5 Minute Friendship Bracelets

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Hello everybody!

This post is two days early because I won’t be able to post this weekend but I still wanted to write something for you guys.

So today I’m showing you a simple craft you can make within 5 minutes. These bracelets are really easy to make and they look really cute. Of course it doesn’t have to be a friendship bracelet, you can also just make one for yourself.

What you’ll need:

  • 4 colours of wool
  • A jewellery clasp
  • Two small jewellery rings
  • One big jewellery ring
  • Scissors

 

Step 1: Cutting the wool

Depending on your wrist size, cut of pieces of wool of 50-80 centimetres. Cut 4 pieces from your three main colours and two pieces from your extra colour. I used Pink, blue and green as my main colours and a light pink as an extra colour.

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Step 2: Sticking the wool to a surface.

Stick the wool to a flat surface with enough tape in three groups. This is so you can easily braid it. Add your extra colour to the two outer groups to give it a more interesting look than simply using three colours. You can also choose to mix all your colours.

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Step 3: Braiding

Braid the three groups until the brfits around your wrist twice.

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Step 4; Knotting the ends and cutting od the access

Make a tight know at both of the ends of the braid.

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Then cut of the access with your scissors.

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Step 5: Adding the rings and clasp

These are what you’ll need:

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Attach a small jewellery ring to one of the knots and attach the big ring to it.

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Attach the clasp to the other end by using a small jewellery ring.

 

Step 6: Putting the bracelet together

Put the bracelet together by pulling the end with the clasp through the big jewellery ring.

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Pull it through until you can attach the clasp to the big ring.

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This is how it should look:

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And that’s it! It’s just a really quick and easy way to make a cool bracelet.

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What do you think about them? Would you make it yourself? Let me know in the comments.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. If you did, please like, comment and/or share. I would really appreciate that. And follow me for more DIYs and creative content!

I sadly won’t be able to post on Wednesday. But next Sunday a new DIY will be posted!

xxx, Yara

 

DIY Notebooks for back to school 2017

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Hello everybody!

I know some of you might already have started school and other still have weeks to go, but I figured even in the middle of the school year new notebooks are always good. And even if you don't go to school anymore there's always something you could use a notebook for.

Today I'm showing 2 different ways to make cute notebooks really easily.

 

Scrapbook paper notebooks:

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These first notebooks are really easy to make and you can easily make a bunch of them..

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What you'll need:

  • 15 sheets of squared paper
  • 1 sheet of scrapbook paper
  • 2 individual staples
  • Scissors
  • Sharp needle

 

Step 1: cutting the paper.

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Take your sheets, fold them double and cut off the binder holes. I recommend doing this with groups of two or three sheets to make the process faster. If you have a paper cutter I definitely recommend using that too.

 

Step 2: Dividing the paper into three groups.

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Divide your sheets into three groups of 5 sheets each.

 

Step 3: marking the places for the staples

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Take your staples and mark the places for your holes on the spine of your groups. I chose to mark the holes three squares from the outside.

 

Step 4: Poking the holes with your needle.

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Poke holes at the marked spots with a sharp needle.

 

Step 5: Putting the notebook together

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Put the staples through the holes you made. First put them through the front of one group and then add the other two groups.

 

Step 6: Adding the cover

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Take your scrapbook paper, fold it double and poke holes with your needle for the staples.

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Then place it onto the other groups.

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Close the staples by using something to push them down. I used a nail file which worked really well.

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That's it! I ended up making two of these because they are so cute and once you get the hang of it they are really easy to make.

 

Felt covered notebook:

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This one is a bit harder to make but oh so cute. It's a great way to make a plain notebook look so much cooler.

What you'll need:

  • A boring notebook
  • Thin cardboard (cereal boxes work really well)
  • Felt
  • Sellotape
  • Glue
  • White paper
  • Needle and thread
  • Scissors
  • Optional: Fabric stickers

 

Step 1: removing the cover from the notebook

You know these notebooks? They're just so bland and boring. We can make something much cooler out of this!

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Start with opening the staples and removing the cover. You'll be left with just a packet of paper.

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Step 2: Cutting the cardboard.

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Don't throw away the cover just yet though. Trace it onto the cardboard to get exactly the right size. I used cardboard from an cereal box which worked really well. I used the fold in the box as my spine.

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Step 3: Covering the cardboard with felt.

