Floral Hair Clips

I did quite a few bits of DIY crafts for my wedding last year. One of which were these foam rose hair clips. I wanted to share with you all how I made them as it was actually quite simple.

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I purchased some foam roses online that I liked. They came with metal stems which I was able to remove by carefully pulling them out. These particular roses had a piece of green paper on the underneath to look like leaves. I used this to help hold the clips in place. I then took a plain alligator clip and carefully pushed it between the paper and foam rose to make a space for it to fit properly. I then removed it, being careful not to rip the paper too much. Using a hot glue gun, I covered the top fork of the clip with glue and then quickly pushed it back between the paper and rose before the glue dried. If you feel it does not secure it well enough you can put some additional glue where needed, but be careful to not overdo it.

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I also added a single rhinestone to the top center of each flower. I carefully used tiny amounts of glue in order to glue the petals in the center down more flat. This was to make everything look a lot better once the rhinestone had been placed down as I wanted it to be flat on the side of a petal. I again used hot glue to stick this in place.

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I also made a clip made up of 2 flowers with loops of white organza ribbon in the center. To make this one, I started by making a small loop in the ribbon that the top fork of the alligator clip could fit through. I sewed this together and then sewed several bigger loops going from side to side like a few infinity symbols on top of each other. I then sewed one foam flower to the top and one to the bottom of the ribbon loops. I used the hot glue gun to secure the ribbon loop to the alligator clip. I also added rhinestones to each flower in the same way as I did for the other clips.

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Handmade Wedding Invitation and Guest Book Card

I wanted to share with you all the handmade wedding invitations and ‘guest book card’ that I made for my wedding day last year. If planning my wedding hadn’t have been so hectic (made more hectic by organising my husbands visa application at the same time), then I might have thought about taking some good pictures in order to show a step by step guide.

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For the invitations I was going for a simple but pretty design. I used A5 sized pieces of white textured card. Holding it in portrait orientation, I folded the top down and bottom up into the middle of the card to make 2 flaps.

On the top flap I used sticky sponge pads to stick a small card banner that I purchased which said ‘Wedding Invitation’ on it.

I also purchased some lilac card butterfly shapes. I stuck small silver rhinestones onto the heads of these. To make them more 3D, I slightly folded the wings upwards. I attached one to the top left corner of the card and the other to the opposite diagonal corner.

On the remaining 2 corners I attached small flowers. I made these using a flower shape paper punch to punch out silver and lilac flower shapes. For each flower I put a silver flower shape at the bottom and glued a lilac one on top in the center, making sure that the silver petals were visible in between the lilac ones. I made these slightly 3D by bending the petals up slightly and then glued a silver rhinestone to the center of each completed flower.

For the inside of the invitation, I designed and printed the text for the invitations on the computer and then printed this out onto lilac coloured card. I designed it in a way so that when it was cut out, it could be glued into what becomes the middle of the centre section of the card when it is unfolded. I made sure it was a bit smaller than this centre section so that it left an even white border around the lilac insert.

I used A6 sized silver envelopes that I purchased to house the completed invitations.

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This ‘Please sign our guest book’ card was made out of left over materials that I had from the wedding invitations.

I cut the white textured card into A6 size and then folded it in half so that the fold was across the top of the card when standing it on the table.

I made a label on the computer that was roughly half the size of the front of the white card and printed this out onto lilac card. I cut this out and stuck this onto a piece of silver card. I then cut out the silver card so that it was a little bigger in order to make a silver border around the lilac card. I then glued this onto the front of the white card.

I then completed the card by attaching a small paper flower near the top corner that I had made in the exactly the same way as I did for the wedding invitations.

I ended up making quite a lot of these paper flowers and using them for other decoration on the day. One example of this was for a banner that I had purchased on eBay. The banner was made from lilac card cut out to the shapes of the letters used in the banner that were hung on thin ribbon. I felt it was a little plain and so I attached some of the flowers that I had made onto each of the letters. However for these flowers I only used one layer of the silver card instead of layering it up like I did with the invitations. You can see a picture of this below.

