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UPCYCLING DIY | Braided Tee Planter

UPCYCLING DIY | Braided Tee Planter

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

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

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

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

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


DIY:

UPCYCLING DIY | Braided Tee Planter

MATERIALS

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

UPCYCLING DIY | Braided Tee Planter

STEP 1

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

UPCYCLING DIY | Braided Tee Planter

STEP 2

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

UPCYCLING DIY | Braided Tee Planter

STEP 3

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

UPCYCLING DIY | Braided Tee Planter

STEP 4

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

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

UPCYCLING DIY | Braided Tee Planter

STEP 5

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

UPCYCLING DIY | Braided Tee Planter

STEP 6

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

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

UPCYCLING DIY | Braided Tee Planter

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

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

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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.

UPCYCLING DIY | Vintage Clock

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.

UPCYCLING DIY | Vintage Clock

STEP 2

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

UPCYCLING DIY | Vintage Clock

STEP 3

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

UPCYCLING DIY | Vintage Clock

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!

SEWING DIY | Geometric Blanket

SEWING DIY | Geometric Blanket

I have always had a fascination for textiles and prints. Every time I would shop for clothes, bedding, etc. I would come home with fun prints or unusual fabrics.

But why shop for something that you can make yourself! Today I am showing you a very detailed DIY of my geometric blankets!

The idea behind this project, is that you can repurpose old pieces of fabric or use fabrics that might be too bold or boring on their own. And turn them into a fun pattern and a completely new piece of fabric that you can use for anything you like! I used it for these two baby blankets as a personal gift (this explains why they are a bit small), but you can also turn the new sewn fabric into a skirt, dress, scarf, etc.

I guess you can call this a patchwork sewing project, but I feel that the word ‘patchwork’ has a bad reputation for only resulting in hippie skirts, and jeans projects.

The patchwork technique really doesn’t have to be used in the old fashioned way. Starting with modern fabrics, or pastel coloured textiles, it can turn out to be a a very modern looking item.

Using a geometric print also modernises the fabric and adds an optical illusion ones the fabric is folded open.

Ready for a new sewing challenge?! Let’s start the project! 

First things first:
– This project is a bit of an advanced sewing project. No pattern skills necessary, but the corners can be tricky.
– This is not a one day project. Cutting the fabric pieces with the template takes some time. I suggest to listen to some fun music, or see it as a focus project. It kinda felt like knitting, pretty relaxing actually;) Obviously the duration of the project is based on the size fabric that you need.
– What else: It’s a lot of fun to do!! And you don’t have to stick to the pattern that I used. You can easily create your own geometric pattern and use that for this project.

DIY:

SEWING DIY | Geometric Blanket

SUPPLIES

– Fabric Scraps for the geometric sewing print
– Fleece fabric ( I used a fleece blanket)
– Pattern Template – free download: here
– Sewing Machine
– Fabric Chalk or something similar
– Scissors
– Pins
– Measuring Tape
– Iron

SEWING DIY | Geometric Blanket

STEP 1

Download the free template and print it on regular paper. Cut the shape out.
(This is also the time to adjust the size of the shape)

A regular piece of paper will work just fine as a stencil, but if you are making a larger blanket, I suggest tracing the shape onto a piece of cardboard. This will be more user-friendly.

SEWING DIY | Geometric Blanket

STEP 2

Place your stencil onto the wrong side of the fabric and trace the shape with your fabric chalk.

SEWING DIY | Geometric Blanket

STEP 3

Cut the drawn shape out of the fabric.

SEWING DIY | Geometric Blanket

STEP 4

Repeat step 2 and 3 until you have enough pieces of fabric to create your blanket. I made two blankets. Each blanket using 3 different colours for the best optical illusion result.

SEWING DIY | Geometric Blanket

STEP 5

Place your cut out pieces of fabric onto a flat surface and place them in the desired pattern. This is the part where you can decide the placement of your different fabrics.

SEWING DIY | Geometric BlanketSTEP 6

Take one piece of fabric and place it wrong side up on a flat surface or ironing board. Iron the edges 1 cm to the inside.
The fold will be your guide when you sew the pieces together.

Repeat this for all of the pieces.

SEWING DIY | Geometric Blanket

STEP 7

– Place your ironed pieces back in the desired pattern on a flat surface.
– Take 3 pieces as shown in the photo above and sew them together. Use the ironed fold as a sewing guid.

– Repeat this for all of the pieces, making sure that you stick to your pattern.

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STEP 8

Cut the excessive fabric from the sides, creating a square or rectangle shaped piece of fabric.

