How to make a colour-dipped beaded chandelier

We have done many lights on the blog that by now, we don’t know where to put them anymore! This one that Margaux did for our book a few years ago has always been a favourite though. The Beaded Chandelier-trend, inspired by the Mud Chandelier, is still going strong and this beauty is suitable for both a formal and informal setting. Play around with the colours to suit your interior, and remember to enjoy the process! g x

This post was originally written by Margaux Tait and published in October 2015.

How to make a colour-dipped beaded chandelier

I simply love re-purposing items in a clever and unexpected way! This chandelier is a perfect example of how you can put an old, outdated lamp shade to good use. All it needed was a little magic with colour dipped fabric and marbles – yes, marbles!


It’s one of the featured projects from our book, so go on and get your copy packed with 75 DIY projects! There are some more awesome colour dipping projects in there!


Firstly I have used strips of inexpensive fabric lining and rolled marbles up in them secured by a knot. This knotting technique makes beautiful strings of fabric covered beads to decorate the structure of the chandelier.


With the structure done it was now onto giving it some colour. I did the colour dipping by diluting Chalk Paint with water. I used Henrietta mixed with Provence to create an ombre effect that has a contemporary feel. Shop your chalk paint online here!


To finish off the chandelier, I did colour dipping on strings of paper clips. I used Antoinette for the top pink part and Duck Egg Blue for the bottom. Then I created an elongated tail of paper clips at the bottom dipped in Paris Grey, finishing off the piece beautifully.


This is the perfect show stopper for my home and was lots of fun to do!


Happy styling,


DIY Tween study corner with Bostik

Create a DIY tween study corner that is both hard-working and playful! We’ve even added personalized stationary, easy notebook covers and a few decor ideas to the mix. Studying has never been more fun!

Put your personal stamp on it

Give ordinary envelopes fun polka dot liners with stickers or by using the back of a pencil. We’ll show you just how easy it is and the lovely impression it makes. Add your initials to stationary with watercolour and glitter using Bostik Colour ‘n Paint Twisters and Rainbow Glitter Glue.


Connect the dots

Create polka dot envelope liners by dipping the back of your pencil (the eraser side) into metallic craft paint and then evenly stamping out rows of dots. The shortcut option is to simply use metallic stickers as the dots in the same way!


Magic at your finger tips

We love working with Bostik Colour ‘n Paint Twisters – they’re the ultimate three in one with the perfect combination of crayon, pastel and water colour in one twist! You simply draw a line with the crayon and then either wet your finger to smudge the crayon into a beautiful watercolour, or use a paint brush dipped in water for the same effect (just a bit less messy).

I drew a line on the outer rim of the paper to create a watercolour frame and then did a watercolour area in red and yellow to give it an orange twist in the middle. This will form the background for the initials to go on.


Sealed and signed

You can either freehand your initials or use a stencil if you want to keep it neat. I simply used a normal black pen and fine stencil for the letters and then gave it a bit of glam by sealing it with a dash of Bostik Rainbow Glitter Glue.


Take note

Personalize notebooks with these easy ideas! First, cover the notebook with scrapbooking paper that you can buy at any craft store. Next, cut a frame to go on the cover and then add a stack of PostIt notes using Bostik Glu Dots.

Finish off your framed notebook by adding two ribbons that tie up in a lovely bow. I added the ribbons to the inside front cover and inside back cover with these very handy Bostik Glu Dots. No home should be without these!

Download the FREE frame template here


Ahoy sailor

Create this lovely nautical-themed notebook with 2 sheets of scrapbooking paper, a tag, string, ribbon, Bostik Glue Stick and Bostik Glu Dots.

Start by covering the notebook with scrapbooking paper. Then print the tag template and cut the shape from your second piece of scrap booking paper. String the natural rope trough the top hole. Finish it off by adding the ribbon with two glu dots to keep the tag safely in place.

Now you can use the tag as a bookmark in your notebook! Clever, isn’t it!

