home: made [ pet bed ]

home: made [ pet bed ]

Head to One Good Thing By Jillie for plenty of great projrct ideas including this easy little tutorial for a pet bed, that’s so simple, quick and all you really need a a sweatshirt or jumper (vary size depending on size of your pet!)

It’s a great way to upcycle a jumper and can be made to suit your interior with colour, pattern or fabric !

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home: made [ copper shoe shelf ]

home: made [ copper shoe shelf ]

Always looking for more stylish storage idea we came across this tutorial for a cool on trend copper pipe shoe shelf.

Brilliant idea, so simple and this how-to from Fresh Crush is simple and straightforward to follow.

Easy to adjust to your space or needs and made with very little tools and materials.

Use the same tutorial to create shelving for other uses too – a pot rack in the kitchen, for towels in the bathroom or even use outside for small planters of vegetables, herb garden or flower pots.

home: made [ outdoor coffee table and stools ]

home: made [ outdoor coffee table And stools ]

Summer is round the corner and as well as the stores being full of on trend, modern lounge and dining furniture for your garden, it’s also an opportunity to think about getting creative and making garden furniture from other paraphernalia. It’s great to seek out vintage, retro or industrial items that can be turned into tables, chairs, planters – all to give an unique quirky look to your outdoor living area.

We’ve found a few great ideas to give you some creative inspiration.

Quirky and bright, we love this easy diy, using old milk crates for stools or tables, spotted on BalconyGardenWeb. Head to eBay for old crates or contact local milk delivery firm. A great way to get pops of colour in the garden.

Search for vintage style giant spools, which sound crazy but are relatively easy to get from builders merchants or diy stores as this is what they sell electric cabling, chains and rope on. If they sell by the length then every so often they’ll be getting rid of the spool! We also spotted some on eBay where someone has already sanded, prepared and made perfect to use! A sourced spool, with a little sanding and a wax or varnish, make perfect ready made tables! The wood is generally already weather proof.

With a bit of a search, we spotted an abundance of ideas for the wooden reels including a gorgeous planter on The Empowered Educator Online.

Another great project would be to upcycle large old tins (often from cooking oil or other ingredients) into stools or tables. Add wooden tops or padded tops. Spray in chosen colour or leave as is and take advantage of the cool typography and graphics often used as the labelling of the product.

There’s lots of inspiration on Pinterest including these padded top stools from The Upcyclist blog

home: made [ plant pots designs ]

home: made [ plant pot designs ]

With Spring in the air it’s time to think about outdoor living, planting and gardens. It’s great to make personal touches within your space with your own design creations on plant pots. This can allow them to match a colour theme, follow a trend, label what’s in the pot or personalise them as a gift!

We love the design idea from Homedit with its modern geometric look and metallic colours.

For a plethora of ideas head to BalconyGardenWeb or have a look on Pinterest

All you’ll need is paint and, if it’s not outdoor paint then a good fixer spray or varnish will ensure it lasts and holds up to the weather. You can get plain pots from garden centres, IKEA, or try online at Hobby Craft or Baker Ross for great prices.

home: event [ craft workshop ]

home: event [ craft workshop ]

Ever heard of Jesmonite? Us neither til we got educated by the London Craft Club. A great material used in one of the latest workshops.

The London Craft Club run brilliant creative crafty workshops using all sorts of materials, skills and methods. Learn a new technique and enjoy getting creative!

When the words ‘concrete’, ‘marbling’ and ‘terrazzo’ are used in a description of a material – we’re sold on it!

Pick from a few dates on offer to take part in a workshop, where you will design and make a little trinket box in the super material Jesmonite.

They say;

Get ready to meet your new favourite material, Jesmonite. What is Jesmonite I hear you ask? Well it’s a cross between concrete and resin, that can be coloured and used to create awesome effects like terrazzo and marbling. Intrigued? Then read on…

In this introduction to working with Jesmonite you will learn all about this amazing material from our expert Haidee. She will discuss different applications for Jesmonite, and tell you about the different effects you can achieve. Then you’ll make a mould for your trinket dish – choose from a triangle, diamond, or hexagonal shape for your final piece.

Haidee will then show you how to mix your Jesmonite, how to colour it, and you will be able to cast your very own geometric trinket dish! It’s such an amazing material to work with, we know you are going to want to go home and make more pieces for everyone you know! You’ll leave with a finished Jesmonite trinket dish, plus all the knowledge and skills needed to make lots more.

Dates still available :

Tuesday 26th February 7.00 – 9:30pm

Tuesday 5th March 7.00 – 9:30pm

Saturday 16th March 2.00 – 4:30pm

Book quick to avoid missing out!

home: made [ Easter wreaths ]

home: made [ Easter wreaths ]

Looking for another reason to get creative. Wreaths aren’t just for Christmas. Try creating a beautiful wreath to adorn your door for Easter. Use delicate spring colours, real or artificial flowers, add in eggs, ribbons or even miniature Spring animals.

Look to Pinterest for inspiration or head to Country Living for some great DIY ideas!