Free Watercolour Spring Printables

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I hope you’re all enjoying your week ūüôā . I’m¬†off school at the moment, which means that I finally have time to get crafting and work on some new blog content for you guys. The other day I was inspired by a rare spell of sunny weather to experiment with some watercolours (usually I use acrylics, so it was fun to try out something new). I thought a few bright, spring printables would make a nice mid-week post, especially with Easter coming up! So, here’s a little selection of cards, to-do lists and wall art that you can download for free as pdf files and print off at home. Let me know in the¬†comments below what you guys think, and if you’d like to see more free printable artwork!

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Spring Wall Art (click here to download)

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Easter Card (Click here to download pdf)

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To-Do List (click here to download pdf)

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Things to Do  (click here to download pdf)

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Hoppy Easter Card (click here to download pdf)

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3 Easy DIY Earrings for Spring

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So I’m not one to brag, but I guess you could say that I’m something of an earring¬†connoisseur. My obsession began about four years ago when my mother innocently suggested I get my ears pierced one day,¬†unwittingly laying the foundations for what has developed into a full-fledged jewelry addiction.

With Easter break coming up, I figured it’s the perfect time to get crafting and¬†conveniently find an excuse to expand¬†my forever growing earring collection. All these DIYs are perfect for spring time and can easily be personalized to suit everyone’s individual style!

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While these beaded earrings are a little time consuming to make, I was so happy with the end result! I went for a simple green design, but you could definitely get creative and mix up colours and patterns.

All you need to make these are some beads, strong thread and earring hooks. Cut a few lengths of thread (I used two per earring) and thread them through the earring hooks. Tie a knot so that the hooks are secured midway up the length of thread. Then, just start beading (a little tedious, but it’s worth it) and tie a couple of knots at the bottom of each string to make sure the beads don’t fall off. Snip of the any end bits of dangling thread at the ends and your done!

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I’m all for unique, quirky fashion statements, so I’m in love with these artsy collage earrings! They’re also a great way for recycling old earrings that you don’t wear anymore, which is always a plus.

To make them, you need an old magazine, PVA glue, a paintbrush and flat, circular earrings. Just tear up the magazine into little shreds, until you’ve got a range of colourful paper scraps. Then, glue the paper onto each earring to form a nice collage – making sure to finish it all off with a final coat of glue to seal it all in.

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Aren’t these tassel earrings chic? They only took a few minutes to make and would add a splash of colourful glamour to any outfit!

To make them, you’ll need some black and yellow thread and earring hooks. Wrap the black thread around your two fingers about 30 times, then attach the top part of the loop to the earring hook. Cut the bottom part of the loop so that the thread is dangling freely. Now, wrap the yellow thread around the black thread and secure it with a knot to form the tassel.

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That’s all I have for you guys today. Make sure to¬†comment below letting me know which earring was your¬†favourite and what other DIYs you’d like to see over the Easter break!

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5 Types of People at New Year’s

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I hope you’re all ¬†enjoying the holiday season! Personally, I had all these plans to be super productive but¬†so far have just been¬†eating a lot of chocolate and accomplishing¬†little else. Though I mean, is it even the holidays if you don’t spend 90% of the time watching Netflix and 10% of the time regretting all the time you’ve wasted?

That being said, in between my excessive consumption of ferrero rochers and ¬†candy canes (because I’m classy, but I’m also like five),¬†I did¬†manage¬†to put together this little end-of-2016¬†post for you guys. Though naturally, I procrastinated as per usual and waited until the very last day of the year to finish it ;).¬†Let me know in the comments below what type of person you are on New Year’s Eve – because clearly everyone in our society falls into one of these 5 categories ;).

Hope you all have an amazing New Year! Of course, being the social butterfly that I am, I’ll be spending tonight hanging out with my family in my pajamas, struggling to stay up till 12a.m. Do you guys have any more exciting plans?

Now, without further ado, here are¬†5 ¬†types of people you’ll see at new years…

1. The Party Animal

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This is the person who’s biggest challenge of 2016 is going to be deciding which party to attend on December 31st, followed by which shoes go with their sequins-covered dress. And I’m not going to lie – I’m basically the total opposite of this person, but I know they exist because these people document¬†everything on social media. In fact, I don’t even feel like I¬†need to go to parties because after a few minutes scrolling down my facebook timeline – I feel like I’ve been to all of them.
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2. The¬†‘New Year, New Me’ Guy

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We all know¬†that one¬†person that come January 1st, just feels a¬†sudden urge to reinvent themselves completely – and tell everyone¬†about it.¬†Now we’re all guilty of coming up with one or two delusional new years resolutions – but these people just take it to the next level. Because let’s be honest, we both know that you won’t be getting fit, eating healthy and learning to speak mandarin chinese… You know why? Because you say this every year, and it¬†never happens. So stop with this ‘turn over a new leaf’ nonsense and come over here and enjoy this pizza like the rest of us.

