DIY upcycled wall hanging | Kittenhood

DIY upcycled wall hanging

DIY upcycled wall hanging | Kittenhood

It may be a little crazy, but I’ve been collecting egg cartons since Christmas, when I had the idea for this wall hanging. If that’s not dedication, I don’t know what is! But truth be told, I’ve always had a thing for egg cartons and I feel wasteful throwing them out. You can use them to make a pretty wreath or wrap tiny gifts, and for a long time, I stored my nail polish collection in one. If you use even more egg cartons, you can turn this hanging into a photo backdrop for parties, or hang it in the door jamb to create a separator. Here’s how it works:

Make a wall hanging from egg cartons | Kittenhood

You need: 

  • egg cartons
  • scissors
  • string + thick needle 
  • a foraged stick

Make a wall hanging from egg cartons | Kittenhood

Before starting on this super easy project, you should find as many egg cartons as you can. A 6 egg carton only has two such cones, so plan ahead. For my wall hanging, I used a total of 45 cones, which I removed from the carton with scissors or my bare hands. 

Thread the needle with string and make a knot at one end. Pass the needle through the top of the cone, with the knot inside. This will be your bottom “bell”.

Make a wall hanging from egg cartons | Kittenhood

Make another know about 10 cm from the first one, and pass the needle through the second cone. Repeat until you have 5 cones on a string, and leave the end of the string long and loose. 

Make a wall hanging from egg cartons | Kittenhood

I made a total of 9 such strings, each one with 5 cones on it. You can adjust the number according to how many cones you have. 

DIY upcycled wall hanging | Kittenhood

Tie a piece of string to the sides of the stick. Hang the stick on the wall. Then you can easily tie the cone strings to the stick, one by one. Your wall hanging is ready! Easy, right?

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DIY felted fox picnic blanket | Kittenhood

May is for picnics

 DIY felted fox picnic blanket | Kittenhood

Ok, so maybe I’m obsessed. But living in Berlin has made me even more eager to eat outside all the time. And packing food for picnics may just be my favorite pass time these days. I just love coming up with ideas for safely carrying food from one place to another (don’t ask why, I have no answer) and turning the picnic basket into a game of tetris. If we’re on the same page, you can start by making your own fox blanket (pictured above) with this tutorial, plus, if you’re a Gudetama fan, you can find the bento box here. And now for even more cool picnic goods! 

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Modcloth blanket | UO portable barbeque |  Anorak picnic hamper | Asos gingham top | Oh Happy Day cutlery | Biobu cups 

Blue shirt - Kittenhood

How I wore handmade at the Bauhaus Museum

Blue shirt - Kittenhood

Thrifted shirt + The Angry Weather brooch (c/o) + Hearts and Found skirt + H&M tights 

The Bauhaus Archiv museum is, so far, my favorite in Berlin. I’ve visited it for the first time in 2013 (and took outfit pictures, because the building is so beautiful) and I’m still smitten with it today. It’s a must-see if you’re in Berlin! Everything I’m wearing here is part of my “basics” (i.e. signature pieces, not basic girl clothes) – the “social media shirt“, the heeled loafers I’ve had forever, those mustard tights I can’t get enough of. And, of course, some new things that I just know I’ll wear a lot. The skirt is part of a twin set I’ve had custom-made from Hearts and Found, in the prettiest fox print. I can’t wait to wear it all summer, it’s pure cuteness. As for the tulip brooch, it was an instant favorite! It’s entirely handmade by The Angry Weather from Canada. I love that it goes with a casual outfit like this one, but since it’s so elegant and delicate, it could just as well complement a fancy outfit. The timeless design makes me think it could  become a family heirloom one day. Watch out – it’s part of a new collection that launches May 9th on Etsy! 

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Handmade sandals | KIttenhood

Shop handmade sandals

I don’t know about you, but I’m so ready to get my toes out. I love the comfort and effortlessness of sandals, as well as the short time of the year when I get to wear them. These are some of my current favorites, all handmade and comfortable-looking. Because it can be really hard to find a pair of comfortable sandals to live in, handmade seems like the best option – you can usually have them custom-made for your very feet! Click on each picture for more details. 

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Mules by Viders Shoes | Mustard sandals by Crupon | Low heel sandals by Katz & Birds | Blue sandals by Olive Thomas | Cross strap sandals by Leather Strata | T-bar sandals by Bangi Shop 

Samantha Pleet SS16 | Kittenhood

Samantha Pleet, SS16

Samantha Pleet SS16 | Kittenhood

Are pockets like windows to the self? Well, kinda. At least in Samantha Pleet‘s latest collection for spring 2016 they seem to be. If you thought dresses with pockets are already a pretty big deal, then you never considered dresses with window pockets! Even if it were just that, this collection would be amazing. But it’s more than that: big angular collars, quirky prints, to-die-for swimsuits. The wonderful aesthetic that Samantha Pleet turned into her signature. 

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DIY knotted produce bag | KIttenhood

DIY Knotted Produce Bag

DIY knotted produce bag | KIttenhood

In an effort to use as few plastic bags as possible, I have more tote bags than anyone could carry. And if I see one I like, I’m probably gonna add it to the collection. Extra points if it gets really small and packs itself up! But I also like those retro style rope bags that are great for carrying produce or bottles. They’re very resistant, virtually weightless, and they’re essential in the everyday trip to the grocery store. So I decided to make my own. After trying a few versions, I ended up making this one in 3 shades of pink and using the most basic of knots. Read on for the full instructions! 

