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PRINTABLE DIY | Oh Deer Christmas Wrapping Paper

PRINTABLE DIY | Oh Deer Christmas Wrapping Paper

How about a fun and original way to wrap your smaller sized Christmas gifts this year?! This ‘Oh Deer; Christmas wrapping paper is available as a free downloadable print and allows you to bring your gifting skills to a whole new level!

I always wanted to design my own wrapping paper, but never realised that you can just wrap presents with regular printer paper. Because, even though the paper is thicker and sturdier than regular wrapping paper, it still looks pretty good to me when you decorate it with a custom print!

It is so easy! You print your paper, wrap your gift and give the deer a red nose for a playful effect!


PRINTABLE DIY | Oh Deer Christmas Wrapping Paper

SUPPLIES
– Felt Poms (or something similar)
– Glue
– Paper in the colour of your choosing
– Printer

PRINTABLES
A4 sized paper printable
Printable Deer

PRINTABLE DIY | Oh Deer Christmas Wrapping Paper

STEP 1

– Collect the gift that you want to wrap* and measure the size.
– Depending on the size of the gift you can:
Download an A4 sized template with a large deer image in the middle.
Download the deer image on it’s own and use a program like Word, Pages or Adobe Photoshop to scale the image in the correct size.

*If you have a printer that is suitable for A4 sized paper like mine, you will be able to wrap many small gifts like: jewellery boxes, pocket books, etc.

PRINTABLE DIY | Oh Deer Christmas Wrapping Paper

STEP 2

– Place the coloured paper in the printer and print your image.

PRINTABLE DIY | Oh Deer Christmas Wrapping Paper

STEP 3

– Wrap the gift with your paper, making sure that the deer image is on top.

PRINTABLE DIY | Oh Deer Christmas Wrapping Paper

STEP 4

– With a dot of glue attach a small pom on top of the nose of the deer.

PRINTABLE DIY | Oh Deer Christmas Wrapping Paper

EXTRAS

You can go so many ways with this project!
– Print the deer on all kinds of different paper, from regular white paper, to coloured, thin, photo, you name it!
– Rudolph has a red nose, or maybe he is sporing a blue one this year?
– Download the deer image and place multiple deers on one piece of paper!

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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!

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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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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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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DIY ART | Copper Leafing

DIY ART | Copper Leafing

The origami craze on the LRS blog has definitely not reached its end yet! Instead of folding paper, I am showing you how to use an origami silhouette and use it for this minimalistic piece of art.

The special ingredient for this project: Copper leaf!

I found this pack of copper leaf sheets on sale and I have been thinking of what to do with it for a while now. And after looking at the bare walls in my temporary home, I decided to take a big sheet of paper and turn it into an ‘art piece’ for my wall with the help of the copper coloured metal leaf.

The fun thing about this material is that you can use it in any way you like. You can also cover up a silhouette like I did, use it for a journal or even metal leafing objects like flower pots is a great possibility!

 


DIY

It is the first time that I have worked with metal leaf and it really adds a special look to whatever you are using it for.

I went for a copper metal leaf and instead of using adhesive sizing (which is the special glue used for metal leafing) I experimented with mod podge which I am sure every crafter has lying around. It worked really well, and I think it is a great affordable alternative.

DIY ART | Copper Leafing

SUPPLIES

– Free Origami Crane stencil.

– Metal/copper Leaf Sheets. You have this in different colours and patterns. I used the ‘copper’ leaf.
– Mod Podge (or ‘adhesive sizing’ which is actually special metal leaf glue.)
– 2 Brushes
– Pencil
– Large sheet of paper

DIY ART | Copper Leafing

STEP 1

– Print or copy* the free origami crane stencil in your desired size.
– Trace the crane onto you sheet of paper or cardboard with your stencil.

*I actually don’t have a printer at the moment. So what I did was place tracing paper on my laptop screen and carefully traced the images with a VERY soft pencil (try not to press too much or you will damage your screen)

DIY ART | Copper Leafing

STEP 2

– Apply a small amount of mod podge within the drawn lines.
– Let the podge sit for a minute, it shouldn’t be too wet, but also not too dry.

