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DIY – Fabric basket

Hello everyone,

Today I am very happy to share with you a different kind of DIY activity, focusing on patterns rather than murals. This post was inspired by our range of stencils which we will be using to customize fabrics. Launching my very own line of fabrics is on my hope to do list but in the meantime here is a fun and practical DIY to make fabric baskets. I promise it only requires basic sewing skills, the trickiest part being the assembly of the bottom and the body of the basket. I use these baskets all over my house to hold towels, make-up, toys, etc. They come in handy when it is time to tidy up our home.

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To realize one bascket (18cm diam x 15cm height), you will need:

- 3 pieces of fabric:
2 rectangles 62×29 cm and a circle of 22 cm diameter
- fabric paint & stencil brushes – ironing board & a flatiron
- sewing material
- M&G stencils

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STEP 1,

Use the M&G stencils and apply paint on the chosen pieces of fabric. Once the paint dries completely, iron the pieces of fabric painted side down with a hot iron (no steam) in order to lock in the colors.
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STEP 2,

Place the two rectangles on top of each other, back sides against each others, pin them together and stitch them using a sewing machine. Leave a small opening to be able to turn it inside out.

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STEP 3,

Place the two end sides of the fabric on top of each other and stitch the sides up in order to make the main cylinder.
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STEP 4,

Assemble the bottom part to the cylinder using pins, then stitch them together using your sewing machine. Fold down the excess fabric and sew it by hand.
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Turn around the basket and…there you go!

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DIY – 2015 Calendar

Hello everyone,
It has been a while since our last DIY project. So before Christmas, here is a little treat!

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You will need:
- 200gr A4 paper (14 sheets)
- a cutter and a cutting board
- a printer
- a wooden clipboard

STEP 1. Download and print one of these file :

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>>Tips:
Kraft paper, cream, grey or light pink paper are recommended for this artwork.
150 to 200gr will be more durable. Remember, you will keep it for a whole year.
A4 colored paper is available here or at the stationary shop TIN LOK STATIONERY  – G/F Swatow street – Wanchai – HK

STEP 2. Cut the non-printed area to have a full patterned sheet.

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STEP 3. For the binding, I suggest simply using a wooden clipboard or metallic clip on a wall,
but you can also use a ribbon, a rope or get a black metallic binding at any copy shop.

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I hope you will enjoy this little gift and feel free to drop a line in the comment box. I would love to hear which month is your favorite!

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Important notes:
This template is free for personal use only, not for commercial use. You can print as many as you like for yourself or as a gift to someone, but you are not allowed to sell this artwork in digital or print form, nor to distribute it in its original or in an altered form.

If you’d like to share some images of this DIY, on Pinterest, social media, in a blog post…  Please feel free to use some images, but please credit and link back to this page. Please do not distribute it from your website and please do not link directly to the file- instead, please link back to this page.
Thank you very much!


DIY – green wall

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Today I will show you how to do a green wall in a couple of hours! This tutorial is  great for those who don’t have a green thumb but who nonetheless would like to enjoy a bit of greenery in their homes.
First and foremost, you need to let go of your preconceptions about artificial plants. If they are well chosen, they can make out a very satisfying visual. Using artificial plants allows us to avoid many hassles: no creepy bugs, no need for sunlight or water. And you can go on vacation with peace of mind: your plants will look the same when you come back!

What you will need for this project:
- wire mesh (as much as needed to cover your wall – leaving a 15 cm space on each side)
- Brackets/wooden planks (not larger than a baseboard)
- Staple gun
- Silicone gun and white color silicone
- Double-sided tape
- Several batches of artificial plants, for a 40x40cm square foresee 8 pieces of plants
- Wire and wire cutters

STEP1, Mounting the wire mesh panel
Begin by gluing two wooden planks to the wall, 15cm from the ceiling and 15 cm from the bottom of the wall.
- Apply the double-sided tape and the silicone all over the upper plank then place it on the wall (remember to place it 15cm away from the ceiling)
- Do the same for the lower plank (again placing it 15cm away from the base of the wall)
- Allow 45min for the silicone to dry, then you can staple the wire mesh to the wooden planks (If you don’t want to use silicone, you could simply drill holes and screw the planks to the wall).