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Trace the cardboard onto the felt leaving a margin of about a centimetre for folding the felt over.

 

Step 4: Sticking the felt to the cardboard

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Fold over the edges of the felt and stick them down. I tried using glue for this step but it kept coming loose so I realised the easiest way to do this is to just sellotape the edges to the cardboard. Don't worry, we will cover it up later but this is just the easiest way to make sure it stays on.

 

Step 5: Sewing the notebook to the cover

Take your needle and thread and make a knot at the end. We're going to use the staple holes that are already in the notebook to sew it down.

Start with pulling your thread through the top hole and through the cover.

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Pull it back through the second hole.

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Step 6: Covering the insides

Use some glue to cover the insides of the cover with white paper.

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Step 7: Decorating

This step is optional but I thought the notebook still looked a bit bland

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So I decided to use this super cute pineapple sticker to brighten it up a bit. It was actually a iron-on sticker but I just used some glue to stick it to the front.

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So that's it! 

I really like how all these notebooks turned out. I especially love the felt one. It's so soft and I really like the pineapple.

This must be one of my longest posts, I hope you didn't mind.

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Which notebook do you like the best? Let me know in the comments.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. If you did, please like, comment and/or share. I would really appreciate that. And follow me for more DIYs and creative content!

See ya on Wednesday!

xxx, Yara

 

 

Easy DIY Planner Pinboard

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Hello everybody! This week I’m showing you how to make this easy DIY planner pinboard. It’s so easy to make and it’s super convenient for planning.

Everybody needs to plan sometimes. It’s a way to keep track of what you’re doing and what you ahem to do. This board makes it really easy to have everything in one place and plan extra convenient.

 

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  • A pinboard
  • A spiral notebook
  • A pencil
  • A few drawing pins
  • Scrapbook paper
  • White paper

 

 

Step 1: Covering the frame of the pinboard with scrapbook paper

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Just cut a few strips out of your paper with the width of your frame and cover the entire frame with them, sticking them in place with crafting glue.  I tried to match up the pattern on the long edges so you almost can’t see where the different strips end. I punched a hole with a hole puncher at the place for the nail so you can easily attach it to a wall later on.

 

Step 2: The notebook

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Take your spiral notebook and draw whatever you want on it. I chose for a to-do list but you could do anything: for example a goal list, schedules or blogging plans. The best thing about this is that you can change it up whenever you want to whatever is needed at the moment.

 

Step 3: Attaching the notebook to the pinboard

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The only thing you need to do is grab a pencil and pull it through the spiral of the notebook. Then you can easily let the notebook rest on two drawing pins. Whenever you want to write something on the notebook just take it off, pull the pencil out and you can easily change it up whenever you want.

 

Step 4: making the calendar.

For this I first cut out a piece of scrapbook paper of 21×16 centimetres.

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Then I cut 31 little 2,5×2,5 centimetre squares, wrote the days of this month on them and arranged them onto the calendar. I also made little tabs with the days of the week and stuck them above the rows.

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Of course you could make it easier by just printing out an online template, but I liked to match the calendar to my frame so I did it this way.

 

Step 5: Pinning the calendar to the board

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Pin the calendar to the inboard, left to the notebook. I also printed out a piece of paper that said August for above the calendar.

 

Step 6: extra decoration

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This part is the most fun. I decided to keep it simple by just printing out a few motivational quotes and pinning them to the board but you can decorate it in any way you want to make it completely customised.

 

I love how this planner board turned out. It was so easy to make and it’s really convenient to have everything in one place.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. If you did, please like, comment and/or share. I would really appreciate that. And follow me for more DIYs and creative content!

See ya next Wednesday!

xxx, Yara

DIY Woven Basket

Hello everybody!

Today I’m showing you how to make this cute basket.


It’s so cute and it’s great to store small objects on your desk.

The only materials you need are:

  • Old magazines
  • Cellotape
  • Scissors

Step 1: Collecting the pages

The first step is to take some pages from your magazine. 


I decided to use bright coloured pages but you could also choose a pastel or black and white theme, whatever you want.

Step 2: Cutting the pages

Cut each page into fout equal strips.



Step 3: Folding the strips

Fold each strip in four so they become smaller, thicker strips. This is to make sure the basket becomes strong.


Make a few of these strips before you go on to the next step.

