DIY – Gift Wrapping Ideas

washi tape and brown paper gift wrapping

Here are some simple but effective ideas for wrapping gifts. All of these gifts were wrapped and photographed by RedAgape……and then given away with love. 🙂
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Wall Banner Tutorial

handmade wall banner tutorialHave fun, regret nothing! I made this wall banner for our rumpus room and if you can sew in a straight line, then you can make one too. 🙂 All you need is some fabric, cotton, a rod, decorative thread and a ruler.

Step 1 – Measure  and cut your fabric. Mine is 20×27 inches.

Step2 – Mark 10 inches across to find the middle of the base and then mark 10 inches up either side and rule to from two joining lines.

Step 3 – Cut off these excess triangles.

Step 4 –  Pin the seams and then iron them flat. I started with the pointed end, then the sides and finally the top. The top is folded down (temporarily) about 4 inches to accommodate the rod.

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Step 5 – I inserted the rod and sat the banner between two chairs to make sure it was level. It’s much easier to fix any issues now rather than later.

Step 6 – Sew the seams, making sure you leave the top until last.

Step 7 – Refold the  loop for the rod casing, pin in place and then sew.

Step 8 – Hand stitch, using decorative thread, the quote you have chosen.

diy craft wall bannerFinally, insert rod and tie on more decorative thread! All ready to hang! 🙂
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Succulents in Copper Pots – DIY

Recycling old copper potsI’m seeing copper everywhere in home decor right now and it’s hard not to jump on the band wagon when it looks so pretty and shiny. I couldn’t believe my luck when I found these old copper baking tins at the secondhand store for $3 each. I almost laughed when the lady behind the counter asked me what I was going to bake? Succulents? Haha! Succulent in copper pots I’m not ashamed to admit that I don’t have a green thumb. I’m good at lots of things, but keeping plants alive isn’t one of them. I do like greenery in the house though, so I’ve learned over the years to choose my plants carefully. On the plant tag it describes succulents as ‘the ultimate fashion statement’ and ‘thrives on neglect’. Bingo! I’m excellent at neglecting plants. Succulents need good drainage, so mixing your potty mix with sand is a great idea. Unfortunately, as I said, I don’t have much of an idea when it comes to plants, so I purchased some ready made succulent mix. Repurposing copper pots Before I started planting I gave my new (old) tins a quick clean and polish. I was lucky that they were in really good condition, so they didn’t need much cleaning. Next, I filled the tins with the special succulent soil. You can see from the picture how the soil looks a little sandy. DIY succulents in copper Another great thing about succulents is that you often get more than you pay for. The plants I bought had a few new baby plants growing off to the side. Yay! I split up my succulents and placed them in position, filling in around them with more soil until they were stable. I recommend using gloves as the spikes on the mini cactus are really sharp! DIY copper pots Once all of my succulents were positioned securely, I topped them up with some little black pebbles. I choose black because I like the contrast between the black, copper and green. Repurposing copper pots Finally, I gave them a little spritz of water to help them settle in. I love how they have turned out! I feel all inspired to clean off and polish up my grandmother’s copper boiling pot that is sitting neglected in the shed. 🙂 DIY succulents in copper

