Hi all! I hope you’re well. It’s been a hot minute since I last posted due to the fact I’ve been busy redecorating my bedroom (turns out to be taking a lot longer than I thought it would). Still, I wanted to take some time away to do some crafting and I thought I’d share some of my favourite DIYs with you today.
These crafts are all very much Anthropologie-inspired, just like the faux agate coasters I posted about last month. They’re all quick, easy and make for perfect homemade gifts or just treats for yourself.
Monogram Letter Ornament
I came across this old hanging initial whilst sorting out my room the other day – I’m pretty sure it’s been lying around since my uni days. Instead of throwing it out I decided to transform it into something a little more fancy and ‘grown up’ lets say!
I remember seeing gold initial ornaments in Anthropologie around Christmas time (they’re long gone now but you can still check them out here). I thought they were super pretty so I decided to use them as inspiration for my DIY.
YOU WILL NEED: A metal/wooden/MDF letter (you can find these anywhere; Hobbycraft and The Range sell them for a few pounds), spray paint, an ornate hair grip (I got mine from eBay), a glue gun and pliers
This craft is so easy it barely requires directions! It’s a super easy DIY that takes minutes and uses items you probably already have around your house.
– Apply a coat or two of spray paint to your initial and hair grip (remove any visible slides from the grip beforehand using a pair of pliers)
– Once the paint has dried, arrange the hair grip onto the intital. Once you’re happy with the positioning, secure in place with hot glue. Then you’re done!
Rose Quartz Door Knobs
I’ve been eyeing up the Anthropologie amethyst door knobs for ages but at £22 a piece they’re a little out of my price range. So I had a go at my making my own! I decided to use rose quartz as the pink goes better with my room, but obviously you can use whatever stone you like.
YOU WILL NEED: Stones of your choice (I bought mine from Etsy), UV resin, gold leaf, a paper/plastic cup, lollipop sticks, a UV lamp (or a sunny day), screws to fit your door/drawers and super glue
- Attach the screw to your stone using super glue (try to find stones that are fairly flat, at least on one side, so it’s easier to secure the screws on). Leave to dry completely
- Take a paper cup and pour in a small amount of UV resin and your gold leaf. Stir until combined
- Using a lollipop stick, apply your resin gold leaf to the back of stone and around the top of the screw, then pop under your UV lamp for about 4 minutes. Repeat on the sides and top/bottom of your stone
- Once finished, attach your new knobs to your door/drawers and admire your handiwork!
Decoupaged Oyster Trinket Dish
This is probably my favourite DIY to date. I’ve been dying to make these decoupage oyster shells ever since I came across a few tutorials on Pinterest a while back. These look so pretty and make great housewarming presents – you can use them to display jewellery, tea lights, keys… even salt and pepper!
YOU WILL NEED: Oyster shells (I got mine from here), white acrylic paint, gilding liquid paint, Mod Podge and patterned napkins/decoupage paper
- Make sure your oyster shells are clean and sterilised. Paint the inside of your shell using white acrylic (this will prevent any dark spots showing through the napkins).
- Once the paint is dry, coat the inside of your shell with a layer of Mod Podge. Take a napkin and peel off and dispose of the back layer. Then, with the design facing up, gently press your napkin onto the glue until the inside of your shell is covered
- Coat your napkin with another layer of Mod Podge. This will protect your dish and give it a glossy finish
- Whilst the glue is still wet, gently tear away any tissue hanging over the edge of your shell
- Once your Mod Podge is dry, paint the edges of your shell using gilding liquid paint. This step is optional, but I think it makes the dishes look that little bit extra special! You can also paint the back if you like – personally I like to leave a bit of shell showing, but it’s completely up to you!
NOTES: Napkins work best for this project because they’re nice and thin. You can use normal paper if you wish, but it won’t look as seamless
If the edges of your shell look a little raggedy after you’ve tore the excess tissue paper away, use sandpaper or a nail file to clean them up
I hope you enjoyed these DIYs! Let me know if you try any x