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ART DIY | Handmade Collage Greeting Card

ART DIY | Handmade Collage Greeting CardI have been wanting to make my own set of postcards for a while now, but I really wanted to use the process as part of a DIY project to share how incredibly fun it is to see something that you have made in print!ART DIY | Handmade Collage Greeting Card
So, let’s start by collecting all of the scrap paper that you have laying around (this can be from your kids craft collection, old newspapers, etc.) and instead of bringing them to the recycling bin, turn them into your very own art card project!

The idea behind the card design is to play with a real collage made out of paper (or other materials if you feel like trying something new) and use the layered effect to create a subtle 3d look. Later on, you photograph or scan the result and print it onto cardstock.

What I absolutely LOVE about this process is that you actually get to play around with different shapes and materials and try things that you might not think of when you are designing something on the computer.

Are you excited yet?! Let’s start making that card!

 

 

ART DIY | Handmade Collage Greeting Card


This project is a part of the LRS DIY / BUY it collection.
Make it yourself, or buy it today!


SUPPLIES

– Any kind of scrap paper that you like (I used kids craft paper and payed special attention to the color combination for the card design)
– Scissors or hobby knife
– Scanner or camera
– Printer (or you can order your cards online, like I did)

ART DIY | Handmade Collage Greeting Card

STEP 1.1

Designing

– I made 2 cards and used 2 different designing techniques. For the first card, I designed the image on my laptop in Adobe Photoshop. I played around with simple squares, circles and other regular shapes until they formed a portrait (the braided hair is actually a bunch of circles)
– You can of course design anything that you like, and use any computer software that you are comfortable with.

ART DIY | Handmade Collage Greeting Card

STEP 1.2

Designing

– For the second card design, I traced a photo of myself onto a piece of paper (keeping in mind to use the right proportions to that of a regular A6 sized card). I only traced the outer edges of my hair, the jacket, etc.
– After tracing the image, I used different colours to colour the big empty spaces.
– What I loved about this, is that I already got to experiment with colors and got to see what did and didn’t work.

ART DIY | Handmade Collage Greeting Card

STEP 2

– I you have designed your image on the computer, you can print it onto a regular piece of paper. It doesn’t have to be printed in the exact card size, just as long as the proportions are similar to that of a regular card (I made my cards in A6 format)

ART DIY | Handmade Collage Greeting Card

STEP 3

– Wether you have printed your design or painted it in a piece of paper, place it on a flat surface and start by cutting away the bigger shapes.
– After you have have traced a few bigger shapes with your scissors or knife, stop this step and follow the instructions in step 4.

ART DIY | Handmade Collage Greeting Card

STEP 4

– Place one of the cut out pieces on a piece of your chosen scrappaper and trace the shape.
– Cut the traces shape out of the paper, this is your first piece of the collage!
– Repeat step 3 & 4 until you have traced and ‘copied’ all of the shapes from your design.

– You can trace one piece unto different kinds of paper and see which one works best. Play around, trust me it’s fun!

ART DIY | Handmade Collage Greeting Card

STEP 5

– Take Another piece of paper and cut out a hole that has the proportions of a regular card (size A6, A5, etc.)
– Place it over the design. This step really helped me to decide how zoomed in or out I wanted the design to be. Here you can think of how many space you would like all around your design and if something might still be missing in the design.

ART DIY | Handmade Collage Greeting Card

STEP 6

Digitising your design

– There are many ways to digitise your design:

  • Take a photo of the design and print it onto cardstock with your own printer.
  • Scan the image with a scanner and print it onto cardstock with your own printer.
  • Take a photo of the design and order the cards online (or at a local printshop).
  • Scan the image with a scanner and order the cards online (or at a local printshop).

– I photographed the two designs and had them printed onto 330gr. cardstock. I also made a small design for the back of the card.

And that is it! You will now have your very own art cards!

ART DIY | Handmade Collage Greeting Card

ART DIY | Handmade Collage Greeting Card ART DIY | Handmade Collage Greeting Card

Extra ideas

– Both of my cards have been printed on both sides. The front has a smooth glossy surface and the back card design is matt and writable. But there are many more possibilities, whichever works best for your design!
– You can also turn the back of the card into a postcard and design lines and a stamp area from scrappaper!

