{DIY} Fallen Leaves Picture

DIY Fallen Leaves Picture - Beak Up Crafts

I’ve always been a bit obsessed by the paint colour cards you get in DIY stores and I’ve always wanted to think of a creative way to make something with them. Wayne and I were in our local B&Q the other day on the hunt for paint samples to give the feature wall in our bedroom a new look and I took the chance to snaffle a pocketful of orange and coral shades.

(Side note: I still think that the job of coming up with names for lots of pretty paint shades is one of the best in the world – along with choosing road names – and for years I seriously wanted to do that as a career. What a job!)

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Anyway, I had a few vague ideas floating round in my head about what I could do with the colour cards but I finally had the flash of inspiration I was looking for when suffering from a bout of insomnia at five in the morning. Who says nothing good happens after 2am anyway?

Here’s how to make this pretty and bright Fallen Leaves picture which will add a seasonal splash of colour to your home!

What you need:

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  • Paint colour cards
  • A craft knife
  • A self-healing mat
  • A pencil
  • Glue dots/glue
  • A picture frame
  • A piece of white/cream paper

How to make it:

  1. Collect your colour cards and on the back draw a selection of leaf shapes. Try to mix them up for an interesting look.
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  2. Once you’re happy with your pictures, cut out the leaves using the craft knife. You can add texture and interest by cutting out the stems or making the edges a bit jaggy. TOP TIP: Cut out the stems first and if you’re cutting a jagged edge cut the card to the point. Also, it’s easier if you turn the card as you work so you’re not cutting at a funny angle!
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  3. Stick the paper to the back of the mount using wash tape.
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  4. Place your leaves onto the background paper and decide on your layout.
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  5. When you’ve decided what you’d like to go where, stick the leaves in place using glue or a glue dot.
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  6. Set the picture aside to dry before framing it and hanging it on your wall!
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I hope you like this bright and colourful DIY. I love autumn but I think this would look great all year round.

Lots of fallen leaves love,

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DIY: How to Make a Glittery Jewellery Bowl with Air Dry Clay

Glitter bowlIf you’ve been reading my blog for a while you’ll know that I like to try out new things. I love getting to grips with something new and giving it a bash. I haven’t used clay since my school days (when I made a quite honestly scary bust of my cat’s head – it was terrifying) but I fancied giving it another go to create something that’s both pretty AND useful.

So without further ado, here’s my step-by-step guide of how to make a little glittery bowl from scratch which is just perfect to put on your bedside table and hold your rings and things.

Glitter bowl

What You Need:

How to:

        1. Take a handful of clay and put it on your tray. I totally recommend using a tray as it makes it so much easier to clean everything up afterwards. Have a bit of a play around with your clay. You might need to add a bit of water to make it more pliable.
          TOP TIP: Only add a bit of water at a time as you don’t want it to be too runny as this makes it pretty unmanageable (as I discovered).
        2. Roll out your clay so it’s about half a centimetre thick.
        3. Put your small bowl/cup upside down on the clay and cut around it with a knife.Roll out the clay
        4. Carefully lift out the circle you have just cut out and gently push it inside the bowl/cup. Make sure you press it down firmly all the way to the bottom and up the sides.Put the clay in the cup -Red Heart - Beak Up Crafts
        5. Leave this to dry for at least 24 hours.
        6. Once dry, turn your bowl/cup upside down and ease out your clay bowl. I did this by tapping it on the table. Put some newspaper/old magazines down for the next stage.
        7. Using the sandpaper or nail file, smooth the edges. Don’t worry if the sides are bumpy as the glitter will cover this. Glitter hides a multitude of sins!Smooth the edgesRed Heart - Beak Up Crafts
        8. Once you’re happy with your bowl, using a paint brush cover the inside and top edge with a coating of Mod Podge.
          Slap on the Mod Podge
        9. This is the fun bit – pour your glitter inside and coat the bowl. Leave it to dry for a few hours then flip the bowl over and repeat the Mod Podge/glitter coating on the bottom.Add the glitter
        10. Leave the bowl to dry. When dry, turn upside down to shake off any loose bits of glitter. (Best not do this over the carpet).
        11. To seal in the glitter, coat your bowl with Mod Podge again, leaving some drying time in between doing the top and the bottom.
          TOP TIP: This will look a funny shade of white but Mod Podge dries clear so you’ve no reason to worry!Paint Mod Podge over the glitter Red Heart - Beak Up Crafts
        12. Once the Mod Podge has dried, you can either leave the bowl as it is or for a smoother finish paint it with clear nail varnish or glaze.Glittery goodness

And that’s it! You can now fill your glittery little bowl with rings and trinkets.

