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DIY Home Decor | Quote Mirror Art

Roald Dahl. He spoke the truth.

| WHAT YOU NEED |

Mirror | Stickers

| HOW YOU MAKE IT |
I started by removing the hanging as I'm more of a picture/frame/mirror leaner [and have the broken glass to prove it] but other than making sure your mirror is clean and free of dust/marks - the prep work for this DIY is minimal:
To create my quote, I needed two packs of letter stickers. I went for Thickers Imprint as they are nice and thick and have a black background with contrasting thin gold lettering. But the beauty of this DIY is that you can create any effect you want - large or small, any colour, any thickness and any font.
I used the pack to help me space out my quote in to 6 lines and continued to use this as my guide as I started each line, making sure it matched the spacing of the sticker pack:
 ...and you're off.  Create each word, with even spacing between each letter and then even spacing between each word:
If anything goes wrong, or doesn't look quite right, you can easily change it before the sticker becomes too adhered to the mirror.  But be fairly quick - the stickers are almost impossible for me to remove now (just as a test) and I even checked how easy the mirror would now be to clean and I could pretty much wipe over the top of the stickers without worrying too much.

Finally, display your new, stylish mirror:
see you next time x

Jewellery Maker | Wire Word Kit

Today, I'm bringing you the results of my try of the Jewellery Maker new kits.  I've worked with Jewellery Maker before, and tried out their Gemstone Bracelet kit, which I really enjoyed.  From their new range of kits, which include Stamping and Seed Beading, I've tested the Wire Writing Kit.  Ive seen various wire writing hangers, jewellery and accessories and was keen to give the technique a go myself - what better way than with a kit.

The kit provides you with materials to create two 'love' necklaces - but that's just the findings and fastenings.  You receive 10m of wire - plenty for more than just the two 'love' words and depending on the length of chain and whether you opt for a necklace or bracelet [like me], there's room for a few more.  So no worries if you make a mistake and feel you want to start again, have a practice run or even experiment with longer words - there are plenty of supplies provided.
You also have the added support of the Jewellery Maker YouTube channel.  An instruction booklet is also provided, but this gives guidance in a way words and photos just can't replicate - how to achieve the required bends, changes in direction and how to work with the wire - so this was a really useful resource to have to watch before attempting myself and whilst I was making.
With nothing more than the wire and two pliers, you can begin to work the wire and create a word that comes to life right before you.  The added demonstration and explanation really helped and I could stop and start the video [the demo is quite fast] as I went along:
Like with most new crafts, the key is to be patient and take your time as you follow along - I was really surprised at the ease with which the wire works and learned a lot about how the tools should be used - something I can apply to lots of future DIYs!
In total, the DIY took me 30 minutes [with plenty of stop/starting the video as I went along] which was a huge surprise and I am convinced this is down to the YouTube tutorial, so highly recommend checking the videos out if you try any of the kits.
I gained confidence as the word came to life, so I'm looking forward to trying out some other DIYs to put this new-found confidence to the test.

Adding the findings and chain, I turned my word in to a bracelet that I am pretty proud of - I'm not a million miles off the original?!
I was convinced my word would have kinks, sharp bends and uneven heights and sizes of letters.  The kit suggests that it is for makers of intermediate level - but I'd encourage you to give it a go whatever level you may class yourself [or not] in - it might just be your thing and I don't think you'll know until you try!  If you have any questions about the kit that I haven't answered here, please do ask.

It's a weirdly therapeutic craft and not stressful in any way - like I expected.  I even used some extra wire to get my Carrie Bradshaw on....
...need to work on the length required estimations - but I'll be back with some more DIYs of what this has inspired!

Overall - I loved the 30 minutes I was completely absorbed in creating my bracelet.  The YouTube tutorial completely brings everything to life and I feel completely inspired to make more and experiment with a few other ideas I hope I can share when they come to life.

| TREAT YOURSELF! |
If you fancy having a go yourself, or giving one of the other kits a try, get FREE P&P and a FREE TOOLKIT with the code 'ThingsSheJM' and treat yourself.

I'd love to know what you think and if you do pick up one of the kits for yourself - show me the results!

*Jewellery Maker kindly gifted me the kit and tool kit to try and review - but all opinions are my own.

