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UPCYCLING DIY | Braided Tee Planter

UPCYCLING DIY | Braided Tee Planter

I am a big fan of green in my house. As I mentioned in an earlier post, my temporary home already felt more like a proper home after adding plants in my living room. But as usual I craved more and wanted to add plants in other rooms as well, like my kitchen and bedroom.

Finding affordable plants was pretty easy, but finding affordable planters that look nice was a completely different story. Not to mention that I didn’t want to be wasteful, since I am living in a temporary home and don’t want to hoard stuff that I have to throw out later.
My solution: using old materials to make something new and make an upcycling project!

Normally I would thrift planters for projects like this, but the local thrift store didn’t have any.. Luckily, Ikea has the cheapest flower pots that are perfect for this tutorial.

Add a few old tees or shirts and you have all of the main supplies for this very easy and quick DIY!

Are you ready to make your own braided planter?
Here’s how:


DIY:

UPCYCLING DIY | Braided Tee Planter

MATERIALS

– Old shirts
– Flowerpot (I used the cheapest Ikea planter I could find)
– Glue Gun
– Scissors

UPCYCLING DIY | Braided Tee Planter

STEP 1

– Place the tee on a flat surface and cut horizontal strips of fabric with your scissors.

UPCYCLING DIY | Braided Tee Planter

STEP 2

– Pull on the strands of fabric, this will make them curl up.

UPCYCLING DIY | Braided Tee Planter

STEP 3

– Take 3 strands of fabric and place something heavy at the top. Start braiding a regular three strand braid.

UPCYCLING DIY | Braided Tee Planter

STEP 4

– Once you reach the end of the strands, add a new piece of fabric to the end by using a simple knot. And continue braiding.
– Repeat this until you have enough to cover the entire planter.*
– Add a drop of glue with your glue to the end of the braid to secure the braid and stop it from unfolding.

* You can wrap the braid around the planter every once in a while to see if you have enough.

UPCYCLING DIY | Braided Tee Planter

STEP 5

– Once you have finished braiding the strands of fabric it is time to attach it to the planter.
– Add dots of glue to the top of the planter with your glue gun and press the braid against it.

UPCYCLING DIY | Braided Tee Planter

STEP 6

– Repeat step 5 for the entire planter, glueing small parts* and attaching the braid until you have covered the entire pot.

* Since the glue from a glue gun cools off pretty fast, it is best to do this process with small steps.

UPCYCLING DIY | Braided Tee Planter

And that is it! You now have a very inexpensive fabulous looking planter!!

Tip: If you have an old tee in a different color, you can spray paint the planter in a similar color before attaching the braid to get an even and finished look.

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FEATURE | Embroidered Velvet Bag

FEATURE | Embroidered Velvet Bag

Velvet has been my ultimate favourite material last year and I really don’t plan on stopping my girly craze for 2017. Luckily the amazing Mollie Makes magazine shares my passion for this soft and lush style and we collaborated on this embroidered Velvet Pouch.

This blush pink velvet was a treat to work with, my sewing machine just flew through the fabric and turning it into this pouch-like bag was so much fun to do! Complete with a tassel and a hand embroidered detail, it felt like I could go back to the roaring twenties sporting this cutie :)
And even though it has that vintage feel to it, it somehow goes with anything! (see me wearing jeans in the photo).

Are you ready to sew your own velvet embroidered bag? It’s easy! Get yourself the latest Mollie Makes Issue and start crafting away with this tutorial.

 

FEATURE | Embroidered Velvet Bag

RESOLUTIONS | How I Went From Baby Spice to Sporty Spice with Yoga

RESOLUTIONS | How I Went From Baby Spice to Sporty Spice with Yoga

If you would have told me last year that I would be writing a blogpost about a form of working out, let alone include pictures of me wearing a tight yoga outfit I really would have called you crazy.


This post is a pretty personal one, because it comes down to how I feel about my body and the embarrassment of never really having exercised in my life. Reading about other people with similar stories online has really helped me, and to give a little bit back and maybe/hopefully help and encourage others I am sharing my story with you. 


