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!

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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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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.

IMG_6623We did letters going out sideways too, like they were blowing off the heart. Do it however you want.

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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Upgrading: Skirt to Handbag

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Here is the skirt I started with

I bought this skirt about 1 year ago. I’ve worn it once. It had a little stain on the back, and it has sat in my wardrobe for months, me not quite wanting to throw it out, just in case I think of something to do with it….

And then, I realized, it would be so much fun to make a handbag with it!

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It took me a while to get the bottom even. I rushed into it and hacked it all off, as usual. But after a bit of careful cutting it straightened up!

Because the skirt was quite gathered, it stuck out a bit pointedly on each side, after I had sewn up the bottom. So I stitched up each side, angling slightly, to even it out a bit. This worked very well.

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When you sew the lining on, don’t worry if it looks a little bit messy.

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Because I had sewed the lining on so messily, I had to sew a band around the top.  I broke 2 sewing machine needles doing it!
But it was worth it, because it made it look MUCH tidier.

I sewed it on very carefully, and tucked it under neatly, and pinned it, because this is the top, visible edge.

For decoration, I stitched a chain along the front.

You could add anything, lace, fabric flowers, buttons, ribbon, etc.

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The handle was quite easy. I hand stitched the handles onto the bag, because my sewing machine couldn’t manage.

Also, I didn’t take pictures of this, but when my lining was sewn on, I pinned some makeshift handles on to test the length. I noticed that the bag was slightly too long, so it was a bit floppy.

I turned it inside out and stitched up each side again, and cut the excess off, like I did before. This time, though, the lining was already on and so I had to neaten up some raw edged with a simple zig-zag stitch.

It looks fine, though. Just it might be a good idea to check if your skirt is the right width BEFORE you put the lining on…unlike me who never think ahead very much lol.

And here was my finished product:

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I’m pretty pleased with it!

 If I made it again it would probably turn out a lot neater, though. This one is definitely full of little mistakes.

But my sisters are already asking for it, so it can’t be too bad!

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