Marbled Earring DIY

Marbled Earring DIY

Use plain copper charms and old nail varnish to make this marbled earring DIY. A perfect summer jewellery project!

Jewellery blanks like these copper teardrops have so many possibilities! You can paint them, hammer them, draw on them with Sharpies, glue diamantes on them, use resin or low melt enamels on them. Endless options! Please tell me that I’m not the only one to have lots of old nail varnish laying around. And why I bought green I have no idea!  Read more

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Wood and Brass Jewellery Holder DIY

Wood and Brass Jewellery Holder DIY

One day I looked at my dressing table, and realised as a jewellery maker, it was sightly ironic that I hadn’t got a decent jewellery storage solution. I had a single jewellery box whose contents had become so tangled over time, that I just never used it! This meant my table was covered in necklaces and bracelets. Sounding familiar? Yeah. Taking inspiration from some jewellery tree stands that I had seen at places like Oliver Bonas and Anthropologie, I came up with this Wood and Brass Jewellery Holder DIY tutorial! Read more

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Needle Felt Cactus

Needle Felt Cactus

If, like me,  you struggle to successfully grow house plants, how about making a needle felt cactus? I have given up trying to grow houseplants; the cats chew any bits they can get hold of, my house doesn’t get enough light and I am crap at remembering to water them. So, I’m concentrating on making artificial versions instead!

Never needle felted before?  Pop on over to my Basic Needle Felting Tutorial first! Read more

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Upcycled Key Keyring

Upcycled Key Keyring

Upcycled vintage keys turn into contemporary keyrings with a quick lick of paint.  You could have a different coloured one for each member of the family to identify their keys!

I inherited a bunch of vintage keys from my Pa (my Grandpa; I couldn’t get the ‘Gr’ sound right as a child!). Heavens knows why he still had them, or where they all came from, but he did, I have kept them for years just waiting for an idea to use them. As usual, it came from Pinterest, where someone had painted old keys and framed them. I loved the look of the painted keys, but I didn’t really want to frame them and I really liked the look of a whole bunch of them. So why not add them to my actual keys as a keyring?! Read more

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Faux Marquetry Wood Bookmark

Faux Marquetry Wood Bookmark

Create a wood bookmark with this faux marquetry effect in a geometric design!

When the weather is cold and rainy, there is nothing better than curling up on the sofa under a blanket, with a cup of tea and a good book. But I have to make a confession; I’m a page folder. Yep, at some point in my life stopped using proper bookmarks (possibly after losing one too many) and began to fold over the corner of the page. After a couple of friends recoiled in horror at learning this, I started looking for DIY bookmark ideas. This search somehow merged with looking at marquetry, the technique of using wood veneer inlaid to create patterns. There are some amazing designers making contemporary marquetry, check out my Pinterest board!

I’m using adhesive backed thin wood veneer sheets, yep, real wood! The wood seems to grip the book pages, so the bookmark doesn’t fall out. If you can’t get hold of these wood sheets, you can just use printed wood effect papers from the craft shop. Read more

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Spiral Wire and Bead Necklace

Spiral Wire and Bead Necklace

This spiral wire and bead necklace, uses only a few beads, a short length of wire and is a great beginner project!

This DIY is perfect if you struggle with choosing what beads to use in projects. I’m using Czech glass fire-polished beads from a mix – mixes are brilliant if you find it tricky putting colours and shapes of beads together, as they give you a variety of beads that all go together. The beads I used came from a Czech glass mix called ‘bohemian’ and are all faceted rounds with a metallic coating. This variation on a theme, makes jewellery look more considered and creative, without you really having to try! All I had to do was make sure the beads graduated in size and no beads of the same colour were next to each other. Odd numbers of beads also look best, so 3, 5, 7 and 9 are good! Read more

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Beaded Christmas Wreath

Beaded Christmas Wreath

Use chunky, natural wood beads to make a unique Beaded Christmas Wreath! This DIY up-scales the simple bead weaving technique of right angle weave to make a stylish festive decoration.

Those of you who have been reading this blog for awhile may have noticed that I love the technique of right angle weave. It features a lot in my projects, and they usually have one thing common; the beads are much larger than the tiny seed beads most RAW patterns use. But this time, I have truly excelled myself, as the beads in this festive DIY are a whopping 25mm and 15mm in diameter! This makes a wreath that is approx 21cm or 8¼ inches in diameter. Read more

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