Monday, 3 August 2015

Doughnut Push Pins

These mini doughnut pins would look adorable on your notice board, and you'd be able to make a batch in just a couple of hours. Check out the DIY here.

Friday, 31 July 2015

Bowling Ball Ladybirds

This tutorial gives you a really cute idea for making ladybird ornaments for your garden using old bowling balls.

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Giant Moon Backdrop

This giant wooden moon backdrop is really beautiful, but I think the ideas used to create it could be used by anyone to make some epic wall art!
Corks and dowel can be combined with paint and glitter - as shown in the tutorial - and then maybe attached to a smaller wooden rectangle instead to make a wall hanging for above your bed (for example).
Get creative!

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Simple Knitted Top

I find that many knitted jumper patterns are chunky in style and often old-fashioned, but this jumper design is trendy and straightforward to make...result!

Monday, 27 July 2015

Modern Flower Wall Art

You would never guess that this sophisticated-looking wall hanging was made almost entirely from wooden dowels and skewers!
Click here for the DIY.

Friday, 24 July 2015

Handmade Seller Interview: Geschmeide Unter Teck

The wonderful Etsy shop in the spotlight today is Geschmeide Unter Teck; a Germany-based shop that sells awesome themed resin rings and earrings. I particularly love the knitting themed one!

I hope you enjoy the interview:)

How did you get started in your handmade business?
I love unusual rings and I wanted to make a resin ring for myself as a summer project. I read all about the craft process, and then made my first experiments with resin. A friend gave me the idea to start selling my jewelry to others.

What first made you want to become an artist/craftsperson?
I've always liked to draw, and at college I took art as a main subject. Now my full-time job is communication designer. This is all going in the same artistic direction.

Apart from crafts, what do you like to do in your spare time?
Handicraft or making jewelry is my pastime. But I also love dancing and skiing.

How long have you been creating art/crafts and how long have you been selling online?
I founded my jewelry company in late 2010. In 2011 I opened my shop at DaWanda and 2013 at Etsy.

How did you come up with your shop name?
I named my design firm "Design unter Teck" ("Design below Teck"), because I live in Kirchheim unter Teck. Teck is a lovely castle at the edge of the "Swabian Alb", which I see in front of my window. "Geschmeide unter Teck" ("Jewels below Teck") was a logical continuation for me. Also my group of friends call themselves "Friends below Teck" :-)

Do you have another job? What is it?
My day job is graphic design.

What is your favourite part of your handmade business?
I like to design new jewelry. I'm constantly thinking about new ideas.

What are three tools in your workspace that you could not live without?
My breathing mask, my drill and my hands.

What would your dream job be?
I already have my dream job(s).

I hope you are enjoying this interview series, and please keep an eye out for more coming soon!

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Cross Stitch Clay

A fun idea for a mixed media craft project...using thread to cross stitch your own clay ornaments.
Click here for the tutorial.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Upcycled Denim Quilt

If you are a denim junkie then you will love this craft idea for using up old jeans!
Find the instructions here.

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Paper Mache Cacti

Another wonderful cactus project to add to my to-do list!
This time it's a giant paper mache cactus with chicken wire inside to support the here for the DIY.

Monday, 20 July 2015

Tiger Mobile

I think that this tiger hoop wreath is wonderfully imaginative, and I particularly like the creative idea of yarn-wrapping cardboard shapes to make the tigers :)

Friday, 17 July 2015

Pincushion Necklace

This pincushion pendant uses a thimble for the main container and it's just the cutest thing! It would also make an awesome gift for a crafty friend :)

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Terracotta Clay Earrings

Air-dry terracotta clay has that classic orangey-brown colour, which you can use to your advantage in designs. This tutorial shows you how to use it as part of a modern earring DIY. 

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

DIY Sanding Table Box

Having done the odd bit of woodwork before, sanding is a bit of a pain...especially because of all the dust it creates. This DIY project uses simple materials to make a sanding box that sucks all of the dust downwards and away from your precious face...very useful!

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Bohemian Hanging Chimes

All you need are some bell chimes and some colourful fabric to create this exotic & charming ornament.
Find the tutorial here.

Monday, 13 July 2015

Eye-Shaped Dishes

These trendy clay trinket dishes are easy to shape, and the eye designs are added simply with black paint and a white paint pen...Click here for instructions on how to replicate the process. 

Friday, 10 July 2015

Science + Jewellery

I have to say this necklace is a pretty impressive and original make; involving growing your own crystals from alum powder and turning them into your own unique pendant...neat, huh?!

Thursday, 9 July 2015

Neon Cactus Light

If you've been following this blog for a while you may have noticed that I always enjoy seeing a new cacti project....well, this is one more for the collection!
Click here for the DIY.

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Leaf Sphere Ornaments

This sphere ornament is covered with little felt leaves and would definitely add a fun pop of colour to your mantelpiece.

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Wire Ampersand

This tutorial shows you how to make a cool piece of wall art using just galvanised wire and spray paint!

Monday, 6 July 2015

Homemade Wooden Clipboards

If you'd like to know how to make your own sturdy wooden clipboards from scratch, check this tutorial out :)