DIY – Urban Outfitters Inspired Wall Hanging Hack

DIY - Urban Outfitters Inspired Wall Hanging Hack Title Page AdorablestDIY – Urban Outfitters Inspired Wall Hanging Hack. I pinned a picture of a wall hanging I really liked by Urban Outfitters awhile ago – but it was not available to purchase any longer – so what to do? Make my own! Here is the original by Urban Outfitters (below). It is called the Magical Thinking Athena Wall Hanging …

Magical Thinking Athena Wall Hanging by Urban OutfittersNotice the strings (on the bottom) on the original are different to the DIY Urban Outfitters Inspired Wall Hanging Hack. It is easier enough to string just like the original Athena Wall Hanging also if you want.

It has always reminded me of an X and an O – so this is sort of a DIY – Valentine Wall Hanging 😉

DIY - Urban Outfitters Inspired Wall Hanging Hack SuppliesYou will need:

  • Plastic or Drillable ring – 25cm (10″) approx.
  • Cardboard or Paper to draw your template
  • Ruler
  • Pencil & Sharpie
  • Paint & Paintbrush for your Ring
  • Pin & String (if you are using to draw your circle)
  • Drill and 1mm Drill Bits
  • 8 – 9 metres of 3x3mm or similar Rollo Chain (Bronze)
  • 14 Eye Pins (Match Chain)
  • 10 Head Pins (Match Chain)
  • Jewellery Tools – Long & Round Nose Pliers & Snips

DIY - Urban Outfitters Inspired Wall Hanging Hack Steps 1 to 41. Trace or if you are not confident, use a pin, a piece string and a pencil (draw a circle) to get inside and outside outline of your ring (note: I already had my template drawn and the extra bigger circle that you see was from another larger ring I used – but same principle).

2. Find the center, then evenly draw 6 strings each way to make an X (right angles needed). Mine are spaced approx 1.5cm apart

3. Use your sharpie to mark where to drill on the inside and outside of your ring. You will drill 48 holes total (24 on the inside and 24 on the outside. Drill through completely – makes it easier to thread the pins later). You may need spare drill bits handy as they can gunge up. Do not keep using the same drill bit if it is drilling bigger and bigger holes, as you don’t want the pins to pull through. Note: Yes, some of them end up on quite an angle – but as long as it is drilled straight through.

4. You can measure approx. strings of your chain and cut ready. Or attach and cut as you go. You will need 8 to 9 metres of rollo chain. It might seem excessive, but this is what is needed as it adds up. ie. (25cm x 6) x 2 = 3m, plus the lengths of the tails. For this DIY they add up to being over 5m = over 8m total, so make sure you have enough chain.

I painted my ring with a mix of gold and bronze model paint, but choose whatever you like.

Next is the actual stringing to complete this Wall Hanging. The diagram is more succinct showing the positioning of the pins. You will need 14 Eye Pins (2 up the top and 12 down the bottom) and 10 Eye Pins (5 on each side up the top only).

Attach all the PINK (as in diagram below) side first. Pull the chain fairly taught, but be careful to not pull the links apart. With all of the pins that attach to the chain, finish using your jewellery pliers (closed loop).

Then attach each BLUE (as in diagram below). Weave under and over (see diagram below) and finish by again finishing using your jewellery pliers (closed loop).

DIY - Urban Outfitters Inspired Wall Hanging Hack How To Diagram

Below is a close up re: weaving the lines of chain in the middle (over and under, etc) …

DIY - Urban Outfitters Inspired Wall Hanging Hack Close UpAttach your stringing cord (to hang to the wall – you remembered that set of eye pins up the top didn’t you!). Finish with your lengths of chain for the ‘tails’. For reference the measurements I used were:

60cm, 52cm, 45cm 39cm, 32cm and the shortest 28cm (x 2 for the tails each side).

Attach them longest or shortest on the outside depending on whether you want it to look more like the original Athena Wall Hanging or not. Following this DIY – Urban Outfitters Inspired Wall Hanging Hack – you should then end up with something like this …DIY - Urban Outfitters Inspired Wall Hanging Hack DisplayedDIY - Urban Outfitters Inspired Wall Hanging Hack DisplayedDIY - Urban Outfitters Inspired Wall Hanging Hack DisplayedDIY - Urban Outfitters Inspired Wall Hanging Hack DisplayedYou can fiddle with the chain to get the spacing just right. As long as your initial drilled holes were fairly accurate, it will work out just fine!DIY - Urban Outfitters Inspired Wall Hanging Hack DisplayedDIY - Urban Outfitters Inspired Wall Hanging Hack DisplayedI’m really happy with the way this DIY turned out. I’m not sure whether I will change the tails or not – what do you think?


