It's not a big secret around here that I love my plants more than I love the humans around me (okay this was over the line, I take it back :D), but what I love even more is adding green touches in my house without torturing any of my green leafy buddies.Read More
If it's not your first time in this site, you might have noticed that I go crazy making colorful and strange things and wearing them with pride and joy in public. In this list of diys first come the necklaces made from unexpected materials and second the earrings. And althought I am cursed to be allergic in all kinds of metalllic materials that penetrates my earlobe, I don't have the biggest collection of big, dramatic earrings (as I would love to). Only some clipped, light ones. With that said, clipped and covered with confetti will be today's happy earrings.
And to make long story short, I proudly presnt you the diy that will make your day!
What you will need: colorful confetti , atlacoll (also called wood glue), PVC sheet, earrings clips or regular ones, scissors, silicone gun (optional)
1. First draw your earring's shape on a piece of paper. Then Put the sheet of PVC on the patron and copy it. Cut your shape and voila.
2. Apply a thin layer of atlacoll on one side of the earring and dip it into confetti. The purpose of this fun procedure is to cover all the side with confetti, without leaving naked glue parts (the glue turns transparent when it dries so you don't want transparent gaps). Let it to dry and apply do the same on the other side too. I would recommend applying 2 layers of confetti in the front side. Repeat the same with the other earring.
3. If you want to give the earring a rotation better do it as long as the glue doesn't dry, cause otherwise your earring will stop being flexible. When they are absolutely dry, using the silicone pistol glue the earring clips on the back side. If you don't have a silicone gun, you can always do the same with a little ammount of atlacoll. Afterwards secure any almost-flting cobfetti and cut the excess confetti from the edges.
4. Wear your new cuties and collect your friends' compliments. Arent't they absolutely perfect?
Credits | Writing & Photographs : Debbie Kortes
My kitchen’s lamp fixture was a bare lamp holder for a long time, since I didn’t know what to do with it. You know that I spend so much time in the kitchen preparing delis, so if I was going to have a lamp fixture it would be something that would create a nice focused light. And also I was collecting kitchen paper towel rolls for a long time with out knowing what I would like to do with them.
Until it hit me, a lamp fixture made by kitchen paper rolls. Boom!
Supplies: kitchen paper rolls, aluminum foil, silicone glue gun, atlacoll, brown recycled wrapping paper (or another piece of paper or fabric), jar’s cap, X-acto knife
1. Cut the kitchen paper roll alongside, with the knife and end up with an open rectangle.
2. At the bottom corner of the rectangular put liquid silicone and glue that corner with the next triangle’s one diagonally. Press it for some seconds and it’s ready.
3. Glue 3-4 of them together and test if they can form a closed cone when wrapped around the lampholder. Better the upper cone's hole to be a little larger than the lampholder diameter, than smaller (for me: 4 rolls end up giving a small upper cone’s hole and the 5 gave a larger one, so I went for the 5 ones)
4. The internal side of the lamp (the one facing towards the lamp) will be covered with aluminum foil. Don't mind if the foil can be showed to the external side, that one will also be covered with paper. Add silicone glue between the gaps and edges of the aluminum foil, so that you have a compact, solid surface.
5. Place the open cone on a big piece of recycled brown paper (or any other print or fabric) and draw its pattern. Let 2-3cm of excess paper around its perimeter when cutting it. Fold these 2-3cm “ears” inwards, put silicone on them and glue on the external side of the open cone. Add silicone in any big openings and anywhere else needed. Let it dry and then close the cone and keep it fixed like that using a big metal clip. You can do that with glue too, but I love to idea of hanging and unhanging it whenever I feel so. Plus there is 6. below, where you have to open again the cone. So use a clip.
6. There is the possibility that when closing the cone, the upper cone's hole won't stuck on the lampholder (eg. like in my situation). If that happens, so the following. Take an old jar’s cap and find its center. Cut a circle around it (big enough for the lamp’s cable to pass through fit) and cut its radius too. Beware of your fingers and do that on a concrete floor, not on wood or tiles please.
7. Set the cap-holder around the cable and then on that place the cone-lamp fixture. And it's ready.
The foil in the fixture’s inside creates a very beautiful focused light and because of fixture’s structure the upper side of the room remains some tones darker than the lower part of the room. Nice effect, huh?
Happy crafting and if you want more home diys check my crafts index here.
Remembering when I was telling you about using some Nick Brands' pictures to make a bag. Well they are two and here they are. Admittedly, the paper crafts are some of my favorites. I like their texture, their appearance, their making process, I like the whole package.
You will need: a bag (to be your basis), a clear plastic film for covering books, atlacoll (or Mod Podge), magazines, scissors, brush, a plastic disposable container
1. Begin by ripping out your favorite magazine pictures for your clutch.
2. If the bag's fabric is absorbent, cover the bag entirely with the plastic film so that the glue won't be able to contact the fabric.
3. Dissolve atlacoll in water at a ratio of 1:1 in the plastic container and then apply on the bag and start attaching the photos.
4. When dry, repeat with 2-3 more coats (allowing each one to dry before applying the next one), with special emphasis on the corners of the bag.
Note: I found two bags and I couldn't resist collaging both of them. The smallest one turned out to be a better clutch, because of its more convenient size. However, I use both of them because they match with different types of clothes in my wardrobe.
Also, a big concern of mine was, whether the corners of the bags would be easily worn out (paper is delicate you see). But, considering the fact that I did these bags back in September, with a little careful use (a.k.a. not slogging them here and there) their condition remains perfect. So we have a win-win here!
So, here's the first one from a little closer. I love, love love, its colors. They are so earthy and vibrant in the same time. I match it with one-color mini dresses or with maxi ones, or whenever my outfit is a little romantic or back-in-the-90s.
And here's the second one, the one with Nick Brand's photo. I adore its minimal look. This clutch is perfect when I go for total black looks. This and my black leather jacket are the best pals by now.