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DIY CRAFT PROJECTS: How To Make Your Own Super Easy Bookmarks

I’m quite a perfectionist when it comes to my books and I like to keep them looking as new as possible – folding the edge of the pages is a big no no. I didn’t have any bookmarks to place in my book once I finished a chapter today so I tore up a piece of paper and stuck it inside the book. It didn’t look pretty and I had a great little idea to make some bookmarks myself. Once I made one, I couldn’t stop and I’ve made about ten so far, haha (will give them to friends/family). They were soooo easy to make too, I had everything I needed and they took five minutes to make. So, if you bookworms are after an easy craft tutorial – your in the right place! 📕 😘

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WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

  • Cardboard Cut To Size You Want
  • Cellotape 
  • Scissors
  • Magazine Cuttings or
  • Pretty Paper / Gift Wrap or a
  • Printer to print off your own designs

HOW TO MAKE THE BOOKMARK:

  1. Trim cardboard to the size you want
  2. Flick through a magazine to find words/images that you like and cut them out
  3. or use that pretty scrap paper you have lying around
  4. or gift wrapping paper
  5. or you could print some cool bookmark templates off from google images/pinterest if you have access to a printer
  6. Place your chosen design over the cardboard, folding edges neatly and covering the back of your bookmark too
  7. Trim any excess paper to neaten up the edges
  8. Place cellotape over the paper ( I used a 5” wide cellotape so it pretty much covered the whole front so there were no lines or joins visible)
  9. Secure the cellotape to the back of the cardboard overlapping it at the edges
  10. Place cellotape around all four edges again and trim away the excess tape

You could also add a ribbon to your bookmark too – simply make a small hole at the top of the bookmark and thread through some pretty ribbon – tie it into a bow. Voila!

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I love them haha they are not perfect but hey, I’ll never lose my page again! 😊😊😊

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How To Make A Deep Conditioning Coconut Oil Hair Mask

HOW TO MAKE A DEEP CONDITIONING COCONUT OIL HAIR MASK

Girls, I’ve been posting a lot of reviews lately so I thought I’d switch it up a little and post an easy DIY Beauty Project for you all to try. I’m going to show you beauties how to make a deep conditioning coconut oil hair mask which is a quick, inexpensive & an easy way to deeply nourish and condition damaged hair without forking out on expensive hair products. Most hair products work to make hair LOOK healthier but they don’t work within like coconut oil which helps to prevent hair breakage, controls frizz, eliminates dandruff and soothes scalp psoriasis and it is also a great moisturiser for both the scalp and hair, helping to stimulate hair growth and make hair softer, shinier and healthier-looking.

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I use a deep conditioning coconut oil hair mask about once or twice a week and I always leave it on overnight to give it the deepest treatment possible. You can leave it on for however long you want but I’d recommend at least an hour to let the oil do its magic. Coconut oil can be hard to remove from the hair but a couple of washes will eventually get the oil out – just make sure to condition afterwards.


What You Will Need:

Coconut OilI’m using some 100% organic, extra virgin, raw cold pressed coconut oil which I got for £2.99 at B&M. Total Bargain! You can also get some HERE.

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A BowlI use a Tinting Bowl – you can get them cheap HERE.

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A Tinting Brush – You can get one HERE

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An Old T-ShirtCoconut oil gets very messy! Don’t wear your fave top.

ClingfilmThis will keep the heat in and stop any oil from dripping down your face.


How To Make The Coconut Oil Hair Mask:

Put on an old t-shirt because coconut oil can stain and it can be really messy.

Comb through hair and detangle any knots.

Put a few tablespoons of solid coconut oil into a bowl and melt for 10 seconds in the microwave. Turning the solid oil into a hot liquid oil which will penetrate hair better than a cold oil. Give it a good stir.

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Part hair into four sections and apply the coconut oil to the roots, mid-lengths and ends using the tinting brush for precise application.

If there is any left over oil just apply it to the hair with your fingers and massage in for a minute or two, paying attention to the scalp area to stimulate hair growth.

Comb through to ensure full coverage and even distribution.

Tie hair up into a bun and wrap the whole of your head with clingfilm.

Leave on for 1 hour + or overnight for an even deeper conditioning treatment. Make sure to place a towel over your pillow to prevent staining if you are leaving it on overnight.

To wash off – shampoo hair two or three times and condition as usual.  Coconut oil can be difficult to remove so it may require more than one wash to completely remove it from the hair.

Style hair as usual.

Use 1-2 times a week for lush, healthy hair!


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How To Make Christmas Salt Dough Paw Print Ornaments

I love handmade Christmas craft projects and I seen these DIY paw print ornaments made from salt dough on Pinterest and I just had to try it out. I have two gorgeous Patterdale Terriers named Bella and Marley and they are my absolute worlds so I thought it would be a lovely idea to make some Christmas ornaments for my Christmas Tree with their paw prints. If looked after these will last years so they are not only easy to make they are very sentimental too and will allow you to cherish your pooches memory FOREVER. You can paint them any colour you like or glitter them like I did. Please be aware that these salt dough ornaments are toxic to dogs if eaten so make sure to put them high up on your tree so your pooch can’t nibble at them.

Here’s my babies:

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Salt Dough Ornament Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of salt
  • 1 cup flour (I used plain flour)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Straw or pen for punching a hole at the top

You Will Also Need:

  • A cup
  • Acrylic Paint & Small Paint Brush
  • Glitter & Modge Podge Gloss (optional)

How To Make:

Mix the flour, salt and water in a bowl until it becomes firm. Add a little water if it is too dry or add a little more flour if it is too sticky and wet.

Knead the dough for 30 seconds and roll out the dough with a rolling pin. Once done and you are happy with the thickness of the dough – cut individual circles using a cup.

