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An Edible Easter Decoration

If you’d like some inspiration for some Easter decoration for the home, here’s an edible one which looks and tastes fab!

You’ll need:

  • A glass vase
  • A tall drinking glass half full of water
  • A bunch of flowers
  • Colourful chocolate eggs

Check out our video of how we put this display together.

It’s so easy to make, simply pop a few chocolate eggs in your vase, then place your glass of water as close to one of the sides of your vase.

Then hold your glass in position and fill up the vase with eggs.

Pop your flowers in your glass and you have a colourful easter decoration for the home

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Creative Mothers Day Gift Ideas

We’ve put together a selection of some of the best Mothers Day Gift ideas all helping your loved to enjoy a little creative time. All gift ideas have been taken from our online collection and are sold from UK small independents.

If your loved one relishes in a peaceful afternoon crafting, she will love these ideas! All kits contain the materials you need, to make something beautiful for the home.

This spring wreath kit comes with everything your loved one needs to make their own beautiful dried flower wreath. They’ll learn how to make a half-wreath display using real dried flowers and grasses, all freshly hand-picked and kiln-dried on a UK farm in Kent.

Watch the easy to follow tutorial video, showing the simple techniques needed to attach your flowers to the ring and create a stunning arrangement. It’s the perfect kit for newbies.


This kit is a super relaxing option, help your loved one discover the art of painting with this beginners kit including everything you need to create your own master piece.

Everything you need to learn to create your artwork is explained in the easy to follow video tutorials which are available in the Masterpeace app. The artist will gently guide you through, step by step, giving you tips and tricks along the way, meaning you can follow at your own pace.


For any sewing lovers, this is a wonderful mindfulness activity to help your loved one switch off. Create a totally unique tote bag, once complete, use again and again as a sustainable carrier bag.

This sunflower bag design is suitable for all sewing abilities, including complete beginners, with full instructions to learn 3 different embroidery stitches.

This kit is beautifully presented and arrives in sustainable packaging, inside a sturdy cardboard box, an ideal letterbox gift.


This at-home clay kit provides you with all the tools you need to get creative with clay. With not kiln or oven heating required, options are endless on the things you could make for the home, from succulent planters to necklaces, hanging mobiles or festive decorations.


This one makes a great gift for any garden lover, discover the art of willow weaving with this beautifully presented bird feeder making kit.

This relaxing craft kit includes enough materials to create a set of three bird feeders. Use the printed, easy to follow step by step instructions to create your own garden or balcony accessory.

Once made, each bird feeder is ideal for holding large seeds, nuts or fat balls, and will attract different types of birds large or small.


Immerse yourself into the fantastic world of 3D paper cutting! If you’re new to paper cutting this kit is perfect for you.

Create a gorgeous green garden scene that you can put inside a dome and display, or why not give as a gift to any garden lover.

Use the easy to follow illustrated instructions and create each paper accessory. You’ll gradually build up your garden design and once complete place inside the included dome to admire.


If your loved one loves wearing colourful accessories, this one is PERFECT! Make 6 or more colourful earrings with this thoughtful craft kit.

Using the polymer clay and tools, create your own unique designs using the super easy to follow printed instructions.

This kit is perfect for anyone wanting to try a new creative medium or give as a gift to someone else.


Wrap up warm with this knitting craft kit teaching you how to make a cosy cowl scarf. This makes a thoughtful creative mothers day gift idea, using 100% acrylic yarn, this comes as a complete kit, suitable to give as a gift or to make yourself.

Once made you’ll have a super soft unisex cowl scarf. This kit is suitable for anyone who has learnt the basics of knitting and able to read a simple pattern. Knitting newbies will particularly love this kit, helping improve their skills and create something useful to wear that’s really warm and super soft next to your skin.


This relaxing crochet basket kit is complete with everything you need to create a trio of useful storage baskets. Treat a loved one to a cosy afternoon getting creative with this therapeutic crocheting project.

This practical kit comes with all the supplies needed, to crochet three different sized baskets including a simple to follow crochet pattern. Using chunky 100% premium acrylic yarn, choose the soft coloured yarn you would like.


Another crochet kit, this one’s great for anyone looking to learn how to crochet and create something at the same time. This beginners crochet kit comes with everything you need to learn how to crochet and create the cutest cactus keyring.

Use the easy to follow video with an audio described tutorial or the printed written instructions to help you to learn the basics in the best way you prefer.


There you have it! 10 creative mothers day gift ideas fantastic for any lover of craft!

Did you see we have created a collection of free mothers day printables too? Print outs suitable for kids, and adults all to help make the day a little bit more special for your loved one. Click here to check it out!


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New Year New Stationery – Cute Stationery Alert!

