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DIY VELVET BARRETTE

Apr 10, 2019
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Hair accessories are having a moment in 2019 and there is no slowing down, we absolutely love it.I first noticed this on the runway during fashion week in 2018 but now there seems to be a full explosion of hair accessories . Instagram is loaded with different variations from hairclips, headbands, scrunchies to scarves. we love the childhood memories they bring back to us.

If you are yet to cop any of these accessories , don’t sweat it as we have a tutorial that would show you how to make your own velvet Barrette

THE VELVET BARRETTE

What you Need:

velvet trim (2 yards)

flat faux pearl

adhesive

needle and thread

plain hair clip

METHOD

Cut two different lengths of your velvelt ribbon, mine was 8inches and 10 inches respectively. join both ends together using your adhesive and you would have two loops.

Stack the two pieces on too of each other with the smaller one on top and you would have something like this.

Cut out a new strip of the velvet ribbon and attach a faux pearl in the middle using thread and needle.

next step is to wrap the first two ribbons with the pearl embellished one and you would have something like this.

Cut out two equal strips of the velvet ribbon  and attach to the back using your adhesive. trim off the edges slantly and burn off to avoid fraying.

Attach your faux pearl  round the entire ribbon.it is advisable to mark with chalk before attaching the pearl.

Attach the velvet barrette to a hair clip using the E-600 adhesive.

 

Voila! Your DIY barrette is ready.

What are your thoughts?? would you try this out?

DIY BOTTLE PLANTER

There are so many reasons to have plants in your space ! Apart from the obvious aesthetic upgrade it gives, it also helps to improve the indoor air quality.

DIY bottle planter

I have a sudden obsession with plants and I’ve been experimenting a lot with them. When I first read about hydroponics, the idea of growing plants in water  and fertilizer was cool but I just didn’t think it was something I could pull off  so I never really bothered about it. A couple of weeks ago I stopped by my local plant shop and I got a pothos plant .The plan was for me to hang the plants indoors but sadly my planter was too small and I had to cut off some of the stems.Throwing it away was definitely not an option for me so I decided to put the cut off stem into a bottle of water with the roots immersed in water and to my utmost surprise I noticed that the plant was growing and thriving and I didn’t have to use fertilizer .

I would never pass up an opportunity to upcycle  so I upcycled an old wine bottle into a planter.

WHAT YOU NEED

  1. Empty wine bottle
  2. Mod podge or white glue
  3. Plain paper
  4. Glitters

STEP ONE

empty bottle

empty bottle

Wash your bottle thoroughly, and remove all the labels from the wine bottle. the easiest way to this is by pouring hot water into the bottle the labels would come off almost immediately and if it doesn’t, you just have to wash it with sponge and detergent.

STEP TWO

Set your bottle aside and allow it to dry then take your plain sheet of paper and draw out your preferred shape .I wanted a perfect circle so I traced out a circle on the plain paper and cut it out using a razor blade.

STEP THREE

Cover your bottle  round with your cut out paper, you can tape the two ends with a cellotape or a masking tape. Afterwards , apply your white glue to the cut out portions. I made use of top bond and it worked perfectly but the best thing to use is mod podge.

STEP FOUR

Pour your glitter on top of the glue and allow to dry for at least twenty four hours. When it is dry you can remove the paper  and then you have your decorative  bottle Planter.

It is perfect if you are like me  and you are trying out hydroponics or you want to make a unique vase for your artificial plant.

 

What do you think about this DIY? would you try it out?

 

Five reasons why you should adopt the DIY lifestyle.

Mar 20, 2019
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DIY is cool .There is nothing more satisfying than doing things for yourself.

” Sometimes your heart speaks best through your hands.”

Over the years,DIY  has become more popular. A lot of people are creating and making their own projects from start to finish and It is interesting to note that the love of DIY cuts across age,gender,sex,religion or social status.No two DIYer is the same but in general we are a friendly group of people who are not afraid to make mistakes.

After so many years of doing DIYs,making mistakes,wasting materials,bruising my hands,sourcing for raw materials and from my general DIY experiences.I have discovered  many benefits and I’m here to share the top five reasons why you should also adopt the DIY lifestyle.

 

1.You get to explore your creative side.

There is no better feeling than bringing your imagination to life .Doing a DIY project  creates the perfect opportunity for you to connect your hands with your brain. Hands on experiences makes you think better and faster, and you also learn better especially from your mistakes. So whether you are starting out a new project, or you are upcycling or recycling an old material you get to explore creativity in your own way.

2. It creates the perfect bonding opportunity.

One of the easiest way to bond  with your partner or children is by doing creative  things together. From  the endless banter you have with your partner when you are trying to set up your home furniture to the delegation of  chores to your little ones when baking.you get to learn more about your children and their genuine interests and you also unconsciously  pass down skills from generations to generations. so whether its baking, fencing, knitting, sewing, painting  etc …. DIY activities, helps to create bonding opportunities with you and your loved ones.

