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Clones N Clowns by Aimee Wood

DIY : Vintage (faux) fur collar

Finally it’s only 3 months until Christmas and it feels wintery enough for me to show you a DIY I’ve been looking forward to for weeks : A vintage fur collar put together in minutes ! I made two different collars, one pointy one to go over my new red coat and one ermine style rounded one to go over my vintage Hobbs jacket. Both have ribbons to tie them on and this is for two reasons, A/ I think it’s cute and B/ It’s quicker and easier than a button and button hole. To make your own Vintage Fur Collar, YOU WILL NEED : – A jacket with a collar you like – A piece of (faux) fur (with 0.5m I had plenty of fabric to make more than two) – 80 cm of matching ribbon – Two drops of fabric glue (or two tiny tabs of fusible webbing) – Scissors – A piece of chalk Here is how to do it yourself : 1 : Place yours jacket flat down on the back of the fur fabric and sketch around it with the chalk. Make sure you have the fur the right way around so that it brushes down towards your feet and not up towards your face ! 2 : Remove the jacket, leaving you with a semi-circle. This is the inside circle, the part that will be against your neck. 3 : Now draw your collar in the desired shape drawing out from the semi-circle to create a collar shape. 3 : Cut out the collar making sure you stick close to the back fabric with your scissors, sneaking up through the fur instead of chopping it all off. This way your fur will stay nice and shabby on the border. 4 : Shake your fur outside before it makes your whole house fluffy ! 4 : Cut two pieces of ribbon approx. 40cm long each. Stick one on each side with the glue or web. Tip : If you find that the cut fur is bitty even after you have shaken it, spray it with hairspray. This should avoid all the furry hair going everywhere. I also highly recommend washing your fur collar separately if you don’t want a major “tissue in washing machine” type disaster ! And the result : I’m thinking matching DIY cuffs are needed… What do you think ?! If you like this DIY, boost my chances in the French Golden Blog Awards by clicking on the blue button in the sidebar ! You can vote for a different blog each day or vote for Clones ‘n’ Clowns every time ! Thank you ♥ xx – – – – – –

DIY : Vintage (faux) fur collar

DIY : Stripy poncho

If you’re following me on Facebook, you will have already had a sneaky peak at this Autumny DIY. Whilst packing my backpack for Scotland, I had a vision : an oversized twirly top with bright colours contrasting on a wintery jersey cotton. I nipped to the fabric shop and here we are : a DIY poncho conjured up in no time. To make your own DIY stripy poncho with ribbon, YOU WILL NEED : –       A large piece of cotton or viscose jersey (mine was approx 1mx1m10) –       Enough ribbon to go around the piece of the fabric, in chosen size and colours –       The same length of fusible web / hemming web –       Scissors –       An iron 1 : Fold your piece of fabric into quarters and cut out the neckline as shown above (cut into the fully FOLDED corner) Tip : If you rather, only fold in half and then use a tee-shirt to guide you Tip2: Start small as you can always make it bigger ! 2 : Lay your webbing around the poncho, where you want the ribbon to go Tip3 : Start off in the middle of the back of the poncho. Don’t start on a corner ! 3 : Iron on your ribbon making sure your iron is hot enough to melt the glue but not too hot for the fabric (especially if using synthetic) Tip4 : Start with a warm iron and build up the heat until you find the correct temperature for the webbing. This will avoid you damaging the fabric. 4 : At corners, simply fold the webbing over into the new direction and do the same with the ribbon as you iron it down. 5 : When you’ve ironed all the way around and get back to your starting point, cut the ribbon so that it overlaps by approx 5cm. Iron the ribbon on until it meets the starting point. Fold the tip of the ribbon in and iron it down with an extra tab of webbing. And the result : As you can see its raining quite badly here so I have to admit I pulled my raincoat off just for you…! More poncho projects coming up over the season. Final Tip : If you’re not a poncho peep, use this technique on another piece of clothing ! Be creative ! xx – – – – – –