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SHOP Lana Red Studio


Are you interested in the cards that I made? You are in luck! Because they are available in the LRS Etsy shop:

LRS Greeting Cards


 

DIY | Minimal Clay Heart Earrings

Clay, yes I guess it is my new obsession for jewellery projects! And why not?! The possibilities are endless, it is affordable and so easy to use!! For this project I combined three different colours of polymer clay and made these tiny and subtle heart shaped dangle earrings!

Like most of my projects, this is very suitable to adjust to your own taste:
– Make a heart, star, circle, etc, shape
– Black-pink-white. Red-orange-yellow. Blue-green-purple. Choose your favourite color combo!
– Not a fan of gold earrings? Choose, silver or rose gold!

Use the tutorial steps below and make your new favourite pair of earrings in the style that you like best!

DIY | Minimal Clay Heart Earrings


This project is a part of the LRS DIY it / BUY it collection.
Make it yourself, or buy it today!


 

DIY | Minimal Clay Heart Earrings

SUPPLIES

– 3 Shades of polymer Clay
– Rolling Pin
– Earring Hooks
– Pliers
– Something to create the heart (or circular, etc.) shape. I used a mold that I found in the baking section of a dollar/euro store.
– Jewellery Glue

– Oven

DIY | Minimal Clay Heart Earrings

STEP 1

– Preheat your oven according to your polymer clay instructions.
– Take a piece of polymer clay and roll it up into a ball.

DIY | Minimal Clay Heart Earrings

STEP 2

– Prepare your surface, you can use a baking sheet, smooth desk/table or a piece of plastic.

DIY | Minimal Clay Heart Earrings

STEP 3

– Roll the polymer clay ball out on the smooth surface.
– Roll it slightly thinner than you would like (the next step will add a bit of extra thickness)

DIY | Minimal Clay Heart Earrings

STEP 4

– Take small pieces of clay from the other two colors and randomly place them on top of the rolled out clay.
– If you are using black polymer clay like I am, touch it as little as possible* and apply it at the last moment.

*Black polymer clay is unfortunately known for making your hands and surface black, which will also effect your other clay colours. To avoid ending up with grey all over your pretty clay earrings, clean your hands, rolling pin and surface as often as possible.

DIY | Minimal Clay Heart Earrings

STEP 5

– Use your rolling pin and merge the small pieces into the flay clay surface. Roll until you have reached your desired thickness.
– Take the mold and start making your earring shapes.

DIY | Minimal Clay Heart Earrings

STEP 6

– Repeat making as many shapes as you like.

DIY | Minimal Clay Heart Earrings

STEP 7

– Take your earring and pliers for the next few steps.

DIY | Minimal Clay Heart Earrings

STEP 8

– Use your pliers to cut the end of the earring off.

DIY | Minimal Clay Heart Earrings

STEP 9

– Make sure that you still have about 1 cm left on the earring to attach the clay shape.

DIY | Minimal Clay Heart Earrings

STEP 10

– Press the end of the earring inside the top of the earring, gently pressing it down, making sure that it doesn’t stick out in the back or front.
– Remove the earring from the clay and place your clay pieces on a baking sheet and place them in the oven.
– Bake your clay earrings according to the instructions of your polymer clay.
– Once they are done, take them out of the oven and let them cool down.

DIY | Minimal Clay Heart Earrings

STEP 11

– Apply a tiny bit of jewellery glue to the end of the earring and slide it into the previously made hole in the clay.
– Let the glue dry.

And that is it! You will now have your very own clay heart earrings!!

DIY | Minimal Clay Heart Earrings

DIY | Minimal Clay Heart Earrings

Shape it up:

– Why stick to a heart shape? Just look around your room/house and I bet that you will find all sorts of fun shapes (marker caps for instance) that you can use to make a new pair of earrings.
– One, two, three, ten, you can use as many colours as you like to do this project!

DIY | Minimal Clay Heart Earrings

DIY | Color Block Print Cushion Cover

DIY | Color Block Print Cushion Cover

Fabric scraps, discount fabric coupons or simply that old dress that doesn’t fit anymore, I just love to use one-of-a-kind materials that would normally go to waste and turn them into a handmade statement piece like this cushion cover project!

Today I will be showing you in a very detailed step by step how to make your own geometric patchwork cushion cover.

