Design and style from a Scandinavian perspective

Try This At Home: Minimalist Cube Shelf


Hello, I'm happy to be back here on Emma's blog to show you another one of my DIY or Try this at home! projects. Every autumn it's the same thing, I long to redecorate or make something new. Autumn is the season when I have the most ideas and energy and the least amount of time. I have been planning to make this minimalist cube shelf for a long time and realized when I made it that it doesn't actually take a lot of time to finish. With some good preparations it can be ready to go on the wall as soon as the paint is dry.



You will need:

One length of 7x7 cm (appr. 3"x3") wood beam (these are usually sold in standard lengths of 240 cm)

Wood glue

Small nails


Metal loops for wall attachment

White paint




Start by cutting 10-12 small squares 7x7x7 cm and one 33 cm long piece from the wooden beam. Paint them all white.

Create two modules made of two cubes glued together, and two modules made of three cubes like in the picture above. To make the construction stronger you can use nails, but a strong wood glue should do the trick.



Glue the modules together like in the picture or create your own creative version with the cubes. Paint everything again if some flaking or chipping has occured during the construction. Screw the loops onto the back, use at least two. Use a level when hanging if you want the shelf to be completely straight.



I like displaying my favorite things and change it around often, so this shelf is the perfect spot for creating your own little still lifes.



Try This At Home by Annaleena: Geometrical Charcoal Mobile

Hello everyone!

It’s Annaleena and I’m back again with a new "Try this at home project"! Thank you for your warm response to my latest post, I think that  DIY´s or what we call it here -*try this at home projects* are all about sharing the joy that comes of doing something nice for you home with your own hands! It has to be the modern expression for doing some handcraft, I think.

I have always liked hanging mobiles because they compliment interiors nicely and give a room an exciting expression! I also like using charcoal as a media so I decided to make a hanging mobile of - yes, that´s right - charcoal!

You need:
  • charcoal
  • nylon thread
  • black tape
  • scissors

Start making a sketch in your head. I did that myself and tested my way through.
Cut several pieces of black tape so you can use them when working fast. I stopped when the shape felt a bit unfinished because I did not want it to get too round or triangular, instead I wanted a geometric form that changes depending on how it hangs and from what angle you're looking at it.

Then, when you are ready, tie a nylon thread to it and tape several charcoal crayons onto the thread. This combination of materials gives the hanging mobile more character. Now it is ready to be hung! It looks good against a window or to create contrasts, against a white wall.

I also figured out another way to use the hanging mobile and that was to use it as a lampshade. Put the hanging mobile  really gently over the lamp, which, by the way was a low energy lamp. The charcoals manage the heat from an ordinary lamp bulb but the tape wouldn't, so be careful and only use low energy light bulbs which in general are not as hot.

I liked the idea that I can use the hanging mobile both as a decoration but also as a lamp shade and of course I got really excited when I realized that this didn't take a long time at all to do!

Thanks a lot, that's it for this time. I already have a few projects growing in my head for my next guest post. So have a lovely spring and see you later!

Try this at home! by Annaleena, Project: Home-Necklace

Now I'm back here again after the holidays and thought I would introduce you to a new DIY project! I mentioned last time that I would show you what you could do with crocheted table clothes, and you can view the result on my blog today. However when I am guest blogging at  Emma's  today I will  show this DIY wooden ball-necklace instead.
It actually has a purely decorative function in the home, just like a piece of jewelry has. That is why I call it a home-necklace. The idea behind it is just to bring the cozy woodiness that so many of us like, into the interior! It can be placed anywhere, from the door handles to the curtain rod or just let it lie on a table.

The recipe is easy, use as many and as large wooden balls as you want depending on how long you want your necklace to be, and a strong piece of string. Wooden balls can be bought from craft shops. Start by tying a knot in one end, leaving a 5 cm piece of string in the end so you can tie the necklace together when it is finished. Or you can do like me, I  didn't tie up the necklace, but put the string between the balls and it still holds together. If you don't like the necklace shape you can let it fall freely. It is only your imagination that puts limits to this project.

Tip: you can also make a trivet of the wooden balls.
Thanks for taking the time to read today's try this at home project and good luck with you DIY's!
/Annaleena from the blog Annaleenas hem

Try this at home! by Annaleena Project: Hanging Frames

Because all people have photos in their homes I figured that I would do something fun and different with photo frames. I have seen frames hung on threads which are visible many times and I simply like the asymmetry with that. It is just not letting the frames hang as they normally do but to let them hang sideways which feels like the new black. ;)

You need:
Thin rope
Photo frames
Black spray paint
Staple gun
One big nail, screw or hook

I started off with picking out three frames in different sizes and then I sprayed them with 2-3 layers of black spray paint. It is important to be thorough when it comes to let the spray colour dry between the layers.
Then I tacked the rope on the backside of the frames with the help of the staple gun and hung the frames on the big nail. I tried out how the frames would hang before I made a knot with the three ropes around the big nail. Instead of a nail you can also have a screw or a hook.

