Tag: DIY

Homemade Nail Polish Stand

I did a nail polish cull, cutting my collection from 74 to 36! I just hadn’t been wearing policy that much recently, and a lot of them were still being stored in a box under my bed. The rest were inn a little basket on my chest of drawers which kept them corralled but not very easy to see.  And that’s another reason I wasn’t using them.

So I made some little stands for them.  I did this a while ago with foam, but ended up getting rid of them when I moved house.  Plus I had about 400 polishes then and didn’t need stands that big anymore.

I used some cardboard that my planner came packaged in (side note am now obsessed with planner stickers!), and some foam board which I have accumulated somehow, and some silver crepe paper.

I just cut the cardboard to my desired size, and then stacked them on top of each.  I cut the foam board to the same size and glued that on the top and bottom of the stack.  I then wrapped it all over with the silver crepe paper.  As usual I glued it all with fabric glue as I find this to be very secure, and my regular PVA is glued shut!  It looks so much more organised now, although it does take up a bit more room on my dressing table. 



Microwavable Rice Pack



It’s bloody freezing right now, and I’m forcing myself to go outside and walk to the gym. It’s sheer madness I know.  It has forced my hand though to get on and make some microwavable rice pack because it’s cold and I’m aching.

I bought a fat quarter of fabric for £2.85, and a 500g bag of rice for 88p.  I already had a little bottle of what I thought was lavender essential oil but was actually lavender massage oil.

I cut the fat quarter into a piece that was 32 x 58 cm (I just eyeballed the size I wanted).

I folded it in half longways right side together.  Then I sewed closed two sides, and about a third of the way along the third side.

I turned it inside out, so right way out really.  Then poured in the rice, and a few drops of the lavender.  Then I hand sewed the open side using my terrible version of slip stitch.  I was worried that my hand sewing wouldn’t be strong enough and rice would explode everywhere but so far so good.

I put mine in the microwave for two mins and it came out very hot, so I think 1min 30secs might be better.  I did notice it didn’t keep it heat as long as a hot water bottle, although if you spend four hours trying to pose with it and take pictures for your blog then what do you expect?

How To Replace A Boot Zip!

How To Replace A Boot Zip

I had a minor crisis when my boot zip broke and I was hopping around all evening.  I decided that instead of spending £30 getting it professionally replaced I would spend £2.26 on a new zip and replace it myself.  I made a video showing what I did in case anyone else is looking to do likewise.


Book Review- Ready Made: How To Make (Almost) Everything

ReadyMade: How To Make (Almost) Everything

I bought this book a while back and it’s a really nice coffee table book.  The cover is really nice (imo) simple but has a fun ruler design on the spine and thick unfinished cardboard for the cover.  I really dislike the big barcode on the cover though- especially when there is also one on the back.  RRP is £14.95.  (I did not pay that much!)

On the cover we are told ‘These never-before-seen designs and how-tos are full of surprise and wonder.   Learn how to turn everyday objects into spellbinding inventions to give away to friends or keep for yourself…the founders of ReadyMade magazine have fed and cared fro this animal.  It will not be domesticated.  It runs wild and breathes free.’   From that I think you can appreciate tone, humour, and purpose of the book.  I found it appealing.

Inside the book is divided into sections on different materials: fabric, wood, glass, metal, paper, plastic and each section begins with an article on the chosen material (generally about how much of it we waste every year when we throw things away) and a short history  of it eg. 1400-1300BC bones used in China to write on, 1550AD Wallpaper introduced to Europe from China, 1900-1910 first paper plates developed (I missed out a few years).


 And there are projects to-do such as a coat rack made from detergent bottles, a rug  made from recycled plastic shopping bags, and a beer-can room divider.  There’s a full page photo of each project, and clear instructions, there’s also a list of all the things you needs, and the time and money it will take you to make it, as well as the skill level required.

It’s really nicely designed and easy to use but there are some issues; the usual ones for how-to books.  While I appreciate the desire to make-do and mend, to reuse things that would have merely been thrown away the things they want you to make aren’t always that easy, practical, useful or desirable.

The beer-can room divider is a good example- it requires 216 beer cans (I don’t drink beer but I realise other people do.  But if you did you would have to drink a lot in one go or have a living room full of beer cans for several months).  You also needs foam pipe insulation, wood dowels, steel wire, galvanised floor flange, flat cap hubs, and various tools like metal shears, wire cutters, hacksaw, drill, and hot glue gun.  I do not have any of those things to hand (so it will not save anything from the landfill) and I also have no idea what some of them are (flange anyone?).  Also, and perhaps most importantly, who on earth would want a room divider made of beer-cans?

Ready Made

It is extremely difficult to put a book together like this that can provided for everyone’s taste, skill, and circumstances, and I found the other articles and information on materials quite interesting.  So I think they would have done better to focus on that with some smaller (less wacky) project ideas included.