DIY Ombre Pot: Hibiscus in the House!

Some of you might know that I have family living in Malaysia, which is suddenly relevant because May’s Plant of the Month at The Joy of Plants was the Hibiscus, Malaysia’s national flower!

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The Hibiscus flower always reminds me of hotter, sunnier climes; aren’t Hawaiian shirts typically covered in the flower, for example? And I’m pretty sure hibiscus drinks/cocktails were invented in the tropics (by the way, there is a recipe for hibiscus tea on the website, and it looks YUM. Did you know that the flower is full of vitamin C and can lower blood pressure? Well, now you do!).

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It’s only fitting then, now summer is upon us, that we spend some time admiring the hibiscus plant and showing it off in our homes. Here’s a DIY for a dip-dye flower pot! Enjoy.

What you need:

  • Hibiscus (in a pot)
  • Glass tank, vase or a bucket
  • Coat hanger with clamps (the kind for clipping trousers with)
  • Tin that will fit the plant
  • Piece of cotton fabric, preferably washed so that it doesn’t shrink
  • Pot to mix the glue with water
  • Textile dye
  • Salt to add to the dye (so it will set)
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Rubber gloves

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Fill the tank vase with dye according to the instructions. Cut the fabric to the width of the tin. Hang the longer side of the fabric on the coat hanger.

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Put the rubber gloves on and lower the bottom half of the fabric into the dye. Take the fabric out after 1 minute and then lower the fabric a bit further into the dye. After 5 minutes take the fabric out of the dye again and then lower it even further into the dye. You do this until the whole fabric is coloured in stages. Tip: attach the hanger to a string hanging from something, so that you don’t have to hold the fabric the whole time.

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Let the coloured fabric dry. Then mix the glue with the water in the pot. Cover the whole tin with the glue mixture and stick the fabric to the tin. Make sure that the end of the fabric is glued securely so that it can’t come loose.

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Your dip dye pot is now ready! Now all you have to do is put your Hibiscus in it. It will look best if the edge of the plastic plant pot is at the same height as the edge of the tin. You could put stones, or something else in the bottom of the tin to fill it up to right height.

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Images and DIY courtesy of The Joy of Plants

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Real Homes: A Grotty Rental Turned into a Magazine-Worthy Home

Cat from Take Courage Blog is possibly my favourite blogger of all time. Not only is her writing entertainingly witty, her photographs are also unbelievably well-shot.

I was absolutely delighted when Cat agreed to let us feature her beautiful home on Courage & Dash. When Cat and her partner, The Texan, found this flat, it was pretty grim – it didn’t look loved, and the bathroom, from her descriptions, was beyond gross.Cat is an aspiring interior designer (whilst also being a corporate lawyer during the day – how she does it I shall never know!), and has done a fantastic job with her home. I love the mix of old and new and splashes of colour. Take a look at what they have done with this flat and don’t miss their balcony currently on her blog!

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Images: Cat Greenwood

This Week’s Top 3 DIYs For the Home

Hello and happy new year! It’s already about the middle of January, yikes! We hope your year has been spectacular so far? More likely than not, we imagine, it’s been marked by coping-with-going-back-to-work syndrome (we hear you!).

This year, we are committing to spending more time being inspired, and creating inspiring things/spaces. Life does get in the way too quickly, but there is always time to be made for creative and crafty things! The plan is to style at least one vignette post-work every day, and to attempt one DIY every other week. We’ll let you know how that goes!

Here are our top 3 easy to do DIYs for this week:

1. A Pair & A Spare -We love them. Seriously. WE DIE.

DIY Ladder Shelves

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2. Oh So Beautiful Paper – you know we help our stationery gurus, Berinmade, so naturally we would be fans of OSBP! A welcome distraction, always.

Mini Cowhide Coaster

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3. The Lovely Drawer – We found them during a rented apartment tour on Apartment Therapy and loved her style straight away! Something for the Spring…

DIY Rope Planter

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Images: Respective websites as linked

DIY: Custom iron-on pillowcase

Hello there!

We just got back from an amazing weekend in Lille for the Braderie – it totally lived up to all the comments we read about it on the internet. Salvage galore! If, like us, you love flea market hunting, you should stick the date in your calendar for next year – only 1.5 hours away from London and a beautiful city too. We’ll be back soon with a guide to the Braderie!