There couldn’t be a better time to fill your desks, shelves and drawers with cute stationery. January means January sales, new styles and a fresh start to begin a new notebook or journal.

Here’s a few of my favourite stationers with beautiful pens, pads and post-its and more!


  1. Martha Brook – Beautiful quality paper products and they offer a personalised service too.
cute stationery

2. Present and Correct – A realm of truly unique stationery heaven

cute stationery

3. The Green Gables – Spreading joy, colour and positivity in an eco-friendly way gets my vote!

cute stationery

4. Penny Laine’s – Helps everyone live in a mindful space, offering beautiful things that don’t impact the planet


5. Fred Aldous – A fab range of cute and useful stationery, they stocks more than 25,000 items, bound to have something for every stationery addict


6. Sass and Belle – Super cute stationery and fun notebooks and pens


7. Pandapen – A range of Japanese stationery, super sweet pens, washi tape range and notelets


8. Just Mustard – Slightly more comical and quirky range of stationery to decorate your desk with


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Pumpkin Decorating Idea

pumpkin decorating

October for me means pumpkin decorating! And not the scary spooky kind!

Why not create a pumpkin floral display and turn your 🎃 into a vase!

Here’s our easy to follow tutorial…

First you’ll need a pumpkin! We bought three from our local supermarket.

Next, find a plastic pot smaller than the pumpkin you’re using. I used an empty yoghurt pot! There’s probably something perfectly suitable in your plastic recycling bin.

Draw around the diameter of your pot on top of your pumpkin

Dig out the middle of your pumpkin, be careful not to go out of the edges of where you’ve drawn

Optional – Paint or decorate your your pumpkin a colour of your choice, I went for copper paint!

Once dry, pop your pot in your pumpkin and you’ve got yourself a makeshift vase.

Hope you loved this pumpkin decorating idea! If you make one I’d love to have a peek! Tag us on facebook or instagram with @idohandmadeuk or send us an email

Happy October everyone!


pumpkin decorating

If you’re a plant lover, have you seen our hanging garden craft kit? – check it out here.



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My latest Ikea hack

I love attempting an Ikea hack project! This one is definitely one of my proudest upcycles so far, as I did it all virtually for free!

It all started with me needing shelving units in our newly installed office. I managed to find these two Billy bookcases on the Trash Nothing that someone was giving away.

They were the brown mahogany style and definitely needed some love and TLC!

(Top Tip – if you’re looking for storage solution furniture in your home, I always check recycling websites first, before resorting to buying anything, they’re a great way to save the planet from waste and most of the stuff is usually free!)

I had some white satin wood paint left over from when I moved house, which was perfect for this, so I gave both shelving units two coats, except the back walls of the shelves.

I had a plan to cover the back walls of the shelves in patterned wallpaper. I’ve done this a few times on some of my old pieces of furniture. It’s a great way of bringing some colour into a room. Not needing whole rolls of wallpaper, I nipped down to my local B&Q and picked up a few samples of wallpaper in shades of blue, white and anything with a bit of metallic in it.

(Top tip number 2 – Wallpaper samples are totally free friends! Anytime I’m in a hardware store that sells wallpaper, I always stock up on a few samples of wallpaper, as I use it for so many things. Crafting, card making, present wrapping, scrapbooking. For anyone who’s not done this before, don’t open a new roll of wallpaper! There’s usually always one open, so look for that first and tear off a portion – it’s totally allowed!)

With my wallpaper samples ready, I measured out the hole I needed to fill and cut out the shapes I needed in the different patterns.

Using PVA glue, I stuck down the wallpaper to the back of each shelf. I had a bit of an oopsie moment, and ran out of wallpaper for two of the shelves so if you look closely, two of the shelves have a strip missing! But I thought if I made the gap at the bottom of the shelf, put books on those shelves, no one will ever notice! The joys of DIY projects!

I’m super pleased with the finished result! It looks quite smart in the office and a little more homey than plain office shelving!

What do you think? Have you tried an Ikea hack before? I’d love to hear more if so!

ikea hack upcycled billy bookcase

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Diversifying Our Shopping Habits

To date, as a business we have always tried to shop small and source our stock and supplies from small independents or fair trade organisations. But as part of the continued conversation about diversity, one of the things we can do as a company is to be mindful about the businesses we buy from. 

One of the ways to support ethnic minority communities is to shop from them.

Personally, I love coming across companies offering unique gifts, quirky accessories and yummy treats, especially if they’re from a small business. So to inspire you, here’s a few BAME-owned small UK businesses we have come across recently. 

Don’t forget there’s many ways to champion independent stores through social media follows, likes, comments, reviews, shares, and recommendations.