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STEP 2, Arranging the plants
- For better results, try to find at least seven kinds of artificial plants (different sizes, colors and textures), which you will place following an irregular pattern as you can see on the sketch below.
- I suggest using plants with large leafs at the bottom of the panel and the ones with longer and more narrow leafs at the top.
- Place the plants on the panel and tie them with wire if needed.
- Open up the leaves of your plants to cover all  the wire mesh.

And there you go!

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The green wall you can see in the pictures below is located in our bathroom, which is like a corridor. It’s a long and narrow space.
In order to bring life to the back wall, I had designed a “planter closet” with storage in the bottom and a box for plants in the upper part. I did not want to use the whole wall to put my plants because I still needed storage space in the bathroom. half a wall was more than enough for my indoor fake garden. Plus, all the plants reflect on the mirror facing them which makes the space seem deeper and the plants more abundant.

My dream would be to have one day a bathroom that opens up on a garden. In the meantime, I really enjoy this little wall which I can even see it from my bedroom.
Nature (even fake!) can really upgrade a space. Use it without moderation!

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Here an other realisation using the same process (office in Chai Wan) :
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DIY – Birdhouse

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Here is a DIY project with recycled material!
Last month, we celebrated my son’s 4th birthday. As kids start to enjoy crafting at this age, each kid received a birdhouse to decorate and bring home as a gift.
I’ve always enjoyed decorating children’s rooms with birdhouses; if you have a closer look at my projects, you will often see a small birdhouse somewhere. It gives the wall more life and volume.  Also, I find them much more joyful than birdcages, which always sadden me a little.

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The birdhouses are super easy to do; all you need is:
- cardboard boxes (not too thick)
– some nice paper sheets (you can use Japanese origami paper or any paper not to thick that you like and want to recycle; sometimes I simply print patterns on my laser printer on a 80gr paper)
– some white glue and pencils
– scissors, a cutter, a ruler, set square, strong glue
– ideally a circular cutter for the house door, or a compass + cutter if you don’t have one

STEP 1, traces
Here is the pattern to draw on your cardboard

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>> Tips:
– Once you have drawn and cut the first house, just use the outline of the pattern to cut the other houses , it will save you a lot of time
– This version is without bottom, but if you add one, you can use the cage as a goody bag.

STEP 2, cutting:
-  Cut the outline of the base and the roof,
- And  then cut the circular opening with your circular compass .

STEP 3, folding and assembly

- To have a clean folding, run the box cutter on the folding lines (green lines in the figure) . Be careful not to cut through the cardboard, just cut the upper layer.
- Assemble the house, roof and base with the glue .

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STEP 4, decoration:
This is where your little ones get involved !
- Apply white glue on the surface you are decorating, stick the piece of decorative paper and apply more glue on top to both fix and polish it.
- Repeat this step to cover the whole house with different decorative papers
- Apply a final layer of glue to secure the assembly.

>> Tips:
- I noticed that it was easier for children to have small pieces of pre-cut decorative papers.
- You can of course change the dimensions and proportions of the cabin, but always make sure the roof is 1 to 2 cm wider than the walls of the birdhouse for a nicer effect.
- To hang it on the wall,  do a small hole on the back to insert a screw or simply use double-faced adhesive tape/velcro.

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STEP 5, the perch
- Make a hole (size of a straw) under the opening with a sharp knife or cutter
- Cut a piece of straw and insert it in the hole.
Have fun!

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DIY – tone on tone frame wall

Here is a Do-It-Yourself wall project that I thought I would share with you guys. This tone on tone frame wall will have lots of impact on walls located in hallways, staircases and entrances. It is easy to achieve and personalize.

