DIY CEMENT TRAY

DIY cement tray tutorial

Concrete/cement home accessories are huge at the moment. It’s all part of the Scandi-meets-industrial trend that is growing and growing in the interiors world. There’s some seriously cool designs for sale which I’ve been swooning over.. in particular from Zakkia and Raw Luxe (check them out – gorgeous overload!) But when a product is made from a material which is so accessible and cheap, I can’t help but get inspired to try making it for myself first.

This tray was a random idea I had when walking through Bunnings the other week (often the way I think of most of my craft ideas… just wander the isles and look at the materials with an open mind – try it sometime! eg hello carpet headboard!) and it’s turned out much better than expected.

For some reason I was always a bit put off from trying cement tutorials, I thought I wouldn’t get the mix consistency right and it would all be a very sad fail. But take it from me people, it’s so simple and because you’re just pouring straight into existing moulds, it takes all of 10 minutes!

This DIY could easily be replicated with two plastic items of any shape and size to create basically anything – put two cups inside each other for a planter pot, or maybe two small bowls together to create a cement bowl dish. The trick is to try and find items which aren’t absorbent and have a smooth finish (so things like plastic and glass are perfect) this way your concrete will have a polished finish too.

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  • Two plastic trays. Mine were found in the gardening isle of Bunnings, as they’re meant to sit under plastic planter pots
  • Cement mix
  • Bucket
  • Water
  • Spoon or stick to mix the cement
  • Oil and a tissue
  • Tape
  • Fine sandpaper

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First step is to mix your cement mix. I used this pre-mixed bag which already has the sand and aggregate combined – just add water.  Comes in a handy small size too which is perfect for crafting, the next step up is the 20kg bag. I believe you can also get these bags in white cement if you don’t want the traditional grey colour.

Remember to cover your hands and mouth when mixing, and ideally do this in a ventilated area, as cement mix is carcinogenic.

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Concrete mix will work just as well as cement mix, totally up to you. I liked the finish that cement mix gave as concrete mixes usually have small rocks in them, but others prefer the strength of concrete.

I found that the runnier your mix is, the smoother the finish will be. Aim for a consistency like a very thick pumpkin soup 😉 Watch too how the mix will seem much wetter when you stop stirring for a second. As you’re stirring the consistency feels much thicker than it is.

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Now to add just a little oil to your trays so that the dried piece easily slips out from it. I’m not 100% sure if this step is necessary when using such a smooth plastic mould, but the oil doesn’t create any discolouration or anything so worth doing just in case! Smooth it all over with a tissue.

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Pour in your concrete until it’s about 1.5cm from the top,  spread it out a little, then give it several hard taps on the bench to release air bubbles. (the below pic is pre-tapping, yours should look quite even, smooth and wetter after tapping it)

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Place your 2nd tray on top, push down until the cement is nearly spilling out the edges. Then tape securely to hold in place while it dries.

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Leave it for the time recommended on your cement packet. I left mine for 24 hours. Then peel away the tape to reveal your masterpiece!

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Give the edges a very gentle sanding…

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You could paint a clear coat of varnish if you want to seal it, but I personally like the raw effect and plan on just using it to display my jewellery.

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That’s it – pretty easy huh? My finish has some small bubbles in it but I kind of love the texture. If you want to avoid this make your mix even wetter than mine.

Totally addictive. I love that you can just pour the mix into any mould and the next day, wallah, you have a finished piece! Try pouring excess in a plastic cup and pop a candle stick in the top – instant awesome candle holder.

Hope you give it a go! If you make your own tray I’d love to see the end result. Please tag me on Instagram @fiona_michelon_stylist

Until next time…

Fiona xx

EASY DIY CARPET HEADBOARD

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I’ve been meaning to make a new headboard for my room ever since I did this wood fabric one a couple of years back. You should see my secret Pinterest boards, they are overflowing with inspo images of headboards I hoped to one day make, but it wasn’t until I stumbled across this gorgeous blue kinda felt-like fabric in Bunnings that the idea for this simple construction came to life.

Sure it’s meant for marine flooring, not your usual bedding material choice, but I am in LOVE with this vibrant blue colour which has the most amazing texture and mix of blues through it. It’s also a super thick material (you know, because it’s carpet) so meant less layers needed behind it.

