All posts filed under: diy

diy eucalyptus floral garland (+ video tutorial!)

  Last weekend was the annual ‘lose your mind at the flower market, make 47 wreaths and eat loads of food‘ day! The obligatory 47 wreaths were indeed made (more on that later), and banana split was eaten. After everyone left my place I decided to put together a festive garland with my floral leftovers. A garland makes a great alternative to a wreath when you need something to fill a bigger wall space, and if you can’t hang things you can use it on a sideboard or table. It is festive but not super-Christmassy, y’know? In fact I could see myself making these throughout the seasons. This garland is still hanging in my lounge room a week later, and although it has mostly dried it still looks good. I also decided to make my first ever video tutorial, which I am slightly nervous about… Please watch it and tell me what you think. Is it too long/short/weird? It was fun to put together so I expect I’ll do a few more in the future. This first …

diy: how to weave a basket from paper

I’m going to put it out there, this is one of my favourite ever diy projects. I know I know, that’s a big call but I’m going with it. Why do I love this project so much? Because those baskets are just made from paper, plain, regular paper — how awesome is that?! There is something so satisfying about taking a simple material and turning it into a functional item using just your hands (and a wee bit of glue). So, if you need a quick and easy easter display or just somewhere to store your bits and bobs, whip out a pad of paper and get weaving! Scroll down for the how to. You will need: – thin sheets of A3 paper cut in half long ways – a vessel with straight sides such as a jam jar – a stick of paper glue – a kebab skewer – spray paint (optional) Starting in one corner, roll a piece of paper around the kebab skewer all the way to the diagonally opposite corner. Add …

diy: banner cookies for a subtle revelry

I can’t imagine anything more delightful than receiving a message banner written out in cookies (not really surprising, I have a habit of writing stuff in my food). A simple, ‘yum’ is short and sweet, but you could say whatever you like, it all sounds better in cookie. And these babies will hang up anywhere for a sweet surprise. This is a little diy/baking project that I put together for A Subtle Revelry, using a few simple supplies and some alphabet cookie cutters. You can see the full tutorial here. Go on, say it with cookies!  

diy: simple ways to use rosewater on valentine’s day

Staying in is the new going out, in my house at least, and that is especially true on Valentine’s Day. This year it falls on a Saturday, which means restaurants will be extra busy – you could save your dinner money for a less crowded night and get all romancey at home instead. I’ve put together a few ways to incorporate rosewater into your stay-at-home evening, firstly because it is delicious and fragrant and secondly because everyone knows that roses = love. And for all the single-ready-to-mingles, these ideas are certainly not just for couples, Galentine’s night would be even sweeter with a little rosewater thrown in. 1. Rosewater Sugar Scrub Start your evening with a little pamper session. Just mix 1/2 a cup of brown sugar with 1/4 cup of coconut oil, add two table spoons of rosewater and mix well. Hop in the shower and get scrubbing – you’ll come out smooth as Cupid’s bum and will smell amazing. 2. Rosewater Gin and Tonic You can’t really go wrong with a little pre-dinner gin and …

diy: flower crowns

Before the holidays I shared this post about wreath-making, and on that day we also made flower crowns. Now I know that everyone has been making these for ages, so I thought I would share a few tips and tricks that we learnt rather than give you a full-on tutorial. (Firstly, a tip on why you should even make one in the first place… If you want to be put into the best mood ever, just go and make a flower crown right now. We wore ours out that afternoon and a taxi driver said we looked like princesses and a random lady on the street called us maidens. As a bonus, flower crowns must dilute bitchy resting face, because random strangers on the street usually just tell me to ‘cheer up love’. So there you go.) Scroll down for actual flower crown-making tips. – If you are making lots of crowns, try to get to a flower market if you can. This will keep the cost down considerably and give you more choice. If you are …

happy monday (ish) links | four

So it’s not actually Monday in Australia, but I’m going to post this anyway because honestly I forgot to post it yesterday (such organised). Also, this is my last post of 2014 and I didn’t want to miss it!! There is still time to get making before the holiday season is over, so I thought I would share some of my favourite festive diys from the past few weeks. These simple diy decorations that would look great all year round. Adorable mini balloons, no puff required. Magic cookies. Perfect leggings for Christmas day. The prettiest tree topper. You can also check out my 2014 holiday diys: Some tips for making your own wreath. Bring the disco to a New Years party. Pretty paper votives. Balloon mistletoe for a merry kissmas. See more stuff I like on my pinterest boards. Have a wonderful end of 2014! See you next year. xx    

wreath-making

Last weekend I got together with a few friends to make festive wreaths. This meant an early start (which always seems worse on a Saturday somehow!) to head down to the flower markets to get supplies. To say we went overboard would be an understatement. The words ‘kid’ and ‘candy shop’ spring to mind, except imagine four definitely grown-up women losing their marbles over three bunches for $10. Yep. We literally had to wedge ourselves in the car with flowers and greens stuffed around our legs and on our laps. Flower-geddon, as it shall now be known, was followed by a very necessary breakfast and coffee break. One of the girls has a lovely garden so we laid out a few beach towels, threw all the flowers in the middle and got to work. Now there are are already approximately 7,434,613,059 wreath tutorials online so I thought I would share a few tips instead. – Try to get to a flower market for supplies. This will keep costs down considerably, and you will have a lot more …

diy: festive hanging paper votives

It’s Chriiiiiiiiistmaaaaaaaaaaas! Ok, well it’s not really (but it almost is). And that means it’s time to get the decorations out. My Scroogey rule is ‘no decorations/Mariah Carey before 1st December’, but I’ve made a little exception for these. We already have a load of tree decorations inherited from family, but it’s always nice to make a couple of extra bits to go around the house. Last year I made these paper votives, so I decided to reuse the LED tealights and make a new, hanging version this year. Instructions are below. You will need: – a few sheets of paper – clear sticky tape – ink and a stamp – copper wire – scissors Cut a piece of plain paper to roughly 20cm by 10cm. You can tear one of the long edges for a less precise finish. Fold the two sides inwards so they overlap by a centimetre or so, and tape in place. Fold the top layer (taped side) upwards, creating a triangle on either side (see pic for clarity). Fold the …

diy: pavlova stack for a subtle revelry

I’ve loved a good pav ever since I can remember. It is a bit of a classic in my family, there are photos of me making them with my granny when I still had to stand on a box to reach the counter. So I guess it’s only fitting that I have ended up living in Australia, where pavlova is practically a national dish. Most pavlovas have one, maybe two layers, and are piled high with fruit and cream. I made an extra high stack for A Subtle Revelry, it’s a pretty simple cake that makes a big impression. Head over for the full instructions and see below for a rather satisfying gif, if I do say so myself. posted by Claire.