We hope this inspires you to find some brilliant new brands to support and fall in love with.


  1. Create your own mini home sanctuary with stunning accessories and decor @wildbohome

https://wildbohome.com


2. Learn how to make woven bead accessory rings @snailsandfairydust

https://snailsandfairydust.com


3. There’s so much knitting and sewing inspiration over @cleocmc discovering how to make garments and accessories for your wardrobe


4. The Letterwell produces stunning, hopeful, hand-lettered prints and offers calligraphy services @theletterwell

https://www.theletterwell.co.uk


5. Check out this beautiful range of natural, plant-based skin products that are great for you but also kind to the environment @tanaka.soaps

https://www.tanaka.store


6. For all your cake cravings check out 12 year old Keziah who makes bespoke celebration cakes to order @keziaskitchen



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Useful Storage Bag Ideas

block printing

You can never enough useful storage bags. Well we’re helping the cause making the world become a little more organised with our useful storage bag decorating kits.

People have been getting creative at home with these super therapeutic block printing kits.

These kits come with a cotton bag of your choice, brightly coloured fabric paints and fair trade block print stamps. You create your own signature design using the stamps, leaving you with a beautifully original storage bag.

I’ve loved seeing people’s designs, and how they’re using these bags at home. I thought I’d share a little collection to inspire you how you could use yours.

If you fancy decorating your own useful storage bag, check out our range of block printing kits, which includes all the supplies you need, delivered straight to your door in letterbox friendly packaging.

useful storage bag block printed used to tidy laundry
Lydia uses her drawstring bag as a laundry bag to wash her work uniform in

useful storage bag block printed used to tidy craft bits
Fiona uses her zipped bag for all her crafty nik naks!

useful storage bag block printed
Charlene uses her accessory bag for lotions and potions in her handbag

useful storage bag block printed used to tidy toys
Ella is using her drawstring bag to keep her dolls accessories safe

Hayley keeps her tote bag in her handbag to save plastic bags from being used

Lisa uses her drawstring bag to organise her clothes when travelling

Fran has upgraded her bag for life with this foldable tote bag

Rose is using her accessory bag for her crochet hooks

useful storage bag block printed used to tidy laundry
Hayley uses her zipped accessory bag for makeup

Libby is using her drawstring bag for her notebooks and pens

If you fancy decorating a drawstring bag, a tote bag, a zipped bag or a baby vest, all with your own completely unique design. Click here to find out more.




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How To Make A Streamer Backdrop

If you have a celebration coming up and you’d like to decorate, check out this simple ‘how to make a streamer backdrop’ tutorial to create your own impressive display.

All you need:

  • Crepe paper streamers
  • String
  • Scissors
  • Gold metallic ribbon (optional)

I have seen so many of these stunning streamer backdrops all over pinterest, these brightly coloured backdrops can add a wow factor to any venue. So with my son’s 1st birthday during lockdown, I wanted to try make it special, not that he will remember it! I had a go at making my own.

Getting started

I went for a green jungle, turquoise and gold sorta’ colour theme. If you’re designing your own, choose colours that might be in the room, or on other decorations e.g. balloons, banners, bunting, table cloths, straws etc.

I bought crepe paper streamers from this ebay store. This particular UK based seller has lots of colours. When purchasing yours, I’d recommend choosing 3 or 4 colours.

Making Your Backdrop

Choose the width and height you’d like to make, e.g. if it’s going behind a table, measure the width of the table.

The string is what you’re going to tie your streamers to. Cut your string double your desired width, so you have enough to secure your backdrop to wherever it’s going.

I used our washing line to make our backdrop, and then re-positioned it when it was made. For yours decide where it’s going to go, and either make it there, or you could make it on a wall that has nails already in a wall holding up photos, or a curtain pole.

Tying your streamers

Once you’ve decided the height of your backdrop, take your first coloured streamer and cut it double your chosen length.Take the midway point of your cut streamer in one hand, and thread this over your string and bring the two tails through the loop. The official knot term is called a Lark Head Knot. See below an image taken from google.

This is the knot you’re going to do for each streamer.

Check you’re happy with the length of your first streamer, and if so start cutting more crepe streamers of the same length.

We tied ours in colour order, but feel free to add yours in any order you wish.

It also sometimes looks nice with them all different heights. You can always trim it at the end, if you’d prefer a neat line.

Finally, add a few gold ribbon strings randomly along your backdrop, and score them so they spiral. I think it personally adds a fun finish to the backdrop.

how to make a streamer backdrop

There you have it! A great DIY decoration idea perfect for baby showers, weddings, parties galore.


I secured mine to our freestanding copper arch which we hire out for weddings and events. I also added a DIY balloon arch, which is a story for another day 🙂

If you have a go at making your own I’d love to see, tag or share your pictures with us.




