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We Can Make it if We Try | DIY Floral Wreath

We Can Make it if We Try | DIY Floral Wreath

August 28, 2015  |  DIY, DIY Ideas, Inspiration  |  No Comments
Today’s tutorial comes to you via ao.com, Caroline Rowland is here to show you how to make your own Floral wreath!:

 

Floral crowns have been a big trend for weddings and festival goers for a little while now, but for those of us who aren’t keen on the idea of wearing one, this project is an adaptation which can be used to decorate walls not heads at a summer event or wedding.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

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A wire coat hanger
A selection of flowers and greenery
Floral tape
Floral wire
Scissors
Washi tape (optional)
And here’s how it’s done…
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First, shape your clothes hanger into a circle. Group together small posies of flowers and leaves and tape together with floral tape. Start at the top and tape a posy to the hanger. Continue with another posy, using the flowers and leaves to cover the stems of the last posy.

When you reach the half way point, start at the top again and work around the other side.
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When you reach the middle you will probably need to cover any stems showing with some additional flowers. Use floral wire to attach these as it will be difficult to tape these on. Do this for any other gaps that you feel need filling.
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You can then either leave the hook part of your hanger as it is, or you can wrap it in washi tape if you’d prefer to cover it.
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Then simply hang up and enjoy! If you would prefer a longer lasting wreath then use some good fake flowers. A real one will only last around 24 hours, so try and make it as close to your event as possible.
We Can Make it if We Try | How to Make a Pretty Fabric Clipboard

We Can Make it if We Try | How to Make a Pretty Fabric Clipboard

August 21, 2015  |  DIY, DIY Ideas, Found and beautiful, Inspiration  |  1 Comment
Today’s tutorial comes to you via ao.com, Caroline Rowland is here to show you how to make your own confetti!:
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I first made these pretty fabric clipboards for my wedding earlier this year, when I used them for my table plan. Since then, I realised they could be reused at home by using them to clip some of our favourite wedding pictures to them.

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You can dress up your office or desk space with these lovely fabric clipboards and keep organised by clipping your to do lists and reminders to them. Or use them anywhere in the home – perhaps with some favourite photographs or postcards clipped to them in the living room or hallway or as a kitchen task centre, creating one for each of your children to keep on top of homework or school schedules.
They are super simple and cheap to make and you could even use scraps of fabric and stitch them together for a patchwork look.
Here’s what you’ll need…
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Thick card
Spray mount
Pieces of fabric
Lace trim
Bull dog clips (I got mine from Cass Art)
Pinking shears
Needle and thread
And here’s how it’s done…
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Cut your card to approx 22cm x 18cm – you can use a bigger piece if you’d prefer a larger clipboard.  Place the card on top of your fabric and roughly cut the fabric a few centimetres bigger than your card. You can do this with normal fabric scissors.
Iron your piece of fabric nice and flat and then spray your card with spray mount and place it centrally on your piece of fabric. Using your pinking shears, cut closely to the card, it doesn’t matter if it overhangs a little.

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Measure out the length of lace trim you need to run across the bottom and simply stitch this to the edge of your fabric.  Add your bull dog clip to the top.

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Then all you need is some small tacks to hang them on the wall!  Make a few in contrasting fabrics and group together in a grid for a pretty display.
Will you be making Caroline’s Pretty Fabric Clipboards?  What kinds of things do you do to make your workspace a little prettier and more organised?  Do share in the comments, we’d love to hear from you!
The photographic glory goes to:  Caroline Rowland | Originally a Belfast girl, Caroline has lived in London since 2000. She has worked in photography and publishing for the last 10 years, during which she started Patchwork Harmony, a blog about interior style just for fun. This soon led to bigger things and in 2011 she launched 91 Magazine – an online publication featuring interiors, crafts and vintage style ideas.
We Can Make it if We Try | DIY Flower & Copper Rings

We Can Make it if We Try | DIY Flower & Copper Rings

August 14, 2015  |  DIY, Inspiration  |  1 Comment
Today’s tutorial comes to you via ao.com, Carole Poirot is here to show you how to make your own DIY Floral and copper napkin rings:
There are some things you can never have too many of. Napkin rings are one of those things. When I lay the table for an event, the decor depends on the time of the year, the event, whether it’s casual or formal. It also depends on which napkins I’m using. Something fun and colourful, elegant and dark, or maybe rustic.

 

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I use different napkin rings at Christmas and Easter, for a winter birthday or a summer party. With all that in mind, I like to occasionally create my own to fit a scheme.

As winter seems to stretch for way too long, I’m already thinking about Spring and a Spring table. I also wanted to incorporate a couple of trends: copper and pink. Something with a little ‘industrial’ touch, but feminine at the same time.

 

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That’s how I came up with these. I hope you like them.

 

Here’s what you’ll need…

 

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Copper wire (0.8mm), available from hardware stores
Silk flowers, the cherry blossom ones I have used are from Sia.
A rolling pin (about 4cm diameter)
A pair of jewellery pliers
And here’s how it’s done…
Using the pliers (as the branches have a wire centre), cut some small branches with a blossom off the large branch. (Save your unused branches and flowers because there will be another craft coming up soon where you’ll be using those!)

 

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Take your rolling pin and wrap some of the copper wire tightly around it with the ends overlapping by about 1.5cm.  I would suggest wrapping the wire at least 5 times so that the ring isn’t too delicate.
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Cut the ends off and wrap them around each other while the wire is still on the rolling pin.

 

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Now slide the wire off, and wrap the ends around the ring to secure it.

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Take one of the cut off flowers and secure with the remaining wire ends. Make sure the ends are facing upwards into the flower as you don’t want your napkins to be scratched.

 

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If needed, give the ends a quick squeeze with the pliers to tighten the flowers to the ring.

 

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I hope you like this idea!  It’s perfect for an Easter table or for Mother’s Day or just when you want to make your table a little bit special.  It’ll also make a great gift for Mum if you want to give her something handmade.

 

We Can Make it if We Try | DIY Dried Flower Confetti

We Can Make it if We Try | DIY Dried Flower Confetti

August 7, 2015  |  DIY, DIY Ideas, Inspiration, Wedding favours  |  1 Comment
Today’s tutorial comes to you via ao.com, Carole Poirot is here to show you how to make your own confetti!:
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It’s summer time and that means it’s also wedding season. If you’re the bride (congratulations!) or the bride’s best friend (good luck!) then you’re probably already organising everything from cakes and caterers, dresses to flowers and venues to music. There are of course all the small details to consider and one of them is the confetti that might get thrown when you (or your friend) walk out of the ceremony. For this reason I thought I’d come up with a pretty and environmentally friendly idea.
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