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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 – 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

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 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


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!


DIY – How to Paint Pots to Look like Cement – FULL Step-by-Step Tutorial

How-to-Paint-Pots-to-look-like-Cement-Full-TutorialMy previous post How to Paint Pots to Look like Faux Cement awhile back showed the results of this painting technique and now I have re-done another pot and this time took photos of all the steps involved along the way.

So here is the FULL TUTORIAL – Complete with Step-by-Step Instructions.

I have showed larger images and the steps, PLUS down the bottom of the page, you’ll find a handy reference of summarised images (smaller format), to help if you are actually doing the tutorial while on a tablet or phone.



You will need:

  • A plastic pot. Old as long as structurally sound, or buy a cheap plastic one.
  • Sanding Block or Sandpaper
  • Dust Mask. If your pot is old, or avoid windy days for sanding.
  • Soft cotton rag. I used an old flanny shirt.
  • Paint Brush. I used a 2″ or 5cm brush.
  • Container for Mixing Paint. An old plastic takeaway container works!
  • White and Black Paint. I used leftover ‘house’ paint – seems to last.
  • Aluminium Foil. About the size of a piece of paper.
  • Plain Paper. 1 piece only.
  • Disposable Rubber Gloves.
  • Newspaper. If you have nowhere you can safely make a mess.
  • Water.

How to:

How-to-Paint-Pots-to-look-like-Cement-Full-Tutorial-2Sand the pot with a sanding block or sandpaper.

How-to-Paint-Pots-to-look-like-Cement-Full-Tutorial-3Ensure all over sanding coverage in random patterns to minimise the shine.

How-to-Paint-Pots-to-look-like-Cement-Full-Tutorial-4If it is an older pot, you may make a bit of dust. If this is the case, avoid sanding on windy days or wear a mask.


How-to-Paint-Pots-to-look-like-Cement-Full-Tutorial-5Wipe dust away thoroughly with a damp cloth rinsed in water.


How-to-Paint-Pots-to-look-like-Cement-Full-Tutorial-6Pour some white paint into your takeaway container. First coat of paint is … white.


How-to-Paint-Pots-to-look-like-Cement-Full-Tutorial-7Use a criss-cross pattern to ensure it really gets into the ‘grain’ of the plastic.


How-to-Paint-Pots-to-look-like-Cement-Full-Tutorial-8Work in sections and as it is starting to dry, use the tip to ‘stipple’ the paint in places to create texture.


How-to-Paint-Pots-to-look-like-Cement-Full-Tutorial-9Move around and continue to paint in a criss-cross pattern and stipple randomly.

How-to-Paint-Pots-to-look-like-Cement-Full-Tutorial-10Don’t forget to do the internal ring of the pot too. Just enough and the soil will cover the bottom part.


How-to-Paint-Pots-to-look-like-Cement-Full-Tutorial-11Mix a little black paint into the white to create a light grey. If you have green, you can add a tiny bit (optional).


How-to-Paint-Pots-to-look-like-Cement-Full-Tutorial-12Use the same technique as before. Criss-cross and stipple to your hearts content. Random is better.


How-to-Paint-Pots-to-look-like-Cement-Full-Tutorial-13Also as the paint was almost dry, I dragged the paintbrush along in areas to create a drier looking texture.


How-to-Paint-Pots-to-look-like-Cement-Full-Tutorial-14It looks okay as is, but there are a couple more steps to completion. At this stage rinse your brush out clean.


How-to-Paint-Pots-to-look-like-Cement-Full-Tutorial-15Add MORE black to your mixture to create a darker grey. Grab an additional takeaway container of water and dampen your rag completely first before putting in the paint. Notice the paint is marbled – that’s okay too.


How-to-Paint-Pots-to-look-like-Cement-Full-Tutorial-16Now use your soft rag to ‘sponge’ onto the pot. Work only in small sections.


How-to-Paint-Pots-to-look-like-Cement-Full-Tutorial-17BEFORE it gets too dry, rub the rag (you may need more water) to soften the look of the ‘splodges’.


How-to-Paint-Pots-to-look-like-Cement-Full-Tutorial-18Rubbing helps create a texture where some of the lighter shades show too, like real cement or concrete.


How-to-Paint-Pots-to-look-like-Cement-Full-Tutorial-19Again, you could leave like this, but there is just one more step.


How-to-Paint-Pots-to-look-like-Cement-Full-Tutorial-20Hopefully you rinsed your brush out from a few steps before, because you will need black or very dark grey on your brush. Add a little paint to a piece of aluminium foil. Add water as required. Put on your rubber gloves.


