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Literary paper flowers – upcycling your spare books!

These beautiful literary paper flowers are a twist on my usual fare and are a great way to recycle any old books you many have lying around into something new and fresh! If you’re at all sensitive about people marking or tearing pages out of books then I suggest you navigate away from this post now! My standard paper flowers which are included in the photos are made with pearlised paper, but I love the effect of using pages from a favourite book. These can also be accented with colour – from paint or pens – to add a little something.

These are especially effective when mixed with other flowers of bright colours. The main instructions here are the same whether crafting from normal paper or the pages of a book.

These make a great gift or thank you present – note that they won’t need watering and will never wilt!

Paper flowers bouquet
Check out these book paper roses mixed in with bright pink flowers

 

Scorecard

Technical technicaltechnical_________ Can be a little fiddly – be careful with hot glue
Creativity creativity Be creative with the colours and the flower shapes!
Time timetime A day will get you a finished bouquet – once you get into the rhythm a flower takes  ~30 mins
Cost cost Paper and glu gun refills are the main outlay! Less than £10

You’ll need:

A craft knife, a book, a glue gun, floral wire, green paper, scissors.

Optional:

Paint, pearlescent paper

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Glitter Borders – Frame your message with these!

These glitter frames are super simple and much less messy than the glitter-glue experiments you may have done in school!
They make use of my essential craft item: double sided sticky tape.
I used them to make award certificates at work but they would also make a great frame for cards or an invite.
What about using this to frame an inspirational quote?
This tutorial includes an animation of the process so you can see how simple they are!

Scorecard

Technical technical Very simple sticking
Creativity creativity What you do with the frames afterwards is where you get creative
Time time 10 minutes
Cost cost Basic craft items are all you need

You’ll need:

Paper flower bauble

DIY Christmas baubles

These DIY Christmas baubles are so simple to make, and a really nice way to customise your Christmas tree!

Even after Christmas these would make a nice feature heaped in a bowl or hanging off a non-festive ornament.

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Technical technical Nothing to it really – simple assembly is all.
Creativity creativitycreativitycreativity______________ The world is your bauble! Anything goes as long as it fits in the sphere
Time time  Each one takes less than a minute to put together
Cost cost cost Empty baubles can be bought for around 60p each in packs of 10-12.
24 decorations would be ~£10.

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Personalised Felt Advent Calendar

Overview

This is a project I did a few years back  after looking for an interesting advent calendar and not finding anything to my liking: indeed this is how most of my DIY attempts come about! In this case I had an idea for a re-usable advent calendar which could be filled with chocolates each year. After some initial designs I settled on a nice Christmas tree design make out of felt since I didn’t have a sewing machine. To make this more advanced it could be made from something more durable – e.g. cotton – with embroidery on the pockets.

Also with this calendar you can adjust the contents to fit your audience: e.g. specific sweets they enjoy or if they don’t have a sweet tooth what about lego or another small gift?

The steps include tracing it all out in paper/cardboard first – whilst this does add more steps and time to the process I highly recommend it. The worst thing to do is cut a piece  and realise you’ve made to too small to use.

Scorecard

Technical technical Cutting and a basic running stitch is all you need
Creativity creativity The pockets are your chance to personalise this; though you can default to numbers!
Time timetimetime  Can be done in a weekend
Cost cost Ingredients can be bought for <£10

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