DIY / Glittery banner

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Who doesn’t love parties? Who doesn’t love to wake up in a festive looking home everyday? Well, I this is what you need! A cute glittery banner to hang whether or not you have something to celebrate! Quick and simple, this DIY project will certainely put a smile on your face.

WHAT YOU NEED:
  • Some thick glitter cardboards
  • Cord
  • Cutting knife
  • Glue gun
  • Hot glue sticks
CRAFT IT:
  • Start by cutting the glittery cardboard into elongated triangles. You will need at least 10 of them. I used my cutting mat as a guide. Mine are 6 inches long, and 4 inches wide. (Divide 4 by 2, you get 2 inches on each side of the midpoint)
  • Score the cardboard about half a inch from the larger end to prevent from cracking.
  • Fold the cardboard over the cord and fix it with hot glue.
  • Repeat this with every triangle and make sure to keep the same space between each of them. Cut the cord leaving few inches at both extremities to tie a knot and fix it wherever you feel like.
  • You now have the cutest banner to hang in your home.

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DIY / Custom paper clips

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I am a huge paper/stationnary/office supply fan. I know this may sound weird but I always love shopping stuff to make my work more fun and my desk the happiest place to spend time. What I am showing you today is a reeeeeally quick and easy way I found with Chloe, to customize boring papier clips.

WHAT YOU NEED:
  • Metal paper clips (the kind shown above)
  • Embroidery threads or baker twine
  • A large needle
  • Glue gun
  • Hot glue sticks
CRAFT IT:
  • First you cut a manageable lenght of thread in the color of your choice.
  • Insert the thread in the needle (easier for the tiny clip hole)
  • Hold one end on the outside of the ring and feed the other end through the hole, round the back and through the front again. Repeat this, working your way around the ring until it is wrapped all around. Use hot glue to fix the thread on the inside of the paper clip. Wait few seconds to dry and cut string excess.

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Easy as ABC, but still, a very fun way to organize you files. Try them in different colors, you can even use more than one color on a single clip!

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DIY / Fridge magnets

This week, I decided I have been waiting long enough to show you a new do-it-yourself project! So that idea came up! Fridge magnets, who doesn’t need those? And seriously, these are much cuter than the yellowy ones from your insurance company!

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • Wooden clothespins
  • Adhesive magnets strips
  • Glitters
  • Acrylic paint
  • a fine paintbrush
CRAFT IT:
  • Fix a magnet strip on the back of a clothespin with its adhesive side.
  • For the glittery ones: spread Mod Podge on the desired area. Make sure there is enough glue to cover all the area. Pour glitters all over the glue until it is completely covered. Shake off excess. Let dry.
  • For the painted ones: simply use a fine painbrush to paint patterns such as stripes or dots on top of the clothespin. Let dry.

There you go! Very easy and quick, yet such a nice way to make your fridge less boring !

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Pretty, pretty stuff

Christmas is coming in less than a month, and to me, christmas means gathering and present WRAPPING! How I looooooove wrapping gifts for my beloved ones! I love putting lots of effort into it. Craft items are my best friends this season and I found an etsy shop that has everything I could dream of! It’s called Inkkit! Go take a look! They have everything from ribbons to gift wraps and stationnary!

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Craft idea / Photo-book birthday card

As I said before, this week was a birthday-celebrating one. On the third of May, 21 years ago, was born an amazing boy who grew up to be an awesome man. I surely had to find something special to make for Mika’s birthday. Since we’ve been together, we’ve taken many pictures of our happy moments but never had a place to keep them safe. So I thought about making a photo-book kind of birthday card, and made a story out of it.

 

 

I picked out a selection of my favorite photos from our life as a couple, filled many pages and… Left two pages at the end for future memories, because I feel like there will be.

