Crafting the Seasons at Liberty

Crafting The Seasons photographed by Katharine Peachey (2 of 197)Aahhhhhhh this post has taken me twice as long to put together because I keep drifting away in all the festive warmth and loveliness these photos exude! *sigh*  Well, thanks to the super talented Katharine Peachey, I’m excited to share with you some beautiful photographs from the fabulous shindig I attended last Sunday afternoon (remembrance Sunday) – you know, just so you can revel in all the festive magic yourself! ;)

I’m not sure if you recall me mentioning it in last month’s Styling the Seasons post, but I had been kindly invited by Katy and Charlotte to their first ‘Crafting the Seasons‘ event at Liberty, London. I was so stoked about this for many reasons but mainly because I had been looking forward to the much-needed creative distraction and catching up with fellow bloggers (old and new faces)……and this is was my first…yes, first….trip to Liberty!!! (shocking, I know…Just don’t ask…!)

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Crafting The Seasons photographed by Katharine Peachey (24 of 197)So, the delightful ‘crafternoon’ session was held in the beautiful wood-panelled Heritage Suite at Liberty, and my goodness it really is something else! I hadn’t been thinking of Christmas at all until I stepped into this room (what felt like Narnia!) and for the next three hours we crafted and chatted away to our hearts content, leaving the real world to carry on outside of these magical walls. The girls sure know how to put on a marvellous show; we had piles (and I mean generous piles) of gorgeous, to-die-for Liberty Tana Lawn fabric to play with, fab selection of craft supplies courtesy of Kate at The Homemakery, a freaking amazing liberty goody bag (I’ll reveal the contents in a separate blogpost), and plenty of scrummy nibbles including macaroons and mince pies! Oh, it really was a dream! :)

Our task that afternoon was to create a decorative Christmas piece – whatever took our fancy, really. I opted to make a wreath with some divine paisley-patterened Liberty fabric (the Indian in me clearly took charge!) while the others made some of the most beautiful bunting, garlands, decorative embroidery hoops, stuffed animals and birds, baubles, etc I’ve ever seen! The creativity in that room was simply remarkable. I was reminded of how much I’ve missed crafting (with my recent hiatus) and that being in the company of such fun and inspiring women, was exactly what I needed to feel charged up again. Honestly, I could have easily stayed on the entire evening (and the next few days) with all the fun and banter that day. I cannot thank all the lovely ladies enough for such an amazing afternoon….particularly Katy, Charlotte, Kate, Anna and Hannah for organising, hosting and making it all happen! So great to get my creative mojo back, yay! :D

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Edited Selection Katharine Peachey34Crafting The Seasons photographed by Katharine Peachey (138 of 197)Swooning yet? ;) Well, a massive thank you to Katharine for beautifully capturing that day. If this doesn’t get you into the festive crafting spirit then stay tuned for next month’s ‘Styling the Seasons‘ post where I’ll be sharing more on my Liberty print wreath! And here are the links to all the bloggers who got crafty with me that day if you’d like to have a nosey at all their lovely creations too.

Jeska at Lobster and SwanLisa Levis at Betty and Walter / Emily Quinton at Makelight / Lou at Littlegreenshed / Sarah-Lou at Lapin Blu  / Heather at Growing Spaces / Teri at The Lovely Drawer / Hannah at Hannah in the House / Tamsyn at The Villa on Mount Pleasant / Ruth at The Planned Adventure / Emma at A Quiet Style / Amy at Daisy Fay / Lori at Wild and Grizzly / Melanie at  Geoffrey and Grace / Tina at Colourliving / Jo at The Only Place / Laura at Circle of Pine Trees / Alexis at Something I Made

Happy crafting!! xx

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[All photographs by Katharine Peachey]