The other thing that had really put me off making a proper headboard until now was the thought of constructing a giant wooden frame (especially as I have a king bed – eek!) but I winged it and put together as little wood as possible. I picked up all the pieces from Bunnings and got the pieces cut to size there free of charge so when I got home all I had to do was screw it together – pretty clean and easy actually!

Here goes…

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  • 4 timber pieces 64 x 19mm x 1.2M (I picked up 2 x 2.4M pieces from Bunnings and had them cut it in half in store)
  • 1 timber piece 64 x 19mm cut to 2M (2M is perfect for my king size bed – if you have a queen or double measure your width and adjust this size)
  • 2 x sheets of 7mm ply or pegboard 1200 x 915mm (the total width of these two sheets needs to match your above large panel give or take a few mm)
  • 2M carpet material. Mine is Blue Flat Marine from Bunnings.
  • Drill
  • 40mm countersunk timber screws x8
  • Staple gun and staples
  • Nails (large head if you’re using pegboard)
  • Hammer
  • Stanley knife
  • Pencil

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First up, it’s always a good idea to drill pilot holes into your wood before screwing. This prevents the wood from splitting when you put the screw into it, especially when you’re working close to the edge like my below example.

I recommend laying your large piece on the floor, and your 4 shorter pieces laid out evenly across, like my below image example (my puppy Ella has decided to help walk you through this one too! haha what a muppet) I didn’t measure I just did it roughly by eye here, and just mark where your poles are with pencil.

Drill two holes per cross-section.

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Then just drill in your screws. You might want a buddy to hold the wood as you drill so it doesn’t spin. Or if you are a no-friends-Nigel like me, do as I did and but it up against a wall.

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Once your 4 vertical poles are all attached, lay your ply or pegboard on top. I didn’t choose pegboard over ply for any particular reason, I just had some laying around home and it’s nice and sturdy. A sheet of ply will work just as well and the thicker you go, the sturdier it will be.

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Now to just hammer your sheet down. If you’re using pegboard like me you’ll need nails with a large head to hold it in place, otherwise regular nails or even screws will be fine.

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A SUPER handy little tip to save your fingers from meeting the wrath of the hammer – push your nail through a piece of paper and use that to hold in place while you hammer. When the nail is down just rip the paper off. Life changing.

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Ok that’s the frame done. Now lay out your material and place the frame face down.

If you are using a thinner fabric, I would recommend adding a layer of wadding/batting material in between the frame and front material to just make it a bit cosier. You can pick this up from craft stores like Lincraft and Spotlight.

Make sure you have enough room around the edges to fold the material over the frame.

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Pull the fabric tight and start stapling down one side edge, one staple per every inch or so. (note – I didn’t fold mine all the way around over the top in my below example of my side piece, as I magically managed to have the perfect amount to leave flush. But if you have extra, definitely pull over the top and staple to the very back of the head board as this will conceal the staples from view.

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When you reach your first corner, cut a rectangle from the corner area with a stanley knife, this will leave your two pieces with a flush finish. Do this for every corner and staple all the way aroundbedhead9

Then you’re ready to put behind your bed!

Because this rests directly on the floor there is no need to fasten to the wall, it just stays in place with the weight of the bed in front of it.

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I think Ella approves.

If you don’t yet have a headboard in your bedroom I totally recommend thinking about it. It can make such a massive difference to the vibe a room and instantly makes it feel more complete. Having a bright one like this too means you don’t need much accessorising to finish off your whole room’s look either – just let your new blue beauty shine.

Hope this tutorial has inspired you to banish those fears of crafting your own headboard and give it a go! Not only will you save yourself $100’s compared to buying one, but it’s pretty damn satisfying knowing you made something so grand.

Have you made or thought about making your own headboard? What styles do you like?

Oh and for those wondering my bedside products are: Cross, Vase and Monstera Leaf from Freedom, Frame from Adairs, Card from Paper2, Bedside from Kmart, Watch from Christian Paul, DIY rope planter is a project I made for Homes+ magazine – tutorial here.

Much love,

Fiona x

DIY IDEAS IN HOMES+ MAGAZINE FEB 2016

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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!

Fiona x

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.

LEATHER GIFT BOW

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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?

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  • Leather
  • Craft Knife
  • Ruler
  • Pen
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Double sided tape for attaching to the gift

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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:

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Now for your other 3 pieces. Stack them in different positions til you’re left like this:

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Now to glue on the ring. Face this in the opposite direction of the last two rings.

