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Concertina heart card

Concertina Heart Card

Concertina heart card

My favourite kind of cards has always been pop-up (or even better, those pop up ones that play music!) but they’re always super expensive! $14 for a card? I don’t think so!

Instead, I thought I’d take my own advice and make a pop-up but realised that Valentine’s Day is literally just around the corner. Yikes, no time for that! So fter a quick stint back at the drawing board, I came up with this concertina heart card! Quick to whip up and with it’s nifty concertina unfolding, it’s bound to blow the socks off your squeeze!

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To get started, you’ll need:

  • Watercolour paper + paints
  • Split pins
  • Scissors
  • Twine

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First up, we’re going to get painty! Just grab a brush and go to town with your watercolours. The key is to be liberal with the water and load your brush up with heaps of paint, blending the colours together as you go to avoid hard edges.

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While you’re waiting for the paint to dry, draw and cut out heart on some card (cereal boxes are great for this!) to use as a template. Then trace around this on the back of your painted sheet and cut out the hearts.

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Once you’ve cut out all your hearts (I use 6 in total and also added some plain pink, but that’s completely up to you!), it’s time to use the split pins to attach them together! Stack the hearts on top of each other and join each one to the heart below it. As you go, the position of the split pin will swap from one side of the heart, creating a kind of heart accordion.

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Once you’ve joined all the hearts together, you’re ready to add some twine.

Concertina heart card

Simply tie a knot in the end of a piece of twine and pop it on the back of the split pin on the open side of the front and back hearts.

Concertina heart card

It’s really as simple as that! Before you give the card away, wrap the twine around it and tie a cute little bow. And if you want to be super creative, make a huge string of heart that could double as bunting!

DIY crochet conversation hearts

DIY Crochet Conversation Hearts

DIY crochet conversation hearts

Ok, that’s it. I’m calling it. I’ve made THE CUTEST THING! No other things can compare, I’m throwing in the towel. MY WORK HERE IS DONE!

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But for reals, I am SO excited about these DIY crochet conversation hearts! Overall, I’m not really in to Valentine’s Day EXCEPT for all the kitschy nifty-gifties! I love the red velvety roses, those little plush bears holding hearts and heart shaped boxes of chocolates. It’s like for one day of the year we all forget what good taste is and live out a 1950s romantics dream. It’s too much fun!

But I think my favourite Val-Day kitschyness would definitely have to be conversation hearts, although weirdly I’ve never actually seen them in the flesh (I don’t think we have them in Australia?)! I love the pastel colours and daggy loved-up messages so of course I couldn’t let the 14th of Feb pass by without at least one conversation heart inspired DIY!

DIY crochet conversation hearts

These plush little hearts are so easy to whip up (only two crochet stitches needed!) and are just so cute! Create a collection for that special someone, pop them on a keyring as a gift for your gal pals or just make one for yourself! To get started, you’ll need: (more…)

Folk Art Inspired Chalkboard Coasters

DIY Folk Art Inspired Chalkboard Coasters

Folk Art Inspired Chalkboard Coasters

Welcome to the first DIY of 2016! Woooo! And for my first installments, I bring you these folk art inspired chalkboard coasters! Remember folk art? My mum was a HUGE fan back in the 90s and to this day there’s still folk art painted mirrors and furniture in my family home. For a while it seemed kinda daggy but I don’t know, I think it might be getting a revival. After all, everything 90s is new again!

Covered with chalkboard paint, these coasters will not only protect your table from icky watermarks but can also have messages written on them! So you can use them as place cards at a dinner party or just to write little love notes to friends and family over breaky. Cute, quick and easy – let’s get cracking!

To get started, you’ll need:
– MDF coaster rounds
– Chalkboard paint
– White-base acrylic paint (I’ll explain why below)
– Paintbrushes (fat and thin)

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To start, cover your coasters with a coat of chalkboard paint. They’re all a little different, so make sure to follow the directions on your tin. And some varieties are oil-based so if yours is remember you’ll need mineral turpentine to clean your brushes!

