Wired Glass Bead Lantern

wired glass bead lantern diy

You guys, this lantern was SO much fun to make! Easy too! I’d say the hardest part was to make holes in the bottom metal plate, but that’s just because my hole puncher sucks. And now it’s ruined because you’re probably not supposed to use it on metal, so be warned. Probably better to drill holes, but who has time for that. Not me.

Anyway, I had all these vintage glass beads that were way too heavy to make into a necklace so I decided to make a lantern of them instead.

Besides the glass beads I also used a aluminium sheet and steel wire. I made sure to use wire that was easy to work with but at the same time could hold up the heavy glass beads. There was be some sharp wire ends to deal with, so a plier was good to have as well.

supplies

I decided to make the lantern big enough to hold these glass cups that I later DIY:ed into candles. I cut out a round metal shape with a scissor.

cut out bottom

Punched holes around the edge.

holes around edge

Secured my first wire in two holes.

first wire

Added glass beads to the wire.

first beads

And started weaving.

more weaving

After the first “layer” was done I didn’t have the bottom plate’s holes to give me directions on where I should add more beads. So, from the second layer I just freestyled everything.

first layer

I really like projects where you can do stuff randomly.

still weaving

No need to follow any directions here.

finishing it

I really like how it turned out!

close up of finished lantern

upside

lantern at night

Knitted Seat Cushion

diy knitted seat cushion

My first DIY for the year is this seat cushion that I made for the stool I have in my entry room. Pretty easy design, think knitted stockinette stitch scarf made into a tube, stuffed with a inner cushion and then rolled into a round shape and sewed together.

To the left is the inner cushion, to the right, the knitted outer layer.

inner cushion knitted outer

I fastened the cushion to the seat by adding these braided ties to the cushion.

braided ties

Will be back in some days with a proper DIY!

Berry Explosion Polymer Clay Necklace

polymer clay berry tutorial

raspberry cloudberry blackberry necklace

I feel like I’ve mentioned this a million times already, but some years ago I ran a Etsy shop where I sold polymer clay jewelry. I got bored with it after a while and when sales declined I decided to quit. But now I am slowly getting back to making things with clay. It’s so much more fun when you can do things because you WANT to, not just because you HAVE to.

clay colors for necklace

My absolute favourite thing to make with clay are all sorts of berries and fruit. For his necklace I decided to go with raspberries, cloudberries and blackberries.

This is how I make berries.

For the raspberries I used a fuchsia pink, some red, white and translucent (not necessary) fimo clay.

fimo clay

The raspberry consists of a sort of cone shaped base and lots of smaller clay balls. Don’t make them all the same size, and it’s not necessary for them to be even either. When I made food miniatures with clay I found that making stuff just a little wonky and uneven made things look more natural!

polymer clay raspberry tutorial 1

I always start to build the raspberry from the bottom and then circling the base, adding the balls all the way to the top.

polymer clay raspberry tutorial 2

The leaves can be a little tricky to add, but by using a needle and taking things slow it works!

For one raspberry I make five little leaf shapes. Then I add them to the top of my raspberry. Using a needle I add details to make them look more real.

polymer clay raspberry leaves tutorial

I also add a small stem to the top.

stem raspberry

Next to the stem I push down a small eyepin to make a charm. The eyepin will not hold if you just push it in a leave it like that. There are two options to make sure it doesn’t fall out:

Take it out after you’ve baked the charm and glue it back on.

Or, like I do with mine, take some clay on a needle and smear it on in the centre of the eyepin (the area the arrow points to in the photo below). This technique holds up REALLY well.

clay on pin

When the charms have all been baked I like to put on some varnish. Note that varnish made for polymer clay is a must! Nail polish and regular varnish will react weird with the clay!

varnish

polymer clay necklace diy

diy fimo clay necklace tutorial

Take What You Have DIY Pillows

repurposed pillow cases diy

You know how it is, money’s running low, but creativity’s running high. Here are some of my pillows made from re-purposed material.

The chair fabric is from my first try at re-upholstering this chair and the lace curtain is a left-over piece from my diy mosquito lace screen.

diy pillows 1

This striped pillow is made from vintage fabric and yarn scrap tassels.

diy pillows 2

The white pillow is made from old jeans and the round one from an old dress. Bonus: The bedset pillow cases in the back are also DIY:ed from repurposed fabric!

diy pillows 3

And here are some cool re-purposed pillows I found on the interwebs

diy repurposed pillow cases

Repurposed Shirt Pillow CoverOn Sutton place || Throw Pillows from Old SweatersRadical Possibility

No-Sew Outdoor PillowHome Coming || Repurpose Goodwill PillowsOur Homemade Life

DIY Sequin PillowMy Sister’s Suitcase || Burlap Heart Pillow with DoiliesVintage News Junkie

Btw, I have a hot tip for you. I’m not sure if batting/filling for pillows is expensive where you live, but here in my town in Sweden I have yet to find some at the crafts stores that will not make my wallet bleed. However, at IKEA’s as-is section there are very often sofa cushions (new ones, not some that have been out in the store) for sale. They are very cheap and have the best filling ever. You can make a lot of pillows from one cushion! Just awesome.