As you might know, I try to make DIY projects that are adjustable to everyones taste. I mean you can copy away if you like ;) But how amazing would it be if we all followed the same step-by-step tutorial and had completely different end-results! Well, I believe that this is one of those projects.

Because not only can you go for your favourite colours and materials, even the patchwork shapes are adjustable! And you can make the pillow cover of your dreams and still have enough material left over for a new project like these patchwork zipper pouches.

DIY | Color Block Print Cushion Cover


This project is a part of the LRS DIY it / BUY it collection.
Make it yourself, or buy it today!


SUPLIES
– Different types of fabric
– Zipper
– Sewing Machine (and serger)
– Pins
– Measuring Tape
– Drawing Chalk
– Big piece of paper
– Pencil
– Scissors

– Pillow Insert

DIY | Color Block Print Cushion Cover

STEP 1

– Cut a large piece of paper in the size of your choosing for your cushion cover. The cover that I made is 50cm x 50xm
–  Take your pencil and divide the piece of paper into as many pieces as you want, by drawing straight lines. Each piece will represent a part of the patchwork pattern. (if you wish to use my pattern shoot me an email and I will send it to you)

DIY | Color Block Print Cushion Cover

STEP 2

– After your have divided the paper into multiple pieces, cut the paper by following the drawn lines, but make sure to keep them all in place!
– Once you have cut all of the pieces, assign a number to each of them to keep track later on.
– Write the number of the pieces that are side by side along the edges, this way we won’t loose track later on and avoid cutting a piece of fabric in the wrong size.

DIY | Color Block Print Cushion Cover

STEP 3

– Place each pattern piece of the fabric of your choosing with the right sides up.
– Add 1cm all around with fabric chalk (or something similar) and cut the fabric.

DIY | Color Block Print Cushion Cover

STEP 4

– You will now have the patchwork pattern pieces ready!

DIY | Color Block Print Cushion Cover

STEP 5

– Use a serger or zigzag stitch and follow all of the pattern piece edges.

DIY | Color Block Print Cushion Cover

STEP 6

– Once you have serged or zigzagged all of the edges, place the pattern pieces in their original pattern to keep track of what you are doing.*

*This may seem a bit excessive, but if you are making an elaborate patchwork pattern with a lot of pieces, trust me it will make sense!;)

DIY | Color Block Print Cushion Cover

STEP 7

– Start attaching the pattern pieces. Pick two of them and use your sewing machine to sew them together.

DIY | Color Block Print Cushion Cover

STEP 8

– Once you have sewn the two pieces together, use your iron and flatten the seam. This will be important before attaching the next pieces.

DIY | Color Block Print Cushion Cover

STEP 9

– Place the pieces back in their place and decide in which order to sew the next pieces.

DIY | Color Block Print Cushion Cover

STEP 10

– Repeat sewing and ironing the pieces together.

DIY | Color Block Print Cushion Cover

STEP 11

– Once you have sewed all of the pieces together, carefully iron the top of the seams flat.

DIY | Color Block Print Cushion Cover

STEP 12

Creating the back

– Place the front of the cover face down on a piece of fabric.
– Cut around the shape of the cover and add an addition 20cm to the top.

DIY | Color Block Print Cushion Cover

STEP 13

– Take the back piece and cut a straight line approx. 4ocm from the top of the fabric.

DIY | Color Block Print Cushion Cover

STEP 14

– Finish the edges with a serger or zigzag stitch.

DIY | Color Block Print Cushion Cover

STEP 15

– Fold the top of the biggest back piece towards the inside.
– Attach the zipper in the middel and pin it to the folded edge.

DIY | Color Block Print Cushion Cover

STEP 16

– Sew the pinned zipper line.
– Close the sipper for the next steps.

DIY | Color Block Print Cushion Cover

STEP 17

– Fold the top back piece inwards.
– Place it on top of the zipper and let it overlap slightly.(approx. 1 cm)

DIY | Color Block Print Cushion Cover

STEP 18

– Start by pinning the fabric to the top of the zipper line.
– Add a pin to both ends of the zipper.
– Pin the remaining fabric together towards the side.

DIY | Color Block Print Cushion Cover

STEP 19

– The zipper should still be closed.
– Check if the top fabric is overlapping the entire zipper and if the ends of the zipper aren’t showing.