By the way, we’ve been nominated for a Best Newcomer blog award, and would love if you could please vote for us! We are only young and would love the encouragement… Vote here!

A quick DIY today, as we revisit our love for gold vinyl… enjoy(:

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Things you will need:

Iron on vinyl
Cushion with cushion cover
Iron
Scissors
Pen
Printed lettering for chosen word

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1) Remove the cushion cover from the cushion

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2) Choose word and type into word in chosen font using word art

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3) Print lettering on plain paper and check it is the right size for the cushion

4) Make sure you reverse the image of the word!

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5) Cut and trace around lettering or copy onto the backside of the vinyl

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6) Peel off the protective lining (on the back side of the vinyl)

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7) Check the lettering fits nicely onto the cushion

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8) Turn lettering the right way around, with the preferred side facing up

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9) Place a towel of piece of fabric over the top of the lettering for protection

10) Iron over until the lettering is sealed onto the cushion cover

11) Finished! Now put it somewhere it will look fabulous!

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Et voila! The sky is the limit for all the fun texts and pictures you can customise your pillowcases (and other fabrics with)…

Have fun!!xx

Images and instructions: Sarah Stopforth

DIY: Glitter gem placecard by Berinmade

Some of you might know that we occasionally help out wedding stationer, Berinmade, with blog posts, moodboards, styling, and random bits and pieces along the way. We thought we’d share this gorgeous Berinmade DIY* with you that we helped supply props for – the pinks and glassware are so elegant, and really simple to style for a classy dinner party. Full details here!

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*DIY: Berinmade for Love My Dress

Images: Lucy Davenport Photography

DIY: Love

Hello all!

Courage & Dash has been a little quiet this month, but we haven’t forgotten you! We are about to head up to the Lakes in an hour, so the next time we write will be from there. Can’t wait, fingers crossed for sunshine. We are back with another DIY from Hello Pretty Much Design. This DIY perfect for this August bank holiday weekend – simple yet effective, and can be displayed boldly. We love it!

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One of my college professors always had us going around searching for inspiration. We were required to find something inspiring or take a picture of something each day and then use it to inspire us on our latest projects. This became such a habit, that I still do it despite not needing to turn in my findings to my professor. One day I was walking through a craft store and saw a really neat piece of artwork for sale. It instantly gave me an idea, and I knew I had to create some artwork for our bedroom.

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Today’s DIY tutorial makes use of a really fun product that I love to use: foam board! Foam board is so versatile. It can literally be used for about a million different types of projects. It works really well in for projects when you want to create dimensional artwork or when a lightweight product is necessary.  Today’s project can be created for any room or any occasion. It will work for artwork in your home or for a party decoration.

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What you will need:

2 colors of foam board (unless you wish to paint it.)

A template (unless you wish to use your own handwriting)

Sharp Craft knife

Pen

Scissors

Adhesive of your choice

Spray glitter if you wish

Note: Step one and two can be skipped if you would rather use your own handwriting. Simply draw out your word or words of choice onto one of your foam board pieces.FoamBoard_Art03FoamBoard_Art04

Step One:

First, using a document program or perhaps Illustrator, create and print a template. Or if you prefer, you can use your own handwriting. Personally, I do not care for my own handwriting, so I always use templates. They can be so easy to create. I created mine to scale, and then printed it to scale as well in reverse. Then I pieced it together like a puzzle and taped it into place. Don’t worry if it isn’t perfect because you can always adjust it as needed.

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Step Two:

Cut out your template using your scissors. Don’t worry if it is not perfect. When I printed mine, I used the quick print function so the letters were not quite solid, but it saved a lot of ink. It also didn’t print all the way to the edges.  Once your template is cut out you can trace it on the back of one of your foam board pieces. I find it best to trace a mirror image onto the back of the foam board so that there are not any extra marks or coloring on the front side.

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Step Three:

Using your sharp craft knife, cut out the letters from your foam board. Make sure that you push through both layers. Once you have cut out your letters, you may need to clean up the edges. I turned my letters over to view them from the front. It makes it a bit easier to determine whether it looks nice.

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Step Four (Another Optional Step):

If you are anything like me, I can’t have enough glitter! I choose to use a spray glitter to coat the letters. You could also use spray paint to change the color of the foam board if you only have one color of foam board. Make sure that if you are painting the foam board, you wait until one coat is completely dry before adding a second coat.

