Since I got engaged, I’ve been carefully looking after my diamond ring and keeping it safe at all times. When I was searching for some wedding inspiration, I came across this great DIY and decided to give it a go. I made one little tray a couple of weeks ago and showed it to my fiancé. He thought it was a great idea and asked if he could have one for his cufflinks. I now have the trays all around the house: bedroom, kitchen and bathroom. This can also be a nice present, and you can even make it personal by using different stamps or initials. Here is how to make it:
Items you need: FIMO oven hardening modelling clay, round cookie/scone cutter, stamps and baking paper.
Roll the clay into a ball. Using a rolling pin, roll the ball into a flat circle ensuring an even thickness.
Cut out a circle with the cookie/scone cutter and press down with a stamp in the centre.
Slightly bend up the sides and place on a backing tray lined with the baking paper.
Following the clay instructions, bake for 30 minutes at 110C. Once cooled, it’s ready to be used.
I like the idea of having outdoor tableware which is bright and colourful and makes you feel like summer all year round. Our apartment is located on a top floor and has a little balcony which we love using when it’s warm outside. Since we live so close to the harbour and beach, the colour combination of white and blue seems to me the most appropriate. I decided to incorporate these colours into the placemats which are now a perfect addition to our al fresco dining. Here are the steps I took:
Items you need: white or neutral-coloured placemats (I got mine at David Jones), fabric paint (I used ‘Mediterranean Blue’ colour), scissors, masking tape, a measuring tape, a brush and a pen.
Start by measuring the middle of the placemat and marking it with the pen on both sides. Stick a strap of the masking tape onto the placemat ensuring that the middle of the placemat goes through the middle of the strap. Working sideways from the middle, stick the tape side to side until you reach the edge of the placemat.
Once the placemat is covered with the tape, remove every second strap creating the gaps for you to paint on. This will ensure that the widths of the stripes are even.
Start applying a heavy coat of the paint with the brush. Repeat the same for the rest of the placemats.
Dry for 12 hours. Remove the tape and leave to dry for another 24-36 hours. For a bright, summer-like feel, I pair my placemats with white tableware and flowers.
Easter has always been one of my favourite holidays. This is the time when I can take myself back into the childhood when I was Easter-egg hunting and eating all that chocolate afterwards (guilt-free). This is also a great time for family and friends reunions. With that in mind, here is a gift idea that can suit both kids and adults. Since calories don’t count during Easter, the numbers of Easter eggs in the jar can easily be adjusted.
[1. Typo Glass Jar; 2. Baby chicks from Two-Dollar-Shop; 3. Lindt Easter Collection; 4. ‘Morgan & Finch’ Sitting Rabbit Stickers; 5. Paper Tag Set (similar here); 6. Recycled Ground Wood Paper (or Paper Grass) from Lincraft; 7. ‘Morgan & Finch’ Hanging Eggs]
My second DYI project is the chalkboard cheese board. This board will add a personal touch that everyone would love. It will also come in handy for upcoming holidays.
What you need:
1. a cutting board
2. chalkboard paint