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DIY Home Decor | Painted Trinket Box

Store your trinkets in style with this simple DIY dalmatian print box.


Jewellery Box | White Paint | Black Paint | Grey Paint | Pink Paint | Gold Paint | Paint Brushes

Start with your base colour - for the dalmatian print-effect, I opted for white, but you could also colour block your box and choose a colour-way that suits your style.  You may need a few coats, so ensure you let each dry fully before applying the next [the hot weather is helping to speed this up, but if you need a tip - get your hairdryer to dry the coats].
Next for the print.  Using a range of brushes in size will give you the irregular style of the dalmatian spots, so start by making some spaced out dots, covering the top and sides of the box to start the foundations of the pattern:
Next, start introducing the accent colours [if you want them], following a similar style in irregularity and space:
You can now complete the dalmatian pattern by filling the spaces with further black irregular spots - the best part of this DIY is that there is no rhyme or reason to the pattern - go with the overall look you like and keep adding spots until the overall style is achieved:
Leave to dry completely before using to store your jewellery & trinkets, bits & bobs, odds & ends or just as a display accessory:
I'm using mine to hold and tidy away my keys in the hallway:
Made in less than an hour - it's bring a bit of [muted] colour to my home!

DIY Home Decor | Geometric Mirror Stand

Style up your dressing table with a simple mirror stand.


Mirror / Paint / Plaster / Craft Knife / Acetate Sheets


The hardest step of this DIY is deciding the shape of your stand and creating a mould for your plaster. I kept my design simple and created a pyramid base from an acetate plastic sheet and plenty of tape to keep the mould watertight and strengthen the edges:
Mix your plaster according to the manufacturer guide, ensuring that the plaster is fully mixed and of a pouring consistency.
Once in place, help support the mould with any heavy, straight lined objects that will stop the weight of the plaster from expanding the mould shape.  Once semi-set [only around 10 minutes later] I added my mirror to help mark and dent the plaster before leaving to fully dry:
Remove the mirror, supports and mould:
 Use a ruler and craft knife to further the mark made by the mirror and create a wider, neater slot for the stand.  Use a scissor blade to help scrape the plaster away:
[keep using your mirror to test whether enough plaster has been removed to hold the mirror at your desired angle]:
When completed, lightly sand the stand to neaten any edges, help straighten any lines and remove any excess plaster:
Finally - the stand can be left unfinished, or you can add your own decoration.  After completing this moon art, I continued my love of splatter paint with a simple grey and gold flick design:
Leave to dry completely and add a clear varnish finish to protect before adding your mirror and displaying on your dressing table:
...and you can swap out your round mirror for a larger one:
 [this mirror was taken from a poundland frame]
 Easily personalised - dress up your dressing table with your own!

DIY Gift | Chopping Board Rest & Note Pad


Board / Paint / Cord / Notepad / Nail / Hammer / Bulldog Clip / Lollipop Stick / Glue Gun / Stand


Both are simple, easy and completed in 30 minutes.  What more could you want?

Shopping List

Start by looping and tying your cord to the handle:
With some masking tape [or washi tape, if you're me] section off the area that you would like to block paint:
Run your brush away from the edge to help ensure you create a neat, crisp line and leave the paint to dry completely.  Then, enjoy the removal of the tape for the brilliance that it is.
To get rid of any messy edges with the paint, I quickly sanded the sides to neaten the lines.
Finally, add a nail to the centre of the bottom of the handle to hang your bulldog clip from, adding your paper to create a simple and stylish shopping list holder:

Phone / Tablet Rest
To complement the list board, I sectioned off the top handle to paint in the same grey:
Once completely dry, I removed the tape and added the cord loop to the handle:
Next, mark the position of your lollipop stick rest [using your phone/tablet to ensure it will rest neatly] and then run a line of glue along one side of the lollipop and fix in place:
When dry, you can neaten any excess glue with a craft knife to cut away.  To strengthen the rest, I also ran another line of glue across the bottom.
Finally, attach the stand for the board, adding lots of glue to the top of the wooden stand and holding the board in place at a slight angle:
Once fully dried, your stand is ready to use.
So, what do you think?  Two simple, stylish and budget-friendly ideas to transform some basic chopping boards.
P.S - Father's Day is just around the corner - if your Dad is a Masterchef or baker, these might make a great gift idea!

DIY Accessories | Cat Tote Bag

Bet you didn't know you needed a cat tote bag......


Tote Bag / Felt / Wool / Fabric Glue

This is an easy, quick make with no sewing required - it also comes in at under £5, makes a great shopping accessory or gift and....cats.

Before starting any of the steps and to prevent the glue from sticking your tote front and back together, place a plastic bag or sheet inside your bag.

For the simplistic design, I used felt for the main features, the nose and ears.  Draw your size and shape of nose, cut out and then fix in place with a healthy amount of fabric glue:
With short lengths of grey wool, I cut my whiskers.  To fix them in place with minimal mess, I used a brush to coat the wool and then pressed in place, keeping the wool taut.
As the whiskers dried, I cut my ears - 2 identical shapes for each ear.  These will be fixed in place, sandwiching the top of the tote to help provide some stability and keep them standing up.  Apply lots of fabric glue to also help with this!
Now leave your bag to dry completely......
...before proudly using and making shopping that bit more fun:

DIY Home Decor | Phases of the Moon Art

Clay / Cutter / Sandpaper / Paint / Frame / Glue Gun


There is a little time dedicated to this DIY - mainly 'waiting to dry' time, but the actual making part is completed in a couple of hours.  I staggered this make across a week as a WIP to complete in sections.

The first stage is cutting your clay 'moons'.  I rolled out some white air dry clay to 0.5cm thickness and cut 8 circles using a jar lid.  Remove the excess, transfer your clay to a sunny spot and leave to dry for at least 24 hours - remember to turn the clay at fairly regular intervals to prevent any warping or curling at the edges.

When completely dry, smooth the edges and sides with fine grain sandpaper.  You can smooth the surface too, but I loved the bobbly finish the clay gave, all adding to the moon appearance:
I decided on a [rather unsurprising] colour palette of white, grey, silver and gold for my moons - white for the phase, grey and silver for the sky and gold for the moon detail.  I googled some images and used them as my phase guide to paint the relevant sections of each circle to show the moon and sky with a couple of coats and then left to dry completely:
I then added some detail to the sky, making as much mess as I could by adding some silver paint to a dry brush, removing the excess and then quickly using my finger to flick the paint over the grey paint.  Vary the distance away from the clay to create smaller and larger speckled stars:
To create a similar effect for the moon, trace the moon/sky lines with pencil and paper to create paper covers and protect the already painted sections.  I then used gold paint to create a speckled surface:
To create a little depth and consistency, I then marked the full moon with some larger details, made with the handle of the brush, and then created the same details on the two corresponding moon faces:
When complete and dry, you can protect and seal your moons with a coat of clear varnish [I use a spray for a fine, even coat.  Then you can display your moon phases.  I opted for a simple linear design, but you could arrange your phases in a circle, or even display as a hanging.
My frame is from IKEA, and I removed the glass to create a box frame effect, simply arranging and securing my moon phases in place with a glue gun:
Ready to display!
You can easily match the colours of this DIY to your space and decor.  I'm not completely sure I will leave this as it is - I think a thin border in colour and maybe a 'phases de la lune' in handwriting would lift it a little......
see you next time x
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