D.I.Y. FEATURE | Laura Ashley Statement Necklace

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Yes, that’s right folks…I’m back with a Laura Ashley special!

Once again, I’ve collaborated with the fabulous interiors and lifestyle brand to give you something fun and quite the show-stopper.  If you remember the ‘Make & Do‘ series i’ve done with them in the past, you’ll know I love a bit of wallpaper crafting and this DIY explores another way of using everyday decorative home items to create something creative. I mean, who would’ve thought that some floral/tropical themed wall paper and curtain tie-backs would make some statement necklace or halter neck detail for a dress, right?

Well, it’s definitely one for the brave creatives and fashionistas who like to stand out from the crowd….but hey, regardless of that, I reckon you should still have a nosey at the FULL tutorial over on the Laura Ashley Blog and maybe….just maybe, it’ll tempt all of you to try something funky! (psssst…if you do have a go, please make sure to share it on social media and include the hashtag #craftwithMolu!!)

I hope you like this one folks…..! xx

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[All Images: ©MadebyMolu]

**This post was sponsored by Laura Ashley, however all words and opinions are my own, dictated completely by my love for  DIY and styling**

D.I.Y. FEATURE | Laura Ashley Wedding series – part 1

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I was beyond delighted when Laura Ashley asked if i’d be interested in contributing towards their fabulous ‘Make & Do’ series on their blog by introducing their first ever series of wedding DIY. tutorials…and in good Molu fashion I said “I do!” (sorry, couldn’t resist!)

The first of my wedding tutorials is on how to go about creating these pretty floral place settings out of their wallpaper (uh huh!) which I’m so excited to reveal that it’s now LIVE on their blog. So if you fancy making these, you can find the full tutorial over here. Oh and do stay tuned for more wedding DIY inspiration over the next few months and have a nosey at all the other fabulous crafty creations on there too by some other fab bloggers!

Have a wonderful week guys!!! I’ll be mid-air on my way to Washington DC when this post comes through so I will admit there won’t be a lot of action from me over the next 10days but I’ll def try and keep you posted on all the stateside shenanigans via Facebook, Twitter, etc….so come follow me there ;) xxx
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[All Images: ©MadebyMolu]

**This post was sponsored by Laura Ashley, however all words and opinions are my own, dictated completely by my love for  DIY and styling**

[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

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

[Image credit: ©Fiona Kelly Photgraphy]