DIY Cupcake Rack Out Of Coat Hangers

I’ve always wanted a cupcake rack… I figure having one will make me less lazy about making cupcakes XD Obviously not the case in reality but I still set about making myself one anyway!

So This is my final product, I didn’t have any cupcakes so James’ scones and a felt cupcake had to do for modeling XD

Cupcake Rack Tutorial

So what you need:

  • Wire coat hanger, I found these childrens ones for $2. Cute colours!
  • Hot glue gun
  • Pliers
  • Ribbon to make bows
  • Ribbon or yarn to wrap around the middle

Gather your materials!

Cupcake Rack Tutorial

The coat hangers I have happened to be covered in pretty fleck patterns, if you only have plain ones it’s not a problem you just need to paint them at the end ^_^

Cupcake Rack Tutorial

Take your coat hangers apart and remove the hook part.

Cupcake Rack Tutorial

We will make the stem to hold it all up first. Straighten 2 of the hangers out:

Cupcake Rack Tutorial

Use the pliers to wrap them into a spiral:

Cupcake Rack Tutorial

Now is a good time to layout your hangers to decide how many tiers you want the rack to have. I settled on 4, 4 then 2. I decided to use the hooks as a base and one more at the top so it was portable.

Cupcake Rack Tutorial

Now for each of the tiers you want to take a hanger and wrap it around the center pole. You should have something like this:

Cupcake Rack Tutorial

Repeat for all of the tiers you want:

Cupcake Rack Tutorial

Now let’s make a base! Take 4 of the hook parts and use your glue gun to stick them together like so:

Cupcake Rack Tutorial

It looks like a big scary stick insect but you can at least get where we’re going with this! Attach the base to the pole and secure it with more glue by wrapping the pole ends around it:

Cupcake Rack Tutorial

At this point you should glue the tiers in place so they don’t fall down while you’re working!

Now it’s time to make the bits to hold the cupcake! Take each end of each tier and using the pliers create a spiral like this:

Cupcake Rack Tutorial

You want the bottom of the spiral to be flat like a circle so the cupcake base has something to sit on. Then it curves up and around to hold the cake in place.

Cupcake Rack Tutorial

Next cut the extra of the pole off the top, I also glued 2 hooks in place there so I could transport it easily. So you end up with something like this:

Cupcake Rack Tutorial

Now let’s clean it up a bit. Using yarn I wrapped it around the center pole to disguise all of the glue ^_^

Cupcake Rack Tutorial

Then I added some blue trim to make it match the rest!

Cupcake Rack Tutorial

Lastly to disguise the joins I added some pretty bows ^_^ I also glued beads to ends of each of the tier to finish them off!

And there we go, finished!

Cupcake Rack Tutorial

So there you have it! Very quick and easy to do, if you’re ever having a tea party and you’re in a bind for cupcake displays it’s time to bust out some coat hangers! XD

Cupcake Rack Tutorial

What do you guys think?

Cupcake Rack Tutorial

Melbourne Manifest 2010 Japanese Fashion Panel

This post has been quite a while coming >_<

Quite a while ago I was invited to be a guest speaker at the Fruits Panel at Manifest. Manifest is a pop culture and anime convention here in Melbourne and this was my first time attending πŸ˜€

We went on the Friday which is the quietest day. We spent a lot of the day at the One Day in Paradise stall hanging out with Celeste and Marie. It was a great vantage point to see all of the fantastic cosplayers who were walking past! I didn’t get many photos of the cosplayers because I was shy but we got quite a few of the Fruits contestants.

Here are some of the best photos we got during the day…

[nggallery id=14]Thanks so much to everyone involved and a big hug to Sefie who was the co-ordinator for the panel. She was fantastic and made sure we were super comfy and knew what was going on.

I had a ball and met a whole bunch of lovely people, totally a fun way to spend a day!

How To Make Hime Gyaru Shoes Bodyline… Take 2!

Following on from yesterday’s tutorial, remember these Bodyline shoes?

Bodyline Shoe Tutorial 2

These were the originals:

Bodyline Review 2

So what you need for this Bodyline modification:

  • Shoes (obviously)
  • Fabric to make bows with
  • Ribbon in pink and white
  • Lace
  • Needle and thread
  • Glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Flowers

Really you only need all of those things if you’re going to try and make these *exact* shoes. I think that the idea of these tutorials is to show you all that modifying shoes like these is really easy so you can use your imagination on shoes you already have!

Bodyline Shoe Tutorial 2

First thing I did was remove the bow on the front.

Bodyline Shoe Tutorial 2

I played around for a while with different materials I had before finally deciding on a design.

Bodyline Shoe Tutorial 2

I cut a couple of rectangles of fabric to make large bows:

Bodyline Shoe Tutorial 2

After folding them:

Bodyline Shoe Tutorial 2

Using a small amount of glue I attached the bow to the strap of the shoe and sewed it in place. I also added a piece of white ribbon to this area and attached it to a pink ribbon strap to go around the ankle.

