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SMALL STUDIO APARTMENT | 10 Tips, Tricks and Ideas to Maximize Your Space

SMALL STUDIO APARTMENT | 10 Tips, Tricks and Ideas to Maximize Your SpaceAre you living in a small apartment, studio, (dorm) room, tiny home or any place that just isn’t suitable for you ánd your stuff? Welcome to the club!
Because I have been part of the club for a while now, I felt that it was time to let you in on my secrets and discoveries that I have collected over the years when it comes to living clutter free and most of all spatial in a small studio apartment.

My last blogpost was a home tour video of my studio, including loads of pictures to give you a feel of what my home looks like (you can find the video tour at the end of this post). Today I want to share the most practical features of my home that really helped my studio to look better and make my day-to-day life more practical and organised.

And when I say practical I don’t mean the obvious store-things-under-your-bed solution, because we can all think of that one. It’s the things that you only realised you needed after living in a small home for a while, like where to keep your laundry basket (Tip nr.4) or where to put your make up on when your bathroom is to small (Tip nr. 6). These, plus many more solutions to practical problems are all included in this post, with a few extra bonus tips at the end.

SMALL STUDIO APARTMENT | 10 Tips, Tricks and Ideas to Maximize Your Space
My studio apartment – Floorplan

 

Are your ready for 10+ extra tips on how to make the most of your small apartment?

Scroll down to the end of this post for the home tour video!


10 Tips to Maximize Your Space


SMALL APARTMENT | 10 Tips to Maximize Your Space

1. TALL OPEN WARDROBE

The first decision that I made when I moved into my studio apartment was building this open ‘closet’. Because it is a small space, I didn’t want a big part of it to be one big block of furniture. And wow did it work!
Not only does a wardrobe like this provide you with a large amount of storage it also makes the room look larger, because you can see the space inside and behind the closet.

I made the wardrobe go all the way up to the ceiling, maximizing the storage space and using every usable cm available. Because the height gives the wardrobe more shelve space, you can use the top for storing things like craft supplies and winter garments: hats, gloves, etc.

The construction was inspired by the famous Ikea Elvarli wardrobe systems. But I made it in a budget version using three shelving units* that you can buy at the hardware store + a few pipes for the hanging parts (also available at the hardware store). I think that the total costs were about €100,-

It was a tricky decission to have an open wardrobe in a small studio, because you can see everything that’s inside, so keeping things tidy is really a gamechanger. My solutions for keeping the wardrobe clutter free are:

  • Hang all of you clothes (no folding, just simply hanging everything up. This really saves up time and space!)
  • Get a small chest of drawers for your undergarments. You can place the small cabinet underneath one of the hanging spaces.
  • Use baskets or storage bins for the top shelves. This way you can categorize your items (winter clothes, sheets, etc.) and it looks very tidy.
  • Place your shoes on the bottom shelves. keeping the floor clutter free, which also makes the room look bigger.

*Here’s a link to the shelving units to get an impression 


SMALL APARTMENT | 10 Tips to Maximize Your Space
SMALL APARTMENT | 10 Tips to Maximize Your Space

2. EXTENDABLE TABLE

Dining, working, crafting, game-night, there are so many reasons why I really wanted to have a table in my studio apartment. But for Netflix watching millennials like myself, I do spend most of my time on my couch. So I needed a table that had a large surface, but that wasn’t too big since I don’t want a giant table in the middle of my ‘living room’ when watching a movie. Yes, problem!
But there is a very easy solution: an extendable table. And luckily they are getting more and more popular, meaning that you can get a pretty and affordable one very easily nowadays.

I made this table with my dad, but we based the design on an Ikea version that we spotted when we were there.
Here are a few extra tips:

  • What to do with your extra chairs when the table is in it’s smallest position?
    • 1. Get folding chairs and hide them behind your wardrobe or under your bed, etc.
    • 2. Keep a chair next or behind your bed for decoration and keeping your clothes of the floor when you are not in a cleaning-keeping-the-open-wardrobe-tidy-mood.
    • 3. get a side table that also functions as a seat (see tip number 3)
  • Get a table that extends on two sides. This gives even more surface space and you can also choose to extend only one part when you need it, keeping the table in place and simply ‘folding’ it open.
  • Place a rug under your table. Not only is it very friendly foor your feet, is also creates the illusion of a separate area, even when your table is less than a meter away from your bed or sofa.