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Press your dogs paw into the salt dough circles and use a straw or pen to make a small hole at the top to allow you to thread some ribbon through. Alternatively you could use some decoration hooks which are very cheep to buy. If you use decoration hooks, make sure to insert them before you put them in the oven.

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Sprinkle some flour onto a baking tray to stop the ornaments from sticking and place them on to the baking tray. Bake on 200 degrees in the oven for about 2-3 hours or until completely dry and hard.

When they are done, allow them to cool before painting or glittering. I painted mine with white acrylic paint and used modge podge on the paws and sprinkled with silver glitter then sealed the glitter with another layer of modge podge. I then wrote their names with red acrylic paint and painted 2017 on the back of the ornaments. I finished it off with a some pretty candy cane ribbon and hanged them on my tree.

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I absolutely love them.

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DIY Craft Project: Beaded Christmas Candy Cane & Snowflake Ornaments

Woohoo! It’s December 1st – which only means one thing! Time to get stuck into some Crimbo craft projects!!! I thought I’d post an easy craft tutorial today to show you all how I made these gorgeous beaded ornaments which were so easy to make and only took a couple of minutes. This craft project is easy enough for craft beginners and children too and requires no sewing and no gluing – so let’s get stuck in hey!

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What You’ll Need:

  • red, white & clear tri-beads – (buy HERE)
  • star beads – (buy HERE)
  • pipe cleaners – (buy HERE)
  • silver ribbon – (buy HERE)

How To Make A Beaded Candy Cane Ornament:

  1. Thread 3 red beads onto one pipe cleaner. Make a small loop at the nd of the pipe cleaner to keep the beads in place.
  2. Thread 3 clear beads onto the pipe cleaner. Add 3 more red beads. Keep adding red and clear beads in sets of three until the pipe cleaner is full.
  3. Make a loop at the other end to keep the beads in place. Bend the pipe cleaner to give it a candy cane shape.
  4. Hang your candy cane onto your tree.

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How To Make A Beaded Snowflake Ornament:

  1. Twist 3 pipe cleaners together to make a 6-pointed star.
  2. Thread each of the arms with blue and white beads (3 of each colour) Add one star bead onto each arm.
  3. Make a small loop at the end of each arm to keep the beads in place.
  4. Attach a piece of silver ribbon to your snowflake and hang it up.

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DIY Craft Project: Pom Pom Pin Cushion

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I made these adorable pom pom pin cushions yesterday from fabric scraps and I thought I’d let you all know how I made them. Pin cushions are the easiest things to make and I think they are the perfect sewing project for beginners. You can use a sewing machine if you wish but I myself prefer to sew them by hand. I used fabric from My Fabric House and My Fabrics UK and the pom poms were bought from My Fabric House.

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What You Will Need:

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  • FABRIC
  • SCISSORS
  • COTTON & NEEDLE
  • POLYESTER FILLING
  • POM POM RIBBON
  • A PEN
  • SOMETHING WITH A ROUND BASE (TEMPLATE)

How To Make:

  1. Sketch a circle onto the back of the fabric and fold the fabric in half (right sides together) and pin together.  Use something with a round base as a template to draw a perfect circle, (You could also cut two circles out from the fabric instead and placing them right sides together and pinning. DIY PIN CUSHION4
  2. Sew along the edge of the circle where you have sketched – make sure to leave out an inch gap to stuff the cushion with the polyester filling.
  3. Cut the excess fabric off so you are left with a circle.
  4. Put your finger in the gap and turn the fabric out so the right sides are showing and fill with the polyester filling. Make sure the cushion is packed with the filling and it looks plump.
  5. Sew along the edge of the cushion to close the opening which you left for stuffing the cushion
  6. Take your pom pom ribbon and matching cotton and sew the ribbon along the seams of the cushion.

Here’s my finished Pom Pom Pin Cushions:

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DIY Craft Project: Up-Cycled Birchbox Drawers

Girls are you like me and have tons of Birchbox draws lying around and you don’t know what to do with them? Then why not get crafty & creative and turn them into beautiful little storage drawers to keep your bits & bobs inside. I was feeling creative yesterday so I gathered a few of my Birchbox draws and made this gorgeous little stacked drawer box:

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What You Will Need:

If you want to create this look you will need some white paint, a small paintbrush, some wooden hearts, a ‘love’ sign, some diamante flowers, a glue gun and glue.

How I Made It:

I painted each draw with a white matte paint and waited for them to dry and gave them another coat. Once they were dry I got out my glue gun and put the glue over the bottom of each box and glued them all together.

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I then glued some gorgeous, flower diamantes which have pearls in the centre of the flower to each draw just underneath the finger holes. I did add floral buttons before the diamantes but I changed my mind when I found the diamantes. I then painted some gorgeous wooden hearts which I got here from Amazon and glued them down onto both corners of the box. I also had this gorgeous little glittery ‘love’ sign which I got from Home Bargains for 29p and I glued that on top of the box too just behind the wooden hearts.

Verdict:

This stacked drawer box was super easy to make and although my Birchbox box designs were pretty enough as they were – they just didn’t match in with my bedroom decor so I wanted them to ‘go’ with my colour scheme which is just a simple black and white. The drawer box is now sitting on my dressing room table, looking amazing and gorgeous. You wouldn’t even guess the draws were made from cardboard – they look like wooden to me.

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I had so much fun making this and it has made my life so much easier by storing my fave beauty products inside the draws, so I now know where everything is. I will definitely be up-cycling my other boxes as they arrive!

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DIY Craft Project: Hanging Glitter Storage Box / Wall Art

OMG – this is my second DIY Craft Project that I have posted today! I’ve gone months without posting any craft tutorials but today I’m feeling crafty & creative so there ya go! I had some boring, plain boxes lying around and I ordered one too many rolls of Muriva Sparkle Glitter Wallpaper last week, (which I got here* for £16.39 a roll) when I was re-decorating my living room. The wallpaper was too pretty to throw away, so I thought I’d make some pretty little storage boxes with the glittery left-overs.

