Scarf and Tie Holder

unikatissima Scarf and Tie Holder

If you have a lot of scarves or ties (and don’t craft with the latter ;-)), you want to keep them tidy.
I found an instruction on how to make a really nice scarf and tie holder (German). You can make it match your home very easily.

The holder on the photo is faked using my preferred gift wrapping paper, because I owe no more than the three scarves and I think that I will ‘craft‘ my ties ;-)

The making of the holder consists mainly of using a narrow plank, painting it white, glueing the clothespins on (e.g. with PVA glue) and then decorating the item with the printed layer of napkins (decoupage). Best if you check their pictures.

Scarf and Tie Holder (Tücher- und Krawattenhalter) (German)

Here at unikatissima: Entries with the tag ‘tie’

Poor Man Side Flash

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The instruction on how to make a poor man side flash is really great!
I just made a very quick try. On the left photo you see an indirectly flashed glass and on the right photo a directly flashed glass.
I find the result convincing, especially because I 1. didn’t pay anything for it and it was 2. a very, very quick try!
(The more so as you don’t see so good at the indirectly flashed glass that I didn’t dried the glass too well at the last washing up ;-)))
This indirect flashing is similar to my entry Taking Photos from Jewelry.

At flickr: Poor Man Side Flash

Here at unikatissima: Taking Photos from Jewelry

Easily Remove Pages From Books

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If you want to make Altered Books or Artist Books, or maybe book purses, or you want possibly remove individual book pages to make a beautiful card, then the tutorial on how to easily remove pages from books may be helpful: you moist a thread, lay it into the book at the place where you want to remove a page, close the book firmly, so that the moisture can enter the paper and then you can tear the paper cleanly.
It’s the same principle as for tearing paper, but here the moist line is certainly straight and much thinner.

At instructables: How to easily and cleanly remove pages from books

Here at unikatissima:
Artist Book
Notebook Purse
Tearing Paper

DIY Fisheye Lens

unikatissima DIY Fisheye Lens

Another great idea: to make a fisheye lens for your camera with old glasses!
Because I had no suitable glasses I cheated just a little bit by creating the fisheye effect with my graphics program.

But one day…

At photojojo: The DIY Fisheye Lens — Using Nothin’ But a Pair of Old Glasses and Some Tape

At flickr: examples for photos made with the fisheye

Magazine Embroidery Hoop

unikatissima Magazine Embroidery Hoop

Once I’ve seen somewhere (but I don’t remember, where ;-() how somebody made an embroidery hoop from magazine paper.
On the photo you see how it looks. I used quite stiff advertising paper and the hoop became very robust.
This way I can make fast and cheap embroidery hoops in different sizes :)


  • Paper, e.g. advertising paper
    It should be strong and may not stain(!) the fabric.
  • Log or dowel
    I used a 8mm knitting needle
  • Tape
  • Drinking glass or the like with the required diameter

That’s what you do:
unikatissima Magazine Embroidery Hoop Select appropriate paper sheets.


unikatissima Magazine Embroidery Hoop Roll and fold the paper sheets to paper strips of equal width (see tutorial here).


unikatissima Magazine Embroidery Hoop Coil one paper strip firm around the glass and fix with tape.


unikatissima Magazine Embroidery Hoop Tape the hoop very well.


unikatissima Magazine Embroidery Hoop Slip the hoop over the glass again and coil the second strip of paper very firmly around the first hoop, tape very well, too.


unikatissima Magazine Embroidery Hoop These are both hoops, one can be slipped exactly over the other.


unikatissima Magazine Embroidery Hoop Put the fabric into the embroidery hoop and embroider.
I didn’t iron the fabric, but it’s firmly tightened into the hoop.


unikatissima Magazine Embroidery Hoop That’s the way everything looks from the backside.


Have fun with your embroidery :)

Here at unikatissima: Folded Paper Strips of Equal Width