"The pursuit of a stylish home life" is Gina Ciancio's mantra. Her blog 'Style Curator' is where you can find interviews with artists and experts in the design industry, home tours, her favourite products, DIYs and other stylish news. We're excited to share her exceptional Haymes DIY projects, step-by-step.

DIY Ply Arrows

A trend swooping nursery interiors is arrow wall art! Today we’re sharing our take on a DIY ply arrow wall art.

Arrows are a stylish option for a gender-neutral nursery and can be personalised with paint colours to suit your colour scheme.

 5 Finished arrows

What you will need:



Paint (we used Contemplate, Spearmint and Ash Grey)

Masking tape

Paint brush





1. Draw out several arrows in various sizes on your plywood. Tip: the larger you make your arrows, the easier they will be to cut.

 1 Draw ply arrow

2. Use a jigsaw to cut out the arrows. Depending on how neat your cuts are, you may need to lightly sand your arrows.

2 Cut out arrow

2 Arrows cut out 

3. Create patterns on your arrows using masking tape – be creative and try mixing stripes, block colour and other patterns.

3 Tape arrows 

4. Paint arrows in two coats of your preferred colours.

4 Paint arrows 

5. Once dry, mount these to your walls or rest in a bookshelf or along a window. We simply used double-sided tape to hold our arrows to the wall but you could also use wall hooks or drill them directly into the wall.

5 Arrows on wall
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DIY colourful hanging planters

Add a burst of colour to your home with these fun hanging planters! Colourful hanging planters are a beautiful way to display your indoor plants.

This DIY uses paper mache, and takes us back to our school days. Why not make several in different colours? Here’s how!

7 Close up of hanging planters

Items you will need:

Hanging planters


Paint (used Blue Thunder and Cove Blue)

Plain flour

Mixing bowl



 Waterproofer (optional)

 1 Items you will need


1. Mix one cup of flour and one cup of water with a whisk until you have a smooth paste (you may need to add a touch more water to achieve a thick but smooth, glue-like consistency).

2 Mix paper mache 

2. Begin tearing strips of newspaper, cover them in the paper mache paste and lay them over the wire frame. Once the entire outer frame is covered, allow to dry and then repeat these steps to cover the inside of the frames.

 3 Cover frames

3. Check you are happy with the coverage of newspaper on your baskets. You may like to mix up a third batch of paper mache to achieve a thicker or smoother finish on the baskets.

 4 Water proof

4. Optional step: You could either line your planter with a plastic bowl to protect it from water damage, or like us, you could apply two coats of waterproof.

5. Once dry, it’s time to paint! We love the combo of Blue Thunder and Cove Blue, particularly with the contrast of greenery.

 5 Paint


You could also paint the chain in a metallic colour like copper or gold to add a bit of bling.

Be sure to either water proof or line your planter with a plastic bowl to avoid water damage to your planter.

6 Finished hanging planter

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Create your own splattered wrapping paper

We believe how a gift is wrapped is just as special and exciting as the gift itself! Although finding stylish wrapping paper can be a challenge.

We are going to show you how you can create designer look wrapping paper. It’s fun to make and takes less than a minute!

Close up of wrapping paper

Items you will need:

Plain wrapping paper (we used black and white sheets)

Paint (we used Minimalist 1 and Black Pitch)

Paint brush

Twine and gift tags to finish the look

 items you will need2


1. Wrap your gifts in your plain sheets of wrapping paper.


2. Take them outside or somewhere you can make a mess. Dip your paint brush in paint, at least 3cm deep to load your brush with extra paint. Begin making flicking motions to spray the paint over your gifts. We used black paint against the white paper and white paint against the black paper.

 Splatter paint on wrapping paper

3. Once dry, finish wrapping your gifts in twine and gift tags (these gorgeous tags are from Rachel Kennedy Designs).

How easy is that?! This on-trend, monochromatic paper will be sure to put a smile on anyone’s face.

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DIY Space Saving Christmas Tree

Christmas is coming around quickly this year and before you know it, it will be time to put up the Christmas tree and begin bringing that festive cheer into our homes.

Yet many of us simply don’t have the time or space to put a Christmas tree up in our homes… or do we?

Today we’re going to show you how to make a stylish, simple and affordable Christmas tree that takes seconds to put up and uses next to no space. You can hang this tree on a wall hook or over a door like we have done.

Items you will need:

  • 8 branches

  • hand saw

  • black paint (we used Black Pitch)

  • paint brush

  • black twine

  • fairy lights or ornaments to decorate


1. Lay your branches on the ground and cut them down to size. It’s up to you how large you make your tree but for ours the top branch is 25cm and the lowest branch is 110cm.