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DIY – Cheat Macrame Feathers 2 x Faster!

DIY Cheat Macrame Feathers 2 x FasterDIY Cheat Macrame Feathers – Make them 2 x Faster! Ready to make some ‘Macrame’ feathers? These are so easy – just one knot that everyone knows is required. That is why they are called ‘Cheat’ Macrame Feathers – is this really macrame? Anyway, they turn out really pretty and they are also QUICK. I’ll give you the secret why they are 2 x Faster! …

Have you seen all those Macrame Feathers on Pinterest? This tutorial will have you making them in an afternoon. Make these feathers in your favourite colours, add some simple findings and you will have a pair of earrings (or a pendant) ready for wearing or gift giving.

DIY Cheat Macrame Feathers 2 x Faster
You will need:

  • Cotton Embroidery Thread in favourite colour(s)
  • 2 x small (about 5-6mm jump rings) if you are making earrings
  • 2 x small beads, but with a fairly big hole
  • 2 x small safety pins (one is pictured – you’ll need two if making earrings)
  • A clipboard
  • A small foldback clip (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Maybe a small amount of glue – explain why later!

How To:DIY Cheat Macrame Feathers Steps

1. Cut 3 lengths of embroidery thread, each 25cm (10″) long.

2. Fold these 3 lengths in half push the folded ends through one bead.

3. Tie your safety pin in between the bead and the loops of thread. Also add your jump ring NOW (important!) and close it off. It will save you much fiddliness later.

4. Attach your foldback clip to the clipboard. Attach your safety pin to the foldback clip.

I don’t know why but looking at my images, I realised you don’t actually need the foldback clip. You can just attach your safety pin straight to the clipboard if it fits. I think I just got carried away with it being a cute and shiny gold, mini foldback clip at the time taking the photos and didn’t consider whether it was actually required!

5. Choose your first colour of thread and cut 2 x 8cm (just over 3″) of it. You will not need all this as the width of the feather, but again, for fiddliness sake, cut it bigger to allow for knot making.

6. Here is the ‘Macrame’ part. Just this easy knot. Tie both lengths together. Pull tight.

7. Tie the next knot with 2 threads together and pull tight. This is the REVERSE.

8. I unpinned and turned over to show you what will be the FRONT of the feather.

Make sure that when you tie your knots you keep them consistent. Either always left over right or right over left, it doesn’t matter, just choose one and stick with it. Look underneath as you go, so that it is also neat with no twisted threads because that is what will end up being the front of your macrame feather.

9. You will end up with a knotted scruffy feather. The picture is the REVERSE.

10. Turn the right side up. It helps to slightly dampen the threads before giving them a haircut. Just remember to go easy with the scissors. You can always trim more, do it gradually, so your macrame feathers are not too thin and you can build the shape you want.

Remove the safety pin and since you already added your jump rings earlier (you did didn’t you? or are you swearing that you can’t get the darn thing to attach!) you are ready to attach to your earrings or a chain if making a pendant.

DY Cheat Macrame FeathersEach ‘line’ is always 2 threads tied together. Then if I wanted a thicker ‘band’ of colour, I just added more ‘lines’. So in the picture above, the coral colour is 4 lines deep (and 2 thread in each).

DIY Cheat Macrame FeathersI mentioned glue in the You will need section above. Really you could grab and pull the threads off the bottom end as there is nothing to stop this. A small amount of glue behind (on the reverse) of the original string (rachis) and last bottom knot will help prevent this from slipping.

So, the reason they are Cheat Macrame Feathers is that technically I don’t think you can call these Macrame since it is one simple knot and they are 2 x Faster because you create the feather quicker by knotting the 2 threads together at once. The result is pretty though and there are many combinations of colours you could try.

Do you like these, but don’t have the time or inclination to make your own? I have listed these for sale on Etsy if you are interested. My Etsy Shop is called AdorablestShop

I can make them in different colours too if you like. The earrings are nickel free and silver plated.


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Claire

DIY – Vegan Roving for Needle Felting

DIY Vegan Roving for Needle FeltingDIY – Vegan Roving for Needle Felting. Easy tutorial for using acrylic yarn to create roving to use in needle felting projects!

Have you ever found the perfect colour for a needle felting project in a yarn and wondered if you could make it into roving? Have you ever found the perfect colour for a needle felting project in an ACRYLIC yarn and wondered if it was even possible to make it into roving?

Yes! and Yes! and it couldn’t be easier. Please note that using this tutorial for acrylic yarn works for NEEDLE FELTING projects. You may have to experiment if it works with wet felting.

