Recently, I strung a couple of geometric shaped wooden beads to create an easy-to-wear everyday necklace. With some extra beads on hand, I thought, why not make a graphic patterned one too? Here are some process shots!
- Wooden Beads
- Natural Leather Cord
- Acrylic Paint
- Paint Brushes
- Acrylic Seal (optional)
These are really fun and easy to make. The patterns are all up to you! You could use the tape to create cleaner lines, or simply paint on polka dots/stripes/brush strokes/etc. After leaving them to dry, I coated them with acrylic seal spray just to prevent the paint from coming off easily. Lastly, thread them through a leather cord and tie a sliding knot to finish off. Trim the ends with a pair of scissors, and you’re done! You can also use chains or nylon cords. These natural leather cords are really soft and great for accessories. I will be doing a leather bracelet tutorial using the same leather cords soon.
You could opt for a minimal look or go crazy on a funky patterned one with this necklace. Have fun with it!
Whoopeedoodles! We sure are relieved to be back after our technical hiccup. A couple of weeks back, I got my hands on some really nice yarn, including the Jersey be Good yarn in black from Wool and The Gang thanks to a friend. I was fiddling with the thought of crocheting a clutch for myself, so that came at just about the right time.
Over here, I’ve crochet black and cream yarn together for a duo colour effect, while using the neon pink yarn for contrast. With the pattern below, you can easily adjust the width and height of the clutch by simply increasing or decreasing stitches. The basic stitches to master are Single Crochet and Double Crochet. If you are new to this, YouTube has many video tutorials that explain the different stitches very clearly. Read on to learn how to make this adorable pom pom clutch in your favourite colours!
Speckled Pom Pom Clutch Pattern
Row 1: Using your main colour, chain 21. Double crochet(DC) into 2nd chain from hook. Continue for rest of the row.
R2-12: *Ch 1. DC in next stitch and down the row.* Turn.
R13: Ch 1. DC in next stitch and down the row. Finish off. Fold the main section half lengthwise and sew the sides together. Your clutch will begin to take shape now.
R14-16: Using your contrasting colour, *single crochet(SC) around the top of the clutch. Join in the top of the first sc. (40 st)* Repeat for another two rounds. Finish off.
Sew on the zipper from the inside of the clutch.
You can add embellishments like tassels and pom poms to your clutch like how I have done here. For those who are interested in making this into a sling bag, you can simply sew on D-rings on either side of clutch and attach a strap of your liking. The best of this is how it is all highly customisable to each person. You can make a minimalistic monotone clutch or go wild on embellishments. Do share with us what you’ve made by adding the #oohsg hashtag on your Instagram posts!
On a side note, we will be holding an open studio this Sunday, 6 July at That Spare Room, located right next to Fabulous Baker Boy. Come on down to take part in the Pom Pom Workshop at 1pm, enjoy some treats and shop for handmade accessories! Drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to register for the workshop.
That Spare Room
70 River Valley Road
Directly opposite Liang Court main entrance
Definitely feels awesome to be blogging on this platform again! Because one half of OOH is currently away in France (Bonjour!), it became a personal challenge for me to continue crafting… miles away from home and with no materials at all.
Whether by coincidence or not, I found this awesome tutorial from this French blog, zü. The photos are pretty self explanatory, and I found myself drawing hexagons after hexagons on whatever pieces of paper I could find. It probably would have been much easier/prettier if you printed the templates or used nice scrapbooking paper.
The template is from zü’s blog here.
Here’s my take. Made with a Ralph Lauren paper bag and some liquid paper. I also found it a great way to reuse my travel brochures to store small trinkets — much more environmentally friendly than buying and throwing containers!
Hope you enjoyed this tutorial and I’m insanely glad to have found zü’s blog! You might have noticed that we have taken a different approach to posting tutorials in this post. Do let us know if you like the new format and do remember to share! You can find us on instagram @operationoverhaul or simply like us on facebook on the sidebar to your right.
Also, we’re in the midst of planning more opportunities to meet and share our craft once I’m back from France. Can’t wait to share them with all of you! x
Hello all! We are sorry for our absence online and lack of tutorials lately, but we have been keeping ourselves busy conducting workshops at the Press Play event, organised by National Library Board. You can find out more about the other interesting ongoing workshops here.
Most importantly, HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY to all our readers! Have you made a special something for your loved one yet? (And for the all the single souls out there, who says you can’t pamper yourself on valentine’s?) Well, if you haven’t, here are a few of our favourite Valentine’s DIY that we will like to share with you!
1. Plush Conversation Hearts | Studio DIY
2. Fringe 3D Heart | Minted
Hang this lovely fringe 3D heart on your door to brighten up anyone’s day!
3. Party Heart Straws & Stirrers | The House that Lars Built
4. Valentine’s Party Animals | Confetti Sunshine
This is my favourite of all, a Valentine’s version of our party animal pom pom necklace!
5. Valentine’s Pinata | Whimseybox
Make these in adorable XOs or using you and your lover’s initials!
We hope this has been helpful to anyone scrambling to look for a gift this Valentine’s, nothing’s more special than a unique gift handmade by you! x
A card holder is always handy to carry around, especially if you need it to hold your business cards. I was on the search of a nice, simple leather card holder, but I thought instead of paying a hefty sum for a designer card holder, why not make my own?
Read on to find out how!
- Xacto Art Knife
- Button Studs
- Leather – PU or real
- Leather Punch
- Template – download here
1. With an xacto knife, cut out the template for the card holder.
2. Next, lay the template on your leather and cut out the card holder accordingly.
3. Starting with the top corner, mark out where you would like your button stud to be. Do the same with the other corners. It is easier to mark out the top and punch that hole first before doing the rest, so as to make sure that they will all align together. You wouldn’t want mismatched holes on your card holder!
4. Insert the bottom screw of the button stud through the bottom and side corners.
5. Finally, simply screw on the top of the button stud and you are done!