DIY ART | Copper Leafing

STEP 3

– Place small pieces of metal leaf onto the glued parts.
– Use the back of your brush to press the metal leaf and to make sure that it is properly glued to the paper.
– Repeat these two steps: applying glue within the lines and covering it up with the metal leaf, until you have made the entire crane.

DIY ART | Copper Leafing

STEP 4

– Let the glue dry for about an hour.
– Use a dry brush to brush and gently brush away the metal leaf that isn’t glued to the paper.
– In case some parts within the shape are not covered completly, simply apply a small amount of glue and add more pieces of leaf metal until it gets your desired look.

And that’s it! Now let’s think of more fun ideas to use metal leaf!

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Concrete flower pots by Lana Red Studio
Picture Frame by Ikea

 

DIY | Renters-Friendly Origami Ceiling Decoration

DIY | Renters-Friendly Origami Ceiling Decoration

As you maybe already know, I am currently living in a sublet in Berlin. This means that I have very little furniture and stuff of my own. And most of all: no decorations. Because who packs decorations when you are living out of a suitcase, right?

Living like this made me realise how much a painting on a wall, or a pillow on a sofa can make a house feel more like home. So I have been looking into making a few decoration pieces, I don’t want to invest too much money into buying things to personalise my temporary home, but I also still want it to feel homy and a bit more ‘me’ instead of an empty sublet.

Combine the decoration cravings with my latest origami obsession and you have a renters-friendly-decoration-solution!

It was so simple to make and it doesn’t have to cost a thing, yes you read that right: you can make this project for free! All you need is paper, and a few pieces of rope/twine/ribbon.

I have the origami crane installation above my bed, which is so magical. It makes me smile every time I wake up and look up. But you can hang this anywhere: above a sofa, a dining room table or even better: a kids room!


 

DIY:

**Extra note before we begin: I use small nails in the wall to secure the origami structure. If your renters home doesn’t allow you to use those, you can opt for lightweight paper, like crepe paper to create the cranes. And use washi tape to hang the structure, to avoid damaging the walls.

STEP 1 

– Folding the origami cranes. There are so many great instructions online on how to fold an origami crane that it felt strange to add yet another step by step. So here are two of my favourite instructions that are extremely easy to follow:

Step by Step PHOTO instructions for folding a paper crane: click here
Step by Step VIDEO instructions for folding a paper crane: click here

– Fold as many as you like. You can mix and match with colours, paper (old newspapers for example) and even sizes.

DIY | Renters-Friendly Origami Ceiling Decoration

STEP 2

– For hanging a single origami crane, take a large needle and pull your thread through. Insert the needle in the top of the middle part (see photo above). Pull through and tie a knot to secure.

DIY | Renters-Friendly Origami Ceiling Decoration

STEP 3

– For hanging more than one origami crane on a strand, secure a long thread on the top of an origami crane as shown in step 2.
– Use the same thread and insert it with your needle into the bottom of the crane. Push it all the way through to the top en secure it at the top with a knot.

DIY | Renters-Friendly Origami Ceiling Decoration

STEP 4

– After you have prepped all of the cranes, prepare the hanging structure on the ceiling/wall. I used very small nails in the wall, 4 nails on each side spread evenly.
– Tie the thread around one nail and secure with a knot. Pull the thread over the the other side of the room (or another point on your wall/ceiling) and secure onto another nail with a knot.
– Repeat this for as many thread you need to hang your cranes.

DIY | Renters-Friendly Origami Ceiling Decoration

STEP 5

– Hang your cranes onto the basic structure. Mix and match with hight to create a playful effect.

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It is a magical view to wake up to: hanging the origami cranes above your bed. And when I open my window, the wind let’s them dance and fly on the ceiling. Also at night when my reading light is on, they create a beautiful shadow on the walls.

DIY | Renters-Friendly Origami Ceiling Decoration

 

Where would you hang your paper crane installation?

DIY | Geometric Concrete Planter

DIY | Concrete Planter

So many firsts in this blogpost! Get ready to experience:
– The first LRS stop motion DIY video
– An easy peasy concrete mold invention
– My new favourite plant: the Pot Rose!

