7 Tips for starting bloggers

 

Hello everybody, this is not the sort of post I usually do but today I wanted to share these tips for starting bloggers. I’ve been bogging for almost a year now and I gained quite some experience. These are things I wish I would have known when I started and I hope I can help some people.

1.List of Ideas

A really great tip is to have some sort of journal to write your blogging ideas in. When I started blogging I’d often have great ideas but I’d forget them before I could make a post. So whenever you have an idea, write it down and if you haven’t got any inspiration for a new post you can just look in the journal and get loads of new ideas!

2. Tags

Tags exist. Yeah I didn’t realise that for my first 3 or 4 months of blogging. And I wondered why nobody was reading my posts… Tags allow people to find your posts, so add a few appropiate tags to each post. Don’t add more than 15 tas though, because that decreases your chance of appearing in somebody’s Discover Page.

3. Tags and Awards

This is a different kind of tag. Participating in tags and awards is just a lot of fun and by nominating others you will get nominated yourself more and more and you can build up friends in the blogging community, which is really important if you’re just starting out. At the beginning, nobody might nominate you but you can always ask to be nominated and a lot of bloggers also say: ‘I nominate anybody who wants to do it’, so you can just take that as an opportunity to do the tag/award.

4. Back-up posts

If you want to stay on a blogging schedule or goal (for example. I want to post 2 posts a week) having 1 or 2 back-up posts is really convenient. Sometimes you will find yourself simply not having enough time to write a post and you can just post one of your back-ups and stay on schedule

5. E-mail

Create a special e-mail address for your blog (mine is littlediyproject@gmail.com) and put in on your About page. If people want to ask me something, do a collab or just want to chat about something blog-relaed they can always just email me!

6. Don’t only post

A big mistake I made when I just started is that I just only posted and expected people to visit my blog out of nothing. That’s not how it works. As I said before, being a part of the community is really important. So find similar blogs you like, read their posts, comment nice things, follow other blogs and you’ll see that a lot more people will start visiting your blog too.

7.Choose the right theme

This again is very important. When I started I had a theme where only my newest post was actually visible and easy-to-visit. This resulted in people only seeing and visiting my newest posts. Now I have a theme where on my homepage a dozen of posts are shown and people can find and visit my different posts really easily, which really increased my views a lot.

I really hope these tips are helpful. The reason I’m sharing them now is that I decided to stop blogging for a while. Blogging was always a hobby for me but the last month(s) have been really busy and I started to feel really pressured to make nice posts every week so I decided to take a break until I get more time. I’m not sure for how long this will be, but I hope you’ll understand. ❤️

xxx, Yara

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DIY Menu Planner

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Hello everybody!

I’m back, and this week I’m showing you how to make this DIY Menu Planner. It’s really easy to make and you’ll probably already have most of what you need at home.

 

What you’ll need:

  • Piece of cardboard
  • Coloured Paper
  • Clothespins
  • Plastic cup/bottle of some sort
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Tape

 

Step 1: The cardboard

Cut a piece of cardboard to the size of your liking. Mine was 18x 29 centimetres but you can make it bigger or smaller if you want. Then take some coloured paper and wrap the cardboard with it. Use tape to secure the paper to the cardboard.

 

 

Step 2: Adding the clothespins

I got pins with the days of the week on the back from a craft store, but of course, you can just use regular pins and write/stamp the days on them. Align the pins in a row on the left side of the paper, making sure there are equal spaces between them.

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Step 3: Adding the cup

For this step, take any kind of small plastic cup. You could also use a plastic bottle and cut off the top half. Then cut the trough the cup horizontally with a pair of scissors. Be careful though, you don’t want to hurt yourself.

 

After you’ve done that use some glue to stick the half cup to the right bottom of the planner

 

Step 4: Making the dish cards

For this step, you’ll need some coloured paper. I used memo cards because they were already the same length but normal paper will do just fine. Then, cut the paper into little streaks of the same lenght.

 

 

The next step is to write the names of the dishes onto the papers. I decided to categorize them into five categories: Asian, Italian, Soups, Other and Easy.

When writing make sure to keep to the right side of the paper or you won’t be able to see it! ( I might have written over 10 papers before I realised this…)

 

Step 5: Putting everything together.

Put the papers with the dishes you want to make in the clothespins and the rest in the cup.

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As a finishing touch, I printed out the word Menu and stuck it in the right top.

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I hope you like it! It’s so easy to make yet really useful. You can easily make a new menu every week and if you colour-code it you can make sure you get enough variety. Plus I think it looks pretty cute! What do you think?

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 Felt keychains

 

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Hello everybody!

This week I’m showing you how to make these super easy DIY felt keychains. They are really easy to make, completely customizable and so soft!

 

What you’ll need:

  • Felt
  • Needle and thread
  • Jewellery rings
  • Keyrings
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Stuffing

 

The first design

Step 1: Drawing the design

The first step is to draw your design onto the felt. I decided to make an Y, the first letter of my name. If you make a letter, make sure to draw it a bit broader than you want your final design to be. Make sure you can fold the felt over.

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Step 2: Sewing

Sew along the lines of the design, making sure to keep a little gap. Then cut off the excess felt.

 

Step 4: Sewing again

This is optional, but after you’ve folded it inside out sew along the sides again, this is to give it a nice look. Still make sure to leave a gap!

 

Step 5: Stuffing

To stuff your keyring, use stuffing, cotton or excess pieces of wool/fabric. You can choose to stuff it a lot or keep it a bit flat. After you’ve stuffed don’t forget to sew the hole closed.

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Step 6: Adding the keyring

Use a big needle to poke a hole in the fabric and insert a jewellery ring. Then you can attach the keyring to the jewellery ring.