SMALL APARTMENT | 10 Tips to Maximize Your Space

3. MULTI-FUNCTIONAL SIDE TABLE

I find that it’s best to keep the middle section of a living space in a small apartment to be as open as possible. This way you can do yoga, unfold your dining table (see previous tip) and do many more things without having to re-organize all of your furniture. With that said, I am not a big fan of having all of my furniture against the wall. My way of keeping things playful is a very functional sidetable.SMALL STUDIO APARTMENT | 10 Tips, Tricks and Ideas to Maximize Your Space

Well, actually it’s a stool that has many functions:

  • You can use it as en extra seat when the dining table is unfolded.
  • Place a tray* on top and it functions as a side table, suitable for you glasses, flowers, candles, etc.
  • Surface space. On movie nights, I place my external screen ( I don’t have a tv) on top and place it in front of my couch.
  • Footstool. well, this one just speaks for itself;)

*Extra tip: I purchased a tray and placed it on top in case me or my cats bump against the table. This tray has a picture bottom, which makes it extra personal and decorative.

 


SMALL APARTMENT | 10 Tips to Maximize Your Space

4. BASKET

When it comes to living in a studio, it’s all about the details and small things. As I mentioned before, it’s not hard to think of storing things under your bed, it’s the things that you realize you need only after you moved into a small apartment.
Like a laundry basket for instance. The simple action of moving your wet clothes out of the washing machine to your balcony, garden or indoor laundry rack. It’s such a simple item, yet it’s not an easy thing to store when your apartment is tiny and your bathroom only has room for a shower and toilet.
My solution: a wicker basket with three purposes:

  • 1. Storing my sofa and picknick blanket
  • 2. Picnic basket
  • 3. Laundry basket

When I do my laundry, I simply take the sofa blanket out, temporarily place it on the couch and use the basket for my laundry.


SMALL APARTMENT | 10 Tips to Maximize Your Space

5. JEWELRY STORAGE – MIRROR

Unless you are one of the lucky ones that lives in a small (studio) apartment and still has a giant bathroom, you probably faced the same problem that I did: where to get ready in the morning and store anything that can’t get wet?
Most small bathrooms get very damp after taking a shower and I prefer to put my make-up on and do my hair somewhere else.
I build two things to help me with this, One is this secret storage mirror.
It is the perfect hiding and storage space for jewelry, nail polish and other small trinkets. I made this version myself after seeing this perfect tutorial on A Beautiful Mess.


SMALL APARTMENT | 10 Tips to Maximize Your Space

6. STORAGE DRAWERS

The second solutions for storing my morning routine items are these shelf drawers, which I bought at Ikea. I just love these! They store all of my make-up and hair supplies and they also function as regular shelves.
The mirror and shelf are both in my kitchen and I love that when they are closed, the kitchen just looks like a regular kitchen, not half a kitchen/half beauty station.

These storage solutions don’t need to be in your kitchen, if the layout of your house doesn’t allow it. You can also easily put them up somewhere else in your home and even put a chair or stool (see tip nr 3) underneath and really transform your wall into a beauty/grooming area.


SMALL APARTMENT | 10 Tips to Maximize Your Space

7. SHOWER CURTAIN

Ok, this one might not sound like a big deal; you have a shower, the chances are that you have a shower curtain. Well, not when your bathroom has a shower cabin. And my shower cabin is very small. Which makes sense, because the bathroom is small. But after having to use some yoga moves just to shave my legs, it was time to make a few changes.

I live in a rental, so I took the doors out of the cabinet, by simply unscrewing them and put them in storage (make sure that they are dry, because they can easily get moldy!) I attached the shower curtain rings to the railing of the shower cabinet that used to hold the doors. And that was it!

Not only does it give more physical space, it also adds color and a personal touch to the room.


SMALL APARTMENT | 10 Tips to Maximize Your Space
SMALL APARTMENT | 10 Tips to Maximize Your Space

8. ROOM DIVIDER WITH STORAGE SPACE

My favorite practical tip for living in a studio apartment is to create a multi functional room-divider. These two open units are just perfect when it comes to dividing the space and keeping an open vibe.

I still had these two from a previous home, buy really any kind of open storage unit would work to get this effect.
To create an extra ‘divider’ I added sheer white curtains that go from the ceiling all the way down to the floor. They cover one part of the open wardrobe and the backside of the room dividers, creating a type of doorway into the sleeping area.
The best part about these two types of room dividers is that they still let enough light through, they don’t take up a chunk of space and because of their light colors, go well with the entire room.

