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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**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 2

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Hey folks! I hope you’re enjoying the…..ummmm….sunshine? Seriously, where has the sun disappeared off to this week….just when we were getting used to its warm sunny rays. Anyhooo, I hope this fun DIY will still bring a bit of summery cheer to all you folk in the UK

So, my second DIY for Laura Ashley‘s ‘Make & Do’ wedding series is now up on their blog. I’m showing you how to make this fun LOVE sign for your summer wedding; whether you want to jazz up your dessert table or use as a prop for your wedding photography….the choice is really yours. To be honest, you can make this for any occasion really especially if, like me, you have a thang for all things ice creams and popsicles!!

You’ll find the full tutorial here, where I’ve even given you guys templates to work with (so even less work!!). I hope you have fun with this one and I’ll be back for more in the coming summer months so do stay tuned! Oh and if you want to take a look at the last DIY on how to make floral place settings out of wallpaper, you’ll find more meets here. Enjoy lovelies!! 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**

In the Press | You & Your Wedding Magazine feature

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So…do you remember me telling you last summer that one of the wedding styled shoots i worked on (the Modern Baroque) got featured in Bridal Musings? Well, it got featured again, on a 3-page spread in You & Your Wedding Magazine!!! First feature for me in print!! As you can imagine i’m so stoked about it….literally shrieked and danced like a mad woman when i got the news. I was still in DC when the news was confirmed and it took me two weeks to get my hands on a copy……and here it is!!! It’s even got a little column in the top right corner that shows you how to create my DIY gold-dipped feathers, which really was and extra bit of icing on the cake!! :D

So yea, happy days all around and as always, a huge heartfelt thank you to Elisabetta for making this happen and to the fabulous dream team I got to work with!!

if you want to check it out yourselves, you’ll find it in next month’s (July/AUG) issue!!!  Enjoy the rest of your folk lovelies xxMbM_Y&YWED-FEATURE-03MbM_Y&YWED-FEATURE-04MbM_Y&YWED-FEATURE-02

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. FEATURE] Felt rose napkin rings

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Morning folks! I hope you’re having a wonderful week so far.

If you missed it last week, I just wanted to let you know that I did another little DIY for the gorgeous B.Loved Wedding & Lifestyle blog. This time, I’m showing you how to create some cute floral felt napkin rings that’s super fun and easy to do and will add a touch of springtime to your table setting. Not only is it perfect for the home but for weddings or any occasion! You can find the full tutorial HERE.

I do hope you like it. Happy crafting lovelies xx MbM_DIY-FEATURE_NAPKIN-RINGS-02

 [Image credit: ©MadebyMolu]

**This is not a sponsored post but a collaboration with B.Loved Wedding & Lifestyle. All words and opinions, including images, are my own, dictated completely by my love for  DIY and styling**

[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

 

[Image credit: ©Esther Way of Dear Friend]