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Bathroom dreams

I was about to give an Ikea chest of drawers a long overdue make-over when my stomach decided this wasn’t going to happen today. Being in an “I need to overturn my house mood” I decided it might be fun to create a mood board post for my planned bathroom overhaul.

We have a tiny bathroom (raw estimation: 2m by 3m) and our house has all these fun not-ninety degree angles. Ok, maybe these frustrate me a bit, but that’s also because the last owners decided to ignore most of these weird angles and put in large, clunky furniture (which I constantly bump into). We also have a tiny budget, so we’ll have to be very creative in finding new bathroom furniture because any “normal” options are out of the question.

So, when I bumped into Dietemiet’s post about the non-traditional kitchen of a friend of her’s (and her posts about her own non-traditional kitchen and bathroom), it made me think. If I take a look at my Pinterest “I wish my house looked like this” board there is very little minimalistic, traditional, clean and clutter free design to be found. I like plants and colour and clutter and houses that feel like they’re very much alive and vibrant, just like the people that live in it.

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I’m not sure if we’re going to retile our bathroom, but I definitely like the subway tiles. Especially if they’re used on the lower part of the wall. Other returning elements: lots of white, wood, and some antique-looking fixtures, mirrors or hardware. And also plants of course! I can’t imagine having a room in the house without plants. And I have a couple of species that love living in a damp bathroom.

For the bathroom cabinet, I’m absolutely smitten with the first picture. I think it should be fun to find a dresser and completely doable to give it a make-over like this.

What does your dream bathroom look like? A bit like the pictures above? Or completely different?

Interior, Urban Jungle

How to keep your plants happy (and fill your home with greenery)

I love having plants in my home. Almost every room in my house has it’s fair share of greenery and I can’t imagine having a house without plants. I often hear people saying they don’t know how to keep plants alive or people saying that they don’t have a green thumb. So let me tell you how to keep your plants happy.

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01. Make sure you put every plant in a place they love

Some plants like lots of direct sunlight, others hate it. Read the label on the plant when you buy it or ask the florist what the preference of the plant is. Using common sense also helps to decide what the plant might like. Plants that like a moist environment (who easily dry out) often like a more shaded spot.

When you really don’t know you can almost always tell how the plant feels about its place after a couple of weeks. Plants who don’t like direct sunlight often have brown edges on their leaves or burnt patches. Do the leaves look duller or are the colours fading? Then the plant probably likes a place with more daylight. Move your plants around until you find their perfect spot.

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02. Water regularly, but never too much.

Giving the correct amount of water probably is the easiest way to keep your plants happy. I handle watering plants in a very simple way: every two weeks I gather all my plants in the kitchen or bathroom. I place them in the tub or sink and gently spray them with water. When there are a couple of centimeters of water in the tub/sink I stop spraying. Now let the plants soak for half an hour to a couple of hours. Afterwards, I let the water drain and wait half an hour before removing the plants so the excess water won’t stay in the flowerpot.

I do this with both succulents, orchids, ferns,… Between baths, I always keep an eye on plants that need extra watering, but I try to avoid watering them in their pots. Whenever I get lazy and stop giving them baths, that’s when the casualties fall. I don’t own any cacti (I tend to over water them, or as I call it, I smother them with too much love), so I can’t help you with those.

A small tip: if you’re wondering whether it’s time to water your plants, put your finger in the soil! Just feeling the top soil can be misleading, especially for plants near a window. If the soil under the crust still feels moist, you can wait with watering a bit longer (unless you have a drama plant who basically lives in water and is starting to droop).

