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DIY: Pyramid Bookends

Every true book lover will proudly display their reading collection for all to see, but there’s nothing worse than having to constantly stand them all upright after they’ve toppled over. Luckily for you, we can show you these cute bookends that are not only easy to make but will brighten up any bookshelf!


You Will Need:
2 pieces of material measuring 13″ x 9″
Needle or sewing machine
Toy stuffing

How to Make:
Step 1. Fold the material, with right sides together, lengthwise. So the two 9″ edges are together. Sew together with a sewing machine, or by hand.

Step 2. Turn the fabric the right way round. Fold the edges of one side of the opening inwards (about 1cm) so they make a nice neat edge. Sew together.

Step 3. Fill the pouch about 1/3 full with rice to weigh it down and then top up with toy stuffing to give it some shape.

Step 4. Pull the opening together so the seam is perpendicular to the previous one (this will give it it’s pyramid shape). Fold the edges in like you did on the last seam and pin together. Sew shut.  Now all you have to do is make another one!

Words and photography: Trends with Benefits

Getting Crafty

We spend a lot of time working at our desks here at Cellardoor, so we thought it was about time we jazzed them up a little with a fun D.I.Y to keep our stationary mess under control. 
You’ll need: 
Patterned wrapping paper 
PVA glue 
Glue spreaders or paintbrush 
Empty tins (fruit, soup etc) 

Measure the length of your tin and mark it on your wrapping paper. 
 Mark a few lengths across the paper, marking with dots and join with a ruler and pencil. This helps to get a perfect straight line. 
Draw a line from the top to the bottom edge of the paper, this will create the rectangle that you’ll cover your tin with. Then cut out the rectangle.
Cover the tin or paper with PVA glue. Wrap around the tin, being careful not to the air bubbles and creases. 
Seal the paper in place by coating the whole tin with a layer of PVA glue. Leave to dry.
 Once dry, your pots are ready for all your desk bits and bobs! No more rummaging around for your most loved stationary. 
We’ve loved putting some fun and floral into our working space, let us know if you give this D.I.Y. a go too!
Words and photography  Emily Smith

Green Fingers

Gardening is currently enjoying something of a renaissance. What with The Great Allotment Challenge over on BBC2, growing your own is becoming the new cool. Whether you have an outdoor garden or are filling indoor spaces with pots and planters, the good news is that there are lots of innovative products emerging to uphold gardening’s new rep.
Before we get carried away with all the shiny new things you can get your hands on, let’s start with the basics: watering cans. Indoor and outdoor gardeners alike will need a trusty can to seem them through the seasons.
For those of you who really like to look the part, then you can do no better than a Haws watering can, the classic staple of the gardening world. These beautiful cans come in both the indoor and outdoor variety, so no matter what sort of gardening you do, you can do it in time-honoured style. 
If you’re more of a finger on the pulse of all new trends type then Shahar Peleg’s Rainmaker is sure to make you smile. Adorably cute, there is also something quintessentially cool about this little cloud shaped bottle topper in it’s mimic of nature.
Being a reader of this blog, we’re going to assume that, like us, you’re a lover of the printed word. The Balcony Gardener’s Bookend Bloccon Indoor Watering Can mixes our love of bookshelves and plants perfectly. 

We also love these ceramic vases which are cleverly disguised as hardback books and definitely wouldn’t look out of place on our shelves. Fill them with your favourite blooms to make a cute book-themed flower display, perfect for when it’s your turn to host book club!
Words by Laura Peebles

Budget Beauty

Our Budget Beauty posts to date have come in the form of recipes and freshly made pamper treatments, but this week we’re all about the D.I.Y way to display our beloved beauty products. We’ve collected a few jars and containers that were destined for the recycle bin to house the beauty bits we reach for the most.  
D.I.Y #1 – The Coffee Jar  
This coffee jar is a perfect size to store those every day beauty pads we use for our skincare routine or for a spring mani-pedi! We find this storage much easier than digging your way to the bottom of a make up pad bag, and it looks clean and neat sitting on your beauty desk. Make sure you wash the jar thoroughly – that strong coffee smell likes to stick around!  
D.I.Y #2 – The Candle  
Burning yummy candles throughout the winter evenings has left us with far too many burnt down to the wick. This holder used to smell of cherry blossom and the pattern on the outside made it too beautiful to throw away.  Scoop out the remainder of the candle wax from the jar. Fill with warm water, washing up liquid, and let it stand. This step just melts away any candle wax that couldn’t be scooped out and allows it to wash clean. then rinse and dry. Stand on your dressing table, next to your first DIY and pop in your daily make up brushes.  Having our favourite make up brushes on hand makes the make up in the morning run a whole lot smoother!  
D.I.Y #3 – The Mini Candle  
We told you we had lot’s of empty candles, right? This was a mini that we quickly burnt through and now holds our lip products. You could pop anything in here really – bobby pins, hair bands, manicure utensils – but we like to display our newest lip loves. Just follow the same steps for D.I.Y#2. You could even add a little ribbon bow around the top of the jar – easy peasy! . 
We’d love to your own creations so please share them with us over on Twitter or Instagram… don’t forget to tag us in your pics and use the #BudgetBeauty hashtag!
Words and photography  Emily Smith

Budget Beauty

Lip scrubs are an effective way to treat your pout to some TLC and put that extra coconut oil from the last Budget Beauty post to good use. Giving your lips a gentle scrub every now and again not only sheds the unwanted dead skin, but also smooths out the canvas for lipstick application. So, if you’re a bold lip lover – listen up!