DIY : Stripy poncho

DIY : Long bead bracelet // Bracelet perles longues

There are so many things you can do with beads that sometimes you don’t even have to think of them as beads. Here is a cute bracelet you can make with long thin beads by simply gluing them to a piece of ribbon. Use jewelry glue to make sure you keep the flexibility of the ribbon. Line the beads up straight for a smart bangle or make them messy like mine for a more conceptual look. Il y a tellement de choses à faire avec les perles et parfois il n’y a même pas besoin de les enfiler. Voici un bracelet tout mignon tout simple : vous collez simplement vos perles sur un ruban à attacher autour du poignet. Utilisez de la colle à bijou pour garder la souplesse du ruban. Vous pouvez aligner vos perles pour un bracelet chic ou bien les mettre en vrac comme moi pour un look plus décalé. Leave 15cm of ribbon and glue beads for approx 10cm. Leave to dry. Cut ribbon so that there is enough space on both ends to tie a cute bow. Melt ends of ribbon with match or lighter to avoid fraying. Tie to wrist and brag that you made it ! Laisser 15cm de ruban puis coller des perles le long des 10 prochains cm. Laisser sécher. Couper le ruban de manière à laisser assez de longueur des deux côtés pour faire un joli noeud derrière le poignet. Fondre les bouts du ruban avec une alumette ou un briquet. Attacher au poignet et se la péter ! And the result : / Et le résultat : xx – – – – – –

DIY : Long bead bracelet // Bracelet perles longues

DIY : Rainbow Ribbon Necklace // Collier à Rubans Arc-En-Ciel

Recently I had the urge to make something cute as candy. This rainbow of pastel colours is the perfect accessory for a Spring outfit. I wore it out today with a black teeshirt and mint jeans – perfectly sweet. There are quite a few steps in this tutorial but it’s an easy necklace to make and I think it’s the perfect gift for the girlies – in fact I made mine in the good company of a friend, a mug of tea and a chocolate cupcake ! Cet arc-en-ciel de pastels est l’accessoire parfait pour votre tenue printanière. Le tutorial est plutôt long mais le collier est en fait très facile à créer. C’est aussi un cadeau idéal pour les amies – je l’ai d’ailleurs fabriqué en la bonne compagnie d’une coupine, d’un mug de thé et d’un cupcake ! To make your own Rainbow Ribbon Necklace, YOU WILL NEED : Pour fabriquer ton propre Collier à Rubans Arc-En-Ceil, IL TE FAUDRA : – Five or six different pastel ribbons / Cinq ou six rubans pastels – Metal links and a clasp / Quelques anneaux et un fermoir  – Gold leather (white would also look very pretty) / Du cuir doré (blanc serait aussi très joli) – A box of matches or a lighter / Des alumettes ou un briquet – Sharp scissors / Des ciseaux pointus – A safety pin or thick needle / Une épingle à nourrice ou grosse aiguille Do it yourself : Toi-même tu sais faire : 1 : Arrange your ribbon in a pretty order and cut each one about 1cm longer than the last. This gives a nice rainbow like curve. / Mettre les rubans dans l’ordre souhaité et couper chaque ruban 1cm plus long que le précédent pour créer une jolie courbe d’arc-en-ciel. 2 : Melt the edges of the ribbon to stop them from fraying and make a hole in each ribbon with the safety pin. / Faire fondre les extrémités des rubans pour éviter qu’ils ne s’éffilent et les enfiler sur l’épingle. 3 : Poke a link through the holes in the ribbon and close the link. / Passer l’anneau dans les trous des rubans et fermer l’anneau. 4 : Repeat on other end of ribbon so that both ends are linked up and you have your pastel rainbow. / Répéter de l’autre côté des rubans. L’arc-en-ciel est prêt ! 5 : Draw and cut out a cute cloud using a pen, some scissors and your shiny leather (draw on back side !) / Dessiner et découper un joli nuage dans le cuir (dessiner sur l’arrière!) 6 : Poke your safety pin through the leather cloud and attach a link. Link to rainbow. / Trouer le nuage à l’aide d’une épingle et passer un anneau. Attacher à l’arc-en-ciel. 7 : Cut out two strips of leather to complete the necklace. Chose their length by holding the rainbow where you want it to fall on your chest and measuring from its tip to the back of your neck. / Découper deux lanières de cuir pour faire le tour du cou. Pour choisir leur longueur, tenez l’arc en ciel à la hauteur souhaitée et mesurez depuis sa pointe jusqu’à la nuque. 8 : Make a hole in the top of the cloud as well as in each tip of the leather strips. / Faire un trou en haut du nuage ainsi qu’à chaque extrêmité des lanières. 9 : Poke a link through the top of the cloud and close. Poke another one through the tip of a leather strip and attach to the previous link. / Passer un anneau dans le haut du nuage et le fermer. Passer un autre anneau au bout d’une lanière et attacher celui-ci au dernier. 10 : Poke a link through the tip of the other leather strip and attach to the other side of the rainbow. / Passer un anneau au bout de l’autre lanière et attacher à l’autre extrémité de l’arc-en-ciel. 11 : Attach the clasp to the top tips of the leather strips. / Attacher le fermoir aux dernières extrêmités du cuir. Share a tip, win a kit : Share your everyday DIY and fashion tips and win a homemade craft kit ! Click here to share your tip. xx – – – – – –