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10 Things You Can Decorate With Block Print Stamps

There are so many things you can decorate and personalise with block print stamps.

Block printing has been around for thousands of years, and is still providing so much joy for creatives today.

We provide block printing kits for people to create signature pattens onto tote and drawstring bags. These individually carved wooden block print stamps have been fair trade sourced from a family in Delhi

These stamps can be used to decorate so many more things than a fabric bag. If you’ve bought a kit, or have block print stamps at home, check out all the other things you could create with a bit of imagination.

Note – these are ideas I’ve found on Pinterest, they are all direct Pinterest pins which I have no affiliation with.

1. Handmade birthday cards

2. Hand stamped gift tags

3. Handprinted wrapping paper

4. Tea-towels

5. Lampshades

6. Imprinting soap patterns

7. Personalising clothes

8. Scarves

9. Notebook covers

10. Canvas for your home


There you have 10 things you can decorate with block print stamps.

If you would like to have a go at block printing yourself, check out our kits which can be delivered to your door or make thoughtful gifts for friends.



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How to get organised using kitchen storage containers

Kitchen storage containers

Organise your cupboards using beautifully labeled kitchen storage containers.

I’ve saved so many pictures to my pinterest board of beautifully organised kitchen cupboards and labelled jars and bottles. I love the pictures where all the jars are the same style and all the labels are co-ordinated.

I thought it’s about time I have a go myself, and why not use this period of ‘down time’ at home to do so.

Which kitchen storage containers to use

After browsing the web, I actually found it quite hard to find the ones I wanted. But I settled for a pack of six from Amazon, which I’m glad I did as they’re great.

This pack comes with three sized containers, two of each size. Each one has an air-tight seal which keeps everything fresh, and are slightly square shaped. This means they won’t waste too much precious space on the shelf which I was worried round jars would do.

Kitchen storage containers

I bought 12 kitchen storage containers in total, so I went through the cupboards to see what 12 ingredients I could transfer.

Kitchen storage containers being filled with ingredients

Having a mixture of sized jars was definitely useful as some foods didn’t require such a large container.

Before filling them up though, I made a note of what would go in each one to be sure I had enough jars. Now the fun part – filling them up!

Labelling the containers

The great thing about this pack of kitchen storage containers, was that it included chalk label stickers and a chalk marker pen. So I wrote out all the names I needed and added a dotted border.

Chalkboard labels for the Kitchen storage containers

I left the chalk labels to dry for about 15 minutes before sticking them on, as they looked like they would smudge if I touched them.

Labelling the Kitchen storage containers

When sticking the labels onto the storage containers, I stood them all next to each other so that the stickers were all the same height.

Kitchen storage containers labeled with chalkboard stickers

And there they are! These jars now stand proudly on the shelf. I now have slightly more organised cupboards with labelled kitchen storage containers. I’m now contemplating buying more containers for all the other things in my cupboards!

Kitchen storage containers labeled with chalkboard stickers



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How To Make A Vision Board

Jar of flowers

At the beginning of the year we hosted ‘How To Make A Vision Board’ Workshops helping people get intentional about the year ahead.

Writing this at the beginning of lockdown 2020, the sessions took place just over 10 weeks ago and in that time, the world has dramatically changed. I don’t think any of us imagined the year would go like this.

I knew had to do something to help focus on the things I can control and try and be mindful about letting go of the things I can’t. 

So I thought about the concept of vision boards, why can’t the same practice work for seasons as well as years. Surely you can make a positive plan for any season in life. New school years, moving homes, transitioning jobs etc.

So here’s your ‘How To’ guide on how to make a vision board for any season of life.

Vision board for lockdown

How to make a vision board

  1. Choose your vision board style

Choose a style that you’ll enjoy making, a list, collage, Pinterest board, illustrations. This one I did in the style of a big doodled brainstorm on an A2 piece of paper.

2. Decide the areas you wanna focus on

On a scrap bit of paper, write down the main areas of your life that you would love to focus on or improve. If you’re struggling to think, we’ve created this handy guide to help you think of potential areas and ideas to go on your board. For me I chose:

  • Friendships
  • Marriage
  • Reuben (my son)
  • The home
  • Faith
  • Community
  • Education
  • Health

3. Dream up the best for each one

Go through each area, still on your separate piece of paper, write down ideas that you’d love to try, learn, do, feel. Think of things that might bring you joy. 

Think about your situation right now, how could you use your position or opportunity for the better? For example, as I’m writing in lockdown you might be one of the ones stuck at home, cut off from your normal routine. Are there things you’ve always wanted to do but never had the time? Are there things on your To Do list that just never get ticked off? What could this ‘time out’ offer you? A bigger appreciation for the simple things?

