Make your own DIY coasters!

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Hello everybody!

I hope you’re doing well!

Today I’m showing you how to make this super easy DIY coasters. They are really easy and cheap to make but I think they look very nice and would be great as a gift!

 

What you’ll need:

  • Thin Cardboard
  • Rope/thick wool
  • Glue

 

Step 1: Cutting the circles

Start with cutting circles of your prefered size out of the cardboard. I went for a radius of 4,5 centimetres.

 

Step 2: Glueing the middle

Make a little circle with your string and glue it to the middle of the cardboard

 

Step 3: Filling it up.

Slowly wrap the string around the middle, adding glue everytime you start a new round. You might have to use tape to keep the string down while it’s drying.

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Step 4: Cutting off the excess

When it’s dry you can cut off the excess if necessary. With some strings, it’s really hard to get a perfect circle so you can just cut off the extra cardboard. It’s a lot easier with wool.

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Step 5: Decorating

The coaster with the string had a little hole in the middle, so I decided to add a little bead which I think looks pretty cool.

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And that’s it! They’re so easy to make and I think it would be so cute to make a set and give it to someone as a (Christmas) present.

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What do you think? 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!

xxx, Yara

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DIY Hanging Decor

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Hello everybody!

Starting off, I’m so sorry this post was delayed two days… I’ll be sure to post on time next time!

But today I’m showing you how to make this DIY Hanger, It’s really easy, cheap and only takes a few minutes to make.

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  • A stick
  • Wool in a colour of your choice (preferably thick)
  • Some string /rope
  • Scissors

 

 

Step 1:

Start with cutting off your outer strings. Cut two strings off your prefered length. Make sure they are the same size.

Then, fold the string double lay your stick on it.

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Take the ends and pass them through the loop.

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Do the same for the other string.

 

Step 2:

Cut your next two strings, these should be a few inches longer than the last. You can choose what length you like.

Knot these to the stick the same way as we did in step 1, but make sure they are on the inside of the first two strings like this:

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Step 3:

Repeat step 2 until your stick is full, making sure each pair of new strings is longer than the last. At the end, for your final length only cut one string and tie it in the middle. Thick wool works best for this as you won’t have to tie nearly as many knots and it looks simpler and (in my opinion) nicer, but you can always try with thin wool if you want.

This is how it should look:

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Step 4:

Take your other string or rope and make a knot in the middle. Then tie both ends to the stick like this:

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And you’re done! When you hang it on a wall the strings will get pressed together a bit which gives it a nice effect.

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And you’re done! I love the style it has, what do you think? 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!

xxx, Yara

DIY Stone Pendant Necklace

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Hello everybody!

Today I’m showing you how to make a stone pendant. It’s so easy and I like the rough look it has. The best thing though is that I made it from a stone I just found in the woods! I thought it looked really cool and decided to make a necklace out of it.

 

What you’ll need:

  • Some sort of flat stone
  • String
  • Clasp
  • File
  • Drill
  • Mod Podge (optional)

 

Step 1: Draw the shape you want

 

This was the original stone I found:

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You can decide to keep the natural shape if you want, but I decided to go for a geometrical shape and drew it on the back with a pencil.

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Step 2: Filing

Use a rough file to file the stone to the right shape. I used an iron file, but others will probably work as well. My stone was quite soft (for a stone) so the filing went pretty easy.

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Step 3: Drilling

Dril a hole in the middle of the stone. A good idea might be to start with a small hole and making it bigger gradually. My hole is 6 mm wide.

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Step 4: Glazing

This step is optional but I used a layer of Mod Podge to give it a glossy look. You could also add a layer of clear nail polish for the same effect.

 

Step 5: Adding a string

Add a string to the pendant. I decided to make a knot to keep it from sliding too much. Add the clasp and you’re done!

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And that’s it! I think it looks pretty cool. What do you think? 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!

xxx, Yara

5-minute crafts

 

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Hello everybody!

If you looked at the above image, it probably seems like these are just some random crafts and that’s right. Every once in a while I get an idea for a cool craft and I do it but all of these were so easy I didn’t want to make a separate post for each. So I just decided to combine them in this post!

 

 

 

So in this post, I’m showing you how you can craft your own choker, popsocket and stress ball in just a few minutes!