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What You Will Need

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a strong, sturdy box with a lid

wallpaper or pretty paper

scissors

PVA glue 

superglue

pretty birthday cards

a pen or pencil

How To Make The Glitter Storage Box:

Place the box lid in the middle of the wallpaper and cut around the box so you have enough to cover the front and the sides, add an inch on to overlap the edges.

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Put some PVA glue into a bowl/container. Using a small paintbrush, slather on the PVA glue on to the front of the box.

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Turn the box around and place it front down in the centre of the wallpaper, smooth ing it down with your hands to make sure it sticks.

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Using a pen draw a dotted line starting from the corners of the box, right down to the end of the wallpaper. Cut along the dotted line right up to the corners of the box.

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Press the overlapping wallpaper against the edges of the box and cut off the ‘triangle’, so the wallpaper has a straight edge against the box corner. Repeat this for all corners of the box. See pics below for example.

When you have finished tidying up the edges you should have something that looks like the picture below. Slather on PVA glue all over the overlapping paper and edges of the box then press down to make sure it sticks.

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Apply super glue along the inch of wallpaper and fold it over the edge, pressing down for a minute or so to make sure it sticks. Repeat this for all sides of the box.

Now the top of the box is done so repeat the same steps for the bottom of the box.

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The next step is optional. You can do whatever you want to design the front of the box. I used a pretty birthday card which I got from my sister and I cut out the pop up words ‘you’ve got that special something’ and used super glue to stick them down onto the box.

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Optional: You don’t have to add a handle if you don’t want to hang it up on the wall as wall art. But, if you do, take the bottom of the box and glue some ribbon or string to the top of the box. I had to use some strong duct tape as the glue wouldn’t stick to the glitter wallpaper because it is vinyl. I would have used my glue gun but I’ve run out of glue sticks. If you’re using ‘paper’ wallpaper – super glue should work fine.

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When the box has been covered with wallpaper and you have stuck your words / pictures / embellishments down, glued on a handle so you can hang it up & your happy with how it looks  – go ahead and fill the box up with some goodies.

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I’m using my glitter box to store some beauty samples, kirby clips and hair bobbles.

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I hope you guys have enjoyed this DIY Craft Project. If you like it please share it with your friends by clicking on the ‘Pinterest’ icon below and clicking share.

If you decide to make your own hanging glitter storage box – please tweet me your photo’s on Twitter – @KatieRoseLovesx or tag me on Instagram – @katieroseloves, you could also post to my wall on Facebook – here.
I would really love to see what you have made!

Mwah! x

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DIY Craft Project: How To Make A Cute Sock Bunny

It’s been aaaaages since I posted a DIY Craft Tutorial on here hasn’t it! I was looking through my drafts yesterday and I found this cute little Sock Bunny Tutorial which had gotten lost through my hundreds of ‘to do posts’ that I have yet to complete. I totally forgot about this cute little DIY project which I actually made & wrote last year after watching a tutorial video on YouTube. I thought I’d post it anyhow as it has been one of my favourite little makes so far.

It was so easy to make the sock bunny and kids can accomplish it too as well as adults. I’ve made a couple now and have left myself absolutely sockless along the way, ha ha. So, if you lot are sitting there bored out of your skulls, with nothing to do and you have an old pair of socks lying round – carry on reading to see how I made mine and give it a go yourselves.

 What You Will Need To Make The Sock Bunny:

a pair of socks

a sewing machine (or you can sew by hand)

cotton that matches the socks

darker cotton for the mouth and nose

a needle

two buttons for the eyes

scissors

a pen

polyester filling (I got mine here*)

How To Make The Sock Bunny?

Below, is the video tutorial I watched on YouTube for inspiration. 

My Sock Bunny:

Well girls, this is my little sock bunny! Isn’t it cute! It’s not perfect like but I really love it :). Sock bunnies are the easiest things to make and they really do make a lovely handmade gift – especially for kids. I made my two nieces one each and they’ve said they are going to treasure them forever, little sweethearts! I think handmade gifts are so much more thoughtful and sweeter than shop-bought gifts.

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I would really love to see what you have made!

Happy crafting girlies! Mwah! x

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DIY Beauty Project: Activated Charcoal ‘Black Mask’

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In the last few years, activated charcoal has become a must have ingredient in skincare products, mainly because it has wonderful detoxifying properties, it’s great for cleansing the skin of dirt, drawing out impurities and its a godsend for getting rid of blackheads. It’s become very popular for teeth whitening too. I use activated charcoal about once or twice weekly to keep my teeth looking white and polished – check out my DIY Charcoal Tooth Whitening Toothpaste here.

What You’ll Need To Make The Black Mask?

For this DIY you will only need two activated charcoal capsules. If you haven’t got any you can buy some at most healthcare & vitamin shops. I got mine here on Amazon UK. I paid £15 for a bottle of 365 capsules and I only use activated charcoal on my skin and teeth so a whole years supply will last me for ages.

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You’ll also need some non-toxic PVA glue. I picked a bottle up from the kids craft aisle in Home Bargains for 89p.

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You will need something to mix it in such as a bowl or tub and a clean make-up brush or flat make-up sponge. I used a lid of one of my moisturisers which was big enough and I also used a make-up sponge as I didn’t want to ruin my make-up brushes.

How To Make The Black Mask?

Pour a dollop or two of PVA glue into the bowl and carefully open each activated charcoal capsule adding the black ‘ash’ to the bowl.

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Give it a good mix and your done.

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How To Use The Black Mask?

I recommend steaming your face with a facial steamer for five minutes beforehand. If you haven’t got a steamer just fill a large bowl up with hot kettle water, place your head over the bowl and cover with a bath towel to stop steam from escaping.

