The new apartment is taking shape! I spend the weekend setting up an additional bookshelf, putting away books in the middle of the night because I was so excited to finally empty the last for boxes hiding in the bureau. And as you might have seen on Instagram I arranged the books by colour and not by title/genre for I am a visual person and I just love the colour gradient. Honestly, I cannot stop looking at it!
My kitchen shelves are finally installed as well, although I’m still a bit anxious that I’ll wake up one night from a loud noise to find my porcelain on the floor. Still working on that feeling. Photos will follow! What still has to be done: Lamps, plants and pictures. Still excited!
So I thought about some further natural additions to my kitchen, that is some plants, and you know how much I love succulents despite my lack of plant experience. I do want to change that, remember my Planter DIYs post? This is a small step in that direction, but a step towards a green apartment nonetheless. Are you ready to start?
- Air-drying clay
- Vintage leather lace
- Needle and thread
- Rolling pin
- Super Glue
- Sharp knife
- Plastic bag
Let’s go: Draw to circles on a piece of paper (take a vase or something round as a model to draw around), marking an almond-shaped area in one circle and a straight line in the other. Cut out the shapes. Roll out the clay until it’s about 4mm thick, then place the templates on the clay and cut them out with the sharp knife.
Prepare the brim of the shape with the straight side (that will be the back of the pocket) with a tooth pick by scratching it. Roll out a clay string which is just as long as the brim you just prepared. With a wet paper towel moisten the prepared area, then place the clay string on the area. Repeat the step with the scratching.
Take the shape with the almond cutout and prepare it just like the other one (scratch it with a toothpick and moisten it with a wet paper towel). Make two small boxy incisions for the leather lace.
Crumple up a piece of paper and place it on the back part of the pocket, then place the other part on top and join the two pieces at the brim with the toothpick and your fingers. Smoothen everything with your fingers and let everything dry for about two days. If you want two pockets, repeat step 1-4.
Remove the paper and start smoothening everything with sandpaper.
Time for the lace! Cut off a piece of lace (depending on how long you want the loop to be, mine was 30cm long) and mark an area of 2,5cm on each end. With a sharp knife, start removing the top layer of the leather on both ends so it’s easier to bend. With a strong needle make two holes in each end of the lace, one in the thin part and one in the thick. Thread the lace through one hole of the pocket.
With needle and thread join the end and the lace by threading it through the two holes and wrapping it around a few times. Make a knot and seal everything with some glue. Repeat with the other side.
Take a small plastic bag, cut off the top and glue the sides together to get an even smaller bag. Insert it into the pocket and glue it to the sides of the pocket. Now you can easily pot the succulents!
This has been one of my more advanced projects, and I am so happy that it turned out so well! Especially the pockets had me worrying a bit because of the shape and some rough edges, but after smoothening they looked wonderful. The pockets are a beautiful addition to my new kitchen, and so low-maintenance! Hope you are inspired!