DIY OR BUY - STATEMENT EARRINGS.

DIY OR BUY - STATEMENT EARRINGS.

DIY - Giant statement earrings have been huge so far this year and it looks like they're here to stay. Learn how to make these stunning green tassel earrings over at The House That Lars Built. It's pretty amazing what you can achieve with a few basic craft supplies, you'd never know that these hadn't been bought from a store.

BUY - And for the not-so crafty, don't panic, Anthropologie has the answer even if it they are a little pricey.

HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN GIFT WRAP BOOK COVERS.

HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN GIFT WRAP BOOK COVERS.

One of my favourite things about going back to school was covering my notebooks. Sadly there was a lot of sloppy folding and sticky tape involved so they never looked as neat and pretty as these. Of course you don't have to be going back to school to want to add a new snazzy cover to your books.
I always have a notebook or two in my bag but because of all the rubbish essential items I like to carry around they do have a tendency to get a little worn around the edges. Gift wrap book covers are the perfect solution.

HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN GIFT WRAP BOOK COVERS.

SUPPLIES: A book or notebook, gift wrap, a bone folder and a pair of scissors.

1. Take your notebook and lay it down on your gift wrap.

I found a good quality, thick paper works best. It's much easier to fold and will be able to protect your books better.

Your paper strip needs to be at least an inch bigger on the top and bottom and a good 3 inches longer on each side. Trim to size.

2. Place the book in the center of your paper strip and use a bone folder to lightly score along the bottom of the notebook. Fold along this score line and crease.

3. Lay the book back down and this time leave around 1/4 of an inch gap at the bottom so the book will slip easily into the cover.

4. Fold the top down and crease to mark the top of the book. Fold along this crease. Your paper strip should now have two folds running along the top and bottom.

HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN GIFT WRAP BOOK COVERS.

5. Lay the book back down and leave a 3 inch gap from the beginning of the folded paper strip. Score along the edge and fold to form a pocket. Slide the cover into the pocket.

6. To make sure you get a good fit lay the book down flat and wrap the paper around. Flip it over and score along the edge same as you did before. Fold and crease to make another pocket and slide over the back cover.

And you're done. Great job! You now have a fancy new cover for your notebook.

HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN GIFT WRAP BOOK COVERS.

HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN GIFT WRAP BOOK COVERS.

HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN GIFT WRAP BOOK COVERS.

12 OF MY FAVOURITE FREE PRINTABLES.

12 OF MY FAVOURITE FREE PRINTABLES

Don't you just love a free printable? I know I do. All you need is a printer and some paper and you've for yourself some cute artwork or an adorable gift bag. Here's 12 fun and cute things you can download and print for free.

1. Free printable banana split wrapping paper - Studio Diy.

2. Printable Summer tattoos - A Subtle Revelry.

3. Free printable rainbow sticker sheet - Sarah Hearts.

4. Printable door hangers  - The House That Lars Built.

5. Giant photo booth stickers - Oh Happy Day.

6. Diy printable vacation art  - Lovely Indeed.

7. Printable ice cream cone wrappers - The House That Lars Built.

8. Printable herb labels - Lu Loves Handmade.

9. Watermelon gift bags - Design Is Yay.

10. Printable conversation heart stickers - Make And Tell.

11. Diy smile favor pouches - Studio Diy.

12. Diy printable Rubik's cube boxes - Kittenhood.

What one would you print first?

THINGS TO MAKE AND DO.

THINGS TO MAKE AND DO.

Here are 4 things that caught my eye this week.

1. I'm not going to lie, I have no idea what I'd do with a herd of bright blue cardboard llamas but I want to make some all the same.

2. Ombre grapefruit and tangerine popsicles, for those of us that refuse to believe Summer is really over.

3. Giant rainbow confetti sprinkle cookies. Need I say more? I didn't think so.

4. The prettiest crepe paper lei.

DIY EMBROIDERED WALL ART.

DIY EMBROIDERED WALL ART.

Embroidery is back in a big way and I couldn't be more thrilled. As I'm a big fan of creating your own wall art I couldn't wait to combine the two and make some unique textile art for my home.

It's been years since I last picked up a needle and thread so I wanted to start with something relatively simple. While I was scouring the internet for a simple pattern I could try my hand at I came across the 1000 Patterns Project by the clever people at DMC. It's a free collection of cross stitch and embroidery patterns for you to download and enjoy. Every Sunday more exclusive designs are added to the collection. The last time I checked they were up to a pretty impressive 320 designs and I think I fell in love with every single one of them. For this project I chose the geometric Fractuals pattern and I couldn't be more pleased with how it turned out.

SUPPLIES:
DMC's Free Fractuals Embroidery Pattern, Iron-on Photo Transfer Paper, Medium weight cotton or linen, An Iron, Printer, Embroidery hoop, Embroidery Floss, Scissors, Square Canvas and a Staple Gun.

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DIY EMBROIDERED WALL ART.

To begin with I downloaded the pdf and printed it out. The pdf contains all the information you need like what colour threads and stitches to use but I decided to use it only as a guide. I think the great thing about embroidery is that you can really make it your own. I decided I wanted to create some texture by stitching on certain parts and leaving others flat. I printed out the coloured design onto a piece of iron-on photo transfer paper  and ironed it onto some fabric. I used some linen material I already had but a medium weight cotton will work just as well.

DIY EMBROIDERED WALL ART.

Using the design as a guide I used the satin stitch to fill in my chosen areas. If you're unsure about what a satin stitch is you can check out this helpful tutorial. The good thing about having the design already printed in colour is any little gaps or mistakes can be easily disguised. Perfect if you're a beginner or like me, a bit out of practice.

DIY EMBROIDERED WALL ART.

To finish my embroidery I used a simple cross stitch and running stitch to fill in the patterned areas. I removed it from the embroidery hoop and ironed out any creases making sure not to catch any of the printed design.

DIY EMBROIDERED WALL ART.

To display my embroidery I bought a small 6x6 inch square canvas from my local craft shop and wrapped my finished piece around it.

To get a nice flat finish you want to begin by stapling the middle of each side. Pull the fabric firmly but not too tight as you don't want to warp the design. Continue stapling from the inside out leaving a gap at each corner. This next bit can be a bit tricky but try to fold your corners in as neatly as possible. I like to fold one side of the corner in first and then fold the other side on top to form a triangle underneath, similar to folding in the ends when wrapping a gift.

To finish trim away any excess fabric and hang.

DIY EMBROIDERED WALL ART.

DIY EMBROIDERED WALL ART.

DIY EMBROIDERED WALL ART.

What do you think? I love the colour and texture it's added to my living room. Do you see any embroidered wall art in your future?

P.S. Don't forget to visit the 1000 Patterns Project for more free embroidery patterns. It's growing all the time and is a fantastic resource.