How to Make a Luxury Tent for the Best Camping Magic

Do you like camping? I never did, until I realised dirt and dust don’t have to form an integral part of the experience. Camping can be relaxing, peaceful and even luxurious. If you want to up your camping game, then all you need to do is learn how to make a luxury tent, and that’s easy. Read on for the how-to! 

A luxury tent, like a good potjie, can do wonders for your mind, just so you know. But first, let’s find out what a luxury tent is.

What is a luxury tent?

A luxury tent is a tent that has the comforts a bedroom is likely to have. Plush bedding, electricity and bedside tables are among the items you can find in a luxury tent. These tents are often made from canvas material and have a bell or a-frame shape. Luxury tents form part of the glamping (glamorous camping) experience.

Scroll down to find out which spots made it to the top 6 luxury camping destinations in South Africa!

how to make a luxury tent the different luxury tent shapes

Hey Pioneer

Here are the essentials of a luxury tent


Rugs & Tarp for Happy Feet

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Hey Pioneer

Second only to the tent structure is a sturdy and clean underfoot base. Comfortable area rugs line luxury tent floors. The contrast in texture underfoot adds a touch of hotel luxury to camping. Jute rugs are perfect for a natural approach to glamping, while Persian runners or even faux fur throws add a surprisingly welcome contrast to the immediate outdoors.

Many luxury tents are constructed onto existing platforms, like a wooden deck. But, whether set on a deck or the ground, all luxury tents need quality tarps. The tarp acts as a protective waterproof layer between the tent and the earth, this way the luxury tent won’t get damaged or wet.


Super Bed

how to make a luxury tent for glamping with bedding

Culture Trip

A soft bed is a must. White linen is a frequent feature in luxury tents, and they channel a boutique hotel atmosphere. A soft duvet, plenty of pillows and texture-rich throws make outdoor dreaming easy. Contrast is everywhere when it comes to glamping. So, get inspiration from your favourite luxury tents. Stick to white bedding and add colour through accessories.


Space to Move in

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Tanda Tula

Large luxury tents resemble the luxurious one-room living of chic studio apartments. More space also means more creature comforts like a small but stylish dresser or even a tub. Finally, cramped camping is a thing of the past. Standing up straight certainly has never felt as fabulous as it does in a luxury tent.


Lovely Lounging Area

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The House that Lars Built

What makes a luxury tent luxurious is not just what’s inside. Therefore an outdoor sitting or lounging nook is essential to the ultimate camping experience. Patterned picnic blankets with colourful poofs can create a magical and relaxing area, perfect after a long day of outdoor adventures.


Ambient Lights

how to make a luxury tent with lanterns

Cherry Glamping

Not liking camping due to darkness at night is not a valid excuse anymore. Many campsites do have electricity, with lamps inside the luxury tent and outer pathways are often lit too. All the light can make it feel as safe as indoor camping. Lighting can vary from designer pendant lamps to modest bedside lights. Choose lantern lights for an authentic feel or contemporary pendant lights to up the contrast factor.


Luxury Tent Dining

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The Lion and the Lady

The details that are in and around a tent matter when you’re luxury camping. A pretty tablescape complete with tablecloth, chic camping crockery and cutlery refines camping even more. Dining on a picnic blanket is an excellent alternative if you don’t have a table. For instance, trays make awesome table-islands and add freedom to al fresco dining.

Whatever you choose to eat, be sure to pack a few goodies into your cycling backpacks to keep your tummy happy on the next hike or mountain track!


How to create your luxury tent in 5 steps

You can glam up your camping in a budget-friendly manner. So, whether you’re sprucing up your two-person tent or setting up a luxury tent in your backyard here’s what you’ll need:

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1. Lay down a tarp and rug

A tarpaulin is essential for your tent’s well-being in the unpredictable wild. Once set up you can place a rug inside your tent and a mat just outside the tent’s entrance.

2. Set up your tent

You need a tent, any tent you own, as a basis. Clean off any dirt at least a day before camping, to ensure it dries properly. Planning camping in your garden? If it’s all clear skies for the foreseeable future (check your weather app), use a mosquito net as your luxury tent’s shell.

3.  Make a bed

Soft bedding, a mattress (or camping equivalent), pillows and scatter cushions make a luxury tent luxurious.