[D.I.Y. Tutorial] An oh-so-simple paper flower backdrop

MbM_DIY-TUTORIAL_PAPER-FLOWERS_MAIN(web)I’ve got a little DIY crafty inspiration for you today, if you’re looking for more summer floral backdrops ideas… and unlike most handmade paper floral installations that can be intricate or fiddly to handle, this one is incredibly quick and simple to create! It’s perfect for those who haven’t got a lot of time on their hands but want something quick and visually effective or for those who simply feel they lack the creativity or confidence. It really is simple, versatile, mobile and one that’s catered to all age-groups! And what I love most about this, is that you can create these backdrops to your own home – whether you’re decorating a nursery or throwing a party – without having to worry if you have the right tools or break the bank!  All you need are THREE key materials; tissue paper, scissors and sticky tape! And a wall of some kind! ;)

I had in fact used this technique for a backdrop on a styled shoot earlier this year (see the end of this post) after scouring the internet for floral installation inspiration so I’m delighted I’m finally able to share how I achieved the look for the shoot. Besides, with summertime coming to a close and this weekend being our LAST long bank holiday weekend for the year, you might as well go all out and make the most of your summer craftyness while it lasts!! :)

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MATERIALS:

  1. Tissue paper – you can buy these in bulk on Ebay or Amazon.
  2. Adhesive tape – to avoid any damage to the surface of your walls opt for ‘Scotch Magic Tape‘ (which is what I used) The next up from that is an all-purpose roll of ‘Masking Tape‘ if you’re not too worried about the surface of the wall or backing board. Both these tapes, will allow for quick removal and minimal damage. (Note: If you’re looking for a more permanent fixture then, PVA, UHU or hot glue gun works but I would recommend this for more intermediate to advanced crafters)
  3. Scissors

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[1] Cut your sheets of tissue paper lengthways into strips where they are at least 25 cm in width – you don’t want to go any bigger or smaller than that as it does affect the overall shape and size of your bloom. Now fold the paper into pleats (a.k.a. accordion-folding) like you would when you make a fan…….however, with this, you don’t have to be too OCD here but try keep it relatively neat  :)

[2] Once you’ve accordion-folded all your tissue paper, use your scissors to trim the one end into a shallow half-circle shape. This is basically to soften the edges and make them look more like petals.

[3] Now, as you unfold the tissue paper crumple up the other end of the tissue paper and then gather in the middle as you start fanning it into the form of a bloom.

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[4] Crumple and fluff up the tissue paper bloom until you’re happy with how it looks.

[5] Double up some magic tape or cellotape and seal the two ends together to complete flower! Repeat these steps with all your tissue paper flowers. A mass ‘production line’ approach makes things a lot quicker! ;)

[6] Once all your tissue flowers are made, simply add a few strips of doubled-up tape to the back of the flower (on the gathered/crumpled centre) and stick to your wall. Place them to however way you wish but keep it looking natural if possible. For a strong visual effect, I would have a concentrated area of flowers and gradually scatter it out. Obviously the more you have the more dramatic your installation looks!

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And that’s how it’s done folks. A fun, simple and pretty task for anyone to try, and a great way of adding pops of colour (or drama) to your homes, party or special occasion.

Below, are a couple of ‘behind the scenes’ photos that I had taken while I was setting up the floral installation for the wedding styled shoot I worked on back in March. You can have a nosey at some of my earlier posts on the shoot here and here if you fancy more DIY inspiration.

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So, if you decide to ‘get the look’ using these paper flowers, please do share it on FB, Twitter or IG and hashtag it with ‘CraftwithMolu‘ so I can check out your creativeness myself! :)

Happy crafting folks! And have a wonderful weekend ahead (long one for those here in the UK!)  xxx

[Guest Post] a DIY Chair Loom by Esther of Dear Friend

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Hey folks, I’ve a special tutorial post this week by blogger and all-round crafting genius Esther who has been soooooo kind to show you how to create some woven masterpieces from the comforts of your own home……and wait for it……using your own DIY loom out of a chair! Yep, that’s exactly what I said. When Esther mentioned this to me, I didn’t hesitate to mull over it! It’s such a innovative thing to do, if like me, you don’t have all the fancy resources at home to do some weaving. I am SO going to try this when I’m back from the US. In the meantime, here’s what she has to say………brace yourselves folks…..it is brilliant!!! :)

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Hello all you lovely followers of Made by Molu! She’s great isn’t she!

