home: made [ balloon vase ]

home: made [ balloon vase ]

This tutorial from Simply Handmade Studios is a brilliant, simple and very effective way to make a water secure vase. It just uses plaster, a balloon and paint/decoration of your choice.

Follow the simple method to produce your own vase. It can be varied with size and shape of the balloon.

We also found a similar idea but swapping to coating the outside instead with plaster, pva or another strong bonding layer.

Design and decorate with paint, glitter, spray, beads or even gold leaf.

home: featured [ Winter’s Moon ]

home: featured [ Winter’s Moon ]

Shop online at the gorgeous Winter’s Moon for a feast of styles of ethical, handmade and vintage gifts and homewares, from candles to cushions and enamelware to lighting – a delight of pattern, design and colour.

They say;

Founded in 2009 by Julia Grant, Winter’s Moon moved into in one of the prettiest shops in Chichester in 2020.

We are an independent gift and homewares shop selling a colourful and interesting mix of vintage, modern, handmade and fair-trade goods. Many items are created exclusively for Winter’s Moon and made here in the UK.

home: follow friday [ Closet & Botts ]

home: follow friday [ Closets & Botts ]

Closet & Botts have a wonderful curation of vintage, new and handmade homeware, furniture and clothing.

There’s a wealth of texture, muted colour and pieces for every home, from enamel kitchenware to floral homewares and rustic ornaments to bohemian baskets.

home: made [ pottery kit ]

home: made [ pottery kit ]

Ready for another creative project at home? We love this pottery kit from Sculpd. It’s ample set with enough for two people to get stuck in to a good bit of creating pottery at home.

They say;

A Sculpd Pottery Kit contains everything you’ll need to sculpt, carve, paint and seal your own pinch pots, succulent plant pots, trinket dishes, vases, candle holders, sculptures, wall hangings, coasters, pendants and everything in between.

Every kit contains enough clay for two people. You can create 4 or more pinch pots or 2 larger plant pots with plenty left over for the finishing touches.

What’s in the kit?

2 Packs Premium Air-Dry Clay

Step-By-Step Beginners Pottery Guide

Pottery Carving, Shaping and Cutting Tools & Tool Bag

White Acrylic Paint

Glossy Varnish / Sealant

2 Paintbrushes

– Sponge for Smoothing

We use a premium air-drying clay that is soft, supple, easy to manipulate and dries a lovely light grey colour with a smooth surface making it a joy to paint on. We’ve tested every air-dry clay we could get our fingers into, and this clay is hands down the best.

home: made [ macrame ]

home: made [ macrame ]

Needing a new project for January? Need to fill those long hours of lockdown with a project? Or just fancy making something personal for your home or for a gift?

Learning macrame can be therapeutic, enjoyable and result in a new skill.

We found some great tools to help you on your journey.

My French Twist is great for teaching the basics to start you off on your making – snd of of course, with a French twist.

The Spruce Crafts help you to master the seven basic knots to master macrame.

We love this beautiful inspirational Macrame book from Wish at just £14.

And for modern approach the Emily Katz book available from Amazon is great. It’s the ultimate guide, bursting at the seams with ideas to create items for the home.

home: made [ pen holders ]

home: made [ pen holders ]

With her gorgeous home and constant inspirational DIY updates in her house as well as projects on her blog, we love the modern creativity of Grillo Designs.

Explore her blog and Instagram feed for all the back catalogue of super DIYs and collaborations.

Our pick today is a simple but very effective project to make pen holders, from the Grillo Designs blog.

In a climate where more and more of us are working from home, it’s become important to create efficient, beautiful and productive working zones in our houses. Little details, like pen pots, can make easy and affordable difference to lift the look of the work area.

home: made [ side table ]

home: made [ side table ]

We love this idea for a side table or bedside table using plastic tubes and a wooden top.

This design of table has become a popular style recently, but can be quite pricey ( West Elm used to do one ). You can make your own version for half the price with this tutorial from hunker.com

You should also check out Luke Arthur Wells Instagram stories, as he has done a similar one.

home: made [ raffia lampshade ]

home: made [ raffia lampshade ]

Last week we spotted this really cool and relatively easy DIY project from the boys at Mini Moderns.

Turn an old lampshade into something a little bit special, using raffia and a bit of patience. We really love the effect it gives and of course you can do this with any size shade.

To get this 1960’s vibe head to Mini Moderns Instagram, hit on their ‘lampshadeinspo’ story, and follow the tutorial.