October 1, 2014

DIY Macrame Hanging… Pumpkins

Fall For DIY Hanging Macrame Pumpkins

Octobers of the past always hold such great memories for me. Not only is it my birthday month (more on that later) but luckily it falls just a few days before Halloween. My childhood birthday parties were spent having the best sleepover parties. All dressed up like witches in black bin bag dresses (we were creative) and cardboard pointed hats watching Hocus Pocus, Death Becomes Her and Beetlejuice.

Then I discovered pumpkin pie and things just got a whole better! It’s taken a long time for the UK to embrace the humble squash and some of the more exotic varieties are still only available at farmers markets or one of a few dwindling independent grocers. You can get yourself a pumpkin from the supermarket on the run up to halloween so I usually stock up around now.

I’m making my pumpkins work for me this year. I’m creating an Autumnal ambience in my flat ready for the cooler weather. I can’t wait to start mulling everything in site and curling up in blankets and never leaving the flat… except for work and to replenish my mulling supplies. So with this in mind I’m making macrame hangers to give my gourds pride of place. What’s even better is when Halloween comes around they’re so easy to pop outside in a flash!

Fall For DIY Hanging Pumpkins

Materials:

  • Pumpkin
  • 7m Rope
  • Hook
  • Ring

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Instructions:

1. Cut the rope into four equal lengths and fold all of them in half together.

2. Push them through your ring at the halfway point then thread the ends through the loop in the rope . This will secure your rope to the ring with the loose ends hanging down.

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3. Section off two of the loose ends that fall together. Tie one of these ropes in a knot around the other about 20 cm / 8″ down the rope.

4. Do this another three times until you have four strands of two ropes. Bring the two strands that are closest together at the front into the middle.

5. Take one rope from each strand and knot one around the other about 10 cm / 4″ from the last knot.

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6. Take the remaining ropes from these two front strands and tie around the nearest rope from the outer two strands.

7. You will be left with two ropes on the very outside. Tie one of these ropes around the other at the back of the piece (or turn the whole thing over and tie around the front).

8. Separate the front two ropes and tie each one to an outer rope. Turn over and do the same thing on the other side.

9. Take all of the ropes together and tie into a knot at the bottom.

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10. Carefully slip in the pumpkin through one of the gaps at the top. Try not to move the knots around too much when you’re doing this.

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How great would these look hanging out on a porch? If you make some please tag me #fallfordiy on Instagram so I can take a look at your hanging pumpkins wherever you are!

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September 29, 2014

DIY Paint Dipped Picture Frames

Fall For DIY Paint Dipped Picture Frames

A lot of focus in my office update is going on practical solutions and furniture makeovers. I’m spending most of my time and efforts in creating a space that is clutter free, organised and easy to work in. This is a much bigger project than I had previously thought. It turns out my clutter is not organised so easily…. Because of this one of the things I have been overlooking is a little decoration. Like everything else I’ve been keeping the walls clean and white, but although having a blank canvas to work on might be great for photos, it’s not so good for the inspiration. In all truth it just gets a little boring.

So I need something to brighten the placce up a little, but I’m very wary of going too far the other way. Having too much stimulus can become overbearing and confusing. It’s hard enough for me to concentrate on one thing at a time so having a lot of pretty things to attract my attention might be a little counterproductive. So that said, I have to find a mid ground. The holy grail of decor. Clean, clear, organised and beautifully decorated. No problem… (hmmm)

Homedit DIYs

Luckily I’ve teamed up with Homedit to make a weekly decorative DIY that will serve the purpose of creating a beautiful space. A DIY purely for making our homes more wonderful. It’s the small details that can make such a huge difference. The first of these is this Paint Dipped Frames tutorial. Pop on over to Homedit to find out how I made them.

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September 28, 2014

Simple Skills | Dipped

Fall For DIY Simple Skills Dipped

The thing about this tutorial is it seems a bit self explanatory really. Can I actually get away with a skills tutorial on dipped pencils!? It seems a bit patronising and I know you guys can figure out how to dip a pencil into a can of paint… not rocket science here is it? But then I started thinking about all the stupid mistakes I make on a daily basis. How I’ve expected something to be easy and overlooked a key component that changes the outcome. Hopefully in this new series, Simple Skills I will make all the mistakes for you and at the same time show different outcomes of different techniques.

So this DIY is looking at the effects of dipping. There’s a difference between dipped and taped off. The end result is similar but with subtle differences that can change the overall finish. If you want clean, uniform lines then taping is the way forward, but if you want something a little random and irregular go for a ‘free’ dip which will result in a more natural effect and thicker paint.

Materials:

Tips:

  • Pour/keep the paint in a tall container that is large enough to dip the object into. Don’t pour the paint all the way to the top as it will pour over the top when you dip.
  • Ensure the dipped object is clean and debris free. You don’t really want bits flaking off into the paint or chipping off once the paint is dry.
  • Dip object into paint. Think about where you’d like the line to fall and if you want it horizontal or slanted and angle the object accordingly.
  • Hold the object above the paint for a few minutes to leave the excess paint to drip off.

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  • Leave the paint to dry and the excess paint to drip off. Keep turning the object as it dries so that you’re not left with drip marks.

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September 26, 2014

Fall For… Making the Rounds

Fall For… Making the Rounds DIYs

In most cases if we’re talking rounds I’ll be propping up a bar somewhere having a great time. Partying aside, rounds have always been a popular shape in every design aspect. I mean who doesn’t love a good polka dot every now and then. This round up (yep) includes a collection of great DIY ways to get more circles into you life and why wouldn’t you? Easy on the eye, soft and comforting. This round’s on me: 

  1. Mouse Mat by the ever talented Rachel at The Crafted Life.
  2. Northstory upcycles always amaze me and this hanging planter is no exception.
  3. I’ve got a total blog crush on Monstercircus. These copper bangles are a DIY dream.
  4. Who doesn’t love it when a project is made easy. This rope bowl kit from Etsy does just that.
  5. And for those days you don’t want to DIY – Buy! My favourite is this half moon tassel necklace.
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