[D.I.Y. Tutorial] 5-minute Key rings out of ribbon

MbM_DIY-Tutorial_Ribbon-Key-Rings_MAINAfternoon folks! I’m afraid, with work commitments and a busy long weekend away for Easter, I wasn’t quite able to come up with the most exciting DIY tutorials for this week. I do however, have this easy DIY key ring project that you can make out of ribbon and takes literally five minutes to make! To be honest, it may seem rather uninteresting but since I’ve been de-cluttering and redecorating our flat over the last couple of months, I have found this so incredibly useful when organising all the set of keys we seem to have lying about! And instead of sticking on those horrid plastic key rings I decided to make something out of ribbon…..and this is the result of a quick-fix solution! :)

You will need:

  1. Ribbons (I used some lovely striped ones by Jane Means)
  2. Scissors
  3. Glue gun or any kind of adhesive for fabric
  4. set of keys (however many you have)

INSTRUCTIONS:

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  1. Measure out the length of ribbon you think you’ll need for your keys. Remember they have to be doubled over to create a loop so make sure you accommodate that! I cut out roughly 15cm which when doubled up, became roughly around 7cm.
  2. String the cut piece of ribbon of your desired length through the metal ring and fasten down the ends using the glue gun. Your keys should now be held by this loop of ribbon
  3. Now, to prevent your keys from sliding about on the ribbon, I placed a pea-sized dollop of glue on the ribbon about half a centimetre away from the metal ring) and pressed the ribbon together until fastened. Alternatively, you can run it under a sewing machine (where I’ve shown the dotted line) to secure the keys in place. Feel free to add any further embellishments to jazz it up further.

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And that’s it. It does exactly what it says on the tin! :) I know it’s not the most exciting but I do find it useful when you are limited with time or resources….and it does look much nicer than some random plastic thing! Well, I do hope to have some funkier projects in store for you in the coming weeks so stay tuned for those! In the meantime, I hope you have fun crafting this week! Keep me posted with any #craftwithMolu antics you get up to! :)

Much love x x x

[D.I.Y. Tutorial] Two-tone felt Floral Crowns

MbM_DIY-Tutorial_Floral-Crown_Main-WEBLast month, I had signed up to Bethan and Michelle‘s springtime challenge where they encouraged bloggers around the world to join them in making floral crowns to officially mark the arrival of Spring. So, further to my post of my floral entry, I had promised to provide you guys with DIY tutorial on how to get the look. It really is simple to make and took me roughly 15 mins from start to finish! 

Here’s what you need:

  1. Crafting Felt
  2. Ribbons (these are courtesy of Jane Means Ribbons)
  3. Pen
  4. Scissors
  5. Circular Templates – I used a saucer and jam jar lid!
  6. Glue Gun

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INSTRUCTIONS:

[1.] Select two sheets of felt of your colour choice (preferably contrasting colours) and then trace round your circular template so that you are left with a guide to cut around.

[2.] Try and fit as many circles to avoid any wastage. If you are confident enough to do so, feel free to free hand draw these circles directly onto the felt sheets. I used two different sized templates so that the flowers vary in size ever so slightly.

[3.] Cut out all the circles of felt. Remember that two felt circles in contrasting/complimentary colours together make up one rose.

[4.] With each set of circles, start cutting about a centimetre in width, from the outside towards the centre…..in a spiral motion as seen here in the images.

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[5.] Now comes the slightly trickier bit but also the fun bit! :) Take the centre of the spiralled piece and tighly twist the felt around the centre so that it forms the shape of a flower bud. While you don’t have to be super neat with this stage, try and ensure that felt is still tightly wrapped around so to avoid it falling loose later. You may add bit of hot glue along the way to ensure it stays in place.

[6.] When you get to the end, add more glue to stick the ends down neatly. You will now see how the two colours add depth to the flowers.

[7.] Repeat this with all the cut circles to create all your flowers!

[8.] Next up, take some ribbon and roughly cut to size the amount you think you’ll need – make sure you have enough for it to cover right round your hear as well as allow for it to be tied up in a bow. I cut my green Jane Means stitched ribbon to roughly 1300mm (about 51 316 in) to accommodate all the flowers and allow for enough leeway for adjustment. Place the cut piece across your work surface and start glueing down your flower buds to the ribbon working from the centre out – this way, you are certain that the flowers are placed centrally on to your ribbon. The reverse side of the ribbon will look messy but don’t worry, you won’t see this at all!