DIY | Color Block Print Cushion Cover

STEP 20

– Carefully attach the zipper by sewing the pinned line.
– After you have finished the zipper, open the zipper for the final step.

DIY | Color Block Print Cushion Cover

STEP 21

– Place the two cover pieces face down on top of each other. (remember to keep the zipper open!)
– Sew the outside lines together.
– Fold the cushion cover inside out through the zipper opening.

DIY | Color Block Print Cushion Cover

Go professional:

– Add your own fabric label to take your items to the next level!
– Simply attach it in the last step of this DIY, by placing it in between the two covers when you are closing up the edges.

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DIY | Color Block Print Cushion Cover

Patchwork, unfortunately still has an outdated label so lets go with geometric!
With the ‘geometric’ technique you can make a million combinations and designs! And what I love the most about it, is that if you use only a few basic fabrics it will easily result in a matching series of cushions! Your sofa or bed will immediately be stylishly matched!

DIY | Clay Initial Bracelet

DIY | Polymer Clay Initial Bracelet

What do you get when it’s too cold outside, cats that want to cuddle 24-7 and you are in between projects? Yes: many new creative adventures!

These adventures include:
– A new jewelry collection
– A Lana Red Studio webshop!!!
– A tutorial of one of the jewelry pieces, because you can DIY-it or BUY-it ;)
– A brand new stop-motion DIY video of said bracelet (because why not!)

That is right, I just finished making a whole bunch of jewelry pieces and besides offering them in my Etsy shop you can also purchase them in my own webshop!
shop.lanaredstudio.com is officially live and I am offering items that you might recognise from the blog.

I encourage everyone to be creative, so you can also find the tutorials to make the pieces yourself on the LRS blog, but for those of you lacking the supplies or energy can buy the handmade items online today.

DIY-it or BUY-it is a concept that I just love. A unique style is in all of us and I am a big believer of having options and doing what feels right. Choose your way to go:

Scroll down to learn how to make your own Initial Bracelet

or

Visit the LRS Shop to order your own Initial Bracelet today


INITIAL BRACELET PROJECT

And now onto the bracelet project (since that is the reason for your visit to this page). Ever since I made my concrete jewelry and opened up my Etsy shop, I really enjoyed making jewelry. And while experimenting with new materials and textures I started to use polymer clay for the first time since I was 8.
Polymer clay comes in so many pretty colours and tones, that I instantly fell in love with the idea of turning something that is known to be a ‘kids crafting supply’ into fancy looking jewelry.

The results are great and after making earrings (which I combined with gold leaf) I used my left-over clay to make this initial bracelet, knowing that it is just one of those pieces that can go with anything and anyone, would be the perfect personal gift and is easy to make!

After giving one to my sister for her birthday (with a rose-gold chain) and making one for myself, it was time to share it with you!

This clay project is really easy, inexpensive and the fun part is that you can also adjust it to your own taste: use a different color chain, different color clay or even change the circle shape into something else (like a heart or star shape); the possibilities are endless.

Polymer Clay Bracelet DIY:


STOP-MOTION
VIDEO TUTORIAL


STEP-BY-STEP
PHOTO TUTORIAL

DIY | Polymer Clay Initial Bracelet

SUPPLIES

– Polymer Clay (I used Cernit with a granite look, but any kind will work for this project)
– Circle Mold (I used the lid of a marker. Anything will work, just as long as you can reach the circle from both sides to be able to remove the clay)
– Silver Chain
– 4 Hoop Rings
– Jewelry Clasp
– Toothpick ( or something similar to engrave the letter)

– Oven

DIY | Polymer Clay Initial Bracelet

STEP 1

– Take a piece of your clay and roll it around in your hand* until you have made a small ball.

* Depending on the brand that you use, the clay can be a bit too hard to knead and mold. If this is the case, you can use a hairdryer to slightly warm the clap up and make it more flexible – Use the lowest setting on your hairdryer and check the clay every few seconds.

DIY | Polymer Clay Initial Bracelet

STEP 2

– Use a rolling pin, glass or something similar and press it on top of the clay ball.
– Press and roll until you have reached your desired thickness.

DIY | Polymer Clay Initial Bracelet

STEP 3

– Place the mold of your choosing into the clay.
– Twist the mold around to separate the excess clay from your disc.

DIY | Polymer Clay Initial Bracelet

STEP 4

– Remove the clay from your mold, revealing a small disc shaped piece of clay.

