Category Archives: Art & Crafts

Add some dots…

…or anything you like really!

This is honestly the easiest project I’ve done so far!

Find a shirt (black gives the best effect) that you want to spice up a bit!
Get some chlorine (the type you use for cleaning) and pour a little in a cup or on a plate (don’t use too much at a time or your brain cells will start committing suicide because of the fumes).
Put a magazine or a piece of cardboard inside your shirt to prevent the chlorine to bleed through.
Dip the end of a pencil in the chlorine, start dripping dots on your shirt and watch things happen!
VoilĂĄ, wonderful polka dot madness!

You could also try to draw or write on your shirt with a thin paintbrush dipped in chlorine, the possibilities are endless!

Just note that the color you get will be different from shirt to shirt. You might get white, yellow, blue, bright red, orange… find out for yourself! 😉

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DIY: Last minute Valentine’s Hearts

I’ve had this pretty project on my diy to-do list for a while, ever since I found a link to this tutorial. The original plan was to take down the froebel stars that have been looking pretty in my window since December. But then I thought these translucent crayon hearts would look even prettier back-lit in one of my light boxes. Hanging them in your window is a great option too though. Just check out the pictures here.

All you need:

Crayons in the colors you like. I used 4 redish colors.
A pencil sharpener or small knife.
Waxed paper (I used white (florist) wrapping paper, but you can use the kitchen kind as well).
A hot iron.
Newspaper or old cloth to prevent the greasy colors to bleed through.

Follow the tutorial, enjoy!

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DIY: Geometric Shapes


One of my favorite Finnish design blogs at the moment is weekday carnival by photographer, stylist and product designer Riikka Kantinkoski. A while ago she posted a free to print template for geometric paper shapes. While her powdery pastel color theme is very purty, I’m more into KAPOW!!! colors myself. My printer also entirely messed up the colors, so I decided to use the template on some colorful craft paper instead.

Here’s what you need:
Riikka’s shape template (follow the link, click on the image, then right-click to save to desktop)
A printer (or a ruler, a circle compass and a bit of patience)
Paper (any paper really, I’m sure these would look pretty made of patterned paper as well), the thicker the paper, the sturdier the shape.
Glue stick or double sided tape (I prefer the tape, because then you don’t have to hold the paper in place until the glue dries)
Water-based glossy lacquer (this is optional, but I think it looks really nice and reinforces the shape)

Now, print out your shape template, cut around it, stick it to your paper (loosely tape it in place in 2-3 spots so it doesn’t move around), cut along the lines through both paper and template. Remove the template and start folding away. Don’t throw away the template, you might want to use it again and it’s nice to have as a folding guide.

I stuck strips of double sided tape to all the sides that didn’t have a glue flap (kinda backwards I know, but it all comes to the same result). I wanted to hang my shapes, so before I started sticking the sides together I attached a piece a string to the inside. (no picture, sorry).

The last last flap was a bit hard to get to stick, so I used the length of a needle to push it in place through one of the corners.

After that, all that was left to do was to add a bit of shine, let it dry and repeat until I liked the result.

I am already getting ideas on how to use these for other projects… so stay tuned and start making your own shapes!

Enjoy!

DIY: Wall stickers (part one)

This DIY post just caught me by surprise. I was going to tell you about a project I did a couple of years ago and then mid sentence a new idea arrived.

What do you do if you want to decorate your boring white walls with photos of friends and family, but they are as hard as Chuck (he’s bullet proof, alright)? Since you don’t want to battle with a drill and the shoulder pains that come with every hole you make to hang each frame, you start thinking in alternatives.

First I stole some friends’ rather neat idea and I made Sami put up a picture hanging system. That way we only had to drill 3 or 4 holes in our terrible concrete wall. It’s now up and I’m still trying to figure out the best way to hang things… it’s a work in progress. It’s also not a perfect solution, since you can’t move the system to a different wall without drilling more holes.

Which brings me to my little epiphany or rather to where this post started:

While in Copenhagen I always lived in sublet rooms and never felt like drilling holes in the walls to hang things, so usually I just used sticky tack on photos or postcards and made my own wall stickers.