 

3. The TV Friend

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This is the friend who’s spending New Year’s Eve in their room, with some snacks, watching the New Year’s celebrations happening around the world on TV. Their thinking is,’who needs to go outside, when you can see the fireworks on your screen?’ And actually, I feel like this¬†person may be on to something… food, comfort, wi-fi? What better way to ring in the new year.
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4. Clueless Chloe

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Okay, first off if you’re reading this and your name is Chloe, please don’t be offended I was just stuck for a title and needed some ¬†kind of alliteration. Anyway, this is the person that just has no idea that it’s New Years Eve, and to be honest they probably don’t know even know what year it is at all. The rest of us will be doing the whole count down till midnight thing and they’re probably sitting somewhere with an old advent calendar counting down the days till last Christmas.

5.The Sleepyhead

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And finally, everyone knows the one rule of New Year’s Eve is to stay up till midnight. But, without fail, there’s always that one person who – every year – just falls asleep at like 10p.m. and wakes up the next morning all confused they missed the fireworks!
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DIY Halloween Eyeball Necklace

It’s almost October 31st and so in celebration of All Hallow’s Eve, I thought I’d share this fun¬†necklace tutorial¬†with you guys. Because nothing screams “Halloween” like an eyeball hanging off your neck, am I right?

The other day I was trying to think of something Halloween-related that I could post (I’m a pretty big Halloween fan – like the annoying type who plans their costumes a year in advance),¬†when suddenly the idea of making eyeball jewelry just popped in to my head. I know what you’re thinking, these are the kind of innovative ideas our generation needs. What can I say, I’m just destined for greatness.

So once I got this idea (or should I say eye-dea ūüėČ )¬†in my head, I searched my house for any bits and pieces lying around that might be useful. I ended up with an old keyring, a chain from one of my many broken necklaces, a few nail polishes, a marble that I stole from my brother and, of course, my faithful glue gun. (Oh and on a side note, I really think I should give my glue gun a name…leave any suggestions in the¬†comments below!)

Anyway, several glue gun burns and nail polish spills later (I don’t know why I choose to do so much crafting when clearly my coordination skills were not meant for DIYs), I¬†managed to¬†come up with a¬†pendant that was relatively eyeball-resemblant¬†if I do say so myself.

And I don’t want you guys to feel like you have to limit yourself to wearing this necklace only on Halloween by the way. A class presentation, a wedding, a job interview…I mean I’m pretty confident that eyeballs are appropriate for any situation.¬†So, without further ado, I’ll get on with this tutorial. Make sure to like, share and¬†comment below letting me know what plans you guys have for Halloween! Are you the kind of person who goes to a bunch of wild costume parties, or are you the type that stays home and eats the trick-or-treater’s candy? (I think we all know which category I fall into ūüėČ ) I hope you all have a great weekend and get a chance to try out this DIY!signature

 

 

What you need

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a keyring, with a jump ring attached to it

a large white marble (that’s slightly bigger than your¬†keyring)

blue, red and black nail polish

a glue gun

a chain

Method

  1. Carefully glue the marble onto the rim of the keyring, making sure that the jump ring is sticking out at the top.
  2. Next, use red nail polish to paint little squiggly lines around the marble to look like veins. To make sure the lines were really precise, I dipped a needle into the nail polish and used that to make the designs.
  3. On the top of marble, paint a blue circle for the iris and a smaller black circle for the pupil.
  4. Once the polish has dried, slip your chain through the jump ring on the eyeball pendant¬†and you’re done!

 

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DIY Modern Geometric Wall Art

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How are you guys doing? I know, I know…I haven’t posted in two weeks. I’m a mess. An embarrassment to bloggers around the world. But honestly, I actually have a valid(ish) excuse this time! See, on top of schoolwork, piano practice and not going to the gym, I’ve been¬†spending most of my free time working on putting together a¬†portfolio to go to design college next year.¬†I’ve also been spending a lot of time¬†watching ¬†cookery videos on Youtube, but we can just ignore that part. Seriously though, on a side note, if any of you guys are putting together an art porfolio or have done so in the past¬† please¬†comment below and let me know if you have any tips/advice to share!