Today I am showing you my new Green DIY: a Geometric Concrete Planter!
(click here for the Dutch version)
I have seen a few concrete planter DIY’s before and I was always amazed by how well they would turn out ( I guess I thought that pouring concrete would involve building-a-house-kind-of-skills ;).
Besides it being scary to work with a new material, I also want to keep the projects on this blog as basic as possible. So starting a project and asking you to buy a million products just to create a planter seems a bit crazy.

Because I wanted to be in controle of the shape of the mold, it had to be something that I could bend and fold. And after experimenting (a lot!) with mold-like products, I thought: why not just use thin hobby cardboard? And you know what? It worked!

The trick is to use clear tape to seal the inside of the mold and prevent the concrete from wetting the paper. I think that this might be the coolest thing that I have ever made from scratch.

And I love that because it is a cardboard mold, you can make a million different shapes!

Combine the minimal planter with a delicate plant
As you probably noticed already, I am a big fan of green in my home. Plants give a space that extra detailed touch without being too prominent. Combine that green with girly colours and I am sold!

Mixing styles to create a new look is my main goal, and this project is perfect for that. I combined the minimal concrete planter with my new favourite plant: the pot Rose.
The crisp shapes of the concrete and the delicate roses, mix so well. And the pot rose comes in a whole range of colors. So you can pick a white rose, if you want to keep things minimal or go all out and fill the planters with the prettiest colours that you can find!
For more information about the pot rose visit : mooiwatplantendoen.nl ( thejoyofplants.co.uk )

 

Video DIY

 

Photo DIY

DIY | Concrete Planter

SUPPLIES

– Concrete mix (preferably one without pebbles)
– Bucket, Water and something to mix the concrete with
– Cardboard
– Scissors
– Tape
– Ruler or Measuring Tape
– Pencil
– Plant ;)

DIY | Concrete Planter

STEP 1

For the outer mold:
– Decide the shape* of your planter, you can all out here! I found this shape here
– Draw the shape onto the cardboard and cut it out.
– Create the shape by folding the creases, following the drawn lines.

* The cardboard can hold quite a lot, but the bigger and higher the planter, the more chances that the weight of the concrete will ‘push’ the folded creases out.

DIY | Concrete Planter

STEP 2

For the inner mold:
– Measure the width and hight of the plant and add an extra cm.

DIY | Concrete Planter

STEP 3

– Draw a shape onto the cardboard in the width and hight of the plant you just measured.
– Draw a circle in the correct size, this will be the bottom of the inner mold.
– Cut the shapes out with your scissors.

DIY | Concrete Planter

STEP 4

– Place your pieces of paper onto a flat surface. We will now be ‘waterproofing’ the paper.
– Add strokes of tape onto the pieces. For the outer told, tape the inside* of the paper. For the inner told, tape the outside* of the paper.

* To simplify: everything that will be touching the wet concrete needs a layer of tape.

DIY | Concrete Planter

STEP 5

– Fold the mold into shape, securing it with tape.
– Mix the concrete* according to the instructions on the bag.

* If the concrete contains any stones, pebble, etc. use a sieve to remove them.

DIY | Concrete Planter

STEP 6

– Pour the concrete it the outer mold. Fill it up to about 3/4.
– Take the inner mold and press* it into the concrete. Placing it neatly in the middle of the outer mold, until about a cm from the bottom.

*In case the inner mold comes back up, because of the pressure of the concrete. Place something heavy on it, like a bottle of water.

DIY | Concrete PlanterSTEP 7

– Let the mood dry for as long as the bag says.
– After it has dried, remove the paper from the planter.

All done!

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SEWING DIY | 10 Minute Fabric Basket

SEWING DIY | 10 Minute Fabric Basket

Ever since I moved into my second sublet here in Berlin, I have this mixed feeling about the emptiness of the space. It has all the basics: sofa, table, chairs, shelves, etc. And the walls are pretty and high and clean and light. So it’s a perfect blanc canvas, but unfortunately a canvas that I am not aloud to paint..