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Step Five:

Using the adhesive of your choice, mount the letters to the second piece of foam board. I prefer to use double-sided tape. Foam board is so light that tape is perfect for this project. I like it for this project because it’s easy and clean to use, and it doesn’t require time to dry!

Step Six:

Hang your masterpiece and Enjoy!

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For more of Pretty Much Design, visit http://www.prettymuchonline.com.

Images: Renay Howey

Exciting news + a pretty DIY!

Hello there! We’ve got all kinds of bits and bobs of exciting things going on at Courage & Dash HQ… The most exciting of which we are announcing today!

We think that DIY and styling are quick+simple ways of making your home special, so we were delighted when Renay Howey who runs Pretty Much Design, a wedding and events styling company, agreed to be a regular DIY contributer! Renay’s incredibly talented and lovely and a real go-getter, and she’s got a pretty awesome story, but we’ll leave that for another time (btw, Sarah our crafts editor is still here but busy with various things)…

Without further ado, here’s Renay’s first tutorial with this gorgeous glitter tote!

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If you are anything like myself, you cannot possibly have enough totes in your life. I originally got the idea for this little project while designing some totes for a bridal client that wanted an inexpensive but cute way of giving her out-of-town wedding guests a welcome gift. I thought to myself how easy it would be to create some totes with iron-on transfer film. I love that you can get the film in so many colors including gold glitter, and personally, I don’t think you can ever have too much glitter in your life! These totes are perfect for just about anything. They make a great bag to carry your library books, produce from the market, beauty supplies for your wedding day, or even use as a purse.

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You will need:

*A canvas tote bag

*Iron-on transfer paper (I have used Cricut brand in gold glitter)

*A template preferably on cardstock

*Sharp craft knife

*Cutting Pad

*Ink-Pen

*Iron

*Templates for text: Oh So Pretty, Book Worm, Market FreshMrs, The Best Day Ever

Step One:

First you will need to print your template. If you would rather, you can certainly create your own template, just be sure that your letters and shapes are thick enough that they won’t be flimsy when you cut them out.

 

 

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Step Two:

Using a sharp craft knife, cut out your template to create a stencil. Do this carefully and slowly so that your lines are smooth. If any areas are enclosed like the inside of an “e” or a “p”, you will want to cut them out separately. Don’t loose the enclosed area because you will need it during the next step.

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Step Three:

Flip your template over so that you have a mirror image and trace it onto the iron-on transfer film. You will want to trace it onto the bottom side of the film that will be against the canvas. Trace it on the bottom side so that any marks you make will not show on the final piece. Don’t forget to trace the inside sections of letters that you saved from the last step.

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Step Four:

This step could vary slightly according to the brand of transfer film you are using. You will now cut your transfer film along the lines. With the Cricut brand that I am using, there is a plastic sheet attached to the top of the transfer film on the side that will be visible in the final piece. You barely need any pressure to cut through the actual transfer film, but you will want to be careful that you do not cut through the plastic sheet. The plastic sheet makes it much easier to line up all or your letters in the next steps. When you are done making your cuts, you can remove the negative space surrounding your design. Don’t forget to remove the enclosed areas as well. You should be left with only the iron-on film that will make up your final design.

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Step Five:

Iron your design onto your bag according to the directions of your iron-on transfer film. The Cricut brand that I have, tells me to first warm the canvas with the iron, then place the design where you would like it. At this point the design should look exactly how you want it to look (face up so that you can read it). Iron over the design for 15-20 seconds, then, iron over the backside of the design for 15-20 seconds. I found this step to have a bit of a bad smell so don’t be alarmed if you notice that as well. When you feel the design has adhered to your canvas, you can slowly remove the plastic sheet. If any part of the design does not stick to the canvas and pulls up with the plastic sheet instead, simply lay it back down and iron over it again on the front and back sides.

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Hooray! You are finished. Now you have an adorable little tote that you can use to carry just about anything. This project seriously has an endless amount of different designs that you could do. Try using different colored totes or transfer film, or even experiment with different designs. I’d love to see what you come up with. If you aren’t quite ready to make this easy project yourself, hop on over to my little Etsy shop where you can grab one that is already made, or get one customised. Thank you so much for letting me share such a fun project with you!

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Thanks so much Renay! Do share your projects with us on Instagram, @courageanddash or @HelloPrettyMuch.

For more Pretty Much Design goodness, visit:

http://www.PrettyMuchOnline.com

Images: Renay Howey