Bodyline Shoe Tutorial 2

I then covered the white ribbon with two rows of lace πŸ˜€

Bodyline Shoe Tutorial 2

After taking apart the bows that came with the shoes I noticed that when you removed the bit that was tied around it they were kind of cute. So I added flowers πŸ˜€ You can never have enough flowers!

Bodyline Shoe Tutorial 2

After attaching it to cover the join in the ribbons they were all finished πŸ˜€

Bodyline Shoe Tutorial 2

Taadaa!

Bodyline Shoe Tutorial 2

And there you have it! $12 shoes turning into something a bit cuter! You’re only ever going to have as good quality as your base is so these shoes are probably not going to last you forever but still not bad right?

I hope some of you feel inspired enough to go do something with your shoes!

Ugh this is reminding me that I need to clean out my shoe collection… it’s getting a little crazy! But there’s pretty much always room for more Bodyline Shoes.

Big Poufy Curly Up Do Hairstyle Tutorial

As promised here is a tutorial on how to do the big poufy curly style up-do thingy that I’ve been wearing a lot lately ^_^

Curled Up Do Tutorial

Apologies for how tired I look in these photos, I really wasn’t feeling well but I wanted to get the tutorial finished for you guys >_< I’ve been quite stressed lately so I haven’t been sleeping much!So what you need:

  • Bobby pins
  • Hair straightener/curler/hot rollers
  • Heat protector spray
  • Decorations eg. Bow and hair flowers
  • Brush
  • Hair Spray

First thing’s first, pin your fringe to the side to keep it out of the way.

Curled Up Do Tutorial

Brush out your remaining hair so there are no knots.

Curled Up Do Tutorial

Apply heat protector spray. Very important step so you don’t damage your hair at all ^_^

Curled Up Do Tutorial

Heat up your straightener or whatever you are planning to use to curl your hair.

Btw I’m wearing my new blue lenses from E-Circlelens.netin these photos, the full review is coming soon but I’m excited because I haven’t used blue ones before πŸ˜€

Curled Up Do Tutorial

So anyway! Curl the bottom 1/3rd of your hair. You don’t need to make the the curls perfectly even or very good because they are all going to get mushed up anyway.

Curled Up Do Tutorial

Like this is fine:

Curled Up Do Tutorial

Continue until you’ve done all of your hair like this…

Curled Up Do Tutorial

Add a little bit of hair spray:

Curled Up Do Tutorial

Get all of your bobby pins ready so you can easily access them.

Curled Up Do Tutorial

Lightly tease/back comb the front section of your hair at the roots. You don’t need to tease very much at all.

Curled Up Do Tutorial

Flip your head upside down! Gently brush the back section of your hair up and forward. Don’t brush the curly ends!

Curled Up Do Tutorial

Grab the hair loosely in one hand like you are making a pony tail.

Curled Up Do Tutorial

Twist it clockwise once.

Curled Up Do Tutorial

Using your other hand grab the ends of one side of the curls. Scrunch upwards to your head.

Curled Up Do Tutorial

As you bring it to your head continue to grab hair around it. Once you actually reach the base of the twisted big, grab hold of it.

Curled Up Do Tutorial

Turn your head up the right way again and you should have something like this…

Curled Up Do Tutorial

See how it’s long on one side and shorter on the side that I did the grabby thing on? Now it’s time for pins!

Curled Up Do Tutorial

Start by pinning around the twist. Don’t just slide pins in, slide them half way then twist and push them in the other direction, this is how you get them to stay in really well!

Curled Up Do Tutorial

Pin it enough to keep it in place by itself:

Curled Up Do Tutorial

Now tidy it up with more pins ^_^ You can create the bubbly waved effect by adding a pin every 5cm or so across the top of your head. This is basically using the curls you made earlier and forcing them into place.

Curled Up Do Tutorial

If you’ve curled it well, you shouldn’t have to do too much work, the curls naturally want to sit like this. The back looks like this:

Curled Up Do Tutorial

Now time for decoration… I added a big bow!

Curled Up Do Tutorial

And I used a bunch of flower pins too πŸ˜€ I just put them randomly all over the place, you can use them to add to the bubbliness on top too because when you add them close to the scalp you will squish the puffier bits down.

Curled Up Do Tutorial

It’s also a good time to touch up any of the major curls ^_^

Curled Up Do Tutorial

Un-clip your fringe and give it a quick go over to ^_^

Curled Up Do Tutorial

Extra hair spray!