 

Choker

This chocker is really easy to make, all you’ll need is:

  • Some cute ribbon
  • A clasp
  • An elastic
  • Glue

 

Step 1: Attaching the elastic to the clasp

I know it’s called a choker, but you don’t actually want to choke while wearing it. To prevent that we’re adding an elastic to the clasp which allows you to move your neck abit while wearing it.

Start with folding the elastic double and pulling it through one end of the clasp. Then loop it through itself.

Attach the other part of the clasp to the elastic band.

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Step 2: Attaching the ribbon

Cut off a piece of ribbon that fits around your neck. I cut it a bit smaller though because my clasp was pretty big.

Then glue the ends of the ribbon to both sides of the clasp and that’s it!

I think it looks really cute, what about you?

Stress Ball

All you’ll need to make a DIY Stressball is:

  • A balloon
  • Some Flour
  • A funnel
  • A Sharpie

 

Step 1: Filling the balloon with flour

Use the funnel to fill the balloon with flour. You might need to use something like a pencil to push it in.

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Step 2: Making a knot

Make a knot in the top of the balloon.

 

Step 3: Decorating

Use a sharpie to decorate the balloon. I decided to go with the Halloween theme and make a pumpkin, but you can decorate it any way you want!

And that’s it! It looks really cute and it’s so squishy!

 

Popsocket

If you don’t know what a popsocket is, it’s an accessory for your phone which makes you able to grip it better and you can use it to form a phone stand.

What you’ll need to make it:

  • 2 suction cups
  • A toothpick
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Decoration

 

Step 1: Glueing the toothpick to the suction cup

Start with cutting the points from the toothpick with your scissors and glue it into one of the suction cups. Most suction cups have little holes in the top and a toothpick fits in it perfectly. This is to give the popscocket more strength.

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Step 2: Sticking the other suction cup on top

Cut off the excess of the toothpick and use some glue to stick the other suction cup on top.

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Step 3: Decorating

You’re basically done now, but if you want you can decorate the popsocket. I decided to stick this button-ish thing on one side to make it look cuter, but there are loads of ways you could decorate it.

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Now you can just press it against a phone case.

 

I like this craft a lot because you can easily place and remove the popsocket when needed.

 

That’s it for today! Which craft is your favorite? 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!

xxx, Yara

DIY Halloween Decorations – A Collab

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The weather is getting colder and the days are getting darker. The trees are dropping their leaves. Everybody knows what time it is… it’s time for Halloween!! Let the spooky decorations and treats come and most importantly: the Halloween parties!! 
This post is actually a collab with Maddie from alittlemadsmith. She blogs about DIY’s, crafts and baking. Her blog is amazing, you should definitely check it out!
We decided to organize a Halloween party together! I’m doing the decorations and she’s doing the treats, so definitely check out her post too! (link at the end of this blog)
For the decorations, I made three things: paper maché pumpkins, a ghost from a plastic bag and a spiderweb from string. I’ll explain how to make each of them in this post.
Starting with the pumpkins,
Paper maché Pumpkins
What you’ll need:
  • 1 balloon
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 2 cups of boiling water
  • old newspapers
  • elastics
  • tape
  • paint

 

Step 1: making the paper maché glue

To make the paper maché, take one cup of boiling water and put in a bowl. Then add one cup of flour and start stirring. Gradually add more boiling water until it becomes a smooth consistency. Then let it cool down and it’s ready to use.

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Step 2: preparing the balloon

Start with taking a balloon and blowing it up to the size of your choice.

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Then take your elastics and pull them around the balloon. Use tape to make sure they stay in place.

The elastics give the balloon a more flat and pumpkin-like shape and they give the balloon pumpkin-creases.

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Step 3: Covering the balloon

Start with cutting the newspaper into thin strips. Then cover the entire balloon with paper maché glue and stick the strips to it vertically. Press each strip down tightly and add more glue if needed.

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After you’ve done the first layer I recommend doing 2-3 more layers to make sure it’s strong.

Also cover the closing piece of the balloon to form the stem of the pumpkin.

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Step 4: Painting

You should wait for +-24 hours until the paper maché is completely dry and it has become hard. Then you can take your acrylic paint and paint the balloon. I decided to go for orange with a black stem, but you can be creative if you want.

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I think these turned out really cool. what do you think?

Spider Web

This was really easy to make, all you’ll need is string and tape.

Start with cutting three strings of the same length and stick them to a flat surface like this:

Then take a long string and bring it between the strings, making a knot to each.

Tek another string and repeat the same for the inside, making a spiral. Knot it every few strings.