DIY | Polymer Clay Initial Bracelet

STEP 5

– Use your toothpick to make two small holes* in your clay disc.

* Depending on the size of your disc and hoop rings, you can make the holes as big or as small as you like.

DIY | Polymer Clay Initial Bracelet

STEP 6

– Choose your letter and start carving it into the clay. Start at the top and first mark the letter with small dots into the clay.
– Once you have ‘dotted’ the entire letter, follow the dotted line by pressing the toothpick into the clay and combining the dots into a line until you have carved the entire letter.

BAKING

– Once you are satisfied with the look of your charm, it is time to bake it.
– Bake the clay according to the instructions on the packaging in a preheated oven.

DIY | Polymer Clay Initial Bracelet

STEP 7

While the clay is in the oven, let’s start working on the bracelet!

– Place the chain on you wrist and measure the length.
– Once you have decided the length of your bracelet, measure the clay charm and jewelry clasp.
– Subtract these measurements from you bracelet length and cut the chain bracelet in the correct size with your pliers.

DIY | Polymer Clay Initial Bracelet

STEP 8

– Cut the bracelet chain in half with your pliers and place them on a flat surface as shown above.

DIY | Polymer Clay Initial Bracelet

STEP 9

– Place the baked charm in between the two chain pieces.

DIY | Polymer Clay Initial Bracelet

STEP 10

– Use a hoop ring to attach the right chain to the right hole in the clay.
– Repeat this for the left side.

DIY | Polymer Clay Initial Bracelet

STEP 11

– Use a hoop ring to attach the clasp to the end of the right chain.

DIY | Polymer Clay Initial Bracelet

STEP 12

– Attach the last hoop ring to the left side of the bracelet.

All done! Your personalised clay bracelet is finished and ready to be worn!


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DIY | Polymer Clay Initial Bracelet

 

SEWING DIY | Geometric Fabric Scrap Zipper Clutch

SEWING DIY | Geometric Fabric Scrap Zipper ClutchAre you also always starting many new projects and have a ton of leftover pieces of fabric that are too small to turn into something wearable, but too pretty to throw away? Well, do I have a great solution for! Turn them into a patchwork clutch!

And no, by patchwork I don’t mean a granny style purse, but an on-trend geometric zipper clutch that is both practical and pretty.

I have made a bunch of these in a variety of fabrics and they always turn out wonderful. You might recognise the fabrics from my Mollie Makes projects or my latest collaboration with Spoonflower. The combinations are endless and you just simply can’t go wrong here.

DIY


This project is a part of the LRS DIY it / BUY it collection.
Make it yourself, or buy it today!


 

SUPPLIES

– 3 pieces of scrap fabric
– Lining fabric
– Zipper
– Piece of paper
– Ruler or measuring tape
– Scissors
– Pins
– Sewing Machine

SEWING DIY | Geometric Fabric Scrap Zipper Clutch

STEP 1

– Take your piece of paper and place your zipper at the top. Cut the paper in the same width as the zipper.

– Decide the length of your clutch and add 1 cm at the top and 1 cm the bottom of that size.

– Cut the piece of paper.

SEWING DIY | Geometric Fabric Scrap Zipper Clutch

STEP 2

– Draw 2 lines within your clutch template to create the patchwork look.

SEWING DIY | Geometric Fabric Scrap Zipper Clutch

STEP 3

– Cut the patchwork pieces out of the paper. Mark the individual pieces to remember where each goes.

SEWING DIY | Geometric Fabric Scrap Zipper Clutch

STEP 4

– Place the patchwork template pieces on your pieces of scrap fabric and cut them out.

SEWING DIY | Geometric Fabric Scrap Zipper Clutch

STEP 5

– Sew two of the fabric pieces together. And fold the crease at the back open.

SEWING DIY | Geometric Fabric Scrap Zipper Clutch

STEP 6

– Attach the last piece of fabric to the rest and fold the back crease open.

– Repeat step 3 to 6 for the back of the clutch.

SEWING DIY | Geometric Fabric Scrap Zipper Clutch

STEP 7

– Place your patchwork piece on top of the lining and cut the shape out twice.

SEWING DIY | Geometric Fabric Scrap Zipper Clutch

STEP 8

– Place your zipper along the length of the patchwork piece of fabric. with right sides together.