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To fasten to you gift, add a square of double sided tape to the bottom.

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Pretty cute huh??

Fiona x

DIY Leather Gift Wrap Bow

DIY BOHO CHRISTMAS PICTURE CHANDELIER

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One thing I definitely don’t have enough of around home are photos of all my family and friends. Isn’t it kind of crazy that we all basically have a camera in our pocket 24/7 these days and take the most amazing photos all the time but we don’t print a single photo to display around home like our parents did? I don’t even share them on social media anymore, they just sit in my phone for me to browse one day when I’m feeling bored. Ridiculous!

Good news for all you lazy folk like me who have had this realization too but are still too busy to do anything about it! I’ve discovered the KODAK MOMENTS app which is free to download and allows you to get pics printed and posted to your home straight from your smart phone, or you can wirelessly transfer photos from your phone to a KODAK Picture Kiosk.. So much easier than the days of USB files! You can edit your pics before printing too, add filters, crop sizes etc.

Along with putting a bunch of pics in frames around home, I decided to incorporate some printed photos of my family into my Christmas decorating this year. With my family living interstate in Adelaide (and overseas too now that my little sis is travelling the globe for the next year!), it makes putting up the Chrissy decorations even more special.

I’ve gone with a minimal, boho decorating theme this year, with lots of white, glass, feathers and silver/gold, so this picture hanging fits perfectly above my console table! You could definitely opt for a completely different look using the same technique though, and the options are totally endless for things you can hang along with your photos – pom poms, paper snowflakes, gift tags, tinsel, fabric bows or matching decorations from your tree!

Check out my guide below for making your own, and when you go to get your pics printed I have a discount code for you! Just enter CH30OFF at the checkout to receive 30% off. If you don’t want the pics posted out, you can visit one of their Wi-Fi enabled KODAK Picture Kiosks. Use the KODAK MOMENTS App to find your closest printing destination.

Download the app here for iOS and android.

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  • 30cm embroidery hoop
  • String
  • Baubles and other decorations
  • Mini pegs
  • Scissors
  • Printed photos

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Start by cutting two equal lengths of string and tie them to opposite ends of the hoop for hanging. Hang this on a hook somewhere so you can start adding decorations.

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Tie pieces of string (or bobbly yarn line mine! – just picked this up from The Reject Shop, I’ve seen it at lots of craft stores too) in various lengths around the hoop. Some around 50cm some around 30cm. Mix it up and just trim as you go until you’re happy with the way it all sits.

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I picked up these empty glass baubles from Lincraft and filled them with white feathers to go with my boho look. Hang these extra ornaments with plain white string.

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I also hung feathers on their own. Just tie string to one end of the feather.

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Trim your photos to size and peg to your existing strings. I just went for a square look because I liked how it had a bit of a Polaroid feel, but you could try cutting them into circles or stars too.

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all done!

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Photos and concept by Fiona Michelon 
 
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Disclaimer: This DIY project has been sponsored by Kodak Alaris. All opinions and content are my own and I only ever work with brands I feel are a fab fit for the blog. Thank you for supporting the brands that make my Craft Hunter journey possible!

 

GOLD ROPE VASE

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Gold spray paint has got to be one of my favourite things in my craft cupboard. It’s actually amazing how good things can turn out with a bit of gold love!

I’ve steered clear of spray painting projects in the past because I’ve always assumed it would be difficult to get a perfect finish, but whatdya know,  it’s actually super easy! As long as you do multiple light coats, and let it dry in between, the world is your spray paint oyster.

If you live in an apartment with only a tiny balcony like me and thought spray painting wasn’t for you, think again – find yourself a giant box and just spray your items inside the box! Totally mess free.

Quick tip – don’t try metallic spray paint on quite porous materials like cotton rope or fabric though,  as it will never have quite the same chromey gold finish. You could try a primer first but still I would recommend just sticking with things like wicker, plastic, glass, plastic-y rope etc and you’ll be fine.

My latest spray paint victim was this rope vase I crafted up on the weekend. I’m loving the textured effect with the metallic gold and as such have also painted a wicker basket that I had laying around home!

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  • Gold spray paint
  • Rope
  • Jar
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors

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Heat up your glue gun and run a line of glue around the bottom of the jar and hold your rope in place. Then just start wrapping it around, and around, and around.