[9.] You can even add a small dollop of glue between each flower for a more secure fixing however, don’t put too much as it will make the crown too stiff to bend around your head! Leave them to cool for a few minutes (making sure it’s not stuck to the work surface!!) and you now have yourself a funky felt flower crown!! :) MbM_DIY-Tutorial_Floral-Crown_2-WEB

What do you think? Pretty easy right? And if I let you in on a secret…..the two tone-effect was completely unplanned! I was merely trying to speed up the cutting-out process by laying couple of sheets at time when I realised it actually works out to be quite effective by adding that extra bit of dimension to the flowers! So, through trial and error you never know what techniques you’ll come up with which is why these weekly DIY series of mine are her to encourage you all to just have a go with what you have and not worry about the limited resources!

MbM_DIY-Tutorial_Floral-Crown_7-WEBAnyway, I hope you enjoyed this and that inspires you to try this out yourselves. They’re perfect for all ages (even me!!) and ideal to make with the little ‘uns………By the way, don’t you just love my gorgeous little Goddaughter rocking my floral creation!!? :) So if you have a go, do remember to take some photos and share it with me on FB or Twitter with the hashtag #craftwithMolu.

Happy crafting lovelies! xxx

 

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[D.I.Y. Tutorial] Ribbon details for notebooks

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Hello lovelies! How are you this bright and sunny Wednesday afternoon?

Well, seeing as we’ve such a fine day today, what better reason to get crafting and this week’s DIY project would actually be quite apt too. As most of you all know, I tend to personalise the front covers of my sketchbooks, notebooks and diaries all the time; whether they are doodled all over, hand stamped or embellished. So in today’s tutorial I’m going to show you how to personalise your little book of ideas/doodles using felt and lovely ribbon but in a way that they act as a little binding lock type-thing. Oh, I forgot to mention last month, but I’m officially one of Jane Means team of bloggers (woo!!) so the ribbons I have in fact used in this tutorial are courtesy of Jane Means! She has a fabulous collection of ribbons ladies…..if you ever want to get hold of some!

Anyway, this project literally took me 30 mins from start to finish and all I want to show you is how simple techniques and materials can go a long way in the hope that these weekly tutorials inspires you to get crafting more, however limited you think you are with your resources! You’ll be surprised at what you can do with the little you think you have at home! :) So….here’s what you’ll need for this one:

  1. Notebook of any size
  2. Ribbons
  3. Crafting Felt (make sure you have enough to go around the size of your book)
  4. Embellishments such as buttons, beads and trimmings.
  5. Glue gun (or any good crafting adhesive)
  6. Scissors
  7. Ruler

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INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Take your sheet of felt in your desired colour (I chose yellow to go with my pink book) and cut a strip so it’s roughly 7-8cm/3″ in width and whatever length would suit your notebook i.e. it should be able to cover the front, the spine and the back of the book. Obviously you can choose to go for a much wider or less wider band.
  2. Stick down the front edge of the felt to the edge of the notebook, carefully so that they are aligned neatly. Now you can chose to have a centimetre of felt to overlap so that you’re sticking it to the inner side of the book but I felt that with the thickness of the felt it would prevent the book from closing properly. But this is totally up to you and the book you chose to work on. Make sure you apply some glue to the spine too before you finish at the back cover. Open the book slightly while doing these stages so that when you close the book you aren’t left with any slack material in between.
  3. If you find there’s any excess felt and you don’t want to tuck it into the book then cut around it neatly so it’s flush with the edge of the notebook.MbM_DIY-Tutorial_Ribbon-Notebook_1-WEB
  4. Now chose a ribbon of your choice. I picked out this lovely navy blue polka dot Jane Means ribbon which I thought worked perfectly with the pink and the yellow combo. Measure out the length of the ribbon required based on the book you’ve got by going around the book and ensure you have at least 15 cm extra on both sides so that you have enough to tie a nice bow with.
  5. Like you did with the felt band, stick down the ribbon at the three main points; on the front, spine and back. You don’t need to cover the ribbon entirely but that is all depending on the glue you use as you don’t want it to stiffen up more than what is required when dried. If you use the glue gun then just follow the three points. Again, while you’re sticking the ribbon down onto the spine area, just open the book slightly to prevent from any slacking….but not too much so that it’s too taut. MbM_DIY-Tutorial_Ribbon-Notebook_2-WEB

Et voila! You have you’re very own personalised and beautified little notebook with a cute ribbon detail. And its a great little way to keep those prying eyes and hands away from your books! ;) What if you don’t have enough felt to go around your bigger notebooks? Well, scrap the felt and here’s how to create a simple wrap around/binding clasp detail out of ribbon, a button and an elastic band (one that you can use for your hair!)