4.  Create a seating area

Make sure to get comfy seats. Spruce up camping chairs with beautiful throws and small scatter cushions. And don’t forget a table: fold-ups, make-shift surfaces and trays all count. Just be sure to add a pretty touch like flowers and colourful snack bowls.  

5. Add ambient light

Invest in camping lamps, battery operated or solar powered lanterns are ideal. You can string one up inside the tent, or place one atop box on each side of your bed. Battery-operated fairy lights are even better. And don’t forget to add lights outside the tent.

If you want to camp in a luxury tent, check out our top 10 Luxury Tents in South Africa!

Top Luxury Tents in South Africa for Camping
  1. Hey Pioneer 2. Hillsnek Safaris 3. Sanbona 4. Kwafubesi 5. Tanda Tula 6. Cherry Glamping

Now you’re ready, relax and light a fire for a lekker braai!

Happy Camping!

The Easiest Wallpaper Installation DIY EVER!

I love wallpaper. It has the ability to completely change the look of a room with fairly little effort. But installation can be quite messy since you need to apply the wallpaper paste to the back of the paper and let it soak for a bit before applying. So, when my Photowall wallpaper arrived and I quickly peeked at the instructions (I don’t HAVE to read it, because I KNOW how to install wallpaper, but I just had to make sure), I was totally blown away by a simple change in application method that made the world of difference! This was by far the easiest wallpaper installation I have ever done!

LockDown Nesting – it’s a real thing!

Like a lot of people, spending day after day in my home during lockdown has made my DIY fingers itch. So far, I have turned the playroom into a home school room, made a new vegetable patch… oh, and revamped the kitchen. But that was a completely unintended DIY. More about that later. Photowall contacted me BC (Before Corona – remember those days??) to ask if I would like to try out their wallpaper, but the lockdown prevented delivery for a couple of months.

So, when the boxes arrived a couple of weeks ago, I was more than excited to get going on a new project. Their range of available papers is truly astounding: there are thousands of prints and murals, ranging from subtle and safe to bold and brave. They even create custom prints from your own photographs. I enlisted the help of my bestie, sister, and my husband, and eventually decided on a busy tropical print in grey, green, and a dusty coral.

Photowall calculates the necessary quantity based on your wall’s dimensions, so I just had to measure the width and height and they did the rest. I also ordered the assembly kit which came in very useful during installation.

Why This is The Easiest Wallpaper Installation Ever

wallpaper installation DIY

So here is the revolutionary change in installation method: You apply the wallpaper paste to the WALL instead of to the PAPER 🤯. I know, it sounds so obvious, but this made a massive difference in installation time. The other thing that really simplifies the process, is that Photowall clearly indicates where you have to cut the paper. This makes getting the pattern repeat correct, a breeze – plus it minimizes wastage.

See below for a full video tutorial of TRADITIONAL wallpaper installation.

How to install Photowall Wallpaper

photowall wallpaper installation kit

Difficulty: mildly challenging

Time: 2 hours – depending on the size of your wall, of course!

You will need:

  • wallpaper from Photowall
  • wallpaper paste (this is included with the wallpaper)
  • wallpaper brush
  • craft knife
  • wet cloth
  • drop sheet
  • straight edge
  • spirit level
  • pencil

* You can get all the tools you need in the very convenient Wallpaper Installation Kit 😉

Step 1:

Make sure that your walls are clean and that any holes have been filled after you’ve removed fixings. Then you’ll need to determine how straight your walls are (most aren’t). Starting with the left side of the wall, use a straight edge (or long ruler) and the spirit level included in the tool kit, and draw a line one wallpaper-width from the edge (45cm in my case). Now measure from this line back to the corner in several places. This will help you see where there are any discrepancies. As long as nowhere is wider than the width of the paper, you’re good to go! If it is, move that line slightly closer to the corner.

Step 2:

Mix the wallpaper paste according to the instructions on the packet.

Step 3:

Paint the wall with the wallpaper paste using the supplied brush, a couple of panel widths at a time.

Step 4:

Cut the panels according to the guide printed on the paper and stick them to the wall.

Step 5:

Smooth out any bubbles with the paper hanging brush.

Step 6:

Smooth out join lines with the little seam roller.