If useful, I’ll give you one of my own examples, under my child ‘Reuben’ I thought of all the things I could do will make the time with my 11 month old more special. Some things on my list:

  • Make things for him to play with
  • Create a fun photoshoot with him
  • Try new recipes for him to eat
  • Teach him a new word each week
  • Find an online baby group to stream into
  • Google sensory toy ideas from household objects
  • Find alternative educational tv shows  

If you’re stuck for inspiration, I’d highly recommend checking out Pinterest and do a search for each area. E.g. ‘home improvement ideas’ or ‘fun activities to do with kids’ or ‘ways to have fun at home’. There really is so many resources out there that could inspire you on things you’d love to do.

Another example of thinking outside the box, you could be in a dead end job you don’t enjoy and are bored stiff. Are there moments of the day where you could explore other industries or roles? Are there people in your job, that you don’t know yet that could help you? Is anyone in job roles that you would love to be one day that you could shadow or learn from. Try and think out the box, and dream up new opportunities, building your roadmap on how to get there.

4. Prettify the vision

Once you’ve created your list, you can either leave it as it is, or turn it in into a beautiful illustration.

If you have magazines or newspapers at home, tear out images/words/colours that represent the things you’ve made on the list. E.g You want to start writing letters to your friends, find pictures of a postbox or envelopes, or a stamp.

If like me during lockdown you have no magazines or newspapers, turn your list into a colourful poster. If you’ve got kids, this could be an activity you could do together as a family. Write the areas of your life out in big, then write your ideas around them in different colours and font styles. You could doodle illustrations that match what you’d like to achieve. For example If you wanna use this time to learn French – you could draw a little French flag. 

vision board for lockdown with calligraphy

Et voila!

There you have it, an intentional plan, bringing you purpose and highlighting the things that could bring you more joy.

It’s only been a few days since making mine, but it’s already made a difference to me mentally. Knowing I have a rough plan for the next few months is comforting and if on a day, the only task I manage to complete is ‘defrost the freezer’ I weirdly still feel a sense of accomplishment!

If this has inspired you or encouraged you to make something similar I’d love to know. Drop me an email or a message me in the comments below.


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How to Celebrate at Home

wedding table decorations

Did you have a big party planned during this isolation period? A birthday? A family celebration?⁣

Please still recognise the day! It certainly won’t be as you imagined but you could still make some fun memories.⁣

It’s our 7th birthday next week, so here’s 7 ways to celebrate special occasions while stuck at home…⁣

1. Create a virtual party with your nearest and dearest. Zoom video conferencing is WONDERFUL for large groups. You could still send out invites in the post to make it feel special. Set the date and time, include a BYOB reminder and have a few drinks and catch up with your pals.

2. Why not organise a dinner date on video with your loved ones. Everyone prepare a fancy meal at home and light a candle for a bit of atmosphere. Plan to eat and meet at a certain time and have dinner together on WhatsApp or Facetime.

3. And if you wanna play some party games, do it virtually. Headsup (charades style app), download a pub quiz, or play 2 truths and a lie. Read my lips (microphone off and guess what they say) is a goodie! Or a drawing challenge (describe something for people to draw and they have to guess what it is), and you can’t go wrong with a few rounds of Would You Rather.

4. If there’s a birthday in your household, decorate with the things you have around your home. You could make this a fun activity if you’ve got kids. Paper chains out of magazines, hand painted signs or why not dig those fairy lights out from your Christmas decor box. You could even have a clothes sort out and turn any old tshirts into bunting flags with scissors and a stapler!

5. Treat the birthday girl/boy and organise all your meals to be fun and a little less normal. Breakfast eggs fried in metal cookie cutter shapes, chocolate spread painted words on toast. Lunch could be sandwiches cut into heart shapes. Dinners could be arranged into a face with a fruit platter rainbow for dessert. Be creative and make your meals that little bit different.

6. Download free printables to create a few personalised touches around the home. Some of our favourite printables out there…

7. Finally host a ‘make it’ competition on video chat. Watermelon carving, flower arranging, lego robot building, baby grow decorating, T-shirt embroidering, cake decorating, canvas painting. Everyone make it together while on video chat, then present your creations and vote for the best one!

Hopefully an idea or two to help you make the most of a pooey situation.

Hang in there friends x



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How to turn trash into treasure

A pallet project idea, turning your trash into treasure with this upcycling adventure.

If you’re looking for small garden solutions, a way to make your balcony a little greener or ways to add a bit of decorative flair to your garden, why not try out this pallet project upcycling adventure.

