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DIY NET INSPIRATION BOARD

I’m such a huge fan of having inspiration boards around the office, usually in a constant state of flux dependent on what I’m thinking or planning at the time. One of the things I love about these is that in some ways they can act as artwork  as well as reminders around the office, something more than just a to do list. Not content to have a normal pin board, I recently set about creating this net inspiration board – was surprisingly simple to create and definitely ticks the box of functional art!

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You need:

  • A decorative fishing net
  • two dowels (or broom handles)
  • some extra string
  • a coil of coloured rope

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How to:

1. Start by unravelling your net and threading the top through one of the dowels.

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2. Thread it all the way on making sure not to miss any loops.

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3. Do that for the other end so you have the top and bottom attached to the dowel.

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4. Now, because naturally the net will slide inwards due to the slack within it, you want to use some string to make it taught between the dowels. To do this you want to cut two pieces of string that are roughly 1.5 x the length of the net. Start by tying the string to the top of the dowel.

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5. Thread it all the way through down the side of the net.

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6. And then tie it off tight at the bottom, pulling the knot away to tighten the net. When you’ve done this on both side the net should sit taught between the dowels. String it up to the wall by adding some bright coloured cord.

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Voila!

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DIY HANGING MIRROR

So the studio is starting to feel more and more like a tiki bar, think palm trees, woven straw baskets and a cool afternoon breeze (from the overworked air conditioner), and I couldn’t be happier. I was recently pondering something fun I could do with a mirror in the workshop space for makeup touch ups and selfies (but not really) and decided to try my hand at a little amateur basketry. Well kinda sorta not quite. Read not to see how to make your own hanging mirror.

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You need:

  • A flat drying basket
  • some rope
  • A mirror (this is one from IKEA which you will see I removed from its frame)
  • Liquid nails
  • a stanley knife

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How to:

1. Because the IKEA mirror came in a pretty nasty looking frame, I first set about taking it out using the stanley knife to remove the glue from the frame. If you have a simple round mirror you can obviously skip this step.

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(the leftover frame)

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2. Following the instructions on the liquid nails, I carefully spread it onto the basket – I had to be careful about where it sat because my basket had a criss cross pattern – this is where a more closely woven basket would work well.

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3. I let it dry for 3 days (which is agess!) because that’s what the tube said to do.

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4. I then attached the rope by looping it through the basket at the top – if your basket has a closer weave I would make holes in it to do this.

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Voila!

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DIY HOME INSPO: PLANT STOOLS

So apparently not content to reside on the floor or the kitchen counter, today’s plants much prefer a little place to perch which they can call their own. And it seems, if Pinterest is correct, that said places these days come in the form of the humble stool. And although the plant stool may possibly constitute the height of unnecessary household items, I have to say I want 10 – but clearly any old stool will do.

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