You might have noticed on top of my purple pineapple – otherwise known as my DIY: Ombre Vase – the little rosebuds.
This DIY was actually really difficult tedious. I did it with my BFF and we were both ready to call it quits.
I took my inspiration from The Idea Room, and as you can see, mine looks nothing like hers! A girl can only dream.
Tissue paper streamers – I bought mine at dollarama, but they only had ugly colours remaining in the regular sized streamers, so I bought pretty pink colours in small sized streamers. I think this was my downfall. So definitely buy regular sized streamers (regular sized in width – about 2-3 inches).
Glue gun and glue sticks
Styrofoam ball to glue your rosebuds on
Cut your streamers into 24 inch strips. You can crumple the paper if you want the paper to be softer (optional)
Take one end and begin rolling the strip between your fingers
Every 3-4 inches, twist the paper 180 degrees. Keep rollin’
Now roll, twist, roll twist, etc etc etc etc
Glue your roses onto your styrofoam ball
So, did you get beautiful roses like The Idea Room? Or not-quite bloomed rose buds like me?
I am so so sorry for the delay in posting. I am now officially done for the school year! And between celebrating (read: drinking) and catching up on sleep (read:hungover) I wasn’t quite able to get cracking on the DIYs I have been dying to try.
Yesterday I did this one for my mom. I couldn’t decide if I loved or hated it. But I think I have now fallen in love.
Of course I chose the most difficult shape. For my good knowledgeable-in-Canadian-geography pals, you can (hopefully!) recognize my shape, it is the island of Newfoundland. This is where my momma was born and where half my family still resides. I made it for my mom 🙂 I think it would look good at our family cottage.
Thank you and credit goes to Jojie for the fabulous idea.
Piece of wood, mine was about 1 inch thick. Size depends on you. I picked mine from a scrap collection my dad has. I recommend doing this as you can find cool shapes or a distressed look. Otherwise Home Depot my friends.
String – I used thick industrial-like string, but embroidery thread would work as well (and you can choose cute colours!), try Michaels
Nails, mine were 1 inch long, Home Depot, pack of 100 for $10
A print out of the place you wish to use! Try searching for the image on Google Images.
After deciding upon your location, find a good map image of it, in the size you want, and print it out.
Cut out the map
Either outline the map lightly with pencil onto your wood, or lightly tape it to the surface
Start nailing! This is the hardest, most trying part. You want your nails to be half a centimetre apart ideally. This requires patience. Don’t hit your thumb either!
Once you have your nail outline, remove your map. Pick a place to put your heart (ideally the middle). Trace or free hand draw your heart, and again, start nailing!
After the nailing is finally complete, take your string and go to town. Tie it around your starting nail and go! I didn’t really have a method to my madness but I know Jojie did. You want to hit every nail, and connect it to the heart, you will be going around nails more than once, and maybe for more than one round. Make sure the string stays taut.
What city/town/province/country/state/planet tugs at your heartstrings?
Okay. So the problem with being a crafty procrastinator is that you’re willing to craft anywhere, anytime. So long as you have the supplies, your good!
Or are you?
Turns out I was not. I was not being good! I was being a bad, bad crafter. I had my supplies, but no designated crafting area! Sure you can spread out plastic bags or newspapers but that usually takes up an awkward space, and does not have an 100% leak proof record.
There are some really cool crafter stations out there. I really, really want one (like this one by DeSerres) but my 700 square feet condo won’t allow many large additions!
As an attempt to get me off of our new floors and furniture, my dashing boyfriend surprised me by buying me the table pictured above. Both the table and chair fold and tuck away which is great, and no more paint on the couch which is also a bonus. It’s perfect for now, but I do envision one day having a room to myself 🙂 Or at least one of those bad boys by DeSerres