 

Mika really appreciated this. He’s always telling about how much he’d like to have more photos of me.
I hope this inspires you creating special things for your loved ones. Have fun xx

 

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DIY / easy ombre birthday card

This week, I had two birthdays to celebrate. Mika’s and his mom’s. This is the card I made for her. She’s really into lovely handmade stuff. Well, who isn’t? It’s such a great thing to receive something someone made specially for you, isn’t it? Here are the steps to making this simple but yet so adorable birthday card:

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • A kraft greeting card and envelope (You can do them yourself, I bought them all made-up)
  • Paint color samples (Find them at the nearest hardware store)
  • Scissors
  • Double-sided tape
CRAFT IT:
  • Choose a bright color out of your paint color samples.
  • Cut rectangles out of it. 3 or 4 different shades of the same color.
  • Fix them to the middle of the card with double-sided tape, all aligned in one middle column.
  • Cut out a heart shape in the remaining of the color sample. Fix in in the middle of a lighter color rectangle.
  • As simple as that! Now use all of your creativity to compose the best birthday wishes.

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DIY / tight covered jar

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • One of these classic mason jar
  • An old pair of tights or pantyhose (I prefer those with patterns)
  • Scissors
  • Mod podge
  • Hemp cord or ribbon
CRAFT IT:
  • First, you insert the jar in one of the tights leg, to the very ending, in the foot area.
  • Cut the fabric about an inch longer than the part covering the lenght of the jar.
  • Spread a coat of Mod Podge on that fabric overlength and turn it on the inside of the jar, press firmly.
  • Hold the fabric and screw back the metal ring.
  • Decorate with hemp cord or ribbons.
  • Enjoy this cute jar, and use it as a flower vase or whatever else !
Have fun trying this! xx
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DIY / chalkboard jar

 

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • A glass jar
  • Masking tape
  • Chalkboard paint (better if you use spray paint, it works on every surface)
  • A white chalk

CRAFT IT:

  • Choose a cute glass jar and wash it to make sure the surface is smooth. (I like the square shape of the one I got for half a dollar!)
  • With the masking tape, delimit the area you want to paint. Cover the rest with a plastic bag and tape it to avoid paint mess.
  • For next step, you need a place where you can spray paint or old sheets to cover the floor. (I used an old cardboard box and went outside. Spray paint can make a real mess!) Spray thin coats of paint on the jar and let dry between each coat. You might use 4 or 5 coats, or until it is opaque.
  • Once you are satisfied with the amount of paint, let dry for a whole day.
  • Take the masking tape off gently.
  • Rub a chalk all over the chalkboard area and wipe it off after.
  • Decorate it with ribbons, and take your nicest handwriting !

 

Enjoy your handcraft time !

 

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DIY / quote blanket

 

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • A blanket or duvet cover (you might want to sew it yourself if you don’t find any that fits your space, but as for myself, I found a really pretty one at IKEA)
  • few packs of dark fabric transfer paper (this is super important! Dark fabric transfer paper is white whereas other fabric transfer paper are transparent)
  • An Iron and an ironing board
  • A precision art knife or scissors
  • pencils (if you write manually)
  • An inkjet printer (if you prefer an existing font. I do!)
  • Wax paper

 

CRAFT IT:

  • The first step in this project, is picking a short quote that inspires you or simply makes you smile.
  • Afterwards, you have to Write it in the good proportions. I used Adobe Illustrator to create a document that has the size of my duvet and write the quote in the actual size.
  • Print the outline of each letter in the transfer paper sheets (or draw them if you prefer a manual writing). Try to print more than one letter on a A4 sheet, it reduces the loss of transfer paper.
  • Cut them out. (You can use scissors but for the curves, I prefer a a precision art knife.)
  • A letter at a time, peel off the transfert paper from the paper backing. Place it at the right place on the fabric, cover it completely with wax paper and iron it using firm pressure. Peel the wax paper off gently. (If you’re being too rough, the white transfer might rip off!)
  • Tip: To make sure the letters are aligned, I used lines of masking tape. It leaves so trace on fabric)
  • Enjoy a perfect sleep in you new custom duvet! Go on, you deserve it!

 

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DIY / polka dot flats

 

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • A pair of plain flats
  • Acrylic paint
  • Textile medium for acrylic paint
  • cotton swabs

CRAFT IT:

  • Mix together the acrylic paint with the textile medium in a proportion of 2 for 1. (Which means, you add 1 drop of textile medium to 2 drops of paint) Do this with 2 or 3 colors if you want the shoes to be colorful.
  • Dip the tip of a cotton swab in the mixture and press small spots randomly all over the shoes. (Don’t forget to take a new coton swab for every color!)
  • Let them dry for a few hours, then, wear them proudly and collect compliments !

 

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