sewyeah_valentines_heart_openerThese paper hearts are a perfect Valentines craft. Make small ones to scatter around and use as confetti or larger ones and string them on a garland or use as a present topper.

It took me about 3 attempts to master the technique but then they become super speedy and addictive to make.

You will need, thin a4 sheets of coloured paper, scissors,

1. From the short edge of the sheet of paper cut a strip approximately 3cm wide

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2. Starting in one corner fold a triangle, making sure the triangles edge lines up neatly with the rest of the strip

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3. Repeat four more times folding the triangles in on themselves along the paper strip.

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4. Cut what’s left of the strip so there is a 1cm tab of paper left.

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5. On this tab of paper fold the top down to form a small triangle

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6. Gently pinch the edges of the big triangle towards each other and it will open.

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7. Carefully poke the tab of paper into the opening (this seemed impossible the first time I did it but I got the hang of it after about 3 attempts)

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8. Your triangle will now be held closed and won’t unfold

9. Hold the triangle by its odd corner and cut rounded edges on the two equal corners.

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10. Now use the closed blades of your scissors and pass them between the folds of paper through the two cut corners.

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11. Use them and your fingers to push the top of the heart open to begin creating the 3D effect

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12. Finally use your thumb nail to press the top of the heart down to make the hearts ‘dip’.

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Why not make a bunch and then go scatter them round your neighbourhood. We all need a little extra love these days.

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Anyone for Christmas pudding? No? How about a pompom Christmas pudding?

Christmas pudding is one of those festive traditions that divides people – some people love it, some think its a total waste of a pudding. Me? I’ll just take the brandy butter any day.

But who couldn’t love this pompom pudding? Great as a tree decoration or a little stocking filler. This pompom is a project is fast becoming a new Christmas tradition – I shared the step by step instructions on the Loveknitting blog a few days ago so if you are looking for a little bit of Yuletide craftiness click here and get pompoming!

 

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Halloween pompom skulls sewyeah

There’s nothing remotely scary about these fluffy multicoloured skull pompoms. They make great Halloween decorations strung together into a garland, or you could hand them out as gifts to the visiting Trick or Treaters. Find out how to make them below …

 

You will need: 2 shades of wool – loveknitting.com have a lovely selection of yarns by a new brand Paintbox – their DK makes really lovely pompoms. A 7cm pompom maker, scissors.

 

Starting in the middle of a 7cm PomPom maker wind 5 wraps of pink wool to the right. Make sure the wraps lie flat next to each other rather than overlapping. Next wind 3 wraps back to the left – then 2 wraps to the right and 1 wrap back to the left – You want to build up a rough wedge shape which will become the nose. The picture below shows the maker from the top and you can see how the wool is wider towards the bottom than the top.

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Then wrap 8 wraps of white wool below the pink, try and wrap these close together only 2 or 3 wraps wide.

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Then repeat with the pink wool for 8 wraps.

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Wind the white wool for 50 wraps back and forth between the left hand side of the maker and just over the bridge of the nose.

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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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