A short bio of my non-workout past (which all of you ‘Baby Spices’ might identify with)

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Yes, this is me in a pink dress, barbie heels and jewelry

The title already reveals it, I have always been the ‘baby spice’ of the group. (yes this is a Spice Girl reference, because they are the best and I was a big fan when I was young: girl power!) I wore pig tails, pink skirts and never did any form of sport (except one year of horseback riding, which obviously didn’t help me get rid of my girly reputation..)

It is an understatement to say that I don’t like exercising, I never have and trust me I tried. Reading about this subject online in preparation for this blogpost I felt a huge relief, because it turns out that I am not alone in this! I have read forums where I spotted similar stories and it felt great to be part of a big misunderstood group of people.

I am and always have been very aware of the necessity of moving around, because it keeps you healthy. So I bike everywhere I go, take long walks, etc. Not to mention that if I didn’t do this and keep eating my favourite food cravings and the occasional glass of wine I wouldn’t fit into my clothes anymore;)

But, a part of me still wanted to fit in, literally and figuratively. I have always been insecure about my body, which I think many of you might recognise. When I turned 15 my, ahum, ‘rear end’ decided to grow two dress sizes, while the rest of my body stayed the same.. (which is why I rarely wear trousers) Only an extreme diet or very regular exercise might be a solution to get my body more balanced out, but I am just not prepared to go that far. (also, I would lie if I said that there isn’t the occasional voice in my head that wants me to be slimmer. But the realist in me is already really happy to get more strength and tone my body)
It did however encourage me to keep searching for a form of workout that I did not hate. So after trying: jogging, going to the gym, swimming, biking and group workout classes, I noticed that besides the form of workout I also didn’t like to schedule my workouts on a set date and time. My work schedule and daily mood is not regular, so why should my exercise be?

RESOLUTIONS | How I Went From Baby Spice to Sporty Spice with Yoga

Yoga

I decided to approach it in a way that I approach most of my projects: google. I searched for things that I could do at home and that didn’t require any special items, machines, etc. That is when I found my favourite youtube channel: Yogawithadriene. She has become pretty popular so you might have heard of her. Besides a ton of awesome (free!) yoga videos she also has a playlist called ’30 days of yoga’. Those 30 days introduced me to Yoga and it was the first time in my life that I actually managed to do things that I was never able to do before. (touch my toes while bending forward for instance;)

I realised that I love to get more strength, instead of being able to run fast and it is so much harder (in a good way) than I thought.

Now, before I go all crazy and start to sound like a spokesperson for yoga, I wouldn’t say that it changed my life but it simply showed me that moving, besides going from a to b, can be sort of nice. I am not a very spiritual person and while searching for yoga videos I found a lot of channels that were a bit too wishy washy for my taste. But I just like to keep it technical and focused on strengthening my body.

Goals

After finishing the 30 days challenge I realised that I should make a plan before I would fall into my old habits. So I started to repeat the 30 days, but this time every other day. I got a yoga mat as a present and the wonderful Onzie sponsored my outfit so that I could practice in style. They actually have pieces that go so well with my body shape: high waisted yoga pants! Hurray!

And here we are now: 1 year later and I am still practicing on a daily basis. Depending on my mood, I pick a video that matches my moods level and place my laptop next to my mat and start the practice. Because I am not doing it to loose weight, which is why I used to start new workouts before, it feels less stressful and less of an obligation.

But just because I don’t have a weight goal, it doesn’t mean that I can’t make it more of a challenge. There are 3 things that I have always wanted to be able to do: A headstand, the splits and an impressive amount of push-ups. Because whenever I see people do these things, they look so cool and I am always genuinely impressed!

RESOLUTIONS | How I Went From Baby Spice to Sporty Spice with Yoga
On the left: the last time I remember doing a headstand. On the right: 4 days ago!

And I am proud to say that I (finally!) managed to do the headstand on my own with the help of a wall for the first time since I was 10 years old. I apparently have a great fear of falling, so managing to do this on my own was a really nice moment.


RESOLUTIONS | How I Went From Baby Spice to Sporty Spice with Yoga

I never had any new years resolutions, but I do like to think of what kinds of things I would like to achieve. Luckily Yoga With Adriene (she is not sponsoring me, I am just a fan;), who I mentioned before is starting a new free 31 day program TODAY called Yoga Revolution! She is posting a new yoga video on youtube every day for the next 31 days and I am very excited to learn new moves and skills this month.