1 Items you will need3

2 Cut branches down to size2

2. Paint your branches in your choice of colour, we chose black for something different.

3 Paint branches

3. Cut a long strand of twine (around 2.5m) and tie the middle around one end of your lowest branch. Then work your way up along one edge to the top of the tree by tying a knot below and above each branch, leaving around 10-15cm of twine in between each branch. Repeat this on the other side and finish by tying the top two strands of twine together.

4 Tie twine along edge of branches

5 Christmas tree is ready to decorate and hang

DIY Christmas tree front2

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DIY Metal Inspiration Board

As much as we love Pinterest and curating inspiration electronically, for us nothing beats seeing inspiration in front of us each day.

Today we’re going to show you how to make a stylish metal inspiration board where you can display photos, quotes, art and a few of your favourite memories in one place.

This is a great DIY if you’re renting as you don’t need to drill into the wall and it’s easy to take with you if you move.

Items you will need:

  • Metal screen (ours is 800mm x 600mm)
  • Black paint (we used Haymes Black Pitch)
  • Paint brush
  • Wooden pegs and other items to decorate


1. Buy a metal screen that’s cut to size. We opted for this mini grid style but there are dozens to choose from.
If you would like to use magnets as well as pegs to secure items to your board, be sure to ask if the type of metal you choose will work as stainless steel and some other metals do not attract magnets.

1 Items you will need2

2. Paint your metal screen front and back in two coats of black paint. For best results, apply a small amount of paint to a medium sized brush and run the brush over the metal.

2 Paint the metal mesh

3. Once the screen is dry, either mount it to a wall or rest it on your desk as we have done and decorate with photos, quotes, artwork, cards and other items that will inspire you!

5 Inspiration board landscape wide

We found some jumbo-sized pegs from Typo that we also painted in Black Pitch and love how they add a bit of whimsy to the board.

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DIY Planter Box Tutorial

Words by Gina Ciancio

Spring is the perfect time of year to add a splash of colour to our homes. 

We’re loving natural timber and sorbet colours at the moment and this DIY planter box tutorial combines the two! Make just one or cluster three or more in different sizes for greater impact.

Finished planter box landscape2 

Items you will need:

  • 2m dowel for legs
  • 15m half round dowel (you may need slightly more or less depending on the size of planter you decide to make)
  • piece of MDF wood
  • paint (we used Pineapple Sherbet, Sugared Peach, Erie and Spearmint)
  • paint brush
  • screwdriver
  • 8 L brackets
  • screws for timber
  • super glue (we used T Rex from Soudal)


1. Make a box out of MDF wood and the L brackets. Ours is 40cm wide by 20cm high.

Step 1 Make box

2. Screw two extra pieces of MDF wood as a base so you can rest your pot plant inside.

Step 2 Make base

3. Screw on 4 dowel legs (screwing from inside the box to avoid the dowel splintering) and add timber brackets between the legs to secure them in place.

Step 3 Add legs and brace

4. Cut your half round dowel down to 35cm lengths and paint some of these in your sorbet colours.

Step 4 Paint dowel

5. Glue the half round dowel around the face of the box using super strength glue. We stuck the dowel 2cm higher than the MDF wood so the pot plant would be hidden.

Step 5 Glue dowel

Once completely dry, add your greenery and style in your home! 

Finished planter box2 




Words by Gina Ciancio

 With Easter just around the corner, we’re sharing a fun new DIY to create personalised clay tableware. Organic shapes and hand-painted ceramics are trending on the homewares scene and with this quick and easy DIY you can create any kind of tableware to suit your style. Why not make several small bowls each holding a cluster of chocolates and use as name settings around the Easter table? Or make a larger trivet, as we have done with the bunny. The list of possibilities is endless.

 Items you will need:

  • 1/2 cup corn flour
  • I cup baking soda
  • 3/4 cup water
  • Pot
  • Tea towel
  • Rolling pin
  • Wooden spoon
  • Measuring cups
  • Baking tray
  • Oven safe bowls
  • Baking paper
  • Knife
  • Paint, glitter or other items to decorate


1. In a pot, cook the corn flour, baking soda and water over medium heat. Continue stirring until it thickens and once it forms into a thick paste, remove it from the heat and cover the pot with a damp tea towel.

