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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

7 Halloween Garlands To DIY

7 halloween garlands to diy inspiration crafts

Welcome to the first of my 2014 Halloween themed posts! Whilst I won't be daily blogging throughtout October like I did last year, this time round I'm starting early and have lots of Halloween themed posts lined up for you over the next six weeks, beginning with today's roundup of 7 awesome DIY garland ideas!

 1. Candy Corn Garland (via Poppytalk)
You'll only need card & a sewing machine to recreate this super stylish but simple to make garland that's perfect for adding a bold pop of colour to your window.

2. Black Cats & Friendly Ghosts (via Cakies)
For a glowing garland grab a string of fairy lights and create card shapes to place over them. Use the templates provided to make your own black cat and spooky ghost designs or put your own spin on the idea with some pumpkins, skulls or zombies!

3. Yarn Pumpkins (via Design Improvised)
If you love to knit and always have lots of leftover wool this one's for you! Combine with pipe cleaners and twine to create this cute and festive garland.

4. Glittered Skull Garland (via Vitamini Handmade)
These skull garlands with a pop of glitter have cleverly been created using cookie cutters & clay - they look great layered up as shown in the tutorial!

5. Ghostie Garland (via Wild Olive)
For an adorable twist on a spooky favourite why not create your own soft felt ghosts? You could also adapt this idea and make other felt characters such as pumpkins, monsters or cats!

6. Spider Web Doily Bunting (The Scrap Shoppe)
For a simple and subtle Halloween garland dye fabric doilies or paint paper ones black, cut in half and string up above the fireplace!

7. Spooky Eyeball Garland (via Hands Occupied)
To really catch the attention of your party guests try this eyeball design made using ping pong balls and beads. You'll need a few more supplies for this idea but the end result looks great!

Which design idea is your favourite?

Sunday, 14 September 2014

DIY No-Sew Arc Reactor Brooch (Iron Man Inspired)

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Today's felt project is one for the superhero fans, more specifically the Iron Man fans. I originally created this tutorial months ago for Eight & Sixteen but other projects came along and I didn't end up sharing it. Not wanting to see it go to waste I decided to post it here today instead - I hope you enjoy it!

I chose to base this brooch design on the Arc Reactor from Iron Man 3, however you can always edit it to reflect your favourite superhero instead. Here's how to make your own...
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You will need: blue, white and black felt sheets, a light blue marker pen, a glue gun, scissors, a craft knife, a compass/something circular to draw around, a brooch back, a pen

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As always I'd love to hear from you if you try out this or any other project from my DIY Archives - if you enjoy them please subscribe to my blog via Bloglovin' to make sure you don't miss any posts! :)

Happy DIY-ing!

Friday, 12 September 2014

DIY Inspiration - Multi Row & Layered Necklaces

layered multi-row necklaces diy inspiration

When looking for pieces to include in my recent feature on Nashville's Scarlett O'Connor I discovered that the layered necklace look her character wears is very much on trend at the moment! So for today's post I went back and revisited the idea finding inspiration from stores like Topshop, Miss Selfridge, New Look & ASOS. The look is very versatile and as you can see there is a huge variety to choose from with both bold and delicate designs gracing the high street. Layer up seperate pieces or pickup a ready combined one - there really is a multi-row necklace for everyone.

If you want to get creative why not DIY your own version? Cut different lengths of chain and add on charms, beads or any other embellishments you like then attach them all together onto one clasp. If you're stuck on what lengths to make your chains take a look at my recent Guide To Necklace Chain Lengths to get an idea of how various lengths will sit!

First Row: Mint Velvet Geo Layered Necklace, House Of Fraser £29 | Multi Row Disc Necklace, ASOS £6 | Multi-Row Leaf & Moon Necklace, Topshop £12.50 | Ditsy Tassel Multi Row Necklace, Topshop £12.50 | Gold Triple Layered Pendant Necklace, New Look £5.99 | Gold & Brown 3 Layer Tusk Pendant Necklace, New Look £5.99 | Moon & Star Double Layered Pendant, Accessorize £8

Second Row: Multi Row Faux Pearl Charm Necklace, ASOS £7 | Mint Velvet Double Layered Seed Bead Necklace, House Of Fraser £29 | Orelia Colonial Multi Row Necklace, ASOS £17 | Eye Charm Multi Row Necklace, ASOS Curve £8 | Purple Stone Multi Row Necklace, Topshop £12.50 | Flower Multi Row Necklace, Miss Selfridge £10 | Multi Row Triangle Necklace, ASOS £8

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Character Style Inspiration: Daisy (How I Live Now)

character style inspiration daisy how i live now saoirse ronan
Images via & Hollywood Crush

I recently watched the film adaptation of Meg Rosoff's novel How I Live Now which stars Saoirse Ronan. The adaptation wasn't at all what I was expecting having read the book but one thing that stood out amidst the drama was Daisy's unique wardrobe. Arriving in the UK, American teen Daisy stands out with her colourful-yet-grungey style - here's how to get the look...

1/ Vintage Is Your Friend - Daisy's effortlessly cool style relies heavily on layering up contrasting pieces to create a grunge-inspired look. A great way to recreate this would be with vintage or thrift finds that will make your look even more unique.

2/ Go Bold! - from colourful headphones to patterned knitwear, blue nails and a dark smokey eye this look is accessorised boldly. Add layered necklaces, chunky rings & statement earrings to complete the look.

3/ Oversize It - as mentioned above layering is an important part of Daisy's signature look. Try slouchy cardigans & jumpers as well as a versatile oversized leather jacket. Chunky shoes such as creepers are perfect for creating a bold contrast when teamed with slimmer fit items like skinny jeans or tights.

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Etro Paisley Print Shirt, Covetique £80 (pre-owned) | Isadora Eye Shadow Palette, Nelly £17.95 | Fairisle Panel Jumper, Topshop £38 | Alexander McQueen Skull Top, Farfetch £463.38 | Rimmel Soft Kohl Eye Pencil in Jet Black, Superdrug £2.99 | ROW8C2 Round Sunglasses, Selfridges £289 | Stella McCartney Tie Dye Skinny Ankle Grazer Jeans, Harrods £460 | Moto Aubergine Wash Ripped Jamie Jeans, Topshop £42 | WESC Headphones, Yoox £40 | Butter London Polish in All Bluey, Superdrug £12 | Fringe Biker Jacket, Fashion World £40.50 (on sale) | Underground Creepers, Shoescribe £145 | Rag & Bone Cut-off Distressed Denim Shorts, The Outnet £70

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Homeware Trend - Postcard Pillows

homeware trend postcard pillows

My first homeware trend post seemed to go down well so when I recently saw these postcard pillows I knew they would be perfect for a follow up installment! These cute pillows would be a lovely addition to any room, and would fit in particularly well with a shabby chic decor.

Just like in the previous post these are also definitely DIY-able with some basic supplies. You could use fabric pens to create something like the H&M one on the right or image transfers for the other two styles. I think a personalised DIY version, perhaps even made using a copy of a real postcard, would make a lovely gift or holiday memento!

Cotton Cushion Cover, H&M £6.99
Postcard Cushion, Kaleidoscope £12
Pillowcase, H&M £3.99
Which design is your favourite?