Pom Pom Flowers for Valentine

Or any other occasion that needs pom poms ...

These are super simple to make. All you need is yarn, a pom pom maker (or a fork, your fingers or two round pieces of carton with a hole in it - anything that will make a pom pom), fabric glue and flower wire. You can also use real sticks for a more rustic effect.

Dip the tip of the flower wire in the fabric glue and push it through the pom pom. After a few minutes the wire will glue together with the pom pom. Now you can experiment.

Stick it on a gift or put them in a vase. They make such a happy decoration.

Flower Arrangement in a Bowl

I planned this post for Christmas day, but as my family reads my blog and I didn't want to spoil the surprise, I'm posting it now. This is a quick way to give some floral joy to a diner host. I've made these for my sisters in law using vintage bowls.

Use flower oasis or floral foam. Cut it so it fits the bowls you are using and soak it into water. First stick the candle in the bowl and work your way round with greens and later adding the flowers. You can use evergreens from the garden. The candle is actually just a regular size candle but I cut about 10 cm off to make it look more in proportion.

Deer Tag Christmas Cards

Each year I make my own Christmas cards as a tradition. Sometimes I design them in Illustrator and let them print off, but they are always designed by me. This year I used my Silhouette Cameo. I drew the moose heads in Illustrator and send them off to my Cameo. Boy do I love this piece of equipment. It does not only cut paper, but also fabric and vinyl. The decals were made on the cameo as well. For those who have one at home, you can download the moose tags right here.

Download Moose head tags for Silhouette Cameo

I've used 220 gr A4 card-stock to cut out the tags using a 12" x 12" mat for the Cameo. I've made the felt balls for noses myself using this technique.

I've used bakers-twine for strings and I wrote a short message on the back, as simple as "Boris and Yvonne" - we don't do long Christmas letters in this household. Pop them in a cute envelop and send them to those you love. I never over send my Christmas cards, just to family and to people who float my boat.

Circus Letters Yvestown Style

I'm not one for following trends or styles as I like what I like and a trend can't force me to like something else. I had plants in my home before the whole plant trend broke out and I don't like to buy and hang the same art prints as everybody does on my walls. How uninspiring it that? I find it silly.

As you may notice I'm apologizing for what's to come next; I have bought circus letters form HEMA. If there was an emoticon that showed an icon that hid under a big rock, I would use it now.  I'm not a big fan of this store and there were a whole lot of wrongs with these letters too. I love circus letters and when I bought these and brought them home I was at first all like aaaahhhh and ooohhh until they were popping up all over on Instagram. Bo wasn't so keen on them either as they work on batteries and he's unconditionally against anything that works on batteries. But I bought them and I didn't want to return them. They needed to be proper circus letters with happy colours and they needed to be more me.

So I took my trusty spray paint cans and had a go at them. The whole painting process is just a minute, it's the taping that's very time consuming.

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Left is what the letter first looked like. You want to only paint the inside around the bulbs.

Use masking tape to tape everything that you don't want to be painted, so insides and outsides. Use aluminium foil to cover the bulbs. Just wrap them tightly around the bulbs, use a small kitchen knife to tuck the foil securely under the bulbs.

Lay the letter flat on a table covered in newspaper. Preferable spray paint indoors with the windows shut, open the windows after painting. You don't want to get wind in the mix. Also use a fair amount of distance. The closer you get your paint will not even out smoothly. I prefer to walk around an object I'm spray painting. Let it dry and take off all the masking tape and foil, now you've got yourself some cheap personalized circus letters - don't tell anyone ;)

De B is gold, the Y dusty rose and the E is in baby blue. All by my favourite spray paint brand PlastiKote.

FIY: our initials are BYE - Boris Yvonne Eijkenduijn

Let it Go

It must have been the most favourite phrase of 2014 en 2015. And yes, I am a Frozen fan. What is it with that movie? I remember watching it with my mother earlier this year and we were both crying our eyes out. I even caught Bo swallowing a few times. And the song ... oh that song in all it's bombastic glory with lots of ding dongs and fra fras. I can't get enough of it.

So when I had to make up a DIY for the first week of my Weekend DIY Book it had to be something with the words "Let it Go". What else suits best for the first week of a new year?