3. You can have a main or side hustle.

DIY Velvet ribbon

So many hand made businesses are thriving thanks to Etsy, amazon handmade and even Pinterest. I recently went for an event and the speaker said her business started accidentally. She made a swim wear for herself took a picture and put it on Instagram and she got a lot of requests for where she got her swim wear . immediately she saw that opportunity and took advantage of it. Today she is a household name in the Nigerian fashion scene. You can perfect your crafts and make them available for sale. Your hobby can start making you millions.

4.You connect with other creatives.

Team work

One of the most peculiar characteristics of DIY lovers is their willingness to help and share .There are so many communities where ideas, resources and tools are shared and genuine friendships are made and a perfect example is  at  www.whogomake.com .We share ideas ,inspirations,  tutorials, kits to bring your project to life and we organize off line events for real life bonding. You should  join us.

5.You get bragging rights and you become more appreciative of people that create things.

I became more appreciative of my tailors, after I made my first skirt  and it took me over four hours and back ache to complete the skirt. I  got so many compliments and I was also very happy to say “I made my skirt”. DIY has made me appreciate artisans and everybody that makes things with their hands.

These are some of the reasons why I love DIYs. Are you a DIY lover?Join our growing community, follow us on our social media let the adventures begin.

 

DIY!FABRIC SHOE BAG

 

DIY fabric shoe bag

DIY FABRIC SHOE BAG

Whenever I have to pack for travel for a trip, finding a way to pack my shoes always poses a problem, so I always fall back on the good old cellophane bags.

I recently went on one of such trips with a friend and when she was unpacking, I noticed she brought out her shoes from a fancy fabric bag.

I really loved it, so I thought to get one for myself (the DIY way) of course.

After making mine, I have to say that it was really easy to make and it was a good use of leftover fabric. It is also very functional, it can be washed, it can take more than one shoe and it would make for a nice party favor or souvenir.

 

What you need

1.       Fabric.

2.       Measuring tape.

3.       Sewing machine.

4.       Scissors.

5.       Matching thread.

6.       Rope or bias tape.

 

STEP ONE

Cut out two rectangles of equal dimension 13cm by 16cm.

DIY SHOE BAG

STEP TWO

Lay the two rectangles on top each other with the right side of the material facing each other inwardly.

STEP THREE

With your sewing machine, sew together all the three sides of the rectangle leaving the top most side.

DIY SHOE BAG

STEP FOUR

Fold the top hem of the two sides of the bag, sew along until it forms a tube. Turn the bag inside out and iron out all the edges.

DIY SHOE BAG

 

STEP FIVE

Cut out your rope or bias tape approximately 30cm, attach the rope to a pen or a pencil and push one end of the rope through the tube on one side and move it through the other side and tie. You should be able to pull the rope to close your bag.

DIY SHOE BAG

When you are done  you would have something like this.

 

DIY SHOE BAG

I really enjoyed making this shoe bag and would definitely be making more as gifts for my friends.

DIY SHOE BAG

How cool is this bag, and how do you pack your shoes when you travel?

 

DIY WINE CORK MIRROR

Making a DIY cork mirror was literally the last thing on my DIY project  list till I saw a travel blogger showcasing her airbnb apartment and I spotted the cutest corked frame mirror. I already had a couple of wine corks saved for me by my cousins so it was perfect for me to frame my mirror with them.

I do this thing where I ask our followers on Instagram to guess what we are making.Seeing that we are one big happy  DIY loving family.

Empty cognac bottle and different wine corks

So a few days ago when  I asked  for guesses I got the most hilarious and interesting guesses. Everyone knew that the bottle  was going to be upcycled into a vase,but they couldn’t fathom what I was making with the wine corks. The guesses ranged from earrings to key holders and even table mat . I really loved the guesses as they gave me ideas of other DIYs to make with wine corks.

 Upcycled DIYs are cool because get to explore creativity and in your own way help to reduce the impact of waste on the environment.

WHAT YOU NEED

1.mirror(preferably framed)

2. wine corks(the more the merrier)

3.glue gun

4.cutter

5.news paper

6.white powder

STEP ONE

Put all your materials together,with your cutter cut your wine corks into desired shapes and sizes.

Cutting the cork with a cutter

I  wanted mine to be round and flat but you can cut any shape and size.its best to use a cutter or a knife.  P.S do not use a blade  to cut  the cork so you don’t injure yourself .

STEP TWO

After cutting all your wine corks the next thing you do is to cover  the front surface of your mirror with news paper so that the glue doesn’t adhere to the front surface of your mirror.

