DIY Fuse beads lamps

My craft room/study is my place for tranquility, my type of tranquility, and now I finally have lamps to match my mood and the mood of the room!

I used to have white lamps, but they don’t give the right king of ambient mood in the evenings. They’re alright, but I wanted something a bit more cozy, so I thought for a long while and came up with an idea to make lamps out of fuse beads.

I made modules out of strips of fused together beads (7×21 beads) and glued them together into pentagons using a glue gun. Then I ordered and re-ordered them until I got four color combinations that I wanted (for 4 lamps).

I glued the pentagons together one on top of another. I made sure to use lots of glue on the inside of the pentagons, so that the plates of fuse beads won’t get unstuck.

Finally I glued a piece of cardboard on top of the lamp with a slit to the middle of the pentagon. I left one corner of it unglued to the lamp, so that I could thread the lamp bulb through it. 

The new lamps are just perfect for my little corner of the world! And they give such a lovely, warm light in the evenings!


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The Halloween-party

Halloween came and went, but before I go all Christmassy on this blog, I’ll post some of the pictures from our Halloween party.

I was an evil tooth fairy, and I made a large staff with a huge tooth out of papier maché that I dipped in beeswax and then painted red in places. It turned out real creepy and went perfect with my outfit!

I also made a necklace with large pulled out teeth mixed with black ribbons. It took a while for the guests to see what the necklace really was, but it was all the more gruesome when they did!

I wore a crown that I made from Hama-beads. I’ve been on a hama-bead bend recently, but now I think I’m cured (because now gingerbread season is beckoning!). But there’ll be some hama-related blogposts in the near future, if I can only find the time to photograph (NanoWriMo, folks!)

I made the bathroom into my laboratory, where I pulled teeth of people who didn’t comply. This tooth fairy wants your money, or else…!

Supereasy to make some fake blood, and so effectful! 

I mixed some golden syrup and some water with a bit of red food coloring, and sprinkled it on the bathtub. Easy fun decoration, and easy to remove as well!

This year we remembered to bring out the skull shaped soap dispenser that we bought last year and completely forgot.  

The scary candles were perfect! Their core is either orange or black, which made for a nice effect when they were lit and the candle wax started dripping.

We had such a nice time, big ones and smaller ones, and it’s so much fun with a party where the whole family can participate!

The kids had been waiting for the party for ages. They had planned lots of funny games to play, and really enjoyed themselves. 

We had Niklas’ brain for dessert! 😀 (just kidding! Not!)


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DIY delicious devil horns

We’re huge fans of Christine McConnell in this house, so when it was time for our Halloween-party (a late party, Halloween has really already come and gone, but we live in Finland where it’s not that ingrained in the culture yet, so we just ignore it!) we wanted to make ALL of her projects!

That was just not humanly possible – the house she makes in episode 1 has just so many amazing details that it would take me at least a year to make. But I love looking at it! There were some more easy projects that I tried, like the scary candles.

And the devil horns.

These are superdelicious made out of candy canes and really expensive white chocolate that I dyed pink.

I really hope there’ll be a season 2 of Christine McConnel’s show, with more funny, scary stories and lots of inspiration!



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Insynsskydd av hamapärlor

Vårt övre badrum är ett riktigt beställningsarbete – knappt en rak vinkel någonstans, och vi har utnyttjat precis varenda kvadratcentimeter! Vi har också ett litet fönster så att vi får in lite naturligt ljus, men det behövdes ett insynsskydd så jag fixade ett av hamapärlor.

Planen var att använda upp alla hamapärlor som jag hade liggande hemma, för ungarna börjar bli för stora för dom (trodde jag! när jag väl gick igång satt dom med och gjorde pärlplatta efter pärlplatta!). Jag började med att sortera de flesta, och sen göra ett mönster som jag gillade.

Jag hade mätt upp fönstret så att insynsskyddet skulle ha rätt mått. Först gjorde jag en svart-vit ”ram” i hörnen, och diamanter i mitten.

Lite vitt runt diamanterna och så blåa diamanter på sidan. Sen bara fortsatte jag och gick på känn enligt vad jag ville ha.

Det blev en enda stor pärlplatta som var ett himla sjå att stryka! Men den blev fin och är värd precis allt arbete.

Det lyser fint igenom pärlorna nu när den sitter fast på fönstret (med hjälp av lite lim)

Passar perfekt hemma hos oss!

Några av pärlorna jag använde är självlysande, så de lyser på natten när man går på toa.

Det här är minsann ett knepigt rum att inreda och att fotografera! Dagsljus gör så mycket, så rummet känns genast mycket större tack vare det här lilla fönstret.

Ser fint ut från andra sidan också!


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DIY Dementor Cloaks – supereasy, and fast!

All of a sudden more than half of my family needed Dementor Cloaks – it might have something to do with them reading the 6th Harry Potter book! I made these very easy cloaks using some cheap black velour


I cut two rectangles – one for the hood and one for the cloak. I folded the hood in two and sewed together the top of it. I pleated the cloak and sewed it to the cloak, and finally I sewed to ribbons to fasten the cloak with. 

Now our house is filled with very scary Dementors! Happy Halloween!


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DIY Scary Candles

There were so many amazing things in The Curious Creations of Christine McDonnell that I just wanted to rush off and do myself immediately. Most were way too complicated for me, but this project was just perfect.

Instead of making my candles from scratch, I took a couple of black and couple of orange candles. I mixed melted candle wax with some beeswax to get a really old look on the candles. Then I poured the melted wax over the candles until I got the thickness I wanted (made to the thickness of some candlesticks that I own). I cut out the scary face using a scalpell.

When the candle is lit, it is even more scary! The black or orange middle runs and puddles around the candle, making it look as if it’s bleeding!



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You can have so much fun with a pair of old curtains!

(and a DIY crown, a flea market-belt, a DIY necklace, a wig and just plain ordinary clothes!)

Sometimes I think about how much fun we’ve had already with these particular curtains – flea market finds that didn’t cost a lot of money, and that I transformed into a skirt by simply sewing them together and threading an elastic band through the already sewn canals.

Easy peasy, and they become an instant princess gown with the simple top I made (two squares of fabric sewn together plus some added lace).

And of course you need to have a crown! By now we have a small collection of those at home, so we just grab one whenever we feel like doing a photo shoot like this one.


But the skirts – they are just so fun to wear, to twirl and skip and prance in.

And they are so cheap so they can be used unlike expensive ”real” gowns, because you wouldn’t want to let your expensive skirts trail along a damp trail in the forest. But these ones? They are made for just that! The best spent 2 euros ever, if you ask me!




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