I recently visited the Perth Upmarket and noticed a vendor called Zozo Handmade selling beautifully knitted cacti. It got me wondering if I could create something similar yet with an easy tutorial that even a child could follow. A quick google revealed heaps of knitted cacti done lots of different ways but none of them using a knitting loom or french knitting nancy.
This cute little beauty is currently keeping my mother company in her nursing home. The cacti look best grouped so I created 3 and have included as much information as possible in my tutorial. They are great for a housewarming gift.
To create this project, you will need: circular knitting looms in various sizes, green wool, a wool needle, crochet-type hook for looms, potting mix, small jars, stuffing, terracotta pots, permanent marker, rubber band and small rocks.
I started by creating the “fingers” of the plant.
Wrap the wool around the loom as shown above and then sweep the outlying strand across and lift the loop below over the top:
Continue until a long tube is created. When you are happy with the length, grab your wool needle and thread the outlying strand. Loop this in and out of the wool on the loom as if doing a running stitch:
Once all the loops have been threaded, unhook them:
Pull the outlying strand tight and it will turn your tube into a finger:
Stuff it with stuffing and continue to create the “fingers” in varying lengths.
If you want to create fatter cacti, simply use wider looms. I also created the pots by re-purposing some old mini terracotta pots:
This is how I filled the jar with rocks and stones:
Here is the final product:
I think they look very cute! Tell me what you think!
This is a long overdue home decor project that I have been dying to DIY. Since moving back to Australia, I have found vase after vase in the garage and around the house which are just going to waste. I started thinking about ways to upcycle these. What I came up with was fiddly at first but so useful, I have so much tissue paper and glue left from this project, I plan on doing quite a few more vases to give as gifts.
If you want to create something more visually fascinating, apply the same technique to glasswear:
For this affordable DIY you will need: Tissue paper in 3 shades of the same colour (dark, medium and light), PVA glue or modge podge, white spray primer, brush, scissors and an old cardboard box.
Begin by spray priming the vases white in the cardboard box. They don’t have to be perfectly primed as they will be covered:
While the vases are drying, cut up the different shades of tissue paper into small squares:
Using some PVA glue at the base of the vase layer the darkest shade first:
Layer the next 2 shades:
Finish off by varnishing all over with thick coats of PVA glue and leave to dry overnight:
To turn old glasswear into ombre lanterns simply apply the steps above onto glasswear and place a candle in the centre. They look amazing at BBQs:
Firstly, let me apologise for the space between blogs. I am in the middle of relocating and it’s been beyond busy. You can read about that here. Don’t worry though, everything will stay the same if not get better on Cheapnchic.net. We’ll be upping the great content and also reveal some amazing plans that I hope will come to fruition.
Chevron has been on the decor scene for some time and I devised this DIY some months ago and am only now getting time to post it.
I found this amazing fabric in Satwa and thought that cushions inspired by the image above would be cool.
For this project, you will need a sewing machine, chevron fabric (non-stretch), fabric scissors, stuffing, fabric pins and needle and thread.
Begin by cutting a pattern from an existing cushion cover onto brown paper, pin it and cut around it:
From here lay the square onto the fabric for the second half. To the best of your ability (this can be time consuming), match up the zig zag pattern:
Cut around the second piece and pin them together:
Stitch the cushion together on all seams leaving a small 5-8cm part of the final seam un sewn:
From here stuff the cushion:
Turn the seam allowance in on this final gap in and pin together then hand stitch:
This is the final product, I shot it here with my applique cushion project in the centre:
I love this DIY because it solved a few problems in one. I get gifted lots of stunning shoes and I keep the boxes in plain black as I know they’d be good storage but wondered for a while what to do with them and not waste them. On top of that I have loads of mismatched accessories I needed to conceal.
After I did my decorating course at the Chelsea College of the Art I knew exactly how to make the whole storage work in my favour as I had a colours scheme worked out:
So you will need for this: shoe boxes, fabric of your choice (non-stretch), PVA glue, glue brush, fabric scissors:
Start by laying your box in the fabric with this much excess:
Glue the box to the base in the position above then make splits like below with the scissors:
Glue these sides down against the box and then cut the fabric to about 3cm higher than the side of the box:
Using the glue and brush “varnish” the raw seams and glue everything down securely. The glue will dry clear:
Repeat this process with the lids of the shoe boxes too!
So easy and so “neat” when it’s all put together.
Recently I gave away an opportunity for you to win a short course at the Chelsea College of Art when they came to town. I was lucky enough to also attend the How to Decorate Your Villa or Apartment course and found it invaluable.
Basically, I have a few interior design issues. I am good with clothes but with interiors, I constantly get my themes mixed up and have to rip everything out and start again. So I thought this course would save me so much time and money in the end and it did. We learnt that even though we think interior design is a free form art it’s actually very calculated and requires a lot of planning. The below are just some broad strokes of what I learnt.
1) Always begin with your floor plan.
2) Measure your spaces and the opening width of your doors.
3) Create a mood board which has your colour palette.
4) Sketch the space and fit in your furniture.
5) Then go and shop for your furniture and accessories.
The mood board I created was easy. I had long been eyeing the rooms of bloggers and fashionistas globally with pink, black, gold and white rooms:
Here is how I did my room (trust me it’s miles better than it was before), the class tutor, Debbie, was amazing! By simply looking at the orientation of my room, she made some easy suggestions on how I could move everything around and also make the most of the light in the space. I basically turned the entire room onto itself. Just a note that I did not print the huge portrait if myself in the room, it was a gift from Dove!
Now as I rent an apartment here in Dubai, I can’t make huge changes to the space but with the work on accessorising and colour, I think it came out quite well. It makes me very excited to own my own home soon and decorate it myself for keeps!
There are quite a few DIY items here that have already been blogged and some which are coming soon:
I added fringing to the lamp shade, the black and white storage boxes are also DIY and the pink cushion with potato stamped white triangles is also DIY.
Thankyou so much to the Chelsea College of Design for an amazingly enlightening 3 day short course. For more information and how you can get registered for their courses, click here.
I have often talked about my apartment and if you look at the DIY Archive there are loads of Decor DIYs. I cannot thank Ahlan! enough for this lovely feature, really sharing my DIY approach to fashion. It’s in the issue on stands now.
In the feature are these DIY projects:
The Chelsea College of Art & Design (CCAD), will be returning to Dubai in September 2013 to host a specialist portfolio of Interior Design and Interior Decoration Short Courses. The courses are taught by London-based tutors who who are practicing industry professionals that bring with them something truly unique to the Middle East with their vast depth of knowledge and expertise.
CCAD is one of six art colleges that make up the prestigious University of the Arts London, the largest provider of arts education in Europe. Well-known graduates of the University include Alexander McQueen, Anish Kapoor, Mojeb Al-Dousari and Florence Welch to name a few.
With a range of courses that are suitable for both practicing interior designers looking to learn or update new skills, or beginners wishing to pursue the subject as a hobby, each course offers flexible and excellent teaching. Courses include the ‘Principles of Interior Design’, ideal for those with a desire to design interiors professionally; or ‘How to Decorate Your Villa’ for those who have just moved to a new apartment of are about to re-decorate a villa.
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