My name is Esther and I blog over at Dear Friend London. Today I wanted to share with you a somewhat random craft tutorial.

As with many people who live in London, I live in a flat. Living in a flat means I can’t do all the exciting/noisy craft projects I’d love to do because of our poor neighbours. So when I decided to try my hand at weaving I had grand plans of building my own wooden loom, until I realised that wouldn’t really work. So instead I got creative. Let me introduce you to the chair loom…

This is just your average chair, but doubles up brilliantly as a sturdy simple frame loom. I am either going to use the one piece as a wall hanging or make four and sew them together to create a rug (my husband still insists rag rugs belong in the 90s, so we will see).

You will need:

  • A chair with a consistent leg width
  • A non stretchy string
  • Your weaving materials (strips of fabric, chunky wool, anything)

 

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  1. Start by knotting your string to one chair leg. Pass the string over the top of the other leg, and bring down and around then repeat this on the other side. Make sure you aways bring the string from the top and down, not underneath and up around the leg. Do this as many times as you want, keeping it taut, until its the desired width (mine is 11 lengths). To finish tie the string in a knot around the chair leg.MbM_GUEST-POST_ESTHER_2
  2. You are now ready to start weaving. Start by tying your yarn around the first length of string. Now go in and out of each alternate piece of string, when you have done one width, start again but go between the alternate string on the top (the string on top of the yarn in your first width should be below it on the second width). Make sure you are working between each piece of string, sometimes they get confused and it ruins the pattern. If you are using multiple pieces of material or yarn, knot the ends together as you go along.MbM_GUEST-POST_ESTHER_3
  3. Use your fingers as a comb between the strings to create tension and make sure everything is nice and tight.  Continue doing this until you get to the other chair leg. As you go make sure the width is the same all along, if it seems your piece is getting smaller as you go along try to loosen it bit and not draw the strings too tightly together. When you have finished, knot the yarn or material to the end string.MbM_GUEST-POST_ESTHER_4
  4. Lastly, cut and tie the strings that makes up the loom. You can put dowelling through the loops if you want to hang it, or tie it however you like, making sure the weaving will not come loose. And there you have it! You’re own woven piece of magic! MbM_GUEST-POST_ESTHER_5

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Ahhhhh, brilliant right? Now, who’s going to give this a go?? Oh and do let us know how you get on! :) By the way Esther – I think the rug idea is big thumbs up from me…..or perhaps even a throw of some sort for the bed? Hmmm ideas ideas ideas……so many and far too little time! :)

Enjoy!! xx

 

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[D.I.Y. Tutorial] Funky Geometric statement necklace

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Hello! I hope your week is going well so far wherever you are. Well, out here, were’ in the lead up to the big July 4th weekend so totally feeling the excitement!

SUPPLIES:

  • DAS modelling clay (or any other air-drying clay alternative)
  • rolling-pin
  • ruler (metal on if possible)
  • Stanley knife or a scalpel
  • needle
  • Spray paints or even nail varnish! (3 colours of your choice)
  • Ribbon or chain links (you can take links from old jewellery, if needed be)
  • glue gun
  • wire (to make the links, if you don’t have proper jewellery ones at hand)
  • tracing paper / detail paper or even greaseproof paper – to sketch your final design template