– Position a piece of lining fabric on top of the zipper with the right side facing down and raw edges aligned.

– Pin and sew along the top of the zipper.

SEWING DIY | Geometric Fabric Scrap Zipper Clutch

STEP 9

– Fold your layers open so the patchwork fabric and zipper are right sides up, with the lining fabric layered underneath.

– Top stitch along the seam, close to the edge of the zipper.

SEWING DIY | Geometric Fabric Scrap Zipper Clutch

STEP 10

– Repeat step 8 and 9, with the remaining pieces of fabric.

– Open the zipper

SEWING DIY | Geometric Fabric Scrap Zipper Clutch

STEP 11

– Pin both the patchwork pieces and the lining pieces right sides together.

– Sew around all four edges leaving a small opening in the bottom of the lining.

SEWING DIY | Geometric Fabric Scrap Zipper Clutch

STEP 12

– Turn the clutch right sides out through the opening in the lining.

– Sew the opening in the lining shut with a straight stitch along the seam.

– Push the lining neatly inside the clutch.

 

* Styling tip: attach a ribbon to the zipper for a finished look

SEWING DIY | Geometric Fabric Scrap Zipper Clutch

Once you have made your template in steps 1 to 3, you can make as many clutches as you want in a variety of styles.

Mix and match different types of scrap fabric and make your own clutch collection! They make great gifts!


 

Or.. if you are not feeling crafty, don’t have a pile of fabric scraps that are suitable for this project or you just like the one that I made?
No worries! You can actually also purchase one (or 2 or 3..) in my Etsy shop! Get your brand new handmade clutch today!

DIY it, BUY it, it is up to you.

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DIY | Concrete and Gold Leaf Pendant

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Today I am so pleased to share my new project with you: a concrete and gold leaf pendant!!

You might recognise this pendant from my Etsy shop collection. Yes, that is right you can make one yourself with this tutorial or if you don’t have the time, resources or energy to make one: you can also purchase a handmade pendant in the LRS Shop!
I have made a bunch of pendants in 3 different shapes and you can find them all on Etsy.


 

But if you feel like making one yourself here’s the story:

While making my Concrete Planter DIY project, I noticed that I really enjoyed working with concrete, and how easy to use the material is.

This inspired me to experiment and see what else I could make that involves this crafty supply. I really liked to find out if I could use it for something that you wouldn’t usually see in this material and that is how I came up with a collection of concrete pendants!

I found a great silicon mold in the shape of a square with an inward pyramid, that is perfect for this project. And after experimenting a lot, I finally found the best way to turn the concrete into a light-weight subtle pendant.

To give the concrete a more finished and luxurious look, I added a gold leafing detail, accentuating the shape of the pendant.

Are you excited to wear one of your own concrete pendants?

DIY


This project is a part of the LRS DIY it / BUY it collection.
Make it yourself, or buy it today!


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SUPPLIES

– Concrete
– Silicon Mold
– Mixing bowl
– Gold Leaf
– Adhesive (which I forgot to include in the picture..)
– Silver Wire
– Pliers
– 2 Paint Brushes

Optional
– Painterstape
– Mod podge, or something similar to create a protective coating

– Sandpaper

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STEP 1

– Take a smal piece of the silver wire and *push it through the silicon mold, this will be the wire that connects the necklace to the pendant.

*Make sure that the wire is in de middle and will be completely covered by the concrete.

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STEP 2

– Mix the concrete according to the directions on the pack.

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STEP 3

– Pour the concrete inside the silicon mold.
– After filling the individual shapes, shake and tap the mold to remove most of the airbubbels and to even the tops out.
– Let the concrete dry for at least 24 hours, before removing it from the mold.

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STEP 4

– After 24 hours, gently remove the dried concrete from the mold by lifting it sideways, pulling the concrete and the attached wire from the mold.

*If the back of the pedant has sharp edges, you can use a piece of sandpaper to sand the back.

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STEP 5

– Apply a thin layer of adhesive onto the parts that you want to cover with gold leaf.
– You can use painters tape to protect the parts that you don’t want to cover with gold leaf.
– Let the adhesive sit for about 5 to 10 minutes before moving to the next step.

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STEP 6

– Carefully take a few pieces of gold leaf and press it onto the parts that have adhesive on them.
– Apply pressure onto the gold leaf, without rubbing, press the leaf onto the glue.
– Let the gold leaf sit for about 30 minutes.