Step 7:

  Trim away the excess paper at the top and bottom using the cutting guide and trimming knife. Repeat step 3 – 7 until all the panels are installed, carefully matching up the pattern as you go.

Step 8:

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Stand back and admire your work!

Top Tip 1:

Start by installing the second panel (all panels are marked) along the right-hand edge of the pencil line. It’s super important to get this first panel completely straight in order to keep it the easiest wallpaper installation on the rest of the wall. Then work your way back to the first panel, cutting away any excess paper in the corner. 

Top Tip 2:

Carefully cut around any light switches and plug points, and ensure that you smooth down the paper around it afterward. It really is as easy as paint, cut and stick. I did an entire 5m wide by 3m high wall in less than 2 hours, including trimming the paper. By far the fastest revamp I’ve ever done!

easy wallpaper

The installation kit of course helps – the paper cutting guide works a charm, and the brush easily works out any bubbles. My wall was quite big and had a door and some plug points as well, so when the cutting tool lost its sharp edge, I used my good old Stanley knife to finish the job.

super cute wallpaper seam roller

Another handy little tool in the box is the seam roller. I’ve never used one of them before but now I can’t imagine installing wallpaper without it! My wall is completely seamless thanks to this little guy.

Can patterns actually make a room look bigger?

The interesting thing is that my kids walked in and wanted to know how I made the room bigger! It really appears that way. Often we are scared to use busy patterns and darker colours in a space for fear of making it appear smaller. This just goes to show that deep colours and smaller patterns can have quite the opposite effect.

More on that here!

Please remember to use your 25% discount code when you place your order with Photowall (valid until        ).

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Happy Lockdown Decorating!        

Make Gigantic Garden Dominoes in 7 Simple Steps 

This latest project for Ideas Magazine is a treat for mom or dad! Capitalise on game-time with garden dominoes! Make more memories with family and friends with a game for all ages.  Get the kids to help make the colourful dots of these fun-size dominoes. So, whether it’s for Mother’s day or Father’s day have fun!

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Here’s how to make garden dominoes

Difficulty: easy

Time: 2 hours

You will need:

For the Dominoes

  • 2x 69x22x2.4m Pine PAR (cut into 28x 140mm sections)
  • Kid-safe Paint (3-6 different colours) *
  • Clear sealer (we used Armour from Granny B’s) *

For the box

  • 1x 90x22x1.8m Pine PAR
  • 12x 40mm Wood Screws

You will also need:

  • Jigsaw
  • Drill with 3mm wood drill bit
  • Measuring Tape
  • Pencil
  • Sandpaper
  • Ruler
  • Small Paint Roller
  • Small Circular Sponge (10mm in diameter)

* Granny B supplied the Old Fashioned Chalk paint and Armour Sealer for this project.


garden dominoes diy

Measure and mark 28 sections of 140mm and one 580mm section on the 69x22x2.4m pine battens. Then measure two 580mm and two 110mm lengths on the 90x22x1.8m pine battens. Cut the wood into these sections then lightly sand the edge s.


oversized garden dominoes

Finish the garden dominoes first. Measure 70mm and make a pencil line across each 140mm piece. Paint a thin stripe on top of the pencil line. To ensure a straight line, dip a ruler’s edge into the paint and lightly press it onto the measured mark.


oversized dominoes diy

Mark the domino’s dots with a pencil then make dots with the small circular sponge. Dip the sponge into paint and test your dots on paper before dotting the wood pieces.


Use a small roller and paint the sides or reverse of a few dominoes in different colours. Set aside to dry and move on to the domino box.


Measure 10mm from each corner of the 110mm pieces and mark the spot with a pencil dot. Then measure and dot 10mm high and 50mm deep from the left and right edges of the two wider 580mm pieces. Drill pilot holes halfway into the wood where you’ve made dots.  


oversized garden dominoes step by step

Let the narrow 580mm plank lay flat on your workbench. Then place the two wider 580mm planks (on their sides) on either side of the narrow plank to form a u-shape. Put a line of wood glue on the u-shape edge then cover with a 110mm piece and clamp them together.

Screw in four screws, one for each corner, into small sides of the box first. Then screw in two screws into either side of the box’s length.


garden dominoes

Use a paint roller to paint the outer edge of the domino box. Once dry, apply a clear sealant to the box and the dominoes. 2-3 coats are ideal for outdoor use.

