Wire Christmas Star Ornament

With Christmas season in full swing, I come across so many fun DIY pins, it’s impossible not to attempt some myself. I found a wonderful idea of wire Christmas ornaments, and all you need is a wire!

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My first one I tried was with silver wire I had left over from previous projects.

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It is so simple! Draw a little star on a wooden plank, hammer in a nail at each vertex and wrap away! Then secure in the intersections and fasten off! I did have to pull the nails out to release the star.

I then tried to spray paint it gold.

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I liked how it looked, but then I bought some gold wire and liked how that came out, too.

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Too cute!!! Make it and love it!

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This is where most of them ended up, more on this later! One exciting post coming up!

DIY – Paper Gerbera Daisies

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It is probably typical of a lot of girls, but my Instagram is mainly pictures or kids, flowers and soups. Kiddos are the highlight of my everyday life, no wonder they are the main subject of my photos. Soup is part of my heritage, it is what I grew up with, it’s what makes me feel good and safe and home (yes, soup does that to me!) And flowers is my other favourite. All flowers photograph beautifully. It is almost impossible to take a bad photo of flowers.

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I stumbled across a wonderful website by Lia Griffith, where she describes in great detail how to make all sorts of beautiful flowers, bouquets, wreaths and other paper crafts. She also provides templates, or at the very least, she provides links to other sites’ tutorials.

Sure enough she has a special magic cutter that cuts the shapes out for her from templates, but if you are like me and don’t mind putting in some work, you can do it without the magic cutter. You may have an advantage if you have a minion.

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I’ve only had enough patience for five gerberas, but they are just so cute!SAM_8410

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Here is the pictorial found at liagriffith.com. There is no need to create my own tutorial as I haven’t changed anything from Lia’s tute. Here it is (or click on the tutorail to be redirected to her site).5bc3548ce27ac0ae846ac67f9a19b6df

This was one awesome craft, just beautiful, and you berely need anything (maybe just a minion).

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DIY – Yarn letters

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Some french words are easier than others. I am glad I came across one that was easy enough to make out of yarn and had such a sweet translation – baby!

It was so easy to make, I think words will be wasted if I try to explain what to do, but a single picture will explain everything, and I am sure give you more DIY ideas.

Ta-da!

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It’s a little less glamorous at the back, but, if Ikea can do it, so can I!

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Yarn just makes everything look warm and cosy! Like sheep!

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I have one of those walls where a lot of my projects end up…

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However, after my photo-shoot was finished, my sweet yarn letters were used else-where (more on that later):

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Make it and love it!

If you enjoyed this post, perhaps you would like to check out some of my other posts using the same yarn:

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Dollhouse Decor – 2nd layer

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Continuing the interior decor of the dollhouse, in this post you will find out how to furnish 4 rooms using a garden fence (I think it’s a fence, it could be something else…) bought for 4 euro! Here is the revered relic:

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Here is my favourite one.  Not an absolute necessity, but makes any dollhouse so much comfier!  A few pieces cut to size create a cute little fireplace.

Blog thumbnail - DIY Dollhouse fireplaceSome of the planks from the garden fence were cut up and used for making table and chairs. Admittedly I used some square rods for legs, but the top part of the table was made by gluing those very planks.  The only primer I had was white, so consequently it was painted white.

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More furniture created from the garden fence. Main bed and built-in bunk-bed are adorable!

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The kids’ room has a bunk-bed, a swing, and a mood wall.

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Ok, this wasn’t made from the wooden garden fence, but who doesn’t have some cardboard lying around? Oh, and you will need a glue gun and some material.

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Some Popsicle sticks came in handy for these cute dollhouse frames.

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I wish I knew how to make kitchen and bathroom furniture to complete the house, however, for now, they might have to be bought.

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Here is the completed house ready to be handed over tomorrow to the customer.

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So, made it and fell in love with it. I will miss you, my little dollhouse!

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Dollhouse

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Had I been asked to D-I-Wife this project six months ago, I would have laughed a little and refused politely while LOL in my head. A proper paid order, by me? A dollhouse?  No way, no how, nuh uh!

And yet, here it is.  I have been asked to D-I-Wife it, a dollhouse, by me. My mother-in-law (my second paying customer happens to be my kin) was not satisfied with what’s available on the market (and the prices that left you with a gory awe). The request was to make a dollhouse as tall as a child, for two or three of them to play together at the same time. I was also given a budget of 100 euro.

It’s hard to tell why, by some divine vision, I have been browsing making dollhouses on Pinterest, so I had a very good idea of how hard it is to make one, what tools I might need, and the approximate cost. I’ve also grown more confident using my power tools, so, all in all, I said yes.

The end result is pretty amazing, this being my first proper DIY from new materials (not upcycling a desk or drawers) and on a budget (usually it is what it is).

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The plan for the dollhouse can be found here, by Anna White. On her blog, she gives an excellent tutorial, with all measurements and plans, in PDF and otherwise, so I won’t do the same. However, I will mention some of the amendments I’ve made and lessons learned.

