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.

DIY Storage Ottoman

diy storage ottoman

How long has it been since my last real DIY post? July? I think so. I’ve been so busy with the apartment and work, but I’m slowly getting things sorted and I can actually focus on smaller projects now.

One of those small projects I’ve been dying to do is this storage ottoman/pouf. When I first moved in I wanted to get a table for my sofa. I was unable to find one that I liked and soon I realised maybe a table wasn’t such a good idea after all. The door table I made last week already takes up a substantial amount of the room and having yet another table so close to it would just look weird. Plus, my sofa sort of requires having somewhere to put your feet up if you want to be 100% comfortable. So, enter the DIY Storage Ottoman!

It took me a while to figure out what I could use as a base that was sturdy enough to hold both stuff and a person sitting on it, but then I found these large buckets made for mixing grout/plaster in the hardware store. The bucket I bought is supposed to hold 50 kg, more than enough. It’s also perfect in size, wide enough to double as as a table and low enough to have legs.

supplies for ottoman diy

I also had to get two pieces of wood for the bottom and the top/lid. I don’t have any photos of this, but I sawed out two circles a big as the bottom and the top of the bucket.

For the filling I used one layer (about 1, 5 cm) of foam around the bucket and two layers of the same foam on the lid.

I used a staple gun to fasten the two layers of fabric I used. For the first layer over the foam I chose a white cotton fabric. The outer layer is white faux leather/vinyl.

Using a good, heavy duty staple gun is a MUST!

I started out by wrapping the foam around my bucket.

wrap foam 1

I sewed it together at the side.

wrap foam 1

As I wanted my ottoman to have legs, I drilled four holes in the bottom through the bucket and bottom wood plate.

drill holes for pegs

I added the screws before I started to add any fabric.

screws

I cut the edges of the lid’s two foam layers to give them a rounded shape.

top foam

Stapled on the first layer of fabric.

staple cotton 1

Added the fabric to the bucket.

staple cotton 2

Sewed it together.

staple cotton 3

And then everything looked like this.

staple cotton 4

This was the most critical step of making my ottoman. The seam on the bucket. On the first layer of fabric I could do a half-assed job, but not on the outer layer! I pinned it carefully and then used double button thread to sew it.

staple faux leather 1

staple faux leather 2

Initially the fabric got a bit wrinkly, but I was able to smooth it out. Now, as I write this a few days later, it has smoothened out itself.

staple faux leather 3

I decided to just leave the excess fabric inside the bucket. Nobody’s going to see that anyway.

staple faux leather 4

I made the legs from a uhm… yeah. I have no idea what it’s called in English. Google translate says it’s “bead” but I have no idea if that’s correct or not. Anyway I bought a 1 meter “bead”-stick-thing, cut out four pieces for legs and drilled a hole in each of them.

legs

Found where the screws where and stuck them through the fabric.

legs 2

Attached the legs.

legs 3

Added the outer fabric to the lid.

staple top 1

And my ottoman was done!

staple top 2

ottoman at night

The day after I finished it I decided it needed something more, so I added handles to the sides. It’s really easy to move around now!

pouf ottoman with handles

And I just have to include this close-up of the seam on the side. I’m so glad I didn’t screw this part up…haha.

seam detail

And hey, how gorgeous is this black tray with gold handles from IKEA’s Ryssby line? I love it! And it goes perfectly with the pouf!

diy ottoman bucket storage

I think I will keep candles and stuff in it. :D


Here are some other bucket ottoman tutorials I like:

diy bucket ottoman pouf tutorials

Mini OttomanBrit + Co

Utility Bucket OttomanDesign Sponge || Bucket PoufPretty Little Lady Design

How cute isn’t that furry one from Pretty Little Lady Designs?!

 

Door Table

door table trestle legs

I would lie If I didn’t say that this apartment has burnt a hole in my wallet. It’s not like I have that much money either. It’s kind of ironic really, before I bought the apartment I was poor because I had to save money to be able to buy it, and now I’m poor because I bought it!
But, at least I was able to fix myself a craft table without spending too much money. I just bought two trestle legs and used one of the doors from the wardrobe I tore out as a table top.

The trestles were too wide for the door, so I had to saw them off a bit.

tresle legs too wide

The table is sturdy, just the right size and can hold my sewing machine + fabric and scissors without any problems. It’s also nice to finally have somewhere to put down my plate while I eat. Haha.

tresle legs cut off