TIPS for making garden dominoes

  • Save time and have your wood cut at the hardware store.
  • Use scrap wood between the clamp’s feet and the pine to avoid damaging the wood.
  • Use clear water- and heat resistant sealer that is non-yellowing like Armour from Granny B’s Old Fashioned Paint.

Don’t forget to treat your mum with Mother’s day cake!

Happy Making!

How to Make a Faux Kokedama: The Indoor Garden Delight

Kokedama hanging plants are all the rage now, but they can be quite pricey. Luckily, the LivingSpace Mag asked us to create a project for their summer addition. So, we created a hanging kokedama for an indoor or outdoor garden. We’ll show you how you can easily make your own faux kokedama with some plants from your garden!

Grow your indoor garden with this faux kokedama DIY


Difficulty: easy

Time: 30 minutes

You will need:

  • Coir (coconut hair – readily available from nurseries)
  • Twine
  • Balloon
  • Cold Glue
  • Spray Adhesive
  • Small plastic pots and plants from your garden *


How to make a faux kokedama DIY

Get started on your faux kokedama by blowing up a balloon. Place the balloon in a small pot or bowl to keep it stable, with the knot pointing to the bottom of the bowl.

At least ¾ of the balloon needs to stick out. Use a brush to cover the exposed parts of the balloon in cold glue.


Faux Kokedama hanging garden

Take wads of the coir and press it onto the cold glue until everything is covered. Press it down softly so that you don’t damage the balloon. Allow to dry.


faux kokedama binding

Cover the coir-covered balloon with spray adhesive and then slowly tie twine around it all. It is easiest to turn the balloon and keep the twine still!


How to make a faux kokedama macrama knotting

To make the macramé hanger for the faux kokedama, cut six pieces of twine, roughly 50cm long. Tie them together at the top. Divide them into twos and knot each pair 20cm from the top. Then split the pairs below the knot and tie each leg to the leg of an adjacent pair. This will create a mesh. Then tie all six strings together at the bottom, leaving a tassel underneath.



Fill a small pot with potting soil and a plant and place inside the coir bowl. Then place the bowl inside the macramé hanger and hang up your plants.

* When choosing a plant for your faux kokedama, consider where it will hang. If it is going to hang on an enclosed patio where it will get little to no sun, it is best to use an indoor plant.

Happy Gardening!

5 Steps To A Bargain Boost With A Mirror Makeover DIY

We tend to buy new decor when a room starts to feel a tad bland, yet, our homes have more than one or two pieces that can spruce up an interior. You only need your DIY goggles to see their potential, which is how I started my mirror makeover DIY.

Granny B’s sponsored some of the supplies for this mirror makeover DIY, and I am thoroughly impressed with their products. Click on any product link you find in this post to shop, and get 10% off of the total when you use the coupon code HOMEOLOGY123 at the checkout.

Here’s how to get started on a unique patterned mirror makeover DIY

Difficulty: easy

Time: 2 hours

Unique patterned mirror supplies

You need:

  • An old mirror
  • Sandpaper
  • A cloth
  • Masking tape
  • Decorative adhesive transfers *
  • Rub-on metallic foil *
  • Floral stencil *
  • Applicator tool
  • Chalk paint in black and navy *
  • Non-toxic, quick drying sealer *
  • Paintbrush, roller and paint tray

*Granny B supplied us with adhesive transfers and metallic rub-on sheets by Prima, a floral stencil, chalk paint (Black Betty and Midnight Blue) and a clear sealer, Armour.

Step 1:


For your mirror makeover DIY, start by lightly sanding the mirror’s frame. If you’ve painted the frame before, as I did, make sure that there are no loose flecks of paint.

Step 2:


Paint the frame with black chalk paint by using a paintbrush or roller. It’s easier to use a paint roller for a mirror makeover DIY. Use a small artist’s brush to cover the inner sections of the frame, nearest the mirror. Let the paint dry and apply another coat if necessary.

Step 3:

mirror makeover diy with a stencil pattern

Place the stencil on the glass and adjust its position until your happy with the placement, then secure it with masking tape. Cover the section of the stencil that you don’t want to be painted with paper then also secure it with masking tape.