Folk Art Inspired Chalkboard Coasters

Once you’ve applied a few coats and your coasters are fully dry, it’s time to crack out the folk art! I went for super simply options (I am a novice after all!) and just used a thin brush to make different strokes. Hearts are easy – just make two brush strokes coming towards each other in a triangle. And for the flowers (are they flowers? Let’s call them abstract…) I just combined brush strokes in pink and added some green to give the effect of leaves.

As I mentioned above, you’ll want to use paint with a white base to ensure it shows up on the black, otherwise you’ll have to do a bunch of coasts. So pastels are perfect for this project!

And that’s it! You’re done! Now you just have to bust out the chalk and pop some words on these cuties!

Folk Art Inspired Chalkboard Coasters

Gift wrap with garlands | Paper and Pin

Gift Wrap with Garlands!

Gift wrap with garlands | Paper and Pin

One of my favourite parts of the Christmas season would have to be gift wrapping! I love buying a fresh sheet of gift wrap, cracking open a roll sticky tape and going to town with some curly ribbon. But there’s always something a little bitter sweet once the unwrapping is done and all your carefully chosen paper is lying around in shreads.

So this year I’ve decided to gift wrap with garlands! Rather than just a piece of ribbon, a gorgeous garland means that once the unwrapping is done you’ve got something cute to string up on your wall. And luckily this Christmas, The Reject Shop has totally got us covered! They have a seriously cute range of mini bunting, teeny envelopes and many cute tags, bows and rosettes which we’ll use to jazz up gifts and make a DIY mini envelope garland. So let’s hop to it!

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First up, you’ll need:
– Wrapping paper (I love simple brown craft paper)
– Scissors
– Tape (regular and double sided)
– Mini bunting, mini envelopes, eyelet tags – all available at The Reject Shop!
– Twine
– Single hole punch

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Crochet Star Ornaments

DIY Crochet Star Ornaments

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This Christmas, I’m trying to follow my own advice and hand-make gifts. But sometimes, with all the craziness that happens over the silly season (seriously, I think all my weekends are full booked til January!) time just gets away and a trip to the shops is necessary. So at times like this, I think it’s nice to add a little bit of handmade into the gift wrapping and these DIY Crochet Star Ornaments are just perfect! Made with hessian twine (which comes in an array of festive colours!) from my fave stationary supplier Rabbit and the Duck, these stars look fab on top of a gift and can be reused as ornaments on a Christmas tree!

To get started, all you need is some hessian twine, a 4.5mm crochet hook and this pattern!

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It looks a bit complicated but is super simple once you get the hang of it! (more…)

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DIY geometric paper gift boxes

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Well I’m calling it, the festive season is upon us! YAY! I’m ready to strap myself in for the next two months of non-stop end of year parties and Xmas gift prepping (because I’ll be taking my own advice and doing DIY gifts this year!). Hooray!

And since we’re entering the giving season, today I’m sharing these adorbs DIY geometric paper gift boxes! Perfect for a special trinket (or just a special treat!), these cuties only take a few quick folds to make! And the larger the piece of paper, the larger the final box! I used gorgeous Japanese Midori origami paper (+ stickers, twine and tape) from Rabbit and the Duck, which was just the perfect size to create an adorable mini box. Plus just look at those patterns!

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So, to start you’ll need:
– Paper squares
– Ruler
– Craft knife
– Washi tape/stickers/twine
– Hole punch (optional)

DIY geometric paper gift box

Start by measuring your paper into thirds. I made a mark with my craft knife to avoid any pencil marks (if you do prefer to mark out your lines with pencil, make sure to do it on the side that will be facing in!).

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Crease along the thirds, folding inwards. Then unfold and repeat in the other direction to end up with a grid of 9 squares created
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Next, grab your ruler and craft knife and score lightly along the dotted lines marked on the diagram above. Then crease along these lines, making sure the fold is heading in towards the back (or in my case, white) side of the paper.

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Then Fold the paper into a box! It takes a bit of fiddling but essentuially you’re aiming for each of the scored side pieces to meet over the non-scored middle square to create the sides. Then the triangle-scored middle sections will fold in on themselves to allow the box to close!

DIY geometric paper gift box

Then you can either secure the opening with a sticker or some cute washi or punch a hole through the sides, thread through some twine and secure with a bow!

