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DIY Hama Bead Collar Necklace!

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Ok – picture this! You’ve got a big date or maybe a job interview and need an extra special addition to your perfect outfit. Well, why not whip up an adorbs DIY hama bead collar necklace? It’s quick and easy to put together and is the perfect way to create that perfect pop of colour! Hama bead jewellery for grown ups? Don’t mind if I do!

DIY Hama bead collar necklace

So grab your stash (or your kid’s stash!) of hama beads and get ready for a DIY jewellery sesh!

To make this beauty, you’ll need:
– Hama beads
– A circular hama bead template
– Iron
– Baking paper
– Coloured twine
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DIY chunky leather chain necklace

DIY Chunky Leather Chain Necklace

DIY chunky leather chain necklace

As the weather warms up I’ve realised something kinda serious – I’m totally guilty of wearing too much black. You might not guess it from looking at this blog but it’s true! The majority of my wardrobe is black, grey or white. But as the summer months commence I’m all about a pop of colour in a statement accessory! Enter this DIY chunky leather chain necklace. Quick and easy to make, this crafty necklace is sure to become a wardrobe staple!

DIY chunky leather chain necklace

To get started, we’ll need:
– Flat leather thonging in all your fave colours
– Scissors
– Fabric glue
– Leather or waxed cotton cord

Start by cutting lengths of leather thonging, around 5cm long. Cut each end on an angle.

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Then curl the piece of leather into a loop, matching up both ends so they’re nice and flush. Pop a bit of glue on the one end and press then together until they’re good and stuck!

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Repeat this process, making sure each piece of leather through the preceding loop before you glue it!

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Once you’re to as many chain links as you want (I did 12!), grab two lengths of round thonging or waxed cotton and pass through the each of the end loops and secure with a knot. Then knot both lengths together at the end and you’re ready to wear your fab new necklace!

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OH so snazzy! And it’s super light and comfy to wear as well. Hello summer wardrobe staple!

Don’t forget, if you’re getting craft share your piccies with#madewithpaperandpin so I can follow along! xx

 

DIY Washi Tape Bangles

DIY Washi Tape Bangles!

DIY Washi Tape Bangles

It’s official! Spring is here! Which means it’s time to back away those winter neutrals and add a bit of colour to your wardrobe. And these DIY washi tape bangles are the perfect way to get started! Not only will they add a pop of cute pattern to any look but they’re also a fab way to use up your washi stash. I’ve got a serious washi tape addiction so any way to work through my fave rolls is fine by me because it means I can by more guilt-free! So with that in mind, let’s hop to it and get makin’.

DIY washi tape bangles

To make these bangles, you’ll need:
– Bangles! I used the blank wooden ones you can get from craft shops but plastic would work just as well.
– All your fave washi
– Gel medium + paint brush

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Start by covering your bangles with washi. Leave a little on either side to fold into the centre and ensure nice clean edges.

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Then just continue around! Overlap each new piece slightly to avoid any wobbly joins!

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Ta da! Once your bangle is entirely covered, smooth out any creases and make sure everything is nice and flat.

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Then grab your gel medium and give the bangle a coat! It’s best to do a couple of layers (letting each one fully dry in between) and paint up the inside of the bangle while you’re at it!

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Once your bangles are dry they’re ready to wear! Quick, easy and super cute! Hey there Spring, how you doin’?

Don’t forget to share your crafting over on instagram with #madewithpaperandpin so I can follow along! Can’t wait to see you rocking these :)

 

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DIY Bottle Necklaces 3 ways!

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I just love miniature glass bottles! In fact, I always have. I remember as I kid I had a teeny-tiny bottle of glitter which I insisted was fairy dust. And so when I discovered a stash while reorganising my studio, I knew I just had to make something special from them! And these DIY bottle necklaces were just the ticket! I love they become like little trinket pendants; the perfect way to keep a special note or piece treasure close to your heart. And rather than just attach them to a chain, I thought I’d share three different ways of embellishing the bottles to match any style!

Check out the Paper & Pin project gallery for more craft fun! 

To get started you’ll need:
– Mini glass bottles
– Gold chain
– Gold wire
– Gold spray paint
– Washi tape
– Pinking shears
– Waxed cotton cord
– Glitter
– Beads

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DIY 15 Minute Colour Block Necklace

DIY 15 Minute Colour Block Necklace

Hello and Happy DIY day (otherwise known to non-crafty people as Wednesday…)! This week, I’m bringing you something quick and easy to add a lil’ colour to your wardrobe with my DIY 15 minute colour block necklace!

The whole geomtric-trend that’s happening at the moment is definitely one of my faves. I just can’t get enough of triangles and right-angles, they just look so lovely and clean! So when I saw these square wooden pieces, I just knew I had to make a necklace! And what better way to decorate wooden beads than with a lil’ colour blocking! This DIY involves some very, very simple drilling and painting but should take no time at all and you’ll be rocking your new necklace in no time at all!

Check out more fun craft projects in my project gallery!

Time: 15 minutes (excluding drying time)

Materials:
– Pre-cut wooden squares (you can find these at more hardware stores or you could just buy some dowl and cut your own!)
– Acrylic paint and brushes
– Washi tape (or just regular masking tape!)
– Waxed cotton cord
– Dremel or drill

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Quick Craft – DIY Floral Fuse-Bead Rings!

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So I know you love to craft (you’ve ended up here so it’s pretty certain, right?) but sometimes there just isn’t the time. I get it! We all have a million things to do and often, sitting down to some DIY just doesn’t make it to the top of the list. That’s is why I’ve started ‘Quick Craft!’. These projects take half an hour or less and use easy to find, around-the-house type materials. And to kick it off, I’ve whipped up these DIY floral fuse-bead rings!

Fuse-beads (or hama beads, as they’re sometimes known) are one of those craft materials with endless possibilities. They make aborable coasters and teapot mats, fab wreaths and even great bubble blowers! So when I spied a GIANT tub at Ikea for only $10 I just knew I had to have them! And these cute little flower shapes were the first thing I made up. But what to do with them? Well, stick them on a ring of course! This project will take no time and is great for big and little humans – I’ve been wearing my ring all day and got some compliments from a six year old – so, you know, suitable for all ages! (more…)

DIY Wooden Fruit Bead Necklace

DIY Wooden Fruit Bead Necklace

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One of my most favourite parts of summer is all the amazing fresh fruit – mangoes, watermelon and cherries – yes please! It’s not only because they taste amazing (and are in season and so cheap!) but the colours are amazing! The fresh fruit and veg section of the supermarket is just stunning! So I thought I’d take inspiration from these bright summer colours and whip up this DIY wooden fruit bead necklace. And guess what – you can too! It’s super easy and only requires minimal painting skills.

Want more DIYs? Check out my project gallery!

You’ll need:
– Round wooden beads (I bought mine from ebay here)
– Acrylic paint in pink, yellow, green, orange, white and black
– Clear gloss varnish or gel medium
– Waxed cotton or other thin cord
– (optional) coloured spacer beads (I bought mine from ebay here)

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Make it! Marble Beads DIY

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Materials:
– Polymer clay (I like Sculpy or Fimo Soft because they’re not too hard!)
– Leather thonging
– A knitting needle or something similar to make a hole with
Time:
15 minutes (plus bake time)

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A little while ago, I was having a crafternoon with a friend and we decided to have some fun with polymer clay. I’d seen marble beads around before and decided to give them a whirl. Turns out, they’re super easy! (more…)