Monday, 15 September 2014

DIY Scratch-Off Globe

I love travelling, and I've been fortunate enough to see a fair few countries in my life. However, as any sufferer of wanderlust will know, seeing a few only makes one want to see more - there's a whole world out there just waiting to be explored!
The idea is to scratch off each country after you visit it, and eventually, one day, scratch it all off. It's a fun craft for any traveller, or a great gift for the wanderlustful.

Let me know if you enjoy this tutorial, and if you make your own! What is your favourite place that you have ever been?


Friday, 12 September 2014

Sock Sloth: Remixed

A while back, I created what has become one of my absolute favourite crafts of all time: the sock sloth. Since then, I've made a bunch of other sloths, too, but my sock sloth was the one that started it all. Because I love this craft so much, I decided it would be ideal to revamp into a video, to make a clearer, more interesting and more fun tutorial!

This is only my second attempt at a video tutorial, and while I was happier with this than my first one, it was still recorded with an ancient camera and the narration recorded with a microphone from a PlayStation 2 game. So all that taken into account, I'm pretty happy!

Let me know if you enjoy this video tutorial! If you make your own version of this project, I would love to see it, so don't forget to show me! You can post your own version on Cut Out + Keep, or tweet me a photo!


Monday, 25 August 2014

Sloths: A Revolution

So, a good while back, I posted a couple of sloth craft tutorials: my sloth scarf and my ever-popular sock sloth. Since then, sewing sloths became something of a hobby, and I made a fair few.

Something else I haven't mentioned here, is that I also started my own Etsy shop, where all of these sloths are available for sale!

Anyway, the real point of this post is that, well, I made a video. Since I was little, I've been fascinated by stop-motion animation - a career at Aardman was always my dream job - and because I now had all these sloths sitting around... Well, why not make a little film?

I hope you enjoy it! Please like and leave a comment if it made your day a bit more slothy.


Tuesday, 19 August 2014

DIY Photo Pocket Cushion

Instagram has become something of an integral piece in the lives of many, whether we like it or not. Whether it's photos of our pets, our meals or, in my case, our crafts, somehow, little square-cropped photos with vintage-style filters just get us going. However, yanking these pictures from their digital realm make for a cute, fun style, reminiscent of Polaroid pictures. Rather than simply tacking these to walls and notice boards, I thought of what other fun ways could be created to display these lovely photos, and I came up with my photo pocket pillow!

I used fabric and clear vinyl to create a cushion cover that offered spaces to add your own photos. What's great is that this makes the cushion cover customisable, and it can be changed as frequently as you like. Sick of one of your pictures? Just pick a new one! These also make lovely gifts, as they can be personalised with photos of special memories shared with the receiver of the cushion.

Instead of my usual photo-and-writing tutorials, I decided to try something different: a video! Sorry if it's not perfect, but it's my first attempt at a DIY on this platform.


Let me know what you think of the video, and if you give this project a try!


Monday, 30 June 2014

DIY: Dream Catcher Garland

So, earlier this year, I discovered one of the coolest sites: U lala. They're an incredible blogging site for college-age girls, and they focus on a message of "style, substance and spirit", providing a more positive, creative media platform for a demographic almost constantly bombarded by little other than celebrity gossip and negativity.

I fell in love with their site, and immediately applied to write for them, becoming the first international/non-US blogger on the site. For my first post, I put together a tutorial on how to make your own dream catcher garland, using some basic supplies and recycling some old bangles. Keep reading below to see how. (Note: post is image heavy, but super descriptive!)

Saturday, 21 June 2014

DIY: Recycled Book Planters

This tutorial came complete with a mild existential crisis. I've wanted to make a craft project with books for ages now, however the thought of slicing up a tiny universe for my own selfish needs has always been too traumatic for me to bear. I eventually convinced myself that my charity shop book discoveries were only going to sit on a shelf until someone else threw them away if I didn't buy them and use them, so why not turn them into something beautiful?

What you'll need:

  • Old books (preferably hard cover)
  • Wood glue
  • A piece of a plastic bag (like a zip-lock bag)
  • A craft knife

  1. Start by smearing wood glue along the sides of the book, to secure the pages together. If you plan on using more than one book for the planter, glue them together without putting glue in the area you intend to cut, as this will make it more difficult to cut through.
  2. Mark the area you intend to cut out, where your plant will go.
  3. Use a craft knife to cut out the marked area. It may be hard to cut through the cover of the book initially, but just keep going - it'll slice through eventually. :)
  4. Once the area is as deep as you want it to be, glue the piece of plastic bag into the cut area, and trim the edges to be level with the cover of the book. This will stop water and dirt leaking into the book once your plant is inside.
  5. Put your plant into the book, and look after it as your new pot plant.

Do you have any indoor plants? Let me know. I'm fairly obsessed with having tiny succulents on my windowsill at the moment.


DIY: Doctor Who Tardis Sneakers

I remember never understanding the Doctor Who obsession so many seemed to harbour. I remember being unphased by blue Police telephone boxes and not knowing why bowties were cool. I remember being able to walk past statues without casting a second glance, as opposed to carefully staring at them, reluctant to blink.
That was before I actually got around to watching Doctor Who.

At some point during the course of last year, I ended up binge-watching the entirety of the new Doctor Who (I admit that classic Who remains too vast for me to watch all of it). After watching the series, I was besotted, and I am now eagerly anticipation the release of season 8. To celebrate my new-found addiction, I made myself a pair of Ten-esque Chucks, decorating the sides with tiny painted Tardises.

What you'll need to make your own:
  • A pair of Converse (or the cheaper, knock-off kind, like I used)
  • Small scraps of leather or leather-look vinyl 
  • Acrylic paints
  • Podge
  • Some fabric glue (I use Tacky Glue) and thread for attaching the Tardises to the sneakers
  1. Cut out your basic Tardis shape from your leather/imitation leather
  2. If your leather is a dark colour, start by painting a light colour as a base coat. 
  3. Build up various shades of blue until you are happy with the colour of your Tardis.
  4. Using a darker blue, paint on a grid to show the panels of the Tardis door, and use black to paint a rectangle at the top to create the "Police Box" sign.
  5. Use white paint to create tiny blocks in the top two panels of the door, on both visible sides, as well as the notice on the door, and the words "Police Box". I used a toothpick and pin to do this painting.
  6. Use a layer Podge to seal and protect the paint.
  7. Glue the tiny Tardises onto the sneakers using fabric glue, and then stitch around the edges to secure them.

I also added the words "Don't Blink" at the back, using acrylic paint, however this started chipping off of the rubber soles - though it still looked cool for a while. :)

Do you watch Doctor Who? Are you as obsessed with the show as I now am? Who was your favourite Doctor? I'm very excited to see what Capaldi brings in August!

Thanks for reading,