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Sketch out any ideas you have (the idea for this tutorial is to make your necklace out of triangle pieces) and then draw out a template for the final design onto some tracing/detail paper (even grease-proof paper will do!). If you’re confident, you can free-hand draw the triangles, otherwise use the ruler or some kind of grid for guidance. Also mark out roughly where you’ll be putting in the holes for where the chain links or ribbon go.
  2. Cut out a good-sized piece of Daz clay, and roll it out like you would making cookies, so you have a 3mm flat piece.Gently roll on both sides to try to get all the sides even in its thickness.
  3. using a pencil nib (or even a needle or toothpick), map out the corners of your triangles onto the clay by piercing through the tracing paper – do this one, triangular piece at a time.
  4. Use the metal ruler as a guide, and cut through the clay with the blade making sure it is an even cut. The metal ruler will make sure it keeps the edges straight. Also, you will find some bits of clay may show on the blade so wipe it clean before you make the next cut. Always, gently pull away the excess clay away from the main piece. Try and be gentle with this stage so you are left with clean pieces with straight edges. Repeat this procedure with all your triangles. MbM_DIY-TUTORIAL_GEOMETRIC-NECKLACE_01
  5. Once all the pieces are cut out, take a good size needle or toothpick and pierce two holes where your connector links will go. Make it at least 1mm big, or enough for a connector to go through. Whether the chain or ribbon is used, you will need these holes for these connector pieces that then links on to the ribbon or chain.
  6. Leave all the pieces to dry overnight. Quick tip: try to swap the sides on which it lies on the surface because when it dries, the clay can tend to warp slightly so by flipping it on its sides every now and then during the drying process will help keep it relatively flat.
  7. After all the pieces are fully dry, pick out the spray paints or use nail varnish like I did in my quick-clay-beaded-necklace tutorial for a quicker and more convenient option. Apply the pain/varnish onto one side of your pieces (facing up) and leave it to dry.
  8. Now get all the bits and pieces you need to turn these pieces into a necklace; glue gun, wire, chain, links and connectors, ribbons….whatever else you want to add and let the fun part begin! :)
  9. Stick all your pieces together using the glue gun and leave it for a few minutes to set.Try and be neat here so that you avoid any stray glue strands!MbM_DIY-TUTORIAL_GEOMETRIC-NECKLACE_02
  10. Now add those connector rings through the holes you made in your triangle pieces. I didn’t have any at hand or any that suited the holes, so made mine out of some wire. With these in place, you can then add your chain links or ribbon (as I’ve done). If you opt for a ribbon, try to select something that compliments your pendant colours.

And hey presto, you have yourself a totally RAD (yep, i said that) geometric statement necklace!! Perfect for the summer months!! I’m actually super delighted with mine even with its teeniest flaws but it all adds to the handmade feel. So there you have it folks! Do have a go and share with me all the creative goodness you come up with. It totally puts a smile on my face and a spring in my step seeing what you’ve made based on the tutorials. Oh and you know the drill if you do fancy sharing you photos……add the hashtag #CraftwithMolu with it so i can see it! Have a fantastic week of summer craft!! Much love x x x x

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[DIY Tutorial] Hand-stamped Napkins for the table!

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Okay folks, so this week’s tutorial is ridiculously simple and I’m excited to share it. I’ve actually been meaning to do these personalised napkins aaaaages back when I had some friends over for lunch (and another time for dinner) but in both instances, I end up completely forgetting about it despite being on my list of things-to-do (my mind is like a sieve these days, I tell you!!) So, I’ve finally got round to them and even remembered to take some shots to make it into a tutorial! Seriously, it takes like 15minutes of your time!!

