Let’s liven up Monday with a DIY for your home shall we? If you read my blog regularly you may remember I did a post on the botanical trend back in Autumn. I had been out foraging for greenery which is less unusual than I’d like to admit and found some fern leaves. I took them home a rekindled the art of flower pressing with the help of my husband’s brick size books of theology. Sad to say that’s the most use I’ve personally had out of them but they certainly did the trick. Then the story goes, I totally forgot about them until one day my memory jolted and proclaimed, ‘I must make coasters’. A revolutionary statement if ever you heard one. It bothered me slightly that I was a DIY blogger and had never used resin in a single project I’d executed. I was intrigued by the stuff and settled in this as the perfect project to flex some new DIY muscles.
Happy hump day! It sure has felt like that for me today but hooray because my next DIY contribution is up on Sugar & Cloth! Let me introduce you to these mini mountain photo holders, possibly the cutest way to display your postcards and pictures…possibly. What do you think?
Head over to Sugar & Cloth for the full tutorial here. It does of course include my one true love, polymer clay. This time you don’t even need to roll or mould it…madness!
This idea has been bubbling away for a while now but it’s been put to the side on a number of occasions. Everyone loves a hanging planter right? I’ve made and owned various such hanging delights around the house but really wanted to create a tiered version so I could hang three plants at a time. You could actually go wild and add even more tiers but I decided to give start of with three. This baby now sits pride of place in our bedroom replacing our previous planter friend. It had to make way for this superior good looking number…poor thing.
Hello! Sorry things have been a bit slow on the blog. It is a lovely problem to have so much design work I don’t have much time for posts, but I still have itchy feet to format all the DIY projects I have mounting up. Here’s a little bit of crafty action for your (snowy for some) Tuesday. I’m whipping out my favourite DIY weapon (aside from spray paint) once again. Enter Fimo or polymer clay as you might know it. It’s so versatile I decided to make some cute trinkets bowls with it this time.
I used a silicone lace mould to get the pattern but you could imprint them with anything. Lace or crochet doilies would also work.
Yes people! I finally have a new DIY for you! I’m so sorry for such a canyon sized gap between this and the last one. It certainly wasn’t intentional but design work very much got in the way. Actually ‘got in the way’ makes it sound like an unwanted obstacle but I’ve been very thankful for it. To prove I’m not just a one trick DIY pony (I’m referring to spray paint) I thought I’d whip out another favourite to make these simple but stylish necklaces. Say hello to my friend Fimo once more. I was quite taken with the ‘Fimo Effects‘ range of polymer clay and ordered a marble and granite block to turn into these tube beads. It looks really affective and the clay even has tiny glitter pieces worked in.
- Fimo Effects block
- Neck chain
- Cutting mat
- Skewer or cocktail stick
- Gold metallic spray paint
- Preheat the oven to 110 degrees C
- Cut a chunk of the Fimo and roll and handle to soften in your hands. Then roll on the cutting mat into a long sausage shape. Keep on rolling to make an even cylinder about 1/4 inch in diameter.
- Cut the long sausage into sections about 1 1/2 inches long. Then gently push the skewer into the cylinder until it goes the whole way through. Give it a wiggle to make the hole a little bigger and take the skewer out.
- Place on a lined baking tray and bake in the oven for 25 mins. Leave to cool completely.
- Then tape a section of each bead so that no gold colour can reach that area. Then spray the exposed area with the metallic spray paint. I did this on the skewer and left it to dry in this way too so as not to scuff any of the paint.
- Once dry you can now thread the bead onto your chain and wear!
There will be more DIYs coming your way soon along with a way to get your hands on some of these necklaces. I made loads!
- Fimo Air/microwave modelling clay
- Fimo sculpey gloss satin varnish
- Gold sharpie marker
- Cutting board
- Circular cutters or cutters of your choice
- Stampable letters (I used these)
- Tapestry thread or bakers twine
- Rolling pin
- Start by rolling out the clay until it’s all about 1cm thick.
- Use your cutters or scalpel around a stencil to stamp out your shapes. Use a pencil to make a hole at the top of each shape enabling you to hang them later. Set aside.
- For the circular decorations you need to stamp in your Christmas phrases while the clay is still mouldable.
- Leave all the shapes to dry out overnight or you can use the microwave to dry them out quicker.
- Then glaze your decorations. I did two coats either side to make sure the coverage was even and nice and glossy.
- You can now get busy with your sharpie marker. The gloss enhances the metallic affect. Simply draw out whatever design you want. My doodles are pretty easy to copy. I used a medium nib sharpie but if you want more detail you can go for a fine nib.
- Then thread your string/tapestry thread through the hole and tie a knot in the end.
- Fimo (available from craft shops/ ebay)
- Gold paint
- Cheap necklace chains
- Rolling pin
- Scalpel & a ruler
- Cutting mat
Use the paper to make geometric stencils to cut from the Fimo. Roll the Fimo on a cutting mat, then with a sharp scalpel and ruler cut around your stencil. Use a pen to make holes for the chain to feed through and then bake your shapes on a foiled baking tray for 30 mins on 110ºC or 230ºF remembering to leave them to cool and harden once baked. Now you’re free to paint the gold areas. You will probably need at least three coats and it’s sensible to let each coat dry before moving on to the next. Finally thread the chain through the holes. You may need to temporarily remove a metal end that might prevent the chain from fitting through.