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I actually made it in my workshop because I wanted to create a display to showcase our latest products and inspirations. Because it was mounted on a wall located by a window, I did not hesitate to use a rich color, the well-named “flamingo” by Dulux.

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I like to mix and match frames of different sizes and shapes. Another fun trick is to integrate objects to add volume to the mural. And the secret to a lively composition is to overflow the frames and vary the media. In addition to or instead of using pictures, you could showcase drawings, papers, or pieces of fabric.
For more inspiration, visit our pinterest board “FRAMES”.

In order to do this project, you will need:
- Paint (for a similar wall, count 1 liter)

– Brushes of different sizes and a paint roller
– Primer to hide any small imperfections
– Frames (here an Ikea frame Söndrum 26x35cm)
- Wooden board (here 40x50cm) and a drawing clip

– A compass for the round poster
– A silicone gun + silicone
– Nails, screws, drill
– A pack of white modeling clay  to make the flowers
– Primer paint to paint the frames and decor items

STEP 1, Prep work
- Protect your floors, baseboards and surrounding walls with a plastic tarp and masking tape.
- Apply primer to damaged areas of the wall if necessary.
- Trace the contour of the frames with a pencil on the wall to make sure your display works well in the space.
- Use a black marker to identify the spots where you will place your nails/screws.
- Shape the flowers (here we made peonies) with the modeling clay  and let them dry for a night.

TIPS: To arrange your display, you can set up all your different elements on the floor and play with different combinations until you find the one that you like best. Another way to do this is to cut out the contours of the frames on kraft paper. You can then tape the different pieces on the wall and switch them around easily!
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STEP 2, Painting
- Start by painting the 4 edges of the wall with a paint brush.
- Then you can use the paint roller to fill the inside of the wall (2-3 layers will be necessary).
- Don’t forget to keep marking the spots where you’ll place your nails in between layers of paint so they won’t disappear.
- Paint the frames and decor elements in the same color as the wall.

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TIPS: Apply a coat of primer on your frames and decor elements to ensure a better adherence of the paint and long-lasting results.

STEP 3, The assembly
- Create a finishing contrast by adding a glossy and transparent sticker to the background (available in our e-boutique). The contrast with the matte paint will bring light and volume to the wall while the use of tone on tone ensures the homogeneity of the overall look of this display of various shapes, media and finishing touches.
- Now it’s time to raise your hammers, drills and guns and place the different elements on the wall.

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TIPS:

- Add a piece of double-sided adhesive tape to the center of the flower and then surround it by a layer of silicone. The tape will maintain the flower on the wall while the silicone dries out, which typically takes a few hours.
– Wait 24 to 48 hours in-between the painting and the installation of the glossy sticker.

STEP 4, Final touches
- Add touches of paint around the nails, screws and the silicone for a cleaner look.
- And for those not afraid to try, make your drawings spill out of their frames by scribbling on the wall!
And there you go ^^
Over to you and don’t forget to send us pictures of your display!

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Photo sources: Marguerite & Gribouilli – centsationalgirl.com via pinterest


DIY – Lai see

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The Lunar New Year being just around the corner, I have prepared for you a set of 5 “lai-see” (red envelops in English) that you can easily make yourself.
It’s also a great activity to share with kids, that will keep them busy for hours!

You simply need to download and print this pdf file and follow the instructions below:

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I hope you will enjoy this little gift and have a good time with your loved ones.

Tips:
- you will have a better result with a 120gr paper (available at any stationnary shop)
- print without scale (at 100%) otherwise your envelop will be to small for the bills.

Important notes:
This template is free for personal use only, not for commercial use. You can print as many as you like for yourself or as a gift to someone, but you are not allowed to sell this artwork in digital or print form, nor to distribute it in its original or in an altered form.

If you’d like to share some images of this DIY, on Pinterest, social media, in a blog post…  Please feel free to use some images, but please credit and link back to this page. Please do not distribute it from your website and please do not link directly to the file- instead, please link back to this page.
Thank you very much!