It would be so much fun if you could join me and let me know how it goes! Click here to go the youtube playlist. And let me know if you are also starting the challenge today in the comment section or shoot me an email.

And to finish this blogpost: Photos of a selection of the moves that I learned this last year.
(All taken by me, which I think deserves some kind of medal because I had to press a button on the remote, hide the remote and wanted to look cool and non-sweaty.. I am still sore right now:))

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CREDITS
Top and legging by the wonderful Onzie
Yogamat by Superyoga


 

 

2016 | A Year in Pictures

2016 | A Year in Pictures

What a better way to spend the last week of the year by browsing through a year in pictures. Having a blog really has it’s perks, because when I feel nostalgic or when I can’t remember for the life of me what I was doing last February I just scroll through my own blog and/or Instagram page.

It’s like when they announce the oscar nominations and you think, ‘wow has that movie really only been out for a year’? That feeling perfectly describes my memory storage ability, because my mind can be pretty forgetful sometimes. For instance, I completely forgot that it was this year when I had my television debut. It feels like a lifetime ago!

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I am not really someone that looks back on a past year to reflect and turn past faults into new resolutions. (not that there is anything wrong with that!) But I do like to think of past experiences and travels and memories, just because it’s fun!
So while thinking of the last 12 months in preparation for writting this post I came to the conclusion that it has been a strange year, definitely not my easiest one. There have been a lot of changes in my personal life and I am definitely in one of those so-called ‘transition periods’ right now. Which makes me extremely curious of what is ahead, and the inpatient part of me constantly wishes to skip a few months to see what everything will look like in June. However I choose to keep this blog semi-personal so I won’t entertain you with the strangeness of my 2016 (although I will of course answer any questions you might have, no secrets here!), but instead jump to a much more fun subject:

DIY projects! Yeah!

For the last 2 years I have been spending more time on each project, resulting in less tutorials, but more detailed and longer blogposts. I love this and I am still very happy that I made this decision. When I look back on the DIY’s that I made this year I get a smile on my face, because when I was working on those projects I felt great and so inspired:)
I hope that the fun that I have when making my projects reflects on the blog and hopefully inspires you to start making your own projects!

Here are my favourite blog moments from 2016:

2016 | A YEAR IN PICTURES

(temporarily) Moving to Berlin and sharing my adventures with you on this blog has definitely been my favourite activity! I am still in awe of this city and it really has been a major improvement (location wise) in my life. You can find my blogposts on Berlin in the Personal section. And if you are planning to visit, go to the special Berlin page for my Berlin tips!

2016 | A YEAR IN PICTURESIt is sometimes a bit awkward to take pictures of myself and show my new outfit to you guys, but every now and then it works out really well! I think that this was my favourite one last year. It was such a pretty sunny day and this dress just really makes me happy and excited for spring and summer. To see more photos go the Bold & Bright Outfitpost.
2016 | A YEAR IN PICTURES

Sharing my new tattoo with you was exciting, nerve-wracking and scary all at the same time! These two doves are the result of covering up an old tribal tattoo that I had since I was 15. Since I can’t really cover it up again, it was a very hard decision and step to make. It took me 5 years to get the courage to finally take the step and choose my final cover-up design!
Tattoos are so personal and it is one of those subjects that really comes down to taste. Showing you mine was really one of my highlights this year! Tell me, did you get any tattoos this year?

2016 | A YEAR IN PICTURESI love to collaborate through my blog and whenever you read that one of my posts is ‘sponsored’ it means that I got to work with a company that either I choose to work with (which means that I send them an email, you can find more about this in this detailed blogpost ) or that contacted me and I had a real connection with.

But my all-time favourite collaborations are with the wonderful Mollie Makes Magazine team! They always come up with fun new project ideas and I it is just so magical to see your work in print:)

Above you can see our Party Balloon collaboration project.

