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Make Me: Festive & Easy Candle Holders for Your Table

Hello decor8 readers and Happy Friday! Are you ready to get your craft on and make some festive and easy candle holders for your table this holiday season? It’s Lisa here and I have another simple and stylish craft project to share with you this month. With the holidays coming there is much entertaining to be done and tables and mantles to decorate! Do you have any festive decorations planned yet? Anything that you plan to make by hand? Candles are always a wonderful way to add atmosphere and it’s lovely to tie the colors in to your decorations and table setting. I’m going to show you how to make candle holders for your table that will sparkle and shine. They are simple and quick to make and they look great with or without the sequins added, depending on the look you’re after. Let me show you how I made them.

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WITHOUT SEQUINS

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OR WITH SEQUINS – your choices!

YOU WILL NEED
* Untreated wooden furniture feet from the hardware store. Odd numbers always work best when you group them. Look for different sizes and shapes that compliment each other.
* Sandpaper
* Paint and a paint brush
* Elasticized sequin trim
* A needle and thread, or double sided tape, or a hot glue gun

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Make the candle holders: If the timber is rough give it a light sand and wipe it over with a barely damp cloth. Paint each one in a different color. You may need 2 or possibly 3 thin coats of paint. Let each coat dry between applications.

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Make the sequin collars: Stretch the sequin trim around each holder and cut to fit. You may like to make the sequin collar removable, so you can change the look of your candle holders with minimal effort. To make a removable collar, fold the sequin trim in half with the wrong side facing out and hand or machine sew the ends together. Turn it out the right way and fit it over the candle holder. Or, for a permanent sparkle, run double sided tape or hot glue around the candle holder to adhere the sequin collar to it. I told you it was easy!

I hope you enjoy making these candle holders. You could also try decorating them with Sharpies or painting patterns on them. Different trims would also look great: ribbon, lace, yarn or raffia would all be interesting. I’ll see you back here in December with last minute craft idea for Christmas. In the meantime make some time this month to get creative! – xo Lisa.

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(text/images: lisa tilse)

Posted in diy, Make Me on November 15, 2013

Make Me: Handmade Jewelry Dishes With Copper Touches

Hello, it’s Lisa here with a lovely and practical craft project where I will show you how to make Jewelry Dishes With Copper Touches (perfect for holiday gift giving!) for this month’s Make Me column on decor8. I tend to take my jewelry off during random times at my desk, in the bathroom or before getting into bed – do you do that too? I decided that the best solution is to have a few little dishes scattered about to keep my rings and things safe from being accidentally knocked on the floor or out of sight. Why not make them myself, I thought. And so I did. Here is how you can, too.

Make Me: Handmade Jewelry Dishes With Copper Touches

Make Me: Handmade Jewelry Dishes With Copper Touches

Supplies
You’ll need: White air dry clay, a metallic copper sharpie or Copper leaf, sizing, a paint brush and sealer.

Step 1: Make The Dish
Start by rolling out a long sausage of clay about three eighths of an inch (1cm) thick. Then make a small coil bowl out of it. At this stage you want a bowl shape, not a dish shape. Now smooth out the inside and outside of the bowl. Next start thinning out the bowl by gently pinching it. As the clay gets thinner start shaping the walls outwards to form a dish shape. Continue until the clay is less than an eighth of an inch (a couple of millimeters) thick. Make an organic free-form shape with some parts of the side wall higher than others. Allow the dish to dry thoroughly according to the instructions on the clay packaging.

Make Me: Handmade Jewelry Dishes With Copper Touches

Step 2: Add Copper Touches
I’m loving the current copper trend so I enjoyed adding some to my jewelry dishes. I used a sharpie to color the rim of one of my dishes and it went on easily and lends itself to creating any sort of pattern or decoration you like. The other two dishes are embellished with copper leaf. To compliment the organic shapes of the dishes I wanted a finish that wasn’t neat or uniform. Make sure you are working in an area without a draft and follow the directions on the pack, applying the sizing first, followed by the copper leaf and finally a spray (or two) of sealant.

Make Me: Handmade Jewelry Dishes With Copper Touches

I’ve only been using my jewelry dishes for a week and they’ve been fabulous – I no longer have earrings scattered all over my apartment and I know where to find things again.

Make Me: Handmade Jewelry Dishes With Copper Touches

With the festive season fast approaching you may think about surprising friends and loved ones with handmade gifts this year. If you start planning and making now you’ll be ready for the holidays without feeling stressed or rushed. These petite jewelry dishes would make an ideal gift – they don’t take long to make and they look great.

Make Me: Handmade Jewelry Dishes With Copper Touches

I hope you enjoy making them and I’ll catch up with you here on decor8 again next month with another installation of Make Me! – Lisa xo

(text/images: lisa tilse)

Posted in Make Me on October 09, 2013

Make Me: Pretty Scrap Fabric Tassels

Hello, it’s Lisa and I’m ready to get creative with you again this month for my Make Me column on on decor8. For September, we’re going to make pretty decorative fabric tassels and I’ll show you some fun ways to use them.

