Sunday, 20 March 2011

DIYing an afternoon away

On Thursday afternoon, I got a little creative. I'd been sat in the library all morning and most of the afternoon concentrating on uni work, and when I'd completely the biggest section of my report, I thought, why not reward myself with a little DIY.

Tadaaa! Isn't it pretty? I've had the idea of decorating seemingly inanimate objects for a while, since being inspired by such wall hangings below. In my university bedroom I'm not allowed to use bluetac, but I am allowed to use pins (backwards much?) so this was a perfect opportunity to have a go at a make-shift decoration. And I've found it works great to hang photos off, or a pretty frock, or anything really.

Sources - weheartit

I won't go over the DIY as a tutorial, nothing I did was especially groundbreaking. All you need are some hangers - I used wooden Ikea ones for a more rustic homely effect - some tissue paper, ribbon, glue, and any other bits and pieces you can find. The result shown at the top is just the first one I've made, the next will involve these paper flowers, but that's for another afternoon.


It's a really good break in my week to sit down and get creative. It didn't involve much thinking about, just setting an hour aside to work with my hands and produce something fairly original. It's a chance to relax and mull over things you might not even think you were worrying about, and in the end, you have something to show for your time. The idea of re-working household furniture really appeals to me, I'm thinking reupholstering chairs in particular with a wonderful fabric you find lying around. Even making a cushion for yourself is something of an achievement if you're rubbish at textiles or sewing like me.
If you were to decorate a household object, what would it be? xox

27 comments:

  1. LOVE THIS! Looks amazing. I am going to have a go at it soon over the easter break and will let you know how it goes! xx

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  2. This is such a good DIY! It looks like it'll look really picture perfect on a wall. Can't wait till I'm out of campus halls and can use both blutack and pins!

    -vicki!

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  3. I love this! It's such a cute idea. Will definitely be employing ideas like this for my future home,

    Rosie x

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  4. Oh, and I would decorate my fridge like Elizabeth at Delightfully Tacky did in her campervan?!

    Rosie x

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  5. Sooo pretty! That's crazy that you are only allowed pins, they are so damaging to walls haha!

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  6. Such a charming feature to have in any home! Looks very delicate too, beautifully crafted!

    Hmmm... I like the idea of decorating mirrors, or even making a sculpture/painting for the home.

    Katie. x

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  7. This is so lovely, an idea I will definitely be trying sometime. I love re-working the most basic of items, it just makes for a interesting home xx

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  8. it looks really pretty, i love it! maybe I can do this to my own simple wooden hangers ^^ thanks for sharin' x

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  9. These are sooo cute. I've never done much in DIY beyond stitching a few cushions and my own statement shoulder pads a few years ago!
    About to drop you an email :) x

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  10. What a lovely idea! It's so satisfying doing something new and creative. Your hanger reminds me of a Tim Walker photograph of a hanger on a wall with roses hung from it. xx

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  11. that looks like a lot of fun. the sunflowers are adorable
    xox,
    Rosa T.

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  12. Oh ja that's very nice! I'll try it!!

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  13. i love this! so pretty! thanks for sharing :)

    http://fashioneggplant.blogspot.com

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  14. These are LOVELY! It's the same with our uni, it's so stupid! I just tend to add ribbon to things, haha! :)

    Maria xxx

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  15. I LOVE this idea!! It looks so good :)

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  16. what a cute idea, reminds me of my nan :)

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  17. I would decorate a poster on my brother bedroom!

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  18. Aah Claire this is such a graet idea :) I do love being creative- you're right about it giving you time to just mull over things, or sometimes to just not think about anything at all - i'm planning to get lost in a bit of scrapbooking over the easter holidays...if I can get myself motivated to start! x

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  19. omg i've been getting really into DIY things lately! i never have the guts to try it on clothing (not sure i have the skill yet either) but i could probably handle clothing hangers!
    ヽ(´ ▽`)ノ
    p.s. great nebula top you got there hehehe!

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  20. This is a lovely idea & very springy it looks too with the sunflowers! You're right, its good to set aside some time to actually make or do something...I find knitting really relaxing & I also started drawing again recently (why I ever stopped I don't know!).

    I've seen some really cute owl cushions from shops/made by bloggers & I think I'd like to have a go at something similar myself! :)

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  21. I love pretty hangers, especially really cute floral cushioned ones but they're just so expensive- never thought to spruce up some normal hangers myself! So pretty.

    Thanks for your comment, looking forward to meeting you on Saturday too! Only 4 days to go!xx

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  22. really really love this, such a sweet and simple way of making your room so much prettier! x

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  23. This is so sweet, and I am definitely going to try my hand as well! :)

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  24. great photos! :)
    have a nice day!
    http://plaamkaa.blogspot.com/
    xoxo

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  25. Loooove this! :) Gonna do similar me thinks xo

    LolaDee
    www.loladee.com

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