Stiff Crochet Doily Plate

A while ago a lot of stores suddenly started selling crochet doily plates, baskets and trays. They were out of regular yarn but treated with glue to make them stiff enough to be functional. Very out of my budget though so I decided to give making my own a try!

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All you need is a cotton doily and some PVA glue. I decided to just crochet my own out of some stash cotton to use it up.

_1220844 Once it’s finished, wet block it out into the shape you want.
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And if required iron it.

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Next take some PVA glue and water it down so it has the consistency of milk.
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Dump the doily into it and make sure it soaks up the liquid evenly and completely. If you want something very stiff, you will need a higher ratio of glue._1220854

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Lay out to dry on a plate or something else the shape you want to the finished item to take._1220856 _1220858

Leave it overnight to dry completely and then peel it off._1230283
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Done!
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Depending on the glue you use the stiffness will vary so if you want something like a bowl then use extra glue so it holds shape well. Enjoy! 😀
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Pom Pom Mat Tutorial

Another mini craft tutorial that I found in the depths of my harddrive 😀

Here is a mini pompom mad that I made quite some time ago to serve as a backdrop for photos. It’s only about 30cm across because I didn’t have much green yarn in my stash but it’s perfect for little macro photos.
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It’s a pretty easy one, just make a bunch of pompoms…

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_1220823I crocheted a few little daisies to brighten it up a bit too.
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One day I really want to make a HEAP of these daisies and make a gigantic blanket of them!_1220824

Quick DIY Mint Glasses

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A quick mini DIY this morning with photos I found on the depths of my harddrive. But no I will most likely not be starting to do regular tutorials again, I just don’t have the energy for them right now.

You need:

  • Glasses
  • Paint
  • Decorations
  • Glue
  • Paintbrush
  • Nail file

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This one isn’t so hard… just use the nail file to scratch up the surface of the frames so the paint sticks and pain them one section at a time using thin coats.

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If you don’t like the finish you can topcoat with clear nail polish or PVA glue._1280391

Then just stick on some little flowers!

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Sailor Moon Nail Art

I can’t believe how long my nails are in these photos *_* I think I cut them down super short right after this and I’m only just growing them again now!

 

Anyway, I promised this tutorial ages ago and now that I’m cleaning out my photos I figure I should make good on the promise!
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Start by applying a base coat if you need one.
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Then apply white to the entire nail. Use as many coats as you need to make it opaque.

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It’s a good idea to use a long thin striping brush for this design because it will be easier to get straight lines.

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Pick the colour of the sailor collar you want to do and use the striping brush to paint a line diagonally from one cuticle down.

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Do on the other side as well:

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Fill in the rest of the nail. You could leave the bottom white to avoid steps later but I wasn’t really thinking very well when I did this haha!

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Add a white stripe or two depending on the uniform you’re doing.
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Then if you didn’t leave the gap down the bottom, paint across it with white:

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And a diamante to the middle!

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Now using white, outline the bow and give it a little definition.

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Once everything is totally dry, give it a clear coat!

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And done!

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Crochet Bear Coffee Cozy Tutorial

This bear looks like how I feel >_> Over the weekend our horrible neighbours finally moved out and they had a loud blow out party and trashed their place as a final “suck it” to their landlord. It was loud and late at night and I just want to sleep for about a week now. I don’t really have a lot of energy lately to start with!

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