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03. Keep an eye on your plants

Plants aren’t just pretty decoration, they’re living things, so you’ll have to keep an eye on them. They can get sick, get bugs or are sometimes in need of extra water or nutrition. Take a good look at your plant’s leaves once in a while, they can tell you a lot about how your plants are faring:

  • droopy leaves: probably in need of water, but droopy leaves in combination with wet soil means the opposite!
  • brown spots: too much or too little water, sunburn or too much fertilizer
  • sticky leaves or a sticky environment of the plant: your plant has bugs. I’ve noticed this with both aphids, scale insects and mealybugs. Keeps these plants away from your other plants. Get yourself a pesticide and prepare for battle. Getting rid of pests is hard. Sometimes you can’t save your plant and you’ll just have to try taking pest-free cuttings and getting baby plants. Throw away the pest riddled plant and keep an eye on your other plants the following weeks to see if the creepy crawlies have spread.

How to fill your home with greenery and keep your plants happy

04. Don’t forget: plants need food too!

As with all living things, plants need food too. They get it from their soil, but if they haven’t been repotted in a long time that soil can run out of nutrients. This is something that happens faster with high maintenance plants that also need a lot of water. So, once every month, add a bit of plant food to the bathing water to keep them happy. Whenever you put fertilizer in the plant bath make sure to leave them soaking for a bit longer. Getting those nutrients in takes time!

If you notice your plant is getting too big for its pot, it’s time to move to a larger one. Whenever you do this, the plant also gets a boost thanks to the nutrient-rich fresh soil you’ve added.

So those are a couple of tips to keep your plants happy. Tell me, are you a plant lover or a plant killer? Which tricks do you use to keep your plants happy & alive? Please share them in the comments, I’d love to learn new tricks.

Interior, Tutorials, Urban Jungle

How to make a wooden air plant hanger

DIY wooden air plant hanger

Ever since I bought my first air plant, I absolutely love having them in the house. I’ve had my ups and downs with them (and I’ll definitely share my tips on how to take care of them in the future), but today I want to share a quick and easy DIY on how you can make a wooden hanger for showing your air plants off in what I think is an awesome way.

DIY wooden air plant hanger

You don’t need a lot of materials for this DIY and all things considered, making three of these hangers cost me less than €10.

Things you need:

  • Wood block to cut to slices
  • Leather cord
  • Triangle Picture Hangers
  • A hammer
  • A saw
  • A drill
  • Air plants

DIY wooden air plant hanger

Find yourself a slice of wood and a drill

First, you need to find yourself a piece of wood. I got myself some slabs of wood when my father was trimming down one of our trees, so there’s no need to run to the store for this. Ask around or find yourself a thick branch somewhere. When you have your wood, you need to cut it up in slices. Mine are all about 2 cm thick. I didn’t do much cleaning on them. Apart from wiping down the tree bark a bit and sanding them slightly, I didn’t do much. I really liked the rough texture of the wood, so I wanted to keep it visual.

Next, you need to drill two holes in each slice of wood you want to use. Measuring with the leather cord and the air plant I wanted to use, I figured out where the holes should go on one slab of wood. I kept the distance from the edge of the slice to the holes even through all my slices of wood (as I felt this would make them look better in a group). I also made sure that the thickness of my leather cord and the thickness of the drill I used were about the same.

DIY wooden air plant hanger

Fitting the cord

Now it’s time to fit your cord onto the slice of wood. My leather cord and the holes I drilled are about the same size. This means putting the cord through asks for a bit of patience, but it also means the cord won’t slip out too easily. In fact, I didn’t need to add knots on the end of the cords, because it’s stuck enough by itself to keep an air plant in place. I placed my air plant between the cord and the slice of wood to measure how much cord I needed for each plant.

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As you can see, there is no glue or anything else to keep the cord in place. You can, of course, hammer the cord in place with a u-shaped nail (or even hot glue), but I didn’t think this was necessary. I also liked that I was still able to adjust the length of the cord to my air plant. If I put a smaller specimen on the slice of wood I can just pull the cord a bit tighter.

How to make a wooden air plant hanger

Adding the triangle picture hanger

Finally, as a finishing touch, we still need to add a triangle picture hanger to our slice of wood. Get out your hammer and hammer away! Be careful though, because those are very tiny nails (and I definitely hit my finger more than once).

How to make a wooden air plant hanger

And that’s it! That’s how simple it is to create your own wooden air plant hangers. It only took me 30 minutes to make all three of them.