Little Cloud Pillows – DIY

Cloud cushion tutorialThese cloud cushions are the perfect rainy day craft activity. Quick and easy, which is exactly how I like to craft. These pillows are so cute and cuddly! For these cushions you’ll need –
*White polar fleece – the amount depends on what size cushion you want to make.
*Small piece of pink polar fleece
*Black wool
*Pink cotton
*White cotton
*Needles
*Scissors
*Sewing machine – or you can hand sew the entire project
*Small black buttons Cloud cushion step by step
Step 1 – Make the cloud pattern. Draw the size/shape of the cloud you want onto cardboard. Take your time doing this as it is important to get the correct shape. Cut out the cloud shape. This will be your template. Fold your polar fleece in half and using sewing chalk trace around your template onto the fabric. Cut around your cloud shape making sure to leave a 1cm seam allowance all the way around. You will have two cloud shapes, one will be the front the other the back.
Step 2 – sew the eyes (black buttons) onto the front piece making sure they are positioned symmetrically.
Step 3 – Using the black wool, sew the mouth with a generous back stick. You make want to draw a rough outline onto your polar fleece for a guide.
Step 4 – cut two small circles from the pink polar fleece to form the cheeks of your cloud. Using the pink cotton and a back stitch attach the cheeks just under the eyes.
Step 5 – place your cloud pieces right sides together and sew around the cloud stopping with about 2inches left open. This is the opening to insert the stuffing.
Step 6 – Clip carefully around the edges so that when turned right side out the seam with sit nice and flat. Turn right side out.
Step 7 – STUFF IT! I used special biodegradable, recycled PET stuffing. This is low allergic and so friendly to our environment. To finish, stitch up the opening.
Step 8 – I used a curved needle to assist with creating a nice smooth closure.
Step 9 – Cuddle your finished clouds. Cute cloud pillows
I was so happy with this one that I made some babies for the mother cloud. They are all so soft, cuddly and cute! These little clouds have been living with a very special boy over the last few months. He’s a cloud lover just like his mum. Xo

Affordable Wall Decor – Interior Inspo

 

7 vignettes stripes I am always on the lookout for affordable ways to decorate my walls at home. I don’t believe that beautifully styled homes are reserved only for those who can afford the best of everything. I dislike snobby interiors (and people) and sometimes the challenge of a limited budget can yield the best results!
Rory Dobner framed napkins Framing napkins is an easy way to fill some walls. We bought these Rory Dobner napkins at the The Liberty Department Store, when we were in London at Christmas.  I couldn’t bear the thought of using them as napkins, so I found some square frames at a cheap shop and hung them on the wall. Black and white bedroom interior decorMy bedroom is a great example of how to decorate walls on a budget. We have recently moved into a fantastic new home, but having invested so much money into the house we need to be sensible about the amount we spend on furnishings and decor. I can’t justify the $$ for a new headboard right now, or the stunning wallpaper I’ve got my eye on, so I have hung an IKEA print as a temporary option. Inside Out Magazine featured my bedroom on their FaceBook page a few weeks ago and my image received over 3000 ‘likes’ and was shared 170 times. Stoked! Featured on inside out magazines facebook pageI love handmade, so making my own wall decor was an obvious option. Wall banners are a fun DIY project and can be custom made with words or quotes that have meaning to you. You do need to be able to sew in a straight line and have a little patience with the hand stitching, but overall, they aren’t difficult to make. Please visit my Wall Banner Tutorial for instructions on how to make the banner pictured below.
wall banner craft tutorialI made the wall banner in the image above to fill a blank space on the wall in our bedroom. It was quick and easy to make and extremely affordable. The “have fun, regret nothing!” wall banner below, is also handmade and hangs in the rumpus room. 7 vignettes fun handmade banner I’m currently working on a gallery wall in my daughter’s room, so stay tuned! It will consist of more affordable, handmade and creative ideas to decorate your walls at home.

 

 

Golden Book Upcycle – Paper Wreath

easy kids wall decor I love making these paper cone wreaths and they are a great way to upcycle old books. I finished my third paper cone wreath recently and this one is made from the pages of preloved Golden Books. golden book craft paper wreath This Golden Book wreath looks quite different to my other my wreaths, one from atlas pages and the other from sheet music, but that’s the beauty of making these wall hangings. The process may be the same, but the outcome is different depending on the paper used. diy kids wall decor I can really envision this one hanging in a child’s nursery or play room. It’s bright and fun! With my youngest turning 10 soon there isn’t a place for it in my house, so I hope I can find a home for it.  The tutorial for this project can be found here.  golden book craft

