(But Further)

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I wish I’d taken DIY photos of this. Here’s the only one I have:Image
So you’ll just have to let me tell you how dead simple it was.
Stick thinly ripped masking tape crosses on a small canvas, paint over, add glitter and peel off tape.
Yep. I used yellow, blue and red acrylic paints and just mixed them AS I painted, to get the cool multicoloured effect.

That’s all. Oh, plus a piece of newspaper with a quote I love.
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One last thing though- do you LOVE the art table it’s sitting on? When I have my own place, I’m convinced my dining room table will be inspired by this.

Thanks for reading!
Amy, xo.

 

DIY Photo Frame!

And about time I wrote another DIY post!
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I made this for one of my closest friends, ‘just because’. I think those are the best kinds of presents- when you don’t have any particular reason, other than to remind someone you care.

At the time, I was actually in the midst of a big design project, and it became my inspiration:DIY Photo Frame!
Plus I had a few left over materials from it (always a good incentive).
Anyway, here’s how I made it!DIY Photo Frame!
1> You’ll need: a timber photo frame, a whole heap of those little sticks (I have no idea what you call them, but they look kinda like toothpicks, minus the pointy bit), paints and craft glue. 2> I gently sanded my frame a little, to make sure the glue would hold. 3> The fun part! Get your sticks and your paint (and definitely some newspaper!) and go crazy. Just gather up your sticks and randomly jab and streak and brush them to your heart’s content. I used a few colours at once so they would mix and be pretty :) 4> You’ll need, like, a lot. 5> I drew a few quotes and patterns on some of mine, just for a sweet personal touch! 6> And now you glue. I alternated the sticks in the corners, just following the join, and also some of the sticks needed cutting (Stanley knife or scalpel works) down to fit.

And after hours upon hours of tough labour (slightest of exaggerations)… You’re done.DIY Photo Frame!
And you can probably see that I threw some glitter on there too. Cuz she’s that kinda girl. Hope you guys like it, I was quite proud of my efforts and my friend seemed pretty stoked too!
DIY Photo Frame!
Thanks for checking it out!!
Amy, xo

PS: Sorry for the less-than-spectacular-quality pictures: I took these before I got my SLR camera!

DIY: Criss-Cross Flags

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Living in a dorm room has its limitations. Like not being able to paint the (green) walls, or sleeping less than two feet away from my desk, wardrobe AND shelves. So on the day that I arrived, armed with red bunting leftover from Christmas 2012 (baaaadd idea), I knew there was a lot of work to be done if I wanted to have a room that looked like a design student actually lived there.

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But I’ve always liked a challenge.

The red had to go, for starters. Then I picked some happier, more relaxed colours and got to work.

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So far, this is my favourite area. I’ve added found objects like that bottle and a Y shaped stick (now I just need the A and M), a sweet flower, my 365 photos (yes, that’s where they all end up going, in case you ever wondered) and my DIY criss-cross flags, in all their glory. I’m a little proud of myself, and the difference it’s making to my room.

So here’s how I made the bunting:

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1/ Pick out your fabrics and cut them (I used pinking shears) into random-sized rectangles. 2/ Make a template of whatever shape you want to stamp onto them, and 3/ remember potato stamps? To be honest, I don’t. But whatever, I still made one in the spirit of childishness. 4/ Mix your paint (I used acrylic paint mixed with a fabric medium, but I honestly think plain acrylics would be fine for this project) and get stamping! 5/ Pick out some sweet buttons, 6/ decide on your layout and sew them on.

Hang them up and you’re done!

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Did I mention that they gave us orange blinds?
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That was thoughtful.

I was planning on saying to you guys, ‘how easy/simple/straightforward/quick was that?!’ But that would be lying. Because I made these over a course of about a month, in between long periods of procrastination.

Worth it.
Amy, xo.