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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

DIY Felt Bat Bow + 3 Ways To Wear It!

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Today's DIY is a great last-minute Halloween project as it's quick, easy and as you can see from the photographs above the bow is also a versatile accessory! To make your own bat bow you will need: a sheet of black felt, pins, a needle & thread, scissors, thin card or paper, a pen

1. First you'll need to create a template. To do this fold your sheet of card in half and draw on half a bow shape with bat wing style edges - it should look something like the one shown below!

2. Cut out your template, pin it onto the sheet of felt and carefully cut around it

3. Accordion fold the centre to create the bow shape, pin in place and add a few stitches to secure it in place

4. Cut a small strip of felt to cover the fold, wrap around the centre of the bow and stitch in place

5. Finally turn the bow into your chosen accessory style....

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3 Ways To Wear It:

1/ Bow Tie - thread a length of elastic through the centre loop of your bow, tie in a knot and wear under a collared shirt. Alternatively stitch on a brooch back and pin onto your shirt.

2/ Hair Accessory - thread the centre of your bow onto a hair clip or add on a hairband and use to accessorise your topknot, ponytail or other Halloween hairstyle!

3/ Necklace - pierce holes in the top of the 'wings' and thread through jump rings to attach on a chain. If you're DIY-ing the chain too check out my Guide To Necklace Lengths!


As always I'd love to hear from you if you try out this or any other project from my DIY Archives - if you liked this project don't forget to Pin it!

For more DIY projects visit!

Happy DIY-ing!

Sunday, 19 October 2014

DIY Halloween Centrepiece

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Another Sunday, another Halloween inspired DIY! This centrepiece is a quick and simple project that's completely customisable. Best of all, it's an upcycle project so it's perfect for those trying to host a Halloween party on a tight budget!

To create a centrepiece like this one you'll need: a selection of glass jars, plastic spiders/skulls/eyeballs or similar, water, food colouring, black and/or lace fabrics... spooky chocolate treats are also optional!

For my centrepiece I draped a black faux velvet style fabric over the table surface and hung a black lace fabric to create a backdrop. I filled three of the jars with water and used food colouring to tint them, finishing off by adding plastic spiders and a small plastic skull. I decided to fill the final jar with eyeballs and ended up with a mixture of plastic and chocolate ones!

Both the skull and plastic eyeballs were purchased from Home Bargains as part of sets costing under £1 each. The plastic spiders were part of a 72 piece set (!) I picked up from Pound World and the large chocolate eyeballs were £1 for 5 at Tesco.

Tip! There are tons of free label printables out there from apothecary jars to potions, why not use these to add an extra something to your centrepiece?


As always I'd love to hear from you if you try out this or any other project from my DIY Archives - if you liked this project don't forget to Pin it!

For more DIY projects visit!

Happy DIY-ing!

Friday, 17 October 2014

Cover Colour Inspiration - Ten, Gretchen McNeil

Cover image via Goodreads
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Today I'm taking colour inspiration from a read that's perfect for Halloween! This YA murder mystery novel takes place on a quiet island where teens Meg and Minnie have been invited to an exclusive party. Things soon take a turn for the worst when the group realise that there is a murderer amongst them.

The cover features various shades of teal fading into black, topped off with a vibrant red title. For today's 'wear the cover' picks I've chosen three very different accessories that will each add a pop of Ten's colours to your wardrobe.
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Clean Pocket Backpack in Teal, Topshop £34
Teal Felt Fedora Hat, Miss Selfridge £25
Marc By Marc Jacobs Ladies Red Leather Strap Watch, House Of Fraser £165

You can read my full review of Ten over at Blogger's Bookshelf!

Thursday, 16 October 2014

DIY Wands

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These DIY Wands are one of my favourite projects I've posted over on Eight & Sixteen as I had so much fun making them! I think this Harry Potter Inspired project would be perfect for a last minute Halloween costume - find my tutorial over at or click the photographs above!

Happy DIY-ing!

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

DIY Inspiration - Ripped Jeans

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Ripped jeans are everywhere this A/W but with most new season high street designs priced from £40 upwards it may be worth considering a DIY instead! If you have an old pair of jeans in need of a stylish update there are lots of ways to recreate this look on a budget.

DIY versions can be made using general household supplies from cheese graters to tweezers and razors or simply a pair of scissors - this project doesn't need to be accurate so get experimenting and create your own unique design!

Light Wash Ripped Eva Girlfriend Jeans, £40 River Island
Black Ripped Molly Jeggings, £40 River Island
Grey Ripped Knee High Rise Skinny Jeans, £10 (on sale) New Look
Moto Black Super Ripped Jamie Jeans, £45 Topshop
Moto Baby Blue Ripped Mom Jeans, £40 Topshop