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DIY Craft: Pom Pom Peonies

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I’d love to say that this DIY was inspired by nature, but that would be a fib – it’s a complete fluke that the peonies the Texan (boyfriend) bought me look identical to these tissue paper pom poms! So I’ll call them “pom pom peonies.” Anyhow, inspired by nature or not, this is a quick and easy DIY which can really add some fun to your bedroom, or perhaps for a party or wedding… and here’s how you can make your own.

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Materials:

- Eight sheets of tissue paper in the color of your choice
- String
- Ribbon or invisible thread
- Scissors

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Steps:

1. Lay out eight sheets of tissue paper flat on a table and fold them like an accordion along the shortest edge, all the way from one end to the other.

2. Fold in the center and tightly tie a piece of string around the middle point.

3. Tie a piece of ribbon or invisible string to the string in the center, so that you have something from which to hang your pom pom.

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4. Cut each end of the paper to create a petal-like shape. The overall size of your pom pom depends on how much you cut away, so you can have a mix of large and small pom poms if you’d like.

5. Open up the tissue paper into a ring and then gently start to separate each piece of tissue paper. (I found it easiest to pull apart four pieces of tissue paper on one side, and then turn over to pull apart the other four pieces on the other side).

It doesn’t really matter if you tear any of the paper, it will be hidden amongst all of the folds anyway!

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Hang your pom poms wherever you like and arrange them so that it looks like they are cascading from the ceiling. And there you are – who needs peonies when you have tissue paper pom poms to brighten up your room?!

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diy craft: pom pom peonies - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy craft: pom pom peonies - drifter and the gypsy blog

Cat (DIY Craft Contributor)

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DIY Craft: Faux Marble Magnets

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Hello hello! Dani from High Walls, here to share another craft project!

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but marble is totally on trend at the moment. It seems to be everywhere: on tables and chairs, phone covers, place holders, shelves, pens and pretty much anything you can think of! If you’re digging the craze as much as me, now you can add a touch of faux marble to your kitchen, without the hefty price tag of the real deal.

Materials:

- Polymer clay in white and black
- Magnet strips
- Strong hold glue
- Clear sealer or clear nail polish

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Steps:

1. Start by kneading each color clay in your hands until the clay is smooth and pliable.

2. Flatten out the white clay with your fingers and, taking a small piece of black clay at a time, press into the larger piece.

3. Fold the clay onto itself, and then fold again, so that the black pieces are in the middle.

4. Meld the clay between your fingers until streaks of black and grey start to show. Be careful of over mixing or else the clay will just turn grey. If you want more or less dark streaks add in either black or white pieces of clay as in Step 3.

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5. When you are happy with the marbling in the clay, roll it out into one piece of around .15 in (4mm) thick.

6. Using a round cutter (or a small jar lid) cut out circles from the flattened clay. When you have cut as many circles as you can, fold the remaining clay back into once piece and repeat Steps 5 and 6 until you can no longer cut any more circles.

7. Place each circle face down onto a baking tray and bake in the oven according to the packet directions.

8. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.

9. Cut each magnet strip to size so that it fits the clay circles. Glue onto the back of the clay pieces and allow to dry.

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10. Coat the front side of the clay magnets with a clear coat of gloss sealer or clear nail polish and once this has dried you will have a full set of faux marble magnets!

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Dani (DIY Craft contributor)

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DIY Craft: Wrapped Color Block Rope Bracelet

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Hi guys! Dani here again, with a nifty fashion craft project to share with you! Rope is a favorite crafting material of mine. Besides the fact I love the calico look of rope and there really isn’t another bracelet material out there that is soft and comfy in the same way rope is. Plus it’s so affordable and you can use it for basically everything!

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For this project you will need approximately 18 inches of rope per bracelet, very sharp scissors, sewing needles, and 1 spool of embroidery thread in at least 3 colors. I used rope in three different thicknesses for three bracelets, so don’t be afraid to experiment with your bracelet styles!

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1. Start by measuring out a circle of rope when doubled on itself is just big enough to fit over your wrist.

2. Using sewing needles, pin the ends of the rope back down onto itself so that it overlaps the body of the circle.

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3. Start around 1 inch from one end of the rope and take your first color of embroidery thread. Tie it tightly and securely around both overlapping pieces of rope.

4. Wrap the thread around the rope tightly, trying to keep the thread in uniform lines that overlap. You don’t want to have any gaps between the thread but the thread should still lay relatively flat. Continue wrapping until you have covered around 1 inch of rope.

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5. To start a new color, wrap the next piece of thread around the end of the previous and tie the two threads together around the rope, with the knot on the inside of the bracelet – you can cover this up as you wrap the next color. Trim away the first color thread and repeat the wrapping process, this time in a smaller block. Repeat with varying colors of thread, at alternating thicknesses until you have covered around 1/3 of the rope circle.