Curled Up Do Tutorial

And you’re all finished πŸ˜€

Curled Up Do Tutorial

This is a really versatile hair style, you can change it completely just by scrunching the hair up in a different position. In this next photo I had it all on one side rather than a couple of curls hanging down, it just depends on your technique. You probably won’t be able to get it to look exactly the same twice but having it slightly different every time is kind of fun XD

Outfits

Hope that was easy to follow and you enjoyed it, let me know if you have any questions!

Outfit Of The Day and Web Tinkering

Hello all!

Again due to a couple of unexpected problems I can’t show you the post I was planning to today πŸ™ But I promise to put it up as soon as I can and here’s an outfit in the meantime ^_^

A lot of you requested details of my outfit from the Koko Black Meet Upso here they are!

Outfit From Koko Black Meet Up

Outfit rundown:

  • Dress- Handmade (this was what I wore to the Nuffnang Blogger Awards last year!)
  • Cardigan- Myer
  • Boots- Target (customized by me!)
  • Necklace- Little Waltz
  • Hair Accessories- Rose pins made by me and bow from some $2 store.

Now onto website things ^_^ I’ve been tinkering with the site today a bit and making things easier to navigate. I’m hoping this will make it easier for you all to find what you’re looking for and easier for me to update it quickly.

So in the top links section you will now find that I’ve combined the “Violet Vision” and “Snapshots” pages into one to make it easier to find whatever media you want. I have also added a “Store” link which will take you to the nail art store! I am hoping to update the store this week with a lot of deco projects I’ve been working on so stay tuned there.

Probably most importantly I have re-arranged the “Tutorials” page. Before it was quite difficult to navigate and update but now everything is sorted into categories and in gallery form. This should make it a little easier for everyone and I’ll be able to keep it more current!

I’ve also updated the “About” page. A lot of people have been asking for my Facebook lately so all of that information is there now as well as other social networks you might want to add me on! A while ago I added “Like” buttons at the top of all of the posts too which is pretty fun!

*edit* Oh I completely forgot! I also added the feature so you guys can have avatars in the comments, if you want one you just need to register at Gravatars. Even cooler, I’m trialing CommentLuv. Basically it means that if you have a blog it will automatically link your latest post! Cool huh? I’ve heard that this might slow the site down a bit so just trialing and seeing how it goes. I want to give you guys some blog love though since you’re nice enough to come visit mine!! Let me know what you think! */edit*

Hope you’re all having a great day and let me know if you have any questions, comments or suggestions on how I could make the site easier for you to use!

Meeting Up At Koko Black Melbourne

Last weekend a whole lot of bloggers met up at Koko Black to eat a whole lot of chocolate. A whole lot of fun followed.

There are a huuuge number of photos from the day, around 30 or so bloggers turned up, each with their own cameras in hand. I’ve put my photos in a gallery here so you can have a look through easily and to avoid this post becoming just full of “…and this is me with ___” I’ve added some of my favorites below ^_^

Koko Black Gallery:

Click for larger photos or navigate through the pages at the bottom. To get out of gallery mode just click the photo again.

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The lovely Penny from Jeroxie and I were the organizers of this one and Nuffnangsponsored our chocolate addiction. Yummy!It was so lovely to be able to meet a lot of people I’ve been talking to online in person!So many people came and it was fantastic! I wish I had gotten more time to chat with everyone there but I had a great time anyway!

Koko Black Nuffnang Meet

The view from the other end of the table! There were even more people than this but we took the photos at the beginning.

Koko Black Nuffnang Meet

Sarah from 100 Dates was a little bit silly to bet me that I couldn’t finish both my ice chocolate aaaand a hot chocolate.

Koko Black Nuffnang Meet

I win!! Where’s my prize? I felt soooo full afternoon even though I forgot to have lunch before hand >_<

Koko Black Nuffnang Meet

The silly scarf brigade πŸ˜‰

Koko Black Nuffnang Meet

Makes it slightly difficult to eat chocolate…though not for lack of trying!

Koko Black Nuffnang Meet

There was such a lot of photo posing going on! I don’t want to post every one of these so please do check the gallery above for the rest ^_^

This is Sylviaand I, we had been talking online for so long it was almost like meeting an old friend!

Koko Black Nuffnang Meet

Alice and Ness who I was so happy were able to come! Having a few friends at events like this makes it so much easier to break the ice ^_^

Koko Black Nuffnang Meet

Bunnywho is the sweetest person I think I’ve ever met!

Koko Black Nuffnang Meet

Of course Penny and I had to be slightly silly and take photos of each other taking photos because we have the same camera XD Though I deco’d mine this week so it looks slightly more pink and sparkly now XD

Koko Black Nuffnang Meet

Everyone wrote their blog addresses down so we could catch up with each other again soon, here is the list, please go have a look at their blogs ^_^

I think that’s everyone, if I missed you I’m sorry please let me know in the comments ^_^

I had such a wonderful time and I really hope we can have more events like this soon!

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