Glitter bowl

I hope you enjoyed this sparkly DIY.

Lots of glittery love,

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DIY Geometric {and Pretty Pressed Flower} Paper Lanterns

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These paper lanterns look really effective but are so quick and easy to put together. I think they would look great at a wedding, at an outdoor party or late summer BBQ (if the sun holds). There’s two types covered in this post but the way to make them is the same, whether you prefer modern geometrics or pretty pressed flowers.

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Here’s how to make them.

What you will need:

Coloured paper
Pressed flowers (stick them in between some kitchen roll and put the in between some heavy books for a couple of weeks)
Waxed paper (four sheets)
Washi tape
A craft knife and cutting mat/scisscors
A pencil
A ruler
An iron and ironing board
An LED tealight or candle in a glass votive (never a naked flame!)

Method:

  1. Take the three sheets of waxed paper and fold them in half, waxy side together.
  2. Draw your paper design. It can be as simple or complicated as you like. You could even layer different colours of tissue paper instead or just leave a solid piece at the bottom for a modern block colour effect. I drew my design with pencil then cut it out using my craft knife.
  3. Lay out a piece of waxed paper and arrange the paper pieces on one half, taking care to leave some waxed paper space at the edge.
  4. Carefully fold over the top piece of waxed paper.
  5. Using the iron on a medium setting, quickly and lightly iron over each panel to seal them together. Set them aside to cool.
  6. Once you’ve made all three panels, it’s time to put them together. Enter washi tape. Measure your washi tape to length and lay a strip on the table sticky side up.
  7. Place the first panel edge on the washi tape to the halfway point. Then take your next panel on the other half. For added strength, put another strip of washi tape on the inside.
  8. Repeat these steps with the third panel.
  9. Finally, stick the final edge together to assemble the lantern. This is a bit trickier as you will have to pick it up but if you stick the last bit of washi tape on the first edge while the lantern is still lying flat, this should do the trick. Also put the edge flat on the table and run your finger up the inside to flatten it down.
  10. That’s it, you’re done! Put your pretty lantern around your LED tealight or a candle that’s in a glass votive (but never a naked flame as we don’t want a fire on our hands!)

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After making the first lantern my creative juices were well and truly flowing so I also made one using pressed flowers which would look lovely at a rustic wedding or summer party.

When I was younger I had a mini flower press and I thought it was the greatest thing ever. Sadly I have no idea where it went but it didn’t stop me from foraging around for fallen flowers in the park. I’m pretty confident I looked massively odd, but hey, it was for a good purpose so nevermind!

I made this lantern in exactly the same way as above, just switching the paper for flowers after pressing them in between some kitchen roll and heavy books for a couple of weeks and I decided to go for four panels instead of three.

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So what do you think? Nice and easy eh? I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and will give it a try.

Lots of flowery love,

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How to Make: Scrappy Fabric Bunting

Fabric bunting

I’m going to say something a bit controversial so I’ll do it in a whisper.

*I don’t like bunting*

(Looks over shoulder, checks that I haven’t been struck down by the crafting gods)

Don’t hate me! Maybe it’s because I saw so much of the traditional triangle-shaped bunting on a load of wedding blogs in the run-up to mine and Wayne’s wedding earlier in the year. Maybe it’s because it’s been pretty much everywhere for what seems like ever. I love vintage and all things kitsch but I just don’t love bunting that much anymore.

Saying that, I an absolutely LOVING tassels and fringing right now. Garlands made with tissue paper strips or brightly-coloured plastic in an ombre effect get a big thumbs up from me.

This got me thinking – why not do this with pretty fabric? It would look lovely AND there would be absolutely no sewing involved. (I’ve got to admit, this is something that totally puts me off running up a few metres of bunting. Yeah, I’m still very much eyeing up my mini sewing machine with total suspicion…)

Bunting

This scrappy fabric bunting is not only easy peasy to make, but it would look as great at a wedding as it would on your bedroom wall. You could work an ombre effect going from lighter shades to dark, go with pinks or blues for a baby shower or a nursery. The choices are endless! As there is no sewing involved it would also be a great craft project to work on with children.

Anyway, enough of the chat, here’s how I made it.

