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HOW TO: PINEAPPLE VASE

A few of you have already commented on the pineapple vases we had at the opening of our studio workshops, so I thought it would be fun to show you how we made them. We were running around like crazy ten minutes before and I had kind of written off the idea of making them because we had so many other things to do but Alanna wasn’t going to let it go that easy – and I’m so glad we did, it took only a few minutes and ended up being the centre piece of the space! This is a pretty simple project but I thought I’d share the steps anyway.

Make a pineapple vase!

You need:

  • A pineapple
  • Flowers  - we went with a palette of burgundy, lilac and burnt orange to match the rug in our office.
  • A bit of leaf foliage to break up the flowers
  • A sharp knife
  • A chopping board
  • A spoon
  • hungry people to feed the pineapple to

Pineapple vase DIY www.apairandasparediy.com

How to:

1. Start by cutting the top off the pineapple, but make sure not to do it too far down as you won’t have much vase in that case.

Make a quick pineapple vase

2. It should look like this.

Make a quick pineapple vase

3. With a knife, carefully cut around the inside of the pineapple, leaving about 2.5cm (1 in) of outer skin left. Then cut the inside section of pineapple into 4 quadrants to make it easier to take out.

Make a quick pineapple vase

4.  Scoop out the pineapple. We found it worked to use the knife to soften up the inside of the pineapple so it would act a little like florist’s oasis when you put the flowers in.

Make a quick pineapple vase

5. Then arrange your flowers! We just pretty much cut them all to the same length and pushed them into the pineapple base of the vase, the messier the better really!

Make a quick pineapple vase

6. Once the flowers were in we added water so that they would last for a few days.

Craft parties

Voila!

Make a quick pineapple vase

DIY NO SEW NEOPRENE CIRCLE SKIRT

Whenever I feel the urge to make something but don’t have time to deal with the more fiddly elements of sewing, I reach for the neoprene. It’s such a versatile fabric, and I’m sure I’ve mentioned before how much I love it because you never have to sew hems (winning!). A little while ago I crafted up this skirt in a matter of minutes – with virtually no sewing, it’s a lazy girls dream DIY come true.

Make a neoprene circle skirt - with no sewing required! www.apairandasparediy.com

Wearing: DIY skirt, H&M knit, Mode Collective heels, Perfume bottle clutch (with lace lining inserted).

Make a neoprene skater skirt www.apairandasparediy.com

Thi project combines two of my fave skirt DIYs from the past – the circle and the scuba skirt. For this you only have to create one piece (that’s right!).

You need:

  • 2m (2.4 yards) of Neoprene
  • Scissors
  • a measuring tape

Make a neoprene skater skirt www.apairandasparediy.com

How to:

1. Start by cutting your skirt piece. To do this you’ll copy the process I used to cut the skirt in this project. I’ve included the pattern from that skirt below for you reference. Basically you want to fold your neoprene in half and then fold it again, and then cut out a circle from the folded point which is the same size as your hips (or waist if that’s where you want to wear it).

 

Skater skirt template www.apairandasparediy.com

2. The best thing about neoprene is that it holds a bit of stretch – cut the circle for your waist a little smaller to allow for this.

Make a neoprene skater skirt www.apairandasparediy.com

3. You then war to cut the skirt hem in a circle shape. Make sure you cut the skirt extra long, particularly if you think you’ll be wearing your skirt on your hips – when you put it on it’s always short than you think it will be (trust me!).

Make a neoprene skater skirt www.apairandasparediy.com

Because the neoprene stretches you can avoid having to do a zip or anything else time consuming like that, I don’t think it gets any better than that does it?

Voila!

Make a neoprene skater skirt www.apairandasparediy.comMake a neoprene skater skirt www.apairandasparediy.com

Outfit photos by Marion Tessier

A PAIR & A SPARE STUDIO WORKSHOPS

I never would have guessed as I was signing up to blogspot from my share flat in London (using internet streamed from the upstairs neighbours) that creating this blog would be the best thing I ever did. However, sometimes I have to say that tapping away at a computer all day can be a little isolating. For that reason, I couldn’t be happier to announce the launch of our new studio workshops! We held a little launch (and tester) over the weekend at the studio and it was a snowball of excitement, exhilaration and being utterly terrified at the same time. Luckily all went perfectly (thanks to my amazing team of Alanna and Kai) and it was so satisfying to meet so many lovely people – the whole chatting face to face thing has become unheard of in such an internet based world and I loved every minute of it!

For the first workshop we did our knotting school, teaching knots and creating gorgeous macrame hanging vases. Everyone was so shocked by how easy it was and how impressive their finished product ended up being. It helped that yummy food and drinks were flowing and the tunes got us into the rhythm of square knots and half twists!

Now that the studio is finally finished (before and after shots coming soon!) we’ll be hosting loads more of these fun get togethers. We’ve already got dates for two new workshops including another knotting school and a business focused one called Blog What You Love (following on from the Do What You Love series). For those of you based in Hong Kong, you can buy tickets to our next workshops here sign up to the newsletter to be kept informed of what’s coming up. See below for some pics from the weekend.

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A big thank you to Lauren and the rest of the Sassy girls for all your help, we couldn’t have done it without you!

Also thanks to Fish and MeatInvisible KitchenNice PopsDitto DittoPyaarBee’s NestAnything But SaladsBanrock Station

Photos by the lovely Sabrina Sikora