No need to glue every part of rope, I just dabbed a bit every 10cm or so.

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Apply a good amount of glue for the final row, to keep it all in place.

When you’ve reached the absolute top, cut your rope on an angle so it almost sits flush with the bottom row.

I popped a good amount of glue on the rope end to keep it from fraying too.

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Now for the fun part!

Safety first peeps – always cover your mouth with a mask (or use an old scarf tied around your face like I did) those fumes are nasty.

I placed a lid on top of my jar to protect the inside, but it really doesn’t matter either way as you won’t see the inside once there’s flowers in the vase.

Give it one good coat, allow to dry, then flip it over and spray from upside down – this helps to ensure all bits of the rope are nicely covered.

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Leave it until you think it’s dry, and then leave it longer. Don’t do as I did and get impatient and put it on your table only to find the bottom isn’t 100% dry! (noooo)

And there you have it. A super easy idea and sure beats a plain vase any day!

Have you sprayed some items gold before? Or have I inspired you to give it a go maybe??

Fiona xx

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CORK PLUS SIGN PINBOARDS

DIY cork plus sign pin boards by Craft Hunter Blog

Hi friends,

A super quick and cheap one for you today at a total cost of $5!

I’ve been wanting to make a little pin board area near my entryway for a while and finally got around to it on the weekend. These little dudes were actually just cork pot stand trivets from Ikea which come in a pack of 3 for $4.99 – bargain! Cutting the cork actually worked out much easier and neater than you might think too, the trick is to use a sturdy and sharp knife.

I think they’ve come up really well and are the perfect spot to hang some happy photos and postcards.

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DIY cork plus sign pin boards by Craft Hunter Blog

 

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Sketch up your plus sign onto the cork with the pencil and ruler (you can also do this on a piece of paper and cut it out first if you’re not confident measuring up shapes first go) and simply cut it out with your knife.  I recommend taking multiple trips over the cork rather than trying to do it in one heavy cut, as you may rip the corners of the cork.

DIY cork plus sign pin boards by Craft Hunter Blog

For your 2nd one, just place your first one on the cork as a template and trace around it so they’re all identical in shape.

For hanging, I just used these 3M velcro picture hanging strips so they site flush to the wall – much better than double sided tape as it’s actually stronger and won’t ruin the walls when you want to take them down.

Pretty easy, right?

In other news I’m having my 30th birthday party soon (eeew… I know) so be prepared to be bombarded with party related posts of all forms. Nothing like a good excuse to go crazy with the decorations!!

Fiona x

8 IKEA FURNITURE HACKS

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There’s nothing I love more than a super creative and easy furniture makeover, and when it comes to low cost furniture, Ikea has to be one of the most perfect places in the universe. Why settle for the finished piece straight out of the flat pack box when you can add a bit of love and have a gorgeous masterpiece of your own which looks a million bucks?! They’re commonly known as Ikea hacks these days and if you google the term, your mind will be blown by the 100’s of creative ideas from around the globe.

I’m sharing 8 ideas I’m absolutely loving at the moment. They all look amazingly expensive and glam and have me all excited to visit the wonderful land of Ikea this weekend!

  1. Such a simple idea and who knew these chairs could look so amazing? Style Me Pretty has nailed it on this chair makeover

  2. Last year I spent forever brainstorming ways I could make a long ottoman for the end of my bed, but nothing was quite right, but this project by Dwellings by DeVore is so spot on I am definitely giving it a go.

  3. This reclaimed wood buffet cabinet by Place of My Taste is my all time favourite Ikea hack I think. You would never know it was just a plain cabinet before and what an easy project!

  4. I would never think to paint a chair cobalt blue but after seeing how gorgeous this office chair turned out from Style Me Pretty I’m dying to paint something blue now!

  5. Doesn’t get much simpler than putting a tree stump on a stool base as SeaKettle has done, and the result is just so good.

  6. For a simple vintage industrial look at some faux card catalog details to the front of a cabinet – genius! This gorgeous project can be found on Windgate Lane. 

  7. A really easy shelving idea from Lay Baby Lay which looks uber glam.

  8. Mandy from Vintage Revivals is kind of the queen of awesome mid-century modern style DIYs and this dresser has to be one of my faves. Love a peach and gold combo!

Which is your fave?

Fiona x