What I also love about the added curtains, is that the view from the bed isn’t the back of the open shelving units, but the pretty sheer curtains. It sometimes feels a bit like there is a window at the footside of the bed:)


SMALL APARTMENT | 10 Tips to Maximize Your Space

9. FUNCTIONAL FURNITURE

The main thought of decorating a studio apartment? No item can enter without having more than one function. As you may have noticed, that really is the theme for these apartment tips and tricks.
From a laundry/picnic basket, a side table/stool, room divider/shelving units and even a sofa that does more than keep you legs up at the end of the day.

The biggest project of the LRS blog is this sofa. I transformed it into this floral beauty, but the basis of the sofa was really the reason why I bought it. It truly is the best purchase that I have made for this apartment. It holds almost all of my books and even looks great when you place it in the centre of a room, because the storage space goes all around.

These are my findings when it comes to finding a sofa for your small apartment:

  • A chaise lounge or sofa without any armrests makes the sofa look a lot smaller. I am not sure why, but it really makes the sofa less daunting in a small space.
  • Try to find a sofa with storage space, wether it’s open like mine or a sofa with storage in it’s seats.
  • Small apartment but love company? Get a sofa that also functions as a bed. My sofa is actually also suitable to sleep on.

SMALL APARTMENT | 10 Tips to Maximize Your Space

10. HANGING PLANTERS

Small apartment also means that there is less surface space. And even though this shouldn’t mean that you can’t have any pictures on your windowsill or candles anywhere, it does mean that the space is valuable.
I am a big fan of plants and after already having a lot of them scattered around my studio, I really wanted to have more. Which is how I came up with these hanging planters. You can make them yourself like I did: Hanging planter tutorial. Or buy them from your favourite store.
The best part is that it doesn’t take up any surface space and it adds a 3 dimensional touch to the living area.

Where to hang your hanging planters:

  • In a corner part of your home to fill the space, without bumping your head against them
  • In your bathroom, pretty and practical!
  • In front of your window, this is perfect to add privacy to your home, and it still let’s light in.
  • As a room divider. Remember how I put up sheer curtains behind my room divider shelving units? You can do the same with plants!

You can basically hang them anywhere and I promise that it will give a homey and colourful addition to your room(s).


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EXTRA TIPS, TRICKS AND IDEAS


  • Hang your damp clothes in a seperate part of the open wardrobe. (This means that you don’t SMALL STUDIO APARTMENT | 10 Tips, Tricks and Ideas to Maximize Your Spaceneed a drying rack in the middle of your living space)
  • How to make your room look bigger? Easy: keep the floor visible. This means wardrobes on legs, sofa’s that have space underneath, etc.
  • Big artworks – A small space doesn’t mean that everything has to be scaled down. Instead of having a lot of tiny objects and artworks, it’s better to have a few larger pieces to decorate your surfaces and walls.SMALL STUDIO APARTMENT | 10 Tips, Tricks and Ideas to Maximize Your Space
  • Area rugs – create different ‘area’s’ in your home with small (circular rugs)
  • Window decal – Instead of placing things on your windowsill and taking up space, you can use a window decal to decorate your home. Like this one that looks like flowers in a vase.

Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope that these tips, trick and ideas are helpful when t comes to your home. If you have any questions please let me know in the comments section below!


CREDITS

Sheer Curtains – Kwantum
White open cabinets – Ikea
Sofa – project by Lana Red Studio
Drawer cabinet – project by Lana Red Studio
Pink round carpet – Ikea
Greenery round carpet – Kwantum
Discoball – Hema
Shower curtain – H&M
Kitchen Carpet – Kwantum
Star Light – Hema
Candle Wax Light – project by Lana Red Studio
Audio Speaker – Tivoli Audio
Hanging Planters – project by Lana Red Studio
Fish Vase – Flying Tiger
Green Curtains – H&M
Jewelry – Shop Lana Red Studio
Neon Heart Light – Kwantum

Did you spot something that is not in this list? Mention it in the comments section and I will get back to you as soon as possible!

 

HANGING PLANTER DIY | From Sifter to Planter

HANGING PLANT DIY | From Sifter to Planter

Budget proof, stylish and ready in an hour: this hanging planter DIY project has it all! And the best part: it involves upcycling an item that everyone will have in their home: a plain sifter!

