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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 – Boho Chevron Wall Hanging

Adorablest DIY Boho Chevron Wall HangingDIY – Boho Chevron Wall Hanging. An Easy to make,  piece for your wall! Full tutorial to follow.

Thank You to Endless Leather. I was sent some samples to try and use in a DIY Project. I was thinking of making bracelets, but this idea came to me instead – I hope you like it! While this is an (unpaid) sponsored post, all content, opinions are and always will be my own.

DIY Boho Chevron Wall HangingEndless Leather sent me, from Left to Right:

(Click below to take you to the product category if interested) and to make this DIY Boho Chevron Wall Hanging just like above …

  • Cork Cords – Natural / Gold 10mm x 2mm (x 1 metre) –  Flecks of gold on this natural cork flat cord are very pretty.  It’s also available in silver. Soft to work and easy to cut with scissors.
  • Buffalo Leather Lace – Whisky 10mm x 2mm (x 1 metre) – Rich colour, you will need a sharp scalpel for slicing this product.
  • Round Leather Cords High Quality – Navy 5mm (x 1 metre) – Navy blue! Something a little different. I lightly sanded the side for gluing to ensure it adhered well. Scalpel for slicing.
  • Cork Cord – Pastel White 10mm x 2mm (x 1 metre) – Natural cork again, with a white coating. Very pretty. Thicker than the natural cord with gold (above) – so you will need your scalpel.

You could use just these products to make your Wall Hanging, but I mixed it up a little with some odd ribbons and trims I had on hand too.

You will need:

  • Cords as listed above from Endless Leather (check them out – HUGE range!)
  • Various Ribbons and Trims including a small piece of string for hanging
  • Scalpel / Xacto Knife Best for slicing cords rather than scissors
  • Cutting Mat
  • Scissors For cutting ribbons and trims
  • Stiffened Felt Fabric Buy a long enough piece for your wall hanging
  • Glue Choose one suitable for gluing cords. I used Aldi Brand Craft Super Glue.
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Something sharp To poke a hole in the felt for the hanging thread
  • Large Needle  To pull the hanging thread through or poke through!

How To:

DIY Boho Chevron Wall Hanging1. Gather your supplies.

2. Work out your lengths to cut on the angle (chevron). This is an important step.

3. Note how you need to cut LONGER. The length is longer when horizontal.

4. Allow for this diagonal measurement to ensure you have enough length.

5. Finish slicing and cutting all your cords. Lay out and take a PHOTO!

6. Draw a centre line on your felt and start gluing. Get your angle right!

7. Continue gluing and check with a ruler that you’re even on both sides.

8. Finish by slicing the excess cord from the top and bottom after your final gluing.

9. Poke a small hole with something sharp, then thread your hanging cord through.

10. Tie a small knot and glue down firmly.

DIY Boho Chevron Wall HangingDisplay your finished piece! Note the tassel trim on the bottom. I glued this on, then the last piece glued down was actually the whisky colour (over the top part of the tassel trim) to neatly finish over the tassel trim. You may have some slight trimming on the side too – just slice and cut away any excess to keep the lines straight and neat at the sides.

DIY Boho Chevron Wall HangingDIY Boho Chevron Wall HangingDIY Boho Chevron Wall HangingDIYBoho Chevron Wall HangingDIY Boho Chevron Wall HangingThank You to Endless Leather. While this is an (unpaid) sponsored post (cords were supplied), all content, opinions are and always will be my own.

Claire

DIY – How to Make Agate Slice Wall Hanging Art

diy agate slice wall hanging art dream catcher tutorial adorablestDIY – How to Make Agate Slice Wall Hanging Art. Add some beautiful colour to your walls with this easy to make Agate Slice Wall Hanging. Follow the easy Step-by-step tutorial.

