DIY || 3 Extremely Easy Home Decor DIYs

*This post is sponsored by Jumia

Home decor is one thing I secretly love A LOT! However, I have quickly come to realise that it can be a bit pricy trying to get your house to look a certain way especially here in Nigeria.

One thing we lack the most is home decor – you know, those cute little bits you can use to quickly spice up the look of your living space; but trust, there’s always a DIY way to go about it.

So in today’s tutorial, I’m going to show you 3 simple ways to add gold accents to your living space using mainly spray paint and a few other bits and bobs you can easily access



#1 – Gold Flower Vase

What you’ll need

  • An empty wine bottle
  • Masking Tape
  • Gold Spray Paint – Available on Jumia
  • Old Newspaper

To achieve this, all you need to do is use your masking tape to cover the areas you don’t want to be painted in gold. Easy variations include straight lines around the bottle like the one I did, or diagonal lines across the bottle.


Once you’ve done that, Spray paint your bottle and leave to dry for 24 hours. Once it’s completely dry, take off your masking tape and your new Flower vase is ready to be used!


Top Tip! – Do not focus on one area as you spray so as to avoid the paint being too thick on a particular spot. Instead, spray paint your branches in layers until you get full coverage. Also, to achieve a clean finish, make sure your bottle is COMPLETELY clean and without an water, oil or glue stain.


#2 – Gold Himmeli Hanging Flower holder

What you’ll need

  • Some thin straws
  • Fish Line Rope
  • Gold spray paint – Available on Jumia
  • Old Newspaper

To start off this ornament, you need 4 long straw cuts and 8 short straw cuts. How to make this is best described through a video to be honest – So just scroll down and see below! ^_^


#3 – Gold Fruit Bowl

What you’ll need

  • A fruit bowl – Bought from Jumia
  • Gold spray paint – Available on Jumia
  • Old Newspaper

Probably the easiest and most straightforward of the bunch. All you have to do it literally just spray paint the entire bowl and viola! Golden fruit bowl

Which of the 3 above is your favourite? 1, 2 or 3?



Watch the Video Tutorial here!



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DIY || Party DIYs for Birthdays, Bridal showers and More!

I celebrated my birthday a few days back and while planning my little birthday dinner, I knew I wanted a it to look and feel a certain way. I wanted to have a few unique bits and pieces to make my little gathering feel intimate and also create a personal experience for my guests and so I got thinking…

How can I achieve that?

I thought of creating party props, personalised party favours for my friends, name cards and so on; but the cost of achieving all this was not something I was willing to pay.

I’ve been in Nigeria for a little while and if there’s one thing I know for sure, whenever party planner or people in general hear the word ‘party’, the price for everything sky rockets. So of course, I put on my DIY thinking cap and DIY-d little wine bottle for everyone, my very own personalised party props and name place cards.

 

So here’s a tutorial on how I made some of the bits for my birthday party and I threw in an extra DIY at the end which if you’re following me on instagram, you’ve probably already seen! ^_^

Enjoy!


Which DIY’s your fave?


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DIY || Ankara Satin Bonnet in 4 Minutes

Satin Bonnets… Where do I start? As a newbie to the Satin Bonnet Family, I’ll be honest, I’m only beginning to understand their usefulness and haven’t used one long enough to know how fantastic it is. However, a lot of people swear by it and say it’s good for…

  • Keeping your Hair Healthy
  • Keeping your hair curls in shape while you sleep (if you have curly hair) and stops your hair from knotting if you have Kinky hair.
  • Keeping your Hair hydrated

… and a whole list of other things. With all that said, it will only make sense for every girl to have one! So without further ado, here’s a tutorial on how to make your very own Ankara Satin bonnet!

(Did I mention it’s reversible?)


A List of Things you need

1/2 a yard of Ankara Fabric

1/2 a yard of Satin Fabric

1 inch thick Elastic Band about (25-30cm long)

 A pair of scissors

A sewing Machine

A Safety Pin

A Bobby Pin

Now to the video! Enjoy!

