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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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Cutout

 

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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

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Honeybournes window display sewyeah monstera leaves

 

May I introduce the new (to the UK) stationery brand Kikki K …

 

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You know when you see something that makes your heart stop for a moment and then race ten to the dozen? – For some people that thing is the Love Of Your Life, or a cute puppy or a parachute jump – for me it’s notebooks, pens, pencils, tiny post-it notes and giant year planners. Staplers, greetings cards, jazzy sellotapes and fancy drawing pins.

If you feel the same as me then you should hot foot it down to Londons Covent Garden and spend some time (probably between 20-90 minutes) at Kikki K.

 

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Kikki K was founded by Kristina Karllason when she realised that all the lovely stationery and organisational bits and bobs she had taken for granted in her native Sweden didn’t seem to be readily available in the rest of the world. So she designed her own.

 

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I was lucky enough to meet Kristina when she popped over to the UK to check on the new store from her home in Australia.  We spent a happy hour chatting about all things paper (and me sniffing the notebooks). It was fascinating to hear how Kristina had come up with the idea in the first place; having no set plan on what her new business was to entail she struck upon the idea of nice stationery when she was organising her desk in preparation and realised there was a gap in the market for nice paper goods.  I like to think she was procrastinating a little like I do when faced with a new job or project … “There’s no possible way I can begin this project until all my pencils are sharpened, I have a new notebook, I’ve ordered the exact shade of green ink I need for my fountain pen, the skirting boards have been dusted and the cupboard under the stairs is tidy”.

 

 

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To help the procrastinators among us Kikki K does a lovely range of journals to help you organise your thoughts, dreams and plans as well as pretty much everything else your little stationery heart desires.

 

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To see more of the Kikki K range head over to their website by clicking here AND if you sign up for their newsletter you get a £5 gift voucher for use instore or online (with no minumum spend this is pretty cool!!)

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.

 

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

 

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

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This garland made from paper doilies is such a simple but effective little project, perfect for parties or weddings. I couldn’t resist buying this pack of 100 the other day when I saw them in the sales. It wasn’t till I got home that I realised I would never have enough parties to use them all (which is sad) so I had to think of something else to do with them.

 

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I’ve made garlands before by sewing colourful strips of paper together using my sewing machine and this garland is made in the same way. Once you get the hang of it you can zip through the sewing at a fair old rate!

 

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Simply choose a matching or contrasting cotton and thread your machine so you have the same colour on both bobbins. Place the first doily on the sewing machine plate and set off at a slowish pace sewing down the center of the doily. When you reach the end of one doily feed another under the foot. Once you get the hang of this you can keep going with out stopping but for the first few I was constantly stopping and starting the machine, otherwise I had doilies flying left right and center all around me!

 

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The garlands look really nice hanging vertically down but if you fold the doilys in half you can make a really sweet scalloped effect.

 

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I love the shadows these garlands cast on the walls, when the light is right* you also get a subtle reflection of the doilies colour, which is really pretty.

*my light wasn’t really right… It was a dark and gloomy January day when I made this project!

 

Buy these doilies from Talking Tables for £4 for 100.