Desk Decorating: D.I.Y Vintage Inspired Magazine Holder

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I have just started doing Correspondence School. One of the nice things about starting full time studying is that you can have a pretty desk. Sometime I will have to go shopping for cute stationary and accessories. Typo has the cutest ever vintage inspired decor accessories!

I made this magazine/workbook holder out of an old biscuit box. It was the size of a cereal box…to give you a general idea of size! You could buy plain cardboard magazine holders and cover them the same as this tutorial, but I started from scratch (or from a biscuit box!).

Blogging1.Cut off any top flaps on the box (like the ones pictured). 2. Cut a curved corner slanting downwards. Do it as deep as you like. 3. Cover with paper. I added a strip of black and white paisley paper too, going down the middle of one side. 4. Hot glue gun lace or embellishments on.

The Things I Used:

1 Biscuit/cereal box

Scissors

Glue sticks

Hot glue gun (optional)

2 Sheets of standard square scrapbooking paper

One extra strip of coordinating paper for embellishment

Lace

Pen

I chopped off the top flaps. I sliced a curving corner in the box. I then coated 1 sheet of cute scrapbooking paper in Purple Glue (I love coloured glue sticks! The same as a normal glue stick except it goes on vivid purple and dries clear.)

One square covered exactly half a box, including enough paper to fold over the top edge and bottom, so that it’s finished nicely.

Smooth away any bubbles.

Coat the other sheet of paper in glue. Coat the box in paper. Proceed to smooth away bubbles again. You may have to add some more glue to the edges and corners where it is lifting up.

Now you have a basic covered biscuit/cereal box.

Proceed to decorate as you please!

I added the black and white paisley strip, and lace hot glue gunned to each side of that. I love lace. And so I added more lace to the narrow, short front. The edge with the corner cut away. It needed it.

You will also probably want to glue some metal or something heavy-ish to the bottom of the box, of your box is light, like mine. It topples over when I put my books in it! Ah so annoying!

Now it sits on my little round table (because poor little me has to make do with a little round table while my younger sister has a lovely little desk that my dad made her, for her art! The unfairness! I should confiscate her desk and call it my own…haha).

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It is a cute round table, though. It looks even cuter with this holding my books!

P.S: do you like my cute as sparkly jar? Here’s my blog post on making these!

Mothers Day D.I.Y – No 7: Making Gorgeous Gift Boxes Quickly

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I think presentation is SO important for a gift. It makes the person receiving the gift feel so special.

If I get a present that I can see has been carefully wrapped, with ribbon and lots of prettiness, I really feel so excited opening it. Even when the present is very simple, the wrapping turns it into something beautiful and very special, somehow.

This box started out looking like this:

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So, as you can see, you can use just about any old box. Big, small, tiny…shoebox, empty teabag boxes, cardboard boxes….

I just got 3 coordinating papers, including some leftover antique music and handwriting papers from my Antique Music Jar Candles. They are so pretty!

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Cut pieces of paper to fit each side, like a collage: (oops sorry about that blurry photo!)

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Use a different paper for each side, overlapping edges so you get a tidy finish.

Do the same for the top, if you have 4 flaps like I have on my box.

If you have a box with a separate lid, like a shoebox, you could do one paper all over or a few, it’s up to you.

As there are just SO many different varieties of boxes out there, you will have to just adjust the design of your box decorating to suit.

Tie with ribbon going all around. Curling ribbon, or satin ribbon, OH, black velvet ribbon would have looked amazing on this box! I wish I had some!

There are just so many ways of decorating boxes. I liked this way because it was very very quick, and works for any box.

Jewels, words, stencils, glitter, rub-ons, fabric, beads…there are so many ways of adding extra embellishment to a box as well.

I can just picture a huge delicious lot of Chocolate Fudge in my box! I will have to make some, I suppose, because now I am craving it.

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And flowers really finish off the look!

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And here I am at the end of my week of mothers day gifts.

It was very fun, and it sure kept me busy thinking of ideas! I did miss one day, as I was away. But I put it on the blog as soon as I got home. It was hard to keep up, doing a craft project every day, even if it was only for a week. I am so glad I did though!

Well, ones things for sure: my mum is going to get a lot of lovely gifts!

Mothers Day DIY – No. 6: Easy Shoebox Scrapbook

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This took about 2o minutes to whip up on a very busy morning! It is a very simple, elegant, and useful gift. A scrapbooking album, a journal, diary, recipe book, sketch book, travel journal…you could use it for all these and more. Decorate the cover with whatever style your mum prefers. Some very simple accents can change the look and feel of this book completely, so I think this is a very reliable and versatile gift idea.

