Monthly DIY: Dried Flower Resin Bracelets

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For November’s DIY I wanted to share with you how to make your own dried flower resin bracelets.  I kept running into resin jewellery on Etsy that I wanted to buy but was far too expensive so I decided to figure out how to make my own using dried flowers and leaves.  It was easier than I imaged and there is so much creativity you can do to make one of kind bracelets.  This DIY I would say is a medium level but I will say right now beside 4 leaf clovers I’ve never dried anything before in my life and I’ve never made resin jewelry before either so knowledge of those two isn’t required but I would recommend researching safety for epoxy resin. I also have no idea why I decided this would be a great DIY to do in the Fall when all the really awesome flowers were over but there are plenty of Fall flowers too that work just as well in this project but you may want to hold off until next year. Another idea that I thought of as well is for those you with friends getting married or getting hitched yourself this is a great way to preserve your bride/bridesmaid bouquet. As well beside a few photos this tutorial is mostly done by video which is new for me so let me know in the comments what you think.

What You’ll Need:monthly diy

  • Epoxy resin
  • Dried flowers
  • Bracelet mold
  • Plastic cups
  • Stir sticks (toothpick, popsicle stick…)
  • Sand paper (120, 600, 1200 grit)
  • Straw
  • Mask, gloves, newspaper and wax paper
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#mtlcrane

This week I am wrapping up on the first part of my #mtlcrane project where I placed origami cranes around Montreal with 80s song lyrics attached.  The final crane will be placed sometime this week and will mark 204 cranes placed (all viewable here).  The moment is almost bittersweet but still no rest for me just yet this year as  mtlcrane is not over.  I will be placing more cranes just like I did in October for Halloween but this time for the Christmas season featuring oh so delightful Christmas songs around Montreal, avoiding the snow of course. I am hoping to get up to 250 cranes to finish off the year and I’m also happy to announce mtlcrane will be back next year with 90’s lyrics but I’ll tell you more about that when it starts to get a bit warmer here in the Spring. I had a few ideas I wanted to do this year for the project but didn’t so I’m excited to get the chance next year and plan to do even more cranes than 2014. Thanks to all the people who have shared photos of the cranes or tweeted/Facebooked about it – I hope some of the cranes found homes and a smile was shared. I can honestly say I’ve never found it more fun to go for walks in this city, and hope the landscape was slightly improved by my silly cranes…I’ve shared a few photos of my project before here, but to end the year I wanted to share a few more from over the last 4 months….

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Monthly DIY: Vintage Slide Lamp

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This month’s DIY project is a slide lamp made by replacing a regular lamp shade with vintage slides. I found out about slide lamps this year while I was searching for other projects to do with slides because I purchased a whole bunch to make slide curtains (future DIY project).  When I was looking I found all these Etsy stores that sold various versions of this idea and had to make my own (especially considering I would never pay that much for a lamp).  I thought I’d show you how I made it because the project is really easy and once you have the materials it’s not expensive to make more. There is also so much room for creativity when it comes to this project because there are many types of lamp shades and you can choose slides of various themes from butterflies to cityscapes depending on the room. I have been so excited to do this project and I’m in love with how mine turned out. Let me know in the comments if you have any additional questions.

Time:

Depends on the size but I made mine in roughly 2 hours.

What You’ll Need:monthly diy (2)

  • lamp with detachable lamp shade
  • slides
  • 1/8th hole punch (or a drill with 1/8th bit)
  • jump rings (10mm & 8mm)
  • 2 needle nose pliers
  • scissors or excato knife
  • ruler
    Optional:
  • paint and brush

Price and Material Information:

The price of this DIY really has to do with what materials you are able to start off with and what type of slides you want to use. If you don’t have slides try thrift stores, Ebay or Etsy. I bought 100 random slides for $10 on Etsy. If you want particular slides like say only sunsets most shops will sell sorted slides but at an increase of price. It can be cheaper to buy large amounts of random slides and simply sort them yourself (no guarantee you will get what you want).  As for the lamp, I actually didn’t purchase mine. From what I recall I found it on the street or someone left it in one of the apartments I moved into years ago. If you don’t have a lamp you want to destroy I highly encourage you to look at a thrift store, walk around the neighborhood on the 1st of the month, or hey Ikea has $15 lamps. You just need a lamp shade with a top wire rim, square or circular are both fine. The jump rings are available for super cheap on Ebay in a variety of colors, sizes, and quantity (like here).  For the other items you need most of them are common household things except the hole punch which can be picked up from a craft store or Staples for $6. If you don’t have two needle nose pliers but do have one and another type that should be fine. As I’m making multiple slide projects the price of this project for me is zero as I had all these materials already as leftovers but I’d say $30 is a good base price.