2. Once the dough has cooled, knead it out on a clean work surface that’s dusted in corn flour.

DIY Easter clay table ware dough

3. Roll the dough out until it’s about 2-5mm thick (if it’s too thick, it is more likely to warp or crack when you bake it in the oven).

4. To make a trivet: Draw out a template or download a shape from the internet and place it on top of the dough. Use a sharp knife to gently cut out the shape.

DIY Easter table ware draw out shape

5. To make bowls: Using an oven safe bowl in the shape and size you want, line with baking paper and carefully place the rolled out dough inside, pressing it into place. If you want an organic shape, you could leave the top edges of the bowl uneven or for a more polished look, use the sharp knife to cut a smooth edge around the top.

6. Place the forms on a baking tray that’s lined with baking paper and bake in the oven for 20-30 minutes at 80 degrees. Flip the shapes over and bake for another 20-30 minutes. You will know they are ready when they become bright white all over.

7. Once they have cooled, paint or decorate them however you like! We have gone for a simple monochrome look using Haymes Coal Mine.

DIY Easter table ware finished




Words by Gina Ciancio

Bold, colourful and geometric patterns are hotter than ever in 2015! While monochrome will always be a classic look, the homewares trend has moved on and is again embracing colour – hot pink, cool cantalope and denim blue are just some of the ‘it’ colours this year. Taking inspiration from the ‘Relaxed Replay’ Haymes Colour Forecast, we have selected some of our favourite colours to create this geometric pattern welcome mat.

 4 How to make geometric mat Create larger triangles

Items you will need:

-        Plain door mat

-        Paints (we used Ocean’s Runway, Charlotte, Ocean Cruise, Modesty White and Cool Canteloupe)

-        Masking tape or craft foam

-        Scissors

-        Paint brushes (easiest if you have one brush per colour)


There are two methods to create the geometric shapes – either use masking tape and colour inside the taped area, or use craft foam to cut out shapes and trace around. To create this welcome mat you can just use masking tape but the foam is a useful tool if you want to create round shapes.

1 How to make geometric mat Items you will need


1. Cut sections of tape and create irregular shapes on the mat. We have used triangle and rhombus shapes but you could also create squares, diamonds or hexagons. These shapes will form your foreground.

 2 How to make geometric mat Apply tape to create patterns

2. Paint inside the taped areas. We suggest using five colours with one being neutral. Remove the tape and touch up any areas as needed.

3 How to make geometric mat Paint in shapes

3. Create another layer of shapes out of tape – these will form your background. These shapes should fill out the mat so make them larger than the foreground shapes and don’t be scared to make them overlap behind or flow over the edges – it will create a feeling of depth.

4. Paint inside the taped areas, being careful not to paint over the foreground shapes (tip: it’s a good idea to use a small angle brush around the edges). Remove tape and touch up if needed.

5 How to make geometric mat Finished2

This quick and inexpensive tutorial can help you create an on-trend, statement piece for your home that has a positive first impression.

 For even more tutorials using Haymes paints, check out the Style Curator website or connect on Instagram.



Words by Gina Ciancio

Our beautiful wood dining table has seen better days. Damaged by paint splatter, dog bite marks and a lack of regular oiling, this table needed some TLC. As much as we adore wood, the heavy table legs were overbearing in the small space the table is positioned in, making the room feel even smaller. Inspired by the French Provincial style, we are gave this table a makeover using two complementary colours – Haymes Trempealeau and Gloomy Sky – while restoring the wood table top.

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Items you will need:

- Table

- Electric sander

- Sugar soap

- Bucket and sponge

- Trempealeau Haymes paint

- Gloomy Sky Haymes paint

- Large paint brush

- Small angle paint brush

- Furniture oil

- Cloth

Gina Ciancio of Style Curator for Haymes Paint - Before and after table makeover Before 

Step: 1. Sand the table back to remove any old oil or varnish. You may like to start with a coarser grit and move to a finer grit sandpaper to get the best results.  

Gina Ciancio of Style Curator for Haymes Paint - Sand table 

Step 2. Wash the table well using sugar soap and warm water.  

Gina Ciancio of Style Curator for Haymes Paint - Wash table 

Step 3. Once dry, paint the table legs and trimmings in Gloomy Sky. Apply two coats. 

Gina Ciancio of Style Curator for Haymes Paint - Paint table

 Step 4. Paint the recessed panel or any other details you would like to accentuate in Trempealeu, using a small angle brush to get a perfect finish. Apply two coats. 