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Get a Free Beak Up Crafts iPhone App Icon!

Get the Beak Up Crafts app!

Hello everyone! I wasn’t going to post today but I’ve just done something which is pretty cool (well, I think so – nerd alert!).

I’ve just made an App Icon for Beak Up Crafts which you can add to your iPhone’s home screen! This means if you ever want to check out the blog, all you have to do is click the icon on your phone and it will take you to the site straight away. Super quick and easy with no typing. HOW COOL IS THAT!

All you have to do to get this super slick shortcut is follow these steps:

Get the Beak Up Crafts App!

  1. Using Safari, go to www.beakupcrafts.co.uk on your iPhone and press the share button
  2. Press the ‘Add to Home Screen’ button
  3. Press ‘Add’

That’s it! The new icon will appear on your iPhone and lots of crafty news (and my random ramblings) will be at your fingertips!

Oof. After that bit of technical fun, I’m off for a lie down.

Oh and a big shout out to Dana at The Wonder Forest who wrote an excellent tutorial on how to do this which you can find here.

Lots of bloggy iPhone App icon love,

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How to Make a Crochet Bow Tie Necklace

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Morning everyone, I hope you’ve had a brilliant week. If not, the weekend is now bearing down on us like a two-day mecca of relaxation (with any luck!) so it’s not all bad!

Anyway, following on from my earlier post about handmade jewellery (click here to check it out and to also win one of four beautiful gemstone bracelets) I decided to have a bash at making some myself.

I’ve never tried jewellery making before and to be honest the whole thought of it is quite scary. I’m talking about wielding pliers, mysterious things called jump rings and the expense of doing it. But then I had an idea. I’ve quite fancied having a bow tie necklace for a while; Tatty Devine had some gorgeous glittery ones a few years back and Ladybird Likes makes some pretty ones from wood, but I don’t know how to laser cut acrylic or anything like that.

What I do know how to do, though, is crochet, so after watching a couple of YouTube videos relating to the jewellery bit and buying this cheap jewellery set from eBay, I decided to try my hand at making a crochet bow tie necklace.

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I’ve got to say I’m pretty pleased with it (and it’s hot pink brightness, naturally) and thought I would share it in case anyone else would like a try!

You will need:

  • Basic crochet knowledge
  • Wool (I used hot pink neon in DK (double knitting) weight)
  • Crochet hook (to fit the wool you are using)
  • Scissors
  • Darning needle
  • Four jump rings
  • a chain
  • A clasp
  • Pliers (although you could use your fingernails, if you don’t mind them breaking!)

How to:

  1. Make the crochet bow tie first.
    To do this, ch 23.
    Tr into the third ch from hook. Tr to end then turn.
    Ch 3. Tr into the third ch from hook. Tr to end then turn. Repeat six more times.
    Finish off and leave a long end for sewing.
  2. This will give you a rectangle. Fold it in half lengthways and stitch together.
  3. Make the tie bit.
    To do this, ch 13.
    Tr into the third ch from the hook. Tr to end then turn.
    Ch 3. Tr to end and fasten off leaving a long end for sewing.
    Stitch the two short ends together.
  4. Slide the tie over the middle of the rectangle make in steps one and two to make the bow tie. Put this to one side.
  5. Measure two lengths of chain measuring 8.5 inches and cut. I used scissors, which worked fine, but be careful for little bits of chain flying around!
  6. With your pliers (or fingers!) open up the jump rings. There’s a video which shows how to open and close them here:

    How to Open and Close Jump Rings

  7. Slide a jump ring through a loop of your bow tie in the top corner. Feed the jump ring through the chain too before closing the jump ring. Repeat at the other side.
  8. Add a jump ring to the chain at the other end and slip on a clasp. Close it up.
  9. Pop a jump ring onto the end of the other chain – this is where the clasp will fasten.

That’s it, you’re done!

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In the end my first foray into jewellery making wasn’t so bad after all.

I hope you like my super bright pink bow tie necklace!

Lots of dapper love,

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DIY Flowery Flip Flops

Flowery flip flops

Hello everyone,

So today’s post is another flower-filled summer fest following on from my floral hat top tips earlier in the week.

I don’t know about you, but once the sun hits the sky I pretty much live in flip flops. Sadly, my trusty old black pair took their final steps the other week, meaning I had to go and find a replacement. However, this time, rather than just leaving them plain I thought it would be nice to add a splash of colour and personalise them. What better for the job than a load of brightly-coloured mini roses!