How to make a wooden air plant hanger
DIY wooden air plant hanger
DIY wooden air plant hanger
DIY wooden air plant hanger

If you’re wondering where I keep them in my house: there above my desk, next to my computer screen (on a very blue wall, which is the worst background for taking pictures). But I still love them there.

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Do you love air plants? How do you keep them around? Also mounted to the wall? And please tell me if you liked this tutorial. I felt it was awfully simple and I was unsure if I should even publish it.

Interior, Tutorials

How to make a natural history display

Have you ever entered an old fashioned museum and thought “this is how I want to decorate my house”? I have. Whenever I visit such a place, where time hasn’t touched the displays for years, I feel thrilled by the amount of wonder and possibility the objects on display hold. There is still so much a mystery! So when I ordered my glass and copper frame, I already knew I wanted to make a display inspired by the natural history museums I’ve visited in the past. When I finished my display, I realised this could be a cool DIY project to share.

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When I finally started my own natural history display, it took me only an hour to finish (including time to draw a cute little bird). So it’s very easy to create your own (and for the pictures of this tutorial I quickly recreated another one). All you need is:

  • a cute frame
  • feathers or pressed flowers
  • tracing paper
  • tape
  • an ink drawing of a bird (or something else)
  • a pen (optional)

My frame existed of two parts, which led me to create my display on two pieces of tracing paper. Of course, depending on your frame, you can arrange everything on one piece of tracing paper. First I laid everything out on the tracing paper. Next I  teared the paper into the right size, because this gives the paper a softer edge than if you’d cut it. I took tiny pieces of tape to fix the different feathers on the tracing paper.

As finishing touch I wrote the latin names of the birds next to the feathers, in my most fancy, 19th century looking, script. I failed at the bottom, because the feather was in the way, so it’s better to do this before you add your feathers.

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After placing and fixing the piece of tracing paper with feathers in on half of the frame, I started drawing my bird. After drawing and inking it, I scanned it in. I cleaned up my scan with Photoshop and then printed the bird on tracing paper.

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Drawing of a bird

You can also draw directly on your tracing paper, but I wanted to make sure I wouldn’t waste too much paper on failed sketches. You could also find a sketch on Google or ask somebody to draw you something, but you can also use my bird, as it’s available as printable.

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After printing or drawing the bird (or flowers, or whatever you want) and adding it to your frame you’re finished!

I love how to light falls through the tracing paper and how it outlines the feathers and the illustration. It fits the nature and natural history vibe I have in my living room perfectly.

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Some frame inspiration

Even though it took me a long time to finally do something with my glass frame, I absolutely adore it! I searched the web for some similar frames, so if you don’t have a frame like this and you want to try this DIY, you don’t have to look far. Most of them are fairly cheap (I paid about €14 for mine).

A collection of lists that are suited for making your own natural history display

  1. Madam Stoltz, 2.Sissy Boy, 3. Sissy Boy 4. Nordal, 5. Moebe, 6. Nordal

Footnote: if you want to use feathers in your displays, please only use feathers you find on the ground or you buy in a shop. Don’t try to take feathers from nests (or birds! obviously!). Also be aware that it is illegal to posses a lot of bird’s feathers in some countries (e.g. US, Great Britain). Look on Google to find out which feathers you can own in your country.

Interior, Urban Jungle

Urban Jungle Bloggers – 1 plant, 3 stylings

You might not know this about my house, but it’s filled with plants. I absolutely love decorating with plants and I believe a house without some greenery feels empty. So imagine my delight when I discovered Urban Jungle Bloggers. They’re plant-loving people like me and they urge bloggers to take photos of their beloved botanical friends. June’s theme was 1 plant, 3 stylings, which inspired me to do a little photoshoot.

I tried coming up with three completely different styles for one of my smallest plants. The star of this photo shoot is my cute Peperomia. I picked it up a couple of months ago and I adore the textured leaves of this plant. It’s really easy to care for, so if you’re looking for a small and air-cleaning house mate, consider adopting a Peperomia.

