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DIY Lamington Pincushions

Make It! DIY Lamington Pincushions

DIY Lamington Pincushion

In honour of Australia Day, I’m reposting these cuties (first published in 2014). No matter how you feel about it, Aus Day is a day to spend with friends and family and enjoy some food and fun in the sun (and maybe a little craft as well!). 

Ok, confession time – I love cake. All cake, any cake and at all times of day! Breakfast cake is a personal favourite, as is ‘pocket cake’ (that’s birthday cake wrapped in a napkin, stowed in a pocket and eaten on the way home from a party!). I obviously don’t have a specific favourite (it would be like asking me to pick a favourite child!) but I am especially partial to lamingtons! For any non-Australians reading, lamington’s are a piece of sponge dipped in chocolate icing and coated in dessicated coconut. Named after Lord Lamington, Governor of Queensland from 1896 – 1901, lamingtons are a delicious morning tea or afternoon snack and best served with a layer of fresh cream and jam in the middle. Too yum! So, in honour of this most delicious Australian delicacy, I decided to create a pair of adorable felt DIY lamington pincushions!

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Materials:
– Black, red and white felt
– Black embroidery thread and a needle
– Long white seed beads
– Scissors + pinking shears
– Fabric glue
– Polyester filling (more…)

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DIY Pom Pom Coasters!

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I have a lot of pom poms. I mean a LOT. Bags and bags full. So I’m always thinking of ways to use them up… so I can buy more! Haha! These DIY pom pom coasters are the perfect insulation for a cup of tea and will bring that extra pop of colour to any tea party! So let’s get started!

Need more craft? There’s plenty more where this came from in the project gallery! 

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To begin, you’ll need:
– Pom poms
– Needle and thread
– Glue gun (optional) (more…)

DIY Hama Bead Bunting

DIY Hama Bead Bunting

DIY Hama Bead Bunting

So recently I shared my love of Hama beads (or fab off-brand IKEA ‘Pyssla’ beads) but lately, my obsession has grown to new heights with this colourful and oh-so-cute DIY Hama bead bunting! Now, fair warning, arranging the beads into these cute chevron stripes does take some time but there’s definitely something cathartic about it and the final product is worth the time!

So, to begin, you’ll need:
– Hama beads (or IKEA ‘Pyssla’ beads will definitely do the trick!)
– A large square pegboard
– An iron
– Baking/greaseproof paper
– Baker’s twine
– A darning needle (more…)

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DIY Galentine’s Day Sweet Boxes!

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Calling all Parks and Rec fans! I repeat, calling all Parks and Rec fans!

I’m sure you’re all aware that Valentine’s Day is on the horizon. And that means so is Galentine’s Day! For those of you who aren’t aware, Galentine’s Day is a special holiday on the 13th of February. Invented by Leslie Knope, Galentine’s Day is all about celebrating your lady-friends with brunch, waffles and gift giving. It’s only the best day of the year!

So instead of making some cheesy Valentine’s Day craft (but oh boy, believe me, it’s coming!) today I thought I’d share these DIY Galentine’s Day sweet boxes! Inspired by sweetheart candy (which, weirdly, I’ve only ever seen on American TV. I don’t think we have it in Australia?) and featuring some classic Knopeisms, these boxes are perfect to fill with sugary goodness and gift to your gal-pals. Leslie would be proud! (more…)

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Make it! DIY Felt Pom Pom and Crochet Garland!

DIY Felt Pom Pom and Crochet GarlandI was recently gifted a large supply of wool roving (I know, so exciting!) and the first thing that sprung to mind was felted balls. I just LOVE all the different sized felt balls you can buy at craft shops (Lucello in Melbourne has an exceptional selection) and had always wanted to give making them a go. And then, of course, I had to figure out what to do with them. Enter this DIY felt pom-pom and crochet garland! Crocheting the baker’s twine gives this garland a little something extra, plus it keeps the pom-poms perfectly spaced. And don’t worry, it’s super simple, even for beginners!

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materialsMaterials:
– Wool roving
– Baker’s twine
– Film canister or similar small container
– Warm, soapy water
– 3mm crochet hook
– Large doll marking needle (or any needle with a very large eye)
– Scissors (more…)

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Make it! DIY Pinwheel Gift Tags

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Can you even believe that Christmas is only 12 weekends away? Is it just me or has 2014 just flown by? Well, with that in mind, I thought this week I’d start getting in the gift-giving spirit with these DIY pinwheel gift tags!

Like paper-craft? Check out this watercolour garland DIY!

I just LOVE wrapping presents, it’s almost better than receiving them! Really, I love wrapping pretty much anything. In my teens, I worked in a deli and wrapping people’s orders and parcels in butcher’s paper was always my favourite part of the day! There’s just something about neatly folding paper around something that’s oddly meditative. Plus, seeing someone’s face light up when you had them a beautifully wrapped present is just too special. And these these mini pinwheels are a great way to add a little something special to any gift!

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Time: Around 15 minutes per gift tag
Materials:
– Colourful paper
– Gift tags
– Mini brads
– Scissors
– Glue stick (more…)

DIY paperclip flags

Make It! DIY Paperclip Flags

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If you’re anything like me then you’re probably a sucker for a good notebook filled with LISTS! I have so many lists; ones for work, my blog, craft ideas, films to watch, new years resolutions, mid-year resolutions – the list (ha!) is endless. With so many lists and scrawlings happening at once, it is way too easy to loose track of things and I found myself wanting a way to quickly find my most important and current musings. Enter DIY paperclip flags!

Like this DIY and want to see more? Check out my project gallery!

Now, I know those little flag post-its already exist but these DIY paperclip flags are much cuter, quick and easy to make and are a great way to spruce up some paperclips you already have and delve into your washi tape collection (or maybe start one?)! And they look gorgeous peeking out of your notebook!

Materials:
– Paper clips
– Washi tape
– Scissors
Time: 5 minutes

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The steps are super simple! (more…)

How to Press Flowers

Make It! How to Press Flowers

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Spring has officially started here in Sydney and the weather is finally getting a bit less malicious! To celebrate, I bought myself some daisies over the weekend. Rather than let the blooms go to waste, I saved a few in my new-old press! It was such a success that I’d just had to share my newly-learnt tips on how to press flowers!

I was lucky to find this darling flower press while having a rummage at a school-fete a few weeks ago. But do not fear, if you don’t have a flower press you can easily use a large book!

Time: 10 minutes
Materials:
– Flower press or large book
– Flowers
– Grease-proof paper (or just regular paper)
– Scissors

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First, take your flowers and trim off their stalks. Then lay them carefully on the paper, face down, making sure the petals are lying flat. I used the paper that came with the press but grease-proof paper works well, as does regular copy-paper. Just make sure you don’t use anything with a print as if could make it’s way onto the flowers! (more…)

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Make it! Marble Beads DIY

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Materials:
– Polymer clay (I like Sculpy or Fimo Soft because they’re not too hard!)
– Leather thonging
– A knitting needle or something similar to make a hole with
Time:
15 minutes (plus bake time)

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A little while ago, I was having a crafternoon with a friend and we decided to have some fun with polymer clay. I’d seen marble beads around before and decided to give them a whirl. Turns out, they’re super easy! (more…)