Tuesday, 3 December 2013

DIY December #1 Ivy Frame Decoration

Here we are counting down the days until Christmas and can finally do all the festive traditions including decorating our houses. Since the cooler months hit us here in England and with being trapped indoors on the dark nights, although I've also managed many enjoyable autumnal sunny walks around the countryside, forests and beaches. All of this has contributed to many DIY inspirational ideas influencing me from nature's natural resources as you will also recognise the theme in my next 'DIY December' post.

To kick start DIY December my first do it yourself project is a simple but effective one to get you into the swing of things. What you will need is: 
  • A mirror / frame to decorate.
  • Ivy.
  • Glue gun & glue.
  • Scissors.
  • String, I'm using garden string for a natural affect.
  • wall pin x2

 First of all you will need to measure your frame either precisely or by eye if your going for the rustic look then go out and cut your pieces of ivy luckily for me my neighbour's ivy has grown over my side of the fence so it was very accessible, if you've not got easy access to ivy go ask your neighbour, family or friends if they would mind you cutting some off, it grows super fast so I'm sure they won't mind one bit.

Next grab your wall pins and secure them into the top two corners of your frame.

You then want to make two slip knots out of you string and allow an extra inch after the knot to be glued and wrapped around the thickest end of the ivy which will be your vertical pieces to ensure it stays attached to the stork using your glue gun and hangs straight down the frame. Repeat this step for the other side.

Now your two vertical sides are complete there's just the top piece to put in place, if like mine you find your stork of ivy is a little bare and lacking in the leaf department just take your glue gun and small cuts of string to attach another piece of ivy behind your original one to balance out the look of your ivy (shown in the image below). To fix your top piece simply sit each end behind the wall pins on each side of the frame to hold it in place.

For some final touchs I just added these cinnamon scented decorations to create a visual and sensually beautiful DIY decoration. Of course though you can add what ever you like to yours!

Let me know if you have a go at this by tweeting me @staircase2style or tagging me in your picture via instagram @staircasetostyle. Don't forget to follow my blog to keep updated with more DIY December ideas.
Thanks for reading!

Beth x

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