• DIY-Mosaic-Upcycling-Wine-Bottles-FI
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    DIY Upcycling Wine Bottles & Coffee Jars – Topps Tiles Mosaic Challenge

    Summer is finally here and it only means one thing (to me anyway) – barbeques! I am a true carnivore and barbeque is my absolute favourite food. Hand in hand with outdoor cooking goes outdoor dining and when I was invited to take part in the Topps Tiles Mosaic Challenge I thought it was the perfect opportunity to liven up my al fresco dining experience with some mediteranean inspired tableware. Mosaic tiles make me think of swimming pools and holidays so for me, they’re a perfect fit for an outdoor project. As I’ve talked about before, I find it hard to throw things like empty jars and bottles away because…

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    DIY Daisy Bun Ring

    I’m still on the theme of summer hair accessories and faux flowers: summer is so much fun and I love hot weather but it’s a hard time for hair styles. The last thing I want when I’m hot is my hair sticking to the back of my neck so it’s time to start thinking about up dos and this DIY daisy bun ring is perfect for keeping long locks out of the way in style. The great things I’ve found out about hair accessory tutorials so far is that they’re quick and easy and pretty cheap too which makes them incredibly satisfying projects! For this tutorial you need: Faux daisies…

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    Fruit Print DIY Inspiration

    One thing you may not know about me is that I don’t like fruit. Ever since I was a baby I have hated the texture of fruit and veg and have never managed to find a single one that I could eat. Don’t get me wrong, I like the flavour of fruit but can only consume it in juice or smoothie form or in sweets and ice creams! So it comes as a bit of a surprise to me to say that I’m obsessed with fruit – fruit prints that is! Perfect for summer, the fruit print adds a whimsical touch of colour to any garment and is so prevalent…

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    DIY Scrunchie Tutorial

    I have two problems: I hate elastic hair bands as they always seem to get tangled in my hair and I have ALOT of scraps of fabric that I can’t bear to throw away. Good news is, I’ve discovered the solution to both of these dilemmas and, even better, it’s 90s themed! I’m not ashamed to say that I really enjoyed the 90s, from the ages of 7 – 17 I had a lovely time, I liked watching Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles (check out my PJs on instagram) and Thundercats, I was a big fan of 5ive and who didn’t love mood rings? I never thought it would happen but…

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    DIY Shed Makeover – Beach Hut Chic

    With summer approaching (what little summer we have in Manchester), I’ve finally managed to convince my boyfriend to make a start on the garden. It has been sorely neglected over the last few years and now it’s time to get hold of it and whip it into shape. As I hate gardening, I was happy for Jon to take the lead on the project and his first demand was to do a DIY shed makeover. Not brown or green as  you might expect, but like a beach hut! Our shed was fairly sorry looking, weathered and a bit neglected so I was happy to give it an update. So off…

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    Papercraft,  Tutorials

    Sizzix Texture Boutique Beginner’s Kit: A Papercraft Tool Review

    This week I received a lovely parcel from the darling people at Hobbycraft with a nifty new tool to try! The Sizzix Texture Boutique Beginner’s Kit is great for papercraft newcomers (like me) to get to grips with embossing, cardmaking and other papercrafting activities. Besides the machine itself the kit comes with a ton of extras – blank white and ivory cards and envelopes, 40 sheets of multicoloured cardstock, sentiment transfers and three embossing folders. If that wasn’t enough the machine itself is super cute and shaped like a handbag in a very fetching duck egg blue! I’m not one to make things easy for myself so instead of using…

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    Interior Design,  Tutorials

    DIY Milk Glass – Upcycling Coffee Jars with Paint

    Since Christmas I’ve continued to stockpile coffee jars waiting for the perfect upcycling project and this definitely fits the bill! Turning boring old glass jars into pretty pastel coloured pots is very satsifying and messy enough to be really fun too! Milk glass has been around for a long time and has become very popular with vintage lovers, becoming quite the collectors’ item. Whilst some gems can be picked up in charity shops and craft markets, it is possible to create the milk glass effect yourself in a number of different ways. The first way I’ve demonstrated in this tutorial (with more tutorials to follow soon). You need: Glass Jar…

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    Fashion Blog,  Tutorials

    DIY Rose Flower Crown: A Summer Festival Essential

    Flower crowns took the fashion pack by storm last summer, becoming a festival essential. This year they’re going to be everywhere – bigger and better. Whilst last year’s crown was subtle and delicate, this year bigger is certainly better with floral crowns of full and oversized blooms. If you’re not interested in making your own, Rock N Rose have an amazing range of beautiful flower crowns that you can buy but, if you want to create a bespoke flower crown of your own, read on! I’ve actually ordered some silk flowers from eBay to make a pink rose garland which are shipping from China, I’ve tried to be patient in…

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    Welcome to Oh Hi DIY!

    I’m very excited to welcome you to Oh Hi DIY! Formerly Catherine Makes, Oh Hi DIY is where I’ll be sharing all of my DIY and craft projects from now on. All of the Catherine Makes content should still be available on Oh Hi DIY, if you think anything’s missing or broken just give me a shout. Thanks for stopping by, if you’d like to keep up with my latest posts please follow Oh Hi DIY with Bloglovin. (Catherine Makes will no longer update).

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    Fashion Blog,  Sewing

    McCalls 5850 Summer Dress Pattern Review (From A Bedsheet!)

    This month finances have been  tight, there have been car repairs and furniture buying, road tax and travel. All of this boring, necessary, grown up spending didn’t leave much room for me to buy fun and crafty things or to buy new clothes. Upcycling is at the heart of crafting, so when I wanted to make a new summer dress and couldn’t really justify spending any money on new fabric, I had a scout round the house for household textiles that I could use instead. After eyeing up the curtains in various rooms (and only being put off by the laboriousness of having to make new ones) I came across…