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Yay! Well done you crafty champ! Oh my goodness these little guys are too CUTE! It’s too much!

Supplies for this post were provided by Rabbit and the Duck – thanks for supporting the brands that support Paper and Pin! :)

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DIY mix ‘n’ match fruit coasters!

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So you may have noticed things have been a bit out of whack over here lately. I’ve recently been working a crazy job that called for a lot of 12 hour days so my life kinda feel apart a little. But things are quieting down and I’m super happy to be getting back in the swing of things with these DIY mix ‘n’ match fruit coasters! I’ve always had a ting for kitschy coasters, like those ones with cut-outs that create a picture when you stack them up! And so rather than just round fruit coasters, I decided to mix things up and make fruit halves! It’s like the easiest game of memory for your coffee table!

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DIY mix and match fruit coasters

Aaaaaaaand they’re heaps easy to make! Let’s get started!

To make these cuties, you’ll need:
– Wooden coaster rounds (or cork!) – I got mine from Bunnings!
– Craft knife + ruler
– Acrylic paint + brushes
– Washi tape (the thinner the better) (more…)

chalkboard bunting

DIY Decor – chalkboard bunting!

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Oh boy oh boy do I love bunting! A party just isn’t a party without some cute paper triangles. And what’s more, they’re not only for parties. I’ve got bunting hanging in my studio, my lougeroom and my bedroom – it really brightens up the place!

So I was so super excited to recieve this amazing selection of bunting notepads from the lovely people at Spotlight. Yep, that’s right, I said bunting notepads! You just rip the pages along the perforation and they’re ready to be strung onto matching twine! It’s just SO easy!

And once your bunts (bunts is a word right?) are all strung up it’s time to decorate! I created this fab chalkboard effect by simply drawing on the letters with a chalk-paint pen which looks great on the black card! Then  couple of lines of washi later and boom – super cute bunting! Perfect for when you’ve got to do a bit of decorating on the run or just want to spell out a custom message.

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Just look at all those different bunting shapes! SO CUTE! I especially love the little scallops. And those mini notebooks and craft paper gift tags are just adorable. What fun! Thanks Spotlight xxx

Maker's Tip - the best paint for (almost) everything!

Maker’s Tip – the best paint for (almost) everything!

Maker's Tip - the best paint for (almost) everything!

If there’s one thing that I always manage to stuff up, it’s mixing paint. It’s not colour that’s the problem, it’s the quantity. See, I always feel terrible when I waste paint (I’ve even been know to try and put excess paint back into the tube!) which means that I’m always over cautious and never mix enough. Cue a frustrated 10 minutes madly trying to re-match the shade!

Which is why I’m mad about sample paint pots. You know, those little tubs or tins of paint you get from the Hardware shop when you’re picking your wall colour. Well, I use them for (almost!) everything, including my photo backdrops that you see EVERYWHERE on this blog, this painted block DIY and a bunch of projects in my new ebook Make to Give! I love these pots because they only cost a couple of dollars and you can always get the exact shade you’re looking for with no mixing or re-mixing required! The paint is generally thicker than your regular acrylic craft paint so you get great coverage and once you’re done, just pop the lid back on and leave the rest for the next project.

There are definitely some things this paint probably isn’t best for, including fabric (although only if you’re planning to wash it, if not, go crazy like I did with my giant picnic rug DIY!) and paper (it’s a bit thick for painting on paper but works a treat on heavy card). And it generally doesn’t wash off clothes particularly well so remember put your painting pants on!

If you’ve got some more hot paint-related tips, let me know! And if there’s a crafty trick you’re DYING to know or just need held with a certain skill, let me know in the comments and I’ll make sure to help you out in the next instalment of Maker’s Tip :) :)

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DIY Painted Tartan Picnic Rug

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For last week’s Knit in Public Day workshop, I made this fab DIY painted tartan picnic rug – one of my biggest projects to date! See, me head only just pokes out over the top of it! This rug had to seat 10+ people so we knew it had to be bigger than your average picnic blanket. And we needed it to be eye catching so the workshop guests could find us! So when I saw this hot tip on the House that Lars Built, I knew a custom drop-sheet picnic rug was the way to go!

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