Finding the material was relatively difficult. I went to about 7 DIY shops before I found plywood. Some shops were out of stock, some only worked with orders, some were too specialised in something else… I eventually went straight to a warehouse that I drove past a few times, hoping it would have what I am looking for. They had better! There was this glorious 9mm plywood board that was used for transportation crates. It was a little worn, but good overall condition, and at 20 euro a piece for 240mm by 120mm!  Very compliant staff offered to cut it for me as needed. Though it cost me another 10 euro, it was well worth the hassle. Here is the above mentioned plywood, and some planks for the roof.

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Next step was to cut the roof, windows and doors. Begin by penciling it all on the board, then drill a whole withing the necessary shape, and by inserting jigsaws into the whole, cut it out. I kind of enjoyed this process. It was a first for me. *Grin*

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Then I put the pieces together with – yeah – masking tape, so see that it all comes together, and trim to fit.

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Once everything was as planned, applying wood glue and stapler gun (that shoots tiny nails), the sides were attached.

Next on the list was the roof. This was a tricky part. The planks I bought were too thick. When I was buying them, I was told their thickness, which sounded fine, but I should have checked it to make sure. The roof was too heavy, the wood curled, the nails could not hold it in place.

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It was a disaster, it had to be replaced with a thinner, more submissive wood.  I used 2.5 mm screws to attach the roof and then some more throughout the house for sturdiness.

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Some wood filler followed by sanding, and the house was ready for painting.

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I really liked Ana White’s paint choices, and since I had the same, I decided not to deviate. The floors were carefully varnished, and the walls were covered with white primer. I used a lot of masking tape throughout.

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The outside was painted soft green.

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I love the little gaps in the roof – gives it some feel of authenticity.

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White walls and dark hardwood floors, very Nordic.

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Three floors!

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Little window seals, very cute.

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Upstairs, I plan kids room and a tiny bathroom.

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On the first floor, two bedrooms and on the ground floor, a kitchen and a hall?

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6 Awesome Dollhouse DIYs

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Tinkering with dollhouse again? What?! Yep, it’s true! I have managed to put together a beautiful sitting room of wonderfully eclectic style pieces – pretty much all handmade from materials that anyone could easily find around their house. I love making something out of nothing and this is one of my ultimate creations! This is what the room looks like:

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With every DIY, you will find a quick picture instruction or a link to where a coherent tutorial might be found. With these simple 6 Dollhouse DIYs, you will pretty much complete one whole room! Enjoy!

1. Popsicle stick frame

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You will need 4 Popsicle sticks, a tiny picture that you are wishing to frame, some cardboard and a glue-gun! Then follow the following steps:

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2. Wingback Chair

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I’ve already posted this tutorial previously, but as it is now part of this special room, it seems fitting to mention it again. You will need some cardboard, scrap material, glue-gun and some trimming, i.e. string.

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3. Crochet Rug

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This is a beautiful touch to any dollhouse room! A super easy wonderful tutorial is found here, however when I did mine, I kind of just went with it, and it came out. Follow your instinct!

4. Curtains

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These curtains were very simple. I had some Ikea curtain material left over. That was cut to size, draped over a BBQ stick, held with beads and glue-gunned to the wall.

5. Lamp

Blog thumbnail - DIY Dollhouse lamp2This was a bit of an interesting treasure-hunt. I found all these caps and lids from eye drops and toothpaste, and a party horn. Put those together, and you get a contemporary lamp!

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6. Footstool/Ottoman

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This started with World Cup and loads of Pizza… I had all those three legged tables that come with pizza. They had to be used somehow, and this is how. Take six of them and *puff* make an ottoman!

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Your turn to make it and love it!

If you are like me, crazy for anything and everything doll-size, check out my other posts:

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5 DIY Party Decorations

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I had a wonderful opportunity to throw a birthday party on practically zero budget! Yes, I said opportunity, not challenge.  I love opportunities like this, push creativity and have a good excuse to browse Pinterest for hours.

Here are 5 wonderful DIY ideas chosen for this party. These particular decorations complement each other very well in more ways than one. First of all, there are two shades of purple, which is not too monotonous yet works together very well.  The economies of scale is another reason for making all of these together, as you make all decoration from the same materials. So, without further ado:

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1. Cupcake stand

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This particular piece cost me nothing. A kitchen roll (free!) and two circles cut out from cardboard (free!) fastened together with some masking tape and painted over with white paint. I used acrilyc, cause I had acrylic, but gouache would work just as well. I had some tule left over, so I glue-gunned that, but alternatively, doilies or paper or tape could have been used as a trim.

The idea came from this photo on pinterest, however the link is no longer available.

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2. Bunting

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I used white and purple A4 sheets of cardboard paper.

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3. Pinata

For this project you will need crepe paper (or tissue paper), cardboard box, scissors and tape.

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An excellent tutorial is found here.

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4. Paper Stars

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And last but not least,

5. Giant paper flowers
Girly purple party6The tutorial on pinterest is excellent, but the link is lost. Here is the photo Tuto using only some tissue paper and string:

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Four packets of crepe paper, some string and white and purple cardboard cost me  less that 5 euro! Hope this will help you planning your party and not worry about the budget!

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