Project:Sand filled syrup bottle

Yes, as I wrote in the title I used a syrup bottle from IKEA :).  I think it was cranberry flavored. I really liked the bottle and I wanted to keep it, but not in a functional way but rather in a decorative one.

First, I tried removing the labels but apparently IKEA doesn’t want you to do that because after five different methods I was only able to remove the paper but not the glue. It looked awful and I had to find a solution  – wrap it with string. I bought a nice dark grey string with just a bit of colored thread in it.

My vision of using curly willow branches is never ending and this project is no exception. I bought a turquoise spray so I can color more and easy. As you can see, I was so psyched about it that I even colored some sand I found (FYI, I learned this is not the way to obtain colored sand).

It seemed it was missing something, so I added some origami cherry blossoms, made from  patterned paper. For filling, I used 3 types of sand (white, black and handmade turquoise).

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Project: Fashion Paper bouquet

I wanted to make this project for a long time but I encountered a bit of trouble the first time I tried it. I knew it wasn’t hard but it needed time and patience.

I like real flowers but I have a problem with changing them or throwing them away. Also, I have lots of old magazines just laying around the house so now was as good a time as any to start work. The blue vase is from IKEA and I filled it with decorative sand in two colors – white and pink. I didn’t think I had to fill it  but the paper bouquet was pretty heavy and the willow twig wasn’t strong enough to hold it in the center.

So this is my version of a flower bouquet, meant to brighten your day!

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Project: Willow nest

I really love the shape of trees, especially when it is used in stencils and in jewelry so I decided to make…something.  It’s actually not related to any of the two categories mentioned above but I did it anyway.

Last winter, I was walking through my parents’ garden and I saw the branches of a “curly” willow. They looked perfect as they were, just sitting in a vase. But then I thought something was missing so I made a few white origami flowers to attach to the branches.

After a few days I bought an electric blue paint and I thought the contrast between it and the flowers would look awesome so I decided to color the wood (It took forever because I had to use a brush to avoid the already-glued flowers).

Then I found this amazing white bird in a hobby store and I decided to adopt it and place her in the willow nest. Now, this arrangement sits on my living room table.

 

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*Photographing this project actually made play around in the light graffiti department.

Project: Homemade pop-up card

It was my birthday a few days ago and apart from my present, I received a pop up card that had a circus theme. It was pretty awesome so I decided that I can do a similar one for my friend’s birthday. Considering the fact that I’m not a manufacturing company that can make greeting cards in just a few seconds,  I decided to take my time and I actually finished it two days ago (3 days after her birthday).

So the plan was to make a pop-up card that actually had a meaning. I had to choose between the two cities that she loved – Paris and London. I have to be honest here, even though I know she will read this, I chose Paris for her because it was easier to cut at that size, instead of the London’s Eye.  The theme was <<handmade>>, so I combined the Eiffel Tower with fabrics and wool threads. The exterior was pretty messed up after I coloured the tower blue with my finger and it was also to “cheap” with only one piece of white paper, folded in two. A light blue paper and a golden pattern paper did the trick.  Also, for the interior I used an iron to crease the fabric’s margin so it would look 3D. (too much hi-tech news around me)

I actually wasn’t very convinced it was as pretty as it ought to be because it looked like two people had worked on it. The exterior was very fancy and the interior was 100% handmade and looked like I did it in an 8th grade art class. :)) But she was happy so I decided to share it here.

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Project: Birds

I stumbled upon this little sewing project idea while I was wasting precious time on my computer and thought it was a fun way of improving your sewing skills. That, of course, after mastering the “Sewing 101” class.

At the time I made this there was some sort of a craze about birds. You could find them anywhere: on clothes, jewelery, bags, etc. so I decided to give in.

Here is the pattern and the instructions and this is what came out of it.

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