How-to-Paint-Pots-to-look-like-Cement-Full-Tutorial-21Flick across the bristles of the paintbrush to create paint splatters or ideally small dots. The paper is for practice.


How-to-Paint-Pots-to-look-like-Cement-Full-Tutorial-22When you have your technique down, splatter paint on to the pot. Above is what worked best for me – I tried to get a photo to show, but at the time I had no one to take a photo for me, so I am balancing trying to hold the brush and the camera. I think you can get the gist of it. I flicked the brush across my fingers onto the pot. Always splatter from directly ABOVE the pot, in case it dribbles down the sides rather than splatter around the pot.


How-to-Paint-Pots-to-look-like-Cement-Full-Tutorial-23Hope you put on your rubber gloves! You’ll need them!

How-to-Paint-Pots-to-look-like-Cement-Full-Tutorial-24Finished! You can coat with clear if you like but …


How-to-Paint-Pots-to-look-like-Cement-Full-Tutorial-25The pots I painted from my original post have taken a beating out in the Queensland weather (even though I said they probably wouldn’t be outside – they have been!) for months now and are still fine, so a clear coat is optional.


How-to-Paint-Pots-to-look-like-Cement-Full-Tutorial-26So that’s it – How to Paint Pots to look like Cement FULL TUTORIAL finally complete. Not that difficult, but taking the photos along the way has hopefully helped to show the entire process now and what’s involved. Hope you found it useful.


So here are the How to Paint a Pot like Cement / Concrete images in a SUMMARY for you too.


Available in PDF Download Also –





Let me know in the comments if you’ve tried this tutorial and how it worked out for you!

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FREE Set of 3 Monstera Leaf Printables

monstera leaf free printable adorablest vignetteFree Set of Monstera Leaf Printables. Pictured above shows the print I’ve designed using one of the leaves from my Monstera plant, as inspiration. It’s designed to fit an 8 x 10″ frame (you’ll need to trim the paper to fit if you don’t use photo paper), but you can just print it on A4 paper (as above) and stick it to the wall with washi tape like I did. If you’re not in Australia, just your standard printer paper should be fine too.

monstera leaf pink free printable adorablestYou’ve got the choice of Dusty Pink …

monstera leaf mint free printable adorablestMint Blue … or

monstera leaf green free printable adorablestOr Mint Green.

Or download all 3 – FOR FREE 🙂

By the way, if you just try printing the images above, they will not come out great as they are in low resolution. For the best resolution prints, please click on the Monstera Leaf images above and you will be taken to the download.

If you share these images (on your website or email) please link back to Adorablest as a courtesy – Thank You.


DIY – Easy Table Decoration – Minimalist Look for Minimal Dollars

diy easy greenery table decoration minimalist look minimal dollars tutorialDIY – Easy Table Decoration – Minimalist Look for Minimal Dollars would have to be the easiest DIY ever! We’ll be heading to the garden for this DIY, for something that is in flower or just finishing in the southern hemisphere. Can you guess?

diy easy greenery table decoration minimalist look minimal dollars agapanthus headsAgapanthus! They are almost finished for the season here in Queensland and I used to use this trick when I had my florist shop to jazz up Christmas bouquets and boxes. If you don’t have any growing in your garden, take a drive around the neighbourhood – but ask 🙂 if you can cut them. Most people are happy that you’re tidying the garden up for them!

diy easy greenery table decoration minimalist look minimal dollarsRemove the spent flower heads and sometimes the flower seed pods if they’ve formed already. Hold close to where you are removing with the other hand, because if you just pull on the flower head, the whole long stem can come off too. Just a note: there is a clear sap that can be a little itchy, so wear gloves if you think this may bother you.

diy easy greenery table decoration minimalist look minimal dollarsGive them a blast under a tap to clear any debris – there usually isn’t much at all, it is like they are self cleaning!

diy easy greenery table decoration minimalist look minimal dollarsIn the boxes and bouquets I used to make, I used to spray paint them. I know, I know, some things can look terrible spray painted (like succulents and flowers can look gaudy too), but they actually looked quite nice slightly glittered, or a light spray of gold or silver. Customers used to wonder what they were.

diy-easy-greenery-table-decoration-minimalist-look-minimal-dollars-4So have a look in the garden for these ready-made nature Starbursts! In this case, I am leaving them natural for a minimalist look. The cost is practically free – just your time to collect what would otherwise be garden leftovers, so a minimalist look for minimal dollars. They last a very long time too.

If you’re stuck for table decoration ideas and have access to Agapanthus, give these a try. You’ll have your guests wondering what they are too. Will you tell them? 😉


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