2016 | A YEAR IN PICTURES

Another wonderful collaboration that I did last year was with The Joy Of Plants They have a great ongoing themed project called ‘plant of the month’. In 2016 I got to work with two different plants and came up with 2 DIY projects to display the plants in your home.
The first one I did was a wall design DIY that can be incorporated in anyones home.
The second DIY project (see photo above) is a concrete planter that is incredibly easy to make. I actually made the mold out of cardboard and tape! View the full concrete planter project here.

2016 | A YEAR IN PICTURES

My own Etsy shop!

Only 3 weeks ago did I decide to finally get ready and sell some of my projects. I have been making so many items over the last few years, and I always had a thought in the back of my mind to sell the finished DIY products that I didn’t use. But it always seemed a bit strange to sell a single item, since I only made one for the tutorial.

I decided not to do that, but instead open up shop and give people the opportunity to buy products that I made, but would need a certain skill, material or timeframe that not everybody has. I still wrote posts on how to make them yourself in case you are feeling crafty, but it felt good to give options.

You can view all of my Etsy products here.

2016 | A YEAR IN PICTURES

I cannot believe that I didn’t try crocheting before! The sweater that you see in the above photo is my first ever crochet project and I just cannot believe how fun it was to make!

The last year has been a bit more stressful than usual for me, and I have found that crocheting completely calms me down. It is such a great way to escape, clear my mind and work on a long-term project. (tip: I listened to audio books while crocheting, which truly is the best!)

After this sweater DIY I just could not stop crocheting and I have been making up fun things to crochet ever since! I might do more crochet projects in the future, so stay tuned!

2016 | A YEAR IN PICTURESI really couldn’t do a roundup of the last year without including an origami project. I have been origami crazy this year! I am still not tired of it and I am just in love with the technique! Not only have I been using origami for my DIY projects, I also googled the history of origami, watched documentaries (yes, seriously,  that means more than one!) and I have watched slightly too many satisfying origami gifs

But luckily it resulted in a few of my favourite projects this year:

Origami Mobile DIY (suitable for any home)
Copper Leafing Origami Artwork
Origami Embroidered Notebook DIY
Copper Origami Brooch DIY
Origami Inspired Concrete Planter DIY


And to end this years last blogpost a short video roundup of the LRS 2016:


 

How has your year been? And what are your plans for 2017? Or did you decide like me, just not to have any plans?

I hope that you have a lovely end the of the year celebration, and get ready because I already scheduled a new blogpost for the first day of 2017!!

xx Lana

Merry Christmas!

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A Merry Christmas everyone!! 

I hope that you will all enjoy this glittery time of the year! I will be spending it eating lots of chocolate and cuddling with the cats here in Berlin. What are your plans? Something nice and non-stressful I hope :)

And since it is a special day, I wanted to give an extra thanks to all of you that are reading my blog and leaving me the sweetest comments and emails: You are the best!!
The online world is such a strange and magical place and it has brought me to you, and you to me and that, to me is the best Christmas gift I could ever wish for!

Thank you! Love, Lana

 

LIVING ABROAD | How to Make Your Temporary Home Feel Like Home

LIVING ABROAD | How to Make Your Temporary Home Feel Like Home Are you living abroad, planning a long trip, going to college or just looking to keep the ‘stuff’ you have to a minimum? Well, you have come to the right place!
Because today I am partnering with Tivoli Audio to bring you Five Tips on how to make a new or temporary home feel like home. You can find more information about their product in one of my steps below. (Trust me: you will like it!)

I have been staying in Berlin for a while now after getting rid of almost all of my stuff. Which means that I moved here with one suitcase (+ a backpack with my favourite dresses). And even though I am planning to keep my possessions to a very minimum while staying here, I did purchase and make a few things to create a ‘home’ for myself.
It is very hard to explain the definition of home when it comes to how you feel about it. I guess I am one of those people that can feel at home pretty fast, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t things that helped me get there. So here are 5 things that helped me settle in my new temporary apartment. (besides family, friends, etc. of course, because that’s a given)

Scroll through this article or jump to a favourite topic within this post:

Unpack that suitcase
Items to practice the things you love
Plants
Music
Inexpensive Decorations


UNPACK THAT SUITCASE

LIVING ABROAD | How to Make Your Temporary Home Feel Like Home

Whether you are staying for a few days or a few months, if a homey feeling is what you are looking for then unpack that suitcase on the first day.

