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Upcycled Blind



I know I’m not alone in having lots of odd pieces of fabric stashed around the house, you never know when it might come in handy right? And when my nosy neighbour had become too much too bear, I decided I needed something for my front door and that’s when those offcuts came in rather useful to make an upcycled blind.

I had ordered a small piece of chevron fabric online yonks ago on the premise that I would use it for making some cushions and hadn’t got round to it (classic). So that along with a rather lovely unwanted silk vintage dress provided all the materials I needed to create my blind.

By lining the chevron fabric with a section of the dress fabric it meant I could keep light (and prying eyes) away. It also provides a lovely turquoisey hue through the black and white when it’s sunny. The key, as with any sewing project, is pressing the fabric before sewing to ensure it fits like a dream.

A simple white pole and hooks to hang it above the window finished off the project adding a bold graphic and functional feature to my hallway.

Tin Can Herb Garden

Tin can herb containersWe got our make on this week in the sunshine, upcycling some used tin cans recycled from the local college’s kitchen department. Once we got our hands on them we decided to create some bold painted tin can herb garden containers for my burgeoning kitchen window sill.

First up – we gave them a good old wash to get the food gunk and labels off and then painted some of them in a base white.

For two of the cans we went dotty using some old blue emulsion we found in the cupboard as the base colour, mixed up with some orange spray paint and white emulsion for blobby dots. For the others a drippy paint effect over the silver and blue. Super simple techniques but they brighten up my kitchen no end.