All you need for making them is a roll of self-adhesive shelf paper/liner, a pair of scissors and a design. The vinyl liner comes in all kinds of crazy colors, patterns and with or without structure (snake skin, disco glitter and mirror effects to name a few). I found these in a knickknack store on Nørrebro (HobbyPoint sells a similar product here in Finland).

When I first played around with the wall stickers, I went for simple letters, like the one in the picture above, which is still one of my favorite creations. I also made wall sticker cup cakes for the birthday of a baking-genius friend of mine. And then today I got a brand new idea! Drum roll please…

Wall sticker photo frames!!!

I’ve only tried out the idea on a small passport sized photo so far, but it looks like I will soon have to post DIY: Wall stickers (part two), don’t you think?

PS: I wouldn’t try out the stickers on wallpapered walls, not so much because they might damage the paper, but they will probably fall off way too easily). I’ve had no problems making them stick or remove them from painted or lacquered surfaces. Try it out on a little patch of your surface first if you are in doubt.

DIY: Gold button bobby pins

So I’ve decided to do one of those ‘one-a-week’ diy projects in 2012. Both to make myself blog more, but also to make me make more. Win win, right?

Just before Christmas I kinda went a little crazy at a second hand shop and bought tons of gold buttons. Yesterday I finally dug them out from the drawer they were hiding in and decided to make some nice and simple hair accessories. These look so festive I might just make a ton of these for my own wedding!

What you need:

A couple of nice looking buttons. They don’t have to be gold, any color or color is fine, really. The ones I found though, all had a little loop on the back to sew them on instead of the usual 2 or 4 holes.

Bobby pins. (I always have a couple at the bottom of my purse or in my jewelry boxes, which is literally where found these, so they look a bit beaten up.) Mine are black to match my hair color.

I used purple thread, because that was closest at hand. You don’t really see the thread anyway, but if you want to make sure, use a color similar to your hair, button or pin.

Optional: a bit of glue to secure the thread and prevent the button from moving around the pin.

This really couldn’t be simpler to make and the result is really nice so go ahead and make your own.

1. Tie the button to the loop end of the pin with a couple of stitches and knots. Repeat in two or three angles so the button doesn’t move around too much.

2. If you feel that it’s still too loose, you can add a few drops of glue to keep the thread in place. Leave to dry.

3. Add your brand new jewelry to hairdo and voilĂ ! You are done!

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Birthday Project Progress…

Bart 12/April St. John's Canada

Bart 12/April St. John's Canada

So here they are: the first entries for the Birthday Calendar Project. YAY!

They landed in my mail box from exotic places like St. John’s (Canada), ZĂźrich (Switzerland) and Frederiksberg and Søborg (Denmark).

And I must say the Danes ought to rally for some nice booths because as you can see they didn’t allow for more than one or two “faces”. Anyway, if you are in Denmark and know where to find a cool booth let us know. 😉

Looking great so far, I think (looks like it is gonna take a couple of years before I get all 365 days together though! 😉

I especially like Bart’s little “oh no, here comes the photobooth monster” series on the right. You can tell he is in the film business. Hope you survided the attack, Bart!

Want to contribute? Don’t mind if your Birthday has already been “taken”, there is room for everyone!

You’ll find the rules here: The Birthday Project
And the newest submission to the Calendar here: Flickr Birthday Set

Until then I hope you will join me in wishing everyone a happy birthday!

And to everyone who send in Birthday photos: you are truly amazing, thank you so much for taking part!

Russell 31/March ZĂźrich Switzerland

Russell 31/March ZĂźrich Switzerland

Lucy 16/March ZĂźrich Switzerland

Lucy 16/March ZĂźrich Switzerland

Karen 5/March Frederiksberg Denmark

Karen 5/March Frederiksberg Denmark

Lise 27/February Søborg Denmark

Lise 27/February Søborg Denmark

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Thank you etsy for being down

The etsy podcastsThe etsy website is down for maintenance, which actually made me watch their vodcast… super inspiring! Especially love the “Handmade Portraits”!

Edit: Wow this is such a lovely story . two artists meeting online, one in new york one in israel . now they are married and work together… this just oozes loooove! 🙂 Makes me happy!

Cutesy Robots

Oh my… So cute!
I want one! Hvis der er nogen der mangler gaveideer… jul, pĂĽske… hannukkah… whatever!