And since all of my stuff fits in a suitcase (and secretly also a backpack filled with dresses) I do not have anything to organise or store my clutter. Not to mention that I am despreftaly in need of some decoration items that have no purpose at all, but to prettify my home.

How to solve these problems? I guess I already gave it away with the big picture above: 10 minute storage baskets!

They are the perfect solution! Because they hide all of my clutter, they are extremely multifunctional: Planter, storage, cupboard organizer, etc. and they also look pretty!

To make these I used one of my favourite kinds of fabric: neoprene. In case you haven’t heard of neoprene before, it’s the fabric that looks like a surfers outfit or a laptop sleeve. It comes in many colors and the best feature is that it doesn’t fray. So you can simply cut the fabric, sew it and that’s it! (you can even show the cut edges off, since they are thick and look nice:)

I even used the cheaper neoprene kind that isn’t stretchy, because this basket doesn’t have to stretch and saving money is always a plus.

Are you ready to create your own easy neoprene fabric baskets?

DIY:

SEWING DIY | 10 Minute Fabric Basket

SUPPLIES

– Neoprene Fabric (it doesn’t have to be the stretchy kind)
– A piece of A4 paper
– Pins
– Scissors
– Sewing Machine (but needle and thread will also work)

SEWING DIY | 10 Minute Fabric Basket

STEP 1

– Spread the fabric over a flat surface.
– Place the piece of A4 paper on the fabric, making sure that there is enough space for another similar sized paper all around.
– Mark the placement of the paper by pinning the fabric next to the corners of the paper.

SEWING DIY | 10 Minute Fabric Basket

STEP 2

– Remove the paper from the fabric and place it underneath the previous made marking points (made with your pins in the fabric.
– Mark this positions in the fabric with your pins.
– Repeat these steps all around the marked pins from the first step.

**Make sure that you stack 3 horizontal A4 sized shapes and add 2 vertical placed shaped on the sides of the middle piece, see next image for a clearer view

SEWING DIY | 10 Minute Fabric Basket

STEP 3

– Use your scissors to cut all around the pins. Creating your basket template.
– Remove the pins

SEWING DIY | 10 Minute Fabric Basket

STEP 4

-Fold the corners of the basket and sew a straight line, creating the basket shape. Repeat this for all 4 corners.

** You can show the seems by leaving the basket like this, or you can fold the basket inside out for a different look.

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For these photos I showed you how to use the basket as a stylish planter. But not only your plants have to enjoy these. I also use the baskets for my tights storage, and I have a few of them displayed in my open living room cupboard, to hide my cables and other clutter.

What would you use the basket for? Let me know in the comment section!

UPCYCLING DIY | Vintage Clock

UPCYCLING DIY | Vintage Clock

Remember my television debut from last week? Well, on tv I showed you a few fun upcycling tutorials that are fast, easy and most of all crazy inexpensive!

One of those projects involved an old tea tin, a simple plastic clock and a drill. And that became a very easy to make vintage clock!

Today I would like to show you in more detail how to make this clock.

Like I sad, it’s very easy and the tin I used was pretty old, but I think that just adds to the charm. And what if you don’t have an old charming tea tin to spare? It actually doesn’t even have to be an old tin, you can use anything (books, cans, etc.) just as long as you can drill a big enough hole in it to attach the clockwork!

DIY:

UPCYCLING DIY | Vintage Clock

SUPPLIES

– Old can, tin or jar or anything that you can make a hole in.
– Old clock with an intact mechanism that you can remove from the clock. (or you can buy one of those sticker wall clocks that are very inexpensive and only use the clock part)
– Drill.

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STEP 1

– Drill a hole in the front of the tin. Make it big enough for the front piece of the clock to fit through.

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STEP 2

– Disassemble the clock by removing the hands from the motor of the clock.

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STEP 3

– Place the motor part of the click in the tin and the front part through the hole.

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STEP 4

– Click the hands back in place.

And that’s it! How easy was that?!

* tip – you might want to add some extra padding in the tin, in case you are sensitive for loud clocks;)

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Oh, and another fun idea: what if you make a couple of these and set them to different times around the world?!

What would you use to create a fun clock? Let me know in the comment section!