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DIY Ombre Pen Pots

When form and function meet, it’s a beautiful thing. That’s why we’re crushing on these DIY ombre pen pots from The Lovely Drawer. They’re the prettiest way to keep your pens handy and will look so chic on your desk! Plus, who couldn’t use a little more ombre in her life?

What’s so great about this DIY is that you won’t have to look far to gather the materials. The Lovely Drawer gets creative with materials like card stock, duct tape and plaster of paris (does that bring you back to childhood?) to make this covet-worthy desk accessory.


Materials

  • thick card (not corrugated)
  • toilet roll tube
  • strong glue
  • ruler
  • packing tape and double sided tape
  • scalpel and scissors
  • baking beads or stones
  • jug
  • plaster of paris
  • water
  • spray paint

instructions

step-1Decide how tall you want your pot and how wide you want each panel to be. I made mine 4cm wide and so measured out five panels 4cm x the height side by side, adding an thinner panel flap at the end. Cut the whole thing out with your scalpel and ruler and score down each line. Don’t press too hard.

step-2Cover the whole of the inside with packing tape, leaving no gaps apart from the extra flap. This will allow for the plaster shape to come away from the mould easily. I cut 4 cm strips of tape to try and fit within the panels and allow for a smoother finish on the outside.

step-3Then to be on the safe side I put a strip of double sided tape along the thinner flap (taped side) with the strong glue and pulled the shape together to form a polygon. Fix the flap to the outside of the mould. Hold firmly together for a minute until stuck an then I added some packing tape to make sure the join was sealed.

step-4Tape the outside of the toilet roll tube in the same way and then draw round the bottom of both the toilet roll tube and your polygon pot and cut out.

step-5Then put some glue around the rim of each and attach to the bottom. Hold in place until they adhere. Then seal with packing tape to reinforce and cover any gaps. You can also do this on each fold of the polygon to protect the weak spots. I’d say go to town with tape on both the roll and your pot shape. It doesn’t need to look pretty right now. Attach tape (I used double sided as it’s so strong) to the inside of the toilet roll tube on either side, lower it into the pot and attach the tape strips to the sides. Go over this with packing tape too if you’d like. Fill the toilet roll tube with baking beads to weigh down.

step-6Then mix your plaster of paris and water according to the instructions on the packet. I did this in a jug to make pouring easier. Once mixed pour into the mould. You may need to hold the toilet roll tube down if it starts to bob up. Tape the mould on the table a few times to get rid of air bubbles. If any leaks occur just get your tape and try and patch it up but don’t move it around too much. Leave for at least 2 hours to set.

step-7Remove the baking beads. Cut the tape strips holding the tube and cut away your outer mould. Then pull out the tube roll. If you struggle as I did with one of mine, then start cutting strips into it and wiggle it out. Then in a well ventilated area spray on your ombre affect. You can do this by holding the pot on it’s side and using the spray paint on it’s side as well. Do small bursts of paint from the bottom and move the can closer to make it go slightly further up the sides.

step-7Leave to dry and then you’re done! Time for this little pot to make a new home on your desk.

Photography: The Lovely Drawer

17 Fun Party Themes for Any Ocassion

Parties are not the time for basic and boring. It’s a celebration that calls for a really good theme; the kind that will leave your friends and family in awe of your total awesomeness. These 17 themes fit the bill no matter the occasion. Sprinkles, neon, glamping… you name it, there’s probably a party in this collection just made for your next bash.

17 Fun Party Themes for Any Ocassion
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DIY Patterned Tray

When you stumble upon a DIY project that makes a major style statement without working up a sweat, it’s like striking gold. Well, you’ve hit the jackpot with this patterned tray DIY from The Lovely Drawer! Give your plain trays a glam makeover with a coat of gold paint and a pop of patterned paper to dazzling effect.

This incredibly easy and inexpensive project is the perfect way to instantly update your home. With endless combinations of colors and patterns to try, why not go for that bold accent and just as easily change it on a dime!

Materials

  • a plain tray
  • patterned paper of your choice
  • Mod Podge glue (the outdoor version may be more hardwearing)
  • gold metallic spray paint
  • foam brush
  • washi or masking tape
  • scissors
  • scrap paper

instructions

step-1Firstly cover the inside of your tray with scrap paper to fit. Tape down if necessary.

step-2Spray paint the tray ridge and under side and leave to dry.

step-3Then measure the inside of your tray and cut your patterned paper to fit.

step-4Tape around the inside part of the ridge to prevent glue from getting on the metallic areas.

step-5Using your mod lodge and sponge brush, cover the inner section with glue and then press the patterned paper into place carefully. Smooth out any air bubbles and then leave to dry under some heavy books to keep it flat. If you are worried about wrinkling you could spray mount your paper to a sheet of card the same size before glueing it to the inside of the tray.

step-6Once dry apply a coat of Mod Podge on top of the patterned paper and leave to dry.

step-7Then apply another 1-2 coats to properly seal the paper and make it water resistant. Leave to dry in between.

step-7Once totally dry you can peel away the protective tape and get piling stuff onto your new tray!

Design And Photography: The Lovely Drawer