Yes, that’s right! These gold beauties are the cheapest sifters that I could find and I transformed them into these gold hanging planters. And so can you!

HANGING PLANT DIY | From Sifter to Planter

Why it’s a game changer:

– Each planter cost about €5,00 to make
– Don’t like gold? Use your favourite colour!
– With outdoor spray paint, you can also hang them in your garden.
– Add green into your home without using any valuable space

Why this works best for my home is because I have a tiny studio and only one wall that I often use as a photo wall.(the wall behind my sofa) Since I can’t put any wallpaper on the wall or hang anything on there, because it has to stay clean and white, it really felt very dull and plain compared to the rest of my living space.

HANGING PLANT DIY | From Sifter to Planter

These hanging planters were the perfect solution! They don’t take up any valuable space in my tiny home and I can easily take them down when I have to use the entire wall for a photoshoot.

The best part is that it really makes the room become more alive, I think that it works so well because they are hanging in different heights.

 

Are your ready to make your own hanging sifter planters? Scroll down for the full project!

HANGING PLANT DIY | From Sifter to Planter


SUPPLIES


– Sifter
– Gold Spray Paint
– Gold hoops (3 small, and 1 big hoop)
– Gold Chain
– Pliers
– Screw Hook
– Plastic Bag
– Scissors
– Measuring Tape
– Hanging Plants


HANGING PLANT DIY | From Sifter to Planter

STEP 1 – Preparing

– Take your sifter, wash and dry it to prepare for the next step.*

*To help attach the spray paint, you can lightly sand the smooth surfaces of the sifter.

HANGING PLANT DIY | From Sifter to Planter

STEP 2 – Gold

– Place your sifter upside down on a surface that can get dirty.
– Lightly spray your paint onto the sifter. Repeat spaying light layers of paint onto the surface of the sifter, letting the paint dry in between.

HANGING PLANT DIY | From Sifter to Planter

STEP 3 – Hoops

– Measure the top rim of the sifter and divide this by three. These will be your hanging spots.
– Attach a small hoop through the holes in the sifter. One on each of the three point.

HANGING PLANT DIY | From Sifter to Planter

STEP 4 – Chains

– Measure the height of the ceiling and decide the placement of your hanging planter.
– Cut three pieces of your chain in the desired length with your pliers.

HANGING PLANT DIY | From Sifter to Planter

STEP 5 – Attaching the chain

– Attach one chain to one hoop ring and close the ring with your pliers.
– Repeat this for all three hoops and chains.

HANGING PLANT DIY | From Sifter to Planter

STEP 6 – Big Hoop

– Attach all three chain endings to the big hoop with your pliers.

HANGING PLANT DIY | From Sifter to Planter

STEP 7 – Plastic

– Cut your plastic bag in a large circle with your scissors.

HANGING PLANT DIY | From Sifter to Planter

STEP 8

– With the chains on the outside of the sifter, place your plastic into the sifter.
– Keep the ends of the plastic sticking out for now.

HANGING PLANT DIY | From Sifter to Planter

STEP 9

– Place your plant into the plastic bag in the sifter.
– Add some extra soil until the entire sifter is filled.
– Roll the edges of the plastic towards the plant until it creates a small edge.
– Water the plants.

HANGING PLANT DIY | From Sifter to Planter

STEP 10

– Attach the hook into your ceiling (My ceiling has wooden beams, if yours doesn’t you can use other ways to attach the planter: This website offers several ideas)

HANGING PLANT DIY | From Sifter to Planter

What I love most about this project

  • You can play with several sifters in different heights.
  • Mixing different plants in one sifter would also look awesome!
  • This hanging planter would also be great to hang in front of your window and create a little bit of privacy instead of using curtains.

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CREDITS

Sifter – Action
Gold Chain – Xenos
Plants – Ikea
Sofa – Design by LRS in collaboration with Spoonflower
Rugs – by Ikea
Floral Framed Artwork – by LRS and Spoonflower
Portrait Artwork – by Piet en Kees

This blogpost is an original LRS Project.

RESTYLE DIY | Custom Sofa Fabric Design

RESTYLE DIY | Custom Sofa Fabric Design

Yes, the day has finally come where it actually isn’t hard or way expensive to give your living room a giant DIY update! And what is the biggest statement piece in most living rooms: The Sofa!
It has been bugging me for years that whenever I moved to a new place I could basically make anything I needed by myself on a budget. However, making a sofa from scratch is still a pretty tricky and often expensive thing to do (especially if you have a specific design in mind, like I do).  And re-upholstering still frightens me, especially because I am so afraid of doing it wrong and having ruined expensive fabric in the process.