Organising a room or house and placing my items in it gave me a feeling that I recognised. Like doing laundry or making your bed, ( I am not saying that they are fun activities;) these are things that you do at home. And I think that getting a rhythm and finding your belongings on shelves and in cupboards will help you acclimatise to the new space.

LIVING ABROAD | How to Make Your Temporary Home Feel Like Home

My temporary apartment came with a few basic furniture pieces: a sofa, a bed, open cupboard and this clothes rack. This made it easy for me to unpack, since the rooms had a place to hang and place everything. But I think that if especially the clothes rack wouldn’t have been there, I would have bought one. They are very affordable at Ikea and it is something that you can take with you to a new home, or give to someone else that needs it afterwards.


ITEMS TO PRACTICE THE THINGS THAT YOU LOVE

LIVING ABROAD | How to Make Your Temporary Home Feel Like Home

Having limited space in a suitcase can be very tricky when you have to decide what to bring. Or even when you are moving to a new home, you will probably want to get rid of things to make room.

I actually made a list when moving to Berlin starting with the things I use the most in my daily life. After having made that list I categorised it by size, putting my dishwasher at the very top;)
Now, of course I couldn’t bring my dishwasher with me, that was a pretty obvious one. Put after the dishwasher came my sewing machine. And that is when things got tricky.

I knew I needed it for this blog, and other projects. But it would fill up almost 1/3 of my suitcase. I had to decide between taking it with me or leaving it behind and buying or renting a new one..
In the end I took it with me and I am so happy that I did! I use it so often and it really was worth bringing a few less dresses with me.

LIVING ABROAD | How to Make Your Temporary Home Feel Like Home

For me, my sewing machine was the hardest choice when it came to packing my suitcase. But I am sure that you have a relatable item that might not fit into your suitcase-schedule. Like a guitar, a yoga mat, etc. All of these things are not necessary to live abroad and you probably won’t need them like you need a warm coat.
But to feel like home, you have to be able to get to do the things that you love the most. For me this is making projects on my sewing machine and doing Yoga with Adriene on a daily basis.


PLANTS

LIVING ABROAD | How to Make Your Temporary Home Feel Like Home

One of the first things that I did when moving into this apartment was buy basic items that I needed that the apartment didn’t have (pillow, pan, etc.) and get a plant.

The apartment was so empty and all of the walls are white, which I think is perfect for now. But it just needed colour and life. Soon after that I collaborated with the Joy of Plants and more plants filled my living room. And I noticed how nice it felt to have them around.

LIVING ABROAD | How to Make Your Temporary Home Feel Like Home

The good thing about getting plants for a home that you know you will have to leave, you just know that there will always be someone to happily keep your plants afterwards. They are not a wasteful thing, you can give them away and make someone else happy with them.
The only problem I had with getting plants was the cost of flowerpots and planters. So I decided to make them myself or restyle the cheapest one I could find at Ikea (which is a new DIY project for the blog!)


MUSIC

LIVING ABROAD | How to Make Your Temporary Home Feel Like Home

 

One of the few luxuries I allow myself to have is my Spotify account. I use it every day and I don’t go on my bike without listening to my favourite playlists.
Music has always had a big impact on me, I can relive entire moments by hearing a song. This makes having music around me crucial to achieve a sense of ‘home’.

But at home I use my laptop to play my music and I always miss the sound system that I had in my previous home (which didn’t make the cut during the suitcase-packing-lists)

Until now! I am so happy with this collaboration, because Tivoli Audio turns out to have the perfect solution for this: a speaker that works through Wifi or bluetooth and can be activated through a very easy to use app on your phone.
This means that I can listen to my Spotify playlists and favourites cd’s on an actual good sounding speaker without having to plug my phone or laptop in.

LIVING ABROAD | How to Make Your Temporary Home Feel Like Home

So now, when I am sewing away, taking photos at home or even try to cook (yes, I am the worst chef in the world, which is why you can see me slicing bread in the picture below and not making a fancy meal;) I can keep listening to my music through the speaker, without having to walk around the house with my laptop.