Supplies

  • Two pieces of unbleached cotton 35x70 cm
  • Bits of fabric remnants for the letters (I've used Liberty fabrics)
  • Fabric glue
  • Sewing machine
  • 1 40 cm rod
  • 2 small screw hooks

Instructions

Lay the two pieces of cotton on each other and fold them in half lengthwise. Draw a diagonal line of 20 cm to create a point.

Print the letters on thick paper. Trace the letters on the back of the pieces of fabric. Do not forget to mirror the letters L and G.

Glue the letters with fabric glue on one of the pieces of cotton (point facing down), this way they stay put and makes sewing so much easier. Zigzag all around the letters with a sewing machine.

Sew the two pieces of cotton fabric with right sides facing down together. Turn the work inside out and iron the seams flat. Sew a funnel of about 3 cm on top of the fabric for where the rod should go through.

Slide the banner over the rod and mark with a pencil or pen where the screw hooks should be. Screw the hooks into the rod, pull a string through the hooks.

Weekend DIY Book (in Dutch only)

Find even more fun and easy DIYs in my book. Hopefully it will be published in other languages soon. It's such an endlessly long business getting a book published in another language. I honestly don't understand why it should take such a long time. This is totally out of my control. If it was in my control it would have been published in a 100 languages by now - what an old fashioned business publishing is in such modern times ;)

Have a good weekend!

Wallpapered DVD or CD Storage Boxes

Ever since I lived on my own I have been buying DVDs. Some I have passed on and some I've kept. It's crazy how much space DVD boxes take, I've kept a blue cupboard in my snug and a storage rack in the basement just to store DVDs. Nowadays I buy my films on iTunes or I watch them on Netflix, I couldn't be more happier. Digital storage is so much more organized. But to throw all my DVDs out ....? I can't. So I did some good housekeeping instead.

I went from this, 200+ DVDs ....

To those 3 boxes on the top shelf. And the blue cupboard is now up in a guest room.

I've made boxes out of grey board and covered them with wallpaper. I bought a whole bunch of paper DVD and CD sleeves and recycled all the plastic DVD boxes and paper. I have downsized from a cupboard and storage rack in the basement to 3 boxes.

The top measurements are for the box and the bottom for the lid. Cut out of 2 mm thick A3 sized grey board. Lay a piece of wallpaper under the cut out box and lid, trace and cut out allowing an extra 2 cm for folding. Score all the folding lines of the box and lid, fold and hold together with cello tape. Paste the box and lid with wallpaper or bookbinding glue and glue the wallpaper all around the box and lid. That's it! You can make insert cards out of the left over grey board. I used alphabet stamps for the letters.

Have a fun weekend, see you Monday x

DIY Pegboard

Today I'm going to share the last DIY I did for Dille & Kamille. It was such a pleasure working for them. I hope you have enjoyed all of my previous "Dille DIYs".

How to get started

First measure the space you need for the pegboard. You can buy perforated hardboard in any hardware store. You'll have to saw the board to fit your space, often they'll do that for you at the hardware store if you ask them nicely. Make sure to finely sand the edges and the top of the pegboard before assembling it to the wall.

How to assemble the pegboard

Press with a pencil through the holes so that dots are left on the wall. The dots mark where you have to drill the holes. Left and right, top and bottom and one in the middle otherwise the pegboard will curl up a bit. Drill holes in the wall. Place tape (2) over the hole where the screw should be. Place small transparent doorstops (available at any hardware store) on the back of the pegboard and a screw with rivet on the front (1) of the pegboard. Screw all the screws and then remove the tape.

Finishing off the board

Sand the pegboard lightly and remove the dust with a cloth. Primer the pegboard well, sand again lightly and then paint the pegboard in any desired colour.

That's it!!

I've used S-hooks for hanging. There are so many fun things for sale at Dille & Kamille to hang on the pegboard. Such as flower pots, baskets for storing rope. But also, ladles, utensils and cute pans.

For instructions in Dutch, go to Dille & Kamille.

I'm not actually using the pegboard in my kitchen as there's no space. I would love it though as I'd be very Julia Child. I've set up a space in my basement studio for this photo and will use the pegboard for my crafting supplies instead. More on that soon.