I was invited to create a heart inspired project for the super inspiring 31 days of Love series over at – 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…

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



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



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)



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.



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



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.



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.



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.



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.

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Christmas may be over but that doesn’t mean the fairy lights and decorative tea light holders have to be put away does it. Does it? I hope not as I have this clever little craft project to share.

I love mercury glass; the pretty marbled effect glass that originated around the 1840’s made glass vessels look more expensive and glamorous. Late last year I was commissioned by Country Homes and Interiors magazine to devise six craft projects that would utalise left over Christmas candles in different ways. These mercury glass tea lights were one of them.

All you need to make them is some old clean jam jars with wide necks … The Bonne Maman ones are perfect, masking tape, a water spray bottle and some mirror effect spray paint  – the Americans use Krylon Looking Glass Silver but I think Plasticote Brilliant Metallic Silver is the closest British equivalent.

Here’s how to do it…


Simple! This method also works well on small panes of glass. It gives an old foxed mirror effect when done on the underside of the glass.

Here’s a sneak peak of some of how the jars looked in the mag and also some of the other projects. The whole feature with instructions on how to make is in the current issue of Country Homes and Interiors available in newsagents now or to download here


copyright Dan Duchars


copyright Dan Duchars

copyright Dan Duchars

copyright Dan Duchars

(large image from necklace from baublebar and nail varnishes from Essie)

I have mentioned my love of neon before (right here). The wonderful Stedders has also mentioned it here on her blog The Frugality (and she’s ‘in fashion’ so she knows). AND over at Modernmummusthave Erica has found some nice neon and neutral bags, just the colour-way I like; neon with brown craft paper or natural tones, beiges and nudes.


These are some bracelets I made last night. You don’t get a step by step guide for this make as they really are simple: If you can plait, thread a bead onto some cord and tie a knot then you are equipped with all the skills to make these bracelets.



Plait and bead
Cut three 30cm lengths of bead cord, tie together at one end and thread on a 5ish mm diameter bead. Start plaiting the cords together for about 3cm. Then thread a smaller bead onto one of the cords. Continue plaiting for another 1cm then thread another bead, make sure you thread the bead onto the same piece of cord so all the beads end up on the same edge of the bracelet. Plait, bead, plait, bead till you’ve made the bracelet long enough for our wrist. Plait for a further 3cm, thread on another larger bead and tie a knot to finish. Done.

Cut one length of cord an out 30cm long. On one end thread on a charm and tie in place thread on a small bead and tie a knot as close as you can to the bead. Leave about 6cm of cord bare then tie a knot, thread a bead then tie a knot, bead, knot, bead, knot, bead … Skip to the end … For about 30 beads. Repeat what you did at the beginning at the end. Done.

Silver & beige
Cord 25cm, knot, bead, knot, 10cm bare, knot, bead x 15, knot, repeat previous. Done.

Silver & pink
Cord 25cm, knot, bead, knot, 10 cm bare, knot, bead, bead, knot, 2cm bare, knot, bead, bead, knot, repeat once more, repeat beginning bit. Done.

Gold medallion
Cord 30cm long. Thread one end through the hole in the ‘medallion’ then tie a knot as if you were tying a school tie. Thread a bead onto the short end of the cord and tie a knot. Thread the long bit of cord through the other side of the medallion and repeat the beginning. Done and done.

I was going to show you a picture of the bracelets on arm but all my arm self portraits looked a bit like I’d wrapped the bracelets round a passing elephants trunk.

P.S. The most exciting about this post is if your repeat the title over and over again you become an actual human beatbox! Knotsnbeadsnknotsnbeadsnknotsn. Go on, try it.