6. Tie off the last color and knot securely. Using a pair of sharp scissors, trim away the excess rope from each end of the wrapped area so that only about 1/2-3/4 inch is still showing. Trim away any loose threads.

diy craft: wrapped color blocked rope bracelets - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy craft: wrapped color blocked rope bracelets - drifter and the gypsy blog

Dani (DIY Craft contributor)

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DIY Craft: iPad and Kindle Case

Hi guys! I’m excited to introduce Cat from the blog Take Courage as a new DIY Contributor to Drifter & the Gypsy. I’m a huge fan of Cat’s craft tutorials and am happy to have her contributing a (second) monthly DIY Craft column (in addition to our fabulous current DIY Crafter, Dani) here on the blog. Read more about Cat on the contributor’s page here.

Hello there – I’m Cat from Take Courage and I’ll be popping by every month to share a crafty DIY with you all! I’ve got to say, this DIY iPad / Kindle case has to be one of my most favorite DIYs and it’s really simple to make – promise!

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You will need:

An old and very dull hardback book

Wrapping paper

Cardboard

Elastic

PVA or bookbinders glue

Sticky tape

Scissors

Stanley knife

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Step 1: Carefully cut out the pages from your hardback book – use a very old and very dull book so you don’t feel as bad tearing it up!

diy craft: ipad/kindle case - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy craft: ipad/kindle case - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy craft: ipad/kindle case - drifter and the gypsy blog

Step 2: Cut a piece of paper about half an inch larger than the hardback book’s cover when laid flat. Glue the paper to the outside of the cover, folding the excess edges over the inside of the cover and smoothing out the paper to avoid any air bubbles or wrinkles. Secure the inside edges with sticky tape.

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Step 3: Cut another piece of paper which is very slightly smaller in height than the inside of your book cover. In respect of the width, the paper only needs to be about two thirds of the width of the cover – you’ll see why in a moment! Glue the paper to the inside of the cover, making sure to cover the left side and center in full.

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Steps 4 & 5: Cut a piece of cardboard just a little smaller than the right side of the book cover – this will become the base for your Kindle / iPad / other electronic whatnot and is the reason why you didn’t need to cover the entire inside of your case! Cover the cardboard in paper (you could use a contrasting paper if you fancy) and secure the edges with lots of sticky tape – no need to worry if the backside of the cardboard piece is messy, you won’t be able to see it once it’s finished.

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diy craft: ipad/kindle case - drifter and the gypsy blog

Step 6: Now the tricky part. Take some elastic and wrap it around your kindle / iPad and the cardboard piece to measure how much you will need for each corner. Be careful to ensure that the elastic pieces aren’t too long – they need to be slightly on the small side, so as to allow the elasticity to hold your kindle / iPad in place. Wrap the elastic around each corner of the cardboard and secure with plenty of sticky tape.

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diy craft: ipad/kindle case - drifter and the gypsy blog

Steps 7 & 8: Once the four elastic corners are in place, measure a long piece of elastic which will wrap around the entire cover to keep it closed while knocking around in your bag. Stick to the backside of the cardboard piece, about an inch or so from the right-hand side (if facing the right way). Using lots and lots of glue, stick the cardboard piece to the right side of the cover. Plop a big pile of books on top and leave to dry (overnight preferably).

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Et voilà! A pretty custom-made case for your kindle or iPad which costs next to nothing and looks fabulous!

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Stay tuned next month for my next DIY Craft!

Cat (DIY Craft Contributor)

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DIY Craft: Patterned coasters

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diy craft: patterned coasters - drifter and the gypsy blog

Hi there lovely Drifter & the Gypsy readers. Dani of High Walls here. I’m back again to share a new craft DIY with you!

Way back when, my very first DIY project for Micaela was some painted citrus coasters. Adorable as they are (and they are super cute!) sometimes you want something a little more understated. As a lover of both spots and vibrant colors I came up with this great project to make some pretty patterned coasters in any color that catches your fancy!

You’re going to need a sheet of felt; you want to get the type that is fairly stiff, kind of like cardboard. You also need nail polish in a different color, a wooden skewer and some scissors.

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1. Take the wooden skewer and dip the flat end it into the nail polish so that the top is coated completely. Starting from one corner, stamp the end onto the felt to create small colored dots on the fabric. Alternate dot positions as you go, and continue to dip the skewer into the nail polish as it runs out. You may want to practice on a scrap piece of fabric first if you aren’t feeling confident. Don’t worry about making the dots evenly spaced, just stamp them freely so each coaster will be unique.

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2. After allowing too dry for an hour, check your dots to see if they are dark enough for your liking. If you want to make them stand out more, carefully stamp over each dot again to deepen the color. You can even add a second or third color if you want to have different colors. I chose to stick with white on yellow.

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3. Once it has completely dried, turn the felt over and lightly mark out two rows of squares on the back. With my piece of felt I was able to twelve 4 in x 4 in coasters. Carefully cut along the marked lines and discard any off cuts and you’re ready to go!

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4. Use them straight away or tie the whole stack together with a piece of twine or ribbon and give them as a gift! How easy is that!

diy craft: patterned coasters - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy craft: patterned coasters - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy craft: patterned coasters - drifter and the gypsy blog

Dani (DIY Craft contributor)

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DIY Craft: Clay Ring Bowl

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Despite the fact that I have numerous well organized jewelry boxes, I always find my favorite pieces that I wear daily end up sitting on my bathroom sink most days. When I know I’ll most likely be wearing those earrings or that ring again tomorrow, it doesn’t seem worth putting it away at the end of each day. What I need is a little ring bowl to keep my favorite delicates safe and sound from day to day. Sure, you could use an old dish from the kitchen, but why would you when making your own custom made bowl is so easy?!

