[D.I.Y. tutorial] Scandi-inspired decorative glass jars

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hey hey hey! How are you all doing? I know it’s so very British of me to do so, but heck…hasn’t the weather been simply divine these last couple of days? Shame it hasn’t lasted very long but its given me so much hope for the summer!

Anyhoo, I’ve been insanely busy plotting and designing for two big styled shoots coming up in a few weeks (and with only week apart from each other!) that I haven’t had much time to work on any of the fab new DIYs I have in store for you guys. So this week’s is a simple one, creating some pretty decorative jars for the home with just spray paint and a permanent marker pen – it’s THAT simple! I’ve been crushing over lots of ceramic and stone hoemware lately especially when you want to go styling your surfaces every now and then, but when you’re having to keep an eye on your purse strings, I opted to create some cheaper alternatives. I’ve been saving a few glass jars, in a few different shapes and sizes, over the past few months with the intention of decorating them so I’d have some cool jars to put flowers in and use as props for my photos. It is spring after all and the flowers need something nice to sit in!! And of course, I went for the minimal Scandi-inspired geometric, monochrome vibe again.

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As I said, all you need for these are glass jarswhite spray paint and a black marker pen.

If you can, find somewhere outdoor to do the spray painting as you don’t want your house/flat to be stinking of the stuff…and it’s not good for you to inhale. If you don’t have any outdoor space then go out into your hallway or use a room that has good ventilation (ie. lots of windows!).

Also, cover your work surface with some plastic sheet or old newspaper because spray paint can get everywhere! Lay your jars out onto the protected area, spacing them out nicely so you are able to get the paint onto them. Hold the can roughly 10cm away and spray across them evenly. The technique being a layering one where you’d apply one even coat and then a second one to get that solid white look.
MbM_DIY-DECORATIVE-JARS-02MbM_DIY-DECORATIVE-JARS-03MbM_DIY-DECORATIVE-JARS-06Once you’ve applied a couple of coats, leave it aside to dry for 10/15minutes before you start drawing on them. They key thing for this look is to keep your designs simple and minimal.If you want inspiration for more Scandinavian-inspired geometric (or folklore) patterns then click here, otherwise you just stick to lots of lines (vertical and horizontal), triangles, swirls etc. You can of course, add colours to this but if you’re a monochrome lover like me then this would be perfect…..and especially for all you lot who are pressed for time!

So what do you think? Pretty effective right, for a 30-minute DIY project? And you can dot these about the house, adding fresh (or faux) flowers to spruce up your place. I must say, I love them and will apologies in advance if you start seeing these a lot in any of my future styling posts :P

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Well, that’s all from me this week. I hope you’ll give these a go and if you do, please share them with me by uploading it on any social media platform and using the hashtag #craftwithmolu so I can find them easily.

Enjoy the rest of your week and happy crafting! :) xx
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[D.I.Y. tutorial] Scandi-inspired geometric shower curtain

MbM_DIY_SHOWER-CURTAIN-MAINHey folks! I hope you’re all having a good week so far. It’s back to the grind for me today after a long refreshing weekend away in the rural countryside of Northern Ireland, spending some much-needed time with my parents-in-laws. And boy, have I loads to do but I’m glad for that bit of time away. You cannot beat the peace and quiet nor the fresh air every once in a while as London can get a bit crazy and suffocating at times.

Anyway, I’ve got a super simple DIY this week that will help spruce up your bathroom in 30 minutes! Our shower curtain was due a change and while I like my minimalist all-white look, I thought perhaps this time I’d add a bit of a scandi-monochrome touch to it with a simple geometric motif. And there really isn’t much to this which is great if you’re looking for a quick, budget-friendly makeover!

MbM_DIY_SHOWER-CURTAIN-01What you’ll need:

  1. plain white shower curtain (mine was a Sainsbury’s basics)
  2. permanent markers (sharpie or Pilot)
  3. card (to use as a template)
  4. scalpel, stanley knife or scissors,
  5. ruler

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Take your piece of card and cut out a couple of triangles – you can freehand draw/cut these or use a ruler but go for a more abstract version instead of an equilateral one….i.e. you don’t have to have perfect even edges/angles! This cut out will act as your stencil. Now, you can directly draw them onto the shower curtain but I do find that this will help when it comes to filling the triangles out and avoid you going over the lines. It’s your call!

Once that’s done, spread out your shower curtain over a large working surface – whether it’s your dining table or on your floor. And then place your stencil onto the plastic sheet and draw away using your permanent marker. I would start from one side to another or bottom up. Again, do what’s comfortable to you.

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And voila!

It really is insanely simple! And you don’t have to go for triangles like me. You can totally go for other Scandic-Inspired motifs or do some amazing colour-blocking too using spray paint! For that, all you got to do is just tape up the areas you don’t want the paint to cover and do it in sections. You could have a bold yellow and pink strip running across the bottom. Or perhaps be brave and write some inspirational quotes with the permanent markers….the options are endless! :)MbM_DIY_SHOWER-CURTAIN-08So folks, let me know if you give it a go or if there’s any other cool shower curtain ideas you’ve done yourself before or seen on Pinterest etc. I do hope you’ve liked this one, particularly for its simplicity!

Enjoy the rest of your week and I’ll be back with more creative antics. xx

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