DIY Home Decor | Painted Trinket Box

Store your trinkets in style with this simple DIY dalmatian print box.

| WHAT YOU NEED |


Jewellery Box | White Paint | Black Paint | Grey Paint | Pink Paint | Gold Paint | Paint Brushes

| HOW YOU MAKE IT |
Start with your base colour - for the dalmatian print-effect, I opted for white, but you could also colour block your box and choose a colour-way that suits your style.  You may need a few coats, so ensure you let each dry fully before applying the next [the hot weather is helping to speed this up, but if you need a tip - get your hairdryer to dry the coats].
Next for the print.  Using a range of brushes in size will give you the irregular style of the dalmatian spots, so start by making some spaced out dots, covering the top and sides of the box to start the foundations of the pattern:
Next, start introducing the accent colours [if you want them], following a similar style in irregularity and space:
You can now complete the dalmatian pattern by filling the spaces with further black irregular spots - the best part of this DIY is that there is no rhyme or reason to the pattern - go with the overall look you like and keep adding spots until the overall style is achieved:
Leave to dry completely before using to store your jewellery & trinkets, bits & bobs, odds & ends or just as a display accessory:
I'm using mine to hold and tidy away my keys in the hallway:
Made in less than an hour - it's bring a bit of [muted] colour to my home!

DIY Home Decor | Geometric Mirror Stand

Style up your dressing table with a simple mirror stand.

| WHAT YOU NEED |

Mirror / Paint / Plaster / Craft Knife / Acetate Sheets

| HOW YOU MAKE IT |

The hardest step of this DIY is deciding the shape of your stand and creating a mould for your plaster. I kept my design simple and created a pyramid base from an acetate plastic sheet and plenty of tape to keep the mould watertight and strengthen the edges:
Mix your plaster according to the manufacturer guide, ensuring that the plaster is fully mixed and of a pouring consistency.
Once in place, help support the mould with any heavy, straight lined objects that will stop the weight of the plaster from expanding the mould shape.  Once semi-set [only around 10 minutes later] I added my mirror to help mark and dent the plaster before leaving to fully dry:
Remove the mirror, supports and mould:
 Use a ruler and craft knife to further the mark made by the mirror and create a wider, neater slot for the stand.  Use a scissor blade to help scrape the plaster away:
[keep using your mirror to test whether enough plaster has been removed to hold the mirror at your desired angle]:
When completed, lightly sand the stand to neaten any edges, help straighten any lines and remove any excess plaster:
Finally - the stand can be left unfinished, or you can add your own decoration.  After completing this moon art, I continued my love of splatter paint with a simple grey and gold flick design:
Leave to dry completely and add a clear varnish finish to protect before adding your mirror and displaying on your dressing table:
...and you can swap out your round mirror for a larger one:
 [this mirror was taken from a poundland frame]
 Easily personalised - dress up your dressing table with your own!

DIY Gift | Chopping Board Rest & Note Pad



| WHAT YOU NEED |

Board / Paint / Cord / Notepad / Nail / Hammer / Bulldog Clip / Lollipop Stick / Glue Gun / Stand

| HOW YOU MAKE THEM |

Both are simple, easy and completed in 30 minutes.  What more could you want?

Shopping List

Start by looping and tying your cord to the handle:
With some masking tape [or washi tape, if you're me] section off the area that you would like to block paint:
Run your brush away from the edge to help ensure you create a neat, crisp line and leave the paint to dry completely.  Then, enjoy the removal of the tape for the brilliance that it is.
To get rid of any messy edges with the paint, I quickly sanded the sides to neaten the lines.
Finally, add a nail to the centre of the bottom of the handle to hang your bulldog clip from, adding your paper to create a simple and stylish shopping list holder:

Phone / Tablet Rest
To complement the list board, I sectioned off the top handle to paint in the same grey:
Once completely dry, I removed the tape and added the cord loop to the handle:
Next, mark the position of your lollipop stick rest [using your phone/tablet to ensure it will rest neatly] and then run a line of glue along one side of the lollipop and fix in place:
When dry, you can neaten any excess glue with a craft knife to cut away.  To strengthen the rest, I also ran another line of glue across the bottom.
Finally, attach the stand for the board, adding lots of glue to the top of the wooden stand and holding the board in place at a slight angle:
Once fully dried, your stand is ready to use.
So, what do you think?  Two simple, stylish and budget-friendly ideas to transform some basic chopping boards.
P.S - Father's Day is just around the corner - if your Dad is a Masterchef or baker, these might make a great gift idea!
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