P.S. – There’s a Diagram below this video that might help you a bit more and guide you on the dimensions to use for your bonnet!


Helpful diagram I spoke about ^_^ lol

DIY Ankara Satin Bonnet

Thanks for watching!!!



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DIY || Gucci Inspired Bag!

Things you’ll need!

Mini bag – Got mine from Miniso

Gucci like Trimming – I got mine in Yaba Market Lagos, Nigeria (N400)

UHU Glue

 A pair of scissors

Step 1

Cut your trimming to the right length that will fit the area of your bag where you want it placed

Step 2

Apply some glue on the backside of the trimming

Step 3

Place the trimming on your bag and leave to dry for 24hours!

C’est Fini


Check out the video tutorial posted on instagram!

DIY || Cement / Concrete Tea Light Holder.

Hey there my fellow DIY lovers! How have you been?

Today’s tutorial is yet another decor DIY (I seem to be loving them these days) but this Tea light holder is a little bit more interesting and fun to do!

This tutorial, like the name suggest was done using Cement!… and a few other bits. I’m totally, TOTALLY loving the outcome of this Tea light holder project which makes for such a cute and aesthetically pleasing addition to any living space!

Don’t you think so?

 


Here’s a step by step guide on how to make these beauties!

A List of things you’ll need

5 heaped tea spoons of Cement (per tea light holder)

Some water

A Plastic spoon

1 big disposable plastic cup

2 small disposable cups

A paint brush

Some Gold Acrylic paint (or any metallic paint of your choice)

Some sand paper ( I got mine from shoprite for N599.99)

Masking tape

 


Here we go!

Step 1

Combine your dry cement with some water to make a paste, using the big disposable cup and your plastic spoon. The mixture should be about the same consistency as tooth paste.

Step 2

Pour your paste into one of the smaller disposable cups to the height you want your tea light holder to be!

 


Step 3

Release any air bubbles that might be in your mixture by gently tapping the cup full of the cement paste on your work surface in an up and down motion.

Step 4

Take your second small disposable cup and place it into the cup full of cement to make a hole in the cement. Press it down GENTLY until some of the paste begins to rise on the sides around the inner cup. When your happy with how deep your hole is (which is essentially where your candle will be placed), place something heavy into the inner cup to keep it in place. Ensure it is right in the middle of your cement mixture and leave to dry for 24 hours!

 


Step 5

When your cement is completely dry, remove the plastic cups from within and outside the cement mould.

 

 


Step 6

Once you’ve removed all the plastic, take a piece of sandpaper and smoothen out any rough edges or bits of cement that are out-of-place.


 

 


Step 7

Last but not the least, Decorating!

Use some masking tape to mark out a triangular shape on the side of your cement mould. Paint the inner section with some gold paint and leave to dry for a few hours.

Tip! – Use at least 2 coats of paint to get proper coverage and a rich vibrant colour!

Once the paint is completely dry, remove the masking tape and your tea light holder is complete!


 

 


Just place any tea light of your choice into it and voila!


 


What do you think?

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DIY || Last Minute Christmas DIYs – Gifts and Ornaments from Toilet Roll!

A quick little DIY for you to try out just before Christmas day comes!

They’re super quick and super perfect for last-minute projects. So here are 2 DIYs you can try out at home to give your Festive celebration that extra touch!

DIY Bon Bons!

What you’ll need

  • Empty Toilet roll(s)
  • Some coloured paper or wrapping paper
  • An adhesive – Any quick drying Glue or Sellotape is fine
  • Some Ribbon
  • Something to fill your Bon-Bon with!

Step 1

Cover your Toilet roll using your coloured paper. Do this by sticking one edge to the toilet roll with your glue or sellotape. Then roll your toilet roll up in your coloured paper and when you get to the end of your paper, glue it to hold it in place.

