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    Sunday morning make….Doily rosette

    by  • 17/03/2013 • Country craft • 1 Comment

    Celebrate St Patrick’s Day and pin a colourful homemade rosette to clothing, bags and accessories to mark the day.

    Doily Rosette

    Doily Rosette, featuring doilies, buttons, ribbons and fabrics all from a selection at Hobbycraft

    You will need

    3 small green doilies

    2 cupcake cases

    1 green button

    Green ribbons – we used 3 (check!)

    Glue stick

    Scissors

    Brooch pin

    Hot melt glue

    Needle and matching green thread

    To make layer and glue the centre of the doilies and cupcake cases together, starting and finishing with a doily at the top and bottom. Taking a length of thin ribbon make a four-looped bow (a normal bow, tied twice). Cut the ends of the ribbon so the bow fits neatly into the centre of the doily and glue in place. Glue a button on top to cover the knot. Gather the remaining ribbons, fold in half and secure together at the loop end with a couple of stitches. Cut the ends of the ribbon to the desired length. Using the hot melt glue, stick the ribbons onto the back of the rosette, followed by the brooch pin. Leave to dry.

     

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    Beautiful paper roses

    by  • 25/05/2012 • Country style • 0 Comments

    With flowers being the hot topic of the week, thanks to the delights at RHS Chelsea Flower Show, it was great timing when a gorgeous single stem rose appeared on my desk. However this rose was not like those you’ll be used to seeing in the garden, it’s from a company called Bookish and the clue is in the title, it’s made entirely by hand from old books.

    What a lovely idea to have a rose that will last forever, it always saddens me when real cut flowers wilt away. You could be creative with a few individual roses and create your own country-style display. They would also make an ideal gift for a wedding or an anniversary.

    Paper rose, £8, Bookish.

    Paper rose, £8, Bookish.

    Dozen paper roses bouquet, £75, Bookish.

    Dozen paper roses bouquet, £75, Bookish.

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    Creative gift wrapping ideas

    by  • 15/12/2011 • Country craft • 2 Comments

    Wrapping presents ready to put under the tree is one of my favourite Christmas preparations, so I’ve been looking for some lovely ideas as inspiration for this year’s gifts.

    I love these creative ways to personalise presents and tips on how to get organised with a gift-wrapping station for rolls of wrapping paper, tissue, scissors, tape, ribbons and bows.

    There’s a gorgeous selection of paper and trimmings at Notonthehighstreet.com, including handmade snowflake design paper, personalised gift tags and country-style striped ribbons…

    How are you getting creative for Christmas this year?

    Giftwrap from Notonthehighstreet.com

    Giftwrap, tags and ribbons, from a selection at Notonthehighstreet.com

    For more gift wrapping ideas, see the Papers & Trims feature in the January issue of Country Homes & Interiors.

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    Make a Christmas Advent calendar

    by  • 16/11/2011 • Country craft • 1 Comment

    I love these Christmas craft ideas from Cox & Cox. Its new Advent calendar is easy to make and the kit has everything you need, including colourful fabrics, embroidery thread, tape, needles, glue and instructions. The kit costs £17.50 and the finished calendar measures H80cm by W48cm.

    Also try the snowflake hole punch, £12, which can be used to add three-dimensional snowflakes to gift tags or wrapping paper – an easy way to get creative in the run up to Christmas!

    For more Christmas craft ideas, go to housetohome.co.uk/crafts.

    Christmas Advent calendar kit, £17.50, Cox & Cox.

    Christmas Advent calendar kit, £17.50, Cox & Cox.

    3D Snowflake punch, £12, Cox & Cox.

    3D Snowflake punch, £12, Cox & Cox.

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    Make paper stars for Christmas

    by  • 26/10/2011 • Country craft, Country style • 4 Comments

    I love these 3D-effect stars, which feature in our new December issue.

    They’re really eyecatching and are made by folding and cutting card and then covering it in patterned paper. The papers we used here are some of our favourite seasonal giftwrap designs from Paperchase.