DIY : Rainbow Ribbon Necklace // Collier à Rubans Arc-En-Ciel

DIY : Headbands // Bandeaux faits maison

Did you know you could easily make a headband out of any ribbon or trimming you have lying around ?! And when I say “you”, I mean YOU ! Whoever you are ! This is one of the easiest DIYs EVER – trust me ! I spent more time writing this than I did making these three headbands – true story. Saviez-vous que vous pouvez créer vos propres bandeaux chez vous avec n’importe quel ruban qui traîne ? Même si vous n’avez pas l’habitude de bricoler ! Voici l’un des tutos les plus simples que j’aurais pu vous fournir. J’ai passé plus de temps à rédiger l’article qu’à créer ces trois bandeaux ! To make your own homemade headband, YOU WILL NEED : – Ribbon or other trimmings. Du ruban. – 10 cm of elastic (approx, use your head – literally !). 10cm d’élastique (env. selon la taille de votre tête !) – A needle and thread. Une aiguille et du fil. – A few cm extra ribbon. Quelques cm supplémentaires de ruban. – Fabric glue. De la colle à tissu. Here’s how to do it yourself : Toi-même tu sais faire : Basically, you sew your ribbon to the elastic on both ends. Make this just a little smaller than the size of your head so that when you wear it the elastic is pulling slightly to keep it on. To cover up the stitching, glue a smaller piece of ribbon around the stitched patch. Done ! Tout ce que vous devez faire est coudre votre ruban sur votre élastique à chaque extrêmité. Créez un bandeau un peu plus petit que votre tête, de façon à ce qu’il tienne grâce à l’élastique qui tire légèrement. Collez un dernier morceau de ruban par-dessus la partie cousue. Terminé ! Have fun making these, they’re great for adding a bit of colour or adventure to an outfit without breaking the bank or taking ages to make ! Eclatez-vous à créer des bandeaux de toutes sortes, il n’y a rien de mieux pour égayer une tenue sans trop dépenser ni trop travailler ! Keep reading ! xx – – – – – –

DIY : Headbands // Bandeaux faits maison

DIY : Easter Ribbon Hair Pin

There’s just something about Easter Egg ribbon… It always makes the perfect bow ! xx – – – – – –

DIY : Easter Ribbon Hair Pin

Hula Hair

Yesterday was my very first Hoopdance class in Hackney, and boy was I excited ! I had hula hooped once before, and of course a few times as a child, but apart from that small amount of experience, I was (and still am) a total NEWBIE. The class was super welcoming and I enjoyed myself although I usually tend to have a shy disposition when amongst a new group. To make sure I wasn’t over-timid and did feel confident enough to mingle, I had prepared a special Hula Look for the occasion. I’d done a lot of research about Hooping in London and came to realise that it is a colorful and friendly world. Hoopers do not hesitate to pile on the body glitter or whip out their secret weapon : LED hoops that light up in the dark and create amazingly abstract and temporary art as they dance. On a more regular basis, quirky Hoopers tend to simply wear bright clothes and a massive grin on their face. So I went for that option to start off with.

Hula Hair