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

Fall For DIY Make it Easy 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

Fall For DIY Chrome and Concrete Planter

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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August 17, 2014

How to Make a Miniature Loom

Fall For DIY How to make a miniature loom

You know how I love to take the big trends, shrink them down and make jewellery out of them..? Well of course it was only a matter of time until I started weaving up some miniature accessories. Woven wall hangings are a must have for any hipster home these days (yes.. I do have one….) but if you don’t fancy decorating your house with them why not decorate yourself instead? I’ve used an simple rectangular shape for this tutorial but it’s so easy to change the shape of the loom and make more interesting pieces. I’ll be posting more on weaving shapes and turning your pieces into jewellery later so follow us to make sure you don’t miss that! You can find the links to your fave social media site at the bottom of this post.

Materials:

Wood Block

Nails

Hammer

Embroidery threads

Tapestry Needle

Crochet Hook (optional)

Instructions:

1. Take a small block of wood and sand any rough edges.

2. Hammer nails along the top and bottom about 5mm 1/4″ apart. Make sure you have an equal amount of nails at the top and bottom.

3. Tie on lengths of your warp cord over one top nail and one bottom nail. Do this along all the nails.

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4. Using a crochet needle (or skewer) separate the warp threads by threading the needle over the first then under the second. Continue to go over each odd number and under the evens.

5. Thread your weft thread (the thread going across) onto a needle and thread it through the middle using your hook and a guide.

6. Remove the crochet hook, push the thread to the top and the begin to weave the crochet hook through the warp threads again but this time going under the odd numbers and over the evens.

7. Thread your weft thread through this gap again, using the hook as a guide.

8. Continue these steps changing threads and building up patterns as you go.

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Hopefully this post wasn’t too dull for you super crafty lot. I wanted to make it as simple as possible to cover the basics of weaving. In future posts I want to explore shape, design and fun stuff like tassels to make it all a little more interesting…

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