Steps:

  1.  Calculate how many slides you need using the existing shade as a reference.
    *for mine I made 7 rows of 3 but my lamp shade is quiet small. 
  2. Detach the shade from the lamp and remove the cloth part of the shade leaving only the wire behind.
    TIP: You can spray paint the metal wire any color (I didn’t but I think I will go back and do it as the white clashes)
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  3. Taking the slides that you’ve chosen to use and create a pattern so you know what slide you will want in each row. I decided to use mostly slides of sunset and silhouettes and created an alternating patter of horizontal and vertical slides. Make sure you have more than enough slides just in case.
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  4. Taking a pen/pencil and a ruler mark a point at 4x4mm or 5x5mm on each corner of the slide. Repeat for all slides except on the bottom slides which will only need two markings at the top corners. I used a triangle ruler as it made measuring quick. You can free hand each hole with the hole punch instead as well and skip this step.
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  5. Now using the 1/8th hole punch simple punch each slide with the marking in the center of the hole punch.
    TIP: You can use a drill with a 1/8 or smaller bit instead to save time. 
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  6. This step is optional as I think the regular white side of the slides look pretty great just on their own. However the ones I am using had lots of writing on them so I painted the cleanest side of each slide with silver metallic acrylic paint (you can do both sides if you’d like). I simply did 3 layers of paint and waited for them to dry.
    TIP: If you get paint on the inside slide simply use a soft cloth to wipe clean again. (I used a camera lens / glasses cloth so as not to scratch the image)
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  7. Taking your pliers and a 10mm jump ring,  twist a jump ring open and attach the slides to each other and twist to close again.
    TIP: Since I don’t own a pair of needle nose pliers I’m using one with another type of pliers instead. Keep in mind though this takes a little longer and is tougher to do so for a larger lamp shade you will want to use two needle nose pliers instead.
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  8. I decided to punch the top holes of my slides at the end because I wasn’t sure on where I wanted the placement of the top holes. However you can simply do this in Step 4&5.
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  9. Using the pliers again, twist the 10 mm jump rings open and this time attach to the top metal ring of the shade and close.
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  10. After all the slides are attached to the top you will want to secure each row of slides together with a jump ring. For mine I used a smaller sized jump ring (8mm) and placed one hole in the middle on each slide. I’d suggest doing this once the rows are done as the slides will each hanging slightly differently and you can adjust the placement at this point so both slides beside each other are even. This gives the slides a more finished shape but you can skip this step.
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  11. Attach the lamp shade back onto the light and you are done!

Finished Vintage Slide Lamp:

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a little video of me twirling it around because it’s really fun:

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Monthly DIY: Hanging Memories

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I’ve been waiting to decorating my new office since moving and now that I have my light purple walls I finally can. I have so many pieces of artwork from talented artist to hang up there however I want to frame all the pieces before I do which will take awhile. Instead I wanted to work on another section of my wall. I collect so many bits and bobs but struggle to have them out in the open so I can see them and be inspired, and that’s were the inspiration for this project came from. I do not like cork board from previous experience and my old old house had a chalk board (it takes a lot of time and is very messy) so I wanted to try something new.  A hanging memories organizer seemed like a great way to show off my bits and bobs in a way that is easy to organize and easy to change out pieces when I get new inspiration or photos. It also allows me the freedom of choosing what to hang, memories, photography, art, business cards, presents, notes, lists…you can really use it for anything.

What you need :hanging memories (1)

  1. Ruler, marker, scissors
  2. Thread
    (ribbon, yarn, fishing wire)
  3. Hooks
    (a few types shown but I will being using the circle ones)
  4. Paper clips
    (metal/plastic clips)
  5. Hammer and nail
  6. Memories

Tips:
*Decorate your own paper clips!
*Metal and plastic clips are much rougher on your photos/bits and bobs, be careful and test out before.

Time & Cost:

10 minutes, and roughly $5-10 depending on what you have at home.

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