LIVING ABROAD | How to Make Your Temporary Home Feel Like Home

The speaker that you see in the pictures is the ART cube and the reason why I choose this one, is because its size is perfect for my suitcase/nomadic lifestyle. I can easily bring this with me to my next home! And if I decide to settle for a long-term home, I can get a few more and slowly build an entire home system. (sound goals!)

LIVING ABROAD | How to Make Your Temporary Home Feel Like Home

I am already so happy with this addition to my sense of home, that at first I overlooked how great it actually looks! It would be a really nice (holiday) gift to give to someone that is about to go to college or also stay in a temporary home, but honestly I think I will just keep this one for myself;)

If you would like to know more sign up for the Tivoli Audio emails and get a 10% discount on your own speakers which are available around the world and online.
Which one would you choose?! Let me know in the comment section below!


INEXPENSIVE DECORATIONS

LIVING ABROAD | How to Make Your Temporary Home Feel Like Home

And last but certainly not least, my favourite way to make a place feel like home, is to fill it with decorative projects!

When you move into a temporary home, the chances are that you are living in a home that has been decorated by someone else. There might be some of your stuff there but you probably won’t bother to paint the walls or replace the curtains. Which means that you are staying in someone else ‘style and taste’.

You can be lucky and have a blank canvas or unlucky and live in a house that has been covered in pink paint (although now that I am writing this, it also sounds pretty cool to have a pink house!)
You won’t be able to do a full before/after on your temporary home, but there are a few things that you can do to adjust it to your taste:

– Remove and store any items that you don’t need and don’t like to look at (I put the giant old skool tv that came with my apartment in the closet)
– Rearrange the furniture to your liking.
– Hang things up on the wall. If you can use nails, great! If not, use washi tape.
– Buy candles in your favourite scent and light them at night.
– Add accessories that you might not need, but will add charm to the room. These don’t have to be things that are expensive. I made this Paper crane mobile in my bedroom (see pic above).
-Add plants to your rooms. You can even go vertical will my wall planter project(see pic below).

 

LIVING ABROAD | How to Make Your Temporary Home Feel Like Home


 

And that is it for now! Since I haven’t been living like this for long, I am also still learning and finding new ways to feel like ‘home’.
Do you have any special things or rituals that help in this situation? Let me know in the comments below or send me an email! x Lana

 


 

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tivoli Audio. All opinions are 100% mine.

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DIY ROUNDUP | 10 DIY Gifts Under 30 Minutes

DIY ROUNDUP | 10 Gifts Under 30 Minutes

No Holiday gift yet? No worries! here are 10 DIY gift projects that you can make in less than 30 minutes!

What a better way to surprise someone this Christmas than with a homemade gift. And no, crafty gifts really don’t have to be jewelry boxes with pasta glued to them anymore. I have been searching my favourite blogs for fun projects that have a less crafty feel to the end result and a more on-trend look to them. (Think Hay Design and Anthropology but for less money and made by you!)
You can make any of these 10 DIY projects in less than 30 minutes and they are also very budget friendly.

Some might require special materials, but hey, if you are shopping for supplies why not buy a bit more and make one of these beautiful items for yourself as well?!

It’s only one week till Christmas, but that really doesn’t have to mean that you can’t get your unique gifts in time this year.
Let’s start crafting away with these amazing DIY projects:

DIY ROUNDUP | 10 DIY Gifts Under 30 Minutes


Metallic Dipped Candle by Oleander & Palm

These luxurious looking candles are so pretty and surprisingly easy to make. I love that you can use different metallic tones to create a set.


 

DIY ROUNDUP | 10 DIY Gifts Under 30 Minutes


Raw Stone earrings by Alice and Lois

I think that earrings are always a good last-minute gift to make. You won’t need many materials for the project and who wouldn’t like to get a new fancy pair of jewellery?
These stone earrings are just gorgeous and can be made in under 10 minutes!


 

DIY ROUNDUP | 10 DIY Gifts Under 30 Minutes


Wool Woven Paper Basket by Fall For DIY

I love to restyle items and this basket is the perfect gift-project to add a personal touch. You can weave the bottom of the basket as shown in this tutorial or weave the entire thing if that’s more your style.