    What’s lovely, too, is that you can make the stars to any size you choose. Even the biggest will still be lightweight enough to hang at your window using a needle and thread. Have a go – click here for the instructions. They make a fun, simple project to try with the kids in the run up to Christmas…

    Cover your stars on both sides so they look as good from the outside as they do from the inside.

     

    Start with a square of lightweight card, make four folds, snip and unfold to reveal your star…

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    Paper crafting

    by  • 14/09/2011 • Country craft • 0 Comments

    Interest in paper crafting has become hugely popular of late, from design studios and the high street to now being a popular hobby. Why not try this easy and inexpensive craft for yourself with the help of this fabulous new book The Art of Papercutting by Deborah Schneebeli-Morrell, £12.99 published by cicobooks.co.uk.

    Learn paper craft techniques and tips and follow easy instructions to make one of the 35 cutting projects including ideas for decorations, cards and pictures including this great idea for homemade jam labels.

    'The Art of Papercutting' by Deborah Schneebeli-Morrell, £12.99 published by CICO Books

    'The Art of Papercutting' by Deborah Schneebeli-Morrell, £12.99 published by CICO Books

    Jam labels project, from 'The Art of Papercutting' by Deborah Schneebeli-Morrell, £12.99 published by CICO Books

    Jam jar labels project, from 'The Art of Papercutting' by Deborah Schneebeli-Morrell, £12.99 published by CICO Books

     

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    Garden party craft ideas

    by  • 11/05/2011 • Country craft, Country style • 1 Comment

    If you’re planning a garden party for the next Bank Holiday, I’ve found just the thing to create a pretty country look outside.

    These elegant paper pompoms are easy to make from tissue paper and you can buy similar fans from Dotcomgiftshop. You might also like to add a little colour with paper butterfly glass decorations.

    For a daytime gathering add fresh flowers to the table and twinkling lights as dusk falls.

    If you like this idea, look out for our papercraft feature in the July issue of Country Homes, out in early June. For more craft ideas, visit housetohome.co.uk/crafts.

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    Paper fan decorations look pretty above a country garden table.

    Paper fan decorations look pretty above a country garden table. Photograph: Lizzie Orme/Country Homes & Interiors/IPC+ Syndication

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    Make a paper Christmas tree decoration

    by  • 27/10/2010 • Country craft • 3 Comments

    Here at Country Homes & Interiors it’s never too early to start thinking about Christmas!

    To break you in gently, I’ve picked out this lovely Christmas tree make from our up-and-coming December issue. It’s made from plain card and patterned paper with button eyes and a ribbon hanger.

    It’s so easy to make, just follow the instructions and choose card and paper in colours and patterns that will suit your decorating scheme. Get the kids to help and you’ll have a flock of Christmas birds before you know it! For more lovely seasonal makes ideas have a look at our sister site House to Home.

    Pretty paper decorations make a lovely addition to a traditional tree.

    Concertina-fold a square of patterned paper and push through the cardboard bird template.

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    Paper butterfly glass decorations

    by  • 21/07/2010 • Country craft, Country style • 4 Comments

    Deputy Editor Sara Bird has made these pretty paper butterfly decorations – perfect for party drinks in the garden. Simply fold coloured card in half. Along the folded edge draw two joined loops, like a curly ‘M’ shape, and mark a small line parallel to the fold. Cut out shape and cut down the line with a crafting knife then unfold to create a butterfly. Thread ribbon through the two cut parallel lines and tie to a glass. If you’re more confident you can cut shapes from the butterfly to create patterned wings. For coloured card visit Hobbycraft. For coloured ribbon try John Lewis. For glassware try IKEA. For more summer craft ideas visit the House to Home website.

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    Make a paper flower garland

    by  • 16/06/2010 • Country craft • 0 Comments

    Deputy Editor Sara Bird has been inspired by the blossoming elderflower trees seen everywhere at the moment. She’s made this pretty petal garland as a home decoration idea. Simply cut out flower shapes from tissue paper then thread onto strong cotton, knotting either side of the flower to secure each in place. For tissue and thread try all good craft shops or John Lewis

    Paper flower garland

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