Paper Wreath Tutorial

Upcycled atlas wreathI thought it was time I created an improved tutorial for my paper cone wreaths. You can find my original tutorial made from vintage sheet music here. These paper wreaths get a lot of attention on my instagram account and they’re not that hard to make. I was delighted last week when I found an old atlas from 1965 for $2 in an op shop. The colours that adorned the pages were so beautiful that I knew it would be my prettiest wreath yet. Of course, you can use whatever paper you prefer – sheet music, golden books, a dictionary or even Christmas paper would all work well. Here’s what you’ll need –

  • paper
  • double sided tape
  • hot glue gun and sticks
  • cardboard
  • scissors
  • stapler
  • lacquer suitable for paper

Vintage atlas pagesStep 1 – cut up your paper. I divided the atlas pages into quarters, measuring 11 x 14cm, so this will be quite a small wreath, but you can use whatever size you prefer. The bigger the page, the bigger the wreath.Paper wreath DIY vintage atlas pagesStep 2 – stick a piece of double sided tape across the bottom of the paper. You can see in the picture that it doesn’t need to go all the way across, but it’s important that it covers the far right corner of the paper.Vintage atlas pagesStep 3 – take your paper and bring the top lefthand corner across the front. Then wrap the top righthand corner around and stick in place to form a cone.Paper wreath Vintage atlas pagesStep 4 – fold under about a 1/4 of the bottom of the cone and then staple it into place.Vintage atlas pagesPaper wreath diyStep 5 – cut off the excess paper. This reduces bulk when you glue your cones together.Paper craft vintage paperStep 6 – make around 60-70 cones. The number of cones needed depends on the size of your wreath.
Step 7 – cut a circle out of cardboard. My circle measures 14cm across.Paper wreathPaper flower tutorialStep 8 – using a hot glue gun, start sticking your cones to the circle of cardboard. I like to place cones marking four quarters and then fill in the gaps with equal numbers of cones. This helps to create a uniform and symmetrical wreath. In the picture below you can see the first round completed.Paper wreathStep 9 – continue to attach your paper cones round by round. The number of rounds depends on the size of your wreath.
Paper wreath tutorial

Paper cone wreath

Getting close now…

Paper flower tutorial

Almost there

Step 10 – once you reach the centre of the wreath, you may find it tricky to fit the paper cones in place. Don’t be afraid to cut more length off your cones to help them to fit into place. Ta da! All finished.

Paper cone wreath DIY

All finished!

Step 11 – I like to spray my completed wreaths with a couple of coats of lacquer to make the paper more durable.

DIY paper wreath

 

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International Crochet Day

7 vignettes learning crochetThe 12th of September is International Crochet Day! A massive thank you to @crochetgirl99 for introducing me to the joy of crochet. You can follow her on IG here. And I’m pleased to report that I’m producing granny squares that no longer look sad and wonky (see above). Happy Crochet Day!! xoxo

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Colourful Crochet Stars

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Mollie Makes print

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Mega Granny Square

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White crochet coaster

DIY Wall Pennant – stitched or painted

wall pennant diyThese little DIY felt wall pennants are a great way to use up some of your excess craft supplies. I’ve been trying to be good and not purchase anymore craft supplies, which can sometimes be as much as a hobby as the crafting itself. Craft addicts – I know you understand! I didn’t need to purchase a single thing for this project. Yay! 🙂

You’ll need – flat felt, rotary cutter, scissors, thread, needle, paint and dowel.

1 – First, cut out a rectangle from the felt. The size is up to you and depends on how big you want your pennant to be. My rectangle is 7×9 inches.  Fold your rectangle in half and cut a triangle at a diagonal (see fig 1) about a third of the way up the felt.

2 – Unfold your felt and you can see the result. Felt is a great fabric for this project because the edges won’t fray, so you don’t need to worry about hemming them.

3 – Fold the top section of your rectangle down about an inch and pin. Then stitch in place (by machine or hand). This is where you’ll insert the dowel.

