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.
Last weekend was awesome! I spent three days at The Handmade Fair in Hampton Wick. The fair was full of like minded people selling craft, buying craft, looking at craft, quite frankly eating, sleeping and making craft. It was exhausting but also exhilarating, chatting to a lot of lovely people about a very lovely passtime.
I was there working with VELCRO® Brand to help them show how handy their product is when it comes to crafting. They have a whole host of different product for different uses – for fabric, for hanging things off walls and even small strips to hold your Orchids up!
Throughout the day I was teaching workshops making faux leather (or pleather; plastic leather you see!) flowers that could be fixed to clothes, bookmarks or headbands using VELCRO® Brand Stick On For Fabrics. Sometimes there was one or two people sitting around the table, sometimes a small group but every afternoon I ran a Grand Make teaching around 250 people how to make a simple flower headband.
Before my first workshop I thought I would be really nervous and shaky but in reality when I donned my headset mike and walked up onto the stage I loved it! I really enjoyed seeing people make something for the first time and to see them take my idea and begin creating their own versions of it.
I had so many people come up to me afterwards to say they had really enjoyed the project and couldn’t wait to share it with their church group, their Brownie pack or their craft club that I promised that I would share a step by step on my blog … and here it is …
Pineapples, Watermelons, Flamingos, oh my! Everyone is rocking the totally tropical vibe at the moment – Maybe it’s the heatwave we are having here in England or maybe it’s Rio Olympics fever. Whatever it it I am loving it!
These two pincushions are my latest crafty project. I made the Pineapple (or Pin-apple as I like to call it) for the lovely people at Lovecrochet.com. If you would like the step by step guide to making one then click here to find out how. Stay right here if you want to make the Watermelon as the instructions are coming up.
You will need: Pink felt, white felt, green felt, pink and green embroidery thread, scissors, embroidery needle, a little bit of toy stuffing and a little bit of dry rice.
Download the pattern template here
Using the templates cut out one pink and one white circle
Pin the pink circle in the middle of the white
Use a scallop embroidery stitch to join the pink to the white. To make a scallop stitch: begin by pushing the needle through the felt from back to front, then push the needle back through the felt about 5mm along. Don’t pull the stitch tight but bring the needle back out midway between the two – as demonstrated in the picture above. Push the needle back down just beyond where it exited trapping the loose bit of thread in a nice curve.
Continue round the whole circle.
Fold the felt circle in half and press with an iron to make a nice crisp fold.
Use the template to cut out the skin from the green skin.
Use a blanket stitch to join the skin to the Watermelon body. Leave a 5cm hole for stuffing.
Drop a couple of spoonfuls of rice into the pincushion
Then fill with stuffing. The rice will sit at one end, weighting the watermelon and making it sit well on a table.
Sew closed and the add the pin pips.
Apologies for the blue tinge to the pictures – it was so hot when I made this i was doing it sitting in the garden so the light was being inconsistent!
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! …
Download and print out template here. Place on paper and draw round.
Use a craft knife and cutting mat to cutout the two inner circles
Leaf should like this …
Use a scorer or an empty biro or blunt side of scissors and score a wavy line down the middle of the leaf.
Take the leaf in two hands and carefully crease along the score line.
Use a round pencil or handle of a wooden spoon and curl the edges of the leaf around it. Curl both upwards and downwards.
Your leaf should now look like this …
For extra detail add gold stickers or coloured tapes.
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