DIY ROUNDUP | 10 DIY Gifts Under 30 Minutes


Marble Dipped Vases by Sugar & Cloth

In case you haven’t tried it yet: marble dipping is so much fun! And even beter: so so easy to do!
And what I like best about this technique is that you can use it on many different items. Mugs, plates, candles and even vases as shown in this pretty and elegant project by Sugar & Cloth.


 

DIY ROUNDUP | 10 DIY Gifts Under 30 Minutes


Deer Hair Pins by Kittenhood

How festive are these hair pins! This project really shows that playfulness can still be chic and modern.
Plus the material will look great in any haircolor!


 

DIY ROUNDUP | 10 DIY Gifts Under 30 Minutes


Leather Loop Keychain by Homey Oh My

Simple, stylish and suitable for men & women. I believe that this project is just perfect for everyone.
I wonder what neon leather would look like for this project..


 

DIY ROUNDUP | 10 DIY Gifts Under 30 Minutes


Flower Letter by Raddest Mom

How about a perfect gift for mom or a couple that is about to get married? This project looks so fancy and it is truly very easy to make.
Raddest Mom goes for the long lasting faux flowers, but I bet that real ones will also look amazing!!


 

DIY ROUNDUP | 10 DIY Gifts Under 30 Minutes


“Let’s stay in bed” Pillow by The Party Girl

I always say that you just can’t get enough pillows and with this cute DIY, you will certainly bring a smile upon someones face. It’s easy to make and you can always customise the quote depending on who you are making it for.


 

DIY ROUNDUP | 10 DIY Gifts Under 30 Minutes


Hanging Mirrors by Urban Outfitters Blog

I just love this project! Mirrors really made their comeback in the home decor trend department this year. They moved their reputation from functional in the hallway to stylish around the house. And this original DIY project really fits into that trend.


 

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Copper Origami Brooch by Lana Red Studio

And last but not least, one of my own projects. I have received so many compliments about this brooch tutorial and since it is origami folded, you can make it in minutes!


What do you think? Are you ready to give personalised and homemade gift this year for Christmas? I know that I certainly will try out a few of these projects (and maybe secretly keep them for myself).
Happy Holiday crafting everyone!xx Lana

DIY | Canvas Cutout Star Light

DIY | Canvas Cutout Star Light

I am ‘star struck’ on the blog this week. Because not only did I share a Star String-Light Garland DIY with you a few days ago. I am also very excited to share this project with you:

A star shaped light made out of a simple blank canvas and a cheap string of LED lights!

As I mentioned in the previous project post, I don’t have a Christmas tree so I am overcompensating with adding lot’s of festive lights in my home. But it is always so sad to have to get rid of Christmas decorations after the holidays. Especially since that is when the ‘dark’ wintery months really start.

Which is why I choose to make a light that will also be usable after Christmas. I figured that a star shape is neutral enough, and the black background gives it a modern and less kitschy feel to it.(but you can of course make this in any colour that you like!)


DIY

This project is so easy and you can customise it in any way you like:
– Use a star shape or go for a heart, tree, name, quote, etc.
– Not a fan of the black paper? Choose any colour you like!
– Instead of a square canvas, you can get a piece of blank canvas in any size that you want.

Make your own Star Light:

DIY | Canvas Cutout Star Light

SUPPLIES

– Canvas
– Thick black paper
– LED (christmas) Lights. Preferably with a battery pack
– 
Double sided tape
– Painterstape
– Hobby knife
– Scissors
– Star shape (or pencil & paper to draw one)

DIY | Canvas Cutout Star Light

STEP 1

– Lay your paper on a flat surface.
– Place the canvas onto the paper and cut the excessive paper away with your knife.

DIY | Canvas Cutout Star Light

STEP 2

– Draw a star on a piece of paper to make your star template.
– Cut the star shape out of the paper.

DIY | Canvas Cutout Star Light

STEP 3

– Trace your star shape onto the wrong side of the black paper with a pencil.

DIY | Canvas Cutout Star Light

STEP 4

– Use your hobby knife to carefully cut the star shape out of the paper.

DIY | Canvas Cutout Star Light

STEP 5

– Place the paper, right side down, on a flat surface and stick the double sided tape to the back.
– Stick the paper onto the canvas.

