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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Crescent Moon Necklace DIY

Crescent Moon Necklace DIY

Use beads and wire to make this Crescent Moon Necklace!

I have a bit of a thing about symbols and signs; those images that seem universal, that we keep coming back to time and time again. The crescent moon is one of them that seems to be having something of a moment right now! You can use any type and colour of wire and whatever selection of beads you like. This project uses a wrapped wire loop, if you would like a reminder of how to make one, click over here first! 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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