• DIY: Easter birds

    What: Easter birds made from yarn. Supplies: Yarn, tiny piece of card board for the beak, iron wire, scissors and twigs to attach the birds to. Duration: 10 minutes per bird. How to: Making these birds is pretty simple, but hard to describe (I tried, but failed). So just follow the steps on the pictures below, it should be a pretty straight forward process. Worth knowing is that you should pull the yarn relatively tight, so the separate strings are aligned and don’t get all flappy on you, once you start to bind the tail. Don’t forget to trim the tail. It might be yarn birds we are talking about,…

  • DIY: Smash!

    What: Yarn sign Supplies: Yarn, iron wire, ‘knitters spool’ (punnik-set in Dutch). Duration: 1 – 2 hours How to: Use your spool to knit a long thread, which you will use to shape your sign with. In Dutch it is known as ‘punniken’ and I have not come across a proper English translation of the word. However, it’s just like loom-knitting in mini form. It’s very easy and once you get the hang of it, it goes rather quickly. Make sure your thread is long enough to write the word you wish. I added the iron wire afterwards. This is of course done so your writing will remain in place.…

  • DIY: Rainbow hanging

    We all love rainbows, right?! I think I knew the colors of the rainbow in the right order before I could tie my shoe laces. And now they are fashionable again. Yay! So here’s how to make those cute rainbow hangings, if you don’t feel like bleeding half of your salary to get someone else or a renowned brand to make them for you (and fair enough! It takes time to make them, so if you want to make a living out of selling anything hand made, you should charge a small fortune for your products – they are both unique and I bet a lot of love has gone…

  • December 23rd

    What: Winter wonderland guirlande for above the Christmas table. Supplies: Branch, string lights, (fish-) string, screws or small hooks, pine branches, pine cones, stars or other types of decorations. Duration: 45 minutes. How to: Find or buy a large branch. We found ours in our favorite nature area and it is about 3 meters long.  Wrap your string lights around it. Attach to the ceiling with a string, by binding it to the screws/hooks you’ve screwed into it beforehand. We used fish string to give the branch a floating effect and because it can bear a lot of weight. Don’t hang it too low, because you will not be able…

  • December 22nd

    What: Ice cold candles. Supplies: Jars with a wide opening, plastic cups, twigs, scotch tape or something to way down the plastic cups, water and a freezer. Tea lights for when your candle holder is done. Duration: 15 minutes and one night in the freezer. How to: Cut your twigs into small pieces. Put some of them on the bottom of your jar. Place the plastic cup on top of it (it will be a bit wobbly). Make sure the bottom of your plastic cup is a little bigger than your tea lights. Put the other twigs between the jar and the plastic cup. Pour water between the jar and…

  • December 21st

    What: Gift wrapping. Supplies: Wrapping paper, potato, knife, (finger-)paint. Duration: 30 minutes. How to: Cut out a Christmas tree in the potato with your knife. Dip in in the paint and press onto your wrapping paper. It doesn’t get much easier! The story behind it: If you’ve never made prints using potato’s, raise your hands! Me! I can’t remember ever making potato prints (but I might have… mum, dad?). So this was a lovely chance to get on board and do a little stamping with potatoes. And the 5-yo thought it was a lot of fun too. It is difficult to mess it up so you’re almost guaranteed a great time! Instagram…

  • December 20th

    What: Wooden star. Supplies: 5 twigs, string. It would be nice if the twigs are somewhat straight. Duration: 10 minutes (unless you need to find a few twigs first). How to: Cut the twigs so they are of the same length.  Lay them in the shape of a five-pointed star. Tie the string around the ends to fasten the tips to each other.  Done. The story behind it: Once again we’ve been foraging in the nature area around the corner.  This five-pointed star has been on my list for ages, I just love the simple look of it. Right now it’s standing there on its own, but it will be part of…

  • December 19th

    What: Frozen apple lights. Supplies: Apples, tools to make a hole in the apples, egg-whites, white sugar, tea light. Duration: 20 minutes. How to: Get your egg-whites and sugar ready in a bowl. Draw a circle on your apples, use your tea light as a mold for the right size. Scrape out the top of the apple until it is deep enough to fit a tea light. Be careful not to push too hard, the apple can crumble easily (mine did). When your light fits (use one to try on every apple, otherwise all your lights will be covered in apple-goo), then drip the egg-whites on the apples. This will…

  • December 18th

    What: Clothespin stars. Supplies: Wooden clothespins and super glue. Duration: 15 minutes. How to: Pull the two parts of the clothespin apart. Glue them together again, as shown on the pictures. Use the stars to decorate your gifts or as a decoration on your tree. We added a little glitters on one of the stars (never go down on glitter) and left the other one neutral. The story behind it: I saw a tutorial on how to make these stars on Instagram, and it just fitted right into our DIY-scheme. We had a lot of left over pegs from our ‘laundry line’ and it made sense to me to use them for this…