Anyways, now that I’ve wasted one paragraph defending my inability to stick to a blogging schedule, let’s get back to the DIY, shall we?¬†A few weeks back I made this cool geometric wall art but never got around to editing the photos and writing¬†down the tutorial. It’s just been¬†hanging on my bedroom wall¬†staring at me accusingly ever since, so today I finally got around to finishing the post and sharing it with you guys!¬†It’s such an easy and inexpensive way to add a modern, trendy touch to your room.¬†Plus, you guys can personalise it by experimenting with different coloured crepe paper and triangle sizes to suit your own style! I’m so happy with how this one¬†turned out – I think the the colour scheme is perfect for autumn and the combination of PVA glue and crepe paper creates a really interesting texture and visual effect on top of the card.

Oh and by the way, if you guys enjoy my DIYs and want to see more of them make sure to check out my Instructables account¬†¬†where I have a bunch of other tutorials that haven’t been posted on my blog!¬†ÔŅľAnd now, without furder ado, let’s make some Triangle Wall Art!

What you need

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PVA Glue

A3 sheet of thick Card paper

Crepe paper in 3 different colours

Scissors

Gold Paint *optional

Steps

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  1. Cut out three large triangles from the crepe paper (one in each colour).
  2. Arrange paper triangles onto the card in an overlapping vertical pattern.
  3. Carefully glue down the triangles with the PVA glue.
  4. Leave to dry and you’re done! I also painted on a few gold designs ¬†to make the wall art a little more exciting.

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10 Things I’ll NEVER Understand

Not that the list of things I will never understand is limited to 10 items, but if I tried to list all of them this would be an incredibly long and boring post ūüėČ . I hope you guys are all having a good weekend! How are you finding back to school season? I’ve officially started Sixth Year (which in the Irish system is the last year of school!) and let’s just say it’s been a pretty crazy two weeks.¬†Anyways, I don’t want to make this introduction too long¬†so without further¬†ado,¬†here are¬†10 Things I’ll Never Understand…

1. My Own Handwriting

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I’m not sure how this happened, but at some point during my education I must have skipped over the whole ‘handwriting’ phase. I mean obviously I can¬†write – but I swear it’s the most illegible bunch of scribbles¬†you’ve ever seen. ¬†Every single year, teachers will tell me to “sort out that handwriting” and I try, I really do, but no matter what it still looks like a bunch of hieroglyphs waiting to be deciphered. Honestly I don’t know why secret services waste time and effort designing new, intricate codes when they could just use my handwriting.

2. Six inch heels

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Well, actually any¬†height¬†of heel – I just wanted reference the Beyonc√© song (if you haven’t listened to it, stop reading and go look it up right now). Seriously though, how do those stiletto-wearing women do it? I tripped on a pavement once wearing flats¬†and broke my arm¬†(true story), so¬†in¬†tall heels I’d just be a walking (well, falling) disaster!

And I’d love to know when exactly people learn to walk in heels. Cause it seemed to me like one minute everyone was rocking light-up sneakers and the next strutting around in stilettos. Is there some sort of heel-walking college people attend that I don’t know about?

3. My inability to unlock my own phone

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Ok, please tell me I’m not the only one who does this. I can’t tell you guys the amount of times that I’ve actually locked myself out of my own phone just because I repeatedly messed up on the pattern-lock-thingy. ¬†And then I have to go through the 30-second-wait-of-shame before trying again. You know, it’s just like when I’m trying to log in to my email account and I get the password so wrong that the little ‘Prove you’re not a robot’¬†image comes up. Then I fail at the robot test as well and start questioning whether or not I’m even human. The whole thing’s just an unnecessary stress in my life.

4. People who order water at restaurants

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So this may just be me because I don’t go out to restaurants often, but I just don’t get people who go to restaurants and pay for a glass of water. Are you crazy? You¬†went through all the trouble of googling a nice restaurant,¬†¬†dressing up,¬†driving¬†over here and reading through the menu – so you can end up ordering¬†water? ¬†I mean look at all these cool drinks; you’ve got the tropical fruit juices, the overpriced fizzy drinks, the weird cocktails – you are wasting an opportunity, my friend.¬†Honestly,¬†you may as well have stayed home and had dinner with your tap.

