Friday, 31 July 2015

Five DIY’ing Instagrammers

In this week’s release, we have searched through Instagram thoroughly to bring you a few DIY projects and crafts that people around the world have done. Some are functional, while others are decorative and you will probably find one that is both.

Hopefully these will inspire you to kick on and try a project for yourself.
  1. Let’s start small. Something nice for you hyper children to keep them occupied. Although make sure when they're playing, they're also wearing safety goggles.
  2. Speaking of children, what about some minion cupcakes. They're easier than you think.
  3. Sticking to the small ones. What about these DIY earrings? Great work by this instagrammer!
  4. A photo posted by @heavens_natives on
  5. Here is something a little more functional. Now your shoes can be kept as neatly as your clothes.
  6. For those more adventurous, here is an idea for your bedroom.
Are you brave enough?

Let us know which one of these you liked and would consider trying, leave your questions and comments below and we will help you with any information regarding the tools you will need and the materials.

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Friday, 24 July 2015

DIY: The Coin Vase

A common misconception these days is that DIY is mainly pursued to fix or build things. What people forget is that there a few things you can do to improve upon an object or parts of your house, either for appearance or functionality purposes. If you have been following our Facebook page, you would have noticed that we at Black & Decker are on a mission to convert shoppers into what we like to call, DIY-ers.

Stop buying and start making. That is our philosophy and this week we are going to show you how to glam up an old vase. Many of you will say that most vases are already decorative and very pleasing to look at.

Well, if you have owned one you would know that after a few years the same design can get a little boring and it will soon defeat the very purpose it was bought for (To please your taste). Follow these steps and we guarantee a smile with a tilted head at the end of it.

What you will need
  • An old and boring vase
  • Lots of coins, about 100 to be on the safe side
  • Black acrylic paint. Nothing too glossy
  • A strong adhesive

The procedure
  1. First, paint the entire vase with the black acrylic paint. Once it has dried, give it another coat.
  2. Leave it for a while until the vase is completely dry.
  3. This next step requires you to get the coins out and stick them next to each other, moving all the way around the vase, like this.

  4. Once you have covered the entire area with coins, you need to let the glue dry.
  5. Once the glue is dry and you are sure that none of the coins will fall off, the next step is to find a spot to place this vase and fill it with flowers or potpourri.


As simple as that

That was simple enough. For more great home improvement ideas, follow us on Facebook and bookmark this page. We will be back next week.

Friday, 17 July 2015

How to Hide Those Ugly Electrical Cables

Televisions, home theatres, DTH boxes, all of these have one thing in common and that’s ugly looking wires. What is the point of having a clean, well maintained home if everybody can see those ugly wires hanging out or spread across the floor? There has to be a way to conceal them. In today’s blog we will be giving you a few ideas on how to hide those ugly cables and add something unique to your house.

The Regular

First up, you have your everyday methods that everybody uses, if you’re the type that doesn't worry too much about aesthetics but mostly on functionality then these methods will suit you just fine. They're easy to do and the materials will not cost you too much either.

Rubber pipes, commonly used and very effective. They're also wallet friendly.

Source: Unplggd

A cage holder. Looks more difficult than it really is but offers you a different dimension.

Source: Buzzfeed

Pandora’s Box. All you need to do, is to make subtle colour boxes.

Source: Buzzfeed

It doesn't have to be just leaves, you could try anything.

Source: Viral Nova

The Creative

If you fall into the category that is completely opposite of the one above and your home aesthetics matter a lit, you will definitely love these ideas. They may require a bit more of your time but you can’t put a time limit on innovation.

Wire art. This may take some time but it’s definitely worth the effort.


Source: WooHome & HermanMiller

The Socket House. You can also add some colour and design to really spruce it up.

Source: WooHome

How about a TV Tree?

Source: Etsy

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It is all up to you and your choice of expressions. Now you will never have to worry about the messy cable pile or spending hours to untangle them.

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Friday, 10 July 2015

No More Window Shopping

Window shopping is a cruel game between consumers and brands, an unfair one that usually results in big brands having their way with their customers. Sometimes it’s a matter of wanting rather than needing and that is what gets you caught in the never ending “should I or shouldn't I?” problem.

There has to be a way to stand up to over-priced commodities that you simply ‘must have,’ take the power into your own hands and fight back. There is a way, but many are too afraid to try it, we can’t really understand why. It’s simple enough if you have the right tools and material.
Here are five things that you wanted, which you can now make at home by yourself.

1. An iPad dock made out of wood. Source

2. A Star Wars Lightsabre.  Source

3. A magnetic drop-catch bottle opener Source

4. A Viking beer mug. Source

5. And finally, a Keezer Source

Do More with B&D

If you tried to make any of these, send us a picture of your finished piece and we’ll gladly share your work on our blog.

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