Download the FREE tag template here


Roses are red, violets are blue …

I covered this sweet little notebook with scrapbooking paper in a rose design . To add to the femininity I then finished it off with and extra broad pink satin ribbon that was secured to the notebook with Bostik Glu Dots.


Study corner

I have used this retro desk with lots of storage space (I picked it up from a thrift shop!) to create this tween study corner. Storage is key! Combined with a few playful elements, it creates a space that is both beautiful and practical.

This vintage soup bowl with flower detail is now used for paper clips and bits and bobs. It adds to the nostalgic tone of the space combined with a few modern twists.

The retro chair was instantly updated with this funky scatter cushion. Not only is the pattern on the scatter lovely, it will also ensure a soft seat for a bum!


Out of the box

These floating shelves create interest on the wall with their beautiful backing of scrap bookingpaper while remaining a great storage option for smaller display items.

Just measure your paper to the back of the floating shelf and cut. Secure the paper to the shelf with Bostik Glu Dots. It couldn’t be easier!

I also used square frames to add ‘quiet’ pictures that tones in with the rest of the setting. Pictures should not distract the student in any way!


I hope that you have found this article inspiring and that you are now armed with new-found knowledge to create a study corner for your tween using these decor ideas and lovely DIY’s.

Happy Styling,


Please note that his post is sponsored by Bostik.

BOSTIK FREE back-to-school printables

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Get the school year off to a great start with the help of these Bostik FREE back-to-school printables! Inspired by watercolour that is still a big trend for 2016, we are sure that staying on top of birthdays, chores and important dates will be a pleasant experience!

#1 My year planner

This year planner will help you to remember important dates and appointments. Most important of all, heart shaped cookies mark out South African public holidays. We believe in balance so all work and no play simply won’t do!

Click here to get your free download


#2 First day of school

Download and print this first day of school chart as a keepsake. Add a picture of your child on his or her first day just to make it more personal. You can even add it to the inside front cover of your school books as an introduction of child to new teachers. We promise they will be super impressed!

Click here to get your free download


#3 Weekly reward chart

There is much debate about whether a having a reward-system at home is good or not. But if you do subscribe to rewarding good behaviour (and a little bit of bribery!), this is the download for you! It’s a great system for keeping on top of chores and to set long term and short term goals for child.

Click here to get your free download


#4 TEN File dividers or binder covers

Get your files organised with these pretty binders! Use them either as the front cover or inside the file as dividers to organize large amounts of information into sections that make sense to you. Great to use for household files and school files!

Click here to get your free download


#5 Birthday calendar

It’s very important to keep track of everyones birthdays, so this beautiful birthday calendar will come in very handy. Print the designs on good quality paper and use a clipboard so you can display it in a visible place, like the kitchen, your home office or at your child’s desk. This way you are sure not to miss a birthday ever again!

Click here to get your free download


We hope you have lots of fun with these handy downloads – let us know if you an idea for another one!

Happy downloading,


Please note that his post is sponsored by Bostik.

Watercolour Christmas – quick tricks and finishing touches

On the doorstep of Christmas I decided to share with you a few quick tricks and clever cheats that will trick your guests into believing you are the hostess with the mostess although you did it all in 5 minutes before they arrived.

Gorgeous garland two ways

These balls of fun are great to pick up a color scheme and draped over a chandelier they emphasize vertical lines. In doing so they extend the table and gives a much more well rounded and balanced picture.


String your garland on stair railings like we did to also extend the color palette from the table to the surrounding decor. It adds a element of festivity to the setting.


Christmas tree

Having a reclaimed Christmas tree is simply lovely. You can ‘plant’ a branch like this ‘garingboom’ and give it a white wash effect with a light coat of paint. It won’t last forever but will be beautiful for a few years. This tree has such a lovely South African flavor!


Remember to consider all elements like the pot you ‘plant’ the branch in. Cover it with fabric and tie it loosely with string. It ties the look together beautifully without a nasty plastic pot sticking out.