Which is why I did a happy dance when I spotted this Ekebol couch at Ikea. It has removable cushions! So goodbye heavy tools and hello sewing machine!

RESTYLE DIY | Custom Sofa Fabric Design: Before / After
Before

Why it’s a game changer:

  • It’s perfect for my tiny studio (there is a home-tour coming up on the blog soon!)
  • The cushions are removable!
  • It has shelves all around
  • It could be used as a guest bed
  • The shape makes it look less big in a tiny home

And I can go on like this for a while (I am not sponsored btw, I just really love it!)

The only downside to the sofa is also my biggest frustration when it comes to the current home-decor trends in stores: ‘safe’ fabrics. Prints are making a small comeback since the seventies, but for some reason sofa fabrics are still mostly available in boring beige and grey. There are exceptions, but they usually are way over my budget.

RESTYLE DIY | Custom Sofa Fabric Design: Before / After
After

The first thing that I did after buying the sofa was contacting my all-time favourite company: Spoonflower. I remembered that they offer velvet fabric and that was perfect for my sofa DIY project! They quickly got on board and made me the happiest DIY blogger in the world!

I once again used the Rijksmuseum archive to create a collage out of their online art collection. The entire collection is rights free and you can download all of the artwork in high ress. quality. This time, I wanted to go for giant flowers and embraced soft pink as a background.

Always being on a budget, I want to mention that I was very surprised by how affordable printing your own fabric is nowadays. I am collaborating with Spoonflower, but this statement truly comes from being a classical Dutch (aka cheapo) person. As stated before, I have been looking for the perfect sofa for years and the total costs of the sofa and the fabric is about the same amount of a buying a regular (beige;)) decent priced couch. (I think that the total costs were around €600,-)

Are your ready to make your own custom Ikea hack sofa? Scroll down for the full project!

RESTYLE DIY | Custom Sofa Fabric Design


SUPPLIES


– Measuring Tape
– Scissors
– Sewing Machine
– Needle & Thread
– Pins
– Fabric (You can design your own fabric!!)


FABRIC DESIGN


Before we start:
Designing your own fabric. There are multiple ways to design fabric:
– Repeating print-  You design one square of artwork and have this square repeated across the entire fabric.
– ‘Life Size’ print – This is what I made. It means that you will have to design the fabric in it’s ‘true size’. So if your sofa cushion is 100cm by 100cm, the design file has to be made in 100cm by 100cm. I love this way of designing, because you can calculate which part of the print goes where. It does however require a fast computer, because in te end you will have to export an extremely large file and upload it to order the custom fabric.

Copying an existing sewing pattern:
– The reason why I bought this sofa, is because it has removable cushions. This tutorial is made with that in mind. If you want to re-upholster your sofa, you can follow the fabric design steps in this project. For the upholstery I suggest that you read the ‘Do It Yourself Divas’ blogpost on this subject. Which has an excellent tutorial on how to reupholster your sofa.

RESTYLE DIY | Custom Sofa Fabric Design

STEP 1 – Measuring

– Remove* all of the sofa covers and flip them inside out.
– Write down all of the cushions dimensions by placing your tape measure on all of the seams.

*My sofa has removable covers with a zipper, making it easy to remove the covers. If your sofa cushions don’t have any zippers, carefully open up one seam and flip the cover inside out.

RESTYLE DIY | Custom Sofa Fabric Design: Before / After

STEP 2 – Digital outline

– Once you have measured all of the cushions seams, use those numbers to create small technical drawings* for the outlines of the cushions.

* I advice to make these drawings digitally for the next few steps. You can use programs like Photoshop, Paint or even Word to create them.

RESTYLE DIY | Custom Sofa Fabric Design: Before / After

STEP 3 – Digital outline

– Make an outline drawing for each individual cushion.

– If you are designing your own ‘life sized’ fabric print like I did, you will want to create a file with all of the actual dimensions. Making it easier to design and order the fabric later on.
– If you are designing a repeating pattern, or are using a store-bought fabric, you will only need the dimensions to calculate the amount of fabric that you will need.