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This is as really easy make and even with taking pictures it took me less than half an hour so if you want to jazz up your flip flops this is the tutorial for you!

What You Need:

  • Plain flip flops (I bought mine from Primark for £1!)
  • Superglue (please be careful and be sure to following the pack instructions)
  • Flat back plastic flowers (I used these)

How to:

  1. Make sure your flip flops are clean and dry. If you’re using a new pair you should be OK but if you’re brightening up an old pair give them a quick wipe down and dry them off.
  2. Decide which order you would like the flowers to go on the bar of your flip flops. You can either place them on the sandals (although they might fall off!) or on the floor, changing the order of the colours until you are happy.
  3. Using the superglue, put a tiny dot of glue on the back of the rose you want to go at the top of the V. Stick this one in place on one of the sides (not across the V as this won’t work) then work outwards, evenly spacing the flowers.
  4. Make sure you hold each flower in place for a few seconds to make sure it is stuck in place.
  5. Don’t forget you can always add more flowers at the end. I added an extra one on the outside part of the strap as this bit is longer than the bit that goes over the inside of your foot, if you know what I mean!
  6. Let the glue dry for a few hours.

And that’s it! You’re ready to go out and show off your new sandals to the world!

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I hope you liked this tutorial. I would love to hear if you’re thinking of giving it a go.

Lots of flowery love,

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How to: Three Ways to Decorate your hat with Flowers

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I know, I know, I’m such a cliche. Summer is well and truly here and quicker than you can say “pass the ice pops” I’m slapping on the factor 50 and searching for my very wide-brimmed hat.

You see, as a very pale-skinned English rose, as much as I would love to kick back with flowers in my hair and develop a golden brown tan, I simply can’t. Instead it takes pretty much everything in my power to stave off sunburn and if I’m as white in September as I was when summer started, I’m a very happy camper.

Still, if you’re like me and are a shade-seeker, it doesn’t mean that you can’t cover up in style. I’m obsessed with flowers at the moment – I mean, OBSESSED – and with Wayne and I going away to the seaside for a few days (more on this soon!) I decided to prettify a straw hat I bought a few years ago with some flowers.

So here are three easy ways to get your bloom on – and I’m not talking about picking flowers out of your neighbour’s garden (although if you are going to do that, make sure they don’t see you…)

The Easiest Way: Flowery Hair Clips

Flower Hair clips

You will need

  • A hat
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread
  • Ribbon
  • A pin
  • Flowery hair clips

The quickest and easiest way to pretty up your hat is with some ribbon and a couple of flowery hair clips. Yep, that’s it!

Simply measure the circumference of your hat with the ribbon, pin it, stitch it, slip it onto the hat and put the clips in place over the join.

Now you’re ready for the sun!

A Slightly Craftier Way: Felt Flowers

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You will need:

  • A hat
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread
  • Ribbon
  • A pin
  • Felt in two colours

This way involves you being a bit more crafty as there’s a bit more cutting and sewing, but not much.

As for the first method, measure and sew your ribbon band then put this to one side.

I then cut the flower shapes out of the felt freehand, although you could draw them on first if you’re not feeling confident. I cut some larger flowers and some slightly smaller ones to sit on top, and I mixed up the colours before stitching them in place with a small cross.

All that needs to be done then is to work out where you want the flowers on the ribbon and stitch them on, before sliding the ribbon onto your hat.

Felt flowers

The off you pop for some lounging in the sun dressed in your bright daisies!

The Slightly Trickier Way: Fabric Roses

Fabric flowers

You will need:

  • A hat
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread
  • Ribbon
  • A pin
  • Fabric (3 inch strips, the length of a fat quarter, or 22 inches)

OK so this is the trickiest of the three, but I think it is the nicest. I hadn’t made any roses out of fabric before I decided to try it for this post and the first couple I tried were a bit *wonky* but if you try to keep it as tight as possible when you’re wrapping the fabric around you should find that they turn out OK. That’s my top tip.

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I learned how to make fabric roses by following this video:

How to Make Fabric Roses

Let’s break it down (and re-watch the video several times!)

  1. Fold your piece of fabric in half lengthways
  2. Fold the top corner to the bottom corner to make a folded triangle
  3. Turn in the end.
  4. Start tightly rolling the fabric.
  5. Turn the fabric as you go to create the petals
  6. When you reach the end, stick a pin in the bottom to hold it all in place
  7. Stitch the flower together, then stitch it to your ribbon
  8. Make some more!