DIY | Canvas Cutout Star Light

STEP 6

– Use your painters tape to attach* the LED string light to the back of the canvas.
– Secure the battery pack with some tape, making sure that you can still reach the on/of switch.

* turn the lights on when taping them to the back and check every now and then if the lights are shining through evenly.

 

DIY | Canvas Cutout Star Light

My favourite part of this project is that you can display it in so many ways:

– Hang it on the wall. During the day it will be a star display, at night you will have an extra wall hanging moonlight.
– Place it in a shelf and let it lean against the wall. The space between the canvas and the wall will be filled with light.
– Use a giant canvas frame and place it on the floor against the wall to create a big eye-catcher.

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FEATURE | Party Booth

FEATURE | Party Booth

Are you ready for the best party of the year? Because I am, thanks to my latest collaboration with the always creative Mollie Makes magazine!
When they mentioned making this photo booth project I jumped to the chance to turn my living room into a festive party location. I actually kept the wall like this for a while, just because I liked how happy it made me feel when looking at it:)

The DIY project includes how to make the festive paper garlands you see in the background and tips on how to make your own photo booth backdrop. And you can pose by yourself like I did, by I bet that it is a lot more fun to share your homemade photo booth with your friends!

Excited to embrace the photo booth experience? It’s easy! Get yourself the latest Mollie Makes Issue and start crafting away with this tutorial.

FEATURE | Party Booth

CHRISTMAS DIY | Star String Light Garland

CHRISTMAS DIY | Star String Light Garland

It’s that time of the year, when my living room is craving a few extra light sources!
Because I usually don’t have a Christmas tree (see my Alternative Christmas Tree version here) I like to overcompensate with fun and festive string lights and other DIY projects that involve Christmas vibes.

This year I really wanted to make something that is adjustable to everyones taste and doesn’t take up too much space. I got the idea for this project when I was walking through a Berlin craft store and thought: I could make that!


 

DIY

This project doesn’t involve many items, I even used an old Ikea hamper for the fabric of the stars, but you can easily use something else like thick transparent paper, since the LED lights don’t give off any heat.

The amount of lights is up to you and you can even use a different shape if you are not that into stars, like: a tree silhouette, a heart shape or you can mix different shapes along the garland.

CHRISTMAS DIY | Star String Light Garland

SUPPLIES

– Led Strings Lights
– Transparent fabric or paper (I used an old Ikea Hamper)
– Gold sequins
– Scissors
– Sewing machine or Needle & Thread
– Paper or cardboard to make the star template

CHRISTMAS DIY | Star String Light

STEP 1

– Draw a star shape onto a piece of paper or cardboard and cut the shape out.

CHRISTMAS DIY | Star String Light

STEP 2

– Place the template star onto your transparent fabric and cut it out.
– You will need two star pieces (for the front and the back) for each star. Cut as many pieces as you will need for you garland.

* I calculated the amount of stars by how many lights I had. I made one star for every three lights on the LED string.

CHRISTMAS DIY | Star String Light Garland

STEP 3

– Place two star piece on top of each other and sew along the outer lines with your sewing machine.
– Sew all around the star, leaving one corner open.

CHRISTMAS DIY | Star String Light Garland

STEP 4

– Add the sequins to the star through the opening.

CHRISTMAS DIY | Star String Light

STEP 5

– Arrange your LED string lights and decided how many lights go into one star. (I added three lights into one star)
– Take your chosen amount of lights and push them through the opening inside the star. Arrange them across the star to make sure that the lights are spread over the star.

* You can turn the lights on to see what they will look like inside the star, when arranging them.

– Close the opening by sewing it by hand (or carefully by sewing machine), making sure that you don’t sew over the light chord.
– Hang your star lights garland.

All done!

CHRISTMAS DIY | Star String Light Garland

There are so many ways to display your new made string light garland (especially if the LED lights come with a battery pack):
– Place them on your Christmas table and incorporate them with your place setting.
– Hang them in front of the window and let the neighbourhood see your Star light project.
– Decorate your wall, by hanging the lights as a garland.
– And if you do have a tree, I bet that these stars will look pretty good with green!

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