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DIY Home Decor | Geometric Mirror

DIY Home Decor Large Gold Lead Trim Geometric Mirror
Last year, I used a mirror as the base for some simple quote art [you can see that DIY here].
I live in a narrow house, so adding mirrors really helps add the feeling of space.  I've really struggled to find a mirror for my fireplace that is what I'm after in size, design and cost - so I'm up-styling a staple IKEA mirror [STAVE] to achieve the look I want.



| WHAT YOU NEED|
DIY Home Decor Large Gold Lead Trim Geometric Mirror
Ikea STAVE Mirror | Lead Trim Tape [I needed just under 1 and 1/2 rolls] | Scissors/Craft Knife



| HOW YOU MAKE IT |



To start, I removed the frame from my mirror - it's kept in place with small side pins and lots of glue - so I used a craft kife to break the glue up and a small, flat screwdriver to help remove the sections.  Some bits came away easily and others needed a little more pressure, but the mirror didn't get damaged and neither did I - take care if the mirror you are using is fixed in place in this way!
It's a bit of pot luck as to the finish of the mirror edges, but the IKEA mirrors don't seem to have been snapped and have been neatly cut, but the edges and corners will need protecting and you will need to take care.
DIY Home Decor Large Gold Lead Trim Geometric Mirror
Before starting, make sure your mirror is completely clean.
The trim I am using is self-adhesive and comes with a smoothing tool - but it really is as easy as applying tape.
To cover the raw mirror edges and to make them safe and protected, I outlined the mirror with the trim, keeping in line with the mirror edge:
DIY Home Decor Large Gold Lead Trim Geometric Mirror
Cut and use slightly more length than required and where the corners meet, use a craft knife to mark a neat 45 dgree angle and cut the trim to sit flush - it requires little pressure and can also be easily cut with scissors.
DIY Home Decor Large Gold Lead Trim Geometric Mirror
Use the tool to firmly stick the tape down in place, but also to smooth the edges, help even out any lines and to mesh the edges and ends together.

Once completed, I drew my intended design on a piece of paper for reference and then used washi tape to ensure that I achieved straight lines and a measured and cut piece of paper also helped me make sure the measurements were equal in design!
DIY Home Decor Large Gold Lead Trim Geometric Mirror
When applying my lead tape,  I used slightly more length than required, allowing the ends to overlap and again, used the tool to help smooth the tape in place and ensure it was secure:
DIY Home Decor Large Gold Lead Trim Geometric Mirror
Keep in mind the areas of trim that will overlap or those that will meet - there are 8 points where 2 lines will overlap.

Once the design was in place, I took each corner in turn to neaten these areas and make my cuts - using the craft knife to make a 45 degree cut through the trim
DIY Home Decor Large Gold Lead Trim Geometric Mirror
....and then again in line with the outline to neaten:
DIY Home Decor Large Gold Lead Trim Geometric Mirror
DIY Home Decor Large Gold Lead Trim Geometric Mirror
For the overlap, I left this fairly smooth but you could really define this, as it traditional with lead trim, with the tool [I may change my mind about this at a later date! or I may end up trimming the lead where the two strips meet for a flush finish - I'll let you know!]
DIY Home Decor Large Gold Lead Trim Geometric Mirror
Now your design has been applied and once you are happy with the finish, your mirror is ready to display!
DIY Home Decor Large Gold Lead Trim Geometric Mirror
DIY Home Decor Large Gold Lead Trim Geometric Mirror
DIY Home Decor Large Gold Lead Trim Geometric Mirror
DIY Home Decor Large Gold Lead Trim Geometric Mirror
DIY Home Decor Large Gold Lead Trim Geometric Mirror
DIY Home Decor Large Gold Lead Trim Geometric Mirror
This can be adapted to any shape and size of mirror, whether functional or decorative and I'm tempted to try out the technique on the longer version of the STAVE in my bedroom.
If Home Decor DIYs and crafts are your bag - you can find more ideas right HERE.

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DIY Home Decor Large Gold Lead Trim Geometric Mirror

DIY Home Decor | Wire & Cork Holder

DIY Home Decor Ikea Hack Cake Wire and Cork Coaster Office Desk Storage Holder
Todays DIY is a quick make that was a concept test but became the final DIY straight away [it doesn't happen often], but this really was simple and made within 15 minutes.

| WHAT YOU NEED |
DIY Home Decor Ikea Hack Cake Wire and Cork Coaster Office Desk Storage Holder
Wire | Cork Coasters | Pliers | Toothpick


