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DIY – How to Make a Knot Keyring

diy-knot keyring carrick bend adorablestDIY – Knot Keyring (or keychain).  Inspired by St Patrick’s Day, I thought I’d show you how to do an Irish / “Celtic-ish” themed practical DIY. This knot is based on a Carrick Bend. Rather than show step by step how to do this knot, I’ll point you to the excellent tutorial (that could knot be made any better) that I used from Animated Knots.

diy knot keyring suppliesYou will need:

  • Carrick Bend Knot. I used black satin cord. Use a product that has some rigidity.
  • Split Ring, Tiny length of Chain & Jump Rings. Or a ready made keyring.
  • Glue. Only a tiny amount needed. I used E6000 for this project.
  • Scissors. For cord cutting.
  • Jewellery Pliers. Or similar.

knot carrick bend cordStart with your completed Carrick Bend Knot. This one has been ‘weaved’ 3 times, but this may change depending on your choice of cord thickness, rigidity and the look you want.

knot carrick bend start finishThis is the underside. Notice the ‘Start’ point of the knot.

knot carrick bend finishTrim your cord with a sharp pair of scissors. To finish, glue both the Start and End points securely and neatly with a strong glue. Leave to dry.

knot keyring carrick bend with keysAttach your keyring parts. Add embellishments if liked. I liked the simple look.

diy make woven knot necklaceWhile I was in a knotty mood, I also made this necklace. I think this is more shamrock-like for St Patrick’s Day, plus it’s lime green.  I had the extra findings to finish it, but they can easily be found online, or you could find a necklace in an op (thrift) shop to refashion.

diy knot keyring carrick bendClaire

Urban Jungle Bloggers – Hanging Planters

Urban Jungle Bloggers Hanging Planters AdorablestUrban Jungle Bloggers – Hanging Planters. Urban Jungle Bloggers is a monthly series hosted by Igor from Happy Interior Blog and Judith from

I’ve recently joined the green and growing community and this is my first post with this months theme being Hanging Planters.

Urban Jungle Bloggers Hanging Planters Woven Hama Beads PlanterI made this a few months back, using hama (melt) beads in a peyote stitch. I’d never made anything like it before and it actually wasn’t as daunting as I first thought. I used this great tutorial from Silverhill Design. It has a simple, yet excellent video to help you understand.

Urban Jungle Bloggers Hanging Planters Woven Hama Beads PlanterClear nylon was used for the bead threading and I used pink cotton cord for the ‘hanger’ part. I used a needle to wiggle my way up through the beads on either side with pink cord. Just don’t use one too thick or it won’t be a smooth ride! The glass tumbler I used inside is tubular –  it does not taper like a drinking glass.  This helps keep the stitching neat.

Urban Jungle Bloggers Hanging Planters Woven Hama Beads PlanterThe succulent is Crassula ovata, or lucky jade plant. I was the lucky one, finding this broken stem which I will soon pot up.

So check out Urban Jungle Bloggers – as their motto says…

Let’s bring some green into our homes and blogs!


DIY – How to Make a Geometric Woven Paper Picture

DIY - How to Make a Geometric Woven Paper Picture Title Page AdorablestDIY – How to Make a Geometric Woven Paper Picture. How-to, step-by-step tutorial. Make a geometric print by weaving strips of cardboard and paper.  It’s quite simple as long as the strips are as straight as possible and you have the patience!

You will need:

  • Frame.  Mine was from an op shop. I didn’t realise at the time, but this frame had special non-reflective glass in it. Find one with it if you can. Remove any prints, clean and if you want, spray the frame. I liked the original look of mine, so I left it.
  • Papers. 3 different colours. Mix and Match the textures and sizes too – anything up to thin cardboard is suitable to use. I used a large poster cardboard (grey), and A4 sized paper (shiny metallic bronze and textured light aqua). Plus allow for one thicker piece at least the size of the frame – this will be your backing sheet.
  • Paper Guillotine, Slicer or Scissors. To ensure a neat final effect, try to cut the slices as straight as possible.  I used a slicer, but scissors would be fine to use.
  • Ruler & Pencil. For measuring and marking out.
  • Washi tape. Helps when you are starting the weaving process to keep the strips together, without being too sticky, so you can re-position if you need to.
  • Workspace. Allow a clean workable space and as it may be a project undertaken over a few days, someplace it can be left undisturbed if you have room.

DIY - How to Make a Geometric Woven Paper Picture Instructions AdorablestHow to :

  • Slice all your papers into 3cm strips. You could use smaller or larger, depending on the final look you want and how much time you have to complete it. The pictures with the weaving in progress were made with 1cm strips (same colours).
  • Start with 4 or 5 ‘upright’ strips (grey in the picture). Stick these down to your table across the top with a little washi tape. It helps while starting the weaving.
  • Follow the over 1, under 2 weave through the uprights with one colour (slanting diagonally UP) and
  • Over 2, under 1 weave through the uprights with the other colour (slanting diagonally DOWN).
  • Perhaps there is a particular order and logical way to weave this pattern, however I found it easier to look closely at the pattern. Lift and bend the paper to suit.
  • At first it may seem a little confusing. Keep going and you will eventually see the pattern forming and from then it becomes easier. Keep it neat, but don’t worry too much about getting exactly right – you can do this later.
  • As you continue to weave, add more uprights. If you try to add too many at once though, it may become confusing again. Just one or two at a time.
  • If you run out of length of the strips (which will happen for a large piece if you’ve used A4 size paper) as you continue to work across from left to right, just add another strip by using a small amount of tape and attach it behind.
  • Continue until you have enough weaving pattern to fit your frame. Consider if you want to center it also, so in that case you may need to add a few more strips.
  • Lightly tape around all the edges and now you can fiddle getting it ‘just so’.
  • When you are completely happy with it ….”Measure Twice, Cut Once” … Place some stronger masking tape around all the edges and trim around the outside of the tape (keeping the weave secure). Be sure to keep the tape hidden under the outside frame, so consider the thickness of the frame and tape also.
  • The underside can be quite messy, so this is where the backing sheet comes in. Trim the sheet to fit the full size of the frame. I used the grey as it was a thicker sheet and helped blend from the front also.  The backing sheet protects any strips from catching and tearing and finishes it neatly.
  • The frame I used had fold down metal clamps, so they were bent down and

DIY - How to Make a Geometric Woven Paper Picture FinishedDIY - How to Make a Geometric Woven Paper PictureThis project cost about $10 – $15 in materials. Whilst time consuming, it was somewhat therapeutic and a relaxing project to do overall.  Take your time and Have Fun!

Please note, as I am in Australia, metric is used.

3cm is about 11/4 inches. A4 paper is roughly the equivalent of letter (paper) size.


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