Step 4: Weaving the base

Start with laying two strips in a cross-shape snd secure them with some cellotape


Then add a vertical and a horizontal strip:



Keep adding more strips, securing them with cellotape when needed.


Keep doing this until you have a base the size you want. I decided to make my base 9 by 9 strips, but you can make it bigger or smaller if you want.

Make sure you only use cellotape on one side, this will be at the bottom so you won’t see it. This is how the side without cellotape will look:


Step 5: Weaving the sides

This is the hardest part. To start, create a long strip by sticking 2 (or 3 if you make a large basket) strips to each other, it should be long enough to go around the base.

Then, weave the long strips through one of the sides like this:


Then bend the strip and continue weaving through the second side.


Continue this all around the basket, make sure to secure it with some cellotape in all the corners!

Cut off the excess of the strip and stick the end to the beginning:


Then add another layer by weaving it through all the strips again, but alternatr to the last strip.


Add a third layer and it will look like this:


Step 5: Finishing off

To finish of cut all the stips untill they stick about 1-1,5 centimeters above the basket


Now, fold them all around the edge of the basket and stick each of them to the basket with a small piece of cellotape.


And that’s it! It’s ready to be used now!


The bright magazine pages just turn it into a colourfull desk decoration that is really convenient too and you only need a few newspapers!

I’m certainly planning on making a few more of these 😊

If you found this tutorial useful, please like, comment and/or share. And follow me for more DIYs!

Thank you for reading!

P.S. Sadly,  I won’t be able to post next week because I’m on vacation. But when I’m back I’ll be posting 2 times a week! 

See ya!

Xxx, Yara

DIY Bracelet from a Keycord

Hello everybody!

Today is just a small craft, but hang on because this Thursday there will be a big announcement…

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I don’t know about you but I always get keycords at like every event I go but I never use them. I have a bunch of keywords just lying around so today I decided to make a bracelet with them.

The only things you need are a keycord, cellotape, scissors and needle and thread.

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Step 1: Cutting of one side at the clasp

Take your keycord at the side with the clasp and cut one one of the sides

 

Step 2: Cutting it to the right length

Cut the cord to a length about 1,5 times your wrist.

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Step 3: Dividing the strands

Cut the cord into three strands with roughly the same size.

 

Step 4: Braiding

Braid the strands until it fits around your wrist. I used some cellotape to make sure it didn’t come loose.

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Step 5: Sewing it shut.

Pull the strands through the other side of the clasp like this:

 

Make sure to cellotape them to each other to make the sewing easier

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Then with a few stitches sew each strand together. This is how it’ll look:

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Step 6: Cutting of the loose edges

Cut of the extra pieces of the strands. My keycord shredded a lot, so I had to cut of all those little strings too

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Look at all the shredding!

 

And that’s it! I think it turned out quite nice and the cool thing is that you can use the clasp that is already on the keycord

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I hope you liked this tutorial! If you did, please like, comment and/or share. It really means a lot to me. Thank you for reading and keep an eye out to Thursday! 😉

See ya Thursday!

xxx, Yara

DIY Mini Pompon Notebook

Make a pompon notebook with materials you probably already have at home!

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Hello everybody😊

I might be a bit obsessed with pompons lately…😳 But just look at how cute they are! 😍

I love them so much that this week I decided to make this little pompon notebook. I think it is adorable and you can make it with normal wool.

What you’ll need to make it:

  • 6 sheets of A4 paper
  • Thin cardboard
  • Wool in different colours of your choice
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Needle and thread
  • Coloured/ scrapbook paper

 

Step 1: Cutting the paper

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The first step is to take your 6 sheets of A4 paper and cut them all into 4 pieces.

 

Step 2: Making the groups

Then, fold all the smaller sheets double and divide them into 4 groups with 6 sheets each.

 

Step 3: Marking the spots for the holes

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Mark spots for the holes on your paper with some dots. They should be 1,5 cm from the edge of the paper and 1 cm apart.

 

Step 4: The binding

Bind the groups into a book. I have already explained how to do this in an earlier post, so for a detailed tutorial on how to bind them see my post How to do simple bookbinding.

This is how it’ll look when you’re finished:

 

Step 5: Cutting the cardboard

Cut two pieces of thin cardboard the size of your pages. These will become the front- and back cover of you book.