You will need: Air dry clay, a rolling pin, a bowl or plate, a knife and a nail file.

Method:

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1. Cut off a lump of clay roughly 3” x  3” and knead it between your palms until soft and easily pliable. If you find that the clay is breaking or starting to crumble, wet your hands slightly and continue to knead the added moisture into the clay.
2. On a dry, flat surface, roll out the clay with a rolling pin until around 1/4 of an inch in thickness. Turn the clay over in between rolls to ensure that it doesn’t stick to the surface.

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3. Using a bowl or plate as a guide, cut out a circle from the roll out clay. Reserve the left over clay in an air tight container for the next time you need it. Smooth out any rough edges from your circle.
4. Take the bowl from the previous step and turn it over so the underside is showing. Carefully press the circle of clay onto the bowl, pressing down with your palms so that the clay forms into the same shape as the bowl. For a smooth, round bowl use the same bowl that you used for the last step. If you prefer a more irregular shape, use a bowl that is slightly smaller than the one previously used.

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5. Wet your hands again and gently wipe away any imperfections on the bowl. The water will help to smooth the clay without leaving indents. Set the bowl aside the dry.
6. After roughly 1 hour, check on your bowl. It should be firm but still cool to the touch. At this point you can carefully ease the clay from the bowl and allow it to dry completely overnight.

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7. Once completely dry, take an old nail file or emery board and file away any rough edges from the rim of the clay bowl. File in a circular motion to avoid leaving marks. Wipe over with a dry cloth when you are finished.
8. If you would like to decorate your bowl you can do so now; I used a gold paint pen that you can get from most craft stores, but basic craft paints will also work just as well – just be careful not to use too much water as the clay will soak it up and the color can run!

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diy craft: clay ring bowl - drifter and the gypsy blog

Dani (DIY Craft contributor)

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DIY Craft: Beaded Pot Holders

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There is nothing worse than finishing a delicious meal only to find that your hot plates and pots have marked your table. In our house we cook a lot of oven baked dishes that are served straight from the oven, so to combat this we usually put down hand towels or dish cloths to protect the table. Kind of ruins my beautifully set table settings, dontcha think?

To return my table to its former glory I made a couple of sets of Beaded Pot Holders. They were so easy to make and look so awesome, I thought I would share the process with you guys!

You’re going to need a whole lot of wooden beads. I used about 60 beads at a 1/2 inch (1.5cm) size to make an 8 inch (20cm) in diameter holder. The size of your beads will determine how big your pot holder is, so it’s a good idea to get more than you think you’ll need – just in case! The other thing you’re going to need to remember is to get wooden beads. Plastic beads will obviously warp or melt under high heats. The same goes for colored beads: if your beads are painted with a thicker, acrylic paint, it is likely the paint will peel  away under heat, so look for naturally dyed beads. I was able to find a whole bunch at my local craft store.

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Materials:

Wooden beads (approx. 60-80 per holder)
Leather cord or thick twine
Scissors
Sewing needle and thread (optional)

diy craft: beaded pot holder - drifter and the gypsy blog

Instructions:

1. Take your cord and cut a length of around half a meter. Knot one end securely, ensuring that your knot is larger than the holes on your beads. Leave around 10cm of cord before the knot.
2. One at a time thread your beads onto your cord. Continue until you have used all your beads.
3. Loosely tie off the open end of cord around 5cm away from the beads. Then push all of your beads so that they sit fairly flush against the original knot.
4. There are two ways you can proceed from here, depending on the size of your pot holder and how ‘secure’ you want it:

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OPTION ONE:  take the first 10 (or so) beads and twist into a loop, knotting any excess cord around the cord (ie: between the 10th and 11th bead). Wrap the rest of the beads around the first loop, creating a second larger loop and knot again when the rope of beads reaches the first. Repeat again to make another larger loops and knot again (repeat again if necessary). Tie off the last loop against both the previous loop and the end of the cord. Add in a few lengths of cord to the knot to make a tasseled end.

diy craft: beaded pot holder - drifter and the gypsy blog

OPTION TWO: Twist the beaded rope around itself repeatedly to make a spiralled loop. Place down on a flat surface so that all the beads sit flush. Take a needle and thread and carefully stitch a knot between the original knot and the first row of beads. Sew a zigzag between the alternating gaps between the beads, pulling the rows together. Continue this process all the way around. Your threads will be exposed in some areas, but it will only be on one side. You can simply flip the holder over once you’re done. This option is quite fiddly and takes a bit more time, but it will result in a sturdier pot holder. I would recommend this option for larger pots.

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And that’s it! I made a whole set of blue and cream pot holders for our family, now everyone has one! They are perfect for pot pies and casseroles, and my table has returned to its pretty beginnings! (Thanks goodness!)

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Dani (DIY Craft contributor)

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