That’s it, it’s really easy. Carefully pick it up and use the tape to stick it to somewhere you want.

Floating Ghost

To make this you’ll need some thin plastic. You can use plastic bags, cover sheet (like I did), maybe even cling film? You’ll probably be able to find something you can use at home.

You’ll also need some iron wire and fishing line.

Start with taking your iron wire and bending it around a circular object to form a circle

Place the circle in the middle of a big piece of foil and wrap it around.

Then make a ball from a piece of plastic and place it on top of the circle

Use another piece of foil and wrap it around.

Keep repeating this until you think it’s enough. Then use some fishing thread and wrap it around the foil and make a knot. use a needle to stick it through the head of the ghost so you’ll be able to hange it up.

And that’s it. Use some tape to stick it to a wall or attach it to a hook on the ceiling for a spooky ghost.

And that’s it! All of these decorations are really easy to make and cost almost nothing. A great way to make your house a lot more spooky. 

 

Be sure to check out Maddie’s post here, it’s amazing!

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!

xxx, Yara

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Mystery Blogger award

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I was really happy when I found out I was nominated for this award. Thank you so much Bayance for nominating me!  The creator of this challenge is Okoto Enigma.

RULES : 

    1. Put the award logo/image on your blog
    2. List the rules.
    3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
    4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
    5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
    6. Answer the questions your nominator asked you
    7. You have to nominate 10 – 20 people
    8. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
    9. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
    10. Share a link to your best post(s)

THREE THINGS ABOUT ME:

  • I like drawing and painting a lot but I’m not really good at them.
  • I really hate raw tomatoes. If they’re in a meal I don’t mind, but I hate the raw taste of them.
  • I really like watercolour paintings, they’re like my favourite thing.

THE QUESTIONS:

1.What’s your favourite colour?

I really like the colour blue, but which shade of blue changes every week.

2. What is one of your favourite quotes?

I really like this one: Everyone wants happiness, nobody wants pain, but there can;t be a rainbow without a little rain.

3. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

I’d love to be able to paint really well, that would be amazing.

4. Which celebrity do you get mistaken for?

Ehm.. I’ve never been mistaken for a celebrity before, so I wouldn’t know.

5. What story does your family always tell about you?

A lot of stories about things I did as a kid. I was really weird when I was little.😂

MY NOMINATIONS: Here are a few:

Aditi Singh

Starling

Bella

Emma

Elsie

Chachel

Doni

Hannah

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As you know, I’m really bad at nominating people, I end up nominating the same people every time… So this time I decided: If you’re following me and you want to be nominated, the only thing you need to do is ask in the comments and I’ll add you! (This is up to 20 people).

 

MY QUESTIONS:

  1. What is something you’re afraid of?
  2. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you go?
  3. What is your favourite childhood book?
  4. Would you rather be able to play every instrument in the world or speak any language in the world?
  5. Do you have any weird secret talents?

 

MY BEST POSTS:

This is a hard one, but here are a few posts I’m quite proud of:

DIY Walnut lip balm

DIY Notebooks for back to school 2017

DIY Candy Bag Pencil Case

Easy DIY Planner Pinboard
Check them out if you want.😊

 

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

xxx, Yara

DIY String Bracelet

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Hello everybody!

I’m back again and today I’m showing you how you can make this very simple yet very cute bracelet.

It’s just a quick DIY, it’s really easy to make and it’s customizable however you want.

 

What you’ll need:

  • Beads
  • Coloured strings (I used embroidery thread)
  • Beads
  • Felt
  • Clasp
  • Glue
  • Scissors

Of course, you can use other things if you like: think of charms, pretty ropes, whatever you want! Just be creative😊

 

Step 1: Beading

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Take a piece of thread and bead all your beads on it. I had really small beads so I used some fishing thread.

Make sure the piece is long enough to fit around your wrist!

 

Step 2: Braiding

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Take three (or more) colors of your thread and split them into three groups. Make a knot at the top and braid all the way down until it fits around your wrists.

 

Step 3: Felt

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Take your felt and cut off a thin strip of the right size.

 

Step 4: Putting it all together

Take everything you made and sort it into a nice order. I decided to add some loose strings to it to make it a bit nicer.

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Then take your clasp and put one of the ends into one side of the clasp. Add glue to make sure it stays put. Repeat the same on the other side.

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And you’re done!