Using a brush apply the black mask to your t-zone, nose, forehead, cheeks and chin, or anywhere that has blackheads and blocked pores. Avoid your hair-line and your eyebrows as it will hurt like hell if you peel off hairs.

Leave the black mask on for 15 to 20 minutes, or until it has fully dried on the skin.

Peel off the mask starting from the bottom, gently pulling upwards. Once removed, you will notice all the gunk, dirt and blackheads stuck to it.

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Splash your face with cold water to close your pores.

Use once or twice weekly for best results.

Verdict:

At first I was a bit weary about putting glue on my face but it is perfectly safe just make sure you use PVA glue or any non toxic child glue. DO NOT use super glue ha ha. I’ve got to say, I’m very happy and impressed with this DIY, it was the easiest thing to make and I’m surprised at how much it looks like store-bought black masks, it works just as good too. It did work at removing blackheads from my t-zone, it didn’t hurt when removing and my skin didn’t feel irritated afterwards.

So, thumbs up this DIY Black Mask was a success!

Love

Katie

DIY Beauty Project: Activated Charcoal Toothpaste

I’ve used quite a few store-bought Activated Charcoal Powders for Whitening Teeth, you know the one’s that come in the little pots and I’ve always been a big fan of them. Activated charcoal is a highly absorbent substance which is very helpful for changing the pH and health of the mouth, and is effective in preventing cavities and killing the bad bacteria present in tooth decay and gingivitis. It is a natural solution to promote healthy teeth and gums without any toxic ingredients and contains no synthetic additives, preservatives, foaming agents, fluoride, flavours or artificial colours. It helps to remove toxins from the mouth and teeth, freshen breath, as well as whitening and polishing the teeth.

I’ve found a way to make own Activated Charcoal Toothpaste for much cheaper and it lasts longer too.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED?

You will only need three ingredients for this DIY and they are: a toothbrush, of course, toothpaste and one activated charcoal supplement.

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Activated Charcoal Supplements can be bought at most healthcare and vitamin shops, I got mine from Amazon UK right here for just under £15 from Nu U Nutrition and there were 365 capsules in the bottle, which is enough for a whole year, probably two.

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HOW TO MAKE THE DIY CHARCOAL TOOTH WHITENING POWDER?

If you haven’t got any activated charcoal supplements lying around then go out and get some or order yourself some online and wait for them to arrive.

Carefully open one of the activated charcoal supplements over a piece of paper.

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Apply toothpaste to your toothbrush and then dip it into the activated charcoal powder so it fully covers the toothpaste. (You could also skip the toothpaste and just use the powder instead.)

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Brush your teeth for around 1-2 minutes, and enjoy having black teeth for a couple of minutes, ha ha, I thought it was pretty cool.

Once done, rinse out your mouth a couple of times.

ADVICE:

Using the charcoal powder too often, such as daily, may cause wear on your tooth enamel so I recommend using it about once or twice a week for best results.

Remember, activated charcoal can be a bit messy, so make sure you do this in the bathroom. I would advise you NOT to use an electric toothbrush as the charcoal will fly all around the room, splashing all over the walls and floor. (Took me ages cleaning my bathroom, ha ha) Your toothbrush will be stained after using the charcoal powder but it’s easily removed using a bit of hot water.

Possibly the easiest DIY I have ever done and it really works!

Love

Katie

 

 

Easy DIY: Large Polaroid Poster Frame

Hey Girlies!

Hope you’re all doing good! I have a little project for you today… I’ll be showing you how I made my own Polaroid Photo Frame which I absolutely LOVE so I hope you guys like it too! I have tons of Polaroids lying around and I wanted to display them on my living room wall. I don’t like the look of them hanging from twine or fairy lights like you see on tumblr and pinterest and instead wanted a more cleaner, contemporary look so I opted for a large frame instead. It is super easy to make and it doesn’t cost the world and as well as being easy and cheap(ish) it looks absolutely fabulous plus it’s a wonderful way to display your favourite pics. Every-time somebody comes into my home, they always comment on how cool it looks and how much they love it, so I thought I’d share it on here to let everybody know how easy and simple it was to make. It will cost you a little bit of money but not as much as if you were to buy it ready-made from a photography shop. It only cost me the price of the large frame which was £19.99 and the price of the Polaroids which I got from Lalalab. 

How To Make:

1. So first of all you will need a frame. I chose a large sturdy 61 x 91.5 maxi poster frame from Amazon UK which was £19.99, you could get the same size as I did or maybe get a smaller or bigger one. It has a 30mm frame, wall hangers included for both portrait and landscape display and is made of shatterproof Styrene instead of glass. I also chose the white frame but it is available in black too. I got my frame here if you’d like to take a look.

2. Next, you’ll need your Polaroids. If you haven’t already got some Polaroids lying around, you can head over to Lalalab and get some prints there. Simply click on ‘products’ on the menu and then ‘prints’ and chose the 10×12 vintage option, each print costs 0.39 euro’s which is about 35p or select ‘boxes’ (which is what I chose). In my LALABOX I got 32 photos in Vintage format (10x12cm). The box was 15.9 euro’s which is around £14. I did six rows of 5 Polaroids so 30 photo’s altogether. You can also add captions to your photographs and choose between eight colours too. The website is easy to use and you can upload pics from your computer or Facebook which is handy. If you enter my discount code: PGV2E9ZZ  upon checkout you will get yourself £5 worth of credit on your account. you’re very welcome! 🙂

(Read my Lalabox review HERE)

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3. Wait for the frame and your chosen prints to arrive. I got my frame the next day because I am an Amazon Prime Member but I waited a couple of days for my Polaroid prints from Lalalab to arrive.

4. Ok, so when they have both arrived, take the back of the frame off and there will be a blue advert poster already inside, turn it round onto the plain white side and using sticky tape or blu-tak, stick your pictures down onto the white side of the poster, spacing them all out evenly.

