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!

ribbon and pegs picture frame

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How to turn an ugly picture frame into something adorable 🙂

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Paint it. Any colour I suppose, but I love a nice clean white, which goes with everything. But a aqua blue would look lovely too, with white walls. Think what kind of wall it’s going to be on.

I painted mine Fairy White, which is a slightly pinkish white. I used that because I love the name!

Then I left it outside for a few days…I forgot about it!

But it was ok when I rescued it, apart from a couple of muddy paw prints. Cats!

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I got the idea from pinterest, and they had used old fashioned string, the kind you could picture wrapping brown paper parcels. I love that idea, but of course I couldn’t find any string or twine.

So I used ivory ribbon, and I am really pleased with it. I cello-taped it on, and that was all it needed, no messy glue, or staples. It held very well.

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I lay out the photos and ribbon how I pictured it first, to get an idea of how many rows of photos I could fit.

Then I cut the ribbon, and cello taped each end onto the back of the base board.

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I pinned on photos as I went, and the great thing is you can change the photos around whenever you want, because you don’t put any glass over the top. It’s very versatile, and it looks so cute!

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I used plain black bulldog office clips ($1.80 for 24)

I got the photos on a 3o free prints special!!! Yay

Ribbon was $2.50 for a roll, and I only used a tiny bit.

Paint was free. My aunty gave us a whole lot of little samples, because she works in a paint shop. It didn’t use much paint at all, either.

I rescued the frame, my mum was going to give it to the op shop.

You can find all sorts of interesting frames at op shops, for a couple of dollars. If they are ugly, paint them!

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I think this would be really nice if you used only black and white photos. It would also be really nice for wedding photos. You could also stencil words onto the frame (Friends, Family, Love, etc.) Or a bible verse, or poem!

It was so much fun to make…I glued and cello taped to the soundtrack of Taylor Swift singing…:) This is already hanging on the wall…now I cant wait till my bedroom gets fixed up and redecorated. This is going to look amazing.

Old Jars + Paint + Glitter + Ribbon + Lace

I spent an afternoon making these with a friend.

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So much fun.

We used folk art paints, ribbon, and lots of glitter!

I used an old stencil to put the  “love” word on. I’d love to try doing ones that say “pencils” or “pens” or “makeup brushes” “eyeliner” “paintbrushes” etc.

You can try spray painting through lace. It looks amazing! We didn’t do it on these because we didn’t have any spray paint. But we’ve done it other times, and it IS as easy as it sounds. Just put masking tape on each side of the lace, unless you want messy, blurry lines.

Another thing to try is to wrap tape (masking tape is best) up around the jar, in a spiral. Paint over the whole jar, leave it to dry (or use a hairdryer) and then peel off the tape. You get a cute stripy jar!

For all over glitter, paint black paint (or any colour, but black works well for making the glitter stand out) all over the jar. Then just sprinkle glitter all over! Just keep layering on the glitter, and you will get an amazing finish on your jar.

You could try making a set of jars for makeup brushes and pencils, nail files, art supplies….

They would be a great gift for lots of different types of people.

Not that I gave mine away! They’re sitting on my dressing table, full of strange things like combs and eyeliners.