For my first plant styling I used the blue walls in my studio as inspiration and I went a bit bohemian.

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For my next style I tried to go the completely opposite way and went for clean, black & white, with a dash of green.

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Urban Jungle Bloggers - 1 plant, 3 stylings

And last, but not least, I went to my living room for inspiration. I’m not sure what style this is, but think natural history museums and lot’s of greenery.

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If you’re familiar with Urban Jungle Bloggers, you might notice I’m a bit late with this blog (the photos have been in a blog draft for more than a month :O), I still had a ton of fun styling my little Peperomia.

Interior, Urban Jungle

Lovely little air plants (and where to find them)

Lovely little air plants (and where to find them in Belgium)

Ever since I saw the first air plants pop up a couple of years ago I knew I wanted to get my grubby little hands on them. I had to be patient, but I finally have my own small collection of air plants!

When I started looking for air plants, they were nowhere to be found in Belgium. It took a while, but now the air plant hype has landed. They’re a couple of stores selling them in Ghent and online, but I find their prices quite outrageous. Luckily for me there’s Luchtplantjes.nl. I’m still pretty much a cheap skate, so when I saw Luchtplantjes selling B-quality (meaning they’re not as symmetrical as they should be or don’t have perfect colouration) plants for cheap I ordered a bunch of them.

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I ordered three B-quality plants and two A-quality: a Ionantha and a small Oaxacana. Everything together I paid €15,50, shipping included. Knowing that I can find OK-looking plants in Ghent for €12 a piece I think this was pretty much a bargain.

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One of the reasons I didn’t want to spent too much on air plants is that the first air plant I bought almost immediately died. I know from experience I just can’t seem to keep some plants alive (gerberas and cacti e.g.); so I didn’t want to spent too much in case I had the same problem with air plants.

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It’s been two months since my plants arrived and I can happily tell you they’re still all alive and kicking. I’ve noticed the different species do seem to need a bit of different care taking, because one of them looks a bit unhappy. I’m sure we’ll get there though.

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I’m still looking for ways to display my air plants in the house. At the moment they’re just chilling on my desk and I love seeing them there, but I’d also like to display them in a more special way. I did buy a himmeli at the recent Etsy fair in Ghent, so maybe one of them will fit in there. 🙂

Lovely little Air plants (and where to find them)
Lovely little Air plants (and where to find them) Lovely little Air plants (and where to find them)

Have you guys jumped on the air plant train already? Do you also want to start a little collection?

Interior, Tutorials

How to make a magnetic poster frame

For a few years now, I’m looking for the perfect map or botanical poster to hang on my walls. Most of the time they’re way overpriced or they’re too far away to go and buy. So, I decided to make myself some wooden magnetic poster frames to mimic the look of the good old botanical posters. And guess what, it’s super easy!

How to make a magnetic poster frame

The only things you’ll need to make your own magnetic poster frame are:

  • wooden slats – I bought two in Oak, measuring 240cm and being 3 cm wide
  • a saw
  • a drill (optional)
  • twine
  • magnets
  • glue (I used super glue)

How to make a magnetic poster frame

Step one: cutting the wood

First of we start by cutting the wooden slats into pieces. For every magnetic poster frame you’ll need four wooden slats (two for the top, two for the bottom). If you have a certain piece in mind you want to frame you can take this measurement for the length of the slats, but I didn’t have any artwork in mind, so I just made frames for a standing A4 size and a standing A3 (or a horizontal A4). I also made a very large poster frame, for my enormous butterfly print (not pictured here :p).

Remember: measure twice, cut once!

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Step two: get the drill out!

Next, you’ll want to measure where to drill your holes for your twine. If you don’t have a drill: no problem! You can wrap your twine around the slats or you can use some (hot) glue and simply glue the twine to the slats.

How to make a magnetic poster frame

Step three: placing the magnets

We’re first going to determine where you want your magnets and how many you want to use. I put three on each part of the frame for the A4 and five on the frame for the A3 sized poster. I recommend using a little more than you think, although a lot depends on the strength of the magnets.