I’m always on the prowl for new pallet projects to start and this upcycling bonanza was a goodie! I turned two pallets, that were trash-bound, into a pretty flower display to go in front of my porch.

I spotted two pallets exactly the same size next to a skip and made a dash for them. There was hope for these two beauties!

I chose a pistachio coloured paint, good for wood and painted them both.


I then stood them both up, and put them on top of each other so the slats were all going in the same direction. Drilled a plank of wood across the join on both sides so they could stand on top of eachother.

I then sourced 8 buckets hooks and planted little flowers in each one. I found the buckets on ebay, under a pound each plus free p&p!

flower pot buckets for pallet project idea

I attached all the buckets et voila! An uber cute front garden display that will welcome anyone to your home.

pallet project ideas


A top tip for anyone who is interested in pallet project ideas, never pay for pallets. Sneaky so n’ so’s try and sell them on ebay, amazon or gumtree.

Keep your eyes peeled, and you’ll see they’re everywhere when you’re out and about. Houses being renovated, outside shops or factories or skips. Most people, particularly skip renters are overjoyed with you taking pallets as there’s more space in the skip for their junk! It’s always best to ask permission though just incase 🙂

If you can’t spot any, take a look on ebay or facebook market place and type in ‘free pallets’


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Anniversary Gift Idea – Spooning Since…

Looking for an anniversary gift idea? This creative make could be the one.

I created this fancy number to give to the husband as my 2nd wedding anniversary gift. I secretly knew I would appreciate this much more than he would, I also knew my hallway would look that lil’ bit cuter coz of it too! The husband of course is blissfully unaware of my crafty tactics!

Traditionally, 2nd anniversary is cotton, so I wanted to incorporate cotton fabric in there some how and came up with this…

I bought an ikea box frame (£3.50 in white or black), and got 2 spoons personalised by ‘Washed Up Wood’, they can engrave anything you like onto a spoon! Covered the backing of the frame with fabric and held it in place using super glue on the back of the board.

I tied the spoons together using coloured string and then tied this string around the board and made a knot at the back. It held in place naturally due to the tightness of the knot at the back, so no need for glue here.

anniversary Gift idea for 2nd anniversary

I attached a flower to cover the knot on the front of the spoons and placed this into the box frame.

Et voila! The perfect anniversary gift idea!

anniversary Gift idea for 2nd anniversary
anniversary Gift idea for 2nd anniversary
anniversary Gift idea for 2nd anniversary


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Decorate your home with a wine themed DIY make

Do you like decorating your home with handmade goodies? This is a creative make for any wine loving enthusiasts.

I had one of those decisions to make last week; to finish some of the crafty projects I’ve already begun or make that list longer and start a new one… I chose the latter. It’s just too exciting to start something new.

I kept all the corks from our wedding day and they have been sitting on a shelf waiting for me to pick them up and begin this project, poor things. I knew one day I would want to construct the first letter of our family name, and that day had arrived and I had my glue gun at the ready!

I got the letter ‘A’ cut out of MDF by a timber shop. You can order letters online too pretty cheap and you can choose from loadsa fonts. Then you get glue gun happy! Start covering the wood in glue and sticking each cork down. Most corks have a pattern on one end, I chose to have these facing out and I’m super pleased with the outcome.

My house is slowly becoming a haven of handmade delights! My poor husband!

Decorate your home with Cork letters
Decorate your home with cork letters



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Always remember people’s birthdays with this handmade reminder

Do you always forget people’s birthdays? This might help you in your home to always remember people’s birthdays.

I saw this idea over on pinterest and wanted to give it a go. Now this perfect solution proudly hangs in my hallway!

remember people's birthdays

I went to a local timber shop to get some MDF cut with the measurements I gave. I asked for a long rectangle (35x10cm) and lots of round discs about the size of a 10 pence piece. I asked for each one to have 2 little holes at the top and bottom.

I then painted the rectangular shaped piece of wood in a cream Dulux wall paint and painted the discs with nail varnish.

remember people's birthdays discs and nail varnish for this diy idea

I then found some patterned paper I could use to cut out the letters for ‘Birthdays’ with. The more vintage style the better! I roughly drew the size o the letters I’d need first, beginning with the H in the middle and built the word out, to ensure there was enough space.

remember people's birthdays paper letters for this diy idea

I also used one little alphabet sticker for each month and stuck them evenly along the bottom. I bought mini gold hooks (from B&Q) and twisted them into the edge of the wood.

I also bought some flexible wire from B&Q and used wire cutters and made loads of ‘s’ shaped hooks with it. I tried to find already made ‘s’ hooks but couldn’t find the size I wanted available in the UK.

Once all this was done, I was ready to add my chummy’s names using a sharpie marker pen and numbers for the dates.