Ensure that you have enough excess at both ends of the toilet roll to make your Bon-Bon edges

 


Step 2

Gently squeeze on one end of your Bon Bon and tie it up using some ribbon

 


Step 3

Take your Bon Bon filler (chocolate in my case) and put them into your Bon Bon using the open end.

Once you’re done, squeeze on the open end just like before and tie it up using more ribbon!

 

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They are perfect for giving out as little treats to people who visit you on christmas day ESPECIALLY children! ^_^



DIY Tree Ornaments

What you’ll need

  • Some toilet roll
  • A pair of scissors
  • Some glitter
  • Some PVA glue
  • A glue gun
  • Some rope

Step 1

Cut your toilet roll into 6 small strips!


Step 2

Shape your toilet roll strips to form leaf like shapes. Once you’ve done that, arrange your strips into the shape of a flower!


Step 3

Using your glue gun, stick the strips together at the point they all meet!

To add that extra touch to your ornament, you can add a pearl to the centre of the flower.


Step 4

The final step is to apply glue all over the leaves of your flower and apply some glitter over it!


Tie a string to one of the leaves and your ornament is done!


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What do you think? Toilet roll put to good use right?!

DIY || 7 Footware DIYs that you can easily do at home!

DIY Fur Heels

… and a little shoe transformation to go with it! Watch how I turned my shoe from Peach to black and added a bit of class to it as well!

Click here! (Opens in new tab!)


DIY Pom Pom Heels!

Remember when these were a major style trend! I still love them and if you ask me, I think they are timeless! Full tutorial here!

DIY Black Pom pom heels


DIY Yarn Pom Pom Heels

This was the first ever tutorial I did in Nigeria! Cost me less than N500 to achieve and still one of my most loved filp-flops till date

Read more : DIY Yarn Pom Pom Heels


DIY Daisy Flip Flops

Full tutorial here!


DIY Ankara Plimsoles

Everyone’s fave and I think it just might be yours too!

Link here! 


DIY Studded Plimsoles

Now this was my personal fave and my most rocked shoe of Summer’17

Check it out here!


DIY Studded Flat Shoes!

I seem to love studs but this one’s little different. Talk about many ways to achieve similar results! More on this tutorial here!

DIY Studded Flats

Which one’s your fave?!

 

 

 

DIY || Vintage Dress to Co-Ord Set #refashion

DIY Two piece co-ord from Dress-3

I told you my love for Co-ordinate sets isn’t ending anytime soon! ^_^

So a little background story on this dress – I spotted it at a second hand clothing market and fell in love with the fabric immediately. The style of the dress, not so much #lol but I knew I could do something interesting with it.

Converting dresses to co-ord sets is probably one of the most common and easiest for of clothing revamps you can ever do but seeing as I’ve never done one on my blog, I knew this dress will be the perfect one to use for this tutorial!

So here it is, my DIY tutorial on how to convert that not so nice looking dress (Could even be your done on an old dress you have lying somewhere) to a hot sizzling two piece ensemble!

What you’ll need

An Old dress

A sewing machine

A pair of scissors

A measuring tape

Needle and thread

Enjoy!



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DIY || Frayed Hem Jeans – Thrift Upcycle #refashion

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Hi everyone!

Welcome back to my blog!

This DIY has to be one of my favourites from this year as I absolutely loved styling it once it was done – The Frayed Hem Jeans! It might also interest you to know that I never thought I’d love them as much as I do right now just because I felt they were a bit overrated but anywho! ^_^

Here’s a tutorial on how to add this staple piece to your closet by DIY!

P.S. – Did I mention these jeans were thrifted?! 😌

Things you’ll need

A pair of jeans – one that isn’t stretchy 

A pair of scissors

A blade

A pen or tailoring chalk

A hair comb

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Enjoy the tutorial!



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DIY || Summer NeckPieces          

Bright colours, prints and everything in between are a few of the things
I love most about summer. Yes, it’s coming to an end but it’s never to late to embrace these things even for the most conservative fashionista.

So here’s a reblogged Summer Neckpiece DIY tutorial from my archives! Which one’s your fave?