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Cute Sweet Gift Box

I wanted to share with you all this little sweet box I made recently. I made it in order to hold some fudge that I had made my mom as a mother’s day gift earlier this year, but you could use it for all kinds of little gifts.

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I measured and drew out a basic square net on a piece of lilac card for both the box and the lid. I made the lid 5mm larger than the box so that it can fit on the top, but only half as tall. I then cut this out and glued it together with PVA glue.

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I then took some white organza ribbon and tied this around the box with a bow on the top like you would with a present. To make the flower decoration, I have a little paper punch in the flower shape that I used to punch out a flower from silver card. I pulled the petals closer together a little to make it look more 3D. I then glued this to the box and added a little rhinestone to the centre of the flower.

LED Tea Light Rose Candle

For my latest crafty time activity I decided to make some of these gorgeous rose LED tea lights that I stumbled across at this link on Pinterest. The tutorial looked just too good to not try out and share.

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They are actually quite simple to make. All you need is some LED tea lights. Ones with a switch at the bottom, rather than the twist kind is better, as you will be covering the sides of the light. I also went for the kind where the LED flickers like a real candle. As well as this you need some plastic spoons (I used clear ones to make them more ‘invisible’), some fabric rose petals in the colour of your choice (I went with pink to match my living room), and a glue gun.

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You take your plastic spoons and remove the handles. Then glue a petal to the back of each spoon. You then glue these around your tea light, placing the bottom of the spoon around halfway up the side of the tea light. Then you repeat the same, but you glue this layer around the bottom of the side of the tea light. When placing the spoons, do them in the same direction so that the petals overlap each other on the same side. When placing the last spoon in a row, make sure that it overlaps on the correct side, but then underlays the petal on the opposite side. I found I needed 8 spoons in total (4 in each of the 2 rows).

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Then to complete the rose, place more rows of petals going around (without spoons) in the same direction in order to cover the remaining gaps and the tea light. I found for the size of mine meant that I needed to add 2 more rows. I therefore did a row of four petals and then I used 8 petals for the most bottom most row. If you glue only the one side of the first petal in the row, then I found this makes it easier to overlap it over the last petal that you place.

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Jam Jar Tea Light Candle Holder

I got the ideas for this craft by combining parts from the following 2 tutorials I found on Pinterest:
1) Easy Mason Jar Luminaries
2) DIY: Grouted Iridescent Glass Marble Vase

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You basically get a jar or glass container such as an old jam jar. Then using a hot glue gun, stick those little glass pebbles you can get in the home d├ęcor section of the supermarket in rows around the sides of the jar. I used some light pink ones to match my living room. Afterwards take some tile grout and grout in between the pebbles and over the entire sides of the jar. Leave it to dry, and then using a cloth and a little water, clean off any grout from the tops of the pebbles.

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I’m really pleased with how it came out. I love making things. I was really surprised how one little tea light lights up so bright inside it. The way the light shines out through the glass pebbles reminds me of a beehive, and it puts the light out on the nearby walls and table top in a pretty pattern. This would be the perfect craft for a candle addict.

Jewellery Making Pearl Effect Charm Bracelets – Flutterflies

Here are a few pearl effect elasticated charm bracelets that I have made in the past. The charm theme for these bracelets are butterflies and dragonflies.

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Jewellery Making – Animal Themed

Here are some pictures of a few animal themed earrings and a bracelet that I have made. The pig beads actually have glow in the dark flecks in them.

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Butterfly and Heart Necklace

It’s been ages since I have been able to find the time to do any jewellery making. I was recently talking to a friend who I used to do jewellery making with sometimes about this and we decided to put aside a bit of time one weekend to get re-aquantied with our old hobby. Especially as we had just done a big bead shop not long before the last time I made anything.

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I made this long delicate shell butterfly and glass heart necklace.

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I wanted a necklace that was long enough to just fit over my head, as it saves me precious seconds in the morning when getting ready. My timing in the mornings has always been an epic fail. I have always been more productive in the evenings and night times.

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The image below is a pair of earrings and bracelet that my husband made for me at the same time as he wanted to see what this whole jewellery making thing was all about.

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