Embroidery is making a comeback and it’s an easy way to refresh your home with something handmade. Try your hand at stitching your own artwork with our ‘Home Sweet Home’ cross-stitching template and instructions and garden tree cross-stitching template
Did you know you can use nail polish to make marble-effect designs on crockery? Now’s your chance to transform those plain cups and saucers into colourful works of art.
Make statement tea towels to perk up your kitchen using fabric paint and a few sponges. Cut your sponge to size, dip into fabric paint and print onto a clean, plain tea towel. Check the fabric paint instructions on how to seal the paint in; it usually just needs an iron.
Give your old cake tins a new lease of life by transforming them into blackboards.
You will need:
- Loose-bottomed cake tin
- Fine sandpaper
- Old newspaper
- Blackboard spray paint
- Strong glue
1. Remove the cake tin base and lightly sand it with fine sandpaper to help the paint stick.
2. Wipe down to get rid of any dust, and then put the base on an old newspaper in a well-ventilated area and apply 2-3 light coats of blackboard spray paint.
Tip: The spray paint may be patchy until the third coat. Don’t be tempted to add thick layers of paint as this will make it run.
3. Once completely dry, put the base back in the tin with the black side facing up.
4. Use strong glue to stick a ribbon around the sides of the tin. Tie a second piece of ribbon into a bow and stick to the back of the base to hang your tin.
5. Use chalk to write reminders and stick notes on the tin using magnets.
Handmade fabric brooches
These DIY brooches make great gifts and are a doddle to make. Follow our step-by-step brooch-making guide and you’ll have plenty of designs by Sunday.
1. Remove any sticky labels and clean the bottles – hot soapy water works well, but if the label is hard to shift, scrub with a solution of equal parts oil and bicarbonate of soda.
2. In a well-ventilated area, lay down some old newspaper and spray with gold spray paint, or whichever colour you prefer, making sure you rotate the bottles 90 degrees after each spray.
3. Leave to dry for 24 hours, then use to display pretty blooms.
Use leftover wool to create fluffy pompoms that will instantly bring a sense of fun to a room. Try your hand at making a pompom door wreath, pompom bunting, cute pompom chicks, and more.
Try this easy craft idea – you just need a hairdryer, felt pens, baking paper and our step-by-step candle transfer templates. Update your home, or give them away as handmade gifts.
Denim wall tidy
Use this cool wall tidy made from spare jeans to store your stationery.
You will need:
- A selection of old jeans pockets
- Sewing machine
- 65cm stick for hanging
- 1. Start by unpicking the pockets from pair of spare jeans using an unpicker and remove any leftover thread.
- 2. Cut a piece of fabric 60cm wide x 80cm long, then fold over the bottom and sides by 2cm and hem on your sewing machine.
- 3. Fold down the top of the fabric by 5cm, and then sew along the seam to create a channel for the stick.
- 4. Mark the centre of the fabric and pin a pocket in place. Working from that pocket, pin the rest of the pockets in place making sure their tops are aligned. We’ve gone for three in a row.
- 5. Then, sew around the sides of each pocket, making sure you leave the top of the pocket open.
- 6. Finish by pushing the stick through the channel and tie a piece of ribbon between both ends. Hang on a hook or nail and fill with your stationery supplies.
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