Even if the frames hang in an asymmetrical way you can achieve a feeling of harmony because the frames have the same colour. I think in a symmetric room one can get a stimulating effect on the spectator's eye by using objects in an asymmetrical way.

Next time when I see you it is in the midst of the summer and I am going to show you what you can do with crocheted tablecloths.

I hope to see you then!


Try this at home! by Annaleena Project: Indoor Trellis

Hi you guys!

I have got a fun Try this at home project for you today! This is something that is very common in Scandinavia, a trellis for climbing plants! Usually it is used outside but my idea was to make one for indoor use. I think handmade details gives homes that more natural and homey feeling, don't you! Trellis has considerable merit in todays gardens. Why not make one for indoor climbing plants too!

Here is the recipe!
In order to get the trellis both nice looking and stylistically pure I used a wooden border with dimensions 25x25mm which I measured and cut into eight pieces. So that each piece was 140 cm. 50mm long nails suited perfectly to put the pieces into place.
Once that I hade done that, it was time to get the white paint and the brush.

All climbing plants will look cool on this trellis, even though the plant isn't big enough to cover it all up.
Who says a trellis must be used outside on the balcony or on the facade of the house? I believe one can do it the other way around.

See you next month, May 16th, when I present my next Try this at home idea!

Creative greetings,

Try this at home! by Annaleena. Project: Wooden Hanger

Welcome to take part in my third "Try this at home!" project! I'm a person who likes to work with a material from nature, because I think it creates a peaceful feeling into our everyday interior settings. It is the rustic sense of the wood that I like the most.

This time I have made a wooden hanger that you can use in different ways and you will discover how easy it is to make it.

Recipe for the wooden hanger:

* 3 wooden poles heigh 180 cm each
* 10 screws
* leather thread
* screwdriver
* saw
* a couple of hooks

The first thing you do is to cut the ends of the poles in angles which are appropriate for the hanger to stand on the floor properly once it is put together. You do this with a saw.
The next thing you do is that you hold the 3 poles together 40 cm from the top and you screw them together with a screwdriver. You might need help from another person when you do this. The distances between the bottom of the poles should be around 50cm.
Once the poles are together you simply wind the leather thread over the screw marks to cover them. And the last thing you do is to screw in the hooks on the wood where desired.

I hope you enjoyed this wooden Try this at home! project as much as I did. I'm sure you will find this wooden hanger very usable and a nice detail in your home. See you next time April 18th when I will share a new springlike idea!

Creative greetings,

Try this at home! Project: The Rug Lamp

The Rug Lamp

I hope you are ready for this next “Try This at Home” recipe here at Emmas Designblogg! Before I start I would like to thank you all for the positive feedback on my previous project when I showed you how to change a picture frame.

This time I would like to make a lamp out of material that most of us can find at home. It is a lamp made out of recycled material and I simply named the lamp with the most convenient name: “The Rug Lamp”. What you need to make it is basically a lamp shade, wooden beads and rug strips - the easiest way to make these is to tear white bed sheets into thin "rag rug strips".

I started to rip off the old fabric from the lamp shade. After that I hung the shade up in the ceiling and started working on the strips. I tied them on but as sparsely as I could just to get an airy feel to it. Some strips I let hang down freely and some of them I tied on to the shade, and as icing on the cake I fixed on wooden beads at the end of a few strips. That was spot on!

This “Rug Lamp” shows more of a Scandinavian impression with the white strips but it can be decorated with colorful ones just to generate another feeling.

Next time I will present a great Spring project for you and to the ones who love some pottering in the early March sun you should check out here the 21st of March. Hope to see you then!

Creative greetings, Annaleena

Try this at home! Project: Picture frame hanger/message board

Welcome Annaleena from the blog Annaleenas Hem! This is her first guest post here and she secretely told me she has been a little nervous about meeting you all, so please help me make her feel welcome and at home here! Take it away Annaleena!

You often hear people talking about things they've seen but never tried at home. Or warnings don't try this at home! Why not think the other way around? Creating at home can be really easy!

When Emma asked me if I'd show some ideas at her site I was very flattered - it felt so right! I have admired her blog for ages. In this first "Try this at home!" I wanted to create something really easy with chalkboard paint and something that could be both decorative and practical. Because I've used picture frames for different projects before I thought I'd do that again.

This is the recipe for this multifunctional picture frame. You will need:
  • a picture frame
  • chalkboard paint
  • a can
  • a few hooks

I started with painting the frame and the can with two coats of chalkboard paint. Then I screwed the hooks on top of the picture frame. But you can place them wherever you want. The can was then screwed on so it turned into a pot plant. It doesn't matter how the frame looks but I chose a rectangular shaped frame, but a squared one is also ok for this project.

The frame can now be used as a kind of a jewelery hanger where you hang the nicest necklaces and other small favorites can be put in the can. The frame could be placed where you wish - in the hallway or in the bedroom. At our place it is used as message board which is a very convenient way of using it too! Just use chalks - the kids will love it!

Next time - the 21 st of February my intention is to present a "light" idea made of textiles wich feels very up to date but it's very easy to make for your home, until then, be creative and dare to decorate you home with DIY's because rules are meant to be broken!

Creative greetings,

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