I’m sharing the tutorial for this quick 3D gift wrap and card idea over on The Reject Shop blog today. They’ve just brought out a new range of awesome card making supplies that are loaaaads better than your usual not-so-modern scrapbooking packs. I’m loving these flower die cuts, they remind me a lot of something from Rifle Paper Co (only my all time fave paper goods store, check it out) and completely obsessing over these wooden letters.
After opening the present your friend could cut and hang your 3D glorious-ness as a wall art keepsake – two gifts in one!
I am so excited that a lot of our discount variety stores like Kmart, Target and The Reject Shop are making a serious movement into cheap trend-led homewares and craft supplies. Makes me wonder what I did before this?! If you haven’t experienced the revolution for yourself yet, do yourself a big favour and pop down to your local Reject Shop & Kmart – just be sure to take some spending money with you. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Have you found any cheap gems lately??
My latest styling work is out in the February issue of Homes+ Magazine – yipeeee!
So chuffed to be a part of this magazine. I think most of us Aussies are keen on affordable home ideas that are still trend-led and stylish, and it’s actually crazy to think there hasn’t been a mag catering specifically for this until Homes+ came along a couple of years ago.
In this issue I crafted up a bunch of DIY projects for around the home which are super simple to pull off. There’s wire storage baskets, wall dot hooks made from coasters (personal fave), wooden art hangers and clay mini house planters, plus a bunch of other awesome ideas from the lovely Corina.
Pick up a copy of the mag or head to Homes+ Magazine’s YouTube channel to watch the how-to video tutorials.
Big thanks to all the lovely brands who loan me product to put these shoots together each month. You seriously rock. And on that note, if anyone knows of any lovely affordable homeware stores here in Australia that you think I should feature please drop me a line below or email me! Always on the hunt for cool products to include in shoots.
Can’t wait to show you what I’ve been up to for future issues!
Projects & Styling by Fiona Michelon
Photography by James Henry for Homes+ Magazine February 2016
Styling Assistants: Merey Barrett and Alice Collison
Stockists: Matt Blatt, Milton & King Wallpaper, Oz Design Furniture, Rubi Shoes, Life Interiors, Bunnings, ClickOn Furniture, West Elm, Freedom Furniture, kikki.K, Target.
Up until last week, all plants which came into contact with my balcony were on the extinction list. It seems Ella our puppy has discovered they taste rather great and was slowly destroying them until they were ready to completely give up on life. It was time to get myself a planter stand and naturally I had to put my own DIY touch on something as a store bought one will never do!
If found this Kimberley bench seat from Super Amart which is meant for high bar tables so is the perfect height for a planter stand. It’s super solid too so will easily hold lots of bigger plant pots.
With a lick of white paint and a scallop edging addition, I turned it into a super cute little planter stand which has kept my balcony looking very organised and safe from the wrath of Ella.
A really fun weekend DIY project which is still simple enough that anyone can do it. It’s simply making over an existing bench – no power tools or mess here folks!
Watch my video below to see how to make one for yourself
Plants and mint green planter pot available from Bunnings, Monstera Leaf and Glass Cloche from Freedom, Aqua Throw Blanket from Kmart, Paper Lanterns from The Reject Shop.
Photos and Video shot by Esperanza Creative
Concept and styling by Fiona Michelon
This post is in collaboration with Super Amart
When you’re giving a loved one a really special gift, sometimes the usual paper tags and twine don’t quite cut it. You need something that screams “this is one luxurious present dude, get excited!!” Well with a few leather scraps and a hot glue gun I’m going to show you how the make a leather gift wrap bow which will ooze luxury.
Not just a great gift topper, they make gorgeous Christmas decorations for future too!
This project is super simple, takes about 15 minutes all up and can be made with all sorts of other materials like felt, paper, fabric etc. But nothing really beats the look and feel of soft leather does it?
- Craft Knife
- Hot Glue Gun
- Double sided tape for attaching to the gift
You’ll need 7 strips of leather all together, all about 2cm wide:
3 strips at 21cm
3 strips at 19cm
1 strip at 10cm
I started by cutting long strips of my leather at 2cm wide then cut into the correct lengths.
When they’re all cut, lay the leather nice side facing down, mark the centre and pull one end around to the middle like the below. Pop some hot glue underneath and press the leather piece on top.
With your other end pull the leather in the opposite direction to the middle, so you’re left with an 8 shape and glue in place.
Don’t pull it the same direction or you’ll be left with pretzel shape like this which will get you into a right pickle.
Do this with all of your pieces except for the one 10cm piece. Your 10cm piece just needs to be looped into a ring like this:
Now to put it all together! Start with the three larger pieces. Place one horizontally in front of you. Then place the other two in a cross shape on top of this straight line. It should look like this:
Now for your other 3 pieces. Stack them in different positions til you’re left like this:
Now to glue on the ring. Face this in the opposite direction of the last two rings.
To fasten to you gift, add a square of double sided tape to the bottom.
Pretty cute huh??
Following on from my recent gift of creativity post, where I gifted my sis the tools to create a DIY travel notebook, I’m stoked to be able to offer one $100 Officeworks gift card giveaway to my lovely readers. Now you can compile your own creative gift pack for someone you love this Christmas!
All you need to do to enter is comment below this blog post, telling me what gift of creativity you would like to give this year, who you would give it to and why?
Would you inspire your sis to make a customised notebook like me? Give a craft set to your mum? Or, maybe a watercolour paint kit to a friend?! Tell me below and you could win $100 to spend in Officeworks.
Competition closes at 12 noon Sydney time, Friday, 18th December. A winner will be picked at random and notified via email (be sure to add your email in the email field when you comment!)
This post is in collaboration with Officeworks
I’d say list making and all things stationery are near the top of my life’s-little-pleasures list. You can’t deny the moment you get to start a new notebook is a glorious one. It smells amazing, like when you buy a new novel, and it just sits there all perfectly crisp and untouched, ready for your written words.
Over recent years I’ve taken my note scribbling to even new heights, with fun accessories like multi-coloured pens, stickers and novelty Post it notes. It’s like once you start noticing and enjoying these things, Pandora’s Box opens up and you start spotting new additions for your stationery drawer, EVERYWHERE. Gold staplers, cork notebooks, fruit shaped erasers, copper pen cups and bike shaped paper clips!
In line with my stationery obsession, I’ve partnered with Officeworks this Christmas to give the gift of creativity to a loved one. I’ve decided to share my love for crafty note-making and give the gift of creativity to my little sis, who is currently travelling the globe.
I recently visited Officeworks to buy all the tools she needs to start her own travel journal including:
I’ve given the notebook a little personalising with an intro page including a photo of us and a love letter. I’ve scattered some more pics throughout with little notes, just to keep her inspired and feeling loved during her journey!
I’ve also added some pockets to the back of the book filled with fun stickers for her to use herself when she’s ready to get creative. Plus, my gift wouldn’t be complete without metallic pens and cute paperclips too!
If you’re planning on doing the same for a loved one, don’t forget to add a personal touch before giving your goodies – it adds so much more to the gift! You could also watercolour some designs onto the pages, draw an illustration of something memorable or even decorate the outside of the notebook too.
However you pull your creative gift together, I’m sure your loved one will be thrilled with a handmade, thoughtful gift this season. It sure beats the usual choccies and undies! I can’t wait for my sis to open her gift and start filling her notebook with memories.
I’d love to see what creative ideas you come up with for your own family and friends this Christmas. If you make anything with Officeworks goodies share your gifts of creativity with the hashtag #creativegifting so I can see!
This post is in collaboration with Officeworks