Using Maps in Interior Styling

paper cone wreath from maps We have quite a few maps on the walls in our home. My hubby is quite fond of them as he has a keen interest in geography. It’s not uncommon to find him standing in front of one, analysing the countries, cities or towns. I like maps too, but mostly because they look pretty.
The world map below I bought as a gift for my husband and it hangs in our office. It’s decorative and practical as the kids do most of their homework in this space. world map in office
maps as wall art in the office We own a few vintage maps and they are my favourites because of their colours and tones. Hubby loves these ones too as he can compare how mapping has changed over the years *yawn*. styling with vintage maps The vintage map below is HUGE and hangs on the wall in our son’s room. We found it online at Empirical Style. They have a great range of maps, plus other cool goodies. using vintage maps in interiors This paper map wreath hangs in our living area. You can find the tutorial for this DIY wreath here. Hubby was NOT pleased about me destroying an old atlas, but look how pretty it is! upcycled altas as paper wreath

DIY Painted Pot – Plant Decor

using plants in interior design I’ve been admiring some hand painted pots online over the last few weeks. Most of them have been in black and white with simple patterns. I love the look, but i can’t justify buying them when i know i can make something similar for a fraction of the price. So, using black and white spray paint, butcher’s paper, washi tape and a couple of terracotta pots i created my own version. painted pot tutorial
1.You can see in the image above that one of the pots was already coloured pink, but only on the base.
2. Tape up the base of the pot using butcher’s paper and washi tape.
3. With only the terracotta top exposed spray painted this area a nice glossy black. Two coats.
4. Let the paint dry a little, but not fully, before i removing the washi tape and paper. The result is a nice clean edge between the pink and the black areas. using plants in interior design
spray painted terracotta pot update Don’t let the paint dry fully before removing the tape because sometimes the paint will dry onto the tape so firmly that the paint may rip off the pot when the tape is removed. I allow around 10-15mins drying time, but no longer, before i remove the tape. The steps for the black and white pot were similar, but i wanted a zig zag break between the two areas. black and white painted pot tutorial
1. Spray painted the entire pot white – this took a few coats with drying time in between.
2. Cut a zig zag through some butcher’s paper to create a stencil.
3. Tape the butcher’s paper with the zig zag edge, onto the pot using washi tape.
4. Make sure the entire base is covered with paper before spraying the top of the pot.
5. Let the paint dry a little, but not fully before i removing the washi tape and paper.
6. The finished result is a clean edged, zig zag between the black and the white. diy black and white painted pot
using plants in interior design

DIY Pretty Party Bags

DIY party bags loot bagsI love making little DIY party bags for my guests, so that they feel welcome and at home when visiting RedAgape Guesthouse. Small gestures of welcome mean a lot to me whether I’m visiting a new place or an old friend. Everyone likes to feel welcome. Here are the easy steps for creating pretty party bags that are suitable for all occasions.diy party bags loot bags

DIY Wall Banner with Gold Stitching

wall banner craft tutorialThis DIY wall banner was a craft project that was born mostly from items i had in my craft stash. I found some fabric i had screen printed while i was cleaning up the Hen’s Den (aka craft shed) and while i wasn’t keen to make anymore cushions, i didn’t want the prints to go to waste. I printed a couple of these gold hearts and turned one into the cushion you can see in the above image. I love a good craft clean up because you always find things you’d forgotten about. After a quick search i had gold thread, gold rope, black fabric, tassels and an idea! Obviously, the cleaning would have to wait for another day. 🙂
diy wall banner craft tutorial
DIY Hand Stitched Wall Banner
* black fabric
* dowel
* rope
* needle and embroidery thread
* tassels
* scissors
* embroidery hoop
* fabric pencil
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The Steps
1. sketch a rough plan of how you want your banner to look.
2. cut your fabric to the size you want. Mine is 15 x 30 inches finished with allowances made for hemming and inserting dowel at either end. Iron and sew a hem down either side on the fabric.
3. Hem the top and bottom and then turn over again to create a tunnel for the dowel.
4. Using a fabric pencil sketch your design onto the fabric.
5. Attach the embroidery hoop and using a backstitch hand stitch your design. A running stitch would work too.
6. Pin the heart into place before stitching.
7. Stitch a little in from the edge so the heart has a slight fraying effect.
8. Insert dowel and tie on tassels.
9. Attach rope to the top of dowel and you’re done! 🙂
diy wall banner tutorial

diy wall banner craft tutorial