Mickey Mouse Decorative Birdhouse

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Decorate your very own Mickey Mouse inspired birdhouse with this easy 4 step tutorial!

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What you’ll need:

  • Wooden bird house (I found mine at The Works)
  • Black paint
  • Red paint
  • White paint
  • Yellow paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Black foam
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun

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Step 1

Paint your birdhouse.  I painted the base yellow for Mickey’s shoes, the middle red for his shorts and the top black to represent his head and body.  I painted the windows white to symbolise the buttons on his shorts.

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Step 2

Cut out 2 circles from the black foam.

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Step 3

Cut a slice from the bottom of each circle so that they will sit flush to the roof of the birdhouse.

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Step 4

Attach the ears to the roof of the birdhouse using a hot glue gun.

Please be careful when using the glue gun as it can get very hot!

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Voila! One very cute Mickey Mouse birdhouse.  This would make a great gift for any Disney fan (which means I’m keeping this one for myself!)

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101 Dalmatians Light Up Canvas

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This is such a quick and easy DIY, you’ll be making them for everyone!

What you’ll need:

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  • Deep edge canvas
  • Fairy lights
  • Pencil
  • Black felt tip
  • Black fine liner
  • Sellotape

Step 1

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Draw your design onto your canvas using a pencil.  You can find a downloadable version of mine here: dalmatian drawingdalmatian

Step 2

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When you’re happy with your design, go over your pencil marks with a fine liner.  This will prevent your felt tip from bleeding on the canvas.

Step 3

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Colour in your design with your black felt tip.

Step 4

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On the reverse of your canvas, arrange the fairy lights and sellotape the wires in place.  Remember to leave the switches for your battery box accessible.

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Mickey Mouse Notebook DIY

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Everyone loves Disney, and with this quick and easy DIY, you can make your very own Mickey Mouse notebook!

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What you’ll need:

  • 1x sheet A4 black card
  • 12x sheets of white printer paper
  • 1x A5 red paper
  • 2x white buttons
  • Scissors
  • Darning needle
  • Thread
  • Craft knife
  • Ruler
  • Double sided tape
  • Glue

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Step 1

Fold the sheet of black card in half.

Step 2

Cut the red paper so that it fits the bottom half of your folded black card and attach with double sided tape.

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Step 3

Fold all of the white sheets of paper in half, and stack one inside the other.

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Step 4

Place the black card at the back of your folded paper.

Step 5

Measure 4 cms from the top and make a hole (I used a drawing pin) and the same at 6cms.  Do this from the bottom too.  Using the darning needle and thread, sew through the holes at the top and tie off.  Repeat at the bottom.

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Step 6

Close your notebook.  You’ll notice the pages stick out.  Don’t worry, simply cut away the excess with your craft knife and ruler.  Be careful as the knife is sharp, and protect your surface underneath.

Step 7

Glue the buttons to the red paper on the front.  Voila!

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I also made a Minnie Mouse notebook, using the same method.  For this book, I used half the size of red card and decorated with white circles.  I also added a bow, (found here http://eng.ohmyfiesta.com/2013/10/minnie-heads-and-bows-free-printables.html).

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You could make this in a smaller size to make a cute autograph book for your next trip to Disneyland!

Magnetic Peg Board DIY

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Here’s a quick DIY to transform some cute pegs into magnetic clips for a simple yet stylish inspiration board.

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What you’ll need:

  • Metal board (this one is from IKEA)
  • Magnetic photo paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Wooden pegs (these are from Poundland)

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Step 1:

Using your peg as a guide, cut your magnetic photo paper to size.

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Step 2:

Glue the magnetic strip to the back of your peg.  Remember to glue the right side down (magnetic side showing).  Allow to dry.

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And you’re good to go!  I displayed some of my favourite things on mine to cheer me up when I get a bit stressed!

 

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Valentine’s Day Gift Tutorial

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At Ava Kitsch HQ, I’m busy getting ready for Valentine’s Day.  Here’s a quick DIY tutorial to make your very own Valentine’s Day gift.

What you’ll need:

  • photo frame (mine’s from IKEA)
  • red card or thick paper
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • glue
  • letter stamps and ink pad
  • small key charm

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Step 1

Remove the backing and glass from your frame.  Draw around the glass on the red card and cut out.

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Step 2

Stamp on the message “YOU HAVE THE             TO MY HEART”.  Remember to leave the gap so you can add your key.

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Step 3

Glue the key charm into place and allow to dry.

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Step 4

Reassemble into your frame.  Depending on the frame you use, the glass may not fit back in, but it looks great without too!

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Wrap in some cute paper and gift with a card and some chocs and you’re S.O will definitely be feeling the love this Valentine’s Day!

 

 

Mini Magical Unicorn- Free Crochet Pattern

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Hi Everyone

I hope that you have had a lovely Christmas and New Year. I’m really looking forward to 2017 and I have so many new crafty projects I want to make and share with you and lots of new crochet characters I want to design. I took Christmas off to spend tie with my family and to recharge my creative batteries. Over the holidays created this little cutie that I just had to share with you.

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I’m not sure the face is quite right but I don’t care, he is still a real cutie with a curly tail.

So the pattern is free and uses UK terminology. I have included a conversion chart for US terminology with the pattern. I used a 3 mm hook and DK yarn to create this little project. It is a great stash buster.

If you do find any mistakes or have any questions with the wording of the pattern let me know.

Click here for the pdf version of the pattern mini-magical-unicorn

Alternatively I’ve included images of each of the pages below.

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I hope you have great fun trying out this pattern and I would love to see your makes. Let me know what you think by leaving a comment for me.

Have fun with this project.

Sam x

Tis the Season to be Crafty

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Handmade Santa Gift Tags

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I love Christmas because it’s the perfect excuse to get crafty!  I’ve already shown you how to make your own gift wrap, now to accessorise!  And what better way than with these Santa head gift tags.  They’re so cute and full of character.  I used a cuttlebug and the X Cut circle nesting dies, but you can just as easily make these with things you probably already have around the house.

What you’ll need:

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  • White card
  • Pink paper
  • Red glitter card
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Black felt tip pen
  • Double sided sticky tape
  • Tea light (to draw around)
  • AA battery (to draw around)

Step 1

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On the white card, draw around the inside of the roll of double sided sticky tape and cut out.

Step 2

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On the pink paper, draw around your tea light and cut out.  With double sided sticky tape, attach to the white circle as shown.

Step 3

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Draw around the tea light on the white card and cut out, then fold and cut in half.  Attach as shown.

Step 4

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Draw around the battery on the red glitter card.  Cut out and attach to your face.

Step 5

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Cut out triangle from the glitter card and attach to the top of the head.  Make a trim using the white card, and using the battery as a template cut out a pom pom.  Attach to the hat.

Step 6

Finally, draw on the eyes.

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And hey presto, one very cute Santa gift tag.  You can also use these as Christmas card toppers, a garland or even hang from your tree!