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PLANTS

Frames with dried flowers

After learning how to dry flowers, let's see what we can do with them! In this article, previously shared on A Shiny Day, I share my secrets on how you can decorate a wall of your house with framed dried flowers. Spring is here, as colorful as always, and I look forward to sharing with you all the wonderful ideas I have prepared for a spring full of flowers. Full of crafts that showcase and praise nature. For this easy craft, you will need : Double glass metal frames. These frames are quite hard to find especially in Greece. However I...

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UPCYCLE

Flower vase from reusable materials

In this article, I share with you a cheap and easy way to take advantage of two things you most likely have at home: A plastic bottle that you are about to throw in the trash and a piece of fabric. This is the optimal way to spend your time creatively, make something useful for your home and do something good for the environment. All in one! The backstory : At the moment, I really enjoy crafting. It isn't only the peace of the house that allows me to, but also that I am challenged to make the most out of the...

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CRAFTS, ECOLOGY, HOLIDAYS, NATURAL DYES

Naturally dyed Christmas pillow

On the day of the annual Christmas cocooning that me and my friends have, while sipping on our melomakarono beverage (a traditional Greek honey flavoured dessert but made into a drink), we also made a pillow using eco colors. All we needed was a white pillowcase, a potato and my trusted non-toxic Fusion colors (I swear by them!) and... we got started on printing! Before that, we taught ourselves the iconic Mean Girls Jingle Bell Rock choreography. Maybe I shouldn’t have said that, but it’s the truth, OKAY?? Sidenote: The day I discovered that potatoes and apples can be used...

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Christmas ornaments using wooden embroidery hoop frames

I’ve been trying to find a way to start this article for hours. I’ve been trapped in a circle of typing and erasing everything. The point isn’t if I like Christmas or not, or the fact that this year I decorated the entire house earlier than ever. The point is this ornament that I crafted using a piece of fabric, a basil leaf and a wooden embroidery hoop frame. It’s safe to say that I’m obsessed with it and by the end of the Christmas season I may load my Christmas tree with a bunch of these. The backstory : A...

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REVAMP

Decorative yarn throw pillow

As sweaters and socks become all the more necessary, the more I like to turn my house into a warm snuggle cave. Progressively, I start experimenting with yarn, looms and warm materials. One of my favorite pastimes is to create knitted decorations for the house using an improvised loom that I have made. The outcome : beautiful! I know you are looking forward to seeing how you can create a decoration using an improvised loom and this will be done very, very soon! This isn’t a difficult construction, but it requires your undivided attention. For this very reason I want...

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UPCYCLE, UPCYCLE

Flower vase made from a plastic water bottle

I was thinking : Do you know what can transform from a single-use petrochemical product to a gorgeous decorative flower vase?The plastic water bottle that we used for 10 minutes and are already trying to throw out! Greece takes last place in the European Waste Recycling rankings. Since the know-how and infrastructure are missing from the equation, it doesn't matter how much effort citizens put into recycling. Which is very upsetting, if you ask me. I hope that this is only temporary and in a few years we will be able to recycle, knowing that what we throw...

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PETS, PHOTOGRAPHY

Pillow case with cat print

I could come up with many titles for this article : 1. I printed my cat on a pillow 2. Look at this amazing pillow I made! 3. I’m going insane The thing is, I printed Travolta (the cat, not John)'s face on a pillow. Quite a few times. The backstory : In my notebook I have written down a lot of ideas for crafts that I would like to do at some point. Since the summer, I have noted that I want to print on my own fabric at home. So, recently, I brought a printer. I also, got a special iron-on print...

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Wood bead christmas ornaments

In this festive article, I share with you an easy idea for the most elegant wood bead ornamentthat will gracefully adorn your home this holiday season. This ornament is a must-have for every Scandinavianand minimalist décorenthusiast, and what’s even better? It’s 100% natural! The backstory : The A Shiny Day headquarters have been in a Christmassy mood for a while now, but just like the rest of the year, we never stop experimenting! Blame it on the sun generously illuminating the room, or Mitsi blessing us with her company, one thing is certain : the creative juices are flowing! However,...

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Cat food can candles

In this article I will show you how to reuse the tin can that your cat (or your dog or even you!) just devoured,by making a super cute upcycled candle! The idea for this craft stems from one of the challenges I had to complete during my online Ding Dong journey. The brief was clear: "Find a way to reuse your cats’ food cans!" And so I did. I found a way. In case you’ve been around for a while, you may already have heard about my four fur kids. Felice, Ginger, Mitsi and Birbilo are my four very cute...

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PLANTS

How to paint a ceramic pot

There are 300 reasons that I suggest you paint a plain, boring ceramic pot and 2000 ways to do it. In this article, I share with you an easy wayto decorate with pastel geometric shapes one or two small ceramic pots. You should try this because... Painting is relaxing You had those plain pots lying around and you wanted to give them some flavor You always want to add your signature as an artist to everything within a miles radius it's a great gift idea You don't really need a reason. Just for the hell of it! There are no...

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