Hello lovelies happy humpday and April Fools!
So we are really in the midst of this whole quarantine/lockdown now and I am so thankful to have my little online outlets. I hope you are all keeping well and have settled into a comfortable home routine.
If you read last weeks 'Tips From Ireland's Top Creatives To Make Your Quarantine A Little Easier' you will properly have noticed that the lovely foursome from Round Our Gaff are here with me this week to give us all some much welcomed DIY tips and tricks that we can all do in our home right now. Yay!
Today Joanne Condom and Darran Heaney will be taking over and on Friday we will have Katrina Carroll and Joanne Mooney over for some tips xx
So setback grab your tea, coffee or paintbrush and enjoy xxx
Mini Upcycle with Joanne Condon
Looking at all those empty containers around the house? I will show you how to turn a tin that you could have thrown out into a handy pen holder magnet!
I tend to keep certain things in case I think if an idea to upcycle it into something different. I love something that would have been discarded into something that looks cool and useful. One of my favourite tins is this mustard tin and on the plus side I have had a real thing for mustard lately! I had this tin in my home studio and I came across the magnets I bought but you can also recycle some old magnets you no longer like or use.
So here is your quick DIY tutorial, if your tin is larger you will more that likely need more magnets on the back so it doesn’t slide down your fridge when you out a pen in.
What you need:
Old tin container
1.Clean down your old tin.
2.Add a dab of glue onto the back of each magnet.
3.After gluing place the magnets with glue side down onto your tin. (be careful not to touch the glue)
4.Leave to dry fully, and place it on your fridge and be the envy of all your friends and never look for a pen in your kitchen again!
Create A Gallery Wall with Darran Heaney of Old Victorian New
My suggestion for a DIY people can do now in their homes under the current circumstances is a Family/Friends Gallery Wall. We all have so many images on our mobile phones, but people seldom get them printed.
What you need:
Photos / Posters / Art
Nails & Hammer or Command Strips
1. Decide on the wall you want to use as your Gallery Wall.
2. Work out how many images you would like to hang.
3. Take some time to go through your phone and select your favourite There are lots of online sites that will print your images an even provide frames. You could get some images put onto a canvas too. Most sites can turn your photos around in a few days.
4. Once your photos and frames arrive, Plan out your gallery wall on the floor before you begin.
Style So Simple Tip: Using some paper and tape is a good way to plan out your gallery wall.
5. Eclectic walls always grab people’s attention and are really interesting to look at, so “Shop your home” and see what other pictures you can add to the wall.
6. I love to included some plates on a wall too, so check your presses and see what you have. A small mirror would also look cool as part of the collection!
7. Pick one picture as your starting point or anchor piece. Then plan the rest of the pieces around this.
8. Try to leave an even space around the pictures.
9. Use command strips or wall pins (or whatever you can find in the toolbox) to hang the pictures.
10. Stand back and admire your handy work. Walls can be added to and changed around, so don’t worry if it isn’t 100% complete!
Taddaa now I need to go find some Old tin containers and completely change my gallery wall.
Thanks so much, Joanne and Darran for the tips and taking part in this little Interior guide to Quarantine. I am delighted to have Ireland's DIY Dream Team together on my little corner of the internet!
On Friday we will be getting some more DIY tips from the remainder of this foursome Vintage Irish Kat and Joanne from AproudHome.
Chat to you soon and again I really hope you are all keeping safe and well xxx
Style So Simple - Aoife xxx