Wednesday, 30 April 2014

#NicaDIY: Get Crafty with Nica

We like to get a bit crafty from time to time here at Nica HQ, there’s just something so rewarding about creative projects and making things from scratch. Whether it’s a kitsch hipflask for festival drinks or a glittery hanger to proudly display your most prized possessions on, join Nica as we delve into the land of DIY.

Sequin Hangers

Give your wardrobe a new lease of life this summer with these beautiful glittery hangers. If you’re strapped for cash they also make a lovely handmade gift idea. Let’s get cracking.

·         Craft glue
·         Scissors
·         Wooden hanger
·         1 inch thick sequin elastic trim

Starting from the corner of the hanger, apply the craft glue to the back of the elastic trim and begin to wrap the trim around the hanger. Only apply glue to 3 inches of the trim at a time to save making a mess during the wrap process.

Keep wrapping until the hanger is completely covered and to finish secure the trim with extra glue. You could also use a needle and thread to secure this but it’s entirely up to you. And that’s it!

Design your Own Hipflask

Hipflasks are a girl’s best friend at festivals; they come in handy for on-the-go drinks and look glorious with a floral or checked print design. As if we needed an excuse. This is how we created ours:

  • Hipflask
  • Oilcloth fabric (Etsy)
  • Multi-purpose glue
  • Scissors
Cut a strip of oilcloth to fit around your flask, you’ll want the fabric to overlap slightly. Oilcloth is a great material to use for hipflasks as it is easy to clean so any splashes can be wiped away unlike cotton.
Once you’ve cut the oilcloth to fit around the hipflask, simply use a specific glue which adheres to metal to secure the oilcloth in place. It’s that simple!

Fabric Mouse Mat 

Liven up your office space with this super quick fabric mouse mat tutorial. Pictured above is a cloud style,
but you could just as easily stick to a rectangular shape and cover with your chosen fabric, the choice is yours.

  • Fabric
  • Iron-on webbing
  • A mouse mat
  • A hot iron 
Cut a piece of webbing to slightly overlap your mouse mat. Next, cut your fabric a little larger than the webbing and iron the webbing to your fabric. Leave to cool for 30 seconds before peeling off the paper backing.

Iron your chosen fabric to the mouse mat and trim any excess material. Easy peasy.
And there we have it, 3 summer craft tutorials which can be completed in the time it takes to make a cup of tea.

Are you a craft enthusiast? Share your favourite tutorials with us by tweeting us @Nica_Handbags

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