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STEP 7

– After 30 minutes, use your finger, a dry brush or a cotton swab(this was the only thing soft and small enough to reach all corners) and gently rub over the applied gold leaf. While rubbing, the excessive leaf should come off and the glued leaf will be attached to the concrete.

* In case some parts have not been covered properly onto the concrete, you can repeat steps 5 to 7.

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STEP 8

– Apply a thin layer of mod podge or any other type of sealant to protect the concrete and gold leaf from scratches.

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STEP 9

– Use your pliers to bend the silver wire, creating a circle shape.
– Attach a jump ring and chain for your necklace.

All done!

DIY | Concrete and Gold Leaf Pendant

I love that not one piece looks the same, giving it a unique quality. And I also made a few others with different molds, so you can also experiment with different shapes and see how they will turn out.

This really is a fun project if you like to experiment with a new material, I highly recommend trying it:)

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Thank you for stopping by! And as I mentioned in the beginning of this post, I also just started to sell some of my favourite DIY products in my own LRS Shop!

They are all products that I created for this blog as a part of a Do-It-Yourself project. This means that you can either make one yourself with the help of my tutorial or purchase the final result in my Etsy store.

 

 

DIY | Copper Origami Brooch

DIY | Copper Origami BroochI guess you can say that I have gone origami crazy! After my origami embroidered book cover DIY, I started to make even more projects with this fantastic technique!

Today I am sharing my new jewellery DIY project with you: an origami swan made out of copper foil.

Copper foil is a material that always seemed way to advanced to use. I would see a pretty pendant or a pair of earrings on Etsy and figured that the only way that I could make something like that would require some serious professional tools.

But guess what, I could not have been more wrong! When walking in a big craftstore here in Berlin (Modulor), I noticed a piece of copper foil and it was actually bendy, pretty and affordable! (I am still confused by the term foil, because 0.1mm foil feels to thick to be considered foil.. oh well:))

After making a couple of different shapes I decided to share my Origami Swan pin with you. It’s easy, it doesn’t require lot’s of supplies and you can turn it into a brooch, necklace, earrings, and so much more!


Origami Swan DIY


This project is a part of the LRS DIY it / BUY it collection.
Make it yourself, or buy it today!


I bought two pieces of foil and started experimenting with it. And it is such a fun material to use!
Here are some things I learned about using copper foil:
– Up to 0.3mm foil is perfectly suitable to be cut with regular scissors.
– Up to 0.2mm foil also let’s itself be cut with a hobby knife, making it possible to create a stencil, etc.
– Once you make a crease, it is almost impossible to remove it, so plan ahead with your design.
– You can use a pushpin to make holes in the thinner pieces of foil, perfect for including hoop rings.

For this tutorial I found that up to 0.2mm foil works the best (thicker than that, and it will be hard to fold the last steps of the swan)

DIY | Copper Origami Brooch

MATERIALS

– Copper foil/plate or silver foil/plate – Mine was 0.1mm thick. You can also use 0.2mm. (I don’t recommend using a thicker version than that)
– Scissors
– Pin/ Brooch
– Jewellery Glue
– Paper
– Pencil

STEP 1

– Decide the size of your swan. If your are not sure, I suggest looking at the size of your brooch and go from there.
– Draw a square in your desired size onto a piece of paper. (I used a post-it, because the sticky part will come in handy later on. But any kind of paper will work.)

DIY | Copper Origami Brooch

STEP 2

– Cut the square out of the paper with your scissors.

DIY | Copper Origami Brooch

STEP 3

– Place your paper onto the copper foil . Cut the square out of the foil with your scissors. Try not to let the foil bend too much. Any crease will be hard to remove from the material.

DIY | Copper Origami Brooch

STEP 4

– You will now have your square ready. 1 Square is good for two origami swans. If you would like to make more, you can cut as many squares as you would like.

DIY | Copper Origami Brooch

STEP 5

– Cut the square in half, following the diagonal line.

DIY | Copper Origami Brooch

STEP 6

– Place your triangle onto a flat surface.

DIY | Copper Origami Brooch

STEP 7

– Fold the triangle as shown above.

DIY | Copper Origami Brooch

STEP 8

– Flip your foil vertically and fold as shown above.

