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It’s Easter soon – time for decorating eggs, making Easter Bonnets and cute fluffy bunnies and chicks… but if you are looking for some more sophisticated crafts then check out this selection of projects I did for Homes and Gardens magazines Easter Special.

My favourite project were these little egg transfers. I’d seen these done before and thought they were actual transfers you could buy but when I started investigating I found out about this amazing stuff called Lazertran which is a printable waterslide transfer paper. Basically all you do is find an image you want to print, print it onto the paper, cut it out, pop it into a shallow dish of water, wait for the transfer to slide off and then place it onto your surface of choice. Simples right?

The only hurdle in this project is finding an owner of a laser printer who is happy for you to put a piece of plasticy paper through their machine (FYI… my boss is not one of them!). Luckily Lazertran have a list of printers suitable for this process and also provide the name of a printers in the UK (Bear Print 118 High Street Porth Madog Gwyneth 01766 513920, in case  you were wondering)  who will happily print out your project for you at a very reasonable cost (I can’t remember what exactly but around £1-2 per A4 sheet).

 

If you want to make your own eggs then you can download the images I used here or visit the lovely Graphics Fairy site for more choices.

 

For more Easter projects visit the Homes and Gardens website here

 

 

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I love these tassels! They are super easy to make and are a really nice way to adorn anything from bags to cushions and curtain tiebacks. As they are made with garden string they are a bit more robust than ones made from wool. I have two tied to my back door key and the keys for the summer house. They are so large and bright that I never have to worry about losing them …

To make your own simply follow the steps below.

you will need

Scissors
String I’ve used one from Nutscene, they have loads of bright and cheery colours to choose from and these rolls are £3.60 each.
Gold thread or thin ribbon
Bleach (economy toilet bleach is fine)
Small china bowl
Piece of card approx 13cm tall

Tassel step 1

one: Choose your twine

 

Tassel step 2

two: Wrap the twine around the piece of card about 30 times

 

Tassel step 3

three: slide another piece of twine under the top loops and tie a tight double knot.

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Paper straw valentines arrow sewyeah

Looking for an alternative idea for your Valentines Day cards this year? This simple craft project is super quick and easy to make. It also has a secret love message hidden inside …

YOU WILL NEED
thin coloured cardpaper straws
craft knife and cutting matt or scissors
arrow head and tail template (click here for download)
pen
little bit of washi/masking tape.

 

valentines arrow step 3

one: download, print and cut out the arrow head and tail template. Draw round or tape it to a piece of coloured card.

 

valentines arrow step 4

two: Use scissors or a craft knife to cut out.

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MAKE A FELT HEART MOBILE

I was invited to create a heart inspired project for the super inspiring 31 days of Love series over at redtedart.com – A blog full of creative things to do for kids, with kids and by kids! I came up with this cute heart mobile idea using my favourite craft material – felt!

Here’s how to make your own…

YOU WILL NEED
Felt in 5 colours (approximately 10 x 20 cm large)
Scissors
Water soluable pen or tailors chalk
Embroidery threads in black and various other colours
Embroidery needle
Bakers twine
Paper straw

 

HEART MOBILE STEP 1

Download the heart template here, cut out and then pin to a piece of felt folded in two.

 

HEART MOBILE STEP 2

Cut out the felt heart. Then repeat with the other felt till you have hearts in five different colours (you will have 10 hearts in total)

 

HEART MOBILE STEP 3

On to one half of each heart pair draw eyes using a water soluable pen or tailors chalk. I’ve given each of my hearts a different expression.

 

HEART MOBILE STEP 4

Use black embroidery thread and sew the eyes onto each heart.

 

HEART MOBILE STEP 5

Use a contrasting colour of embroidery thread and stitch two matching felt hearts together. Blanket stitch works well and so does a more simple running stitch or over stitch. Leave a little opening at the top, fill with a small amount of toy stuffing then stitch closed.

 

HEART MOBILE STEP 6

Add some rosy cheeks by dipping the end of a cotton bud slightly dampened into a blusher compact. Dab the cotton bud onto the heart.

 

HEART MOBILE STEP 8

Thread a large needle with a longish length of bakers twine, sew through the top of the heart. Tie a bow then trim one end short and leave the other on the needle long to fix to the straw.

 

MAKE A FELT HEART MOBILE CROP

Push the needle through the straw (try not to bend it as you go). Decide where you want the heart to hang then tie a double knot in the twine and trim. Make a hanging loop by threading a piece of twine about 50cm long through the straw at both ends. Knot to secure.

 

Hang and admire.

 

If you are looking for more crafty felty projects my book Felt Sew Good has over 30 to choose from! Click here for more info.