Birds on a wire

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Those of you who follow us on Instagram may have seen Freja’s redecorated calendar last week. She punched out circles of pretty papers and glued them to the front and back of her book. Leftover after the project was a whole bunch of colorful paper circles and I, as you might know, find it hard to throw stuff. Today, we turn the leftover colorful paper circles into birds on a wire, and let them decorate a branch from the garden.

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We have used colorful paper, a circle punch (you can of course cut circles with a scissor too), scissors, glue, yarn and a dry branch.

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1. We begin by wrapped yarn around parts of the branch. Add glue to the part you want to decorate, and then wrap the yarn around it. Secure the end with a little extra glue.

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2. Now it’s time to do something with the circles. We had some that were already punched out, but we needed to do some more. The circles gets folded in half and some of them we turn into birds. Wings and beak are cut from a circle in a different color and then glued on.

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3. Finally, we glue the circles around a piece of yarn, with the birds placed at evenly between the regular circles.

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The yarn wire is then hung on the branch and the project is completed! A boring branch and some colorful circles is now a nice decoration to Freja’s room.

The solid color papers are from the web shop Make&Create and the patterned from Rie Elise Larsen.

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Crib makeover

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We begin our kids room makeover with little L’s crib. The bed is not used to sleep in any longer, but because the front can be taken off, it now functions as a couch. Inspired by Camilla Lundsten’s fantastic crib and we decided to transform our crib to a hut, using fabrics!

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We have a crib, pretty cotton fabrics, a sewing machine and thread and a wide elastic band. Remember to wash all fabrics before you begin. The fabrics usually shrink a little in the wash and if you haven’t washed them before there is a risk that the finished roof doesn’t fit when washed.

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1. To transform the bed into a hut we’re sewing a roof with four side panels that hangs down a bit along the edges of the bed. It’s the fabric panels that hold up the roof and the side panels have to sit tight against the edges of the bed. Start by measuring the bed and then cut the fabric for the roof and all side panels. Add one or a few centimeters seam allowance on the roof. Also add a seam allowance on the side panels, plus 3-4 extra centimeters to the bottom of the side panels. We’ll sew a channel in the bottom of the side panels and thread in an elastic band. Our side panels will be 12 cm high when they are ready.

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2. Sew all four side panels together first. Then sew the roof on to the side panels. Fold up the bottom of the side pieces and sew a channel.

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3. Leave a gap of a few centimeters when you sew the channel. Thread the elastic band through the channel, and attach it. The elastic band should be so tight it keeps the side panels in place when put around the bed. The roof sacks a bit in the middle at the front, but little L does not seem to mind!

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This is what the roof looks like when it’s on.

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4. We also made the simplest possible mattress covers, a simple bag with an opening at one edge. Don’t forget to wash your fabric before you start measuring and sewing. The opening is folded in and the mattress cover is done. Both easy to make and easy to remove and wash.

One of our major challenges with this makeover was to find projects that Freja was able to make. Sewing a roof to a bed is a bit tricky, and it requires some knowledge. But have faith, next time we’ll show you pillows made for the hut, pillows simple enough for Freja to sew on her own.