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Step 6: Making the pompons

This step is actually quite easy. Take some wool (I for example used wool scraps I had left from the DIY Pompon stool I made a few weeks ago).

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Then, you proceed to pull the wool strands apart so they become thin and fluffy.

Then, you take a few of those strands and roll them into tiny balls with your fingers. To make it easier you can use a little bit of water. Try to make all the pompons about the same size.

Depending on how big you make them you’ll have to make 50-80. That seems like a lot,but it didn’t take a lot of time.

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Step 7: Sticking the pompons to the front cover

Working from the inside to the outside, stick your pompons to one of the cardboard pieces, making sure not to leave any gaps between them.

The other cardboard piece you can cover with some coloured or scrapbook paper. I chose to just cover it with some pink paper.

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Step 8: Sticking the covers to the book

Using glue, stick the cardboard pieces to the front and last page of your book.

(Tip: Make sure to protect the other pages from the glue with some old newspaper!)

Stick them like this to the book like this:

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And that’s it!

This is how the inside will look:

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I think it’s just a really cute way to make a small notebook. Of course, you could also make a bigger version by using a quarter or half of an A4 as pages, but you’ll have to make a lot of pompons.

The best thing about this technique is that you don’t have to buy any pompons (they can be quite expensive sometimes), but you can just use wool which you probably already have at home.

I hope you liked this tutorial. I you did, please like, comment and/or share. It really means a lot to me. ☺️ And follow me for a new DIY every Sunday!

See ya next week!

xxx, Yara

DIY Foam Stamps

Make your own personalised stamps with crafting foam!

 

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Hello everyone! 😄

This week I’m showing you how to make your own stamps with foam. I think they’re really cool and you can turn any image you like into a stamp this way. The crafting foam works really well because it adsorbs the ink well, which makes you able to stamp it.

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What you’ll need:

  • Template images
  • Crafting foam
  • Scissors
  • A stanley knife
  • Some strong cardboard
  • Glue

Step 1: Printing the images

Print out a few images that you want to turn into stamps. Search Google for anything you want with ‘silhouette’ after it and you’ll find all kind of templates. I chose a bunny, a hummingbird, a lily, a rose and my name.

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Step 2: Cutting the paper

Cut out all your images. With the solid shapes it’s easy, but with the rose I had to cut out all the little parts.

With the lily I decided to keep the three smallest parts attached, so it would be easier to cut.

Step 3: tracing the paper onto the foam

Trace the paper onto the foam. The colour of the foam you use doesn’t matter, you won’t see any difference while stamping.

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Step 4: Cutting out the foam

This is the hard step. I was able to cut the bunny and the hummingbird out with scissors, but the rose, lily and my name had really small pieces  so I used a stanley knife for them. Luckily you can cut through foam really easily with a good stanley knife

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Step 5: Cutting the cardboard

I cut a few cardboard shapes out of strong cardboard. For the bunny, hummingbird and rose I decided to make circles because I think that looked really cool, but the shape of the cardboard really doesn’t matter as long as the foam fits on it.

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Step 6: Sticking the foam to the cardboard.

Stick the foam to the cardboard with glue. An important thing to remember is when you’re using letters to spell something, you should stick them to the cardboard in reverse!

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Step 7: Go stamping!

I had a lot of fun with this step😊

You can just use the stamps like normal stamps, and you can use all kinds of ink. You could even use paint if you want.

Here are a few examples of what I did:

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I think it’s really cool that you can make your own designs. You can really make cool artworks by stamping. And if you make your name you can stamp it under all kinds of letters.

I hope you found this tutorial useful. If you did, please like, comment or share. It really means a lot to me😊

Thanks for reading & see ya next week!

xxx, Yara

 

DIY Pompon stool

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Hey guys,

First things first: I’m so sorry I didn’t post anything last week…😔 there’s just a lot going on in my life at the moment, and I really couldn’t find the time to make a post.

But this week I could, so I’m showing how to make this very cute DIY pompon chair for just a few dollars. Of course, you don’t have to make  a stool, you can use this on any surface you want, for example a table, a mat, maybe even a shelf? There are endless possibility’s.

I decided to make this as I didn’t really like the look of the plain white stool in my room. I wanted to make something soft that also looked cool, so I decided to use pompons.