Use a paint roller to paint over the open stencil sections. I used black chalk paint on the glass and the midnight blue on parts of the frame to add depth for the following metallic transfer layer. Wipe away any paint spills then let the paint to dry before moving on to the transfers.

PRO TIP: Test the painting the stencil on paper first. You’ll notice that too much paint will have a smudgy result.

Step 4:

decorative floral gold leaf patterned mirror makeover diy

To create the unique patterned mirror, you need the adhesive transfer and a metallic sheet. Follow the quick steps with the image above to make it happen:

  1. Cut out a section of the transfer to fit your frame.
  2. Remove the protective sheet.
  3. Place the pattern onto the frame, sticky side facing down. Use the applicator (that comes with the transfer pack) or a flat object to smooth the transfer onto the frame.
  4. Remove the transparent film, to reveal a sticky pattern stuck to the frame.
  5. Roll out the metallic film onto the pattern and smooth it out with the applicator. You will see the pattern through the sheet once it adheres properly.
  6. Slowly peel away the metallic sheet to reveal the pretty unique pattern on the mirror’s frame.

Step 5:


Protect the painted surfaces by painting a clear sealer on top of the frame of this mirror makeover DIY.


Use a small artist’s brush for the pattern on the glass. Remove any smudges or spills with a damp cloth followed by a dry cloth. Once the sealer is dry, you can hang up your new mirror!


With a little paint and a few minutes of productivity, you too can transform a sad piece of furniture or decor into a standout interior booster.

Remember to get your paint supplies and accessories at a 10% discount when you use the coupon code (HOMEOLOGY123) at the checkout on Granny B!

Happy reusing!

How to Make a Lightweight Picnic Blanket with a Gingham Check

This month has been filled with warm weather, floating drinks and many happy picnic days. A comfy resting spot is a must for me, even when I go for a hike. So, naturally, a compact, fuss-free and lightweight picnic blanket is the ultimate outdoor must-have!

The pretty little picnic blanket that we made for LivingSpace Mag can be sewn together quickly and easily. By using washcloths, there is no need to hem any of the squares. Plus, it’s super absorbent, which means you can use it as an oversized beach towel too!

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When shopping for your washcloths, remember that not all washcloths are created equal, and stick to cotton for its durability and absorbency. How big a picnic blanket should be, depends on how many people you want to seat. For two to four people 1,5m x 1,5m is sufficient. Luckily, if you need the increase the dimensions of the picnic blanket, add another row of washcloths.

Here’s how to make a lightweight picnic blanket


Difficulty: easy

Time: 15 minutes with a sewing machine

You need:

  • 6 white washcloths
  • 13 light coloured washcloths (we used teal)
  • 6 dark coloured washcloths (we used navy)
  • Sewing machine and thread (you can use matching thread or a contrasting one for a fun twist!)

PRO TIP: Wash all of the washcloths before you sew them together to make sure they are colourfast.



Arrange the washcloths on a large flat surface to create the gingham pattern. Start with the first row of alternating the light- and dark-coloured washcloths. Add a second row of alternating white and light-coloured washcloths. Repeat until you’re happy with the pattern of the lightweight picnic blanket.



Sew the washcloths together one row at a time. Don’t overlap the edges, place them side-by-side and use a small zigzag stitch.



Once you have completed the five rows, sew their long edges together taking care to line up the corners correctly. Washcloths are very forgiving so manipulate the sides while sewing to make them line up.

lightweight picnic blanket made from washcloths

It’s that simple! Now you can cheers to sunshine, blue skies and more picnics!

Happy making!

This DIY Floating Tray Is Floatin’ Fabulous

Keep your favourite treats afloat while you enjoy the last bit of warm weather in the water. This adorable DIY floating tray is super handy when you’re bobbing around the pool! Plus, it’s a lovely addition to the rest of the pool float family.

We made this fun floating platter for the LivingSpace Mag and were very thankful that we did. Gone are the days when we needed to scurry out of the water for refreshments.

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So, what is a DIY floating tray?

A DIY floating tray refers to a tray that has a buoyant material, like foam, fixed to its base to keep snacks and refreshments afloat in water.

