November 20, 2014

DIY Wooden Jar Lids

Fall For DIY Wooden Lidded Jars

Glass Jars. If you’re like me you probably have quite a few empty, unused glass jars collecting in a cupboard somewhere. So many different shapes and sizes from favourite jams, chutneys and sauces that make the most perfect containers, vases and candles if you can only find the perfect project. Well guys, I found it. Wooden Jar Lids! Instead of a project that transforms the glass of the jars this DIY is all about the lids turning each jar back into a useful storage solution. Only this time more beautiful than before!

Fall For DIY Wooden Lidded Jars tutorial

Materials:

Instructions:

1. Mix together equal parts of epoxy clay until completely smooth and roll flat with a clay roller or other cylindrical object.

2. Press the top of the lid firmly into the clay and cut around the lid with a craft knife.

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3. Leave the clay to harden overnight.

4. Place the lid onto the back of the contact paper, clay faced down and draw around it. Cut this out and stick onto the top of the lid.

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5. Measure the veneer around the edge of the lid and cut to size.

6. Make sure the veneer is lined up with the top of the jar lid and contact paper. Carefully begin to press the tip of the iron around the veneer to seal to the lid.

7. My contact paper and veneer had a slightly different tone so I sprayed a light layer of copper spray paint over both to even out the colour.

Fall For DIY Wooden Lidded Jar tutorial

Now your jars are ready to fill with all the things. I’ve already used mine for bathroom products and lentils in the kitchen (not together!) and I’m also planning on filling a few jars with homemade candles with homely wooden scents to make for Christmas presents. What are you filling your with?

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November 17, 2014

All in the Details | DIY Copper Wire Clothes Hangers

Fall For DIY Copper Clothes Hangers

I’ve tried – unsuccessfully – on and off for a few years now to add a fashion series to the blog. Ideally I wanted to combine it with a more personal post. Just a little backstory or insight into my little world to give me more of a chance of connecting with you guys. In my head these posts would include me, looking casual but stunning, out for a coffee or at a gallery. You know, the usual stuff I never have time for on a Saturday afternoon.

Along with the logistics of living in a damp country with hair that frizzes up at the mere sight of a cloud while not being a ‘hat person’, I’ve come to the reluctant conclusion I do not look good in photos. Now, I’ll admit there are photos I like of myself knocking around somewhere and I’ve managed to get taking photos of myself (in a small room with no one else around) down! But posing for a camera is just beyond my capabilities and it’s about time I accepted that.

With that in mind I decided to go down a new route. I created a space in my studio and set up this DIY Hanging Wardrobe Rail. My (exciting) new plan is to show the clothes hanging up here with styled surroundings that connect with and complement the outfits. (The pressure eases off immediately!) That decided I needed some clothes hangers that would look fantastic in these set ups, so I headed straight for the copper spray paint and here’s the result. I can’t wait to get it set up and give it a go. There’s even an extra special DIY backdrop coming your way next week to give the space something really special. Pop over to Homedit to see the full Copper Clothes Hangers post and follow me below to find out if the new styling works out as well as I hope!

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November 16, 2014

How to Write a Category Page with Mouse Overlay links

Fall For DIY How to write category pages

One of the best ways to keep people on your blog long enough to discover some of the hidden treasures is a category page. An easy to access, complete round up of all of you posts in one place making it easy to find new content and way more difficult to leave!

There are many ways to do this and depending on your technical know how you may be able to automatically create and update this each time you post, but for the rest of us we have to find another way. I’m going to show you the way to write HTML code on a page to create a table and fill it with images that link to different pages and I’m throwing in a little extra code that lets you overlay the image when the mouse hovers above.

Now, full disclosure, the way I write this is very old school. It’s the sort of thing a techie would scoff at for the lack of css (as my bosses at Handmake Me have done on several occassions!) This is definitely not the best way but it is the easiest (for me) to understand and allows even a novice to quickly add an organised, attractive category page.

This is the first row on my DIY Jewellery page

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This is what the code looks like for this (don’t panic. I’ll break this down). For anyone new to HTML it is a little overwhelming at first but it gets easier. I’ll also explain where you need to post your code later on in the tutorial.