RESTYLE DIY | Custom Sofa Fabric Design

STEP 4 – Fabric 

– Design your own fabric! (or buy one, or repurpose old materials!)
– This is the third DIY project where I am designing my own fabric and it truly is an addiction! For my design, I used the Rijksmuseum database and turned floral artworks into a textile collage.

RESTYLE DIY | Custom Sofa Fabric Design: Before / After

STEP 5 – Custom Fabric

– Before your buy or design your fabric, you will need to know the amount needed.
– The digital designs that you made in steps 2 and 3, will make this very easy! Simply place the cushion outlines in one file, side by side. And you can calculate how much yards/cm of fabric you will need. (don’t forget to add seam allowance!)

– If you are designing your own ‘life size’ fabric print, this step is also perfect to finalise the design and let’s you choose which part of the print goes where.

For this project, I collaborated with the amazing Spoonflower and they printed my design on the richest softest velvet fabric! The flowers, the pink and the velvet go together so well, I just couldn’t stop touching it when it was delivered at my home :)


SOFA DESIGN


RESTYLE DIY | Custom Sofa Fabric Design

STEP 1

– Use your measurements made in the previous steps and cut all of the pieces of fabric needed for each cushion.

RESTYLE DIY | Custom Sofa Fabric Design

STEP 2

– Place your fabric -wrong side out- around each cushion.
– Use your pins to create the cushions outline. The fabric should be pretty tight around the cushions.
– Leave one side open.
– Remove the pinned fabric from the cushion, through the open side.
– Sew all of the pinned lines.

RESTYLE DIY | Custom Sofa Fabric Design

STEP 3

– Flip the sewn fabric -right side out-.
– Place the cushion in the new cushion cover.
– Fold the edges of the opening inwards and keep it in place with a few pins.
– Use your needle and thread to close to the opening with an invisible stitch.

RESTYLE DIY | Custom Sofa Fabric Design

What I love most about this sofa DIY project

  • You can make your biggest designing project, your homes statement piece
  • Add extra cushions on the sofa for a fun mix and match of prints
  • No need to get a new sofa in a few years, just design your new favourite project and sew new cushion covers!

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RESTYLE DIY | Custom Sofa Fabric Design

CREDITS

Velvet Fabric – Design by LRS in collaboration with Spoonflower
Sofa – by Ikea
– Hanging Planters – by LRS (DIY project coming soon!)
Rugs – by Ikea
Floral Framed Artwork – by LRS and Spoonflower
Portrait Artwork – by Piet en Kees

This blogpost is an original LRS Project.

DIY | Candle Wax Table Lamp

Let’s take those DIY skills to the next level and use them to create your very own table lamp project, from scratch! And yes, you read that right: this table lamp is made almost completely from candle wax!

The idea behind this project came from a gift that my parents gave me: an awesome looking flamingo bulb from Bitten-Design that deserved more than a plain Ikea lamp. I had done a few concrete mold projects that would have been great for this, but I was also looking for a new innovative version that didn’t require special supplies and scary advanced pottery skills and basically just something ‘new’.

Which let me to wax. And no, not some kind of special sculpture wax, (which would also be great for a future advanced-project!) but plain old candle wax.

The great thing about using candles, is that they come in a million colors. Which means that you can really match your home’s color palette or the bulb that you are using like me. You can go for:

  • black, white and grey
  • An ombre effect
  • Pastel tones

And I can go on like this for a while, because the options really are endless.
Not to mention the shape of your lamp, because as a mold, I used a simple juice carton.

I think that it is safe to say that I had a great time making this project and I can’t wait to see what the result of your lamp will be!

 

 

 

Are your ready to make your own table lamp? Scroll down for the full project!


DIY | Candle Wax Table Lamp

 

SUPPLIES
– Carton in the shape of your choice
– Lamp Wire ( I used this cord set from Ikea)
– Power Plug
– Candles to melt
– Baking Paper
– Scissors
– Hobby Knife
– Tape
– Round Cardboard Tube ( I used the leftover tube from an aluminum roll. The important thing is to make sure that the lamp fitting fits inside the tube)
– Pan
– Glue Gun
– Bulb (LED, because we don’t want our special wax lamp to melt;))

STEP 1 

– Empty and clean your carton. Wipe the inside dry.
– Use your hobby knife to remove the top* of the carton.

* This doesn’t have to be in the exact size of your lamp design. Just as long as you don’t cut it too short.

