DIY Painted Tartan Picnic Rug


For last week’s Knit in Public Day workshop, I made this fab DIY painted tartan picnic rug – one of my biggest projects to date! See, me head only just pokes out over the top of it! This rug had to seat 10+ people so we knew it had to be bigger than your average picnic blanket. And we needed it to be eye catching so the workshop guests could find us! So when I saw this hot tip on the House that Lars Built, I knew a custom drop-sheet picnic rug was the way to go!

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DIY washi tape paper straws

DIY Washi Tape Paper Straws!

DIY washi tape paper straws

These days, what party isn’t complete without some paper straws? Well, that’s certainly how I felt when I was prepping for last week’s Knit in Public Workshop for Raglan St Wears! I know, I know, they’re actually not very good as straws and always end up going soggy. But they’re just so dang cute I couldn’t resists! So I decided to jazz them up a bit with some washi to make them that little bit extra special. This little DIY is inspired by one of the most popular on my blog – my washi tape paperclip flags, and is so very quick and easy! So let’s get started on these DIY washi tape paper straws!

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DIY Vintage Trim Rosettes


A little while ago, I was gifted some absolutely gorgeous vintage trim and I’ve been wondering what to make from it ever since. That’s the thing with vintage craft supplies; they’re too special to use on just any old run of the mill project! So I’ve been saving it up, waiting for inspiration to strike. And this weekend, it did! I was admiring the rosettes my mum recently won in a quilt show (she’d such a clever cookie!) and just loved how lush and fancy they were. And then it hit me – how wonderful would a rosette from vintage trim be? Rosettes are already wonderfully retro and making one from my lovely vintage trim would add an extra layer of history and kitschy cuteness. And just imagine a wearing a rosette brooch? Or adding one of these lovelives to some gift wrapping? Too special!

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So, lets get started! Obviously these little guys can be easily made from non-vintage trim or even just strips of fabric! But have a hunt around your local vintage or op-shop and you’re certain to find some vintage goodness! Otherwise, etsy has an amazing supply! Just remember, the wider the trim the bigger the rosette! So let’s get started!

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DIY Bottle Necklaces 3 ways!


I just love miniature glass bottles! In fact, I always have. I remember as I kid I had a teeny-tiny bottle of glitter which I insisted was fairy dust. And so when I discovered a stash while reorganising my studio, I knew I just had to make something special from them! And these DIY bottle necklaces were just the ticket! I love they become like little trinket pendants; the perfect way to keep a special note or piece treasure close to your heart. And rather than just attach them to a chain, I thought I’d share three different ways of embellishing the bottles to match any style!

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To get started you’ll need:
– Mini glass bottles
– Gold chain
– Gold wire
– Gold spray paint
– Washi tape
– Pinking shears
– Waxed cotton cord
– Glitter
– Beads

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Easy peasy felt ice cream cones!


Ok, so I have a problem. Technically, these adorable little felt ice cream cones are kid’s craft. I made them for Bloesom Kids so that makes them kid’s craft, right? But… I LOVE them! I loved making them! I want to attach them to everything I own! They’re just too darn cute and totally speak to my affinity for fake food.

So, while these little cuties are technically kid’s craft I’m going to go out on a limb and say they’re suitable for all ages! Because we never grow out of cute, right? And with that in mind, let’s get making! (oh, and did I mention these are so easy and quick to make? They’re be done in 10 minutes flat, promise!).

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First up, you’ll need:
– Large pom-poms
– Cone coloured felt
– Scissors
– Glue (a hot glue gun works a treat and really speeds up the process but PVA or craft glue would also work fine!)
– Cute buttons, beads and sequins to decorate

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DIY Washi Tape Keyrings!


For most of 2015, my keys have lived on a lanyard. And not a pretty or cute lanyard. No no, my keys live on a dark blue lanyard I got for free. And I’m not going to lie, it’s a little bit yuck!

But this was born from necessity! See, I kept loosing my keys in the bottom of my bag or just leaving them at home all together. Super annoying, right? So the logic behind the lanyard was that it was much easier to see and a heap more ‘grab-able’ when kicking around in my handbag. But the time has come to make a change.

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For my new keyring, I needed something eye-catching and large enough that I wouldn’t loose it. And I think these DIY washi tape keyrings are the perfect solution! They’re bright, fun and the large enough that (hopefully!) I’ll be able to fish them out of my bag pretty easily! So let’s get making!

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Make Together Pom Poms!



Seeing as this weekend is Mother’s Day, I though this would be the perfect opportunity to share another edition of Make Together,  a regular feature here on Paper & Pin focused on craft projects that you can and the kid’s can practice side by side. Because what better way to celebrate Mother’s Day than with a little craft?

Today, I’ve pulled together some big and little pom pom projects perfect for a crafteroon. The first is this fabulous pom pom wall hanging from Sugar & Cloth. I just love it’s plush, retro-look. Like a super chic piece of coral.

And while you get to work creating this beauty, the kiddos can get cracking on these cute little pom pom monsters from The Purple Pug. How cute are those little pipe-cleaner antennas? Adorable!

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Mother’s Day DIY Origami and Confetti Card


Earlier in the week, I shared some pretty darn cute felt tulips – the perfect DIY gift for Mother’s Day! So why not team those up with this equally cute DIY origami and confetti card? Don’t worry, the origami is super simple (only a few quick folds) and perfectly contained the confetti for a lovely mother’s day surprise!

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– A5 (half A4) sided craft paper
– Coloured paper (for punching)
– A fun shaped paper-punch
– Scissors
– Glue (more…)

DIY Mother's Day Felt Tulips

Mother’s Day Felt Tulips!

DIY Mother's Day Felt Tulips
Yikes! Can you believe it’s almost Mother’s Day already? I don’t know about you but that really snuck up on me! But don’t worry, if you’re in a bit of a fix and need an aborable Mother’s Day gift or a fun activity to do with the kids, these DIY Mother’s Day felt tulips are just perfect! They’re quick and easy to make and are oh-so cute! Plus, they’ll definitely last longer than regular flowers!

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To begin, you’ll need:
– Felt
– Glue
– Scissors
– Bamboo skewers
– White paint + paintbrush

Start by folding a piece of felt in half and then cutting a scallop-shape.

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