The Great Plastic Debate

Our habitual use of single use plastic is an issue that has come to the forefront.  According to The United Nations Environment Programme, we globally use over 300 million tonnes of plastic each year, with only 9% of that actually been recycled (nationalgeographic.com).  A staggering 79% of plastic ends its life in landfills, and according to nationalgeographic.com, it inevitably reaches our oceans.

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(courtesy of change.org)

The solution would be for us to stop using single use plastics, but that can be a hard thing to do.  It’s everywhere; from the food we eat, to the clothes we buy to the post we get through our door.  So I’ve been thinking: what if we took the ‘single use’ out of single use plastics and instead reuse and repurpose?  It has been a mission statement of mine since I began making jewellery 6 years ago to stop what I could from going to landfill, and now it’s time to apply that ethos to everyday life.

The Plan

 I’m going to collect all of my plastic waste for 1 week.  At the end of that week, I hope with a little creativity (and probably a lot of pinterest, I’m not going to lie), let’s see if I can transform my trash into treasure and stop at least a little bit more plastic from polluting our oceans.

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Easter Bunny Pom Pom Picture Decorations

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The Easter Bunny is about to pay a visit, and what better way to get ready than with these very cute bunny rabbit pom pom pictures.

What you’ll need:

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  • picture frames (glass removed)
  • scrapbook papers
  • coloured paper/card
  • pom poms
  • pritt stick
  • hot glue gun
  • pencil
  • scissors

Step 1

Select your background paper.  I found this pretty paper in my stash and with its bright blue sky and pretty flowers it’s perfect for Spring.  Cut to size.

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Step 2

Select a coloured paper/card for your Easter Bunnies.  I’m using glitter card stock to add a little bit of bling.

Step 3

Draw and cut out one large circle for the body, a smaller circle for the head and two ears.  Cut off a section of the larger circle so you have a straight edge.

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Step 4

*please be careful with hot glue*

Assemble your Easter Bunny onto your background paper, using the pritt stick to stick the pieces down.  Use the hot glue to attach the pom pom tail to the bottom of the large circle.

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These are so cute, I made one large and two smaller and made them the centrepiece of my Easter/Spring display.  These would also look super cute in a nursery!

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.

IMG_8098 copyVoila!  One light up cute as a button Dalmatian canvas!

Mickey Mouse Notebook DIY

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

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!

 

 

Tis the Season to be Crafty

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!