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DIY-ING: upcycled mosaic vase

28 Mar


Make yourself a pretty, layered, mosaic vase! Here’s the how- to:

1  Gather your supplies together: an old glass vase, magazines + clippings, scissors, glue, clear gel medium/(optional) paint glaze that would match the overall colour you are going for + a paintbrush.  Also, lay down some craft paper to protect the surface you’ll be working on.

2  I chose to create a pink tone vase, so I began snipping out any pages that had pink-related colours: fuscia, powder pink, even some coral etc. Cut the pieces out irregularly to enhance the mosaic look. Most of the pieces I cut are in triangular or diamond-like shapes. TIP: be sure to cut out many, many pieces so you don’t run out during the gluing process!

 3  With a paintbrush, you can start by applying some glaze to the vase to adhere the paper pieces. Or, you can apply everything with glue. I tried a little of both ways, but found that working the glue with my finger was the most efficient – it’s quick, easy + fun to spread around like that!  Ensure that each piece overlaps another + that gaps are minimal. This step does take some time, but it definitely puts you in the zone. It almost has a meditative quality.

4  Once the entire vase is completely covered + dry, apply your glaze everywhere. The glaze is optional, but I wanted to add an element to unify all the pieces. I used a transparent metallic glaze which gives a beautiful, subtle pink sheen in the light. Alternatively, you can coat it with a clear gel medium, to protect the paper and keep it from fraying. Gel mediums come various finishes including matte, semi and high gloss, so choose one that best fits your project.

Once your mosaic vase is complete, have fun playing around with it + styling it up!


DECORATING: not your everyday headboards

15 Feb
(open to view all) are you feeling the bedroom blahs this season? here is a roundup of some unique statement headboards that will amp up your boudoir decor in an instant. these beauties range from the traditional to the unconventional + glamourous to rustic. regardless of appearance or material, it should accentuate your style and further the concept of the room. if you’re thinking a diy project, don’t be afraid to use unusual objects or graphic fabrics! get inspired + let your headboard stand out and be the star of your bedroom!
faux bamboo trellis headboard, elle decor
 diy industrial metal headboard, apartment therapy
clever + cute trompe l’oeil painted headboard, style at home
flirty + ornate carved-look headboard, house beautiful
masculine uphostered + tufted winged headboard, house beautiful
rustic + weathered wood doors, apartment therapy
 bookshelf headboard, apartment therapy

 flirty + ornate reupholstered headboard, house beautiful

 wall hanging with patterened fabric, apartment therapy
reclaimed + rustic diy barnwood headboard, designsponge
glam upholstered headboard with nailhead detail, rue
colourful focal diy headboard, house and home
soft + tufted headboard, tres chic! house and home

wallpaper headboard, martha stewart

 border painted headboard, apartment therapy
diy burlap headboard, apartment therapy

DIY-ING: warhol-inspired v-day gift

3 Feb
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for a gift that you can display even after valentine’s day is over, i’ve made a really fun + artsy print – a la warhol!
and in this era of gadgets and tech galore, why not utilize an iphone app to create wonderful mini works of art? it’s super easy, too.
today i was fiddling around with a bunch of great apps, but the 2 that i’ve used for the large print are: BeFunkyFx – to create the thick “cartoon-y” outline; then i uploaded that image into Pop Art Lite – where the warhol magic begins (and yes, these apps are free!).   

you can also manipulate the contrast and temperature levels (in other programs) to further the overall graphics. once you feel it’s complete, print it out + pop it in a frame!
i chose a silly photo of us wearing sombreros, to intensify our “characters” and the whole pop art concept. i think i’m going to write a cute note at the bottom of the border before i give it away 🙂 

DIY-ING: easy faux bois coasters

7 Jan
my new coaster in action. great contrast on solid coloured surfaces and glass.
1 gather your tools: among all my scraps, i just so happened to find a lovely wood grain sample of laminate flooring kicking around in the basement (without the hard backing). i knew it would be perfect for this project as laminate flooring is stain, scratch, heat and water resistant. it would be cool as a cucumber up against a piping hot cup of tea! i totally lucked out on this one, but i guess it does help to be a hoarder sometimes! next, find a circular object for tracing (i used a roll of packing tape – size your object accordingly to your material), heavy-duty scissors, and a marker.

2 trace your circular object on the back of your selected material. i managed to squeeze in 6 on my strip! 

3 carefully cut them out.

4 et voila! in under ten mintues, your easy-peasy coasters are ready to rock!

(substitute laminate flooring for a cute placemat, plastic binder cover or whatever else you can find lying around the house. happy searching + have fun!) 

DIY-ING: gallery style wall

11 Apr

when creating a gallery style wall for a work space, add interest by using a range of pieces. art, photos, beautiful images, sentimental objects + the cork board allows you to keep fabrics and other samples on hand… anything goes, the more the better! be sure to put up things that are special to you + give you inspiration.

1 i traced out all of my selected pieces on a huge roll of craft paper + cut each one out, to act as a marker on the wall. i also labelled what each paper represented just incase (blossom = cherry blossom print).

2 then i taped each template into the desired placement. i moved each piece around until i got it right + levelled. i left the computer monitor on the desk to act as a marker for how low the lowest items should be placed.

3 next, i measured the distance from the top of the cork board to where the nails would sit + marked it on the paper template.

4 i hammered the nails in place + took down the paper template.

5 the cork board was the first one to go up. i followed steps 3 + 4 for each frame and worked around the board, using its’ edges to ensure straight placement everywhere else.

DIY-ING: upcycled cork board + an unusual material

11 Apr
1 that’s an old ikea print on canvas (yeah, i was bored one day and had my way with it) but the frame is really sturdy so i thought it would be a great idea to give it a new life in some way… cork board it is! laying on top of it was something that my mom had framed for me when i was a little girl. so, naturally i ripped it apart because that matting would just not do in a modern world. yep, both are getting the spray treatment.

2 because the print was quite heavy on its own, i didn’t want to weigh it down with thick cork, especially if it was being hung on wall. so instead of a roll, i purchased a package of 6 thin cork sheets. perfect – light as a feather!

3 to stick the cork to the back of the canvas, i used spray adhesive to ensure an even coat was distributed (vs. bottled glue, which would have to be dribbled around and would probably cause lumps). make sure you put down a tarp and are careful of your surroundings, as spray adhesive remains tacky + can be messy!

4 that’s all 6 sheets glued on.

5 both canvas and matting have been sprayed in Window Grey. about 3-4 coats each.

6 i wanted to mimic the Chinoiserie style trellis pattern that is so hot right now, but didn’t want to make it very complicated for myself. i thought about painting it on… but that could be really time consuming. stenciling? but where would i find a stencil like that? i knew i wanted the motif to be crisp + black. then something genius came to mind – guess what i used… drumroll please… electrical tape! i knew i had some laying around, so when i found it i just started taping away! i freehanded it, and loosely used the guidance of a ruler every now and then (for the longer middle parts). and the absolute beauty of this material is that you can lift it off and re-jig it whenever you want! it doesn’t loose its’ stickiness, doesn’t rip off the paint + the elasticity is amazing. all i have to say is that electrical tape is severely underrated.

7 that’s the final upcycled product! check out my next post to see how i used this cork board in another project!

…electrical tape… who would’ve thought?!
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