How to make a DIY floating tray

what you need for a DIY floating tray with a pool noodle

Difficulty: easy

Time: 20 minutes

You need:

  • 1x pool noodle
  • 1x 30cm round melamine or plastic tray
  • Painter’s tape
  • Spray paint
  • Craft knife
  • Hot glue gun


Start the floating drink DIY by cutting the pool noodle length-wise. The incision must reach into the hollow in the middle of the noodle, and no further!

The pool noodle will certainly keep the DIY floating tray drifting and doubles as a barrier that ensures no snack goes overboard.



Apply the painter’s tape in strips around the pool noodle at random intervals to create a stripe pattern.



Spray with a contrasting colour and allow to dry. Then remove the tape to reveal the pattern.



Apply a thin line of hot glue around the edge of the tray. Press the glued edges of the tray into the cut in the pool noodle. The tray will fit snuggly inside. Finally, cut away any excess and seal the ends of the pool noodle with some more hot glue.


That’s it! Once you’ve had enough of drifting in the water, let your DIY floating tray dry then stow it in your outdoor storage until next time!

Happy Floating!

7 Useful DIY Ideas to Make Summer Last

Before you say sayonara to sunshine and beach days, make the most of your remaining summer energy with our useful DIY ideas. Whether you want to make your home a plant paradise, pack in as many pool sessions as possible or win the battle against flies, you’ll find a top DIY project for your home right here. 

Why we should make the most of summer has a lot to do with the sun. We need 10 minutes of health-boosting sunrays each day to reach our daily intake of Vitamin D. Here are the benefits of the golden vitamin:

  • Assists Calcium to maintain healthy bones and teeth
  • Supports the immune system
  • Regulates insulin levels
  • Aids cardiovascular healthy
  • Assists in cancer prevention

Here are our top useful DIY ideas for summer

1. Swimmer’s Hook & Towel Baskets

Say goodbye to damp swimming towels with a useful DIY idea! Create an outdoor towel rack to make life at home a little easier. Simply install hooks on a wall nearest the swimming pool. For a quirky towel wall, use inexpensive outdoor tap fittings painted in different colours.

Useful DIY project ideas for your home Summer

Don’t’ forget about the fresh towels! Update an old basket with a colour-dip and add clean towels and plop it next to the swimmer’s hook.

2. Squirt Gun Art

Useful DIY ideas for your children in Summer

Image by Wonderful DIY

Entertain yourself, your guest or your kids with an uplifting art session! Fill up squirt guns with different liquid watercolours and stick a few pieces of paper to a wall, tree or large easel (preferably a surface outside that can just be hosed down). Now let your kids or your peers discover their inner artist.

BTW, this is a fun summer project idea for adults too!

3. Hanging Planters

diy ideas and projects for adults in summer

Grow your indoor garden and make an indoor planter. This summer project idea is ideal for the plant-loving adult, and it is the ultimate low-effort decor.

Skip the exotic and alien plants in favour of indigenous greenery! Our native flora is adapted to the South African climate and can handle less water. Plants with needle-like leaves and those with a hairy surface retain moisture better than plants with large, smooth leaves. You also have the option of starting a spectacular succulent garden!

4. Feature Wall Shutters

diy ideas and projects for adults

Transform a blank wall into a beautifully beachy feature wall within an hour!  You’ll need reclaimed shutters, chalk paint and 30 minutes. Once your paint is dry, measure and install wall anchors at your preferred height, hang up the shutters and decorate them with air plants. A top DIY project for your home, this feature wall tutorial will add a lovely touch to your exterior.   

5. Floating Drink Holders

Useful DIY ideas for the pool in Summer

Spend the last sizzling moments cooling down in the pool, with floating drinks all around. Update a pool noodle with glue gun, a craft knife and a bit of paint for polka-dots. You’ll thank yourself once your drink is floating beside you.

6. Lovely Lanterns

Useful DIY ideas for your home in Summer

Make nights spent outside magical and wind-resistant with glass jar candle holders. Make frosty garden lanterns with salt or, grab all your empty jam jars and paint the bottom third of each. Tip them upside down and allow the paint to take its runny course. Drill 3 holes into each lid and paint in a different colour. After everything is dry, pop in some tea lights and you’re good to go!