 

And that’s it for the first design!

 

Second design

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For the second design I made this little flower. I started with cutting two of the main pieces and sewing them together. After stuffing Iadded two little petals in the hole I left open and sewed them in place. Then I used glue to stick the other two pieces to that. I attached the keyring using the same method as above and that was it!

I really like how this turned out! 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

 

 

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

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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First week of Art Dump journaling

Hello everybody!

I hope you’re doing good^^

This week I decided to start a new project: an Art Dump Journal.

It’s a journal you keep and the idea is that you do something in it every day. It can be anything, from drawing to painting to stamping to sticking, anything you like!

And the best thing is: it doesn’t have to be pretty. It can be really ugly, no problem! As long as you do something in it every day.

Sometimes it might just take a few minutes, sometimes you might want to spend longer on it.

It’s just a way to let out some creativity and relax, without having to worry about it being ‘pretty’.

 

So here is what I’ve done so far this week:

 

Day 1:

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I started off simple by just using watercolours to paint coloured horizontal and vertical stripes. It was nice to see how the different colours blend.

 

Day 2:

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The second day I drew a random pattern with a pencil and used alcohol-based markers to colour it in. It was really fun to do and the end result is really nice and colourful.

 

Day 3:

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The third day I used acrylic paint and put some dots on the top of the page. Then I used a ruler to smudge them out, leaving this cool pattern. This took me literally a minute to make, but it turned out quite cool.😂

 

Day 4:

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On day 4 I used watercolours to just paint horizontal stripes. It’s really simple but it was fun to do.

 

Day 5:

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Day 5 was really simple again, I just took my markers and coloured in some squares with the different colours. I accidentally made a mistake with the dark green colour, but that’s the fun thing about art dump journaling; making mistakes is fine!

 

Day 6:

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This last day I used coloured pencils to make this kind of gradient of colours.

 

I’m not an expert at all these things, and it isn’t always pretty but it doesn’t have to be, as long as you have fun doing it!

Art dump journaling is a great way to relax and have some fun and you can become more familiar with using different methods and supplies.

I’m definitely going to try to keep doing this every day, and I might give you monthly updates with some of the best pages.

I definitely encourage you to try this out, as it’s a lot of fun and only takes a few minutes a day.

 

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

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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One Lovely Blog Award

Hello everybody!

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I was nominated for this award by the amazing JD from Studious Creatives. Thank you so much!

The Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and link their blog
  2. Share 7 things about yourself
  3. Nominate others (up to 15)
  4. Include this set of rules
  5. Inform your nominees

Seven Things About Me:

  1. I really like writing short stories and I have a diary in which I try to write every day.  ( I try, but I often forget…)
  2. I have a cat, his name is Mickey. He’s really cute, but he is a bit dumb and he doesn’t really listen. I still love him though.
  3. My favorite color at the moment is light blue, but it changes really often. I just like a lot of colors!
  4. I LOVE chocolate. But I mean, who doesn’t? Maybe some people who are allergic to chocolate. I feel sorry for the people that are allergic to chocolate..
  5. I’m a vegetarian and I don’t eat meat. I do eat fish occasionally, but not really often. I do it for the environment and because I value animals’ lives above my own appetite.
  6. I like being out in nature and walking through the woods, nature is really calming to me which is nice.
  7. I play the piano. I’m not extremely good, but I really enjoy it. 🙂

 

My Nominees:

I’m really bad at nominating people, but here are a few:

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Chachel

Elsie LMC

Doni W

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(I linked to one of their posts so they would get notificated)

Please check them out, they’re all really cool!

Of course you don’t have to do the award, only do it if you want to!

 

That’s was the One Lovely Blog award!

See ya on Sunday!

xxx, Yara

 

 

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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I present to you: Ecosia

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Hello everybody!

This post is something different than usual, but I just wanted to share this with you.

It isn’t like Ecosia sponsored me or anything, I just love what they do so much and I think everybody should know about it.

Trees are really important for our planet, they provide oxygen and forests are the home to many animals.

Sadly, 48 football fields of forest are lost every minute. If we go on like this, in a few decennia there won’t be any forest left.

How can we save the world? Well, the simplest solution is planting trees. And that’s exactly what Ecosia does. 

Ecosia is a search browser and like most browsers, they earn money by advertisement. the only difference is that Ecosia spends at least 80% of their profits on planting trees.

I only found out about this a few days ago and I was amazed.

They have already planted over 10 million trees and they plant a new tree every 1.7 seconds.

Their goal is to reach 1 billion trees by 2020 and I really hope they will make it.

I love what they do so much and the search engine is really aesthetically pleasing too.

So please, everyone reading this, I ask you to share this and set Ecosia as your default browser. It works just as good as any other browser, it’s completely free and you can save the world in the process. 

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This post was a bit different than my usual posts, but I hope you liked it. Ecosia didn’t sponsor me for this, I just think this is such a good way to save the environment and I want as many people as possible to know.

So what do you think? Do you want me to make posts about websites or companies I like more often? Maybe start an ‘I present to you’- series? Let me know in the comments!

See ya on Sunday!

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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100 followers!

Hello everybody!!! I’m so excited! Yesterday we officially reached 100 followers on this blog! My first milestone!

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I want to thank you all so much for supporting me, I (obviously) couldn’t have reached this without you!

I started this blog in January and since then I have gained a great love for blogging. I hope that one day I’ll be able to make much more people happy with posts.

My new goal is in to have 1000 followers in one year from now, so on 6 September 2018,  I have no idea if it’s realistic, but I’m at least going to try. 🙂

I will keep posting at least once a week and maybe more.

I’m so happy, thank you all so much!!!

xxx, Yara

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