Basically …DIY Vegan Roving for Needle FeltingYou will need:

  • Acrylic Yarn
  • Hairbrush with finer bristles – make sure it is clean!
  • Scissors
  • For needlefelting – you’ll need your tools!

 

How to:DIY Vegan Roving for Needle Felting1. Cut your yarn into 30cm strands or less. Gently pull apart the plys of the yarn.

2. When you have about 12 to 20 strands, neaten and roughly hold in the middle.

3. While holding firmly, brush the strands, starting at the ends (like knotty hair!)

4. Pieces will break off. Continue to brush until all the strands are ‘fluffy’.

5. Gather your fluff! It doesn’t take much to create a wad of vegan roving this size.

6. This tutorial assumes you know how to needle felt. I made a couple of spheres.

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DIY Vegan Roving for Needle FeltingEasy! I found that the vegan version works just as well as using wool and this way you can match the colour from a previous project you’ve made if you need to. The crochet cushion above uses the same neon pink yarn and now that I can needle felt with it, it opens a whole new world of possibilities!

I originally made the pink spheres for pink (instead of the usual mustard) billy button flowers – just a ball of the end of a piece of florist wire basically, but I’ll try to think of something a little more interesting for another tutorial 🙂 Any ideas?


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DIY – Painted Pillowcases with Fabric Paint

DIY Painted Pillowcases with Fabric PaintDIY – Painted Pillowcases with Fabric Paint using Fabric Paint supplied by Artistic Den – see their website artisticden.com.au

Thank you to Artistic Den for supplying the brilliant (in brightness and quality!) Fluro Pink Fabric Paint, that I used to paint plain white pillowcases and turn them into designer scalloped painted pillowcases. I bought a packet of plain white pillowcases from Target (Australia) that were just $12 (for the pair) – BTW… 500 thread count and Australian Cotton and very nice quality! So with these, some other simple supplies and Fabric Paint (no more than $10), you too can make these adorable pillowcases.

You will need:

  • Fabric Paint from Artistic Den – there are MANY different colours to choose from! Check out their website at artisticden.com.au. You will need 1 or 2 of 15ml tubes for this tutorial.
  • Pillowcases – Pre-washed and seam ironed very flat where you will be painting
  • Scissors
  • Eraser (yes, that ‘knitted’ heart is an eraser! from a previous DIY)
  • Cylinder object like a glass for a tracing template
  • Pencil or Non-permanent Fabric Marker (that comes out in the wash)
  • Small piece of plain cardboard (for scallop template)
  • Fine Paintbrush. Also dish / plate for paint (not pictured)
  • Plastic envelope or plastic shopping bag (very flat)

IronDIY Painted Pillowcases Fabric Paint Tutorial
How To:DIY Painted Pillowcases Fabric Paint Tutorial1. Use your glass or object to create the scallop pattern on the cardboard, taking into consideration the way it lines up across the pillowcase and also the depth of the design

2. Cut out your design on the cardboard with scissors = template

3. Line up your template on the pillowcases – don’t forget if the pillowcases have that ‘edge’ part, remember to rotate the pillowcases accordingly

4. Lightly pencil (or marker) around the template.

5. Use your eraser if the pencil is too dark. Enough to see though!

6. Stuff your plastic envelope / bag into pillowcase to prevent bleed through

7. I like to use a flat, fine paintbrush, but whatever works for you

8. Put a small blob of paint at a time onto a dish and make a start

9. Continue painting your way across the pillowcase

10. According to the Fabric Paint instructions from Artistic Den, to achieve maximum fastness after first airdrying, you should heat set for approximately 4 to 5 minutes at 150°c (302°F)

11. My iron works on fabric type, but after researching SILK (or polyester) is the correct temperature. If unsure, try on an inconspicuous place or a tester piece first

12. The paint slightly changes colour when ironing, but reverts back

FINISHED! Enjoy …

DIY Painted Pillowcases Fabric Paint TutorialSo happy with the DIY Painted Pillowcases! This is just one design of an infinite amount you could try with fabric paint. Pillowcases are basically a blank canvas, so let your imagine run wild! Artistic Den has many colours available if you are not into such fluro bright colours as I am 🙂DIY Painted Pillowcases Fabric Paint TutorialThe knitted crochet cushion I made myself too. I saw one on Etsy many months, if not years ago and could not find it any longer, so I taught myself crochet (Thank You YouTube) just so I could make this cushion! It is made with fluro pink acrylic, grey wool and I stitched it to a black (fabric) cushion.DIY Painted Pillowcases Fabric Paint TutorialThe crochet cushion is actually 4 x 4 squares, but I realised that the photos look like it is 4 x 3.