5. People who order salad at Mc Donald’s

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While¬†we’re on the topic of annoying people eating out, let’s talk about that one friend we all have who orders some¬†“nutritional”¬†vegetarian dish while the rest of us are getting burgers.¬†Now I’m all for a healthy lifestyle and everything, but to me going to a fast food restaurant and ordering a salad is just contradictory. Do you go to gyms to¬†buy chocolate? Do you go to the Sahara desert to buy winter coats? Then why would you order a salad, when there’s plenty of junk food to choose from?

6. Perfume commercials 

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I would love to go to one of the meetings where filmakers have to discuss the ideas for a perfume commercial. Because I’m pretty convinced everyone there must be on drugs. Seriously, can you imagine a serious director standing up and pitching his concept¬†just like¬†“I have a vision for the latest Chanel perfume. I’m thinking flowers, sheets randomly floating around a woman, a tsunami wave, and most importantly no evident storyline whatsoever”. Am I right or am I right?

7. Make up Abuse

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Now, I have nothing against wearing a bit of make up,¬†but when I go outside and see¬†women with three coats of orange paint on their face – I start to worry for society. Is someone going to build a house on your face? No? Then¬†why¬†is all this foundation necessary? And what’s even more crazy is the price people pay for the make up products. Like if it were me, I’d just go down to the costume shop and bulk buy face paint. It’s cheaper and equally ridiculous.

8. Bungee jumping

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Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t it usually human instinct to try and stay alive? Because to me, willingly throwing yourself off a cliff doesn’t sound like you’re trying to stay alive. And I know people say it’s for¬†“the¬†rush of adrenaline” or “the¬†relief you feel afterwards”. See, here’s the thing. You don’t have to feel relief, if you never put yourself in the situation in the first place. But hey, if it takes a near-death experience for you to “feel alive” allow me to randomly throw knives at you¬†while you’re strapped to a spinning wheel. Because that ¬†makes just as much sense to me.

9. Conversations with Dentists

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So you know when’s the perfect time to strike up a conversation? Well, according to my dentist, it’s when my mouth is being jabbed with six different sharp objects. And I know, I know… they’re just trying to be “friendly”. But seriously, what do you want me to do? Communicate with my eyes? Do sign language with my tongue?

10. How I managed to reach 3000 followers in one year!?

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Ok,¬† wait. So¬†technically that statement¬†isn’t true…yet. But hopefully it will be soon! See, my 1 year ‘blogiversary’ (apparently that’s what the cool kids call it) is coming up in a little over month. And, I was hoping you guys would help me reach my goal of 3000 followers by October 26th! How, you might ask? Well, if each one of my followers just got one other person to subscribe to Artsy Teen – I’d reach my goal in no time! So if you guys know someone who might enjoy my crazy ramblings, DIYs and attempts at humour, please please send them a link to my blog!

That’s all for today…talk to you guys next week :).

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Guest Post: Art, How I See It

 

Hi, everyone! My name’s Elm, and I blog over at Just Call me Elm or Something. I’m collaborating with the lovely Maya, which honestly makes my day!

Before anything, I want to tell you what I can see – or rather, what I can’t see. Far be it for me to define myself by this, but I’m blind. I can see nothing out of my right eye, and only light, contrasts and a few shapes out of my left. I couldn’t see faces, beautiful landscapes or anything of the sort. I despise getting pity for it; I’ve always been blind and have never seen anything different from what I do now, and so I view it as normal. To set the scene, I needed to tell you, so that you understand.

Because of my lack of vision, it may be surprising to you that art is actually quite important to me. There are beautiful paintings, filled with life and sweeping brushstrokes; there are natural landscapes, intricately carved with the path of water and faces of rock that hold swirling patterns. Captured in ink, paint or photography, it is ever present and unchanging, an image that could be interpreted in a thousand different ways.

That is art to you. Doesn’t it appear beautiful? To me, it is; I’m always fascinated by what people can do to make a picture come alive, to their eyes, to make it appear striking, stunning or just real.

What many people don’t see is that art isn’t just visual. A blast of trumpets, an angelic voice singing or buskers on the street is what I consider to be my paint, my canvas, my pencil. It may seem stereotypical, that a blind person talks about music as if it’s the only thing that they appreciate, but I still have ears.

If you pick up a book with glorious writing, you think, “I wish I could be there, though the author has done an amazing job of helping me visualise it.” The same could be said for me: I’ve never seen a stream tumbling over the rocks, but I can almost imagine the sound, the way it would feel. Now I think on it, THAT is another form of art. To take the written word and to transform it into something else, for even only a few people, helps people to know what something out of their understanding would be like.