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I love this DIY so much!All the loose parts are so easy to make yet they look really cute all together.  I really like how this turned out, I like the blue-ish theme.

This is how it looks when you’re wearing it:

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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!

xxx, Yara

 

 

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DIY Candy Bag Pencil Case​

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Hello everybody!

Today I’m showing you how you can make a super cute pencil case.. out of a candy bag! I really like how this turned out and it wasn’t that hard to make. You can choose your favorite candy bag or any packaging that you like.

 

What you’ll need:

  • A candy bag
  • Some cute fabric for the lining
  • A zipper
  • Needle and thread
  • Scissors

 

Step 1: Cutting the bag.

I decided to use this bag of Haribo gummy bears.

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I really liked the golden part at the top so I decided to cut that off, but you can make your pencil case bigger or smaller if you want. The great thing is that many medium-sized candy bags are already the perfect size for a pencil case.

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Step 2: Sewing the bottom.

For this step, start with turning the plastic inside out. Do this really carefully, it tears really easily!

Then take your needle and thread and carefully sew along the bottom. Make sure to keep a margin, as it still tears easily. I used some paperclips to keep the plastic in place.

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Step 3: sewing the lining

Of course, the lining isn’t necessary but I think it makes the pencil case so much cuter and a lot more durable.

To sew the lining start with cutting a piece of fabric that is twice the length of your plastic. I used this really cute fabric I bought in my post Crafting Supplies Haul.

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Fold it over so the right sides face each other and sew along the sides.

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Fold the plastic right side out again and place the lining inside.

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As you can see in the picture I added two pieces of strong paper to make the pencil case a little more sturdy. To do this just cut two pieces that are slightly smaller than the case and place them between the lining and the plastic.

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Step 5: Adding the zipper.

The last step is to add the zipper to the case. To do this, place the zipper inside the lining and hold it in place using a few paperclips.

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Then, carefully sew along the edge, sewing the plastic, the zipper and the lining together all at once.

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Repeat the same for the other side.

 

And that’s it! I think it turned out really cute, I love the gold colour. What do you think?

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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!

xxx, Yara

 

Crafting Supplies Haul

Hello everybody!

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I’m probably not the only one, but I’m pretty much addicted to buying new crafting supplies. I see so many cool things and I just have to buy them. Especially when I’m in a really cheap store and it all costs about nothing, I end up buying a lot of stuff.

So today I’m showing you some of the crafting supplies that I bought.

 

  1. Cute fabrics

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These fabrics are so cute! There are 5 different patterns and I love them all. The fabric is quite thin but it sows easily and the best thing is that all of them together only cost €1,80!

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I especially like the one with the little roses and the dotted one. Which do you like?

 

2. Markers

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The next item is this package of markers that I bought. I love them so much! There are 24 different colours and they’re alcohol-based. They write really nice and they only cost 7 euros! I really like alcohol-based markers as they leave a really solid colour and you can’t see the individual strokes which makes them perfect for colouring big surfaces.

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I really like these markers, the only things I missed were a red and a black marker, but they’re still really cool.

I also love the fact that each marker has both a broad and fine tip, this makes drawing with them really easy.

 

3. Stamps

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The next thing I bought was this cool multi-layered stamp. Normally I don’t really like crafting packages but this one seemed really cool. I haven’t tried it yet but you’re supposed to layer the different colours to create cool feathers. It looks really cool, so I hope it works!

 

4. Scrapbook paper

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I love scrapbook paper so much, I already have loads of it but I always want to have more. And I’m in love with these patterns, they’re so pretty! These are my favourite patterns:

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Which is your favourite?

 

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

Check out my previous haul here: Stationary + Crafting Haul!

xxx, Yara

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How to make DIY Foam Pins!

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Hello everybody!

Lately I’ve been seeing people making DIY pins all across the internet and they look really cool. The only problem is that most of them use shrinking plastic and most people don’t have that at home.

So I came up with this idea on how to make DIY Pins without needing special plastic.

All you need is:

  • thin plastic (from packaging)
  • Mod Podge
  • Printed Images
  • Scissors
  • Crafting foam
  • Safety Pins

Step 1: Printing out the images

Start with printing out some images you’d like to make pins of. You can choose anything you want. I chose for the Hogwarts logo, a pineapple, a cute little bunny and a pretty flower. If you’re good at drawing a great idea would be to draw your own images too.