DIY Painted Pillowcases Fabric Paint TutorialDIY Painted Pillowcases Fabric Paint Tutorial
DIY Painted Pillowcases Fabric Paint TutorialDIY Painted Pillowcases Fabric Paint TutorialDIY Painted Pillowcases Fabric Paint TutorialDIY Painted Pillowcases Fabric Paint TutorialThank You Artistic Den for the Fabric Paint! Remember to check out their range of not just Fabric Paints – but all sorts of Craft paints including kids, face, glass and oil paints, as well as drawing and colouring supplies, modelling, plaster and more!

Claire

DIY – Scented Hot Cross Bun Earrings

DIY Scented Hot Cross Bun EarringsDIY – Scented Hot Cross Bun Earrings. Here is a cute tutorial to make some delicious Scented Hot Cross Bun Earrings!

I made these Scented Easter Hot Cross Bun Earrings from polymer clay. I also added some fragrance oil and REAL Dutch Cinnamon. They smell divine – even better after baking too.

Following below is the DIY Tutorial on how to make these. If you don’t want to make them though and just need a pair NOW! I have them sometimes listed on Etsy (if not, they have sold). But contact me or Send me an email and I’ll make you some 😉 as a custom listing.

https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/AdorablestShop

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To Make these Scented Hot Cross Bun Earrings …

You will need:

  • Polymer Clay
  • Clear Liquid Fimo or TLS =  Translucent Liquid Sculpey
  • Fragrance Oil
  • ‘Dutch’ Cinnamon (aka Cassia Cinnamon) – spice aisle at supermarket
  • Earring Blanks
  • Glue (like E6000)
  • Non-stick baking paper (small piece)
  • Access to an oven
  • Clean and smooth work surface, like a glass table
  • Toothpick
  • UV Clear Resin
  • Small Brush
  • Artist Pastels

How To:DIY Scented Hot Cross Bun Earrings Tutorial Steps 1 to 41. Gather your supplies. You will need a small amount of light tan coloured clay (mix a tiny bit of brown into white). If you only have primary colours (you can make any colour), then mix a tiny bit of black, red and yellow (= brown) into white clay. The ‘fruit’ is a small amount of purple-black clay.

2. Make a tiny pinch pot in your tan clay. Add a couple of drops of fragrance oil. I used Sugar Cookie. It is VERY important that you do not use Alcohol based fragrances (that includes perfumes and food flavouring) because it will ruin your clay. Maybe not straight away, but eventually it will lead to a sticky mess – it reacts and disintegrates it. It MUST be oil based. Fragrances for soap and candle making are usually suitable.

3. Add your Cinnamon. ‘Dutch’ Cinnamon in Australia is the Cassia variety. Pinch it together and knead in gently.

4. You should have a uniform ball of delicious smelling clay.

DIY Scented Hot Cross Bun Earrings Tutorial Steps 5 to 85. Divide into 2 evenly sized balls. About the size of peas.

6. Make into cube shapes.

7. Gently round the corners on the ‘top’ of the bun.

8. With a toothpick, scratch the edges where the bun would be torn.

DIY Scented Hot Cross Bun Earrings Tutorial Steps 9 to 129. Make a slight indent with the edge of the toothpick for the icing.

10. Pick off tiny pieces of the purple-black clay with your toothpick and attach.

11. Bake in your oven for the required time. They smell so good 🙂

12. When cool, use your pastels and brush to give them the ‘baked’ look on top.

DIY Scented Hot Cross Bun Earrings Tutorial Steps 13 to 1613. Mix the ‘icing’. On the right of the picture you can see a mauve liquid. I found that my white artist pastel (shaved with the toothpick) when mixed with Liquid Fimo turned out like this. I didn’t add it to the bun (luckily) and did a test and baked it separately. It still turned out mauve after baking. On the left of the picture you can see I added Liquid Fimo to crumbled plain white Fimo. It took more mixing, but was far better in colour. If your white pastel gives this mauve colour do not use and instead use the second method.

14. Use your toothpick again to fill in the cross with your ‘icing’. Bake for minimal time.

15. I used UV resin just on the top to give a sheen, like glossy Hot Cross Buns have. Use the fine paintbrush from your pastels (clean of course!) to paint on the UV resin. I love this stuff. It was a sunny day, so it cured outside. Because the hot cross buns are not completely covered with resin, the cinnamon and fragrance can still waft.

16. Add a small amount of glue to your earrings and secure your buns! If need be, you can scratch the underside with your toothpick (it’s been handy throughout this tutorial!) to give more ‘bite’ to the adhesion.

DONE! Make and Wear or Make and Share!

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If you enjoyed this polymer clay tutorial, you may also enjoy my other Polymer Clay Tutorials.

Claire

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