Glue one part of your magnets to one side of the frame. Position the opposite magnet on the already glued one, put some glue on the top one and carefully place the second slat on top of the magnets on the first slat of wood. Now you’ve finished the top part of the frame, repeat for the bottom part.

Remember: you need to put magnets on both side of the frame to be able to sandwich your print between them, plus you need them for the upper and bottom part of the frame. Make sure you buy enough.

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Step four: adding twine

We’re almost finished! We only need to add the twine to the top set of slats of the poster frame. Either you put your twine through the holes you drilled earlier or you glue it on the inside of the slats.

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Step five: adding artwork

Carefully place your artwork on one side of the magnetic poster frame and place the other side on top of it, sandwiching it in between the magnets (consider cleaning the magnets first, mine actually made black spots on one of my prints). Voila, you’re finished! Hang it on the wall and admire your handiwork. 🙂

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I absolutely love the look of these frames, especially considering they’re super easy to make. I also made a bigger magnetic poster frame for a gigantic butterfly poster I bought in IKEA once and it also works for big posters (although I didn’t put the bottom part on the poster, because of the extra weight it ads).

What do you think? Easy enough and good looking, yes?

How to make a magnetic poster frame

Costs: wooden slats – 2 x €5; magnets – 3 x €2 (12 magnets p.p.); twine –  left over from an earlier project; Locktite Super Glue – €9

Interior, Urban Jungle

Urban Jungle Bloggers – Botanical Zoom

You might not know this about my house, but it’s filled with plants. I absolutely love decorating with plants and I believe a house without some greenery feels empty. So imagine my delight when I discovered Urban Jungle Bloggers. They’re plant-loving people like me and they urge bloggers to take photos of their beloved botanical friends. This month the theme was Botanical Zoom and I decided to take part.

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I gathered some of the plants that keep me company in my studio. Most of them are succulents, which are a good choice for this room, with its south-west facing windows. In the summer it gets really hot on the window sills and sometimes it’s even too much for the succulents. There is one odd one out (take a guess!) in this little group, but I absolutely love the colours on this plant!

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I’ve just potted the sprig in the top photo, I do hope it’ll start growing as this plant has absolutely stunning orange flowers. I have no idea what’s it called though. If anyone knows, please let me know! I don’t think I’m acing taking care of the adult plant and I’d like to find out what I’m doing wrong.

If you’re wondering where I got those cute teacup planters, I wrote a DIY about potting plants in tea cups a while ago.

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I absolutely love all the little details on these plants. The red nerves, the pink hue on the tip of the leaves, the dots, the tiny roots some of them produce on their stems,… Now let’s take this botanical zoom a bit further.

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Sempervivum tectorum (?)

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Crassula perforata

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Sedum Makinoi ‘tornado’

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Nerve plant or Fittonia verschaffeltii

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I hoped you liked my first entry for Urban Jungle Bloggers. I really liked photographing my plants, they’re the perfect models. I’m already looking forward to the next theme and who knows, maybe this’ll become a monthly feature on this blog.

Urban Jungle Bloggers

Interior, Workspace

Desk Tour

As I’ve mentioned a couple of times already: I have a new desk set-up and I’m really loving it. And although it probably won’t be everybody’s cup of tea, let me give you a little guided tour around both of my desks.

Let’s start of with the desk that holds my computer and other electronics. It’s consists of a shiny new high gloss table top I bought at IKEA, which I combined with an old pair of table legs. It’s very black and white and it’s feels clean & calm, which is nice because I already get distracted easily enough when I’m behind my computer (oh look, a squirrel!).

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On this desk you’ll find my Midori agenda, my Wacom drawing tablet (when it’s not in it’s felt cover), a computer screen, my laptop and a bunch of hard disks. My grandmother’s marble cutting board also resides here, with my Muji clear acrylic box that holds some sewing materials. Whenever I don’t need my second screen because I’m working with analogue materials I disconnect my laptop and put him on the other desk, so I can watch series/YouTube whilst working.

