DIY Cute Mini Clay Cacti

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Hey guys, I’m back with a new tutorial. I’ve been seeing these little cacti everywhere and I thought they were soo cute so I decided to make a few myself.

What you’ll need:

  • Clay, (I used modelling clay but you can also use polymer or air dry clay)
  • Paint
  • Glue

I made 3 different cacti, the classical saguaro cactus, one thats’s more like a barrel cactus and the last one isn’t technically a cactus, but a succulent.

Cactus number 1:

Step 1: Roll a ball from your clay

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Step 2: Turn it into a cilinder and cut of the bottom part so the bottom is flat

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Step 3: Make a little arm and stick it to the cilinder

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Cactus number 2:

Step 1: Make a ball again but this time make one side narrow

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Step 2: use a pencil to make vertical lines in the cactus

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Cactus number 3:

Step 1: For this one, you first have to make a lot of leaf-shaped things. 5 big leaves, 6 medium and 5 small leaves. (Yes I know the picture only shows 3 small ones, that was a mistake. Oops)

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Step 2: Place the big leaves like this:

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Step 3: Place the medium ones on top of the big ones but alternating, and place the small ones on top of that.

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Now, for the pots:

I made three different pots. For the first one I made a cylinder with one side thinner than the other one like this:

 

I rolled out a thin strip of clay, flattened it and wrapped it around the pot.

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For the second pot I did the same but without flattening the strip.

For the third pot I made a ball,  pushed it flat and made a notch in it with my fingers

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This is what you’ll have so far:

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For the painting I decided to make each cactus a different shade of green and each pot a different color, one orange, one brown and one reddish:

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Now, all that is left to do is stick the plants to the pots with some glue and you’re done.

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I think they’re really cute and you could make a whole lot of them with different shades of green and different sizes of pots. I think that would look very cool. If you like, you could also give the cacti kawaii faces. That would be really cute too.

The third cactus is my favourite, I think it looks really cute and quite realistic.

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Which one is your favourite? Please let me know in the comments. 🙂

If you liked this tutorial, please like, comment and/or share. It really means a lot to me. 😊

DIY Photo Wall Decor

 

Hello everybody,

I’m back with a new post! This week I’m showing you how to make this cool wall decor. It’s a cool way to display photo’s and it’s really easy to make.

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  • A canvas
  • String
  • Paint
  • A stapler
  • Photo’s/ postcards/ printed images of your choice

 

 

Step 1: Painting the canvas

I chose to use dark grey paint and paint it in thick streaks to create a rough effect, but you can choose any colour and style.

 

Step 2: Attaching the string

Once the paint has dried, turn around the canvas and use your stapler to staple the back. Make sure not to press too hard.

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Now, knot the string to that staple.

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Step 4: Creating the net

Then you turn the canvas around again and pull the string across it.

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Turn the canvas around and staple the string to it.

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Repeat this, stapling the string to the canvas every time. I chose to create an even net, but you can also do it randomly.

This is how it’ll look:

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Step 4: The images.

Collect photo’s, postcards and printed images and stick them in the net at a crossing point. And that’s it!

I think it’s a cool decoration for your room and a great way to display photos and it’s really easy to customise and rearrange.

 

If you liked this tutorial and found it useful, please like, comment or share. It really means a lot to me.

See ya next week!

xxx, Yara

 

 

 

DIY Pendant Necklace

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Hi guys, I’m sorry this blog’s one day late… I really couldn’t find the time to post it yesterday, with mother’s day and everything.

But today I’m showing how to make this cool DIY Pendant Necklace. I really liked how this one turned out, and it’s soo easy to make.

What you’ll need:

  • Thin wood
  • A cool image
  • Mod Podge (I used Mod Podge Matte)
  • An big jewellery ring/ an earring hook
  • A string
  • A jewelry clasp and a closing piece

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Step 1: Cut out a piece of wood of 3 by 5 cm. Round the top two edges and drill a hole in the middle.

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Step 2: Trace the wood on your image and cut it out. Make the hole with a (stanley)knife.

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Step 3: Next up, cover the wood surface of one side with Mod Podge and stick on the image.