Make Me: Pretty Scrap Fabric Tassels

Supplies
You’ll need: Fabric scraps, ribbon or twine and scissors… That’s it!

Step 1: Tear fabric strips
To make fabric scrap tassels you can use any fabric including thrifted garments or linens, or leftovers from your sewing stash. As long as they are consistent, the fabric strips can be any length. I used 8 inch strips to make small tassels. Cut the fabric into pieces about 8 inches square. Along one edge of the fabric make small cuts about an inch long and three quarters of an inch apart. Then, with the cuts to start you off, tear the fabric into strips. Keep the different fabric strips grouped.

Make Me: Pretty Scrap Fabric Tassels

Step 2: Select colours
For each tassel you’ll need about fourteen strips. Design your tassels using a mix of all the fabrics or make them with select colours. Lay the strips in a group with the printed side facing up, and shuffle them around so there is a pleasing combination of colours and patterns on the top.

Make Me: Pretty Scrap Fabric Tassels

Step 3: Make the tassel
Take a piece of ribbon and tie it around the centre of the tassel with a double knot. Fold the fabric strips in half, then take another strip and tie it around the tassel, about three quarters of an inch from the top. Tie a double knot and flatten the ends of the tie down so they merge with the tassel.

Make Me: Pretty Scrap Fabric Tassels

That’s all you need to do to make fabulous scrappy tassels! They’re so fast and easy to make and they add a decorative touch to many different things.

Make Me: Pretty Scrap Fabric Tassels

Make Me: Pretty Scrap Fabric Tassels

Make Me: Pretty Scrap Fabric Tassels

Make Me: Pretty Scrap Fabric Tassels

Make Me: Pretty Scrap Fabric Tassels

Decorating Tips:
Try placing them on your mood board for a dose of inspiration, hang them beneath a lampshade, from a door knob, off the back of a chair or around a vase. Tassels also look great on purse zip pulls and totes, not forgetting that they are always a fun way to jazz up gift wrapping.

I’ll look forward to helping you with handmade again next month in my Make Me column. In the meantime I hope you find some me-time to try this or to do something else creative. It really is great for your soul! – Lisa xo

(text/images: lisa tilse)

Posted in Make Me on September 18, 2013

Make Me: Gift Tags From Magazine Pages

Hello decor8 readers, are you feeling creative today? It’s Lisa and I’m ready to show you another super easy and fun craft this month in my Make Me column (Sorry I skipped the month of July, we had some illness around here). I love a beautifully wrapped gift, don’t you? I find pleasure in both giving and receiving something that’s wrapped with love. I also have a hard time getting rid of old magazines, so this craft project ticks two boxes.

Make Me: Gift Tags From Magazine Pages

There comes a point when my magazine stacks just get too high. When that happens, I spend some time leafing through old issues and tearing out the images that I love. Some I keep for inspiration and others I put into a craft file. One of the things I like to use them for is gift tags – it’s a lovely way to upcycle the pages and it’s fun to do. My daughter loves to make her own stash of tags and cards too.

You’ll need:
* Lovely magazine or catalogue pages
* Light weight card
* Pencil
* Ruler
* Scissors or a craft knife and cutting mat
* Glue
* Paint brush
* Embellishments like glitter, washi tape, stickers and mini pom poms

Make Me: Gift Tags From Magazine Pages

Step 1: Cut out the tags
Make yourself some cropping guides out of paper. They are basically just ‘L’ shapes that you can use to crop an image. Use the cropping guides to find the most pleasing part of a photo for your tag, rule lines to indicate the edges, then cut it out.

Make Me: Gift Tags From Magazine Pages

Step 2: Make the tags
When you’ve cut out a number of tags glue them to some light weight card and trim them. Punch holes in the top of some to thread ribbon or twine through.

Make Me: Gift Tags From Magazine Pages

Make Me: Gift Tags From Magazine Pages

Step 3: Embellish them

Using a paint brush, apply glue to some areas of the images. Try to follow and compliment the shapes and forms in the image, or apply a random all over pattern – like polka dots. Sprinkle glitter on top. Add washi tape stripes or small neon office stickers.

Make Me: Gift Tags From Magazine Pages

Make Me: Gift Tags From Magazine Pages

Step 4: Wrap some gifts
I sometimes also use large images for wrapping too, like the hydrangea one, shown top right. If it’s not large enough combine it with a piece of coordinating gift wrap like I have. Write on the back of the tag, find some lovely ribbon, lace or twine and wrap a beautiful gift with a handmade touch.

Make Me: Gift Tags From Magazine Pages

Make Me: Gift Tags From Magazine Pages

It’s always fun looking through magazines, so next time it’s raining set aside some me time, put the kettle on and go through that stack! Relax, get some sorting done, and be creative all at once. Perfect! – Lisa xo

(images/text: lisa tilse)

Posted in Make Me on August 09, 2013

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