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  • Wool in a few different colours
  • A piece of foam the size of your surface
  • Scissors
  • A fork
  • Needle and thread

Optionally:

  • Fabric to cover the foam

 

Part 1: Making the Pompons

For this step, I tried out a few different techniques, but I found that this one was the easiest. The only thing you need is a fork, which you probably have at home (I hope).

Step 1: Take your wool and tie it to the fork

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Step 2: wrap the wool around the fork a lot of times.

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Step 3: Make a vertical knot between the middel spikes of the fork

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Step 4: take the wool of the fork and cut through all the loops like this

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And there you have your pompon:

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How often you should wrap the wool around the fork depends on the wool you have. For my pink wool of medium thickness I wrapped it around +/- 40 times. My white wool was thinner, so there I had to wrap about 60 times. My purple wool was thick, so 30 wraps was enough there.

Then, repeat this step lots of times. LOTS of times. To fill up my surface I had to make 50 pompons and it ook me 3 minutes per pompon, so that took a while…

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All the pompons I made

 

Step 2: making the surface.

My stool had holes in it, so I marked the places of those holes on the foam and made a hole there with my scissors.

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Then, I took some wool and pulled it trough the wool. This is so that I could tie the foam to the stool at the end.

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Pull the wool through like this

I decided to cover my foam with white fabric from an old T-shirt, so I traced my foam on the fabric, and cut out a few centimeters around it.

Then I laid the foam on top of it.

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Sewing the fabric to the foam went surprisingly easy. With a sharp needle you can easily go through the foam.

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When I had gone all around this it how it looked:

 

Step 3: Sewing the pompoms to the foam.

This step took a lot of time. I had to sew every single pompom to the fabric. I didn’t want to use glue as I don’t have any fabric glue and with normal glue it would probably just have become a sticky mess… but if you have good fabric glue I would definitely recommend using that.

And that was it!

That was how I turned this…

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into this:

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And the best thing is that you can easily undo the knot at the bottom and remove it if you want to.

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I think it turned out really cool, pompons are just so cute and soft..😊

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Photo to demonstrate how cute and soft pompons are

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

See ya next week!

xxx, Yara

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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

DIY felt phone case

Hello everybody,

this week I’m going to show you how to make this cute DIY phone case from felt.

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  • felt
  • an other piece of fabric
  • an ribbon
  • needle and thread
  • a press stud or velcro
  • cardboard

 

Step 1: Cut two pieces of fabric the length of your phone and the width of twice your phone+a few centimetres extra. Also cut two pieces of cardboard with the outline of your phone like this:

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Step 2: Cut a thin strip of felt and sew it to the other piece of felt:

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Step 3: Sew your other fabric to the opposite side of the felt

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Step 4: Take a wide strip of felt and sew it to the other side of your original felt piece

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Step 5: Fold over your green fabric and fold the wide strip over it and pin it up.

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Step 6: Insert your cardboard pieces and sew alongside the edges of the cardboard to make sure it stays in place. Before sewing down the strip, however, inset you phone and sew around it to make sure it will fit later on.

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Step 7: Cut off the left side of your wide strip, and sew down around the cardboard on this side too.

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Step 8: Cut off all the loose strings and fabric edges.

 

FullSizeRender-56Step 9: Use your ribbon and cut off a piece. Fold it double and sew it shut and attach it to the back of the case. Then, add the press stud or velcro in a way that it will be able to shut. If you have neither, you can also use a button for this.

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And you’re done! I think it looks really cute and the technique with the strips gives the case an unique look.

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

See ya next week!

xxx, Yara

DIY Wall decor

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Hi guys, happy easter!

This week I’m going to show you how to make this very cute DIY wall decor. It is really easy to make, and endlessly customisable. FullSizeRender-40
What you’ll need:

  • 2 Picture frames (10 x 10 cm)
  • 2 mini canvasses (10 x 10 cm)
  • a piece of wood (10 x 10 cm)
  • paint and masking tape
  • nails and string

 

Canvas one:

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Use masking tape to cover the sides of your canvas and make a geometric pattern on the front. Then, colour each sectioning a different bright colour. Remove your masking tape and you’ll have a really cool looking painting.

Canvas two:

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This one is really cool two. Print out a silhouet of a cat (there will be a document with all the pictures I used at the end). Cut it out and stick it to the canvas with two-sided and masking  tape. Then, take a piece of cotton-wool and dip it in dark blue, purple and white paint and dab it on the canvas. DON’T RUB! When you filled the whole canvas, let it dry and then remove the picture and you’ll be left with a white silhouette of a cat.

