I am super sorry for the tardiness between my posts, it’s been busier than ever at work. I am super excited to reveal I am doing a DIY series for Singapore’s most-popular online expat-living guide The Honeycombers. I’ve come up with 3 easy and original Christmas ideas for the home.
The first of them is a gilded branch Christmas tree inspired by Scandinavian style. The branch was literally found on the side of the road!
Ever since Dylanlex took off on Instagram, layered silver jewellery has been everywhere! Filtering down to the high street and sending DIY fashionistas into thrift shops to cut up and revamp old pieces. I was no different. The hero piece in this necklace was from the Good Sammy next to my Mum’s nursing home. I was so excited as I had seen Beyonce wear something similar recently.
The next one I want to try is inspired by Xvena’s amazing pieces which use more Swarovski type embellishment.
For this DIY you will need: Pliers, H&M layered necklace, 1 lobster clasp.
Remove the tail of the necklace.
Place the first lobster clasp on the exposed jump ring.
Close up the clasp with your pliers.
Repeat the same on the other end of the necklace to the base of the coin collar.
New Year’s Eve is literally tomorrow! If you are freaking out about not having accessories for a strapless dress or a plain outfit that needs something bold then this project can be whipped up tout suite. Inspired in part by these earrings by Dolce and Gabanna and Australian jewellery designer Peter Lang’s here.
You will need: Clear acrylic sheet, scissors, gemstones, E6000 glue, mixed embroidery cotton and stud earring backs.
Start by laying out your design in gems on the acrylic sheet and gluing them on.
While they are drying set about creating your tassel by following these steps:
Once the acrylic and gems are dry cut around them
Turn them over and glue the tassels to them:
When this has dried, glue on your earring backs and wait 24 hours before wearing them.
And boom, they are ready to wear on your festive night out!
Tip: I trimmed the length of my tassel as I have quite a small face and didn’t want them to be too overpowering.
So most of you know I have spent the last 10 years living away from my home country of Australia. Christmas this year was my first at home since 2006. It was also my first Christmas in a non-Muslim country (they don’t really go as all-out in Dubai with Christmas as the majority of people aren’t Christian) in 6 years and my first Christmas in a house instead of an apartment in 10 years, naturally my DIY brain went into crafting overdrive.
I wanted to share with you some images of my home made Christmas. Most decorations were hand made and I definitely shy away from red and green which I feel is a stressful colour combination and can often make a stressful Christmas Day more of a headache. It also doesn’t look very chic.
This year was my first cooking and decorating and hosting Christmas. It was very special for me to be back with my mother who has suffered a stroke.
I tried to work with colours my Mum’s house already had in the decor. Colours like gold, grey, beige, light brown and white.
I hope you had a wonderful Christmas. To my fans and followers from all over the world, thankyou for staying with me for all of these years.
Some super strong adhesive for metal, raw gemstones, ring backs and a metallic paint pen.
Using the gold paint pen decorate your stone, giving it the impression of gold or silver leaf.
Once the paint is dry then place a thumbnail sized, generous dollop of glue on the back of the stone.
Adhere your ring back to the back of it and leave it to set. I’ve leaned mine onto the edge of a curved disposable plate so it glues the right way without falling over. Let it dry for about 24 hours before wearing.
Enjoy wearing this one at your New Year’s Eve party or give it as a gift for Christmas.
This is probably the cheapest and quickest Christmas present you will ever make. The best DIYs during the busy festive season are quick to make and have a great pay off. These jars look substantial but are really economical and make lovely gifts.
You will need:
Empty jars (One serving of this filled 3 large jars)
510g of normal white sugar
150ml cold water
1) Begin by wiping a baking tray down with olive oil.
2) Place the sugar and water in a sauce pan and boil on low heat until the sugar dissolves.
3) Increase the heat and let it bubble until it turns the colour of honey.
4) Stir the cashews through the mixture as fast as possible as once the sugar mixture sets it will be hard as cement!
5) Quickly pour the mixture onto the baking tray and let it cool. When it is warm loosen the brittle.
6) When the brittle has cooled completely use a meat tenderiser over a clean tea towel to break up the brittle into bite-sized pieces.
7) Put your gift into a nice jar and label it nicely for the one you love!
Happy DIYing and let me know if you make this for anyone! Merry Christmas.
So last weekend I had the best time with all of you making high fashion “rocktail” rings at Westfield Carousel. Using real raw gem stones, metallic paint pens and a whole lot of Christmas cheer we were able to create lovely statement pieces.. I’ll have the full tutorial up here soon so that if you missed this DIY you can achieve the project at home.
It was absolutely chocabloc and I wish I could have taken photos of that but some participants object to having their picture published online, which I completely understand. Here’s some pictures from the day!
Thanks to every single person who came! I hope you had a great time.