They tell me, “Isn’t it a shame that you can’t see the amazing art work she’s done?” I say yes, and then no. I’ll never experience it, but I can be told how beautiful it is. I can be transported into the world of colours and sight, only for a second: a bystander, but still there.

Everything is a form of art, when you look deep enough. To a deaf person, a drawing may be appreciated so much more: who knows? I have never been told, not by someone who could show me the world of what it’s like to not hear sound that I take for granted. That’s why I’m telling you my version, so that you can at least see one perspective.

What I want to show you is that every single person’s version of art is different. Perhaps you suspected that I would talk about music, or writing, but if you think that’s the stereotypical blind notion of what art is, you’d be wrong. I’m different, you’re different and the closest person to you is different.

Even if you don’t get a single thing out of this post, I want you to remember that some people don’t have the things you have. Be that vision, hearing, an arm or a house. This isn’t just about art; it’s about realising that even when someone has a disability, or has something “lacking”, they still continue on with their life. It’s not the end. I may get upset sometimes that I can’t see the stars, or pictures on somebody’s blog, but it doesn’t stop me from finding creativity in other places.

What do you think art is?

I’d like to thank Maya for having me on her blog. She’s a truly wonderful person, and for her to ask me to collaborate put a smile on my face. I really hoped you enjoyed reading, because whilst I was writing, it helped me to think about my own perceptions and judgements.

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DIY Trendy School Supplies

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I’m not one to brag, but I think over the past two months¬†I’ve done a pretty good job of erasing any evidence of ‘school’ from my life. My backpack is hidden in some corner of my room out of sight, my school uniform is crushed underneath a pile of clothes in my cupboard and every time someone mentions “studying”, I throw something at them.¬†Clearly, summer’s having a great effect on me.

So you can imagine the shock¬†– the betrayal, really-¬†I felt when the other day¬†I went grocery shopping with my mum and find a whole¬†display¬†of school supplies. Correct me if I’m wrong, but that’s just disrespectful. ¬†I mean who gave that supermarket the authority to crush my dreams? It’s not even like there’s one small school supply section. Oh no, they’re EVERWHERE. How am I supposed to forget about school when I walk into the cereal aisle ready to buy some cheerios and end up surrounded by shelves of set squares and colouring pencils? (On a side note; I’m not even sure where that joke came from, I don’t even¬†eat cereal).

Anyways, all this to tell you guys that I have finally faced reality and accepted that I’m going back to school soon. So much so, in fact, that I decided to do a couple of back-to-school DIYs. I have to say, I’m really happy with how these ones turned out! I went for¬†a black and gold/yellow theme with geometric designs, and I think they ended up lookin’ pretty stylish ;). Plus, they’re all super simple to make. All you need is some tape, some basic materials that you’ll have at home, and some creativity!

  1. The Tape Art Notebook

 

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This was a bit of a spontaneous DIY, which are always my favourite! I just happened to have an old notebook lying around, and I thought I’d have a bit of fun re-vamping it with whatever art materials I could find. I had some paint and this tape on hand (and yes, I¬†am the type of person who buys tape with sheep patterns on it), and in an hour I¬†basically had a brand new notebook.

 

What you need

  • a plain, hardback notebook
  • some tape
  • acrylic paint

Steps

  1. Use your tape to create a triangle pattern on the cover of your notebook. ¬†Don’t worry about trying to make it perfect¬†– trust me, it’ll look good either way.
  2. Next, paint the entire cover of your notebook and leave it to dry. I used two coats of paint to make the design stand out even more, but it’s totally up to you.
  3. Finally, carefully peal back the tape and you’re done!

2. The Washi Tape Pencil

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I’m going to be honest with you guys, this may well be the most complex DIY I’ve ever posted on my blog. Now I know what you’re thinking, “Maya, this is way too complicated”, and yes, it does takes years to acquire the necessary skill to complete this tutorial. But, I think with time, you’ll eventually figure this out.

What you need

  • washi tape
  • a pencil

Steps

  1. Wrap the tape around your pencil.
  2. Give yourself a pat on the back and go take a coffee break. You’ve earned it.

 

3.The Stripy Folder

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A part from being artsy and enjoying the art of creating and all that, one of the reasons I like to DIY things is because it’s¬†way cheaper than just buying them at a shop. Instead of buying an expensive folder with a cool design on it, you can get a cheap, plain one and make a cool design yourself!