(TIP: Mod Podge is a really handy product, but it can be quite expensive. Luckily, there are a lot of recipes to make your own Mod Podge online.)

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Step 4: Cover up the entire image with  Mod Podge.

This is to protect the image better against water etc. It will seem white at first, but it will become a clear layer, so don’t worry. If you want, you can also cover up the other sides of the wood for extra protection.

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Step 5: Attaching a ring.

Of course, you’ll have to attach the pendant to the string with a ring, but I found that normal jewellery rings won’t fit around the wood. I didn’t have any bigger ones and didn’t really feel like going all the way to the craft shop. So I came up with this hack: use an earring hook! Snip off the top edge and you can easily bend it around the wood.

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It works really well and looks pretty too.

Step 6: The last step is to attach the jewellery clasp to the string, pull it through your earring hook and attach the closing piece to the other side of the rope. And you’re done!

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I think it looks really cool and you can use any image you want, so there are endless possibilities.

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If you liked this tutorial, please like, comment or share. It really means a lot to me.

Thanks!

xxx,

Yara

How to do simple bookbinding

Make your own strong, hardcover notebooks in half an hour!

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Hi guys, I’m back with a new tutorial. This week I’m showing how to make a hardcover notebook/journal. I’ve been making them for a while now, and I found that this is the easiest and fastest technique that still looks good and is strong enough.

What you’ll need:

  • A4 paper
  • A needle and string
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Cardboard
  • Glue

 

Step 1: Divide your paper into groups of 6 sheets and fold double

You need at least 4 groups. I chose to make 5 groups, because that makes a nice thickness. FullSizeRender-78

Step 2: Mark the places for the holes

Draw dots on the spine of each group where the holes will come. The dots should be 3 cm from the outside and 3 cm apart, as shown in the picture.

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Step 3: Poke through all the marks with a needle

This will make it easier to find the right place later on. Make sure to go through all the sheets, though!

Step 4: The Binding

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Make a knot in your string and pull it through the spine of one of the groups. Flip the paper and pull it back out through the other hole. Then flip the paper again.

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Now, what you’re going to do is take the 2nd group of paper and pull the needle through the most outside hole. Again, flip open the 2nd group and go back through the other hole  and this is what you’ll have:

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Pull the string tight and lay the groups on top of each other like this:

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Now, you put the needle into the next group and so on:

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When you’re finished, make a knot and this is what you’ll have:

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Step 5: Repeat step 4 for the other side

Do the exact same but for the other side. This is what you’ll have.

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Step 6: Cut the cardboard and stick it to the upper and lower pages.

Cut two pieces of cardboard the size of half an A4 paper and stick them to the top and bottom page with glue.

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Step 7: Use scrapbook paper to make the spine

Make sure to use strong paper, or the spine might fall apart (I know this from personal experience…)

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Step 8: use more paper to decorate the out- and inside

Stick paper to the covers of your book and to inside of the first and last two pages.

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And that’s it! This is how the inside pages will look:

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This book makes a really nice notebook or journal. I think I’m going to use mine as an art journal.

If you liked this tutorial, please like, comment or share. I would really appreciate that. 🙂

Easy DIY bracelet

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Hello everyone,

I’m back with a new post. This time I’m showing you how to make this cool DIY bracelet. It’s my own design and it’s really easy to make.

What you’ll need:

  • White crafting foam
  • Thin string
  • Two kinds of cute beads
  • A clasp (I used one for leather, it worked quite well)
  • Glue

Step 1: Cut a piece of foam with the length of your wrist circumference and the width of your clasp.

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Step 2: Cut of a piece of string twice the length of your foam, fold it over and glue it to the edge of the foam like this:

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You can use clothes-pegs to keep the string in place while it dries

Repeat this for the other side.

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Step 3: Find some cute beads that will fit between the strings, preferably with a flat shape.

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Step 4: Stick the beads to the foam with glue. I chose to place them alternately, with a little gap between every bead.

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Step 5: Cut of a bit of the string if necessary and attach the clasps to the foam.

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That’s it! It’s a really simple and quick way to make a cute bracelet.

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If you liked this tutorial, please comment and share. You really help me out that way. 🙂

See ya!

xxx, Yara