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DIY of the Week – Marbled Rocks

Monday, July 30th, 2018

Hi there! What’s a great way to start the week? With a dose of creativity! And in our role as your creative pal, we’re back with another DIY project for you to get your hands on. This week we’re going to make marbled rocks, which you can use as decorative pieces, paperweights, or even just put a bunch of them in a glass bowl to create a cool centerpiece.

So let’s get started, shall we?

 

What you need:

  1. Rocks, ideally white or grey, and as smooth as you can find
  2. Various colors of nail polish (or paint)
  3. Shallow and wide pan or vessel
  4. Water
  5. Disposable gloves
  6. Toothpick or skewer
  7. Newspaper or tarp, to cover your work surface and to dry the rocks
  8. Clear varnish, optional
Image source - Parenting.com

Image source – Parenting.com

 

 

What to do:

Step 1

Find an even-leveled surface (like a table), and lay out your newspaper or tarp. Now take the pan or vessel and fill it with water about halfway. Wash and dry the rocks and keep them ready.

 

Step 2

Take the nail paints, and one by one, start pouring a little in the middle of the water, layering it with another color, then another, as shown in the picture.

Image source – Kiwico

 

Step 3

Now take the toothpick or skewer and, dipping it ever so slightly in the center of the paint pile, drag it to the edge of the paint. You can also make zig-zag patterns or swirls.

Image source - Kiwico

Image source – Kiwico

Image source - Omelto

Image source – Omelto

 

Step 4

Put on the gloves, and then hold the rock and dip it into the paint design, submerging it into the water. Then take the rock out and lay it on the tarp to dry. You can coat the rock with varnish once it dries, and this will help the colors remain strong and fast on the rock.

Image source – Kiwico

 

And there you have it! Your colorful rocks are ready to brighten up any old corner of your house, your desk, even your garden! Hope you have a colorful and enjoyable week!

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5 DIY Ideas to Jazz up Boring Photo Frames

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

Photo frames are better loved than the reticent album because they proudly display your memories to all who set eyes on them. Complete with fold-able stands and easy to hang hooks, these boastful objects can be easily placed on your wall or desk or shelf. But, because of their value, photo frames are often sold at exorbitant prices. Just a bit of glitter or an extra rose can jack up the price by a couple of hundred rupees. Why let these easy-to-make objects burn a hole in your pocket, right? With a bit of patience and dedication, you can design your own photo frames, and guess what, they can be infinitely more creative than the ones you purchase from stores. Here are 5 ingenious ideas to add that extra something to your homemade frame.

Bottle cap frames

If you’re a beer lover, you’re sure to end up popping open a couple of bottles every month. Instead of discarding the caps, collect them in a box and after you’ve built up a decent collection, use these caps to decorate wooden frames. Use a hot glue gun to stick these caps on the borders of the frame in creative patterns.

bottle cap

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Circuit board frames

This is perfect for tech geeks. Attach strips of circuit boards on the borders to frames to your geeky photo frame.

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Toy frames

If you’ve got a lot of miniature toy models, this DIY idea will help you design an interesting photo frame and preserve these little plastic playthings.

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Washi tape frames

Colourful washi tapes are easily available in craft stores and even online. Purchase a few colourful ones and place them in interesting patterns along the borders of the frame.

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Seashell frames

Collect a couple of unique shells on your next trip to the beach. Use a hot glue gun to stick these shells to your frame in interesting patterns.

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