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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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.

UpGrading: DIY lace neckline

I’ve been wanting to try this for a while now, ever since I saw a few of these types of ideas on Pinterest.  (the ideas on there are endless…)

It’s a rainy day. And I have a cold, which is annoying, but it means the perfect lazy day for trying this out.

I found a nice, bright top:

A nice bright red top

And some lace:

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And I folded the top in half to get the center line, and pinned a bit of lace on like this:

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I stitched this on, just a basic straight stitch with my old, clunker of a sewing machine. It did a good job. 🙂

Next line of lace, above it, is slightly wider. Pin this on, stitch it across, and gather it slightly.

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Make sure you fold each end of lace under, so that you don’t have and rough cut bits.

And also be careful to curve the line of lace slightly, in the same curve as the neckline of the top. This will make it look a lot softer and elegant, rather than just straight, choppy lines.

Put the third line of lace on:

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Gather this slightly too. It looks so much nicer gathered.

And then the last one. I had a bit of trouble with the last one; I made one side too long and it looked very lopsided.

I had to unpick that bit and cut some of the lace off! So annoying! Well, if I wasn’t lazy I would have taken the time to measure out everything first, but, well, I hate pinning and measuring. I usually roar ahead and sew and sometimes it turns out great, and other times…well, other times I hide it away or give it to my sisters. 🙂

Here’s the last line of lace:

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Gather this one slightly, ever so slightly, sew over that top one again, to make sure it’s secure, and cut off all your threads.

Your done!

It took me only about half an hour to make, but I didn’t get any big problems so that made it quicker than usual lol.

Remember that lace is very easy to fix up. If you have it sticking out a bit far on one side, sew another row of lace over and stick that one out just as far on the other side!

Well, I am very pleased with this top: I’m so gonna wear it. Which means it passed the test and my sisters wont get their hands on it!