DIY Marbled Magazine File

Today’s post is sponsored by Harvey’s Furniture who challenged me to create a DIY storage solution for small spaces. At the moment, our house is fully cluttered in every single room. I’ve promised G that I will get everything in order by Christmas which is a big task! So any DIY storage solution is a win in our house right now.

Can you guess what this DIY Marbled Magazine File is made from?
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A cereal box and marbled contact paper – that’s it! This is a super simple make and the finished project is really effective!

Contact paper is really easy to work with – I found this marble version in Wilko, but it’s also available on Amazon here.

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You can watch the full DIY for this project in the video below and don’t forget to check out the Harvey’s blog for a step-by-step photo guide. They are also running a competition for you to share your own space saving ideas which you can find out more about here. There is a chance to win some furniture for your home, so it’s worthwhile if you’re redoing any rooms or you are into interiors!

What do you think? I love DIYs that are super quick to make and this one is being used in our home already. I also found some other things to store in the magazine file – in case you’re not a magazine kind of person.

It could be a cleaning caddy….

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Now, I’m off to declutter…..wish me luck!

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DIY Colour Block Tray

This week I’ve been sharing my love for upcycling by creating this DIY Colour Block Tray. Can you guess what it’s made from?diy-colour-block-tray-by-claireabellemakes

Come and find out which supplies I used and see the full tutorial on the Live It Love It Make It blog here. I hope you like it!

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DIY Colour Block Pinboard & Enamel Pin Collection

I’ve always collected something. As a kid I liked hedgehogs so collected anything to do with them. I obviously collected pens too as my stationery obsession started young. Now as an adult, I collect (and sell) enamel pins.

Today’s project is an idea for enamel pin display – a simple DIY Colour Block Pinboard.

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Here are the supplies I used:

This project was so simple. I taped off the geometric design I wanted and then painted in a block of pink and a block of grey. Lighter colours will need a few more coats of paint.Colour-Block-Enamel-Pin-Board-Project-Claireabellemakes

I then simply hot glued some word tiles onto the top of the corkboard and finished with washi tape to add some detail to the paint design.

Having my pins on display is great as it’s much easier to decide which ones to wear now. Most of them are from differerent Etsy sellers, but leave me a comment if you are interested in finding out where they came from!

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I also subscribe to the Lucky Dip Club who are running a pin project this year in each of their boxes. Of course my bicycle pin is my most treasured!Rose-Gold-Bicycle-Pin-Claireabellemakes

I’ve recently been doing some pin swaps too and I’m so happy to now have a few from Nikki McWilliams Biscuit Pin range!Biscuit-Pins-Nikki-McWilliams

What do you think of my collection? Would you like a post or video with close ups of each one?Colour-Block-Pinboard-Enamel-Pin-Display

Since I photographed my enamel pin storage for this post, I also did a few more pin swaps with some Instagram buddies. Here are some of my new favourites! Shops all linked below – make sure to check them out!Enamel-Pin-Collection

Bike Pin, Cards & Pizza pin – Angela Chick

Envelope pin – Nutmeg and Arlo

Bee pin – Rosebud Casson

Jammy Dodger pin – Nikki McWilliams


I am hoping to work on another pin design really soon. In the meantime, keep an eye on my newsletter for details of a new product release next week – and a coupon code!

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DIY Gold Painted Crockery

Are you guys watching the Olympics?!! I cannot believe how talented Team GB are! The ‘Gold Rush’ has definitely inspired me this week to work towards my goals, but also to bring a little more gold into my life. You can never have too many metallics right?

I have been working on a simple DIY for this Gold Painted Crockery and I love how it turned out!DIY-Gold-Painted-Bowl-and-Mug-Claireabellemakes-for-Homedit

Come and take a look at the full tutorial over on the Homedit site here to see which surprising stationery supply I used to help me create the DIY Gold Polka Dot Mug and Gold Scalloped Bowl!DIY-Gold-Polka-Dot-Painted-Mug

Porcelain paint is fast becoming one of my favourite supplies. The gold paint especially – it makes a £1 white bowl look really classy don’t you think? Check out the food safe porcelain paint brand I discovered here.DIY-Gold-Painted-Scalloped-Bowl

I hope you enjoy this gold DIY today! More to come this week when I share another painting DIY for enamel pin storage. My collection is finally on display and growing fast….

Oh and one last thing! Don’t forget to sign up to the Claireabellemakes newsletter as I’ll be launching some new products very soon with a discount code for subscribers.

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DIY Cat Plush Cushion

I’m pleased to be back from an unplanned blogging break this week. I have been pretty poorly with migraine and also haven’t felt much like writing. It seems that every time we switch on the news something tragic or terrible is happening around the world and it’s been hard to find my usual positivity.

BUT, this week’s saviour was Toby from I Like Cats who sent me this awesome cat plush cushion to try out! It really did cheer me up to have something fun to make and I was pretty excited to be helping Toby share his new cushion kits for his shop.

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The DIY Tea Towel Plush kit can be sewn into a cushion or just used to dry the dishes.

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In my opinion everyone needs a cat cushion, but you can always get this tea towel as a gift for friends who don’t sew.

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Toby’s cute illustrations and instructions make this such a simple DIY to sew.

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My sewing machine is this one from John Lewis which is so easy to use.

John-Lewis-Sewing-Machine-JanomeAs my sewing skills are not super advanced I always pin LOADS!

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Once the cat plush was sewn, I turned him right side out, pressed and stuffed!

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If you aren’t up for hand sewing the opening shut, you can always use fabric glue. I just did a quick whip stitch with white cotton to close the gap.

What do you think of the finished kitty cushion? I love him!

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And Tammy immediately approved!

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You can grab your own cat cushion kit in Toby’s Etsy store. I also have a few of the I Like Cats enamel pins which go so well in my collection. I hope you enjoyed this DIY share today!

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