What you need

  • a permanent black marker
  • some tape
  • a plain folder

Steps

  1. Outline a triangle shape on your folder with some tape. It can be whatever size you want, but if you ask me, the bigger the better!
  2. Take your black marker and draw horizontal and vertical lines inside of the¬†triangle. Draw as many as you can, and don’t worry if it looks messy.
  3. Carefully peel back the tape, and you’re left with unique & trendy design on your folder.

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I hope you guys enjoyed these DIYs and get a chance to try them out! Make sure to share & like this post if you’re going back to school too, or if you just feel like being a nice person. That’s cool too. Oh, and don’t forget to comment below letting me know which DIY was your favourite and if you’re looking forward to the new school year!

 

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DIY Painted Celtic Stones

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I hope you’re all having a lovely week and enjoying your summer :). When you’re reading this I’ll actually be away on holiday in Slovenia, but in an attempt to be a dedicated blogger I’ve tried to write I a few posts in advance.

You’re probably wondering what purpose a painted rock serves. Honestly, none.¬†But really who doesn’t like a bit of useless Celtic-inspired room decor lying around the house? It adds to the atmosphere ;). Plus I’ve seen decorated stones all over Pinterest so apparently there’s something likable about them.

But why ‘Celtic’ you ask? Well, I study Art History at school this year and¬†seeing as I live in Ireland there’s a huge focus on Celtic Art. Now, while I didn’t particularly enjoy having to describe ancient Celtic artifacts in excruciating detail, it did give me the idea to decorate these stones with Celtic designs like spirals, triskeles and interlocking patterns. The really intricate Celtic artwork I studied was often made of gold, which is why I chose metallic golden paint for this DIY.¬†Top Tip:¬†If you don’t have any paint, just use nail polish. Works every time.

What you need

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  • Paintbrush
  • Stone (make sure it’s got quite a smooth surface)
  • Gold Acrylic Paint

Simple Celtic Designs*

 

Method

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  1. First, you want to wash and dry the stone to make sure it’s completely clean.
  2. Next, paint a celtic design* onto your rock.
  3. Leave to dry and you’re done!stone 3

 

Well that’s all for today. Let me know in the¬†comments below if you guys have gone to any fun places over the summer and make sure to¬†like this post if you like stones, or the Celts, or pointless room decor!

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DIY Popsicle Stick Coaster

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I thought I’d start the week off with a bit of DIY! Many people don’t know this about me but I actually drink quite a lot of tea (I don’t know why I made that sound like it was some sort of secret, intriguing fact about me. It’s really not). Especially when I’m¬†blogging,¬†I like¬†to have a cup sitting on my desk beside me while I type. That being said, I very rarely have a coaster at hand and as a result have ruined many a table (OK actually I’ve only ruined one table – my own, repeatedly, and to be honest it was already pretty ugly in the first place).

Instead of going out and buying a coaster I decided to¬†DIY¬†one instead.¬† I have to say I’m really happy with the end result; it’s colourful, trendy and unique! You can either buy a pack of popsicle sticks or use this as an excuse to buy a large pack of ice lollies, which is undoubtedly the better option ;).

Make sure to¬†like this post if you want to see more DIYs like this one and¬†comment down below letting me know what your favorite kind of hot drink is. Are you a coffee kind of person? A hot chocolate lover? A herbal tea drinker like me? And I know you’re probably wondering why I’m going on about hot drinks in the middle of summer but just remember that I live in Ireland and I’m currently wearing a jumper in July.

Anyway, enough rambling. I hope you all have a lovely week, now let’s get into the tutorial…

What you need

coaster 2

17 popsicle sticks (this might vary depending on how big you want your coaster to be/ the size of your popsicle sticks. I used a few small popsicle sticks for the base because I ran out of big ones, but honestly it doesn’t really matter)

Paints in the colours of your choice (my popsicle sticks were already dyed, so I just used a bit of gold paint to add some decoration)

Paintbrush

Glue gun

Steps

 

1. Paint your popsicle sticks and leave them to dry.

2. Next take 10 popsicle sticks and glue them together in pairs (see photo). These will act as the base of the coaster and give it some height.

 

3. Glue the remaining 7 popsicle sticks  on top of one of the popsicle stick pairs that you glued together before.

4. Glue the rest of the popsicle stick pairs onto the  base of the coaster.

5. Leave to dry and you’re done!

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