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Step 2: Cutting the plastic

Cut the plastic into pieces that fit each of the mages. You can use any transparent plastic with a flat surface.

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Step 3: Sticking the plastic to the images

Coat your images in a thin layer of mod podge and stick the plastic to it.

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Tip: leave the images to dry under a heavy object to make sure they won’t curl up.

Step 4: Cutting out the pins.

When the Mod Podge is dry and has turned clear, cut out the pins with your scissors. I chose to leave a little margin around the Hogwarts logo and the bunny to save some cutting work.

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Step 5: Adding the foam

Stick your images to crafting foam of a colour of your choosing. I decided to go with black and white foam. Then cut around the imager. You can choose to leave a margin if you want.

Step 6: Adding the safety pins

I tried to do this with glue but it kept coming loose so I decided to use sellotape to stick one half of the safety pins to the pins. If you have strong glue you can use that too.

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And that’s it! It’s so easy and the cool thing is that you can make a pin of anything you want! Which pin do you think is the coolest? Let me know in the comments!

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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

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DIY Birthday Cards

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Hello everybody!

Is it me or is it true that during this time of the year there are exceptionally many birthdays? For some reason loads of people have their birthday in fall. That’s why I decided to make some cool birthday cards.

These cards are really easy to make and much more personal than a store-bought card.

 

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  • Strong paper (cardstock)
  • Four colours of coloured paper
  • Marker
  • Scissors
  • Hole Punch
  • Glue

 

 

I decided to use four pastel-coloured papers for these cards in pink, light blue, light orange and light green. I think they look really cool together. I used 1/4 of an A4 cardstock paper for each card.

 

The first card: Confetti card

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Step one: Writing the letters

To make this card, start with sketching out the letters and filling them in with a black marker. I decided to use round capital letters spelling ‘Happy Birthday!’

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Step 2: Making the confetti

Then, cut small pieces from all your coloured paper. Stack these onto each other and punch holes in them with the hole puncher. Make sure to keep all the punched out holes, these are going to be your confetti.

 

 

Step 3: Sticking the confetti to the card.

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Then, stick all the confetti to the card. I decided to stick a lot to the sides and just a few near the middle for an ombre-ish effect.

 

Step 4: Adding a coloured border.

This step is optional, but I decided to add a coloured border by sticking the card onto a slightly bigger piece of pink paper.

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The second card: Little Flags

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This card is really easy to make, but still so cute!

 

Step 1: Drawing the lines

Start with drawing two (or however many you want) lines on the card with a black pen.

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Step 2: Cutting the flags.

First, draw two lines on the coloured paper, two centimetres apart. By drawing crossed lines between them you get a pattern of triangles:

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Cut these out and you’ll have a bunch of coloured flags.

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Step 3: sticking the flags to your card

Stick the flags right under the black lines. You can choose to do this in a pattern if you want.

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Step 4: Adding a coloured border

The last step again is to add a coloured border around your card. I chose for a light blue border.

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Card 3: Beehive pattern

This last card doesn’t really have a lot to do with birthdays but it does look really cute, don’t you think? And of course, you can still use it as a birthday card!

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Step 1: cutting the hexagons

For this step, I decided to print out a little hexagon template and trace it onto the different coloured papers. You can also draw them by hand if you prefer that. Then I cut them out using my scissors. I ended up needing about four of each colour.

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Step 2: Sticking the hexagons to the card.

Stick the hexagons to the card in a beehive pattern, leaving a little gap between each of them. At the edges, I used parts of the pink and blue hexagons and cut off the excess.

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Step 3: adding a border

Again, adding a border is optional. I decided to add an light orange border.

 

That’s it! Here are all the cards together:

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I think they look so cute as a set and they were so easy to make!

Which one do you think is the prettiest? 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!

xxx, Yara

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Cute DIY Box

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Hello everybody! This week I’m showing you guys how to make this adorable little DIY box. It’s so cute to store little things and it’s pretty easy to make.

 

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  • Thick cardboard
  • Thin cardboard
  • Two patterns of scrapbook paper
  • Masking tape
  • Glue
  • Stanley knife + cutting mat
  • Button + Ribbon

 

Step 1: Cutting out the base

Start with drawing the outlines of the base onto your thick cardboard. I chose to make my box 11 x 6,5 centimetres. I also decided to give it rounded edges for an extra cute look.

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Then, use a Stanley knife and a cutting board to cut out the base.