Starry starry drink

This is one of my fail proof tricks for welcome drinks. Simply drop a piece of chocolate (I love using Lindt but the star shape fits the festive season better) in a glass of champagne and serve to arriving guests. The bubbles will stick to the chocolate and it gets everyone in the mood for a lovely time.


You don’t have to use sparking wine. I have also done this trick with normal Appletizer and it worked like a charm.



Thank you so much for supporting our blog this year. We hope we have inspired you to try new things at home to truly make your home your own.

Have a fantastic festive season spent with loved ones and travel safe!


Happy Styling,



Watercolour Christmas Wreath DIY

I believe that Christmas isn’t complete without the wreath on the front door or in our case, above the fireplace. This Christmas wreath DIY is a super easy one that simply looks and smells lovely and uses my favourite foliage: penny gum. As a child, my best friend and I used to make floral wreaths with daisies. These fond memories have always stayed with me and get triggered as soon as I see a wreath.

You will need: 

 Penny gum (available at your local florist)

Prickly blooms or ‘fynbos’

Florist wire


Copper craft paint

Hat pin


Easy as pie

Follow the same steps that I showed you in our mini wreaths tutorial. Make a circle with your florist wire and thread the penny gum and whatever else you are using through the loops. Secure them by doing another layer of wire to catch all the loose ends. End off with ribbon and dip the ends in copper craft paint. I even dipped some of the prickly flowers in the paint to add to the bling.


Hanging around

We placed our wreath above the fireplace as this will be the first thing guests see when they enter through the front door. What a lovely way to say welcome!


Door to door

After our shoot I simply had to hang the wreath on my front door! Yes, this is where all the good props ends up.


I think I am going to make this my seasonal wreath. I’ll add different elements true to the specific season and have it proudly displayed all year round.

Why not make smaller wreaths for your table as well?


You will need: 

Florist wire

Thin-stemmed penny gum branches (you can buy these at your local florist if you don’t have a friend with a tree)


Hat pin


Merry go round

Bend the florist wire into a circular shape and secure the end by threading it round. Start the wreath by putting the stem of the penny gum branch into one of the loops created. Now simply twirl it around until it ends. I didn’t let mine go all the way and left a ‘naked’ wire section at the top for the ribbon. It kind of reminds me of a roman wreath!


Needles and pins

I have a disturbingly large collection of hat pins at home. I simply cannot resist them and have found 101 uses for them. This time I’ve used a hat pin to secure the broad ribbon at the top of the wreath.


Let it shine

I wanted to echo my copper-dipped cutlery so I added a touch of copper craft paint to a few of the penny-gum leaves just for fun.


Hang on

These fragrant little wreaths are the perfect welcome at the back of each guest’s chair around the Christmas table. If you have a formal seating arrangement, you can go one step further and add the names of guests to them.


You can also make mini versions of these wreaths and use them for Christmas tree decorations – the possibilities are endless!

Happy styling,



Watercolour Christmas – nail polish mug DIY

I’ve seen a few examples of this nail polish mug DIY technique on the internet and was so intrigued that I’ve decided to try it for myself. The results were simply stunning! Who would have thought that nail polish can achieve this lovely watercolour look? And it’s pretty simple to do as well!

You will need:

Ceramic mugs and bowls

Selection of nail polish (not the quick drying type)

Water and container for dipping


Paper towel


Preparation station

Add water to a flat container. Use a disposable container as you won’t be able to use it again after this exercise. Add a few drops of nail polish to the water and break up the colour dots by dragging a toothpick through it to form a pattern.


Dunk it

Now simply dip your ceramic bowl into the water and give it a twirl so that the nail polish sticks to the surface. It is amazing what happens to the nail polish when it hits the water. It creates a thin plastic-like film around the colour areas. I found it fascinating.



Repeat this process with any old ceramics you have in the house. It’s lots of fun and makes pretty and inexpensive stocking fillers.


High and dry

Leave them to dry overnight on a piece of paper towel.