7. Rope Coasters

Useful DIY ideas for Summer

Image by Lovilee

Say no to watermarks this summer with a useful DIY coaster idea. Natural rope coasters are swoon-worthy, and you only need a hot glue gun and rope to make them. Get the complete rope coaster tutorial on the Lovilee blog. 

Our three top tips for a summer home

Some of these projects featues in the LivingSpace Mag, but these are our favourite tips to live by this summer!

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Perfect your Braai

Heat matters. Amateurs and masters of the braai know that coals have to reach the perfect temperature for foodie perfection. So, how do you really know when it’s just right?

According to local braai legend, Jan Braai, it’s all in the hands: hold your hand 10cm above the coals and start counting.

Once you feel a burning sensation, stop counting. Two to three seconds are ideal for steaks and rashers. Three to four seconds are for chicken wings and fish. Five to eight seconds are when the wors, chicken breast and potjies go up. After nine seconds you need more wood and remember to remove your hand!

Keep Flies at Bay

Take one large clear glass jar, fill it with water, drop in a few coins or small pieces of foil and close the lid. Place the container in the kitchen or somewhere on the patio where sunlight or artificial light can reach it. Entomologists suggest that the refracted light is a problem for complex fly eyes as it interferes with their sense of direction.

A Home Refresher

Sometimes your home needs a little boost to conquer the oppressive heat. So, make a refreshing rosemary and basil room spray! Dissolve 1 tsp baking soda into 1 cup warm water and add 4 sprigs of rosemary. Once it’s cooled add in a handful of basil leaves and pour the mixture into a spray bottle. If you don’t have baking soda use, 2 tbsp of vodka instead!

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Happy DIYing!

Unlock the Ultimate Valentine’s with a Noodle Flower Chandelier

Cosy up for a special treat or get friends together for a lazy dinner under a gorgeous flower chandelier! This is the most beautiful and worthwhile thing you have to try this summer.

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Romantic or not, whimsical lights and blooms floating in the air will make anyone feel special. Plus, this tutorial helps to repurpose old pool noodles. What’s not to love?


You can also remove the flowers when they wilt and pack away the flower chandelier base in your outdoor storage space!

Here’s how to make a flower chandelier

how to make a noodle flower chandelier base

Difficulty: easy

Time: 30 minutes

You need:

  • 1 hula hoop
  • 2 pool noodles (the hollow kind)
  • Foliage and a few flower heads *
  • Garden scissors
  • Twine
  • 3 battery-operated fairy light strings **
  • S-hook
how to make a noodle flower chandelier for free

* Forage in your garden, in a nearby field or head to the nearest florist and ask them for the day’s offcuts.  You’ll either pay a small fee or nothing at all for beautiful foliage and blooms.

** Use your festive lights from December!


how to make a noodle flower chandelier step one

Start with the pool noodle for your flower chandelier. Cut the noodles open length-wise, up to the hollow in the middle.


how to make a noodle flower chandelier in easy steps

Fit the first pool noodle over the hula hoop by pushing it through the cut into the hollow in the centre. Measure the second pool noodle and cut off any excess before fitting it over the remaining open part of the hula hoop. The entire hula hoop should now be covered with the pool noodles. 

Twist some twine around the pool noodle to secure it, and tie with a knot when you’re done.


Cut 3x1m pieces of twine. Divide the pool noodle base into three equal parts and then tie a piece of twine to each segment.

Knot the free ends roughly 50cm from the base, and attach the S-hook to the knot.

PRO TIP: Hang up the flower chandelier to make the last steps easier.


how to make a flower chandelier with fairy lights and pool noodles

Twist the fairy light strings around the pool noodle base, taking care to keep it fairly loose. Secure each string’s battery pack on the inside of the wreath, in the middle of each of the three segments. This will help the wreath to hang level.


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Cover the pool noodle in foliage by sticking the branches behind the twine and fairy light cables. Once you’re happy with the greenery, add the flower heads at random, securing them in the same way as the leaves.  Then switch on the flower chandelier’s lights and admire your handiwork!


All you need now is a Valentine’s Day menu! Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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How to Reupholster a Mid-Century Modern Sofa

Do you have a run-down and tattered sofa hidden away somewhere? Germarie had one just like it. The sofa stood in her grandfather’s study when she was a little girl, and even then the beautiful lines and asymmetrical design caught her eye. This iconic modern couch simply had to be brought back to life. Luckily, Ideas Magazine asked us to create an interior project for them, which gave us an excuse to restore this piece of history. And in no less than emerald green velvet sofa glory! Read on to learn how to reupholster a mid-century modern sofa!