 

 

Step 2: Decorating the base

Trace the base onto the scrapbook paper and cut it out. Stick the paper to the base, this will be on the inside of the box.

 

Step 3: Making the sides of the box

Start with cutting out a strip of thin cardboard with the width of the height of your box. I chose to make my box 2,5 centimetres tall. Then cover the strip with scrapbook paper.

 

Lay the strip beside your base and use masking tape to stick them together at the back.

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Hold the strip upright and fold it around the base, making sure to stick it down firmly with tape.

My strip wasn’t long enough to o all the way around so I cut another piece and stuck them to each other. This is how it should look:

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Step 3: Making the lid

Turn the box upside down and trace it onto the thick cardboard. This will make sure the lid fits onto the box. Cut it out using your Stanley knife.

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Lay the lid on top of the box and use masking tape to tape one edge to the outside of the box.

I also added a little piece of tape on the inside for extra strength.

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Step 4: Covering it up

Start with tracing the lid onto some scrapbook paper and covering both the inside and outside. I decided to use different paper for the outside for a cool look.

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Then I cut a long strip of the other scrapbook paper to cover up the outside of the box.

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I used paperclips to keep the strip in place while I stuck it down.

 

Step 5: Making the button clasp

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This step is optional, but I think it makes the box a lot cuter. For this step, you’ll need a button and a piece of ribbon. I decided to use an orange button to fit with my scrapbook paper.

Use a small square of thick cardboard to make the button higher so you can easily slip the ribbon around.

Start with sticking the cardboard to the lid and stick the button on top.

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Then put the ribbon around it and stick it to the bottom of the box with tape.

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And you’re done! I think this little box looks soo cute! It would also work great as a gift box for small gifts.

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I use it to store these small wooden letters.

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Do you like how this looks? What would you use it for?

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 week!

xxx, Yara

 

DIY Marbled Calendar​

 

 

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Hello everyone! I’m really sorry for not posting in soo long… I’ve been really busy.

But today I’m back and I’m showing you how to make a DIY Marbled calendar. I just recently found out about DIY marbling and I think it’s so cool! It looks amazing and is really fun to do too.

So what will you need to make this?

  • Strong paper (normal paper will tear when you scrape off the shaving cream)
  • 3 small nails
  • A pinboard/ a piece of wood
  • A baking tray
  • Shaving cream
  • Watercolour paint
  • Printer
  • Some kind of stick
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Black Marker

 

Step 1: Printing out the template

I made a template for you showing the 25 cards to make.

Click here to download it: Template

Print it onto a piece of strong paper. This will make cutting out the cards a lot easier later.

 

Step 2: Preparing the baking tray.

For the marbling you will need a small baking tray.

 

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Fill this with a layer of shaving cream. You don’t have to fill up the whole tray, about half of it will be enough.

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Then, add the colouring. I did this by filling a painting tray with a small layer of water and adding a lot of watercolour to it. I chose for the colour blue, but you can use any colour you want.

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Then use some kind of stick to swirl the paint around and mix in the colour a bit.

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Step 3: The marbling

Cut your template into a few smaller pieces and press these into the shaving cream with the template facing up.

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Carefully remove the template and lay it on a flat surface. Then use a ruler to scrape off the shaving cream. You’ll be left with a beautiful marbled pattern. Doesn’t it look amazing?

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Step 4: Letting the paper dry.

Let the paper dry for about 15 minutes. My paper curled up a bit so you might want to flatten them by laying them underneath a pile of books.

 

Step 5: Cutting the cards

Using the template as a guideline use scissors to cut out all the cards.

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Step 6: Writing on the months and numbers

Use a black marker to write all the months, the numbers 1-9 and the numbers 0-2 onto the cards. You won’t need an extra 3 as it can never be the 33rd.

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Step 7: Creating the calendar.

Create the calendar by either hitting three nails into a piece of wood or pushing them into a pinboard. You could use wood to make a stand on your desk or to hang it on the wall.

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Add the cards with the months on them to the first nail, the card with 0-2 to the second and the cards with 1-9 on the third. This way you’ll be able to make every date.

 

I decided to add this little calendar to my planner pinboard I made in this post: Easy DIY Planner Pinboard.

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I thought it fit pretty well with the style of my board. The only thing I needed to do was add a few little nails! That’s what I love about pinboards. You can change them up so easily and customize them into whatever you want.