Now I have no excuse, I will always remember people’s birthdays from now on!

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A great gift idea for families

This gift idea for families is a thoughtful handmade touch great for Christmas or new baby announcements.

This great prezzie is a personalised frame filled with all their names scrabble style!

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Firstly draw out your design on paper to check all the families names link up and then buy all the letters you need. My trusty friend eBay has many sellers with wooden scrabble letters available either as single letters to buy, or a full scrabble board’s worth.

Next choose a decorative sheet of paper for the background of your design and cut out the desired shape for your frame.

I bought a selection of box frames from ikea, they have various sizes in either white or black very reasonably priced too! If your a crafter, it might be worth buying a few of these as they are great for displaying your work of art!

Place all of your letters on the decorative paper in the design you’d like it. Make sure everything’s straight and parallel to the edge of the decorative paper as it would look bent when displayed in the frame. Using superglue, glue each piece down with a little glue along the edge of any letter touching another letter.

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Wait for it to dry and insert into your box frame et voila!

A personalised great gift idea for families.

gift idea for families personalised box frame with scrabble letters

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Bunting – Campervan style!

We’ve been busy designing new styles of bunting including this campervan bunting.

With the current VW campervan craze going on at the moment, why not combine two vintage classics – bunting and campervans!

So we came up with this…..!

If you’re looking for bespoke bunting with a specific design like this, get in touch to get your paws on yours!

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campervan bunting
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Customise your event with this personalised bunting

Personalised hessian bunting

We love making personalised bunting for customers. If you’re looking for a way to name a table, share a message, or add a special touch, this personalised bunting is a great option.

Tie it around the edge of a table, hang it on a wall, of weave it along a curtain pole. There’s a few ways to make it look part of the building!

Get in touch to hire or buy yours.

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Personalised hessian bunting £1.50 per lettered flag



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Capturing your travel memories

If you love travelling this one’s for you – a crafty way to capture all the holidays you’ve treated yourself to in a glance!

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I bought a cheapy canvas and covered it in a shabby wallpaper to give it the effect of a wooden fence post.

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I then sourced a cork map of the world, (all purchases via eBay!) it comes with one side covered in adhesive so I literally just stuck it onto the wallpaper. I thought the red and white parcel string would work well for this project and tied a tight knot around each aeroplane pin then pinned them into all the destinations we’d been to.

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Next print out your fav picture from each holiday, something that represents all the shenanigans you got up to! Then use my trusty lil friend (who never ceases to amaze me – super glue) and stick everything in place (string and photos).

I’ve been wanting to make this project for a while now, and I’m very proud it’s finally complete and hanging in our lounge (husband probably not so much!)

This idea could be used though for other projects, there could be a country you just keep going back for more to, or a road trip around America. You needn’t buy the whole world map just the country/continent that you prefer 🙂

Happy crafting!

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Wedding Signage With A Difference

Say hello to our scrabble style wedding signage. We’ve got the words LOVE and MR & MRS for you to feast your eyes on.

The scrabble design has been printed onto canvas, each letter measuring about 15cm x 15cm. They stand on their own and would look good anywhere at the event.

Prices for hiring these for a 3 day period:
£5 – L.O.V.E
£8 – Mr and Mrs

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mr and mrs signage for wedding

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Sweet Table For Your Wedding or Party

Who doesn’t like a sweet table at a wedding or party?

We’d like to introduce our new vintage sweetie jars…

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The trickiest part is choosing which sweets will make the cut! 

These are great for a ‘help yourself’ or grazing table to keep guests entertained or perhaps use them for decor around a venue.

They range from £3-£5 per jar or hire the collection of 6 jars and scoops for £19.

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Look what I saw…

I couldn’t believe my peepers, I was reading a wedding magazine, just casually browsing, turned the page to see an advert for a product I made last year which I blogged back in the summer!

Anyone remember the frame I made for one of my besties who’s a teacher? I framed the first letter of her surname which i made out of crayola crayons.

Well this company in the magazine was selling them for £60! Ker-razy!

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Save yourself some money peeps and get making!

Click here to read the original blog post for anyone who missed it!


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Personalised hessian bunting

We had a busy weekend designing the beginning of our personalised bunting range. I always loved the thought of turning hessian into bunting, it’s such a vintage look.

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We’re taking orders for weddings and events, available to purchase or if you’re trying to save pennies why not hire?! Message us for deets!

Little note for all you crafty readers – if you’re making yourself, be careful not to buy the cheapest hessian available (as tempting as it sounds) this tends to fray just by looking at it. Try to choose hessian which has been woven quite tight – it will make it easier to sew.