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Recovering a sofa may seem like a daunting task, but take your time. If you follow our guidelines, you will have a fabulous new sofa to be proud of. Remember, you can adjust the instructions below to suit any couch form.


Difficulty: medium

Time: 2 days

You will need:

  • Fabric of your choice * (we used Hertex Magical in Emerald)
  • Matching zipper if your sofa has a loose seat pad
  • Foam and batting as required
  • Piping Cord
  • Webbing
  • Cotton Lining fabric
  • Upholstery needle and matching thread

You will also need:

  • Sewing Machine
  • Electric Staple Gun with U-shaped and brad staples
  • Electric carving knife
  • Scissors
  • Contact adhesive
  • Flat Head Screw Driver
  • Hammer
  • Pliers

Your furniture item will likely be different to ours. So adjust your material requirements as needed. You will see how to reupholster a mid-century modern sofa, but you can apply the principles to any form. 


How to Reupholster a Mid-Century Modern Sofa

Carefully remove the legs of the sofa. Then remove all of the existing fabric and foam or batting, keeping the pieces intact to use templates. Make a simple drawing of your sofa and mark the corresponding fabric pieces to help you remember where they go. Take pictures as you go – this will help you to reupholster the sofa.


How to Reupholster a Mid Century Modern Sofa with Steps

Using the old fabric pieces as templates, cut out the new fabric panels. Use chalk to mark the panels with the corresponding numbers. Make sure that you unfold any seams on the old panels and cut to the same size.


How to Reupholster a Mid Century Modern Sofa

Use the old templates to measure the amount of piping required. To make the piping, you will need 4cm wide strips of fabric. Join the strips with a diagonal seam to prevent the joins from being bulky. Fold the fabric strips in half, placing a length of piping cord in the fold. Use a zipper foot to stitch the cord in place. Sew the piping to the panels where required.


How to Reupholster a Mid-Century Modern Sofa with Photos

Repair the webbing where necessary. The webbing has to be installed in a criss-cross fashion to ensure maximum strength. Fix the end of the webbing on one side of the frame and then wrap the other end of the strip around the shaft of a screwdriver to help you get a better grip. Then pull the strip as tight as you can before securing with the staple gun.


How to Repair a Mid Century Modern Sofa

Using the removed pieces as a guide, replace any foam and batting where necessary. You can have foam pre-cut with a foam supplier, or you can easily cut it with an electric carving knife. Secure the batting with a staple gun. You can use contact adhesive to fix the foam in place (allow to dry before covering with fabric).


How to Repair a Emerald Green Velvet Sofa

Sew the panels together as required and then start to attach them to the sofa. It is very important to attach in the same sequence as you removed them in, usually ending with the back panel. Use the U-shaped staples to secure the fabric to the underside of the frame, and brad staples where they will be more visible.


How to Repair a Mid Century Sofa with Photos

Finish any open seams with the upholstery needle and thread. Then attach the legs and admire your work! Well done, you’ve learnt how to reupholster a mid-century modern sofa, and any other style too!


  • An electric staple gun is a worthwhile investment for a project like this. You will be surprised at the number of staples required!
  • Cardboard tacking strips help to give a clean, straight edge to seams. You can get this from your foam supplier.
  • When using a printed or striped fabric, carefully plan the position of your fabric to ensure that the images or lines are central to the sofa and that they line up.
  • You can use a pair of pliers to get a better grip on the fabric when fixing it to the frame.
  • For larger areas, like the back or front, fix the centre of the fabric to the centre of the frame first, and then work your way out toward the sides.
  • Fabric can be remarkably forgiving, so don’t be afraid to pull things into place to avoid creases.
How to Reupholster a Emerald Green Velvet Sofa with steps

So, if anyone asks “what is an emerald green velvet mid-century modern sofa?” you’ll know the answer: suave luxury in the most comfortable form, an interior-lover’s dream!

Cheers to learning how to reupholster a mid-century modern Sofa! If you’re ready for more check out the mid-century modern TV-stand DIY.

Happy Making!