TANGELED THREADS

Love threads. This is an easy one, which impresses without being too much work actually. You’ll need:

  • a cork plate
  • nails (choose pretty ones)
  • thread (any colour you like)
  • hammer
  1. Choose a shape, you’d like to create. Hammer the nails into the cork plate. All in the same distance to each other.
  2. Tie the thread around the first nail and pull the thread over to the next nail. Go around each nail head, back and forth, as many times as you like. If you like thicker “lines” you’ll have to go over the same two nails more often.
  3. Once you finished it – you can tie another knot. Make sure it’s tight, otherwise all work was for nothing.

That’s it. Piece is done and looks nice.

I hope you liked it.

xx

INDUSTRIAL VINTAGE SHELF

Hello there,

I moved back from London with no furniture at all. After buying a new bed, washing machine, closet, sofa bed, dining table and and and…I was broke. But you always want your flat to look nicer and make it more comfortable, right? During some window shopping I saw this amazing piece of furniture. It was an industrial look shelf, which did cost a fortune. I started looking online, but all shelves were 300-500 Euro. Even if I had the money, I wouldn’t want to spend it on one piece only. So I did some research and found this ugly looking shelf – it’s a heavy weight cellar shelf with just the right frame to work with. I’ll show you how to tranform it into something quite nice.

Things you’ll need:

  • cellar shelf with a metal frame
  • shelves (real wood)
  • spray paint – black
  • metal brush
  • wood paint (quite dark, I used “chestnut”)

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First thing you do is to measure the original chipboards. As soon as you have the measurements go to the next DIY store and find cheap wood boards. Ideally it’s wood with a nice structure – mine were spruce wood. Find someone, who’s got a saw or do get it cut down in the DIY store. Usually they do it for a small fee. Go home and check if the boards fit into the frame. This is how it looks like once you replaced the cheap chipboard with real wood. Already a lot better, right?

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Now you have to remove the shelves again. Take the frame somewhere outside with the spray paint and don’t forget the metal brush. Use some newspaper to cover the ground. Start spray paint the frame. Try to do a thin uneven layer. As soon as you’ve covered most of the frame in black, get the metal brush and wipe it softly over the paint. It’ll create a scratched surface. Let it all dry, turn the frame around and do the rest. Same procedure. Once the frame is all done you can start to work on the wood. Paint the wood from all sides. Let it dry and put it all together.

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This is it. A unique piece of furniture, which did cost less then 80 Euro and looks just as nice as the ones in the designer store.

Let me know, if you have any questions. Like, share and comment πŸ™‚ Thank youuuuu!!!

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MATCHING GIFT SET

Let’s say you’ve got lots of nice little presents instead of one big expensive one. Wrapping them all in a similar style will make them look pretty, thoughtful and fun to open…

There are different ways to make them “match”. Easiest way is to focus on two-three patterns/colours and use them on each gift a little different.

  1. Same paper, same ribbon, same accessories. 

2. Same Ribbon, same paper but different colours, matching washi tape.

3. Same base of paper, different patterns, same ribbons.

MONEY GIFT – LETTER

Hello there,

well it’s so easy, I will just copy this text for every version of money folding….This is what you’ll need:

  • MONEY πŸ™‚ ideally lots of small notes and a few bigger ones..
  • a nice frame
  • a piece of paper as a template
  • paperclips
  • background paper /card board
  1. Cut out a template of whatever shape you’d like to create. I used a heart, letter or a greek god (eros πŸ™‚
  2. Start folding the money. Just fold it in any shape you like, always staying within the borders of your template. If you fold it back and forth, you can keep nice patters or show the numbers on the note.
  3. Fix the folded note using the paperclip.
  4. Leave your template on the background paper.
  5. Once you’ve filled up your template with money – the tricky part starts. You will have to place it on the glass of your frame without destroying the shape. I always place the glass onto the money and then flip it around. Now the money faces the glass and you can see your template. Gently remove the paperclips.
  6. Close the frame and wish yourself luck πŸ™‚

Hope you liked it πŸ™‚

 

MONEY GIFT – HEART

Hello there,

well it’s so easy, I will just copy this text for every version of money folding….This is what you’ll need:

  • MONEY πŸ™‚ ideally lots of small notes and a few bigger ones..
  • a nice frame
  • a piece of paper as a template
  • paperclips
  • background paper /card board
  1. Cut out a template of whatever shape you’d like to create. I used a heart, letter or a greek god (eros πŸ™‚
  2. Start folding the money. Just fold it in any shape you like, always staying within the borders of your template. If you fold it back and forth, you can keep nice patters or show the numbers on the note.
  3. Fix the folded note using the paperclip.
  4. Leave your template on the background paper.
  5. Once you’ve filled up your template with money – the tricky part starts. You will have to place it on the glass of your frame without destroying the shape. I always place the glass onto the money and then flip it around. Now the money faces the glass and you can see your template. Gently remove the paperclips.
  6. Close the frame and wish yourself luck πŸ™‚

Hope you liked it πŸ™‚

MONEY GIFT – EROS

Hello there,

well it’s so easy, I will just copy this text for every version of money folding….This is what you’ll need:

  • MONEY πŸ™‚ ideally lots of small notes and a few bigger ones..
  • a nice frame
  • ribbon
  • a piece of paper as a template
  • paperclips
  • background paper /card board
  1. Cut out a template of whatever shape you’d like to create. I used a heart, letter or a greek god (eros πŸ™‚
  2. Start folding the money. Just fold it in any shape you like, always staying within the borders of your template. If you fold it back and forth, you can keep nice patters or show the numbers on the note.
  3. Fix the folded note using the paperclip.
  4. Leave your template on the background paper.
  5. Once you’ve filled up your template with money – the tricky part starts. You will have to place it on the glass of your frame without destroying the shape. I always place the glass onto the money and then flip it around. Now the money faces the glass and you can see your template. Gently remove the paperclips.
  6. Close the frame and wish yourself luck πŸ™‚
  7. Then tie a nice ribbon around it and doneeee!