MATERIALS:

  1. Ink Stamp or Fabric Paint (sorry, I realised I got the wrong ink pad in the photo below but it’s the FABRIC one you need)
  2. Rubber stamps of all the alphabets
  3. Plain white or plain coloured linen napkins (of course, you can do them on paper ones too)

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INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Think of a few ‘food’ or ‘eating’ related phrases and pick out your letters for them. Take one letter at a time and dab it onto your ink pad. Do make sure you check to see if you don’t have a lot of excess ink around the edges before stamping your napkins as you don’t want big outline edges around your letters. If you do, just use facial or baby wipes to clean and give the outer edges of the stamp a quick wipe.
  2. Once ready, place it carefully onto your napkin and ever so gently press down for a couple of seconds before lifting it up to reveal your first letter!
  3. Continue on until all your napkins are stamped. Do remember to think first how long the phrase will be and the placement of it.
  4. Once they are all done, leave it aside for 5-10 minutes until it dries properly. And then run a hot iron over it on the reverse side, i.e don’t iron directly on the inked area and please turn the steam OFF. Ironing, will set the ink a bit more so that it lasts a good few washes!

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And there you have it folks! Some pretty effective napkins with a personalised, handmade touch. It will be perfect for out door dining and all those picnics and BBQs you’ll be having this summer! You can have colourful bold inks on plain neutral coloured napkins to make it even more summery or vice versa. And of course, they’d also look AMAZING for a rustic barn weddings or garden parties…..where you can double them up as place names! And because it’s so quick, simple and effective, it won’t be overly time consuming if you want to do them in large numbers! Oooh…you can even opt for lots of bold coloured shapes across the entire napkin.

Anyway, go crazy and have fun! The choices are endless. If you give this ago, please do share them on my Facebook page or Twitter so I can revel in all your creativeness!!! Just remember to hashtag it with #CraftwithMolu, if you do!

Have a wonderful week guys!! xxMbM_DIY-TUTORIAL_STAMPED-NAPKINS_2[Image credit: Made by Molu]

Love is kind, love is patient; Happy Friday!

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The paper flowers and hand-lettered piece I made for the ‘modern baroque’ shoot. And this is one of my favourite verses which was in fact read at our wedding….and one that I need constant reminding of! ;)

Happy Friday everyone!! Wherever you are, I sincerely hope it’s a good one and that you have a wonderful weekend ahead. Much love xx

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[DIY Tutorial] Gold glitter-tipped feather props

MbM_DIY-TUTORIAL_GOLD-FEATHERS_MainHey hey hey! How are we all doing this week? Are we up for some DIY fun……perhaps some sparkly DIY fun? Why not, eh? I mean, who doesn’t like a bit of sparkle and shimmer!

Well then, if you saw the ‘modern baroque‘ wedding shoot that got featured on Bridal Musings last week, there are a couple of DIY elements/details I did for the shoot I thought I’d share with you in the form of tutorials should you fancy replicating them. So, this week, I’m going to start by showing you how to make some gold glitter-tipped feathers but this time, instead of using them as table decorations like we did in the shoot, we’re going to hang it from the ceiling so to create a cool ‘Baroque-esque’ or ‘Gatsby Glamour’ feather backdrop or installation for any event that needs a touch of glitz and glam! It can be against a wall as a photo backdrop or suspended over your dinning or dessert table to add that bit wow factor. So here’s what you need:

SUPPLIES: 

  1. White or Black Feathers – easily available on Ebay, haberdashery or Craft stores. You will need to order according to the size of your project. My guide for suspended installation is to have at least 20 feathers within a 1m squared area for it to be really effective.
  2. Gold glitter – you can pick another colour if you want
  3. Gold spray paint
  4. Cotton thread (seen in the later images)
  5. Scissors (seen in the later images)
  6. Large plastic sheet of lots of old newspaper – anything to cover the area when you will be spraying. MbM_DIY-TUTORIAL_GOLD-FEATHERS_Supplies

INSTRUCTIONS:

[1] Make sure you cover a large surface area on either your work top, some place outside….anywhere you choose to do this spray paint job. Even though this is technically a small spray paint job, you will be surprised how easily the paint can get everywhere so you want to be careful not to get metallic gold paint in places you don’t want it seen!

[2] Take the feathers one at a time and gently aim the spray paint at the tip of the feathers. Try and apply the spray paint lightly starting from the tip and moving ever so slightly down it. Spray in short bursts to avoid heavy application. And you want to master this technique in order to get that slight gradient look. Do this on both sides of the feathers.