STEP THREE

With your glue gun, start adhering the corks to your mirror edges.Its best to use a glue gun for this DIY as other  know adhesives like the UHU would take a longer bonding  time.

STEP FOUR

When you are done with  gluing the cork to the mirror,you now remove the newspaper, pour some white powder on the mirror surface and clean with a felt cloth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Voila! your DIY cork mirror is ready. Its so simple and easy to make.What are your thoughts?

 

What You Missed at Our Inaugural DIY Hangout

Aug 28, 2018
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Hello everyone! Welcome back from the holidays! I hope you had enough ram meat to eat? Last Wednesday over the ‘Eid holiday WhoGoMake held its very first DIY hangout. Read more

Rainy Season Hacks and Tips

May 23, 2018
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It’s that time of the year, where it starts to rain heavily and of course the rains are not  predictable, you can’t determine the when, how or the duration. so beyond reasonable doubts, rainy seasons comes with responsibilities. We love the rains and all the good things that comes with it. Fresh food, our favorite maize and mango etc. but without proper preparations it may become overwhelming and stressful. So! While saving for hand crafted canoes, We’ve got you “5 awesome Hacks for a seamless and hitch free Rainy Season’’

 

  1. GET A RAIN KIT: This is me pretty much stating the obvious but I just like to remind you that there is nothing more stressful than being outdoors and rain suddenly starts to fall. If you are unlucky and you have nothing to cover up yourself all your “swag” would be washed aways so it’s important to get a rain kit which consist of umbrella, rain coat and rubber shoes. depending on where you work or live try to buy durable and handy items for your kit that can fit into your bag so that you can use it for a long time. Rubber shoes would really come in handy as it dries off easily and it doesn’t give off that foul smell that comes with damp shoes. Invest in a rain kit today and thank us later.

2. HOME HACKS: don’t be caught unawares, close your doors and windows when leaving your house, if you have to set a reminder please do, you don’t want to be at that ‘owambe” when its raining and start thinking of the windows you didn’t close, don’t let that small chops pass you by. If your phones or gadget falls inside water fear not put it inside a bag of rice and leave it there for 48 hours your phone or gadget would be back to normal.so some of you have damp walls during rainy season and that comes with some unpleasant smell you can burn camphor or get some pots and plant mint leaves it can help to freshen up your apartment.

3. HEALTHY WAYS: A lot of parasites and micro-organisms tend to thrive during rainy season. So you should clear out your house, look out for leaking sinks, roofs, windows anything that would cause for stagnant water. You have to check your home drainage system if it needs to be evacuated don’t hesitate to do so. Clogged drainages can lead to flooding and if you can avoid it then by all means, avoid it. also you need to stack up on vitamin c to help boost your immunity against flu and common cold. you can buy multivitamin tablets or increase your fruit and vegetable intake. And also endeavor to stay warm.

4. ENGAGE AND PLAN FOR INDOOR ACTIVITIES: it’s generally more difficult to go out during rainy season. So most times we are stuck at home reading our favorite books or generally just chilling at home and it can sometimes be boring. Guess what? we have  cool ideas for you, call your neighbors or friends that live close by you can plan a games night, pajamas party, DIY with the girls, swapping party, hackathon …etc. the ideas are endless don’t let anything stand between you and  your fun, not even the rain. Just make some hot chocolate and small chops and your party is going to be lit.

 

5. GET INSURANCE: You are probably rolling your eyes for this. I mean, I would have rolled my eyes too, but you know, experience they say, is the best teacher.  if you live or you own a business in a flood prone area please go and get your valuables insured. Last year there was flooding in Lagos and somehow some people have not fully recovered from the loss they incurred, insurance serves as the raincoat, umbrella, rain boot to your properties in case you have damaged properties as a result of flooding. Don’t sleep on this one make hay while the sun shines.

Here are my rainy season tips and tricks if you have any other idea please let me know and if you found any of the tips useful also let me know in the comment section.

Welcome to our Community

Mar 5, 2018
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Dear Guest,

Welcome to the Community of Makers !!

We have created African’s No. 1 Craft and DIY resource site for information, tips, events tutorials and workshops that would inspire the maker in you.

Thank you for choosing to join us, We hope that you would find the available resources and activities valuable in your ongoing or prospective DIY business or Idea. Be free to share articles, projects and topics that would be useful to other community members as well.

While on this site, please. endeavor to treat other members with respect, exchange ideas and share comments,  Be fair to everyone, just the same way you would like to be treated, avoid the use of profane languages and words that would kill the self esteem of other makers.  what may seem like a crazy idea today, may just become the next big thing tomorrow”

On this note, We welcome you onboard and we look forward to your contributions and suggestions.

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Yours

Osize and Gagu

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