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DIY of the Week – CD Wall Art

Monday, March 18th, 2019

Technology has really (I mean really) changed over the last decade or two. Those born in the eighties can easily attest that they’ve seen music technology go through so many changes that it’s making our collective heads spin. From gramophones, to cassette players, boomboxes, CD players, walkmans and diskmans, to mp3 players and iPods, from mix tapes to compilation CDs, and now to online streaming apps. What a roller-coaster ride it has been!

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Image source – Boredom Therapy

One sad fallout of the quick changes has certainly been that our storage areas now have boxes full of old audio cassettes and CDs. So how about we show you how to turn those old CDs into some quick wall art!

 

What you need:

1. Old CDs

2. Black acrylic paint (or any dark color of your choice)

3. Paintbrush

4. Sharp metal object (flat screwdrivers are perfect for this)

5. Pencil

Image source - Boredom Therapy

Image source – Boredom Therapy

 

What to do:

Step 1

Paint the entirety of the bottom side of the CD with your black paint. (The bottom side has a wonderful shine that reflects well in light, and that is why we use this side). Ensure a nice and thick coat of paint. Feel free to do a second coat, as this will help later.

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Image source – DIY Ideas Craft

 

Step 2

Once the paint has completely dried, trace out designs of your choice on the paint. You can draw anything you like, including tribal designs, flowers, musical notes, or even write out a message or names of family members.

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Image source – fabartdiy

 

Step 3

Trace over your pencil design with the screwdriver, scratching off the layer of paint to reveal the shine of the CD underneath. Be careful not to apply too much pressure, otherwise you’ll damage the shine of the CD. You can play with the thickness of the scratches you make, to add dimension to your design.

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Image source – fabartdiy

 

Step 4

Stick them finished CDs on the wall directly using sticking strips or wall tac. You can even put them in frames and hung them up that way.

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Image source – Pinterest

 

Et voila! Your very own customized art piece is ready to be shown off!

 

Happy crafting!

DIY of the Week – Upcycled Mobile Charger Holder (Method 1)

Monday, September 24th, 2018

Isn’t it an awkward struggle to hunt for a table or some other such surface near a plug point every time you want to charge your phone? You can’t possibly leave your phone just hanging off the charger wire, can you? Well, of course not. But instead of constantly searching for supporting furniture, wouldn’t it be great if your charger itself could hold your mobile up? Ah yes, the stuff dreams are made of.

But wait. What if we told you that not only was it possible, it was also completely doable from upcycling stuff you probably have lying around the house? Don’t believe us? Too good to be true? No, no. We’re very serious. This week’s DIY (and next week’s too) is on how to make a mobile charger holder meant to hang on to your phone while it charges. The first method, which we’re doing this week, show’s you how to do from a regular plastic shampoo or bath wash bottle. And it’s super simple too!

 

Method 1 – Plastic Shampoo Bottle

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Image source – Easy Life Hacks

 

What you need:

1. Old, wide plastic bottle (shampoo or large hand wash works fine)

2. Scissors

3. Marker

4. Washi tape (or whatever other method you want to use to decorate it)

 

What to do:

Step 1

Take the selected bottle and remove the sticker from both sides, then ensure that it is completely washed and dried out.

 

Step 2

Take the marker and create a horizontal line across the width of the bottle about three-fourths of the way up the bottle. Then, create an extra handle-like protrusion on one of the wider sides, above the line you just drew.

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Image source – Fab How

 

Step 3

Take your scissors and carefully cut along the line you just drew. Now placing your charger base against the extra protrusion, mark out its size. Cut along (from the inside) of this section.

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Image source – wikiHow

 

Step 4

All that’s left now is to cover the bottle with washi tape (or wrapping paper, or colored paper, paint, markers, or whichever way you want to decorate it). And there you have it! You’re all set with your brand new mobile charger holder.

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Image source – So Creative Things

 

Come back next Monday to see the second easy method to make your very own upcycled mobile phone charger holder. Hint Hint – Whether crafting is in your genes or not, it can definitely be in your jeans!

DIY of the Week – Mini Lid Banjo

Monday, June 11th, 2018

Feel like starting the week off with a bit of musical creativity? We’ve got a cool Do-It-Yourself project that you can take on, and the best thing is that you don’t need to go shopping for supplies, nor does it take too much of time to make. And to top it off, you end up with this really cute little banjo that can be used to brighten up any space. Ready to get going?

 

Things you will need (Supplies):

  • One jar lid
  • One large, wide popsicle stick
  • Colored/washi tape or paint/sketch pens
  • 4 rubber bands (ideally colored)
  • Tape
  • Feviqwik glue
  • Sequins or gem stickers

How To:

 

Step 1

Take the jar or bottle lid and place the four rubber bands across it, the slightest bit apart from each other. If you want to be a bit more arty, stick a round of pretty craft paper inside the lid, before adding the rubber bands.

Image source - Highdesert.com

Image source – Highdesert.com

 

Step 2

Put tape at the top side of the lid, so that it covers all four bands, and holds them in place on the lid.

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Image source – The Craft Train

 

 

Step 3

Cut off the edge of the stick, then proceed to decorate the stick with colored or washi tape, or use paint or sketch pens and make your own design. Remember to leave some blank space at both ends.

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Image source – Highdesert.com

 

 

Step 4

Attach the cut end of the stick securely to the previously applied tape on the lid cover with another piece of tape (or two).

 

Step 5

Create tuning knobs on the blank curved end by sticking on four sequins or sticking gem stickers, two on each side. You can also just draw these on with sketch pens or glitter glue if you want.

 

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Image source – GreatDIYs.com

 

And there you have it! A beautiful and completely customized mini banjo that you can use to decorate your study table or workspace, gift a friend, or just carry it around in your bag if you want. And yes, technically, you can strum the ‘strings’ but good luck making music with that!

 

Have a lovely week!