Archive of ‘DIY Tutorials’ category

How to make a vintage style gold starburst mirror

How to make a vintage style gold starburst mirror

The gold starburst mirror was designed as early as the 1920s, but it wasn’t until the late 1960s that they became popular. Today a vintage one can be pretty pricey, and even a reproduction one can set you back so why not create your own? They are perfect to add any glamour to any bedroom […] Read more…

How to make an upcyled vintage brooch necklace

How to make an upcyled vintage brooch necklace

For those of you who are attracted to sparkly jewellery and love a statement necklace how about designing your own stand out piece using vintage brooches which can be found in charity shops.  You can use a broken brooch too that is beyond repair which is a great way to recycle and upcycle, or like […] Read more…

How to make a 1950s style vintage kidney table

How to make a 1950s style vintage kidney table

Certain shapes and styles of 1950s tables are hard to find, and when you do, they are often in terrible condition. Here I have taken an old coffee table that was beyond repair and used the legs to create a new version of a popular style; the kidney table. MATERIALS USED: 3 screw on legs […] Read more…

How to upcycle a vintage laundry basket

How to upcycle a vintage laundry basket

It can be hard to find a vintage laundry basket in the right colour or even in good condition so why not upcyle your own and add a seat top too. Here I have created a distressed look basket and covered the lid in a vintage tablecloth that had a large stain on it. Now […] Read more…

Upcycled painted crystal for your dressing table

Upcycled painted crystal for your dressing table

Pressed coloured glass dressing table sets were popular in the 1920s and 1930s, often made in Czechoslovakia. Comprising of a glass tray in a pastel colourway alongside candle sticks, perfume bottles and jewellery pots; this was a glamorous look for any ladies’ bedroom. As these become rarer, why not recreate the look by painting crystal […] Read more…

How to make a copper pipe candle holder

How to make a copper pipe candle holder

Copper continues to be on trend in our homes, so why not create a centre piece to wow your guests? What is great about this copper pipe candle holder, is that you can make it as small and simple or as big and ornate as you want; I have designed something large but simple – […] Read more…

How to make an upcycled cotton reel Christmas tree

How to make an upcycled cotton reel Christmas tree

Rather than making a wreath this year, or maybe as well as, why not create another festive shape such as a Christmas tree or star? I have created a framed tree using lots of cotton reel, bells and buttons to add even more festive cheer to my fireplace! MATERIALS USED: An old frame Chicken wire […] Read more…

How to make vintage fabric lampshade fairy lights

How to make vintage fabric lampshade fairy lights

Autumn is finally here, the evenings are getting darker and the clocks soon will be put back, so it is now time to cosy up your home. I love this time of year, I enjoy adding fluffy throws and textured cushions onto my vintage sofa, as well as extra lighting here and there to create […] Read more…

How to make a tyre footstool

How to make an upcycled tyre footstool

Brighten up your decking or even a kids room by creating a brightly coloured tyre footstool from an old thrown away item. Add vintage fabric to give it a retro feel, then sit back, put your feet up, grab an ice cream and enjoy the sunshine. MATERIALS USED (All measurements are dependent on tyre size; […] Read more…

DIY Tutorial: A Clothes Peg Wreath by Kate Beavis: Easter Upcycling

How to make an upcycled clothes peg wreath

The trend for decorating our homes for special holidays is growing year on year, as just like Christmas and Easter, it is a time for relaxing with family, enjoying great food and spoiling ourselves rotten! Every year I make a wreath with the children, with a spring feel, to hang in our kitchen diner and this […] Read more…

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