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DIY Friday | 4 Projects to Make

Are you feeling in the mood for a craft project? I fancy learning how to reupholster but have yet to enrol in a course. Here are four DIY projects I’ve found that don’t require booking yourself into a workshop … From top left to right: This is like reupholstering 101: take an old office chair with a metal frame and transform it with paint and some rope. Just make sure you don’t slacken off on the rope tension! Find out how at A Pair and a Spare. Now that you’ve got a new desk chair, you need some new desk accessories. These geometric cork containers work for all kinds of stationery plus pot plants, and you can even hang them on your wall. Learn the ins and outs at Paper ‘n Stitch. Satisfy that sweet tooth during a mid-afternoon slump at the office with this Chocolate Grapefruit Tart, made from chocolate pastry, grapefruit jam and chocolate tahini ganache. My mouth is watering already! Get the recipe at Twig Studios. Now all you need on your desk is some decoration. …

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DIY Crafty Goodness

  It’s DIY time over here at the blog and I’m feeling inspired by these ideas – all of which could be turned into gifts for friends or family. If you’re feeling super-organised you could start planning your DIY Christmas gifts right now! Images from left to right: Personalise a journal by making transfers of your photos! Love this idea, which you could use for making canvases as well. Find out how at A Beautiful Mess. Feeling peckish and love figs? This recipe is for you and as a bonus it is also gluten-free. Is is afternoon tea time yet? Get the recipe for Oat and Date Fig Crumble Bars at Live Simply. You might have seen this before but it is such a great upcycling idea and an easy way to add interest and decoration to a bare wall. Country Living gives you the crafty basics and other DIY recycled ideas. Plain woven baskets get an upgrade with some stylish pastel dip-dying. Learn how at Paper ‘n Stitch Blog. Make your own painted rock sculpture with carefully …

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Get Crafty with these DIY Projects

Get out those crafty fingers and get making! Images from left to right:- How to make going out in the rain happy and sunny! These DIY Fruit Slice Umbrellas by Studio DIY are sure to put a smile on your face when the sky is grey. All you need is Scotch Tape, craft paint and an umbrella. They’d make a great gift. Oh moody blues, these indigo papier mache bowls are just gorgeous. Anthea of Yuniko Studio shares how she made them with egg cartons and a blender. Sometimes you just don’t want to know how a magician does his tricks. But I couldn’t help but watch surrealist photographer Erik Johanssen (who I’ve featured here previously) reveal his ‘impossible photography’ secrets on this TED talk. Makes you want to give it go! Boring terracotta pots are transformed into colourful textured planters that will add a zing to your potted flora. Find out how at A Beautiful Mess. Revive a plain glass or an old mug with a bit of paint and pisazz with these different DIY tutorials …

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Dinky DIY Projects for the Holidays

Images from top left to right: I can’t not include a Christmas wreath in this month’s DIY projects and I’m particularly loving the simplicity and understatement of this faux brass himmeli wreath courtesy of Heather from The Decor Fix. This is the cutest ceramic bowl and perfect for all those knitters and crocheters out there who need a place for their balls of wool and thread. See more adorable animal ceramics by Spanish makers Barruntando on Etsy. Anything gold-dipped exudes an air of luxury, don’t you think? Find out how to make these log candle holders and gold-dip them on Etsy (courtesy About Home). Everyone loves a handmade gift and these pocket notebooks look fun and simple to do. You could whip up a few for yourself in the process! Find them at You Handmade Me Happy. A game of ping pong or a light of ping pong? You could, of course, do the former first and when you’ve had enough turn the balls into a pendant. A great idea devised by Marie Claire Idees. Find out how to …