Tuesday, 30 September 2014

nail polished necklace

it could not be any easier...

a necklace that's really beautiful...but has the wrong colour...and nail polish in the right colour...that's it...just paint the necklace with nail polish...and you do have a new necklace in your favourite colour.

...stylish...easy...cheap...this is exactly what a perfect diy project is to me.

so...watch out for some nice necklaces and nail polishes and get started...

i wish you a lot of fun...best regards...silke

this is what you need

- statement necklace

- nail polish

this is what you have to do

- paint

- paint

- paint

- let it dry

- and enjoy your "new" necklace

...and another in red

Saturday, 27 September 2014

slinky mail holder

...how could i resist buying this black slinky, when i saw it in one of my favourite 'bits and pieces shop"... i used to love those tiny little spirals , which do basically nothing but running down the stairs.

i do not have any stairs in my home...so there is actually even less need for a slinky in my life than ever before...but still i wanted one...and i was sure i would find a purpose for it...and yes...i did.

...a mail holder...makes sense..what do you think...???

i needed something to organize my mail anyways...i hate all this letters, i am not interesting in and it always takes ages for me to finally open them...so why not keeping them in place.

...it only took me to another trip to the hardware store and then i could get started.

i ended up with two versions...a plain wooded one and a metallic painted one with handmade relief letters.

this is what you need

- slinky toy

- wooden board

- paint

- brush

- two circle cable clamps

- hammer

- handmade letters ( optional)

here a few ideas on how to make your own letters

- in case you haven't heard of circular cable clamps...here is a close-up

this is what you have to do

- paint your wooden board

- i was actually too lazy to sand the board first

...and it did not make any difference

- choose a position for the first clamp close to the edge of the board

- place the least circle of one end of the slinky underneath the first clamp

- fix the clamp by nailing it with a hammer

- repeat with the other side

- and that's it

- now you only have to place your letters into the slinky

if you wish you can add IN and OUT to your mail holder to differenciate between your incoming and outcoming mail.

... i hope i could inspire you a little bit...hope you enjoyed the tutorial...thank you so much for stopping by...best regards...silke

Sunday, 14 September 2014

puffy painted glass bottles

the inspirations for this post are actually the diy moroccan lantern posts, which can be found all around the net...just not that colourful, not made with mason jars...and...not that beautiful.

i very much liked the idea of the glass and the puffy paint, but due to my obsession that everything has to be colour-coordinated in my life, i went for plain glasses and metalic dark grey paint.

...and i did not use traditional mason jars...i used some beautiful conical shaped bottles, which initially contained salad dressing...yeah...shame on me...but i only bought the first one because of the salad dressing, the others just because of the shape...it was worth it though.

this project was one of my "oh-my-god-will-i-able-to-do-this" projects...no...i am clearly not talented enough to do it right.

...as i mentioned in one of my previous posts, i just can neither draw...nor artistically paint...i just cannot.

i did a lot of researches and read a lot of "diy moroccan lantern" posts, and what can i say all other creative bloggers are real artist, they all just took a glass jar, a puffy paint pen and beautifully painted their jars...just like this, no preparation, no pattern, no template...wow...i wish i could have this done myself.

...as you will notice in my tutorial, i had to think of a pattern first, then i had to draw the pattern onto a piece of paper, then i had to draw it onto the glass bottle by using a removable marker and then i finally traced the pattern with the puffy paint pen.

and guess what...it still looks like my four year old nephew mika would have drawn it...sorry mika..no insult...i know that you could have done it way better than me.

...anyhow...i still like them, i just have to keep them for myself...definitely they won't make a gift for anyone.

a long story finally comes to an end...and here comes the tutorial


this is what you need

- conical shaped glass bottle

- puffy paint pen

- a few pieces of plain paper

- pencil

- eraser (just in case)

- removable marker

this is what you have to do

- first i was thinking of a pattern 

- then i drew the pattern onto a piece of paper

- i had to amend the pattern a couple of times

- to make it easier to draw the pattern on the glass bottle, i inserted a another plain piece of paper in the bottle

- and then traced the lines with the puffy paint pen

- the marker lines could be easily removed with a cotton bud and nail polish remover

- i actually filled up the bottle with decoration sand only for the picture, before i even thought about using the bottles as candle sticks

- as i had two more bottles left, i thought about two more pattern and repeated the process with the remaining ones

...drawing the pattern onto the bottle using the marker

- tracing the pattern with the puffy paint pen

- filling up with sand

- repeating everything with the last bottle

- and that it is...the imperfect puffy painted glass bottles, which turned into candle holders

i hope you still enjoyed the tutorial...thank you very much visiting my site...best regard...silke