What you need to make this:

Shoebox (or a piece of sturdy cardboard, roughly A4 size.

2 squares of scrapbooking paper

ribbon/twine

a pile of A4  plain printer paper

scissors

glue stick

hole puncher

pencil

embellishments/beads/pictures/etc.  if desired.

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I started with a shoebox. (but you don’t have to be as unsophisticated as me!)

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Chop the bottom of the shoe box into 2 even halves of cardboard. (If you aren’t using a shoebox, just make sure you use quite strong/thick cardboard. You don’t want a floppy cover!)

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Place 1 half of cardboard onto a standard square of scrapbooking paper in your chosen design, for a pretty cover!

Glue on.

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Fold paper over cardboard neatly like your wrapping a present.

Repeat this with the second piece of cardboard and a second piece of standard sized scrapbooking paper.

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Now, get a pile of A4 sized printer paper. You choose the amount of paper you want. Think about how thick you want your book. The thickness of your book will be double the thickness of your pile of A4 paper.

Hold one of your cover pieces over the neatly stacked pile of paper. draw a pencil line across.

Cut the paper along the line. Now cut the other half of paper so it’s all your white paper is even, ready to be pages in your book!

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Glue a sheet of your white paper to each book cover too, onto the messy inside to make them look professional and tidy.

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Now, punch 3 evenly spaced holes in each cardboard cover.

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Carefully place your paper pages underneath one of the covers and, using the punched holes as stencils, mark where the holes need to go on your pages.

Stack your pages neatly in between your cardboard covers, like a sandwich. Line up all the holes.

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Thread some pretty ribbon or twine through each hole and tie in a knot or bow, depending on what your style is.

You could loop the thread through each hole, like tying a shoe, or do each hole with their own separate ribbon and bow.

That’s what I did, just to be different.

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took this photo before I remembered to crease the book, so it looks a bit, erm, flat.  – But still cute.

Mothers Day D.I.Y – No. 3: Infinity Scarf in 3 steps

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Here’s a very easy upgrade. An Infinity scarf seems kind of nicer than a normal scarf, doesn’t it? And it’s very easy to change a normal scarf into an infinity scarf. With winter coming along,  I’m starting to wear scarves all the time. I love scarves! I have a rather large (and growing) scarf collection…

Infinity scarves are my new favourite. 🙂

1.To change a normal scarf into an infinity scarf, you cut off any tassels on each end of the scarf.

2.Then you sew a single fold hem over one end, just so it wont fray.

3. Now, sew one end onto the other, with the hemmed end on top. 🙂

And there you have your infinity scarf. 🙂

This might be more of a craft project for you, rather than a mothers day gift. But I had a busy day today! No time to make a completely mothers day oriented d.i.y.

so todays DIY is a bit of both. 🙂 Enjoy.

PS: did you see the cow in the background of the top photo? hehe

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Mother Day DIY Gifts – No. 2: Tied Chair Cushion

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This is such a great gift. You can choose any kind of fabric. (upholstery fabric always looks impressive)

Cut 2 squares of fabric for the cushion. If you have a chair in mind for this cushion, maybe check how big you need to make it.

WIth right sides together, stitch 3 sides of the squares. Turn right way out, and stuff. Stuff it nice and full, because you want a lovely comfy seat, not a pancake cushion. Rolling the stuffing into tight little balls before putting it in makes the cushion stay plump and comfortable for longer.

Once stuffed, carefully hand stitch the open side of the cushion. Yes, hand stitching is annoying and slow, (for the impatient like me) but when your agonising over every little invisible stitch, think about the fact that this is a GIFT and it should really be good quality.

. Then sew 4 or 5 “dimples” into the cushion. Just sew straight through cushion and stuffing, back and forth like your sewing on a button.

 Use a big needle, otherwise this can be quite hard work.  You can sew buttons on here too, if you like.

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Now cut a long strip of fabric, about 5cm wide. Fold in half, and sew down securely, into a nice strong tie.  Cut this into 4 strips and zig-zag stitch the ends so they wont fray. Hand sew onto each corner of the cushion.

And now you should be holding a lovely new cushion!! A perfect mothers day gift. And it’s very easy to make.

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Mothers Day D.I.Y Gift – No.1: Antique Music Jar Candles

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Vintage Music Paper Candles

This takes ten minutes and looks amazing! You could make a few or just one, but it would be a great mothers day gift.

I am doing a week of mothers day DIYs, as Mothers Day is coming up (and it’s fun!)

This is the first, and it’s very easy and adorable.