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STEP 9

– Place the fleece blanket or fleece fabric onto a flat surface, wrong side down.
– Lay the geometric fabric wrong side up, onto of the fleece blanket.
– Cut the fleece blanket in the size of your geometric fabric.
– Pin the two pieces of fabric together.

Optional: add filling for a softer or warmer blanket.

Optional 2: if you want to add a label to the blanket, this will be the time to stitch it between the two layers.

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STEP 10

Sew the fleece blanket en geometric fabric together, keeping one side open.

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STEP 11

– Turn the blanket inside out (or outside in, however you would like to see it;)
– Fold the edges of the open side to the inside.
– Sew the folded parts together.

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STEP 12

To give the blanket that extra look, create two extra stitched rows all around, 1 or 2 cm from the edge.

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I had so much fun doing this project. And the print really has an optical illusion effect. I can’t wait to start a new project with a new print, maybe for a dress next time?

Do you have lot’s of sewing projects or are you interested in modernising the patchwork world? Let me know in the comment section!

GREEN DIY | Wall Planter

GREEN DIY | Wall Planter

In case you missed it: plants are thé home decor accessory of 2016. Pinterest is booming and people are loving the green items filling their homes. I am also very much in love with this trend and embraced it with a giant statement wall DIY!

I collaborated with mooiwatplantendoen.nl (thejoyofplants.co.uk) and represent the Flower of the Month: White Fragrant Plants.
Can you imagine: collaborating with a company that is all about flowers?! I certainly danced around at the news;)

And if things couldn’t get better, the plants really do smell amazing!

The plants arrived a while ago and ever since I started working on this DIY my home is filled with smells that can only remind me of a warm spring day.

About the DIY: I started a Pinterest board that is all about Green 2 months ago, and I have been looking for inspiration on incorporating plants in DIY projects. Thejoyofplants.co.uk already has an amazing database of plant tutorials. So I was really looking for something original, but also something that is adjustable to everybody’s home, whether your house is small, big, temporary, etc.

This vertical wall plant system was the perfect solution! The steel mesh comes in a great variety of shapes and sizes, and you can hang it on the wall, use it as a room divider or place it on top of a flat surface if you are not able to drill holes in your walls.
It is also perfect to decorate according to taste: keep it minimal, add a touch of colour, or fill it with personal items. The options are endless!

As you can see, I am very excited! And looking at it in my house always brings a smile to my face, because it is BIG, but it doesn’t feel like it. It also doesn’t take up any space in the room, since it is on the wall.

Excited?!

Well embrace yourself for a little bit more excitement, because this DIY is also available on video! This is a LRS first: a DIY video!! Woohoo!

So take your pick: video or, photo, or both, go crazy! ;)

Here is the Video DIY:


PHOTO DIY:

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SUPPLIES

– Plants. I used 3 different plants:
– Gardenia
– Stephanotis
– Jasmine

– Steel Mesh ( I bought mine at the local gardenstore, they come in a variety of colours and sizes and are perfect for this low budget project)
– Hanging Pots (The pots used in this tutorial are from Ikea, and originally used in the kitchen)
– Hooks (from Ikea)

* Optional – Neon coloured rope

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STEP 1

– Pot the plants. Be very careful not to damage the roots and if necessary add a little bit of extra soil.

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STEP 2

– Water all of the plants after repotting them.

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STEP 3

– Attach the rings and hooks to the pot.

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STEP 4

– Place the rack/mesh on the wall or on a flat surface, depending on your choice of presentation.
– If you choose to hang the mesh on the wall, check to see what type of foundation your wall has (plaster, wood, etc.) and buy the right supplies* needed.

* I choose to drill a hole in the wall and added a wall plug before screwing in a ‘hook screw’ to hang the mash on the wall. More information about hanging heavy items on the wall can be found here.

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STEP 5

– Hang the pots onto the rack. Mix and match different pots and plants.

Style tip: Decorate the empty spaces with artwork, memorabilia, notes and other fun personal items to create a statement wall

 

* Optional – Decorate the rack with neon coloured rope around the plants. This wall add a splash of colour and shows you when the plant has grown.GREEN DIY | Wall Planter

Small space in your home or living in a studio apartment? Use this tutorial as a room divider! Create a private space by adding as many plants as you want to cover the entire surface or keep it open by spreading the plants.

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Want to add more personality? Fill the empty spaces with memorabilia, such as: picture frames, drawings, cards, personal notes and candles. The possibly are endless and you can change it as often as you like!

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Lana Red Studio Items used:
Flower Printing DIY
Book Print DIY

More information on how to take care of your white fragrant plants can be found on the website of thejoyofplants.co.uk.