Gina Ciancio of Style Curator for Haymes Paint - Close up of table

Gina Ciancio of Style Curator for Haymes Paint - Table

Gina Ciancio of Style Curator for Haymes Paint - Table finished 

Step 5. Using a cloth, rub furniture oil into the tabletop. We used clear oil but you could use a stain if you prefer a darker wood look. 

Gina Ciancio of Style Curator for Haymes paint - Oil table

Gina Ciancio of Style Curator for Haymes Paint - Finished table 

Voila, in five easy steps you have created a French-inspired table! Why replace furniture when you can repaint and create a unique piece that reflects your personal style? The dark blue/grey legs of the table are much softer on the eye and the table now feels in scale with the room. 



Words by Gina Ciancio 

Gina Ciancio of Style Curator for Haymes Paint - DIY blackboard label jars

Mason jars are so versatile – not just for storing goods in your kitchen, they’re also reusable and adorable packaging for gifts or even drinking glasses at weddings! This quick and easy DIY trick will have you loving these jars even more.

 Gina Ciancio of Style Curator for Haymes Paint - Blackboard jar 1

You will need:

- Mason jar

- Haymes Chalkboard Black paint

- Decorative label

- Small paint brush

- Scissors

- Blackboard texta or chalk

- Mineral turpentine

Step 1. Lay out all the materials you need.

Step 2. Cut off one label. Rather than peeling off the label, remove the sticker around it and apply it to the face of a clean, dry jar.

Blackboard jar 2

Step 3. Make sure the label is securely applied and there are no bubbles or folds where the paint could seep through.

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Step 4. Apply two coats of Haymes Chalkboard Black paint.

Gina Ciancio of Style Curator for Haymes Paint - Blackboard jar 4

Step 5. While the paint is still wet, peel away the sticker.

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Step 6. Clean away any smudges or paint that may have seeped through using a drop of turpentine on a tissue.

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Step 7. Once the paint has dried overnight, you can fill the jar and write a personalised note. We are giving a jar of chocolates to a friend who just had a baby boy. Not only will the choccies help her through the sleepless nights, when they’re finished she can use the jar for storage in her nursery.

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Tip: if you store jars in a kitchen drawer, why not paint and write on the lid so you know what’s inside each jar without having to pull them out.

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 Words by Gina Ciancio

Drool-worthy pot plants are so hot right now! Today, we’re going to show how you can create designer-look pot plants, minus the price tag. We are going to makeover our sad-looking pots to create a bright ‘Colour Swatch’ pot plant and a monotone ‘Aztec-inspired’ pot plant.

How to create a modern pot plant 1

 You will need:

- pot plant

- Haymes Ultra Cover (to seal your pot and avoid peeling paint)

- white paint (we used Greyology)

- a brightly coloured paint (we used Evan’s Delight)

- a black or grey paint (we used Coal Mine)

- sugar soap

- sand paper

- medium paint brush

- small angle paint brush

- masking tape

Step 1. If you are making over an old pot plant like we are, sand it back to remove any peeling paint. Then give it a wash with sugar soap.

Gina Ciancio of Style Curator for Haymes Paint - How to create a modern pot plant 2

Step 2. Prep the pot with Haymes Ultracover. If you plan on using the pot indoors for storage, like our Colour Swatch pot, paint the entire inside of the pot. If you are using the pot for plants, like our Aztec pot, you only need to paint half-way down from the inside rim.

Gina Ciancio of Style Curator for Haymes Paint - How to create a modern pot plant 3

Step 3. Apply two coats of white paint. We love the crisp look of Greyology on these pots.

Gina Ciancio of Style Curator for Haymes Paint - How to create a modern pot plant 4

Step 4. For the Colour Swatch pot, put masking tape around the pot, approximately a third of the way down from the rim. We like the slightly irregular look so don’t feel you have to measure exactly the whole way around, just be sure that the start and end of the masking tape match up.

Gina Ciancio of Style Curator for Haymes Paint - How to create a modern pot plant 5

Step 5. Apply two coats of your bright colour and remove the masking tape while it’s still wet.

Gina Ciancio of Style Curator for Haymes Paint - How to create a modern pot plant 6

Step 6. For the Aztec-inspired pot, create the pattern you want with masking tape. We chose two rows of irregular triangles. For this, we simply put two rows of masking tape around the pot (about 10cm from the rim and 20cm from the rim) and then applied a criss-cross pattern of masking tape.

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Step 7. Apply two coats of your black/grey colour and remove the masking tape while it’s still wet.

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Step 8. For both, tidy up any paint that may have flaked off or seeped where it shouldn’t have using your angle brush.

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