5. Check they are secure and once your happy with how they look, put the back of the frame back on and clip it down and voila!

All done.

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Love

Katie xo

Handmade Christmas: DIY Mr & Mrs Elf

There’s nothing better than chillin’ out with a cuppa whilst reading a mag but lash a magazine freebie in the mix and I’m basically in my apple cart. I have an obsession with buying mags especially when their is a free gift involved. I bought a copy of this months ‘Homemaker’ mag ‘Handmade Christmas’ for £4.99 to give me some Christmas craft inspiration and gifted with the mag was a Mr & Mrs Elf cloth kit which was designed by the super talented blogger Stephanie Thannhauser over at ric-rac.blogspot.com. I thought I’d share my little friends with you all, maybe you would like to pick a copy up yourselves and try making Mr & Mrs’ Elf too.

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Included in the kit was a printed Mr & Mrs Elf cloth kit, a small spool of white cotton and four little gold bells and the other items I needed were some polyester filling, pins, fabric scissors and a sewing machine although they can also be sewn by hand.

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The instructions were on page 25 and here’s how I made it:

1. Unfold and press your printed fabric sheet. Use sharp scissors to cut out all of the shapes along the dotted lines, pair up the legs right sides together, holding the fabric to the light to make sure the print matches up.

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2. Pin and sew around the legs, leaving the top open. Clip the curves and corners, then turn the legs right sides out. Stuff with fibre filling (I used polyester filling) pushing the wadding right into the toes with a knitting needle (or the end of a pen) and tack along the top edge.

3. Match up the front and back body pieces and sew right sides together leaving the bottom edge open. Clip the curves and corners before turning right sides out and stuff the body firmly.

4. Turn in and pin the raw edge at the bottom. Position the legs between the bottom edges and over-sew the seam closed, securing the legs as you do so. Stich the bells to the end of each hat and hey presto Mr & Mrs elf are finished.

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Don’t they look super cute and adorable!!! I love how they have turned out.

Go get your copy of Homemaker now and have a go yourselves.

Make sure you tweet me a picture at KatieRoseLovesx. I’d love to see yours!

Seasons Greetings,

Love

Kate xo

DIY Natural Beauty Project: Black Tea Hair Rinse To Speed Up Hair Growth & Add A Glossy Shine

I love a good cuppa I do.

To be completely honest I’m a bit of a tea tank and I can easily drink twenty cups a day. The last 3 weeks I have not only been sippin’ on cuppa’s but I have been using my teabags to make my own DIY Black Tea Hair Rinse to see if it can help reduce shedding of the hair, stimulate hair growth and thickness as well as enchance shine as I long for long, full and thick hair and I regret getting the chop.

You must have seen all these miracle hair growing shampoo’s that prevent hair falling out and helps to make your own hair grow back thicker, fuller and longer? Let’s take the well-known, Alpecin for example. Well basically, Alpecin is very rich in caffeine and well, Black Tea is extremely rich in caffeine too and it doesn’t contain any nasty ingredients or chemicals that some hair brand dump in their shampoo’s. Ït is completely natural and a lot cheaper than those miracle shampoo’s.

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Cup of freshly brewed black tea in a plain white china cup and saucer surrounded by scattered unused teabags

What You Need?

5 TEABAGS (just your regular PG Tips, Tetley, Yorkshire Tea, etc…)

A LARGE BOWL (A plastic dishbowl is perfect or just anything to put the tea into and then pour over your head.)

HOT KETTLE WATER(To steep & brew the teabags and extract all the goodness of the black tea into the hot water).

Let’s start:

1: Soak the teabags in hot kettle water for a few hours or for best results over night. (Don’t add sugar, don’t add milk, he he.)

2: When the Teabags have been steeped for 12-24 hours, take each teabag and squeeze all of the excess liquid back into the bowl. We want every drop!

3: Don’t be alarmed by this step. Its kind of similar to washing your hair in the sink, Ha. So. dip your head into the bowl leaving it submerged in the water for about 5 minutes and completely saturate your scalp and hair with the Black Tea. Or if you can’t be bothered dunking your head in a bowl for five minutes, simply pour the Black Tea water over your whole head, then follow with a shower cap – just make sure you do it in the bathroom otherwise you’ll have a puddle to clean up. Wear old clothes too. Tea stains are a bitch to get out.

4: When the five minutes of dunking is up, don’t squeeze out the excess water from your hair. Clamp your hair up into a loose bun and put on a shower cap, keeping a face towel near to wipe any black tea that falls down onto your face.

5: Leave the black tea water on your hair for a whole hour, then rinse and follow up with a nourishing conditioner.

6: Results will not be visible straight away but you will definitely see results by doing a Black Tea Rinse, week by week. Add the Black Tea Rinse into your beauty regime, its worth a try and the only thing your losing is teabags, hey. Forget the expensive ‘miracle’ shampoo’s. Black Tea works just as well.

REMEMBER: DONT USE HOT WATER ON YOUR HEAD. LET THE WATER COOL

Little tip: Keep the used tea bags and recycle them for your eyes to reduce dark circles, irritation and puffiness… They help to soothe and brighten your eyes too.

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My results after 3 weeks:

So, once a week I have been doing a Black Tea Rinse on my hair and so far I am very pleased with the results. My hair always feels soft, smooth and looks shiny afterwards and by week 3 of doing weekly rinses, I can feel how much thicker my hair is becoming and I can definitely see less hair loss after brushing.

You guys should give this a whirl, you probably have teabags at home so you can start right now if you wish. Let me know if you guys try it and continue to use it weekly. I’d love to see your results.

I’d love to hear some of your favourite DIY beauty Projects which you have found on the internet?

I adore crafting my own beauty recipes, so you guys will be doing me a BIG favour if you share some of your ‘makes’ below? I might even post about them on here.