 

String art:

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Use little nails and hit them all around the edge of the wood, each about a centimeter apart.  Then take some string (preferably multi-coloured, as this looks the coolest), and tie this to one of the nails in the corner. Bring it to the opposite corner and pull it around the nail. Now, bring it back to the other side and around the nail to the right and back but to the nail to the left. (sorry for the bad explanation, it’s hard to explain, just look at the pictures). After you’ve been all the way round, fasten the string and you’re done.

The two frames:

I just printed out two pictures I found on the internet, one with a pineapple and one with macarons, (I will add them in a document at the end) but you can choose any pictures you want.

This is everything you’ll have:

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I shuffled them a bit and then decided this was the best way to position them:

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Now, all that is left is to take your two-sided tape and stick ’em to the wall.

This is how it’ll look in different situations:

 

The document with all the images I used: Images

I really hope this tutorial was useful. If you liked it, please like, comment or share!

xxx Yara

3 DIY Summer Bracelets

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Ok, it isn’t really summer yet, but it is never to early to make some bracelets, right? Today I will show you 3 ways to make easy summer bracelets.

Bracelet 1:

For this bracelet, you will need a few kinds of string. I used one with little beads, one with bigger beads, one braided string and two strips of felt.

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Make sure they are all the same length and glue them to a piece of thin cardboard (like from a cereal box) as shown in the photo:

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Then, add some more glue and bend the cardboard over. Do this to both sides.

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Add jewellery rings to both sides and attach a clasp and you’re done.

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It looks really cool, right?

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Bracelet 2:

This is the easiest bracelet to make. All you’ll need is 3 white strips and 3 blue strips of  craft foam.

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Divide them into pairs of two, one white and one blue in each pair, and braid them.

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Cut it to the size of your wrist and sew it shut.

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It’s a really easy way to make a fashionable bracelet.

Bracelet 3:

This is my personal favourite, but it also takes the longest to make. For this, you will need a loom. I bought this mini-loom for a few dollars. If you don’t have a loom, you can make little cuts in both sides of a shoe box and use that as a loom.

Anyway, use string and put in on the loom like this:

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Now take a needle and thread and put five beads on the thread.

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Lay these beads on the string, with a bead between every two strings. Then hold your needle underneath the strings and pull it back through the beads. This way, your beads will stay in place.

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Repeat this until the bracelet is long enough.

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Then, tie the strings together and attach rings and a clasp like this:

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I think this one looks soo pretty!

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Here’s a link to the design I mede for you to make the bracelet. You can print it to make sure you don’t mess up. The arrow shows where you should start.

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The bracelets also look really pretty combined:

 

These were the three bracelets! Please like if you found these tutorials useful and let me know which is your favourite in the comments. And don’t forget to share! 🙂

 

DIY Jewellery Rack

Hello, this week I’m going to show you how to make this little jewellery rack:

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It isn’t hard to make at all,  but I think it looks really cute.

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What you’ll need to make it:

  • Two pieces of wood (mine were 17x2x1 cm, but you can make them any size you want)
  • Two ice lolly sticks
  • A bunch of nails
  • Two staples
  • A piece of rope
  • White and gold paint

 

Step one: Paint the front and the upper and lower sides of the wood white. Paint the left and right sides gold

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Step two: Cut the ice lolly stick until they’re both 9 cm long and paint them gold too

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Step 3: Put nails in the wood. Make sure all of the nails have the same distant between them. I put the nails on the upper piece between those on the lower piece as shown on this foto:

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Step 4: Attach the staples to your upper piece.

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Step 5: Use wood glue to stick the pieces to your ice lolly sticks like this:

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Step 6: Take your rope and braid it. Then, attach it to the staples.

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And you’re done! It is a super handy way to store some jewellery like earrings and bracelets and it looks pretty too. Of course, you can customise the colours and sizes so it fits in your room. You could even add more then two pieces if you want.

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If you liked this post, please like it and/or leave a comment. I would also really appreciate if you shared it on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Tumblr. See ya next week!

 

DIY easy foam pouch

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Hello, I’m back! And this time I’m going to show you how to make this cute little pouch. You can use it as a wallet, or just as a place to put all small necessary things. It is really easy, and only costs about half an hour to make.

