Use what you have wreath

A huge donation of crafty stuff set me up for months of playtime so I decided to use some of the flowers in a decor wreath

I cut a disc of cardboard from the recycling bin and wrapped it with wool before hot gluing flowers around. To keep balance I visualised the wreath as a clock face positioning flowers roughly at the hours but clustering them in odd numbers.

I kept going until the wreath felt full then gifted it to the lady who gave me the wool stash in the first place. Happy 90th!

Lavender pomanders, a load of balls!

What to make with a bumper bag of lavender.?

 

Yes, of course sachets, but small polystyrene balls coated in pva glue then rolled in dried lavender are a start on this year’s lavender haul – thank you sister.

method:

push a skewer of wire through the ball then thread some florists wire through the hole and make a small loop at either end so you can hold the ball when it is sticky then thread ribbon through at the end.

Tip your lavender in a saucer and have a wet wipe to hand.Brush a light coat of glue all over the ball and when it is tacky sprinkle lavender all over, press the lavender in to the glue with your fingers so there is a good contact then let it sit in the saucer until dry(about 15 minutes with Anita’s tacky glue))

i dug out some sequins and pinned them in the spots where the glue failed but it didn’t matter that the covering wasn’t consistent once I tied ribbon through the top loop and then hung them from light fittings.

will go and but more balls and experiment with mod podge and other glues now, great little gifts that look lovely wrapped in cellophane but sorry sister, not postable

 

Quick photo stands

 

 

Want to display some photographs or cards but don’t have any frames spare? Head for the recycling box and use old cardboard for a quick fix.

I covered my card with pretty paper before cutting. I used my scan n cut to get a neat shape but scissors would work.

I then creased the shape against  a ruler to get the fold

adapt for your photos but aim For a width much wider than the photo so, once the support is creased, the photo can lean backwards rather than be too upright

 

Scan n cut snowflake garland/paper bunting

img_0185I followed a scan n cut you tube idea to create some home made decor this year. A modern version of paper chains!

For a Christmas themed garland you will need to cut out an assortment of paper snowflakes in different sizes.  I used a selection of papers and wish I had chosen doubled sided stuff as the garland twists a little in use.

if you don’t have a cutting machine folding the paper and hand cutting is an option if you have the time (or child labour!)

at the sewing machine pull a long tail of thread through then sew a long straight stitch through the centre of the first flake. (I used a white thread as most of the papers were pale or had white in but a contrast thread in a decorative stitch might be fun).

Be brave, go straight off the end of the flake and sew a few stitches in the gap before you put the next snowflake through. This creates a chain for your garland. You can overlap a few flakes or stitch a small one on top of a larger one as well.

Continue for the length you wish and leave a long tail of thread at the end for tying.

Easy to recreate for Valentines, Spring, Easter, Birthday, Halloween or Anniversary versions  …

Tip: remember that paper will blunt your machine needle