Love

Kate x

Candlemaking Craft Kit – House Of Crafts – Review

 

Hey ladies!

This one is for the crafters and candle obsessives out there. I had so much fun yesterday making DIY candles with my actual own two hands using the Candlemaking Craft Kit from House Of Craft and I thought I’d fill you guys in and show you what I made. This craft kit was a gift from the boyfriend and I think it is probably the best thing he has ever bought me. Forget designer shoes, forget delicious cupcakes, this girl loves being gifted craft kits! Mikey’s a keeper! 😍

What is it?

‘The craft of candlemaking is a fascinating and absorbing pastime with an endless variety of designs, colours and techniques available. This kit contains all the materials needed to create an elegant and colourful selection of traditional and floating candles with added fragrance.’ – House Of Crafts.

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Contents:

Wax Pellets
Candle Moulds
Coloured Dyes
Fragrance Oil
Bulb Pipette
Wicks
4 Wick Rods,
Mould Seale,
Instructions (English/French/Italian).

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Suitable for vegetarians.

What did I make?

I made these: woohoo!

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I thought I would try make jar candles with the leftover wax after making the moulded ones and I actually liked the jars better, I just sealed one end of the candle wick to the inside of the jar using superglue and I then poured the wax into the jars, wrapped the wick around the little ‘lollipop’.

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I labelled 3 of the jars with chalkboard stickers, cut them to size and wrote on them with chalk pens. I love them! I really like the jar ones better than the moulded ones.

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I got my little jars here. I got the stickers and pens here. My lavender essential oil here, my rosemary essential oil here and my lemon essential oil here.

What did I think?

I loved it! I was browsing on Amazon UK for the individual stuff to make candles and I just didn’t know where to start or what to buy. This kit has give me the confidence and the incentive to buy all the essentials I need to make DIY candles. The instructions were easy to read and follow and it has lots of great tips for decoration too.

I didn’t like the fragrance which was included so I just used it in one candle to see how it smelled, at first it smelled like a strong aftershave but after lighting the ‘fragranced’ candle, it does smell lovely and floral. I used essential oils for my other candles and played around with the 3 dyes to create different coloured candles.

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There is a good amount of paraffin wax pellets too and they come packed in a resealable bag. I made about six candles altogether plus two small floating candles.

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I struggled with the candle wicks at first as I found it so tricky to pull it through, but after one or two go’s I eventually got the hang of it. Then disaster struck. I forgot to place the mould sealant (blu tak) at the bottom of the tray before I poured the liquid wax in and it leaked a little bit, so if you do decide to buy this, make sure you remember to seal it beforehand so you don’t lose any melted wax. If you have any jars, you could use them if you prefer!

I think they look great considering it was my first time making DIY candles and I do love the funky shapes and especially my little jars! After lighting them I just sat back and admired my handy work, I was so proud of myself and my apartment looked like a cathedral. I loved it! Haha. They burned slow, so they lasted quite a while and they smell so beautiful too and look pretty when they are lit.

Who I’d recommend it for?

Definitely beginners! This is not a kit for someone who already knows the ins and outs of candlemaking but it is a great starter kit for those new to candlemaking and it would make an amazing gift for anybody who loves candles, DIY craft projects and those wishing to learn the basics.

Where to buy it?

On Amazon UK – I got mine here.

Who would love to make their own candles?

Love

Katie x

Disclosure: This craft kit was a gift from my boyfriend.

How To Turn A Cardboard Box Into A Fabric Covered Storage Box

 

I shop online quite often and I suppose you could say I was a lazy cow, ahem… a very busy woman.

Online shopping is fast, you get deals, promotion codes, have an in-depth view of what’s on sale and you don’t need to trek miles and miles to get your shopping. Not to mention getting spotted by the girl you try to avoid because you know she can talk for England and you got shit to do, places to be. Then, you have tons of shopping to carry all the way back home. I’d rather get someone else to do my dirty work. 😂

Plus delivery is often free too, (or around the same price as travel costs) so what’s to lose.

Having an online shopping addiction can get embarrassing. I get deliveries every single day and the delivery man must think I am a millionaire with the amount of stuff I get delivered, little does he know I have spent a whole months wage on complete junk and I’m living off beans on toast for the rest of the month, but I play the game and I let him think I am rich… 😂 Online shopping is wonderful thing but the piles of cardboard boxes which I have to tear up and recycle each day has become a pain in the bum!

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The moral of the story is: I have a-lot of cardboard boxes, little bin space, no room left in my recycling bins and neither has my neighbour who still hasn’t found out who the box culprit is, I’m a cheeky cow! He-he!

So with the boxes I’ve been stuck with, I thought I would up-cycle, transform and revamp a few of them into trendy storage boxes.

 

 

RESULT:

From this:

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To this:

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This WAS a kids bike box which was bought for my niece and now look at it! The gorgeous Chevron fabric  I used was sent to me by My Fabrics. It is £5.90 per metre. I have curtains to match too & cushion covers what I made with the left-over fabric.

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Like the fabric? Get it here!  If you subscribe to My Fabrics Newsletter you will receive a £5 money off voucher plus fashion students get a further 10% off on all fabrics.

How to make a DIY storage box?

Watch this video tutorial on YouTube: (same method for all size boxes)

Who’s going to make a storage box then? 😘

Love

Katie x

 

DIY Beauty Project: Detox Your Skin With A Bentonite Clay Bath – Great For Psoriasis

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I’m going to show you all how you can detox your mind, body and soul by taking a bentonite clay bath which will eliminate all toxins and impurities from your skin making you a healthier, happier person with cleansed beautiful skin.

The internet is an amazing place for knowledge isn’t it. I have learned so much more from the internet than I ever did at school and thanks to google I have taught myself all about the amazing health benefits bentonite clay has. After learning how it can help not only the skin but mind, body and soul – I knew I had to use it more often, not just as a face mask.