[3] As soon as the tips are covered with paint on both sides, take the glitter and gently pour some over the paint while it is wet – this way, you’ll be sure it sticks and there’s less chance of it falling off later! Again, try and mimic the gradient effect by applying less glitter as you move slightly down the quill. You will only need a bit of glitter so don’t go too heavy with it. MbM_DIY-TUTORIAL_GOLD-FEATHERS_01

[4] Repeat this with all the feathers you have and lay them aside to dry on a raised vessel or block so that the wet painted area isn’t directly touching any surfaces. Leave it to dry for 15 minutes just let the glitter settle. Although, you may still find that you’re still going to get some amount glitter fall everywhere even when dry

[5] Once all the paint has dried, you will now need your reel of white cotton thread which you will need to cut to size the length you want – this is determined by the height of your ceiling and how far you want it to drop down. Also, my big tip here is to create assorted lengths so it gives the whole installation some dimension and depth. You’ll see what I mean when you see the light hitting on all the glitter!

[6] Take each feather and tie the cut lengths of thread onto the stem of the feathers. This is the fiddly bit and may a little longer if you have heaps of feathers to get through…..oh but it is worth it! :P

[7] It may be easier for you to fasten the threaded feather to the ceiling one feather at a time so you can get a good idea of placement, spacing and at what heights it should be suspended at. Just do it all by eye. Stand back every now and then to see if they’re all spaced out visually and if you can, try avoid big gaps….its almost like putting lights on your Christmas tree! :P

And voila! You have yourself a glamorous gold-glittered-feather installation. In all honestly, I’m now tempted to do this properly someday myself – and by that I mean, get a whole lot more feathers and hang them over our dinning table for when we have guests over for dinner! What I’m showing you here is a fraction of what I have in mind so when I do get that done, I’ll let you know! :)

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What do yo think folks? Is it something you’d like to give a try? Also, if you don’t have the time and patience for this, then use these as table decor or maybe even tie the feathers to florist wire and include them in some floral arrangement. The ideas are just endless so just let your creative juices take you some place fun. Whatever you decide to do with these glittered feathers, please do share them either on my Facebook pagetwitter or IG so I can see what you get up to. Remember to include the hashtag #CraftwithMolu!!

Happy crafting lovelies x x

[D.I.Y. Tutorial] Jazzed up bottles using cellophane

MbM_DIY-Tutorial_JAZZED-UP-GLASS-JARS_MAIN Afternoon folks!

I hope your week is going well so far and that all you London folks are enjoying the warm sunny weather we have is making things much much better! Makes such a difference doesn’t it?  Everyone just seems so much happier with a big spring to their step!

Anyway, this week’s DIY tutorial is a quick and easy one for those of you are looking to jazz up any empty jam jars or bottles you have kicking about (or saved up for any occassion). I keep collecting some for when I do think of something to do with them! So, for this project, all you need is some funky cellophane which you can easily get from Ebay, local florists, craft stores and even discount shops. I got my gold polka dot one from the Tiger store on Tottenham Court Road in London.

What I love about using cellophane is that it’s effective, inexpensive but practical too – for instance, you wont’ have to worry about it getting damaged should it be exposed to any moisture – cellophane can last a long time! And, if you change your mind later down the line it’s really easy to take it off.

So, here’s what you need:

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  1. patterned cellophane
  2. Scalpel  or Stanley knife – something sharp that you can use to cut strips of cellophane neatly
  3. empty jars or bottles
  4. Double-sided tape (you can use glue but I found the tape much neater and easier)
  5. ruler

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

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[1] First and foremost, make sure all your empty jars and bottles are all thoroughly cleaned and labels of any kind are completely taken off. You may find that some labels can be ridiculously stubborn or leave horribly sticky marks behind. In this case, just soak your bottles in some hot soapy water and leave for 20 minutes or so. This should help ease the labels off.

