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!

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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!

 

 

Design Your Own Wrapping Paper

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I love Christmas, I love making gifts for my family and all of the holiday crafts.

One of my favourite holiday traditions is making Christmas cards for my family and friends. This year I wanted to try something different. I love wrapping paper all the different colours textures and designs. This year I decided I would design my own.

You will need:

Paper – I used brown wrapping parcel paper as it is cheap and widely available and fitted with my theme. You could use also a roll of lining paper for your design.

Ink – The Range have a fantastic craft section with beautiful ink pads in loads of different colours. I used these as they dry quickly so you are not waiting for each section to dry before moving on.

Festive Stamps – Again you can use any stamps for your design. I got these clear stamps from The Works for £1. I used them to make my Christmas Cards and have put them away safely in my craft box for next year.

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You can either plan your design or just go wild, I decided to use 2 different stamps, one with white ink and on with gold. I then stamped the full roll with my first stamp.

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I randomly stamped this bauble print all over. I found it easier to work at my desk moving the paper down to the floor. Once I stamped the whole roll with my first stamp I rolled it up and started again with stamp number 2.

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I filled in the gaps, again I just randomly stamped the paper. It was great fun. Don’t forget to stamp the edges too not just the middle of the roll.

Sorry for the next picture, I wanted to show you a present all wrapped up, but the light isn’t great for taking photos. I’m pleased with the end result. If your not very creative or crafty it doesn’t matter there is no right or wrong way to do this. It is a great project to do with kids too. You could use felt tips and stencils, you are only limited by your imagination.

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I hope you like this project. Let me know what you think. x

 

Vintage Scarf Top

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I love vintage scarves.  They have such amazing designs and colours that make them pretty much irresistible.  And with this repurposing tutorial, you’ll love them just as much as me.

And not only do you get one new top with this tutorial, but two with this reversible vintage scarf top how to.  You can pick up the scarves for a few pounds from charity shops.

Before you begin, it’s worth to note that these scarves come in various sizes and the size you’ll need will depend on your dress size and the desired fit of the finished garment.  As a guide, as a size 18 I’m using two 88cm square scarves for a loose fitting/oversized top.

What you’ll need:

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  • 2 scarves in your desired size
  • Pins
  • Needle and thread, or a sewing machine if you have one
  • Tape measure
  • Scissors

It’s okay if your 2 scarves aren’t precisely the same size as all seams will be hidden on the inside.  I had about 1 cm difference in mine.

Top tip: do a dry run with pins to ensure you get the right fit.

Step 1

Before beginning, decide which side you want as the top.  Place right sides together and pin the top edges of your 2 scarves together.

Top tip: the right side has a shiny, satin finish.

Step 2

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Using your tape measure, find the centre point of your top seam and mark vertically with a pin.  Measures 15cms from each side of this central point and mark vertically with pins.  This will become your head hole, so remember to leave this open when sewing!

Step 3

Sew your top seam, leaving a seam allowance.  I’m opting for a 5cm seam allowance to achieve my desired fit.

Top tip: if you’re using a sewing machine, mark the distance you need for your seam allowance with masking tape to ensure you keep an accurate line.

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Step 4

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For the side seams, measure 28cm down from the line you have just sewn on each side and mark with a pin.  These will be your armholes.  Continue to pin below this point to the bottom edge of your scarf.

Step 5

Sew along the pinned edges, again leaving a seam allowance.

Step 6

Turn right side out and voila! One vintage scarf top of your own creating.

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This is a basic scarf top pattern, so feel free to go mad with it.  If you find the fit is too loose, bring in the side seams.  Create a bubble hem by inserting elastic, embellish with beads, or simply add a belt!  I just tied mine with a bobble for a cute extra detail.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tutorial: Decoupaged Toy Box

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I’ve recently acquired some new furniture which unfortunately means something old just has to go.  But you know me, I refuse to throw anything away.  So instead I’m going to give it a little face lift before finding it a new home.

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I present my rather boring/plain/devoid of any character toy box.  But not for much longer. With a little patience and a lot of PVA, this is going to be the envy of every other toy box that ever was.

What you’ll need:

  • toy box
  • assorted papers
  • sandpaper
  • PVA
  • glue spreader
  • scissors/paper trimmer
  • newspaper if working indoors

1.If you’re working indoors, then I strongly suggest laying some old newspaper down under your toy box and surrounding area.

2. Clean your toy box.  This one has accumulated a bit of dust and grime.  Give it a good once over with a damp cloth, then make sure it’s dry before moving onto step 3.

3. Give the surface you’re going to cover a light sand to give it a ‘key’.  The rough finish will help your glue to adhere more securely.  Give another rub down with a damp cloth to get rid of any dust so that you’ll have a nice smooth finish when you apply the paper.

4. Now for the fun bit where we get all creative.  Collect together your assorted papers. I’m using craft paper stock, buy you can go crazy.  You can use anything that will stick: wrapping paper, wallpaper, take away menus…the list goes on.

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5. I’m going for a patchwork pattern, so this is bit is a tad bit time consuming.  And as I’m a bit of a perfectionist, I’m going to do a dry run to make sure I’m happy with the layout.

TOP TIP: take a quick pic of your layout before you start gluing so you can use it as a reference if any of your pieces of paper get moved around.

6. Now messy time.  Using PVA (white school glue) and a spreader, paste the reverse of your paper and smooth down onto your box.  And repeat until your box is covered.  As simple as that.

7. Leave to dry.  Very important.  You want to make sure all your edges are stuck down securely and your paper is thoroughly dried before moving onto the next step.  I left mine overnight, just to be extra extra sure.  And this gives your plenty of time to sit and peel all that dried PVA off your hands.

8. Now to protect your masterpiece.  Coat your papered areas with at least 2 layers of PVA, ensuring you allow the first layer to dry before applying the next.  And voila, one revamped toy box!

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