It’s been a while since my last jewellery DIY post. Recently I’ve been making a lot of interior accessories rather than the wearable kind. Maybe it’s the weather. It brings out the nesting instinct inside of me. I want my home to be full of wonderful, shiny things because I’m not leaving again until spring… (well, if I had my way anyway). I’ve also been blogging for a couple of interior design focussed blogs (Design*Sponge and Homedit for anyone who missed the memo) and so a lot of my research has been focussed on this area. This tutorial actually came from a little left over clay I had working on a different project (you’ll have to wait for next week to see that) and after I made this I thought it was so cute I just had to share it with you! Some of my favourite ever DIY’s are the unplanned, impromptu, I just had to share this kind so I hope you like it as much as I do!
- Polymer/Air Dry Clay
- Beading Awl/Skewer
- Black nail varnish
- Cotton Cord
- Cord Ends
- Jump Rings
1. Roll out a thin sausage of clay. Make sure the outer sides are smooth and wrinkle free.
2. Use the awl/skewer to poke through a hole at each end of the clay.
3. Roll over so that the holes are horizontal and curve into a horseshoe shape.
4. Either bake (on a low heat for about half an hour) or leave the clay to air dry. Once cool/hard paint irregular black spots all over the horseshoe.
Mix up the spots painting bigger and smaller spots randomly over the clay.
5. Cut the cotton cord into two equal sized pieces that are both the length required for the necklace. (Check this by wrapping the cord around your neck and testing the length.)
6. Thread each piece through one of the holes and bring both ends together.
7. Close the cord ends over each double cord and attach a clasp using jump rings (check out our ecourse Beads & Baubles to learn more about these techniques)
I might have mentioned this before but I have a little obsession with lampshades. So much so it took a surprising amount of time to make this DIY waste paper basket lampshade. They’re one of the things that immediately grabs my attention and done right can make even the simplest decor look amazing. This is especially important when you’re trying to make an impact on a budget or can’t make any drastic changes to you home. It’s so much a part of how I judge a new bar or local restaurant refurbishment that Al will often ask what I think of the lampshades (rather than the food, drinks, atmosphere) and gage my thoughts on my response. Yes, this is fickle and yes, I do go to places where the lampshades are not my personal favourites, but I always remember how much I dislike them… every time.
When you place this much emphasis on lampshades in places you only spend an hour or so a week (at most) it’s really hard to choose the right one for somewhere you spend half your life. My home office has gone shadeless for almost a year now. I could have changed it 12 times over but instead the pressure to pick the right shade overwhelmed me and I ended up with nothing… ridiculous! So I finally gave myself a little kick and decided to make this shade made from a waste paper basket. And guess what? I love it!
These are words I’ve been trying to live by for this past year. I’m sure a lot of you can relate to this. I’ve spent hours thinking(/eating/staring aimlessly into space) whilst preparing for (many) a project. I’ve found that 9 times out of 10 it’s better just to get started and deal with the hurdles as they come. This project is a classic example of this theory. If there’s something you’re putting off just start. Cut it down into steps and get the first one done, then the second. You’ll more than likely find it was much easier than you were expecting and you might even be surprised by the outcome!
But before you do that make sure you pop over to Homedit to see the whole tutorial to make your own waste paper basket lampshade!
Ladies of the apprentice listen up now. You do not need to put LED lights in the collar of a jacket to really sparkle at a party. In fact unless you’re a cyclist it’s probably best to avoid flashing lapels at all costs. I mean, really guys? You had me sold at the pocket charger (seriously, why hasn’t this been invented yet?) But if you are still feeling like you need something a little special to stand out from the crowd and need that extra layer to stay warm in the cold weather then look no further. I have the answer!
(My apologies to anyone reading this who does not watch the UK apprentice, but I think you get the jist…)
I love the shape and placement of the rhinestones on this crystal embroidered jumper. They’re like little shiny exclamation marks, making it all that much more exciting. At £285 it enough to set your heart racing as it is, but you can DIY your own version for much less!
- Lay the jumper flat and place the rhinestones around until you’re happy with the look. (You could dab a little fabric glue on the rhinestones now to keep them in place)
- Sew each stone onto the jumper using a needle and thread. Go over each rhinestone a number of times to make sure they are secure.
And that’s it! Told you it was easy.
I decided I wanted to make a hanging wardrobe rail just because I liked the idea of it. I’d seen quite a few of them around Pinterest that looked amazing and I’d picked up some metal pole tubes in a clearance sale (knowing full well I’d use them for something). It turns out this is one of the most useful DIY’s I’ve made… maybe ever!
Obviously as a blogger it’s great to have somewhere pretty to hang up plants, clothes, jewellery and, well… pumpkins to take photos but it’s also really nice to have a place to hang tomorrow’s outfits (this makes a big difference to my morning routine!) and add a little more greenery to the whole proceedings.
- Metal Tube
- Screw Hooks
- Spray Paint
1. Spray the pole evenly on each side. Spray thin layers and leave to dry fully between each one.
2. Measure where to screw the holes into the ceiling by lining the pole against the ceiling and marking a point at each end with a pencil. Make sure these points are both the same distance from the wall.
3. Screw the hooks into the ceiling where you’ve made the markings.
4. Knot the rope around one hook and thread the other end through the pole. Then knot the other end to the other hook.
5. Move the pole along the cord until it lays completely straight with equal lengths of rope at each end.
It’s really easy to change the colour of the poles and cord to create different effects. I’m also looking forward to trying out a tree branch with leather straps. Try out different materials and be inventive with the colours. Keep and eye on my Instagram account to see what I’m getting up to with my hanging rail and let me know your favourite!