DIY knotted produce bag: Materials | Kittenhood

What you need: 

  • 15 m string (I used 3 colors) + extra for the handles
  • scissors
  • (optional) bowl, adhesive tape 

DIY knotted produce bag: Cutting | Kittenhood

Cut 12 pieces of string measuring 125 cm each (or longer, if you want a longer bag). 

DIY knotted produce bag: Bottom | Kittenhood

Divide the strings into two groups of six. Arrange them on the bottom of an upside down bowl or simply on the floor/table. The groups of string should meet at the middle. 

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Stick the horizontal group to the bowl with tape to secure in place. Take one piece of string from the second group and pull it over and under the horizontal strings. Do the same with the others, alternating rows like you would weave. This will be the bottom of your bag, so make it as tight or loose as you wish. 

DIY knotted produce bag: Knotting | Kittenhood

Now knot the strings two by two, close to the weaving. 

DIY knotted produce bag: Knotting | Kittenhood

When you’ve completed a round, move on to the second row. Take two strings from neighboring knots, and knot them together, a few centimeters lower. Do this all around and keep alternating strings to form diamond shapes.

DIY knotted produce bag: Knotting | Kittenhood

I made a total of 5 rounds of knots. You can make more or less, depending on your preference and string length.

Now you can cut the string ends to the same size and divide them into two groups, as shown above.  

DIY knotted produce bag: Handles | Kittenhood

Take your first group of string ends and divide it in half again. You will have 6 strings in each group. Knot, glue, sew or melt their ends together. To cover, take a separate piece of string or rope and knot it very tightly using the buttonhole stitch technique. Repeat for the other handle.

DIY knotted produce bag | KIttenhood

This is what my produce bag looks like empty. I like how using different colors of string created a pretty gradient effect! 

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Vintage Photos of Ladies with Bicycles (1)

Put some color on: biking ladies

I’ve been a fan of women who bike for many years now, from around the time I realized biking could be chic and feminine as well. I’ve recommended riding a bike in a skirt on many occasions, but I gotta give it to shorts… They’re so good for summer biking, as this vintage photo clearly exemplifies. And while summer still seems like a million years away in these parts, I think some of you are already taking out the sailor tops and open-toe sandals. 

Get the look: The Whitepepper romperMango shorts + Modcloth t-shirt + BC Footwear shoes 

Put some color on: biking ladies | Kittenhood

Check out more biking ladies pics here

Homini Studio Jewelry | Kittenhood

Homini Studio jewelry

Homini Studio Jewelry | Kittenhood

Showing jewelry in a beautiful, new way is not an easy task. But it’s a task that Homini Studio managed to fulfill successfully. In their pieces, “there are no embellishments. No set stones. Once the unnecessary is eliminated, the necessary may speak. It is not an exercise of simple subtraction, but there is absolutely no excessive addition.” Hence, there’s plenty of room for imagination and play in the photos. Because you’ve already seen bejeweled body parts, but you haven’t seen hands coming out of a block of color, messing around with the most minimalist of all tools: its own fingers. 

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Nice Things Paloma S. Swimming Time | Kittenhood

Nice Things Paloma S, Swimming Time

Nice Things Paloma S. Swimming Time | Kittenhood

There’s something so beautifully melancholic and delightful about an indoor pool. Well, not really in most of the pools I’ve been to, but how about the one in these pictures? Once again, Nice Things Paloma S. came up with a wonderful lookbook to show their newest swim line. And they look amazing in the cold blue light of the pool. There are such good pieces in the collection! Eyes, maps, and swimmers (how meta!), but also florals and geometries are printed onto the pieces. I also love the plain red-orange suits with flattering ruffles at the bra, they make such a pleasant contrast with water!

See more Nice Things Paloma S. collections I’ve covered here, here and here

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DIY felted fox picnic blanket | Kittenhood

DIY felted fox picnic blanket

DIY felted fox picnic blanket | Kittenhood

It’s no secret that I love picnics, foxes, cuddling in blankets, and felting. If these are a few of your favorite things, try this DIY picnic blanket! The project will take a couple of hours, depending on the size of your blanket and the number of foxes you decide to use. But it’s really cute and unique. Plus you get to stab wool with your needle, which can be therapeutical as well as rhythmical – the perfect activity for when you’re blasting your favorite tunes. 

DIY felted fox picnic blanket - Materials | Kittenhood

What you need:

  • wool, wool blend or felt blanket
  • pen (I used a trick marker)
  • ruler
  • orange felting wool 
  • felting needle
  • fox cookie cutter (mine is from Ikea, also available on Amazon)
  • sponge (larger than the cookie cutter)

DIY felted fox picnic blanket - Measuring | Kittenhood

Start by measuring your blanket and deciding where you want to place your foxes. I made 10 foxes on three rows (3-4-3), but you can make the pattern however you want to. Mark the spots with a pen. 

DIY felted fox picnic blanket - Fox cookie cutter | Kittenhood

Start with your first marking. Place the blanket between the fox cookie cutter and the sponge. 

DIY felted fox picnic blanket - Fox felting | Kittenhood

Fill up the shape with orange wool. Start with a thinner layer. 

DIY felted fox picnic blanket - Felting | Kittenhood

And now for the fun part! Stab the wool into the blanket with your felting needle. Stab and stab and stab. Add more wool if and where necessary. You should get a relatively even surface. Stab a little extra at the face, tail, and legs. 

DIY felted fox picnic blanket - Felt fox | Kittenhood

This is how your first fox will look like, more or less. Continue making as many foxes as you want and you have yourself a cool new blanket! Come to think about it, this would also make a good baby blanket! 

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Gudetama lunch box available here.