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DIY WATERCOLOUR VALENTINE’S CARDS

The best thing about the cards that Jasmine and I put together for your Valentine’s Day is that you can decorate them any way you choose, it’s an easy DIY-way to celebrate. I came up with lots of different ideas for how to decorate them, and wanted to share this one with you particularly. Because a) there’s painting involved b) I haven’t painted since I was 11 and c) it could have been a disaster but *cue dancing* it wasn’t. But don’t put that down to the genius of my brushmanship, it’s more to do with the fact that just about any 4 year old could do what I did successfully.

watercolour cards by a pair and a spare

You need:

  • water colour paints
  • cardboard that can go through your printer
  • A ruler
  • scissors
  • a pencil

watercolour cards by a pair and a spare

How to:

1. Get your paint set up ready and pick the colour you want to use.

watercolour cards by a pair and a spare

2. Work out where you think the printer will print the typography, I printed one first and then placed it underneath the card to roughly work out where to paint.

watercolour cards by a pair and a spare

5. Paint the rectangle on the cardboard, blending the watercolour using a tissue or a sponge. Let it dry for a few hours and then print the typography on it. Cut out the cardboard to envelope size.

watercolour cards by a pair and a spare

6. Fold in half.

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7. Optional: add some dried roses… Why is it that the Valentines things I like are much more appropriate for giving to other ladies than to my own boyfriend?

watercolour cards by a pair and a spare

Voila!

watercolour cards by a pair and a spare

Remember to download the cards Jasmine and I made here!

Card 1: I love you more than…

Card 2: You are my sun, my moon, and all my stars

Card 3: Love you to the moon and back

DIY MACRAME HOLIDAY WALL HANGING

I’m always on the lookout for slightly different holiday decorations, and because we live in a tiny apartment, decorations that economise on space are a bonus. You may remember a little while ago May of Himo Art gave us the down low on creating our own modern macrame wall hanging, and I’m  very happy to have her back showing us how to create a simple macrame holiday decoration. We were inspired by her the incredible  creations in her store, but created a simple version for the tutorial that shouldn’t take you more than half an hour to complete. Enjoy!

DIY Holiday Wall Hanging

You will need:

  • Three colors of Yarns
  • Five 46cm (18″) long ropes
  • scissors
  • A wooden dowel

DIY Holiday Wall Hanging

How to:

1. Start with a from Reverse Larks Head knot with rope on the dowel.

DIY Holiday Wall Hanging

2. To do this know, fold the rope in half and bring the ends towards you, passing through the fold.

DIY Holiday Wall Hanging

3. Repeat four more times.

DIY Holiday Wall Hanging

4. Decide the length of the coloured wool and cut the yarn.

DIY Holiday Wall Hanging

5. Using a Larks Head knot, attach the first piece of yarn onto the loop.

DIY Holiday Wall Hanging

6. You want to add a total of eight pieces of yarn using this technique.

DIY Holiday Wall Hanging

7. This is what it should look like once you have added the yarn.

DIY Holiday Wall Hanging

8. With one piece of yarn, do a wrapped knot onto the two ends.

DIY Holiday Wall Hanging

9. It should look like this.

DIY Holiday Wall Hanging

10. Unravel the rope.

DIY Holiday Wall Hanging

11. Flip the dowel and add another wrapped knot to the top of the lark’s head rope knot.

DIY Holiday Wall Hanging

12. Push the rope to the top.

DIY Holiday Wall Hanging

It should look like this.

DIY Holiday Wall Hanging

14. Repeat with different colours for all the rope.

DIY Holiday Wall Hanging

Voila!

DIY Holiday Wall Hanging

16. Trim to desired length.

DIY Holiday Wall Hanging

DIY Holiday Wall Hanging

Tutorial created by May of HimoArt for A Pair & A Spare

HOW TO: HANDMADE SWINGTAGS

Over the last couple of months I’ve become obsessed with packaging, something I rarely noticed in the past has become an almost addiction – I find myself loitering in the boutique supermarkets here in hong kong ooohing and ahhing over french soup cans… weird I know. When it comes to the perfect package, it’s all about how it represents the product itself, and so what better way to package up beautiful handmade pieces than with equally love-intensive packaging? My friend Megan (she of the amazing macrame necklace) recently shared with me her process for creating the gorgeous handmade swingtags she puts on her rope bags, and I couldn’t help but share. Read on to see how she does it!

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I have to say that the imperfect design and feel of these swing tags is what, to me, makes them so perfect!

Images thanks to Knots & Knits