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This is desk number two (aka this is where the magic happens 😉 ). It’s quite a bit messier (although to be honest, the other desk also gets covered in random things), but apparently, that’s how I like it. Above this desk hangs one of my least successful DIY’s: a handmade magnetic blackboard. It’s not nearly magnetic enough (even with the strongest magnets I could find things keep falling off) and it’s so rough you can’t use it as a blackboard. Big bummer, but I don’t have the money to start over again, especially since I’m not sure a second try would be more successful.

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You can always find a pile of books and magazines on my desk, because I have a hard time letting them out of my sight. 😛 Next to the books and magazines, you’ll probably find my pencil-case and a little (Midori style) notebook. I also got a bunch of work-in-progress projects lying around.

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I try to keep myself inspired with my messy and all over the place mood board. It’s also the place where I keep track of a couple of challenges I’m doing, like my 28 in 28 list and more recently where I keep track of my cleaning habits. Below the black board I’ve put a couple of handy boxes that contain acrylic paints, markers, post-its and lots of bits and bobs.

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On top of the boxes you can find my collection of washi tapes. I love keeping them in glass jars, it’s so nice to look at. My two POP figures also reside here.

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The right side of my desk is where a couple of my plants reside. It’s the perfect place for my orchids and the others also don’t seem to mind sharing a desk with me. I’ve got more plants on the window sill and seeing them bloom always makes me very happy.

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Between my two desks there’s just enough place left to put my trolley. Here I keep all my brushes, a couple of markers, all my pastel and watercolour pencils, scissors and jam jars. I’ve also got a tiny collection of porcelain jars with animal figures on the lid. They’re a bit kitschy, but I like them.

So, that’s it for this desk tour. Did you like it?

Interior, Tutorials

How to make copper geometric photo holders

How to make copper geometric photo holders with paper clay

Today I’m showing how to make geometric photo holders from paper clay, a material I’ve started to appreciate a lot. You can use these photo holders either as some pretty accessories for your home or as handmade Christmas presents.

Making these geometric photo holders almost doesn’t take any time at all. You can make a bunch in an hour, although letting them dry, sanding and painting them can take a bit more time.

Materials needed:

  • paper clay or white clay
  • sharp knife
  • copper or gold acrylic paint and a paint brush
  • sandpaper

How to make bronze geometric photo holders

I’ve started by making a ball from my paper clay, a bit bigger than the height you want you geometric photo holder to be. By slicing the extras from the ball you can create the shape you want your photo holder to be. I wanted little pyramids, so I cut of tree pieces and then cut of the bottom.

Cut your paper clay into shape

If you’re not getting a nice shape at first try, don’t worry, it took me a couple of tries to get my photo holders pyramid-y shaped. They don’t have to be perfect when you stop cutting, because after drying the photo holders you can still sand the shaped down and make the corners sharper.

When you have your pyramid shape you’ll have to make an extra slit in the back where you can put in the photo (or holiday card).

Sand down your photo holder, this way you'll make the corners sharp Paint the photo holder with acrylic paint

After they’re dried, sanded and dusted down a bit, it’s time to get your paint out! I discovered copper paint a while a go when I was browsing the gouache section in my local art store and I was delighted to discover they also have a acryl version. I absolutely love copper paint! It really looks like copper and I want to use it on almost everything in my house.

Paint the photo holder with acrylic paint

Give the geometric photo holders enough time to dry. Afterwards you might need to sand down the slit for the photo again, because sometimes the paint clogs it.

I made some extra pyramids, a couple without slits for photos or cards, because I liked the idea of grouping them together. I also made smaller and bigger ones, again because I thought this would look better.

Enjoy your new geometric photo holders How to make copper geometric photo holders with paper clay

So, that’s it for some quick geometric photo holders. I’ll be using them for my Christmas cards and I might make some extra as a present.

Are you making any handmade presents this year?