Firstly, measure out the desired length out of ribbon. I used another Jane Means ribbon in mint green with pink polka dots. It doesn’t need to overlap but enough so that the elastic band binds the two ends together (so roughly check to see how much you’ll need against the size of your elastic band) Secondly, wrap one end of the ribbon around your elastic band and glue it into place without sticking the elastic to the ribbon. And on the other end of the ribbon, glue down your big bold button. I would highly recommend using the glue gun for this! And finally, wrap both ends around your sketchbook and loop the elastic band over the button to fasten it shut! That’s it!!! :) You now have a pretty ribbon, elastic band to keep those books securely closed.

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So…..go dig out your craft supplies and let’s get crafting folk!! There really isn’t any excuse not to try your hand at experimenting with materials you have kicking about your home. If you decide to follow any of my tutorials, you know the drill…..please do share your creations either on FacebookTwitter or IG but make sure to hashtag it with #craftwithmolu so that I’m able to see them! Also, if you have any queries, please feel free to drop me a line in the comments section below.

Enjoy the rest of your week and happy crafting!! x x x

[WORKSHOP GIVEAWAY] Win a place on Jane Means’ Gift-wrapping masterclass!

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Right folks – I am soooooooo excited to tell you that I am offering one lucky reader/follower a chance to win a place on the next Jane Means ‘Gift Wrapping Masterclass’ which will be held at the magical Clifton Nurseries in London…..thanks to Marie and Wendy! :) If you saw my post last week of my gift-wrapping shenanigans from Jane’s workshop earlier in the month, you will see exactly why this is exciting news for those keen to broaden their skills in this area………and for the stationery/craft/gift-wrapping geeks like me!

The 2-hour class (worth £20) will take place on Monday the 9th of December from 7-9pm where you will learn, from the pro herself, all you need to know about exquisite presentation and personal touches. It also includes mulled wine and nibbles…..seriously, how can you resist!?! ;)

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There are TWO simple rules that must be followed in order to qualify your entry for this giveaway so please read the instructions carefully and leave all the relevant answers in the comments section of this post:

  • {ONE} Tell us what it is you love about gift-wrapping and WHY you’d like to win a place on this fabulous workshop. This must be left in the ‘comments’ section of this post.
  • {TWO} Share the word on Twitter and/or Facebook: share this Giveaway using the ‘share buttons’ at the bottom of the post or by copying + pasting the weblink. Please remember to include the hashtag #MadebyMolu when posting and let me know in the comments box too when you’ve done so.

… plus …

‘Bonus Entries’ (optional) – you can earn these for each of the following options; how many of them you ‘follow/like’ is up to you but you MUST state in the comments section who you’ve followed (or already follow) for it to be valid.**

This competition is open until midnight (GMT) on Thursday the 5th of December. The winner will be picked at random and announced the next day! **Could I also highlight that this workshop is based in Central London so please do keep that in mind before entering**

GOOD LUCK and have fun folks!! xx

[Workshop Shenanigans] Gift Wrapping with Jane Means

MbM_Gift-Wrapping_JaneMeans_1-WEBOkay, so for those who don’t know me well, I am probably the biggest gift wrapping/stationery geek you can find – my family and friends can definitely vouch for that! Ever since I was a little girl, I used to intently watch my Dad wrap all the gifts with such precision and finesse that it wasn’t long before I started to try my hand at it and slowly gained the trust to take on ‘gift-wrapping’ role at home! ;) I would even find myself gravitate towards gift-wrapping counters in department stores and shop window displays simply to swoon over the various styles and techniques….perhaps even take mental notes! (yep, I’m that much of a nerd!) And to this day, whether wrapping up a gift for a special occasion or simply parceling up an order for Made by Molu, I get such a high from experimenting with different materials and pretty details to add that personalised touch. I may not be a gift-wrapping expert (nor get enough time these days) but this is one area I know I can let my ‘perfectionism’ take over and feel completely at peace! ;) Besides….who wouldn’t want to receive a beautifully wrapped gift….I know I would!! :D

So, you can only imagine how excited I was when the lovely Marie (aka ScribbleYoga) invited me to come along to the beautiful Clifton Nurseries in Little Venice (north of Paddington) for a gift-wrapping workshop with ribbon designer and gift-wrapping extraordinaire Jane Means! If you are unfamiliar with the name, Jane is highly renowned for her expertise in luxury gift-wrapping having provided her services for large firms and fashion houses like Claridges, Selfridges, Harrods and Dior, not to mention for the Queen and other celebrities (which I found out later!)….and even runs her own series of workshops and classes, spreading the love and ‘Art of Gift Wrapping‘ – and boy was I glad for the chance to go to one!