I came across a post online about the benefits of taking regular clay baths and I couldn’t wait to give it a try. I’ve never had a clay bath before, I have never had a detox of any kind before but I have lost count of how many clay face masks I’ve had in the past so this was something completely new to me. After taking just a couple of clay baths, I can already see and feel the benefits of it and it is something I will be doing a lot of from now on. Maybe twice, three times weekly.

What is bentonine clay?

“Bentonite, also referred to as Montmorillonite, is one of the most effective and powerful healing clays. Bentonite can be used externally as a clay poultice, mud pack or in the bath and, in skin care recipes. A good quality Bentonite should be a grey/cream color and anything bordering “pure white” is suspect. It has a very fine, velveteen feel and is odorless and non-staining. Bentonite is a swelling clay. When it becomes mixed with water it rapidly swells open like a highly porous sponge. From here the toxins are drawn into the sponge through electrical attraction and once there, they are bound.” – Mountain Rose Herbs

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What Is a clay bath?

A clay bath is a bath with clay mixed in. It helps to eliminate toxins from the skin and body absorbing them into the water. When the clay is mixed with the water it will look dirty and similar to a muddy puddle but I can assure you it’s clean as can be. The very first time I used bentonite clay in my bath, I thought I would feel dirty and minging afterwards because of the colour of the water but I have never, ever, ever felt so clean and pristine after taking a bath in my whole life. It beats a normal bath any-day!

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What can a bentonite clay bath do?

Eliminate toxins and heavy metals in the body

Removes impurities from the skin

Boosts immune system

Deep cleanses the skin

Calms and reduces symptoms of psoriasis, eczema and other skin disorders

Helps clear acne and pimples

Speeds healing of cuts, wounds etc…

Helps to cool and soothe insect bites

Prevents & removes blackheads, whiteheads etc…

Reduces stress and anxiety

Calms skin allergies

Stimulates the lymph system

Soothes sunburn and sun rash

Gentle detoxification with no side effects

Relieves headaches

Relieves body aches

Great for fatigue

How to make a clay bath?

I ran a hot bath and sprinkled 1 cup of bentonite clay into the water, stirring well and making sure to squish any clumps of clay sat at the bottom of the bath, allowing it to melt into the water.

For first timers I would advise adding one cup of powder to your bath and for an intense detox add 2 or maybe 3 cups of clay. I wouldn’t add any more than 3 though as you may suffer from stressful detox symptoms.

Fill the bath up just enough to cover your whole body, the hotter the water the better as this will open your pores thus making it quicker and easier for toxins and impurities to be eliminated and absorbed into the water.

Bathe for no more than 30 minutes. As all the toxins are pulled from your body and absorbed into the water, I wouldn’t advise soaking for longer than this. I have heard people take intense hour-long clay baths but this is not something I have tried, YET.

All you gotta do is lie down in the bath, soak, close your eyes, put some relaxing music on, chill out and get detoxing!

Do’s & Don’ts:

Don’t soak in the clay bath for longer than 30 minutes. Lying in a detox bath for half an hour or more can cause over-detox symptoms such as feeling light-headed dehydrated, nauseous and weak. Same goes for the amount of clay you use in your bath too. I’d say anything from 1-3 cups of clay is ideal and won’t cause your body any stress.

Be careful not to slip in the bath tub. Clay, when mixed with water becomes very, very slippy so take care.

Drink a glass of water before and after your bath as this will keep you hydrated.

Tie your hair up in a bun or pony-tail or wear a shower cap when bathing. The clay can make your hair feel crap for days afterwards and dry it out. If clay does come in contact with your hair just wash it with a clarifying shampoo and condition it afterwards. The clay won’t harms your hair in any way but it will make it feel rough!

Don’t drink the clay water. I know you guys aren’t stupid and you obviously won’t drink the clay water but try to keep your hands away from your mouth when bathing. After sitting in the water for 30 minutes or more it becomes saturated with the toxins from your body so the water is toxic, so you really don’t want to swallow any of it.

Where to buy bentonite clay?

The clay I have been using for my clay baths is the Deep Pore Exfoliator 100% Bentonite Clay and I order it here from Natural Supplies for £12.99.

It is a huge 1kg tub and contains nothing but 100% pure bentonite clay. It can be used for face masks, clay baths, body wraps and foot masks. It has been sun-dried, is also cruelty-free and contains no fragrance, chemicals or additives.

I have some bentonite clay from Majestic Pure, but as it is a much smaller tub than the clay from Natural Supplies, so I prefer to use it just for my face masks.

So who else loves to detox their body with a clay bath? Has anyone with psoriasis tried one? It seems to be helping my skin!


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DIY Beauty Project: Double Egg Face Mask

Today I’m going to share a natural, home-made beauty recipe with you all! My ‘Double Egg Face Mask’ uses both the egg white and the yolk to tighten pores and give you a gorgeous complexion. It is very simple to make, gentle on the skin and contains zero chemicals unlike some store bought face masks.

It’s also SUPER CHEAP as you only need one egg!


Egg Whites

Egg whites have astringent properties that help shrink large pores by tightening the skin and eliminating blackheads. The egg white also help keep wrinkles at bay and cleanses, tones and brightens the skin.

Egg Yolks

Egg yolks lock huge amount of moisture into your skin cells, leaving your face soft and smooth. Egg yolks treat acne, pimples and repairs the skin as well as hydrating, moisturising and nourishing dry skin.


Let’s Do It!

Before you apply this facemask – it would be wise to do a simple patch test on your inner wrist or elbow to see if you have any allegic reactions to egg.