4 – In this image you can see how your pennant will look with the top stitched down. There’s plenty of room for the dowel, or if you want a more rustic look you can use a branch or stick.diy felt wall pennant

5 – Stencils and paint are a quick and easy way to decorate a pennant.  You can used a sponge or brush to apply the paint.

6 – I used a brush and stencil for the star pennant. I found using a brush produced sharper edges than the sponge.

7 –  You can always paint free hand onto the felt if you’re feeling brave. I’m no artist so I prefer stencils, but I did manage to paint the word LOVE onto one pennant without too much drama.

8 – I decorated the last two pennants with white stitching. I used white embroidery thread and a simple back stitch to hand sew crossing arrows on this pennant.

felt pennants wall hangings

9 – I used the same embroidery thread to stitch the word ‘love’ on the last pennant.

10 – Next, cut some 5mm square dowel to size and then pierce a hole through either end to attach the thread. The dowel I used is from Spotlight and it is really soft, which made it perfect for this method. If the the dowel or stick is too firm to pierce, you could just wrap the string around and tie it in place.

11 – If you are using the threaded method, thread the string through the hole and then tie a knot to keep your thread from pulling through.

12 – Because the pennants are so light weight you can attached them to the wall with washi tape. No more holes in the wall. 🙂

diy wall pennant

Crochet Star Garland

easy crochet starsI found a really easy tutorial for crochet stars on a blog called Jelly Wares. It’s a gorgeous blog and after losing half an hour looking at all the pretty images, i decided to give the crochet stars a whirl! easy crochet starsThe tutorial is brilliant! Nice clear images and instructions, which are perfect for a beginner like me. I was surprised to find myself with a completed yellow star after 30mins (I’m slow, still learning). 
crocheted star garlandI was so chuffed with my first star! It wasn’t too dodgy looking at all! Yay! And now it’s official that i am hooked….addicted. #crochetaddict #starcrochet #ilovecrochet #yarnlover #hookedoncrochet #icantstop

easy crochet starsSo, yesterday i spent the day in bed with a cold, watching Mr Darcy (Pride and Prejudice) and making crochet stars. I managed to finish my first very first crochet project. 🙂
easy crochet garland

Wall Banner Tutorial

handmade wall banner tutorialHave fun, regret nothing! I made this wall banner for our rumpus room and if you can sew in a straight line, then you can make one too. 🙂 All you need is some fabric, cotton, a rod, decorative thread and a ruler.

Step 1 – Measure  and cut your fabric. Mine is 20×27 inches.

Step2 – Mark 10 inches across to find the middle of the base and then mark 10 inches up either side and rule to from two joining lines.

Step 3 – Cut off these excess triangles.

Step 4 –  Pin the seams and then iron them flat. I started with the pointed end, then the sides and finally the top. The top is folded down (temporarily) about 4 inches to accommodate the rod.

craft wall banner tutorial

Step 5 – I inserted the rod and sat the banner between two chairs to make sure it was level. It’s much easier to fix any issues now rather than later.

Step 6 – Sew the seams, making sure you leave the top until last.

Step 7 – Refold the  loop for the rod casing, pin in place and then sew.

Step 8 – Hand stitch, using decorative thread, the quote you have chosen.

diy craft wall bannerFinally, insert rod and tie on more decorative thread! All ready to hang! 🙂
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Little Cloud Pillows – DIY