FullSizeRender-6What you’ll need:

  • Eva Foam (18 cm x 12 cm)
  • A zip
  • Needle and thread
  • Optionally other colours of foam for decoration

 

Step 1: Lay the foam down on the zipper and sew it down. I used a double thread to make it stronger.

 

Step 2: Fold around the other side of the foam and sew it to the other side of the zipper

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This is how it should look:

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Step 4:

Tuck in the bits of the zipper that stick out and press down the foam. Now. take your thread and sew one of the sides shut.

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Do the same with the other side

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Step 5: You’re almost done! The only things left to do are trim of the loose threads and decorate.

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And you’re done!

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It’s a super convenient pouch to keep things like make-up but you can also use it as a wallet. Another advantage is that you can easily customise it, using any colour and decorations you like.

If you liked this tutorial, please like, comment or share it. You really help me out if you do!

From now on, I’ll try to post at least once every week. Thanks for supporting me!

 

DIY penguin phone case

 

Hi guys, today I’m going to show you how to make this cute phone case. The cool thing is that you can make it yourself entirely and it isn’t that hard either. The case is made using Eva Foam, which is really handy because you are able to use all the buttons on you case trough the foam.

What you’ll need:

  • Black, white and yellow  Eva Foam
  • Scissors
  • Stanley Knife
  • Glue (I used Bizon Kit, but any strong glue will do)
  • A sharpie

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Step 1: Make a stencil

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Print a profile of your phone from the internet and draw little wings a bit above the middle. They don’t have to be exactly symmetrical.

Step 2: Trace your stencil onto the black foam and cut it out, make sure to leave about 5mm of foam around the stencil.

Step 3: Cut out a long strip of black foam that is as thick as your phone.

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◊ Before you continue, you might want to wrap your phone in kitchen plastic to protect it from the glue.

Step 4: Wrap the strip around your phone and cut it to the right size. Glue the ends together so it forms a circle.

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Step 5: Glue the circle with your phone in it to your black foam. Make sure to cover the whole circle before you stick it.

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(Sorry for the bad quality, I couldn’t use my own phone as it was wrapped in kitchen plastic)

Step 6: While you wait for this to dry, cut out the form of your phone again, this time in white foam. Again, make sure you leave a border of around 5 mm. Then, trace the form of your phone in it and cut it out with your stanley knife. This should be the result:

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Step 6: Take the white border and stick it onto the circle around your phone.

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This is how it should look

Step 7: Now we’re going to decorate the case.

From the inside of the white border, cut the form of a penguin’s body. Draw eyes on with a Sharpie and optionally paint a little blush on it. Then, use yellow foam to make the beak and feet and you’re done!

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Outside look
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Inside look

(Only after finishing the case I realised I forgot to make a camera hole. Of course, you can just make this real easily by cutting a hole with your stanley knife)

Did you like this tutorial? If you did, please like, share and leave a comment. Thank you!

DIY Walnut lip balm

FullSizeRender-35Hello guys, sorry I haven’t posted in a while… I was really busy with exams and a lot of other stuff and I didn’t really had the time to post.

But now I’m back and I’m going to show you how to make this very cute lip balm. It isn’t hard, and it’ll only take about 20 minutes to make.

What you’ll need:

  • A jar of vaseline
  • An empty walnut shell
  • A little bit of coloured candle wax
  • Paint

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Step 1: Paint the walnut shells in a pretty colour. I chose for light pink paint because my lip balm is pink too, but you can choose whatever colour you want.

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Step 2: Now we’re going to make the lip balm itself. To do this, put a tee spoon of vaseline and a little piece of candle wax in a glass bowl. (The candle wax is to make the lip balm a little vaster and to add colour to it. I added red wax, so the lip balm would turn out pink.) If you want, you can add a few drops of aromatic substance to it.

Step 3:Put your bowl in the microwave for about a minute, until is is a liquid substance. If you don’t have a microwave, you could also heat it up in a pan.

Step 4: When it is liquid, you can pour the lip balm into the nutshells. Make sure to fill them up almost entirely.

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Wait for the balm to harden, it’ll become a lighter colour.

Step 5: Take a little piece of ribbon and glue it to the back of the shell. Now you can open and close it.

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To make sure it’ll stay closed, add just a little bit of adhesive tape to the other side of the shell.

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And you’re done! You’re lip balm is ready to use.

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