Painted Edge Notepad DIY

Painted Edge Notepad DIY

You can never have enough notepads. Even now we have smart phones, iPads and Google home at the ready, sometimes you just need good old fashioned notepad and pen.  This fun and simple notepad DIY project is so simple and can be made in whatever colours you fancy!

I’m using paint pens and markers here rather than normal paint from a tube for a couple of reasons. One; for the paint doesn’t bleed into the pages, creating a neater finish and two; it’s easier than mixing paint and water to the right ‘flicking’ consistency!

I’m also slightly obsessed with the pastel colour Bic Cristal Fun pens at the moment, and I *may* have chosen the green paint to match the green pen. Ahem. (Not an ad, I just love them!)

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Gold Foil Cushion DIY

Make this luxe gold foil DIY cushion to brighten up your sofa! Its a lot easier to get this high-end look than you might think!

Gold Foil Cushion DIY Tutorial

If you are really clever, you could make your own cushion cover. I’m not that handy with a sewing machine, so I popped down to H&M homeware department.  I wanted my cushion to have plenty of texture, so I chose a woven,  100% cotton one. I’m going for a painterly brushstroke look with my design, but you could easily have more of a pattern, say spots or chevrons, just by changing how and where you apply the fabric glue. Read more

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Safety Pin and Pearl Jewellery

Delicate jewellery set made from Swarovski pearls and safety pins. Super simple to make!

Safety Pin and Pearl Jewellery DIY Tutorial

I had noticed designers like Vivienne Westwood, Marc Jacobs and Tom Binns using safety pins fashioned from precious metals in their pieces and the idea to create a simple DIY version popped up in my head. Pearls also seemed to be a recurring trend with designers so why not combine the two!

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Paint Drip Mug

Paint Drip Mug DIY

Transform a plain mug with ceramic paint. Dishwasher safe! No special artistic skills required for this Paint Drip Mug DIY Tutorial.

I first made a variation of this design a few years ago as a present for my Dad. When I was home for Christmas, I saw him using it and it still looks as good as new! I obviously get my love of metallics from my Dad. Read more

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Tutorial – Gilded Glass Dish

Upcycle a cut glass trinket dish with gold pen and white spray paint, perfect for keeping everything from your keys and jewellery!

Painted Gilded Glass Dish

I was getting fed up of just throwing my keys on the side when I came in the door and decided I needed to create something! Having seen some DIY’s involving painting glass vases, I had been wondering what I could find in my local charity shops that I could upcycle and found this lovely (if slightly chipped) cut dish. I am not sure what its original purpose was, but I am fairly sure my Nana had something similar with potpourri in! Read more

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What is Gold Fill Jewellery?

What is the difference between Gold Plated, Gold Filled and Gold Vermeil Jewellery?

Lets face it, gold is lovely but expensive. In looking for alternatives, you have probably noticed these terms cropping up more frequently over the last few years. But what do they actually mean?

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Tutorial – Geometric Mouse Mat DIY

My old mouse mat have seen better days. The edges were frayed, the colour faded and it was a plain boring mat to begin with. So I decided to make my own! Be the envy of your house guests and no one will ever suspect that this geometric mouse mat was so easy and cheap to create!

DIY Geometric Mouse Mat Tutorial

 

You will need;
– A plain, single colour mouse mat with a fabric top
-Metallic paint marker/fabric pen
-Soft pencil
-Scissors
-Ruler
-A4 piece of paper

DIY Geometric Mouse Mat Tutorial

1. Cut your piece of paper to the size of your mouse mat. Sketch out the shape you want the mat to be on the paper- this can be a regular shape or an irregular one like mine! Cut the paper to size and trace around the paper onto the mat with a soft pencil and cut out.

DIY Geometric Mouse Mat TutorialDIY Geometric Mouse Mat Tutorial

2. Looking much better than the original mouse mat already! Now we are going to add the lines. Essentially these are going to make it look like a cut, or faceted gemstone. Again these can match the outline or be slightly more irregular.

DIY Geometric Mouse Mat Tutorial

4. Now you just need to go over the pencil with the marker pen (I’m using a Uni Paint marker in gold). I found I needed to go over the lines a second time to get the lines as bold as I wanted.

DIY Geometric Mouse Mat Tutorial

5. And thats it! Enjoy 🙂

Black and Gold Geometric Mouse Mat DIY Tutorial

 

DIY Geometric Mouse Mat Tutorial

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