Wrapped up

Wrap them in tissue paper and boxes combined with nice ribbon. It will be very cute if you add a tag that tells the recipient that this item was hand-made by you. People seem to appreciate that more!


Please note: The crockery is not going to be food-safe, so don’t use this technique to decorate the inside of a plate or bowl that intend to eat out of. Make sure that you use CPG (ceramics / porcelain / glass) podge (the baking kind) over your designs to ensure their durability. And it’s best to wash by hand and avoid using them in the microwave.

Happy styling,



Watercolour Christmas – fresh festive flowers

Every Christmas, my Mother asked me to set the table and create a bit of a centerpiece. And every year, she promptly took my centerpiece off the table just as the guests sat down so that she could put the salads on the table! It’s been a big point of debate in my household for years so I’ve decided to make a centerpiece for our watercolour Christmas table that is unobtrusive but still fresh and lovely.

Contrasting colour

I’ve chosen yellow tulips for our Christmas table to contrast the medley of blues. I have also found myself working with yellow tulips on shoots a lot this year so it’s right up there with my favourites!


All sorts

I placed them in inexpensive glass tumblers and ceramic bowls to create a difference in height without being too ‘in your face”. I also dotted little gift boxes in between the flowers – it’s an airy collection of random things that makes a beautiful grouping.


Keep it on the down low

I love simple uncomplicated styling like this gorgeous ceramic bowl combined with a few yellow blooms in a shallow pool of water. It’s the perfect accent for a coffee table as well.


No one puts Baby in the corner

Add a splash of colour to an otherwise bland corner to show your attention to detail. These unexpected touches always make the most impact.


What a dish

Remember to add final touches to all of the places where guests will go in your home. The kitchen is one of those spaces that, try as you may, you just can’t keep them out! So add a few blooms next to your sink to keep the colour thread of your theme throughout the house.

The bathroom is another room that always requires a fresh element like this. A lovely new trend is using fragrant foliage like penny-gum in the bathroom. The smell is not overbearing and very natural.


And, I did all of this with one bunch of yellow tulips!

Happy styling,



Watercolour Christmas – painted napkins DIY

To fit the painted tablecloth done earlier this week, it was just fitting to show you a few a painted napkins DIY that will fit the theme beautifully and complete your table linen for Christmas.

You will need:

Fabric paint – blue, turquoise and yellow

Eight fabric squares cut to 40 x 40 cm and edges off with and over-locker

Applicator sponge

Container and water

Medium size paint brush


Step 1:

Wet a strip of the fabric with your applicator sponge. This will help the paint to spread so that it creates a watercolour effect.


Step 2

Now add paint to the wet strip. We started at the bottom of the napkin with blue, followed by turquoise above and ended it off with yellow.


Step 3

To break the monotony of the solid stripes I painted crisscross stripes with a dry brush to extend the yellow at the top of the napkin.


Step 4

I hung the napkins on our washing line and it was a huge mistake! Note to self: never do that again as the wet paint came off on the line and I had to wash it all down. Rather peg them to a piece of string suspended 2 chairs.


Left overs

For a bit of variation, I decided to have two of them a bit more subtle than the painted napkins. I pressed the fabric down on the newspaper that I used underneath while painting the other napkins, and it made a beautiful print onto the fabric. It’s a bit of a frottage effect and I love it!


All done

These napkins add the perfect colour splash to our watercolour Christmas table. They are fun and versatile and placed on top of the plates, they create a gorgeous display of colour.


I hope you try your hand at these! They are lots of fun to make and you can experiment with different designs and colours to your heart’s content!

Now, you may have noticed my amazing copper-dipped cutlery. It’s a short and sweet 1 minute wonder!


I bought this plastic cutlery set on sale and wanted to use it on our watercolour Christmas table. The only problem: because they are transparent, they would get totally lost when placed on my very colourful napkins! So I decided to dip the beautifully detailed handles in copper craft paint.

And the effect was very interesting!