STEP 2

– Decide how tall you want your lamp to be.
– Mark the length on your cardboard tube and use your hobby knife to cut the tube.

STEP 3

– Take a piece of cardboard or thick paper and place it on your baking paper.
– Roll the two forward, creating a tube-like shape. (make sure that the opening is big enough for your cord to go through)

STEP 4

–  Use some tape to keep the rolled up scroll in place.

STEP 5

– Mark a small line approx. 2cm from the bottom of your cardboard tube with a pencil.
– Draw a circle in the same size as your rolled up baking paper scroll above the 2cm line.
– Use your hobby knife to cut the hole out of the tube.
– Make a matching hole in the bottom of your carton, using the exact same placement specifications.

STEP 6

– Pull your cord though the top opening of the cardboard tube and out of the hole that we made in step 5.
– Keep pulling the cord, until the socket slides into the tube.

STEP 7 

– Use your glue gun to attach the lamp’s socket to the top of the tube.

STEP 8 

– Cut a small piece of baking paper and wrap it around the socket*.
– Use tape or your glue gun to keep the baking paper in place.

* This will protect the socket from the hot candle wax.

STEP 9 

–  Take the cord coming out of the tube and pull it through the carton and out of the opening on the bottom side of the carton.
– Hold the tube in place and see of everything fits correctly. If you need to shorten the tube, level the bottom etc. this will be the step to do that.

STEP 10 

–  Use your glue gun to glue the bottom of the cardboard tube. Quickly, before the glue dries, stick the tube to the bottom of the carton.
– Slide the cord coming out of the carton through the baking paper tube.
– Press the baking paper tube through the hole in the carton as well as the hole in the cardboard tube.

STEP 11 

– Place your pan on the stove and melt the candles.
– Once the candles have melted, remove the wicks.
– Let the wax cool off for a while, until it has the thickness of yoghurt*.

* If the wax is too hot, there is a chance of the middle part of the mold slightly sinking in.

STEP 12 

– Pour the wax into the mold. Try to keep the entire carton as level as possible.
– If you want to create multiple layers like I did, let the wax completely cool off, before you pour the next color/layer.

STEP 13 

–  After the wax has set and doesn’t feel warm anymore, you can carefully remove the carton.

STEP 14 

–  Attach your power plug according to the instructions on the label*.

* If your label doesn’t come with instructions, you can use this website on how to attach your power plug.

STEP 15 

–  Find the perfect bulb for your table lamp and check to see if everything is working properly.

And that’s it! You will now have your very own handmade candle wax table lamp!

DIY | Candle Wax Table Lamp

What I love most about this project

  • You can mix and match with candle wax colors! Use 1,2, 3, 4, 5 different colors!
  • Mix & Match with the candle wax lines. If you lean the carton mold against a wall, letting it slightly tilt. You can create some fun geometric lines.
  • For this project, I used a tall square carton. But you can create a completely different looking lamp when you use a short triangle shaped mold.

DIY | Candle Wax Table Lamp


CREDITS

– Flamingo Light Bulb – by Bitten-Design
– Neon Heart Light – by Kwantum

This blogpost is an original LRS Project and was not sponsored.


 

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 an art 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 art DIY 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 art DIY cards that I made? You are in luck! Because they are available in the LRS Etsy shop:

LRS Greeting Cards


 

DIY | How to Restyle a Plain Dresser

DIY | How to Restyle a Plain Cupboard

Are you ready for a fun ‘Before and After’ post?! Today I will be sharing my budget friendly dresser restyle project!

Upcycling is one of my favourite activities! And when I moved into my current studio, I had very little money to spend on decorating the small space and also didn’t want to invest in a new piece of furniture, since my next home might be too far away to bring it with me (yes, the luxurious struggles of a nomadic lifestyle!)

Luckily I found this old dresser for free and decided to give it a new life with just a few easy tweaks that completely changed it entire look.
My main wish for this dresser was to lift it to create space underneath it, since my studio is pretty small and one of the ‘tricks’ for living in a small space is to keep the floor surface visible.
And I wanted to paint it into a subtle color, since all of my walls are white, and I wanted to turn it into a practical statement piece.

Budget-friendly Dresser:

Upcycling old pieces of furniture really doesn’t have to cost much. The total costs for restyling this dresser were only: €19,00!!

