Sunday, March 25, 2018

Gold Magnets

I freshened up my old coloured letter magnets that were faded, by spraying them with gold spray paint. I only wish I had stuck them on a wall in the shed to spray them as the newspaper looked great outlining the letters and would have made an interesting feature on a shed wall.

Knot Pillow

I really liked the idea of a knot cushion so decided to give it a go using this tutorial. I used some old curtain fabric from the op shop cut it in three lengths about 2m long and 13cm wide. Then sewed them end to end followed by sewing right-sides facing into a long tube. I sewed one end shut and turned the tube the right way then I used the help of a broom handle to stuff the tube, which took a bit of time and actual stuffing, trying not to pack it too tight or loose. Then came the fun part of tying it into a knot. I used the turk's head knot without tightening into a ball. But am keen to try making a ball one too someday. (Another knot tutorial)

I was hoping to have some left over stuffed tube, but it was a perfect amount. I wanted to try making these balloon animals. Another project to add to the list. They would probably need a stretcher fabric anyway. 
Here's another great tutorial for a knot pillow or here's a tutorial to use old leggings to make a knot pillow (or video tutorial here).

Also check out my other DIY cushions made from jumpers/sweaters or other Cute Cushion ideas.

Em's Jumper/Sweater Cushion
Em's Jumper/Sweater Cushions #2

Monday, February 26, 2018


Macrame! A great way to add boho or retro elements to your home! I love the idea of a huge wall hanging above the bed (especially like the one below on a dark wall!). I would love to make one! But also love the more simple versions of a door curtain.. But I might start with a smaller project like some jewellery or planters..

Wall hanging! Love love love! Great with the dark wall!
Wall hanging- with instructions! Good starter..
Wallhanging- DIY instructions
Bedhead wallhanging..
Wall hanging
Wallhanging- Etsy
Wallhanging- Etsy
via- 3 knots instructions
Easy door curtain- with instructions!
Via- Instructions
Macrame curtain- love this!
via or etsy
Via- Instructions

Video Tutorials:

YouTube Tutorial
Youtube Tutorial

Other inspiration:

Beads and Macrame wallhanging
Beads and Macrame wallhangings
Sally England
Room divider
Macrame Tablerunner- instructions!

An easier option would be an assemblage of dreamcatchers made from doilies.. Also a recycling project!

Dreamcatchers- Etsy

Small scale Macrame:

Add caption- DIY instructions
Madame necklace- with instructions!
Macrame owl
How to 5 knots- instructions

17 Macrame Wallhanging ideas

Also check out my Knots and Beads posts with knotted jewellery ideas.


Saturday, February 24, 2018

Bedside Tables

We bought a second hand bed for our spare room, along with bedside tables and a tallboy. However, the furniture was ugly pine coloured so in need of some funking up. A great excuse to try some distressed techniques. I sanded back the bedside tables, which didn't take as long as I thought using an electric sander! Then I dry painted the fronts of the drawers blue, mixing my own colour with acrylics. Next I whitewashed the rest of the bedside table by mixing the white waterbed paint with some water. Afterwards I dry brushed over the whole bedside table including the blue drawer fronts.

I wanted some funky ceramic knobs and saw this tutorial to decoupage wooden ones with their free downloadable designs. They turned out fantastically! I love the designs and after spraying with a high gloss finish could almost pass as ceramic anyway but way cheaper! Since they are in the spare room they won't get a lot of use anyway so wearing out isn't an issue but I think they gloss would protect it well.

Some Pinspiration