DIY | Copper Origami Brooch

STEP 9

– The basis is ready, now it’s time for the neck: Fold the neck as shown above. The angle of the fold will decide the angle of the neck.

DIY | Copper Origami Brooch

STEP 10

– Fold te tip of the neck as shown above, to create the ‘face’ of the swan.

DIY | Copper Origami Brooch

STEP 11

– Add a drop of jewellery glue to the back of the swan and press the brooch or pin onto the back.
– Let the glue dry for a couple of hours before wearing your pin.

DIY | Copper Origami Brooch

Style tip: Combine the brooch with other pins on a sweater or jacket. I have been spotting many pins and brooches on the runway for next season and I love that they are coming back in style!

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Since the material is fairly cheap and you won’t need much to make a piece of jewellery, this would make a great gift! Bridesmaids, friends, mothers day, you name it! (or keep it all to yourself and embrace the compliments you will be getting ;)DIY | Copper Origami BroochDIY | Copper Origami BroochBeing origami crazy as mentioned before, you can expect more origami themed project on the blog pretty soon.

I will also share another copper foil tutorial this month, involving a thicker piece of foil and an unexpected extra material. Curious? Stay tuned!

 

DIY | Origami Embroidered Book Cover

DIY | Origami Embroidered Book Cover

I guess I have been a little bit obsessed with origami shapes lately. I just love how a few simple lines can create this delicate and unique looking shape.

Today I am sharing my new very simple project with you: An origami embroidered book cover!

I am not kidding when I say that I made this project today (the day that this post is published). That is how easy and quick this DIY is!

And I can even bet that you have all of the supplies for this project already lying around at home ;)

You can follow my lead and create this kolibri origami bird or you can pick whatever shape you like, maybe an origami crane?
And you really don’t need to worry about the thickness of the book cover either, because mine was pretty thick, and with the simple help of a pushpin, you can easily create tiny holes into the cover.

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This project is a part of the LRS DIY it / BUY it collection.
Make it yourself, or buy it today!


DIY | Origami Embroidered Book Cover

SUPPLIES

– Notebook with boring blanc cover
– Thread
– Needle
– Scissors
– Pushpin
– Free template – download the template here

DIY | Origami Embroidered Book Cover

STEP 1

– Prepare your book. Decide the location of the origami bird and place a piece of cardboard between the cover and the first page, to protect the pages.

DIY | Origami Embroidered Book Cover

STEP 2

– Download and print the free template. Or copy the drawing on a piece of paper in the desired size.
– Place the template on the book*.

* You can use a piece of painters tape to keep the template in place for the next step

DIY | Origami Embroidered Book Cover

STEP 3

– Use your pushpin to create holes in the cover. Repeat making holes while following the dots on the template until you have finished them all.

DIY | Origami Embroidered Book Cover

STEP 4

– Remove the template from the cover. Check if you missed any holes and test if the holes are big enough for your needle to go through all the way.

DIY | Origami Embroidered Book Cover

STEP 5

– Start embroidering by tying a knot in the thread and connecting the holes. Keep the template close by as a reference.

DIY | Origami Embroidered Book CoverSTEP 6

– Once you have embroidered the entire piece, secure the end with a knot.

* optional: You can glue the first page of the book to the cover, to hide the messy embroidery on the inside.

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Or.. if you are not feeling crafty, don’t have a sketch/note book that is suitable for this project or you just like the one that I made?
No worries! You can actually also purchase one (or 2 or 3..) in my Etsy shop! Get your brand new handmade notebook today!

DIY it, buy it, it is up to you. Stay crafty everyone! Lana x

DIY | Tassel Earring

DIY | Tassel Earring
I have a lot of earrings, but always seem to forget to wear them. But lately I have been in the ‘earring wearing mood’, and that called for a new crafty tutorial featuring earrings!
I found these tassels on sale in a store that sells about anything (xenos for the Dutch people among us). And I am sure that they are not supposed to be worn in someones ear, but I just saw so much earring potential in them that I decided to buy them :)
 

This project is a part of the LRS DIY it / BUY it collection.
Make it yourself, or buy it today!


 

Here’s how I made the tassel earrings:
DIY | Tassel Earring

Easy right?! Let me know what you think, or if you turned something that you liked into earrings.
 

DIY | Tassel Earring