  • Dresser: free! (ask your friends, family, eBay for unused pieces of furniture)
  • Wooden legs: I found these wooden table legs at a thrift store for 1 euro each and they matched perfectly!
  • Handles: The leather handles are made out of a thrifted leather jacket that only cost 2 euro. The carriage bolts and matching nuts cost 8 euros at the local hardware store.
  • Paint: Try Dollar/Euro stores! They often sell left over name brand paint cans. (And for the Dutchies among us: I bought the chalk paint at Action for only 5 euros.)

DIY | How to Restyle a Plain Cupboard

I was in a very pastel phase, when restyling this dresser. But as I try to do in all of my tutorials: you can adjust the project to your own style! Paint each drawer in a different color, choose felt instead of leather for the handles, put wheels under the dresser, etc. The possibilities are endless!

Are your ready to give your old dresser a new look? Scroll down for the full project!


DIY | How to Restyle a Plain Dresser

SUPPLIES
– Old dresser
– 4 Table legs
– Paint ( I used chalk paint for a matte effect)
– Primer – that is suitable for the surface of your dresser
– Paint roller and brushes
– Sandpaper
– Pieces of Leather
– Carriage bolts and matching nuts
– Fabric Hole Puncher

Optional
– Piece of wood for the bottom of the dresser
– Drill to attach the legs to the bottom of the drawer

DIY | How to Restyle a Plain Cupboard

STEP 1

– Remove the original handles of the chest of drawers.
– Take all of the drawers out of the dresser.

DIY | How to Restyle a Plain Cupboard

STEP 2

– Lightly sand the entire dresser including the front of the drawers.
– Clean the surfaces with a damp cloth after sanding.

DIY | How to Restyle a Plain Cupboard

STEP 3

– With a soft roller, apply the primer to the outside of the dresser and drawers.
– Let the paint dry.

DIY | How to Restyle a Plain Cupboard

STEP 4

– After the primer has dried, lightly sand the painted surfaces.
– Clean the surfaces with a soft cloth before the next step.

DIY | How to Restyle a Plain Cupboard

STEP 5

– Apply* your choice of paint to the outside of the dresser and drawers.
– let the paint dry, and if necessary, apply an extra layer.

* Use a roller or brush that is suitable for the type of paint that you are using
* I used a chalk paint in the color: mint

DIY | How to Restyle a Plain Cupboard

STEP 6

Preparing the leather handles

– Decide the width and length of the leather* handles.
– Double the length measurements (you will be folding the leather handle later on) and draw the measurements on a piece of paper or cardboard.
– Cut the measurements out of the cardboard.
– Make a hole on one side of the cardboard for the bolt.

* Are you also always on a budget? No worries! I made these leather handles out of a thrifted leather jacket to keep the costs to a minimum. And you can also always opt for animal friendly faux-leather pieces.

DIY | How to Restyle a Plain Cupboard

STEP 7

– Place your cardboard mold on a piece of leather and cut along the edges.

DIY | How to Restyle a Plain Cupboard

STEP 8

– Mark the hole placement and fold the leather piece double.
– Use your hole puncher (or something similar) and punch a hole trough both layers of the fabric.

DIY | How to Restyle a Plain Cupboard

STEP 9

– Repeat step 7 & 8 for as many handles as you need.
– Prepare the handles by inserting the bolts trough both of the fabric layers.

DIY | How to Restyle a Plain Cupboard

STEP 10

– Press the bolt through the existing hole in the drawer, with the leather piece on the outside of the drawer.

DIY | How to Restyle a Plain Cupboard

STEP 11

– Attach the nut to the back of the bolt inside the drawer.

STEP 12

Attaching the legs

Attaching the legs to the bottom of the dresser shouldn’t be too hard, depending on the type of legs and the bottom of the cupboard.
– If the dresser has an open bottom, take a piece of wood (you can have it cut in the size of the dresser at the hardware store) and paint the edges in the color of paint as the rest of the dresser.
– Turn the dresser upside down, and use small screws to attach the piece of wood to the bottom.
– How to attach the legs to the new bottom depends on the type. This website shows three different ways to attach new legs to your dresser.

DIY | How to Restyle a Plain Cupboard

And that is it! You will now have a brand new looking dresser!

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CREDITS

– Chalk Paint by Action
– Star Light by Hema
– Gold Planter by Ikea
– Black Planter by Søstrene Grene
– Painting by Lana Red Studio

This blogpost is an original LRS Project and was not sponsored.

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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