(Obvs you will need to have measured your ribbon around your hat and stitched it in place as with the other two methods before you attach your flowers to it!)

So what do you think? I love the fabric roses, although that might be something to do with the ditsy floral fabric I used (which I’ve had lying around for ages so it’s nice to finally use it for something!)

Fabric roses

Fabric flowersDo you think you might have a go at making any flowers out of fabric? If you’re not putting them on a hat they would make a super cute brooch or you could even put them on a hair clip or hair band. I would love to hear your thoughts!

Lots of flowery love!

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{Crafty Advice} How to keep your Wedding and Engagement Ring Super Sparkly

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Hello everyone,

I went to a lovely wedding this weekend (more on that to come in a picture-filled post in a couple of days!) and it got me thinking about my own wedding, and more specifically how much I love my wedding and engagement ring and what they mean to me. Saturday was a lovely summery June day and the sun was shining, which really helped my rings to sparkle. I thought it would be nice if I shared how I keep my wedding and engagement rings looking their best, as a girl can never have diamonds that are *too* sparkly, right?!

If you wear a ring every day (especially one that has a stone) it can lose a bit of its sparkle due to a number of things – creams, dirt, sweat (lovely!) and dead skin (ooh even nicer!).

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I treasure my engagement and wedding ring and like anyone who is married or engaged, I would be gutted if I were to ever lose them. I also want to keep them looking their super sparkly and shiny best!

This is my quick and simple way to keep them super shiny.

  • Once a week:
    Boil the kettle and pour the hot water into a cup. Add a squirt of washing up liquid and mix it round with a spoon
    Drop in your rings and leave them there for a few minutes. Any dirt will lift off and come away from your rings. (Give them a swirl about with the spoon!)
    Empty out the cup and refill it with cold water, leaving your rings in there to cool.
  • Once a month:
    I tend to do this in the bath (when I’m watching something on Netflix on my iPad – always nice to have a lovely long soak! Too much information?). I take off my rings and get a cotton bud and dip it in the water. I then use it to give my rings a good clean, inside and out, and rinse them off under the hot tap. Of course, that means there’s going to be some more hot water in the bath, so you have every reason to stay in there a bit longer. And relax…
  • Once a year:
    Of course nothing beats having your ring professionally cleaned and while I’ve not been married long enough to have sent my wedding ring off for cleaning, I did this with my engagement ring and it came back super sparkly. Call it an MOT for your ring if you like. It doesn’t cost much but I think it’s well worth it to keep your sparkler at its dazzling best.
  • Once every two years:
    If your ring is white gold you might find that its surface dulls a little over time or starts to look a bit yellowy. I was told by my jeweller that this is due to the amino acids in your skin and how they react with the metal. This can’t be avoided and the best way to tackle this is to have your ring re-plated (also called re-dipped) in rhodium. I had this done to my engagement ring before our wedding day so it was as super bright as my brand new wedding ring.

Sparkly rings

I hope you like my tips! So how do you keep your rings looking their best? I would love to hear your advice, so don’t be shy and feel free to share it in the comments section.

Lots of sparkly love,

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Free Printable – World Cup Football/Soccer Player Paper Finger Puppets

Hello everyone,

So World Cup fever is almost upon us! This means three weeks of carnival, samba and soccer in Brazil as the best footballing nations come together to do battle for the famous World Cup trophy.

I thought it was only right that I do a bit of World Cup crafting on the blog (seeing as my day job is working as a sports journalist!) and to kick things off I’ve illustrated a free printable football player colouring sheet to help get children excited by the tournament. Simply click the clink below, download the PDF and print it out then colour in the players and the flag! You can then cut out the holes and put your fingers through (you might have to photocopy the printable slightly bigger to do this) or you can add pipe cleaners for legs!

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I used to love colouring and making these when I was little and I think it’s a nice way to get children involved and excited in the tournament, while maybe teaching them a bit about flags and countries too.

Here’s the link to click for the PDF download:

World Cup Printable

I would love to know what you think and also see your finished teams in action! Also, who do you think is going to win the World Cup? It’s hardly controversial but my money is on Brazil. They are at home, know the conditions well and look pretty sharp, although I wouldn’t rule out Argentina either. I drew Argentina in the sweepstake at work, so fingers crossed…

Lots of footballing love,

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