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Shabby chic dresser makeover

I’m not sure how I inherited such a ghastly and boring piece of furniture but I know a lil’ bitta’ love and care usually leads to miracles 🙂 So I researched around on google for the type of shabby look I wanted and then it happened… I turned my garden into a painters nightmare… Paint pots, lids, brushes, and sandpaper scattered about with paint footprints following me everywhere where I went?!

To start I sanded down the areas I wanted to cover and painted my lil’ hearty out. Rather impatiently I applied two more coats and left to dry 🙂

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I then saw on eBay 6 beauties! Cute little drawer knobs all waiting to come tumbling through my letterbox one by one 🙂

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Et voila!

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Bunting galore

My living room is currently covered in bunting. We’re on a bunting mission to fill up our stock with various types and colours. It’s very exciting how much we’re expanding our catalogue of hired vintage goodies! We’ve still got lots to make but I’ll let you take a sneaky peak of our designs so far…

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Keep All Your Lists Safe With These

Keep all your lists safe with these decorative pegs.

Put a few of your clothes pegs to another good use – fridge magnets! They’re so easy to decorate and your fridge door will appreciate the attention.

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All you need is:

  • Strips of magnet tape
  • Washi tape
  • Stickers

Buy strips of magnet from most craft shops or eBay. You can buy it by the meter with one side sticky, the other magnet of course! Then cut up strips to match your peg length.

Then on the other side use any stickers that take your fancy! I saw some stickers with phrases for my pegs to help keep me organised. If you find stickers that are a little bigger, trim around the edge.

Now, I’ll be able to peg my receipts, notes and keep them all in order! (Notice there are none yet in the photo!)

If you just want a simpler design and no words, why not try decorative washi tape which you can buy from most craft shops or ebay.

And if lists aren’t your thing, why not use these pegs to hold photos or your child’s constant flow of arty masterpieces.

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Party time!

All week I have been preparing pretty little bits and bobs for our joint birthday party. Me and my hubby had planned a vintage sports day with a BBQ afterwards. We had games of cricket, skipping races, three legged races, rounders… all taking us back in time to our childhood sports days. We then chilled out and tucked into mouthfuls of yummyness.

I was most excited about the party as it was a chance to whip out some of our vintage props and put them to good use! Our newest addition, is the lemonade stand. I bought two drinks dispensers, one we filled with Pimms and the other homemade Strawberry Fizz… deeeelicious!

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The tags I designed on the PC, printed out, stuck onto card and laminated. I then tied them to each jar using the coloured parcel string.

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Then to make the drinking experience that little bit more vintage we have old school milk bottles and candy striped straws for our guests to sip from. If I could, these would replace the glasses in my kitchen cupboard! (hubby probably wouldnt be too pleased with that!)

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Of course not all the boys wanted to drink out of straw nor a milk bottle…! Can’t see that going down too well! So I brought out the galvanised beer bucket for the guys to grab a beer from.

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For snacks before the BBQ, I made little packets of crisps for everyone. I got the idea from the liagriffith.com blog. (Who by the way inspires me allll the time!) I cut up squares of baking paper and folded them to make mini packets.

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I downloaded lia’s sticker template, also available free from her blog and printed onto A4 sticker paper and cut out each circle. Et voila fill them with your favourite snacks!

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I used little flags to decorate the BBQ’d food which I made earlier in the week. (See previous blog post) and the spread was ready for eating!

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Of course we can’t not show off my favourite part of any meal – dessert! To help keep things healthy, I chose a fruit option and stuck lollipop sticks into sliced watermelon – an easy finger food snack without the need for plates, cuttlery etc.

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I also couldn’t not go down the classic cupcake and cookie route too! We baked some red velvet cupcakes and chocolate chip cookies and displayed them on our cupcake stands. Pure yummyness!

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All in all we both had a great day! The hubby wasnt too bothered with the pretty knifes and forks, nor the amount of bunting that now dominates his lounge! His wife on the other hand was a very happy lady!

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Eating in style

When you have a big party at home, unless your a family of 20, you never have enough plates and cutlery from your own kitchen cupboard. I mean why would you need to?! And I Hate with a capital H disposable plastic plates and cutlery, so for our upcoming birthday shenanigans, I looked into other options and have sort of compromised…. Plates made out of sugar cane which are quite sturdy in fact and wooden cutlery. Now I’m still not a massive fan of both, but its what you do with them that counts!

Last night I was decorating the cutlery. I bought packs of 18 pieces for £1 from dotcomgiftshop.com (which by the way is an amazing website with loads of vintage ideas).

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Then I wrapped washi tape around the ends of each one. I will eventually tie each set up with parcel string and a napkin. Simple way to add a bit of love to your special event!

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