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I don’t know about you but I love paper straws but hate that they only get one chance for being useful – then they’re all soggy bottom and top and destined for the bin.  I’ve come up with a fun way to use the nice dry bit in the middle (you can obviously use brand new straws too!) to make these garlands. A touch on the small side but nonetheless they look cute and quirky and are perfect for cake toppers or decorations for presents.  Also hung together in lots of strings they can be pretty impactful.

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SEWYEAH Talking Tables mini treat lampshades fin

How cute are these fairy light lampshades?- all bright stripes and scalloped edges. Can you guess what they are made from? Yes? No? Well, I shall tell you. They are made from these party treat cups from Talking Tables. 

I really like these cups, for one thing they hold a decent amount of sweeties and for another they are nice and robust so perfect for using again and again or as I have done using them for this craft project.



please ignore the countless wrong things I have done when 'laying' this place setting. When i was young everyone could tell when I had laid the table as the knife and fork were most likely to be the wrong way round - and it seems I still haven't learnt.

Please ignore the countless wrong things I have done when ‘laying’ this place setting. When I was young everyone could tell when I had laid the table as the knife and fork were most likely to be the wrong way round – and it seems I still haven’t learnt.


When I was young one of our Christmas traditions was to make red and white paper carnations from red Christmas paper serviettes and white K-dry tissue (a kind of industrial strength tissue that came in rolls like kitchen rolls – it was not remotely kind to the nose!) These paper carnations and a little sprinkle of glitter made the table centrepiece for our Christmas Dinner.

These days there is a lot more choice when it comes to paper napkins. Quite often I find myself not wanting to dirty a pretty design as they are just too pretty to use to wipe your mouth or hold crumbs. I feel they should be celebrated and used in a more creative way so I have adapted my mums carnation method and this is the result.

To make the flowers you will need

A selection of colourful serviettes. These were from Talking Tables, scissors, 25 cm of florists wire, paper straws, glue gun or glue.

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Paper Montsera cheeseplantleaves sewyeah 2

Here’s a little step by step tutorial on how to make these super cool paper Monstera leaves.

EVERYONE’S obsessed with Monstera (or Cheeseplants as they’re more commonly known) at the moment! They’re the Giantly Humungous second cousins twice removed cousins of the succulent and are taking over interiors right now – Just check out the beauties (and some top tips on growing them) here. 

I am not the most green fingered person  – I leave that up to my mum but I do love their shape and size so me being me I thought I’d try my hand at making some.

They’re simple to make all you need are some coloured papers or thin card, scissors, craft knife and cutting mat, pencil, something to score the paper with and something round like the handle of a wooden spoon to curl the edges of your leaf. And then lets go! …


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Download and print out template here. Place on paper and draw round.


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Use a craft knife and cutting mat to cutout the two inner circles


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Leaf should like this …



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Use a scorer or an empty biro or blunt side of scissors and score a wavy line down the middle of the leaf.


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Take the leaf in two hands and carefully crease along the score line.


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Use a round pencil or handle of a wooden spoon and curl the edges of the leaf around it. Curl both upwards and downwards.


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Your leaf should now look like this …


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For extra detail add gold stickers or coloured tapes.


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What did I do with all these leaves when I made them? Well I used them to decorate the windows of my local gift shop. The lovely Honeybournes in Ladywell London

Sewyeah Honeybournes paper monstera


Honeybournes window display sewyeah monstera leaves