What You Will Need:

 1 EGG
2 SMALL BOWLS
A WHISK / FORK
2 SLICED CUCUMBERS* (optional)
OR 2 COLD TEABAGS* (optional)

*(FOR OPTIONAL INGREDIENTS SEE TIPS & TRICKS BELOW)*


Part 1 | Egg White

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1) Crack an egg and separate the egg white from the yolk – placing the egg white in one bowl and the yolk in another.

2) Whisk the egg white with a fork and apply to your face.

3) Leave on for around 15-20 minutes.

4) Peel the egg white off your face and cleanse with warm water to make sure all traces of egg are removed. Splash your face with cold water or run an ice cube across it to close your pores. Then pat dry with a towel.


Part 2 | Egg Yolk

Egg Yolk

1) Whisk the yolk with a fork and apply it generously to your face.

2) Leave on for 10-20 minutes.

3) Wash your face with warm water to remove all of the yolk from your skin.

4) Finish by rubbing an ice cube / splashing cold water over your skin to close your pores.

All done. 😊

I recommend doing the ‘Double Egg Face Mask’ twice a week! ❤


Tips & Tricks

Facial Steam

1) Take a hot bath or shower before you apply the face mask. The steam produced by hot water will cleanse your skin and open up your pores. I steam my face the ‘old-fashioned’ way by placing my head above a large bowl of hot kettle water then cover my head with a bath a towel – this stops steam from escaping. You can do this for however long you want but for best results – I recommend 5 minutes!

2) Place a cucumber slice on each eye to soothe and refresh tired or bloodshot eyes. Cucumbers are very high in Vitamin E which helps to reduce fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes – acting like an anti-ageing treatment.

3) Recycle two used teabags. Put them into the freezer for 5-10 minutes to ensure there cold. Take them out of the freezer and place one teabag on each eye. You can use any type of teabags, my favourites being chamomile, green tea or just good old Tetley. Teabags contain tannins and caffeine which help by reducing puffiness, dark circles as well as tightening as soothing the delicate skin around your eyes.


Thanks for reading girls, I hope this works as good for your skin as it does for mine! Check out my other DIY Beauty Projects HERE.

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How To Make Japenese Kanzashi Fabric Flowers | Searchpress Books

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Hello lovely crafters! 😘

Today, I will be showing you all how I made this little Japanese Kanzashi fabric flower. If you would like to make a flower yourself, I have included a step by step guide below. Hopefully you will have as much fun as I did making them and will be pretty surprised at how easy they are to make!

I had my six year old niece helping me too, which goes to show how easy Kanzashi flowers are to make and although I obviously did the grown up bits such as gluing, cutting and sewing, she was very proud of her cute little self once the flower she helped to make was completed.

One of my favourite hobbies in the world has always been DIY crafts. Making little handmade crafts gives me a great sense of accomplishment. No matter how small it is or how easy the craft is to make, once I have finished making something myself, by hand, it is definitely a very proud moment for me. The fact that I can make something wonderful from scratch makes me feel like a genius! 😂

So, as you can probably imagine, I was so thrilled when Searchpress sent me the Japanese Fabric Flowers book, which was written by the French artist, Sylvie Blondeau.

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The book has 65 kanzashi flower designs to choose from and each flower comes with photographs and easy, simple instructions. Kanzashi flowers are so beautiful and there are so many wonderful ways to use them for fashion items, jewellery pieces, home decorations and many more.

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The flowers are so easy to make and you will probably have everything you need to make these flowers lying around your home. They are great for passing time, combating stress as well as letting your creative side come out and if you have children, it is a fun activity to do together.

Do you have old bed sheets you no longer use? Or maybe a t-shirt that no longer fits… Just recycle and re-use the material to make the flowers. Waste not, want not eh! 👍

If you would rather use new fabric, I highly recommend myfabrics.co.uk. They have a huge range of beautiful fabrics and sell lots of haberdashery accessories too. (They currently have a big sale on at the moment too, with up to 80% off.) 👌

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Whatever fabric you intend to use, be it old fabric, newly bought fabric, curtains, clothes or bed sheets; I guarantee that these kanzashi flowers will look perfect.

I was so excited to start making these beautiful, little, fabric flowers. They look so pretty and to be honest, when I first seen the photographs I thought they would be so hard and complicated to make. But, I was wrong…

With the help of my niece 😉 I made my first one in under 15 minutes and I was very impressed with the end results.

For the first flower, we picked our favourite one in the book, which is the pretty ‘flower number 7’.

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I’m going to show you step by step how I made this flower and hopefully you can follow my instructions at home and make your own.

What You Will Need ❤

💚 Seven 8cm (3 1/4in) squares of fabric
💛 One felt circle 5cm (2in) (I used paper)
💙 One button at least 5mm (1 1/4in) in diameter
❤ Needle & Cotton
💜 Scissors
💚 Glue
💛 Measuring tape or a ruler

The size of the finished flower will be about 8cm in diameter.

How To Make A Japanese Kanzashi Flower ❤

Steps 1, 2 & 3

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Step 4 & 5

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Steps 6, 7 & 8

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Woohoo! See how easy they are to make… if you need any help at all, do leave a comment below and I will do my best to help you! 😊


So below is my finished Kanzashi Flower, which I sewed onto my homemade PJ’s to make them look prettier! 😍

Keep a look out for my upcoming post ‘How To Make Your Own PJ’s’. 👌

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My PJ’s below featuring my Kanzashi Fabric Flower!!

Happy sewing girls… ❤

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I’d love to see your Kanzashi flowers over on my facebook page. 😊😊😊😊😊

What Katie Rose Loves

If you would like to buy the book ‘Japanese Fabric Flowers’ by Sylvie Blondeau which features many more Kanzashi flower designs, then head over to the Searchpress website. They also have a wide range of various art and craft books available to buy too so take a look! 😊

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Thank you for reading!

Lots of Love

Katie Rose ❤

Contact: whatkatieroseloves@hotmail.com