What you’ll need
1tbsp White or Brown Sugar 
1tbsp Honey 
1 Heaped tbsp Coconut Oil
1. Mix the honey and coconut oil together in a bowl. Binding them together creates the perfect conditioner to protect and soften your lips, locking in the moisture as the sugar exfoliates the layers of your lips. 
2. Fold the sugar into the mixture, being careful not to whisk as the consistency will become too runny. We chose to use white sugar for our home made lip scrub, as it’s not a coarse as brown sugar ad we already had it stocked in our pantry! After all, this is budget beauty. 
3. At this point, it’s optional to add in any essential oils or extras that you might want. We chose not too as the coconut oil itself tastes delicious! But, we suggest a couple of drops of peppermint oil works a treat to freshen your lips and breath at the same time. 
4. Gently work into your lips and remove with a damp cloth. Feel the softness! We were amazed with the results, the sugar wasn’t drying on the lips at all as the coconut oil acted almost like a lip balm and coated the skin with moisture. 
5. At this point, you can leave your lips bare, or apply your favourite bold lippy! 
 So there you have it, a Budget Beauty way to achieving an enviable pout! #selfie
Words and photography Emily Smith

Budget Beauty

We’re girls who loves nothing more than a trip to the hairdressers and having some down time in a comfy reclined chair, having our tresses lathered up and head firmly massaged – we’re feeling drowsy just typing this! But, we all know that a salon smooth Barnet sometimes comes with a hefty price tag – Well, not any more! Set up salon in your bathroom with this D.I.Y Coconut Oil Hair Mask. 
What you’ll need
Coconut OilCoconut Oil is an amazing product to have in your pantry, you can use it on your hair, your skin and even in your cooking! So when buying a tub, look at it more as an investment. 
Extra Virgin Olive Oil - Optional. 
 Step One: Scoop out some coconut oil from the container and massage into dry hair. Apply root to tip if your hair is particularly dry, or just to the ends if you prefer. Coconut oil acts as a conditioner for your much loved locks and it smells delicious too! – think ‘Bounty’. If you’re wanting to add extra virgin olive oil into this mask to create a hot oil treatment then you can mix both the olive oil and coconut oil into a bowl and place in the microwave for a few seconds. Extra virgin olive oil will hydrate your locks and applying the product to your hair warm allows the hair follicles to open and allows the product to get down deep to sort damaged hair. You really will feel like you’re at the salon. 
 Step Two:Wrap your hair into a towel, or use a band to push it away from your face and leave in for a good 20 minutes to do it’s thing. 
Step Three:Hop into the shower and rinse out. Make sure you shampoo your hair TWICE as to not leave any excess product in your hair that might create grease and whack on some conditioner if your hair is crying out for it!
Step Four: Now to style it up. Flip your head upside down and part dry with a hair dryer to achieve volume in your roots. Flip your head up and say ‘Hello’ to your new crowning glory!
Words And Photography by Emily Smith

Budget Beauty

SS14 is upon us and a key trend for the world of beauty is a natural glow to your complexion. Here’s our inexpensive way of achieving a youthful base without the need for makeup trickery… avocado and honey face mask.
 After being told as children not to play with our food or smoosh it all over our faces, it felt somewhat unnatural plastering our faces with avocado in the name of beauty but it really does work. Avocados aren’t just there for your side order of guacamole – they are packed with vitamin A, which clears off any dead skin cells and cleanses your skin, as well as vitamin E, which improves your skin’s health and gives you that ‘my skin is always like this’ glow. The added honey helps for an extra dose of hydration and to lock down moisture.

 You will need
1/2 ripe avocado
Generous dollop of runny honey
Here’s how…

1  Avocado in hand – carefully halve and de-pip. 
2 Carve out one half of the avocado into a bowl.

3 Mash with a fork. 
4 Add a dollop of honey – don’t be shy! 
5 Whisk a little more. Try to get a smooth consistency as lumps can be harder to apply onto your face. The honey will stop the mask slipping off.
6 Scoop into a container so you can keep hold of any extra.

7 Slather generously onto your face and leave to ‘set’ for 10 minutes. 

8 Remove with a warm, damp cloth and see the results for yourself! 
Words And Photography by Emily Smith

Sweet Scallops

We’re huge fans of DIY’s here at Cellardoor – unless it involves any sort of power tools, then we’re out. So we got a little excited when we discovered this lovely little DIY from Extra Petite for a quick idea to update your wardrobe with a cute scalloped hem. 
It’s such a a simple idea to revamp some of your dresses, skirts, tops… just about everything!

Get crafty

There’s nothing better than the feeling after you completed your own craft project… well, maybe except for the piece of cake you finish to celebrate.
We’re huge fans of Claire over at Fellow Fellow and her cute DIY ideas so thought it was about time we shared her gorgeous creations with you… 
Enter these adorable fabric lined jars – and what’s better is that it’s so easy! Just grab some scraps of your favourite fabric and get gluing. 
For the full set of instructions and some more great ideas visit Claire’s blog

Something for the Weekend

We’ve definitely got that Friday feeling at Cellardoor HQ today, we’re so glad it’s finally the weekend! With two lazy days stretched out ahead of us we’ll be putting this cute DIY from Oh Happy Day at the top of our to do list. 
Like you, we’ve just about had enough of this rain so maybe these summery lights can help tempt the sunshine back? All you need are some fairy lights and some colourful cupcake cases. Easy!

 Step 1:  To make leaves – fold a small cupcake paper in half 2 times, and with the folded point at the bottom cut a leaf shape.  
Step 2: To make an 8-petal flower – fold a small cupcake paper in half 3 times, and with the folded point at the bottom cut around the top.  
Step 3:  To make a 16-petal flower – fold a large cupcake paper in half 4 times, and with the folded point at the bottom cut around the top.    
Step 4:  Cut a small X in the center of each paper.    
Step 5:  Layer cupcake papers onto each lightbulb to make flowers.
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