Agate slices come in all sorts of (dyed) colours, shapes & sizes and they are so pretty. I’ve collected several over the last few weeks and to display them, I made this simple wall decoration. If you want to make one similar, you’ll just need a few simple items.

agate slice stacked
You will need:

  • Agate Slices. Various ranging from about 5cm to 8cm, with a single drilled hole.
  • Clear Beading Thread. Not too thick – you’ll be making knots.
  • Stick. I used a piece I found at the beach, like driftwood. Make sure it’s clean.
  • Twine. A small amount for the ‘hanging’ part. Or ribbon or embroidery floss.
  • Scissors. For trimming the clear thread and twine.

agate slices colorfulHow to :

1. Assemble your supplies.

2. On a flat surface, position where you’d like the agate slices to fall.

3. TAKE A PHOTO! It really helps to refer back to it.

4. Knot the clear thread through the agate and tie to the stick (look at your photo).

5. Continue with all the slices, then finish with a piece of twine to hang.

diy agate slices wall hanging driftwooddiy agate slice wall hanging dream catcherdiy agate slice wall hanging dream catcher adorablestPoint to Note:

  • I thought about painting or wrapping the stick with stripes of embroidery thread or ribbon, but decided to just leave simple, but go for it if you want lots of colour.
  • I used a variety of colours, but you could try monochrome or natural shades.
  • Don’t tie to the stick too tightly to start. You may need to adjust the positioning.
  • This could also be used like a child’s mobile or wind chimes, just make sure they don’t ‘clink’ together too much in a windy spot, in case they break.

If you have some agate slices that you would like to display horizontally, have a look at my DIY – Minimalist Modern Agate Slice Holders.


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Claire

DIY – Minimalist Modern Agate Slice Holders

DIY - Minimalist Modern Agate Slice Holders Title PageDIY – Minimalist Modern Agate Slice Holders. I recently purchased these pretty agate slices from Six Things, a wonderful shop at Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast. (If you can’t make it there in person, check out their online shop!)

I’ve seen some agate slice holders made from perspex, but they weren’t quite what I would like, so … here’s a DIY for a modern take on agate holders to show off your slices.

You will need:

  • Polymer Clay. Transparent (white) and a tiny amount of black. Fimo and Sculpey are a couple of brands. Use whatever you have or can get for this project.
  • Hemisphere (half sphere) Silicone Mold. Small size. Available online.
  • Oven & Baking Paper. To bake the polymer clay according to instructions.
  • Mitre Box & Saw. For an accurate groove.
  • Metal File.  To neaten the groove
  • Sandpaper. Optional if you want a super smooth finish.
  • Carnauba Wax. Optional if you want to add a sheen to the finished piece.
  • Workspace. Allow a clean area to roll, saw and file your polymer clay.

How to :

DIY - Minimalist Modern Agate Slice Holders NaturalGather your pretty slices. Check the width of the slices as some are thicker than others. These are more neutral, natural tones, others are dyed bright.

DIY - Minimalist Modern Agate Slice Holders Mold Polymer ClayRoll your polymer clay. I used transparent white with some softener (as it had gone crumbly) and a tiny speck, like a grain of sand of black, to make grey streaks.

Perhaps this crumbliness also had the effect of making the piece look realistically like marble. I released the piece from the mould before baking, so I could check the shape.

DIY - Minimalist Modern Agate Slice Holders Sawing ProcessAfter baking, I smoothed the base by rubbing on a fine grade sandpaper. I used a mitre box and saw to gradually and carefully saw two cuts into the hemisphere, about the width of the slice. Cut down into the hemisphere only about a quarter to start.

DIY - Minimalist Modern Agate Slice Holders Sawing Close UpUse a clean file to grind down the rest. Use it gently!

DIY - Minimalist Modern Agate Slice Holders FinishedCheck the width and depth of the groove with your slice and if suitable, smooth with a fine grade of sandpaper to smooth out.

DIY - Minimalist Modern Agate Slice Holders on DisplayVarious widths and depths may be needed to fit your slices. Gradually saw and file to finish. Coat with Carnauba wax for a light sheen.

DIY - Minimalist Modern Agate Slice Holders on DisplayDisplay your agate slices…

DIY - Minimalist Modern Agate Slice Holders on DisplaySimple, Modern and Minimalist.DIY - Minimalist Modern Agate Slice Holders on DisplayIf you like agate slices, also check out DIY – How to Make Agate Slice Wall Hanging Art.

Claire

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