MbM_Gift-Wrapping_JaneMeans_WEBThis was my first trip over to the Clifton Nurseries and I was hugely impressed to find (even at night time!) this stunning oasis of a garden, hidden away in heart of Maida Vale, West London, surrounded by gorgeous Georgian townhouses. What I later found out is that it’s been there since 1851 so I vowed to myself that I would return some weekend during the day to get a good feel for the place!

Anyway, the workshop was held in the equally gorgeous glasshouse (which houses the cafe and shop) and as we settled around the big wooden table with our glasses of bubbly in hand, Jane took us through some fabulous wrapping styles and techniques, even sharing some very useful tricks of her own! We learnt several ways of creating bows and flowers out of ribbon, making clever little envelopes and gift bags out of luxury wrapping paper, adding personal touches for that extra bit of ‘oomph’ to your gift, as well as the more challenging methods of pleating and wrapping odd-shaped objects. It’s all about show-stopping presentation that can be achieved through simple yet ingenious detailing and styling! No matter how much you’ve done or seen it before, you’d be amazed that there’s always plenty more to learn! :)

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Of all the amazing things made that night, I must admit I found the gift bag, the ribbon roses and the pleat-wrapping technique (around a biscuit tin) the most enthralling. Had I known more about ribbons and the endless things you could make out of it at the time of our wedding last year, I probably could have explored more options and even taken my handmade boutonnieres to a another level! :) It’s such a nifty little skill to have – don’t you agree?

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It’s really is amazing how much was covered in the two-hour session. I was tempted to share a lot more photos on here (quite surprised I managed to take so many in between all the fun and concentration that night!) but thought it was best to avoid a visual overload and give you a teaser instead of what the masterclass entailed. I must say, every time I look at these photos, I’m itching to get my hands on some wrapping paper, ribbon and all kinds of trimmings and ornaments for a gift-wrapping fix……. so it’s a good thing Christmas is just round the corner! ;)

Ooohh…. and on that note, I’m excited to tell you that Clifton Nurseries are holding another masterclass with Jane Means on the 9th of December with a focus on festive gift-wrapping seeing as Christmas is only a few weeks away! So, if you are interested in broadening your gift-wrapping skills in time for the festive season or simply fancy an evening immersed in creative goodness and great banter then I would highly recommend attending this workshop. Jane is truly amazing at what she does and ever so friendly too which made the class all the more enjoyable :) For more details or to book yourself a place (they are limited!) click here.

Well then, have I tempted you enough to sign up? ;) Perhaps, fellow crafter and stationery geek, Marie could help with her account from the night ;)

“Gift wrapping is a delight for a paper nerd like myself; it allows me to put my ever-growing craft collection to use and hopefully make someone feel special in the process. At Jane’s masterclass, beautiful wrapping papers, ribbons and prototypes adorned the table and set the scene for some fun. It was thrilling to learn unexpected tricks of the trade including turning an ordinary wide ribbon and a button into a beautiful rose with just a little help from florist wire and tape.  Like Jane I’m self-taught, but there’s always something to learn (that’s why we love Pinterest right?)  I’d love to tell you more but I don’t want to give it away for the next class, so instead I’ll share some photos later of my gift wrapping adventures.”   (You can follow Marie on IG and Twitter)

A huge and heartfelt thank you to Marie and Wendy of Clifton Nurseries for having me, and to Jane for whisking us off into this wonderful world of luxury gift-wrapping! Had an amazing evening and an absolute pleasure meeting all the other wonderful ladies there too! You can find more of Jane’s masterclasses over on her website or follow all her gift-wrapping antics on her blogFacebook and Twitter……you may find yourself spending hours drooling over hundreds of tantalising images so don’t say I didn’t warn you! :)

Right, I shall keep you posted of any experimenting I do in the run up to Christmas. Until then, happy gift-wrapping folks!! xx

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