What you need:

old fashioned music/letters (links for great printable ones below)

http://freevintagedigistamps.blogspot.co.nz/2012/01/free-digital-scrapbook-paper-vintage_07.html

http://vintageephemera.blogspot.co.nz/search/label/French

Short glass jar

twine/ribbon

tea light candles

glue

scissors

Cut your music paper to the width of your jar. You might need to cut an extra bit if the paper doesn’t wrap all the way round.

Draw 2 hearts on your paper, aligned to be opposite each other when you stick the paper on.

Cut  hearts out, glue paper strip around jar, put tea light candle inside (or 2 or 3 if your jar is a wide one) and tie the ribbon or twine around the top of jar.

Done!

A lovely (and super easy) mothers day gift.

The printable music papers are really great. they print a full page without being blurry or “home printered” looking, and they are often much prettier than any normal music. You can also use old book pages for your candle.

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upcycling old canvas’s

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^ This used to be a really badly done painting I did at a camp once. I’m NOT good at art!!!!

So I gave it to my sister and together this is what we did with it. (she did all the hard work and I had the ideas haha….)  It’s really great so I thought I’d share it on here.

Paint canvas over with 2 soft colours. There are what we chose:

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Supplies: newspaper, glue stick, scissors, paper heart. Oh, and a fine tip sharpy or any black marker, and a pencil.

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Cut out lots of bits of newspaper words.

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Draw a big paper heart, cut out and colour red.

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Glue heart onto canvas. Then do another layer of glue on top of heart.

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Stick newspaper letters on it in a collage.

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Add words: we did love, joy peace, because that a special, un corny thing that we love to have on our wall.

There are all sorts of possibilities.

Write in pencil first!! Then go over that in black marker.

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We now need to find a place to hang this picture.

You could also try going over with a decoupage gloss or pearl finish.

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D.I.Y – 5 minute Glitter Bow Shoes

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This is a super quick way to do up shoes.  Perfect for boring op shop shoes 0r hand me downs. This takes like, 5 minutes. Truly. 🙂

Here are the shoes BEFORE:

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You will need:

-glue (or modpodge. I used that because it was all I could find)

-glitter

-Paintbrush

-old shoes

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Paint the glue over the bows, or wherever you are glittering. This could be the heel (which I have to try sometime!), the toes of the shoes, or all over.

Sprinkle glitter over.

Touch up with a bit more glues and sprinkle another layer of glitter on, if needed.

Aren’t they cute?

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D.I.Y – make a dress out of a SCARF

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I want to share with you another of my strange attempts. I found a scarf reduced to $2.50 at Pagani. It was even buy one get one free, so I got a stripy scarf free as well!

Anyway, the scarf was a lovely sheer lilac, and it was wide. Wide enough to be a long enough skirt. (if you can understand my logic lol!)

SO. I had been planning to make this with an old T-shirt, but in the end I used a sleeveless blouse.

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fold your scarf over, and sew the ends together so you have a loop.

Next, sew a gathering stitch around the top.

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I also had to gather the shirt, because it was so wide.

Measure where your waist is on the shirt, then measure evenly all around in pencil before sewing a gathering stitch on the shirt.

You don’t want an uneven skirt…

gather the shirt to fit the skirt, and make sure that you will be able to get it on. Don’t do it too tight, as this is not made with elastic.

I made this intending it to be baggy, so I could bring it in nicely with a belt.

A big belt, to cover up my slightly messy sewing!!!

If I did this again, I might try doing it with elastic, so it is easier to pull on, but as my sewing machine is acting funny and doesn’t seem to work on stretch stitching at the moment, this way worked for me.

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Also, I didn’t do lining. That was lazy. I knew I could wear a plain, tight skirt under and it would be fine. But if I was making this for someone else, I would definitely do lining.

The great thing about scarfs is: they are already hemmed!! Neatly too.

I plan to look out for as many clearance scarfs as I can in the future. It’s often cheaper than buying fabric, and it is already hemmed nicely.

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Thanks Susie for taking the photos for me. In the rain, too. It was fun!

D.I.Y extremely easy lace headbands

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These took about 10 minutes to make, are super comfy because you can size them perfectly to your head, and look so cute!

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Cut a piece of lace/ribbon to the length you want. It doesn’t need to go all the way around your head, just ear to ear maybe.

Without cutting elastic to any length, sew one end onto the lace. Then fit the lace over your head, and measure with your hands where to cut the other end of elastic.

Cut, stitch on, done. 🙂

That’s how I did it and it was easier to sew the elastic on one end first before measuring because then it doesn’t always fall down, you don’t need to pin, etc.

I also made a ribbon one, and one with ribbon and lace together on one, MY favourite are the plain crocheted type of lace ones.

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And my sister Emem makes a great model, too, When she can be persuaded. They look so good on her.