I love super easy and affordable DIY’s. They are fun as there is no stress involved and you don’t feel guilty if they don’t come out as envisioned or if they aren’t used as often. These cake toppers are as easy as child’s play, in fact a child could do it, and it looks cute on cakes and cupcakes.
What you’ll need:
- Large Glitter Stars in Shades of Pink
- Equal Number of toothpicks
- Bostic Liquid glue
- Take each star and add a drop of glue in the center.
- Gently press the end of a toothpick into the glue and position star symmetrically.
- Leave to dry on a flat surface with the star face down.
Simple as that!
You know I’ve been looking for the perfect DIY installment for the blank wall above my bed for a while now, as documented here. I finally decided on these polka dots as they inject just the right amount of colour and add a little balance. I love how whimsical it feels! Ideally I’d have a headboard like this and room for two new bedside tables, but this will do for now. Supplies:
- Paper in different colours and textures (I used all my scraps from crafting)
- A bowl or round object that can be used for tracing circles, roughly 10 cm in diameter
- Trace as many circles as you can on your paper and cut the circles. The exact number of circles needed depends on the size of your wall. I used about 22 circles.
- Start by sticking a circle roughly in the middle of the wall or the focused area of the wall.
- From there make a few clusters of 2 or 3 circles in different directions, mapping out the size of your installation if you aren’t doing an entire wall.
- Fill in large blank spots with single circles.
- Step back every now and again to assess whether any adjustments need to made.
I recently moved a double bed into my room and ever since the blank wall above it has been bothering me. DIY seems to be the most cost effective option, so here are some of my favourite ideas.
1. Chevron Painted Canvas
I’ve done this before for my boyfriend’s apartment and it really is super easy. The most time consuming part is drawing the pattern with pencil. Remember to start with the lightest colour and then be careful when painting with the darker colour.
2. Heart Bunting
This couldn’t be simpler. I think this would be best to add a little interest if you already have height courtesy of a headboard or pillows. It adds a nice pop of colour and a little interest.
3. Hand Painted Wall
This beautiful statement wall is Elsie’s from a Beautiful Mess. Follow her steps to create this here. Don’t do the entire wall, rather do a few lines centred above the bed.
4. Material Tassels
Create a few tassels from material rather than crinkle paper to create a more muted decoration for above the bed.
5. Paper Heart Wall Art
This is great for children’s rooms as the children can make it on their own. Get the DIY guide here.
6. Art Wall
This is the least affordable option but possibly the most impressive. Buy secondhand frames and spray them all in the same colour scheme. Get creative with your art as there are some amazing free printables on the web. Pretty cards and favourite quotes add a personal touch. Get the DIY guide here to see how to assemble it.
I got this DIY idea here from A Pair & A Spare for Vogue Australia. It is really a super easy way to make earrings that look really professional. The only tip I can share is that it might be best to cut your design from the plastic before sticking the jewels, as I couldn’t get into all the small spaces. Luckily you can only see it when you’re very near. Happy weekend!
Inspired by some the floral headgear worn at the summer music festivals, I decided to share my easy to achieve floral headband. It has become somewhat predictable to wear a floral crown at a festival, but it still makes a pretty picture. This could also be great for weddings or just because…
What you’ll need:
- Paper craft roses, about 10
- Plain, flat Alice band
- 1 m Thin Sateen Ribbon, in a matching colour
- Clear Drying Glue, such as Bostik
What to do:
- Starting at the center of the band, wrap the each flower’s wire around the band as tightly as possible. Trim any excess wire not necessary to keep the flower in place.
- When done wrapping the flowers, make sure that they are evenly spaced and that each flower is facing upright.
- Place a little glue under each flower head and gently press the flower onto the band. Let dry.
- Starting at one end of the band, tightly wrap the ribbon around it taking care to cover all the wire and leaving gaps for the flowers.
- Glue each end of the ribbon on to the band and leave to dry.
- Check that there are no exposed wires from the roses before wearing.
P.S. Don’t worry about the wire from the flowers as it is super flexible and covered so it won’t hurt.
To celebrate Valentine’s day I’ve decided to share the love with these free Valentine’s day printable postcard cards. There are two designs available, card 1 below and card 2 above. So choose your favourite!
Both designs are PDF documents with two sides- a front design and a back with space to write your Valentine a lovely message. They are best printed both sides on quality card stock. Just be sure to check your printer’s weight limit before printing.
I love making jewellery that is simple, foolproof and just plain pretty! I’ve made these earrings a thousand times and decided to share this simple DIY with you just in time for Valentine’s Day. It leaves you with more than enough time to go and buy the necessities and create a beautiful pair for each of your girlfriends. The simplest gift made with love are often the best!
What you will need:
- A pair of pliers that can do delicate work
Both the earring hooks and charms can be bought at your local bead shop for relatively cheap. I go to Kaqala Beads in Cape Town.
What to do:
- Bend the earing hook’s loop open with pliers.
- Place charm in earing hook.
- Close the loop. Finito!
It might not be Christmas season yet, but the gift-giving season sure has arrived. With all the weddings, Kitchen Teas and Baby showers there are a lot of cards or gift tags to be made- depending on your preference.
I love making DIY cards as they are easy, cost effective and much more personal than just any shop bought card. Here are two cards I made recently.
I recently bought me a glue-pen from the craft shop, and it is the best tool I’ve bought yet. As you can see it is great when used with glitter. You can even write someone’s name or a cute message. I have to add though that I bought the thicker pen, which means that I can’t create a very delicate design, but I like the boldness of the pen.
Here are a few must haves for card making!
- Glitter Alphabet Letters
- Washi Tape- can spruce up any old gift tag
- Gross Grain Ribbons- To add colour and attach gift tag
- Glitter in all shapes and colours
- Quality card stock- Should be textured and thick
- Metallic Pens
- ZIG Glue Pen
Do share any ideas and must haves of yours. Happy card making!