[2] Repeat this with all the bottles and jars you wish to use for this project. They can vary in shape and size, as long as the main body of the jar is evenly curved i.e. avoid square-shaped jars or ones with any bevelled edges.

[3] Roughly measure out the width of your bottles (probably take a millilitre off that just so that the cellophane strip fits perfectly around your jar) and mark them lightly onto each side of the cellophane. These marks will be your guide when cutting down the strips.

 

MbM_DIY-Tutorial_JAZZED-UP-GLASS-JARS_02[4] Alternatively, you can use the grids/guidelines on your cutting mat to help measure out and cut your cellophane into required strips as you can see those guides through the cellophane!

[5] Roughly check how much of the cellophane strip you’ll need to go around the bottle. You just need to make sure you have at least one centimetre of overlap.

[6] Take your double-sided tape and measure out the right length required. I would cut it so it is the same measurement to the width of the cellophane (or it can be a tad bit smaller). You will need of these bits of tape. Once cut, place the it on the bottle…..if there’s any part of the bottle you want to make as the ‘back’ i.e. any marks or dents then place the tape there. Once placed, peel the white backing off the piece of tape.

MbM_DIY-Tutorial_JAZZED-UP-GLASS-JARS_03[7] Take one end of your cellophane strip and place it neatly on the sticky tape. Make sure that the cellophane is absolutely parallel to the bottle because you don’t want to find, as you wrap it around, that it isn’t straight at all! Last thing you want is a skewed wrap-around! :) When you bring the ‘unstuck’ end right round, take that second piece of double-sided tape and place it on the end of the cellophane and then stick it down.

And hey presto…..you’ve got yourself a gold-polka-dot-clad snazzy looking jar! As you can see I kinda took over and did a few more, but I must say, since writing this, I think I might get some wire and make some cute hanging bottles out of those spice jars. Ahhh the ideas are endless with these things! So go jazz up all those empty bottles and jam jars you have saved up and never knew quite what to do with them! :)

Really hope you’ve liked this super easy tutorial……but hey, it’s all about what you can create out of simple materials! Happy crafting and making folks. And as always, I would LOVE to see anything you try from here so just remember to hashtag #craftwithMolu if you decided to share photos, either on Facebook or Twitter! xxxx

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[DIY Special] Inlaid Die-cutting technique by Preeya Stanley

MbM_PREEYA_TUTORIAL-3_MAINOkay, so the reason why I didn’t have a DIY tutorial last week was because I had lined up my guest crafter and card-making extraordinaire Preeya (of Up to Some’ink) to show you more of her amazing card-making skills…..all the way from Australia! Also, I’m super delighted to tell you that Preeya will now be doing a quarterly guest post on Made by Molu, sharing all her tricks of the trade for you card-making and papercraft enthusiasts. It’s like a different world for me with all these die-cut tools and gadgets but the more I see these, the more I wish I had these snazzy equipment! Anyway, without further adieu, here’s the first of her fabulous paper-craft tutorial series! I do hope you will join me in welcoming her on board and of course enjoy all the goodies she creates! :)

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Hi everyone!!

Today I am going to share with you how to create this card using an inlaid die-cuts technique. It is all the rage over in blogland and the paper-crafting world, and what’s good about it is that you can pop it in the post and it has no bulk whatsoever, but you still get that look and feel of added texture.

So lets get started!

MbM_PREEYA_TUTORIAL-3_suppliesSUPPLIES: 

  1. a Big Shot or other die cutting machine
  2. some die shapes – white cardstock
  3. various colours of cardstock, and scraps may do (i’ve used up all mine here)
  4. some liquid glue
  5. a tool to pick up and handle intricate pieces of paper- tweezers will do, but I have usedthe Lifestyle Crafts QuickStick (amazing)

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

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[1] First, you need to get an idea of your design and plan your colours so you’ll know what to cut and where. Then you need to place your dies on a white piece of cardstock that will be your front panel. Mine measures half an A5 so thats 10.5cm x 14.8cm. Arrange your dies in the pattern that you sketched. (I had to do mine over two separate goes as I had to re-use some of my circle dies.