| HOW YOU MAKE IT |

I wanted some interesting desk tidy/holders and I have had the cork coasters from IKEA in my drawer for a couple of years, and they are the perfect base for this DIY.  The materials, time and cost of this DIY is really low, but I'm really pleased with the final look.
My original idea had thicker wire lengths used, but after struggling to find what I was after and at a reasonable price, I found some coated sugar craft wire that I thought would do the trick.
I used 3 wires and cut each length in to 4, before using pliers to bend each length in to a 45 degree (approx) angle.
DIY Home Decor Ikea Hack Cake Wire and Cork Coaster Office Desk Storage Holder
DIY Home Decor Ikea Hack Cake Wire and Cork Coaster Office Desk Storage Holder
As the wire is a little more flexible than planned, I didn't want to cause the wire to bend fixing it in to the cork, so used a toothpick to create markers before adding my wire.
DIY Home Decor Ikea Hack Cake Wire and Cork Coaster Office Desk Storage Holder
DIY Home Decor Ikea Hack Cake Wire and Cork Coaster Office Desk Storage Holder
You can be precise about your spacing and placement, however; as this was primarily a concept test - I went with the aesthetics, rather than mathematics, and the design allowed for this too.
Place each wire in turn into the cork and ensure that it is secure.
DIY Home Decor Ikea Hack Cake Wire and Cork Coaster Office Desk Storage Holder
Once the round has been completed, create and overlapping round, placing the start of each wire in the centre of a previous [I think the photo will explain this better than I am!]
DIY Home Decor Ikea Hack Cake Wire and Cork Coaster Office Desk Storage Holder
When this round is completed, even the heights of the wire and use your hands to create the shaping you like - whether the wires stand vertically, or spread at a slight angle like mine:
DIY Home Decor Ikea Hack Cake Wire and Cork Coaster Office Desk Storage Holder
I also create a second catch-all tidy, using the same number of wires, but cutting in half so that the holder was taller:
DIY Home Decor Ikea Hack Cake Wire and Cork Coaster Office Desk Storage Holder
I've used my holders as a desk tidy - but these would also be great for keeping any surface tidy - in the hallway to catch keys and spare change, or on the bedside and in the bathroom for holding and displaying your jewellery.
DIY Home Decor Ikea Hack Cake Wire and Cork Coaster Office Desk Storage Holder
DIY Home Decor Ikea Hack Cake Wire and Cork Coaster Office Desk Storage Holder
DIY Home Decor Ikea Hack Cake Wire and Cork Coaster Office Desk Storage Holder

If Home Decor DIYs and crafts are your bag - you can find more ideas right HERE.
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DIY Home Decor Ikea Hack Cake Wire and Cork Coaster Office Desk Storage Holder

DIY Home Decor | Nail varnish Heart Art

If you don't have the paint colours you need - you might have the nail varnish.  Create this easy floating frame heart art in less than an hour and spread the love.

| WHAT YOU NEED |
Frame | Washi Tape | Nail Varnish | Pliers | Glue Gun

| HOW YOU MAKE IT |

I based the shape of my heart on the papercraft geometric hearts I made a few years ago [DIY here].
Start by removing the backboard to your frame and marking out your chosen design with washi tape:
I didn't have a particular design in mind, other than something loosely based on dalmatian prints and to make the most of my limited nail varnish, I created my design in reverse to how it would have been created using paint - adding the detail first, layering and then adding the background colour - I'll show you what I mean.

I chose a range of pink nail varnish colours and started with adding small drops in random patterns, then using the brush to spread and fan the shape out:
I continued this pattern with the remaining pink colours, overlapping some and varying the sizes.  Ensure plenty overlap the masked design to help define the shape:
You can keep an eye on the design as it will appear in your frame by turning your frame over and making sure you are happy with the spread of colour and shapes:
It can be a little difficult to control the nail varnish - but any spots that are outside your design, or not to your liking can be removed with nail varnish remover.
Once you are happy with the detail, select a final colour that will be the background and fill in the gaps - this might need more than one coat to make the final shape completely opaque [but nail varnish dries incredibly quickly - so this wont be a problem]:
Leave to dry completely before the best bit - removing the washi tape to reveal a neat outline of your shape - so good that I appear to have forgotten to take any photos of this part of the process!

To finish the art and create a floating frame, remove the frame pins with some pliers and secure everything in place at the corners with a generous spread of hot glue [and along the frame just to be sure]:
...and you're ready to display your art:
Spread the love by brightening up a corner of your home with this DIY - it can be adapted to any size and colour and it takes less than an hour.
If Home Decor DIYs and crafts are your bag - you can find more ideas right HERE.

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DIY Gift | Chocolate Gift Box

Any DIY with chocolates is a winner - and even if you are making this for someone else - you'll get your share, don't worry.

| WHAT YOU NEED |
Gift Box | Ferrero Rochers/Chocolates | Mini Cake Wrappers | Paint

| HOW YOU MAKE THEM | 

Firstly, fill your gift box with the Ferrero Rochers, so that you can gauge how many you need and how many you have left over to eat immediately.
You can decorate your gift box [if not already decorated] any way you like - I opted for a quick and simple spray paint.  With either floristry foam or polystyrene, use the box as a template to cut to size so that it sits neatly in the bottom half of the gift box:
Completely optional, but I put my chocolates in to white mini cake cases that are a little more sturdy than the wrappers they come in and also look a little bit nicer - but is completely optional.
I cut tooth picks in to thirds and then attached them to the bottom of the cases with hot glue:
Before adding my chocolates and then filling the gift box:
[bonus - the cases used up more room meaning I had an extra 3 chocolates I needed to eat!]
You can finish your gift box off with a bow, even if just to stop yourself from eating them, or leave open to display:
You can adapt this DIY to any chocolates - change the shape of the box and you can be as modest or elaborate with your presentation as suits the occassion!

P.S - Save your clear boxes that the chocolates come in - there's a DIY coming for those soon.
Chocolate and Prosecco for breakfast every weekend.
If Gift DIYs and crafts are your bag - you can find more ideas right HERE.

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