Here’s what you’ll need for this super easy painted cutlery DIY:

Plastic cutlery

Copper craft paint (or any metallic craft paint of your choice)

Paper towel


One step wonder

I love doing one step DIY’s. Life is too short! Simply dip your handle in the copper paint and wipe the excess with the paper towel. It gives it a lovely distressed feel and the right amount of colour without taking away the transparency.


Expect the unexpected

So the most interesting thing is that the craft paint made these stunning watery patterns on the sections that I wiped almost clean of the paint. It sticks beautifully to the plastic but I won’t bargain on it surviving the first wash. You can always dip it in another colour for your next soiree.


I hope you’ve enjoyed these fun and easy-to-do projects – now, go and try it yourself over the festive season!

Happy styling,



Watercolour Christmas – painted tablecloth DIY

This year we have made our Christmas shoot a big production: we created a watercolour table setting that we think fits the South African weather and way we celebrate the season best.

We will be sharing seven DIY projects all showcased in this lovely setting and of course some clever styling ideas and quick tricks over the next few weeks building up to Christmas Day.

First off, we start with our watercolour painted tablecloth DIY done with a lot of trail and error – but in the end, it’s a true show stopper!

You will need:

Fabric cut to size and the edges finished off

Fabric paint in blue and turquoise

Applicator sponge

Empty container and water



Step 1:

I started by creating dry brush strokes in a crisscross fashion in the middle of the tablecloth. I used blue and turquoise fabric paint to keep within the color palette for our watercolour Christmas this year. I used these two colours as my primary tones throughout all of the projects that you’ll see over the next few weeks.


Step 2:

I wanted the strokes to blend more so I used a normal sponge and vigorously rubbed out the paint stripes with water so it would flow better.


Step 3:

Just for fun, I diluted a little of the blue fabric paint with water and splattered it in and round the painted area on the tablecloth for visual interest. Very expressive!


Step 4

Now carry the fabric out and hang to dry – but be careful! My tablecloth was still very wet and I dripped paint all over the floor on the way out which I had to mop up. The drip lines on the fabric look awesome though, so all is well that ends well!


Step 5:

I ironed the tablecloth just to make double sure that the colours won’t fade over time. Alternatively, you could use fabric podge to cover the colour which will make it easy to clean with a simple wipe. Most good craft shops stock a range of them.


And there she is! I love the subtle brush strokes down the middle and the watery outline that fits our theme beautifully . It’s a fun and less formal look that is perfect for a beach or pool side Christmas.

Happy styling,



Watercolour murals

There has been a big boom in wall finishes the past few years: we have seen very creative focal walls done in different mediums from specialized paint and cement finishes to beautiful wallpapers. I think it’s safe to say that if you don’t have one in your home you are probably immune to inspiration!  But we are going to prevail and try to inspire you anyway! In line with our watercolour theme we have found some very creative and fun watercolour murals to share with you.

Art Class

Bright and bold watercolour stains create a lovely energy to a room. The colours remind me of art class and I simply love them! It’s very refreshing to see unexpected colour combinations like these.



This is probably the easiest way to get a perfect watercolour stain on your wall – with wallpaper. I love the monotone stains and their watery feel will have a calming effect in any space.


Splash out

We have seen a lot of solid watercolour stains and so I simply love the dots on the wall on the left. It’s also done in the super fresh colour scheme of cobalt blue and white, reminding me of Delft crockery.



This subtle watermark wall is super sophisticated and will live a little longer than most on the wall without dating.



If you’re not ready to commit to a watercolour wall but love the look, then it’s probably best you invest in some art. The wall hanging on the left and the squares right are both stunning and subtle while creating an impressive focal.



This is probably my favourite watercolour mural: soft and feminine, it might just be the perfect wall in a baby girl’s nursery.



Watercolour prints are very trendy at the moment and they’re available all over online shops like Etsy. Especially the world map seems to be particularly popular. I would love to do a pink Africa like the framed portrait on the right! Watch this space, it might be in the pipeline!


I hope you have been inspired by all these watery walls!

Happy styling,


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