<table border=”0″>
<tbody>
<tr>
<td><img onmouseover=”this.src=http://fallfordiy.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Fall-For-DIY_Decadent-Crystal-Necklaces-tutorial-overlay.jpg‘” onmouseout=”this.src=‘http://fallfordiy.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Fall-For-DIY_Decadent-Crystal-Necklaces-tutorial1.jpg’” alt=”DIY Decadent Crystal Necklaces” src=“http://fallfordiy.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Fall-For-DIY_Decadent-Crystal-Necklaces-tutorial1.jpg” width=”200″></td>
<td><img onmouseover=”this.src=‘http://fallfordiy.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Fall-For-DIY-Collar-Chain-Necklace-overlay.jpg’onmouseout=”this.src=http://fallfordiy.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Fall-For-DIY-Collar-Chain-Necklace.jpg’” alt=”DIY Collar Chain Necklace” src=“http://fallfordiy.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Fall-For-DIY-Collar-Chain-Necklace.jpg” width=”200″></td>
<td><img onmouseover=”this.src=‘http://fallfordiy.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Fall-For-DIY-Gold-Cuff-Earrings-overlay.jpg’onmouseout=”this.src=http://fallfordiy.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Fall-For-DIY-Gold-Cuff-Earrings.jpg’” alt=”DIY Faux Gold Cuff Earrings” src=“http://fallfordiy.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Fall-For-DIY-Gold-Cuff-Earrings.jpg” width=”200″></td>
</tr>
</tbody>
</table>

Before you start writing your own personalised code you will need two images that will inform the reader what the post is about. I have a basic image to start with and the same image with a brief title over the top for the mouse hover. You can do whatever you like here. You can use different images, image to text, text to image or play with light and colour. Go nuts. Upload these into your blogs media files and copy and paste the URL of each into a word file ready to use.

Let’s get started with the code. You will always need to start the table with:

<table border=”0″>
<tbody>

and end it with:

</tbody>
</table>

all the code for the images and links needs to be in the middle of these.

Next we have <tr> which gives us a new row to work with. I have three boxes in each row of my table so after three links I close this with </tr> to signal the end of the row and then open the next starting with <tr> again.

Now we’ve started a row we need to start a column using <td>. You’ll need to add this to the start of each link and add </td> to the end of each link as well.

Once this is done we need to add the images. After <td> copy and paste <img onmouseover=”this.src= then ‘your image URL’ for the mouse over. Remember to close the quotation marks starting at “this.src and ending after the image URL’.

Adding the second image is exactly the same apart from the beginning which is: onmouseout=”this.src= When you read this it’s pretty obvious to see which image is meant to go where is which so that helps a little.

Now add your link source after src=“Blog post link”

I’ve added width=”200″> at the end of the image URL before > to make sure all of my links are the correct size. (you can add height=”200″ as well if you like) and an alt= after one of the images to help with SEO.

for an even quicker way of doing this just copy and paste the code below into the “text” or HTML section of a new page and change the colourful bits for your own images and links.

<table border=”0″>
<tbody>
<tr>
<td><img onmouseover=”this.src=‘mouse over image’onmouseout=”this.src=‘mouse out image’” alt=”” src=“Blog post URL” width=”200″></td>
<td><img onmouseover=”this.src=‘mouse over image’onmouseout=”this.src=‘mouse out image’” alt=”” src=“Blog post URL” width=”200″></td>
<td><img onmouseover=”this.src=‘mouse over image’onmouseout=”this.src=‘mouse out image’” alt=”” src=“Blog post URL” width=”200″></td>
</tr>
</tbody>
</table>

That should do the trick!

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November 14, 2014

Make it Easy | Paperclip Necklace

Gold paperclip necklace

Whoa! It feels like an age since I last posted! It’s actually only been two weeks, but I’ve missed it so I’m easing back into it with this Make it Easy: Paperclip Necklace. If you don’t follow me on Instagram (take a look for some holiday snaps) or Facebook you may have wondered which edge of the world I decided to drop off. I was in fact in Florida and Mexico relaxing and trying to take my mind off work (so much easier said than done!) and even though work has been on my mind I’ve been making a conscious decision to try not to do any… which means I now have a lot to catch up on! If you’ve commented on a post in the past few weeks I promise I’ll be answering soon. Thanks for being so patient with me! But until then it’s the weekend! Sit back, relax and Make it Easy.

Materials:

*I’ve done the hard work for you and found links so you can easily buy the materials I’ve used if you like. Click on the materials above to go straight to them. They are affiliate links so if you choose to buy I make a tiny bit of dollar to put towards new projects!

Instructions:

1. Cut the necklace chain halfway down the length.

2. Thread the paperclip onto either side of the necklace chain.

That’s it. Easy right!?

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