Hope you liked it πŸ™‚

 

BABY SHOWER

Hello there,

all my friends are getting pregnant at the moment. That means one baby shower after another and all sorts of gifts needed. I did see these diaper cakes and ready made baby shower gifts, but since my friend didn’t want to know the gender none of them was appropriate (because they are either pink or blue)…so I made one myself using gender neutral colors. (One a side note: I don’t believe in something like gender-neutral colors and every boy and girl should be able to wear pink or blue, if they like it…but somehow when you look at baby clothes it’s all very classic and old-fashioned).

This is what you need:

  • diapers (usually size 1 for a newborn – I bought: Pampers)
  • ribbon
  • card board (green & yellow)
  • balloon, lampion (you can find them on Amazon or Ikea)
  • glue
  • 4 wooden sticks
  1. Roll up three diapers, put a ribbon around them and knot them together. Repeat πŸ™‚

2. Cut out a long rectangle out of your card board (mine was yellow and green). Make sure it’s a little higher than the diapers, because this will be your little basket. Create a ring and fill it with diapers. then tie a ribbon around it. After that you place diapers around the card board (outer ring) and tie one or two ribbons around to fix it.

3. Cut out a funnel, where you place the balloon in. And glue it together with the 4 wooden sticks. Then stick them into the rolled up diapers. You can also place the wooden sticks into the diapers first and glue them afterwards onto the balloon.

4.  Decorate the whole thing with little bows and hearts. I used the ribbon and some greek paper (cause my friends husband is from Greece).

And finally…Place your gifts in the little basket. Go to the party and have fun πŸ™‚ And in case you need ideas for some baby shower games – keep on reading. If not..I hope you’ll let me know, how your baby-hot-air-balloon looked like. xx

 

BABY SHOWER GAMES

  • Fun and “delicious”: Blindfold the mom to be and let her try some baby food. From carrot, salmon with spinach and mashed pasta…she will have to guess what she’s eating πŸ™‚
  • Gross and weird: Prepare 10 diapers…put different types of chocolate in them and iron them a little…yes it’ll look like poo and smell like chocolate. Then everyone has to smell and guess. It’s ridiculously funny. You can use: Mint chocolate (after eight), dark chocolate, hazelnut, milk chocolate and and…get creative.
  • Creative: buy plain white baby bodies and textile paint..everyone can then design a little outfit for the new coming baby.

 

WEDDING GIFT VOUCHER

Hello there,

this one is just a packaging for a voucher for a wedding. I had to come up with something more special than an envelope.

You’ll need:

  • Polystyrol Bauble/ball, transparent (I bought it here)
  • table tennis ball
  • gold spray paint or gold permanent marker
  • card board letters (I had these ones here)
  • small dried flower
  • hot glue gun
  • 2 gold rings (anything that looks like a ring, take a look in a DIY shop – somewhere close to the screws)
  • gold wire (optional)
  • washi tape
  • small self made voucher

Part 1 – Flower/Bowl/Ring/Heart-Arrangement

  1. Cut the ping pong ball in half. A kitchen knife will do.
  2. Paint that half gold -outside and inside. Spray paint is quicker, but you can also use a sharpie. Wait for it to dry.
  3. Take the rings and the dried flower and arrange them in your small golden bowl and fix them with the hot glue gun.
  4. Create a heart out of the wire and stick it onto the arrangement.
  5. Take the hot glue gun and glue it on the bottom of one of the halves of your bauble.
  6. Roll the voucher (tape it with the washi tape, so it stays rolled up) and either place it in the heart or between the flowers.

Part 2 – Garland

  1. Take a bit of the wire and create the small garland. Measure the length of your transparent bauble and cut the wire.
  2. Cut a bit of tape off and place the wire in the middle of that piece. Fold the tape around the wire (so the sticky sides stick on to each other). Repeat until you’ve covered the whole wire.
  3. Then cut all the bits on one length. They should now look like a garland with lots of squares.
  4. Cut each square to a triangle.
  5. Take the hot glue gun and stick it on the other half of your transparent bauble.

Part 3 – Letters

  1. Color them with any color you like. I used white, because it matched the tape.
  2. Take the hot glue gun and glue them on the same half, where you glued the garland on.

Now close the bauble and choose a nice ribbon to place it within a bunch of flowers. DONE πŸ™‚

Did it work for you? Like it? Let me know.

xx

 

 

GIFT WRAP – THE ZEBRA LOOK

Hello there,

I found this amazing card and had to build the gift wrap design around it πŸ™‚

This is what you need:

  • 1 cool (zebra) card (maybe you’re lucky and they’ve opened a store close to you: SΓΈstrene Grene
  • wrapping paper with any black and white pattern
  • tape
  • gift ribbon or whool
  1. Wrap your gift as usual..BUT do not tape the part, which you usually tape first (the one lying on the wrapped item)…you’ll need it as a pocket for your card.

2. Try to find someone, who can hold it while you’re taping the two sides. If you don’t have someone to do the job, you can just a bit of washi tape to hold it- just stick it on lightly and it’ll be easy to remove once you’ve closed the sides.

3. Make a nice bow using your ribbon and move it down to the bottom third of the gift.

4. Stick the card in you’re pocket and behind the ribbon.

DONE πŸ™‚ Hope it’ll look nice and you liked it.

xx