DIY Flower Decoration

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IMG_4728It’s April that means spring has finally arrived. Somehow the weather agreed on this and decided it was time to actually act like spring instead of autumn (seriously, the weather in the Netherlands was so bad the past week). And because I’m super excited for spring I decided to do a flower themed DIY. It’s super easy to make and it will instantly make any room spring-ready.

You need:

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  • A few sheets of white paper (I only used three but if you want to make a bigger decoration you’ll need more)
  • A needle and thread
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • A branch

Steps:

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  1. Start off with making some paper flowers. Just fold your white paper in 12 pieces as shown above and cut out a flower shape. This way you’ll have 12 identical flowers in one cut. You can use the shapes I used above (you’ll have to glue the second shape together) or come up with your own shapes.
  2. Knot a string of thread onto your branch and sew the paper flowers onto your thread. I just stitched the thread through the paper flower once, stitched it back through a new hole and stitched it back again through the first hole (I know this is a bad description but I hope you understand). Repeat this to with the other flowers. You can attach as many flowers on each string as you like.
  3. Repeat for the other strings and you’re done!

You can make this decoration as big or as small as you want. It’s quite time-consuming but a lot of fun to make. I know the steps aren’t very clear because I had a hard time explaining this in proper English but hopefully the pictures are self-explanatory. Let me know in the comments if you did any fun spring DIY’s lately!

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DIY Green Tea Eye Compress

IMG_4297-01One of the things I love is beauty related DIY’s. They are cheap, fun to do and work very good most of the time. A few days ago I made these green tea eye compresses that should reduce puffy eyes and dark circles. I always have puffy eyes so I think it’s more a genetic thing but I decided to try these out anyway.

It’s not a secret that green tea has many beauty benefits. It contains caffeine and tannins which both shrink the blood vessels under your skin and in this way the puffiness and dark circles. This sounds really scary but isn’t harmfull. Green tea also contains vitamin K which also should reduce puffiness and dark circles but there isn’t any proof that it works, but there’s also no proof that it doesn’t work. The eye compresses are cold and this also should help reduce the puffiness and/or dark circles.

This is how you make and use these compresses:

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  1. Make some very strong green tea.
  2. Carefully dip a cotton pad in the green tea (the tea is still hot so be carefull you don’t burn your fingers).
  3. Put the cotton pad in a plastic seal bag and put them in the freezer overnight.
  4. Next morning take a cotton pad out the freezer and let it warm up. It shouldn’t be frozen when you put them under your eyes because THAT HURTS (been there, done that).
  5. Cut the cotton pad in half.
  6. If the cotton pads are still too cold to put them under your eyes you can warm them up a little between your hands.
  7. Put them under your eyes for 5 to 10 minutes. It should feel very nice and refreshing.
  8. Clean your skin afterwards.

I don’t see a huge difference afterwards because my puffy eyes aren’t sleep related but I still really like using them. I feel much more awake afterwards and it’s really refreshing. Let me know if you tried it out and if it worked for you!

DIY Christmas Snow Globe Decoration

IMG_3513IMG_3521It’s only 25 days till Christmas so I think it’s time to start decorating! So listen to some Christmas songs and make this cute little decoration. You might have seen this craft before (hello Pinterest) but I decided to share this super easy DIY with you anyways.

You’ll need:

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  • Glass jars (I used fruit jars).
  • Christmas decorations.
  • Fake snow.
  • Gold (or any other color) spray paint.
  • Ribbon.
  • Glue gun.

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  1. Start of with spray painting the lid of the jar in a festive color (I used a glittery gold). Make sure you do this outside on an old newspaper or magazine.
  2. Let the lids dry for about 30-45 minutes.
  3. Glue your Christmas decorations on the inside of the lid with a glue gun (make sure that you don’t glue them to close to the edge because otherwise you can’t put the lid back on).
  4. Now it’s time to let it snow! Put some fake snow in the glass jar.
  5. Put the lid back on the jar.
  6. Tie a nice ribbon around the jar and you’re done!

These snow globes are super easy to make and make a very cute gift. Have fun making them!

DIY Festive Deer Postcards

IMG_3003IMG_3022Even though I don’t like to admit it, I’m already super exited for Christmas. And because I love Christmas, glitter and crafting I decided it would be fun to do a little tutorial on how to make these festive postcards. My excuse for this early Christmas DIY is that technically deer aren’t specifically Christmas related and the same goes for glitter. This is how you make them:

You need:

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  • This printable: Deer postcard
  • Thick paper (I used glossy photo paper).
  • Glitter (I used gold and silver but you can use any color you want).
  • A craft knife and a cutting mat.
  • Scissors.
  • Glue.

Steps:

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  1. Print the PDF on your thick paper. If you use photo paper like me make sure you print it on the matte side of the photo paper because otherwise you’ll see ink on the front of your postcard (this is why the PDF is mirrored).
  2. Cut the paper along the solid line.
  3. Cut the deer out with a craft knife.
  4. Now fold the card along the dotted line. Make sure the ink is on the inside of the postcard.
  5. Next you put glue on the right half of the postcard. Spread it out evenly (I used my fingers but you can also use a brush) and put glitter on top of the glue.
  6. Let the glue/glitter dry for about 15 minutes.
  7. Glue both sides together and you’re done!

You can use these as a postcard or Christmas card but you can also use them as a decoration for, for example your office. Have fun making them!

DIY Halloween Garland

headerIMG_2571It’s almost Halloween so I thought it would be fun to do a little Halloween themed DIY project. I decided to make a garland because they are pretty, fun and easy to make. I didn’t plan on making this so I just used glitter and paper I already had (that’s why I accidentally ended up with Gryffindor colors, but I love Harry Potter so I absolutely can’t be bothered). This is how you make this festive garland:

You need:

  • This printable: halloween garland (It’s mirrored so you won’t see the ink lines on your garland).
  • Thick paper in a color you like (I used glossy photo paper).
  • Glitter in a color of your choice.
  • Paper in the same color of your glitter.
  • Ribbon.
  • Glue.
  • Scissors.
  • Craft knife.
  • Thread and needle.
  • Paper perforator.

Steps:

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  1. Print the PDF on thick paper. Make sure that you don’t print on the side that you want to be the front of your garland (for example, I printed on the matte side of the photo paper because I wanted to use the glossy side for my garland).
  2. Cut out the flag’s (I don’t have a better word for it) with scissors and then cut out the letters with a craft knife.
  3. Cut squares out of the paper where you are going to put glitter on. Make sure they cover the entire letter. Apply glue on these squares evenly and then put glitter on top of this .
  4. Glue the glitter squares on the back of the flags.
  5. With a paper perforator make holes on the top of the flags and lace them on your ribbon.
  6. Now cut out the little bats and with the help of a needle and thread secure them on the ribbon.
  7. And you’re done!

I hope the instructions are clear, I had some trouble translating it from Dutch to English so if you have any questions you can ask me. It takes some time to make this but it’s easy and absolutely worth it.