the wire.

4. Slide off the end of the pliers and using chain nose pliers fold the end inwards.

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4. Wrap the cord around your fingers into a loop several times.

5. Cut another piece of wire, thread it through the middle of the loop and wrap it around the threads once leaving one long end of wire. trim the shorter end down.

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6. Thread the end of wire attached to the cord through your spiral of wire.

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7. Fold over 90 degrees, trim to about 1cm and turn a loop. If you want to know more about perfecting basic jewellery making techniques like this one check out the Beads & Baubles ecourse.

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If you’re wondering what you can do with the tassels once you’ve made a whole bunch of them try making an Alternative Tassel Garland or this Easy Pillow Decoration. If you’re looking for something to adorn yourself with rather than your living room then try this Tassel Necklace DIY or a Tassel Bag Charm. So many things to do with tassels, so little time!

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August 24, 2014

How to Make Marbled Contact Paper Envelopes

Fall For DIY How to Make Marbled Envelopes

I recently received an unexpected note from Clemence who writes Oh The Lovely Things. It came so out of the blue it really got me thinking about the way I chose communicate with my friends and family. Most day to day texts, messages and emails are a flurry of information, hastily tapped out, thoughtless sentences that are crudely strung together. No creativity, no story. Just the facts and we’ll talk more about it face to face later.

And then there’s that other category; the people you’ve never met in real life but “speak” to on a regular basis. These last category can generally be the people I spend the most time writing replies to and developing relationships with. As much as I try to distinguish my personality in the words doesn’t it all feel so impersonal typing out emails that will inevitably end with the emotionless prerequisite of “Kind regards” or “Best wishes”. Boring right? We mean well but the words are so threadbare they barely register with any reader any more.

But when it comes to letter writing there’s something more permanent to the conversations. There’s a reason to embellish and a purpose to entertain. Letters are awaited and the words are cherished. Each one can be it’s own small work of art, including the stationary it’s written on! Who says envelopes cannot reflect our personalities as well? I couldn’t think of anything that portrays my current style better than this marbled contact paper, so I went for it!

Fall For DIY How to Make Marbled Envelopes tutorial

Materials:

Contact Paper

Envelopes

Pen

Scissors

Instructions:

1. Open out an envelope. I have this lovely gold shiny one the original note was sent in.

2. Place it onto the contact paper and trace around the outside. I’ve gone a few millimetres out from the envelopes edge to give me a little wiggle room and because I didn’t want to make the edge of the envelope.

3. Cut out the contact paper envelope template.

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4. Cut a small section from the ‘arms’ of the ready made envelopes. You can play spot the difference with the images above and below to see what I’ve cut off.

5. Slowly peal back the backing off the contact paper and stick the back/inside of the ready made envelope it.

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6. Press out any air bubbles.

7. Trim the excess contact paper so all edges line up neatly except the exposed section of the arms we originally cut off the ready made envelopes. Don’t cut this section off (see 3rd image down)

8. Start folding the envelope back into shape starting with the bottom tab. Fold it up so the ready made envelope in on the inside and the contact paper in now the outside of the envelope.

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9. Now fold both the sides inwards and press them down where the contact paper is exposed.

10. Finally fold the top tab down. To seal you can peal back the envelope from the contact paper and use that the adhere the envelope closed.

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Perfect for all those letters you’ve been meaning to write. No excuses!

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August 22, 2014

Make it Easy: Pink Pom Pom Sweater

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I know it’s cliché as a Brit to talk about the weather but I’m just going to admit it. I’m obsessed. Checking the days hourly weather forecast is usually one of the first things on the agenda in the morning and then carefully selecting (and most of the time incorrectly) a weather appropriate outfit for the day comes next. I hate getting caught short. I hate wearing sandals in torrential rain and jeans in the blazing sun. If I have the appropriate apparel I feel much more confident and ready to take on the day, instead of uncomfortable and out of place.

So my fellow UK readers will understand me when I say it’s getting a little chilly in these parts over the past week. It’s the middle of August and we layering up instead of stripping off, but I’m not ready to go back to my dark, moody, winter wardrobe yet. I still want colour and fun, and I haven’t got around to making those shorts I really wanted!

Materials

Pink Wooly Sweater

Mini Pom Poms

Needle and thread

Make it Easy: Sew the pom poms onto the jumper at regular intervals.

And you’re done!

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August 20, 2014

DIY Chrome & Concrete Planter

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Summer has been kind to our plant babies this year and they’re beginning to take over the flat. I’m very happy with this predicament as not only does it mean we get more greenery around our home but I get to make more planters because, well lets face it, if you’ve got the fauna to fill them you can never have enough! I also wanted to start working a bit of chrome into my projects. It’s like copper with that metallic sheen but without the smack in the face (with something pretty) hue. I love the subtlety of chrome on white. It’s barely visible yet has a luxurious, industrial aesthetic. The perfect accent to complement your next concrete project (yep, still working my way though that bag).

Fall For DIY Chrome and Concrete Planter tutorial

Materials:

White Concrete/Plaster of Paris

Silver Spray Paint

Cardboard

Masking tape

Plastic containers a little larger than your plant pots

Instructions:

1. Fold sturdy thin card into a box and tape up the edges to seal up all the gaps.

2. Mix the concrete or plaster to the packets instructions and pour into the box until it’s around 3/4 of the way full.

3. Press the two plastic containers into to concrete to create dips.

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4. Use tape to keep the box together and the containers from floating up out of the mixture.

5. Leave to dry for at least 24 hours until dry then peal off the tape and cardboard.

6. Masking tape up the top of the plaster to completely seal it off (I used masking tape and cardboard). The cover the rest of the plaster in craft glue.

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7. Once the glue is dry spray the unmasked sections. Leave to dry and then peal off the remaining tape.

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I’ve used terrarium style planters to contain any excess water within the glass. This helps to preserve the planter for longer. Excellent!

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