Thursday, 21 August 2014

Teapot Garden Feature

A whimsical idea for a garden sculpture here...and I particularly like the crystal to represent pouring water - clever!

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Patterned Concrete Coasters

I've seen concrete coasters before, but I haven't seen corrugated cardboard used for adding patterns before - and the method seems to work great!
Find details here.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Circular Side Table

This neat little table would make a fab weekend project for keen woodworker - click here for the step-by-step.

Monday, 18 August 2014

Papier Mache Cacti

I love me some cacti (although I have a talent for even killing off these hardy plants!) and these paper-and-foam ones look so fun and cheerful. Check out the instructions here.

Friday, 15 August 2014

Rustic Sailboat

A really easy project to make, this boat would look great on a mantelpiece or in a nursery. Also, if you've found some driftwood on a beach recently, you can use that instead of a tree branch.
Click here for the how-to. 

Thursday, 14 August 2014

T-Shirt Yarn Weaving

Not only do you get a cool chunky effect by weaving with yarn made out of t-shirts, but you also get bonus points for recycling your old clothes! Click here for the DIY.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Log Lounger

$30 and 6 hours is all it takes to build this cool log chair!
Find the tutorial here.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Macrame Slouch Bag

This tutorial walks you through knotting your own cotton piping strap, as well as sewing your own slouchy bag. I think this style would look lovely on summer beach trips....just chillin' out!

Sad Day

I feel a bit weird about posting about someone dying - especially someone who I don't actually know - but I've decided to make an exception in this case. That's because, being a 90s kid, Robin Williams featured a lot in my childhood. 5 of my all-time favourite films (Dead Poet's Society, Hook, Mrs Doubtfire, Jumanji and Aladdin) were as good as they were because of him. So I'm sad today, and feeling nostalgic.

Mr Williams was a total one-off who can't ever be replaced. At least he will live on in a whole load of awesome films.

Monday, 11 August 2014

Pixel Artwork

This wall art is created by cutting up oil or acrylic paintings into squares and rearranging them on a canvas.
Don't worry, natural artistic ability is not vital!

Friday, 8 August 2014

Woven Hanging Planters

There have been quite a few woven wall hanging DIYs, but these planters are a different take on it; you weave yarn in a 3D shape by using a plant pot as the base. 
Want to learn more? Click here for the project instructions.

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Cactus Pillow

The knots of white yarn for the 'spikes' really makes this pillow stand out, don't you think?
Find out how to make it here.

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Textured Baby Blanket

Click here to find a free knitting pattern for this striped blanket, which incorporates double seed stitch, diagonal rib stitch, basketweave stitch and much more. The variety in techniques makes the blanket look lovely and luxurious.

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Hollow Log Treasure Chest

It might require tools that many people don't have, but the process is really simple and the result is fabulous!
Find more details here.
And if you're interested in making a larger and more complicated project (a pirate chest), then click here for a tutorial.

Monday, 4 August 2014

Magnetic Sculpture Kit

Kits containing magnets, nuts and bolts would not only make a really cool activity for kids, but they would also be a fun desktop toy for adults!
P.S. Best to keep these for older kids only due to the choking hazards :)

Friday, 1 August 2014

Nature Specimen Slides

I really love this project; the idea of DIY slides really appeals to me. You construct the slides from cardboard and display a variety of natural 'specimens' in the clear plastic windows. They'd make such an interesting collection to either have on the windowsill or file away for safe keeping :)
Have a look at the tutorial here

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Mason Jar Cup

Perfect for summer parties and BBQs; this charming cup can easily be made from a regular glass mason jar - by following these instructions.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Stamped Clay Bowls

Create both an interesting texture and an attractive pattern using stamps, an ink pad and some clay. You have the freedom to make the exact sizes, shapes and patterns of bowl you want, so it's a versatile craft and you could even do it with kids!
Find the tutorial here.

Drawing With The Sun

Don your sunglasses, grab a magnifying glass and get doodling on wood - using the power of the sun!
Find more details about this awesome idea here.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Cement Mushroom Ornaments

These cement-and-log creations would make a fantastic rustic display either outdoors or indoors. Check out the DIY here.