Knit Scarf to Shrug

A good Spring clean fantastic. It gives you a chance to clean, declutter, reorganise and find items you had long forgotton. It’s amazing how quickly we can accumulate “things” in such little time. During my last clean out, I found this gorgeous knitted scarf in very pretty blue. It is a very wide scarf, so an image of a cute shrug popped in my mind.

Sorry, I didn’t take an image prior to pinning it, but you get the idea, it’s a long rectangular scarf.

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The picture below shows the steps I took to turn the scarf to a shrug. I started by measuring the sleeves, and pinned where the sleeves (armpit) would start.

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I then cut the fringe from both ends and hemmed the ends to stop fraying. Lastly, I sewed the sleeve seams.

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Another super fast DIY project, that is both funky & functional.

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I’m using my new shrug a lot more then when it was a scarf 🙂

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Make Your Own Bracelet Stand

One day, I realised I needed somewhere to store my bracelets.  At the time, they lived in my drawer, on my dresser or in the bathroom.  I didn’t want anything complicated or bulky, just something functional.  Then it came to me…why not use a paper towel holder?

You can pick up a chrome plated holder like this one between $2 to $6 from most discount stores.

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Now, I could have used it as is, but I had another idea. Why not wrap thin pieces of scrap material around the metal? I grabbed some material, scissors, PVA glue and a brush. I cut long pieces of the scrap material at about 3cm in width. I brushed the material with some PVA then began wrapping it around the metal, applying glue as I go. It gets a little messy – expect to have glue all over your fingers – but it’s done in about 15 minutes and the glue washed right off.

One completely covered in material, I gave it another even brush with PVA and left it to dry overnight. The next day I had a pretty good looking bracelet stand!

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Collect & Decorate

The streets of Melbourne are truly beautiful.  Each with it’s own unique character, their lovely stores, divine cafes and friendly faces.  I absolutely love that our streets are also lines with wonderful, huge trees.  Adding luscious colour and life to the otherwise grey pavement.  In summer, these majestic trees are full and vibrant.  In Autumn, they fill the streets with their golden leaves.  When out with my daughters, they love collecting the fallen leaves to later use in a craft activity or game. 

One particular Sunday afternoon, my best friend and I were out shopping in Smith St , Collingwood.  The large Sweet Gum Trees had dropped their seed pods all over the pavement.  They were too pretty for me to ignore!  In a crowded street, my best friend and I started collecting a pile of them.

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I had plans to display the seed pods in a bowl/vase or jar, but first wanted to add some colour to them.  I used a paintbrush and some acylic paint.  I left the stems on which made perfect handles while I was paining them.

 

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I painted most of them, but also left some unpainted.  Once dry, I removed the stems and filled a clear glass vase with my new colourful seed pods.
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A simple and virtually free DIY project that you can complete in under 30 minutes!  Your kids will also enjoy this 🙂