[2] SO anyway, here we go – washi tape them down so that the pieces stay put in the machine and then roll them through the big shot on tab 1.

[3] Cut out any additional circles you may need as per your design in the same way as above.

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[4]
 Now, get your pieces of coloured scrap card and die cut circles out of them – just make sure you have the same sized circles as the ones you have in your white panel of cardstock. Again, depending on your design, you may need to die cut your coloured circles so that they fit perfectly with any other circles that will lay against them on the card once it’s all put together.

[5] Now, layer your white panel on a piece of copy paper that has been cut to the same size.Place glue in the openings and piece together your circles. You can leave the card like this and simply stamp a bold greeting in black across these funky circles, and you would have yourself a very nice card…but we’ll take it a step further..

[6] Place your word die across the circles on your panel, and washi-tape it down. Run this through your die cutting machine to cut the word out. MbM_PREEYA_TUTORIAL-3_3[Image credit: ©Preeya Stanley]

[7] Now, this step is IMPORTANT: When you take your project out of the machine, keep all the little pop-out pieces that result safe in a little bowl- you’ll need them soon.

[8] Die cut your word again, this time out of black cardstock, and glue it into the space created on your panel.

[9] Now, here is the fiddly bit. Use your little saved pop-out pieces and glue them back in. This is where you’ll need a pair of tweezers or something to handle those itty-bitty pieces. I used my QuickStick. It has a tacky tip which temporarily adheres to whatever you touch it to…So you can easily pick up little pieces of paper.

[10] Now, adhere your panel onto an A6 card base and you have one very impressive card that is gonna leave your recipient thinking…”How did she/he do that?!?!?!” ;) As you can probably tell this card was inspired by a certain ‘happy’ song that was on the radio a while ago, and I just loved the thought of turning it into a card… you can make this a card for any occasion by finishing off the ‘because I’m happy…’ sentiment on the inside of the card with… ‘for you’ or ‘it’s your birthday’.   Good luck!

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Well, there you have it lovelies. It may be a bit advanced to some of us crafters especially if you don’t have right tools but if you think this is your kind of thing then do have a look into die-cutting tools like the Sizzix Big Shot, which really is well worth investing in if you’re into papercraft and card-making. I did actually write a post early last year on some amazing ‘must have’ list of crafting gadgets if you fancy taking a look there. So yea, I hope you have fun giving this a go and if you want to follow more of Preeya’s crafty antics do check her blog.

Thank you sooooo much Preeya for this tutorial and I look forward to the next one!! :)

Happy weekend everyone!! x x x

Happy Friday!

MbM_HAND-LETTERING_WK-1And so, we come to the end of another week. I hope it’s been great one for you although I know it’s been tricky trying to get back into work mode after the lovely 4-day Easter weekend! So I’ve eased myself with prettier stuff like bits and bobs for the blog, working on wedding invitation designs and looking up inspiration for a branding project.

I’ve also decided that one of the many things to do this year is hand-lettering and typography. It’s always been a great interest of mine (cursive handwriting was a big fascination since primary school!) but having never been taught it properly, I’ve set myself various tasks and challenges to learn and develop the skill further. Even signed up to an E-course (which I’ll tell you about later). You’ve probably seen some wedding stuff recently where I’ve dabbled in some lettering but in order to really improve and develop I’ve decided to do a piece each week focusing on an inspirational quote. So here’s the first of this hand-lettering series….it’s basically a pimped-up version of my handwriting – so nothing too fancy! But hey….I’ve got to start somewhere right? Slowly but surely, as they say! Anyway, have a wonderful weekend folks whatever your plans! x x x

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