Cloud cushion tutorialThese cloud cushions are the perfect rainy day craft activity. Quick and easy, which is exactly how I like to craft. These pillows are so cute and cuddly! For these cushions you’ll need –
*White polar fleece – the amount depends on what size cushion you want to make.
*Small piece of pink polar fleece
*Black wool
*Pink cotton
*White cotton
*Needles
*Scissors
*Sewing machine – or you can hand sew the entire project
*Small black buttons Cloud cushion step by step
Step 1 – Make the cloud pattern. Draw the size/shape of the cloud you want onto cardboard. Take your time doing this as it is important to get the correct shape. Cut out the cloud shape. This will be your template. Fold your polar fleece in half and using sewing chalk trace around your template onto the fabric. Cut around your cloud shape making sure to leave a 1cm seam allowance all the way around. You will have two cloud shapes, one will be the front the other the back.
Step 2 – sew the eyes (black buttons) onto the front piece making sure they are positioned symmetrically.
Step 3 – Using the black wool, sew the mouth with a generous back stick. You make want to draw a rough outline onto your polar fleece for a guide.
Step 4 – cut two small circles from the pink polar fleece to form the cheeks of your cloud. Using the pink cotton and a back stitch attach the cheeks just under the eyes.
Step 5 – place your cloud pieces right sides together and sew around the cloud stopping with about 2inches left open. This is the opening to insert the stuffing.
Step 6 – Clip carefully around the edges so that when turned right side out the seam with sit nice and flat. Turn right side out.
Step 7 – STUFF IT! I used special biodegradable, recycled PET stuffing. This is low allergic and so friendly to our environment. To finish, stitch up the opening.
Step 8 – I used a curved needle to assist with creating a nice smooth closure.
Step 9 – Cuddle your finished clouds. Cute cloud pillows
I was so happy with this one that I made some babies for the mother cloud. They are all so soft, cuddly and cute! These little clouds have been living with a very special boy over the last few months. He’s a cloud lover just like his mum. Xo

Golden Book Upcycle – Paper Wreath

easy kids wall decor I love making these paper cone wreaths and they are a great way to upcycle old books. I finished my third paper cone wreath recently and this one is made from the pages of preloved Golden Books. golden book craft paper wreath This Golden Book wreath looks quite different to my other my wreaths, one from atlas pages and the other from sheet music, but that’s the beauty of making these wall hangings. The process may be the same, but the outcome is different depending on the paper used. diy kids wall decor I can really envision this one hanging in a child’s nursery or play room. It’s bright and fun! With my youngest turning 10 soon there isn’t a place for it in my house, so I hope I can find a home for it.  The tutorial for this project can be found here.  golden book craft

DIY Pretty Party Bags

DIY party bags loot bagsI love making little DIY party bags for my guests, so that they feel welcome and at home when visiting RedAgape Guesthouse. Small gestures of welcome mean a lot to me whether I’m visiting a new place or an old friend. Everyone likes to feel welcome. Here are the easy steps for creating pretty party bags that are suitable for all occasions.diy party bags loot bags

DIY Wall Banner with Gold Stitching

wall banner craft tutorialThis DIY wall banner was a craft project that was born mostly from items i had in my craft stash. I found some fabric i had screen printed while i was cleaning up the Hen’s Den (aka craft shed) and while i wasn’t keen to make anymore cushions, i didn’t want the prints to go to waste. I printed a couple of these gold hearts and turned one into the cushion you can see in the above image. I love a good craft clean up because you always find things you’d forgotten about. After a quick search i had gold thread, gold rope, black fabric, tassels and an idea! Obviously, the cleaning would have to wait for another day. 🙂
diy wall banner craft tutorial
DIY Hand Stitched Wall Banner
* black fabric
* dowel
* rope
* needle and embroidery thread
* tassels
* scissors
* embroidery hoop
* fabric pencil
diy wall banner steps tutorial
The Steps
1. sketch a rough plan of how you want your banner to look.
2. cut your fabric to the size you want. Mine is 15 x 30 inches finished with allowances made for hemming and inserting dowel at either end. Iron and sew a hem down either side on the fabric.
3. Hem the top and bottom and then turn over again to create a tunnel for the dowel.
4. Using a fabric pencil sketch your design onto the fabric.
5. Attach the embroidery hoop and using a backstitch hand stitch your design. A running stitch would work too.
6. Pin the heart into place before stitching.
7. Stitch a little in from the edge so the heart has a slight fraying effect.
8. Insert dowel and tie on tassels.
9. Attach rope to the top of dowel and you’re done! 🙂
diy wall banner tutorial

diy wall banner craft tutorial