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!

Floating Candle Boats and A Wedding After Party

This is a very cheap, easy way for amazing lights at a party! We had an after party for my brothers wedding, and my Amazing friend Ruth helped us decorate in a beautiful, elegant, budget friendly way.

Ruth is a florist, and she helped us make the most BEAUTIFUL flower arrangements, using flowers and greenery from our garden. We added some huge pink lily’s from our local growers Market ($12 for 6 stems) and that made it look AMAZING!

At least 20 bouquets for only $12

At least 20 bouquets for only $12

As the party was a BBQ by a pond, with willows and water lilies and lots of beautiful trees, we wanted something lanternish and glowing, but affordable.

This is what my friend Ruth came up with:

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Get a plastic plate, one of those cheap picnic ones, and glue tea light candles onto the center. A hot glue gun holds them on and is waterproof.

We put hydrangea flowers around the edge, to hide the ugly plastic plates! We made about 50 of these boats, and when it was dark we floated them on the pond. It looked amazing! There were enough candles on each plate to get a bright glowing light, instead of little single candles.

They didn’t sink, either! The kids had lots of fun lighting them and floating them out on the pond, and we put a few around by the tables and chairs like lanterns.

One did have a sad death when the plate actually caught on fire. It threw out a plume of black smoke as it sank into the dank brown depths of the pond.

As its on water, though, its very safe.

Safe, easy, cheap, and beautiful!

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