 

Well, that was it for today! I had a lot of fun doing this project. Marbling is so cool to do and it’s fun to experiment with using different colours and techniques.

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

 

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

Stationary + Crafting Haul

Hello everybody!

Today I'm doing a mini haul on all the stuff I bought on my vacation.

I know this is not what I normally do but as I'm on a vacation I couldn't do a DIY and I still wanted to post someyhing for you guys. I did a lot of shopping so I'm showing you some of the stationary and crafting supplies I bought.

I'm in Malaysia at the moment and everything here is vert cheap.
I went to a dollar store where everything cost 6 ringgit, which is about €1,20 or USD €1,40.

A few items I bought there:

Item 1:

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These cute pastel strings. 12 of them for only 6 ringgit! They are meant for embroidery but there are loads of other ways to use them.

Item 2:

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This is just a plain notebook but it was still really cheap. I think I’m going to decorate it and use it as a scrapbook. I think it’d be perfect for that.

Item 3:

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This was by far the best buy. A piece of felt of 60×70 centimeters for only €1,20?! It’s so cheap and I love the colour! I’m sure I’ll be doing a DIY with this in a few weeks, so you can look out for that.

Item 4:

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This pencil case wasn’t from the dollar store but I still think it’s so cute and it was also just 6 ringgit. I love the colours, the pattern, everything about it and it’s pretty strong fabric so that’s good too.

Item 5:

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These are Sharpies I bought at the local Tesco. I can’t remenber the exact price but it was about 15 ringgit which is so cheap for Sharpies. I love the colours too.

Item 6:

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The last item I want to show you isn’t from Malaysia but I thought these stamps were so cute and I just had to show them.

This is how they look opened:

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These are so cute for scrapbooking or planning and I’m definitely going to use them a lot.

Well, that was my small haul and I hope you liked it. Next week I’ll be posting DIY’s again as usual.

I you enjoyed this post, please like, conment and/or share and follow my blog to see new posts every week.

Thank you for reading & see ya next week!
Xxx, Yara

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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

Reflecting on half a year of blogging + ANNOUNCEMENT

Hello everybody!

I can’t believe it’s been half a year since I started this blog. It’s been such an awesome experience!

I had been wanting to start blogging for a while and the new year was just a great opportunity to start. Sometimes I considered stopping, but I’m really happy I didn’t do that😊

It all started with this post about a necklace I made on the 6th of January:

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DIY Necklace from shells

Reading it back the post wasn’t really good. The tutorial isn’t easy to follow, the images are weird sizes and I didn’t different fonts or anything. Well, at least I’ve progressed.😂

I’ve made 21 posts until now, most of which I’m proud of (most…).

 

I decided to list a few of them which I like the most here. If you haven’t seen them yet, I think you should definitely check them out.

  1. DIY cute button earrings

I think they’re just really cute and they’re incredibly easy to make.

 

2. DIY Walnut lip balm

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I’m really proud of this as it was my original idea and I really like how it turned out. 🙂

 

3. 3 DIY Summer Bracelets

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I think these look so cute for the summer and I still wear them sometimes!

 

4. DIY Wall decor

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I just think these are so cute on my wall. They’re just so a colourful and bright and look really cool together.

 

5. DIY Pendant Necklace

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What I love about this necklace is that it’s so customisable and you can use any image you like.

 

6. DIY easy foam pouch

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Because it’s so easy, yet so cute.

 

So yeah, those are some of my favourite posts, so check them out if you like 😊

I’ve enjoyed blogging so much the past half year and I will definitely keep doing this. 🙂 I want to thank everyone who has supported me, it really means a lot to me❤️

 

Now, for the announcement…..

To celebrate this half year anniversary I decided that starting on the first of August on I’ll be posting twice a week!

Don’t worry, I will still have my regular DIY on Sunday but every Wednesday I’ll be posting something else… this could be anything, and I already have loads of ideas. Think of art journalling, maybe drawings, tip’s and hacks, that sort of things. I’ll be doing this for at least a month, and if I like it I’ll maybe keep doing it longer. 🙂

Why start in August you think? Well, that’s because I’m going on a holiday on the 16th of July and I won’t be back until the 30th. In that time I will try to post once a week, but I definitely won’t be able to post twice a week, so I decided to start with that once I come back.

I’m really excited for this, and I’m interested what kind of effect it will have on my views etcetera. Well, that’s all I have to say! I hope you will like my additional Wednesday posts.

Thank you for reading!

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