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Pimping a plant pot

One of the items I got in the Crafty Fox Box a month or so ago was some pink tape. This tape is a great example of why subscription box like this is so great. If you’re on a budget, trying new crafts can be really tricky. And it’s one of the reasons I really liked my Crafty Fox Box. I got lots of bits and pieces that I’d never think to buy myself. Plus it’s made me think about how to different things with craft materials. So, with that in mind, I set about pimping up a plant pot. The original plant that came in the pot didn’t survive (oops!) but I planted up my succulents in it and I think it looks great!

plain potThe original pot is plain white so I wanted to add some colour by adding the pink tape.

Pink tapeI really like the wide tape and added three stripes in total. I cut a dart in the tape at the bottom so it would sit properly.

wide pink tapeNot too bad eh?! It’s amazing what a little bit of tape can do to help pimp up a plant pot!

Have you got any tips for jazzing up any other household items? Let me know!



Make your own stamp

This summer has been really busy. Between work and getting things done on the house, I haven’t had much time to do many crafty things, which is a shame as I’ve got tons to do!

I started by making my own stamps, which came as a kit in the June Crafty Fox Box. I’ve never made my own stamps before, so was a little nervous about doing it. Fortunately, instructions were provided online, along with all the tools necessary to make your own homemade stamps. And so, a new craft addiction was born!

make your own stampI started out practising with the feather stamp that came with the box then sketched out a few ideas for my own stamps. I created a shooting star and a cloud (not a huge fan of hearts and flowers, not a great sketcher either!) to carve into the rubbers that came in the craft box.

Carving the stamps was loads of fun and I’m definitely going to be doing more of it. I’d like to make some bigger ones and am even toying with the idea of doing some fabric printing. Next time I make my own stamp, I’m going to have a look online for templates before hand so that designs are more defined. Also, I didn’t score the edges of the shapes deep enough so I’ll make sure I do that next time. It wasn’t the worst thing in the world, but it did snap one of the points of my shooting star. Still, I don’t think they’re too bad for a first attempt!

My Handmade Lamp Shade

A little while ago, I wrote about needing a new lampshade for our newly redecorated hallway. We’re still trying to decide on one, but I wanted to have a go at making my own one. So I ordered a kit from Sarah Waterhouse Textiles and thought I’d have a go at making my own.

the kitAt first glance, I thought the instructions were really overwhelming, but when I sat down and looked through them, they were pretty straight forward. The kit comes with everything you need to make the lampshade. The only little extras that came in handy were a cutting mat and a craft knife. But if you didn’t have those, you’d still be able to make the shade without any problems.

The instructions are broken down step by step and are really easy to follow. Make sure your fabric is straight before sticking the pvc on as you cannot undo this! Mine is only slightly wonky and you’d never know just by looking. The only really difficult bit is sticking the hoops to the fabric, as you have to do both at once. You really need a second pair of hands! When doing this, make sure you keep the hoops as close to the pvc as possible. My top hoop wobbled slightly and it was difficult to move it so it looks a little awkward near the top. But the bottom, which is probably the most important as you can see it more clearly, is much better.

the finished lamp shadeWhat do you think? Not bad for a first attempt eh?! I’m pretty pleased with it. While it’s too small for our hallway, it might work on the landing. I would definitely recommend this kit if you’re looking to make something like this for your home. Have you come across any good kits recently? Let me know!

How to Make a Paper Garland

I have hoarding tendencies. What can I say – it runs in the family! I will never forget visiting my Granny at her home & seeing that she’d kept the gift tags from our presents to her and hung them on the wall! That’s just the tip of the iceberg! So, in a bid to preserve my sanity & to not get bogged down in clutter (moving house 4 times in three years also helps!) I try to find a use for something if it’s going to stay in our home. If it doesn’t have a purpose or can be given a purpose quickly, then it’s regifted, given to charity or recycled. After all, our house is quite small & storage is at a premium. So when I come across lovely paper or packaging, I’ll try to think up a way to use it so that I can keep it. This is one of the reasons I love Pinterest so much. You can pin ideas or blog posts about using different materials to give them a new lease of life. And it was one of these that inspired my paper garland (though I cannot find the inspiration for it anywhere, so if you think the idea is yours, please let me know so I can credit you!) I had a really old page from a book that came with a Christmas present from my OH and a lovely red stripe paper bag. Nothing special, but I couldn’t part with either of them! So I decided to make them into a paper garland to hang on my notice board to make it bit more interesting.

Paper garland kit

I am quite impatient with some crafts. If it needs a lot of kit or is going to take me ages, I’m less inclined to do it. So I needed my garland to be quick & easy. And it was. I cut out triangles from the paper & the bag and cut some bakers twine (reused!) to length. I had no idea if the double sided sticky tape would work, but so far everything is still where it’s supposed to be! I added a small strip of tape to the back of each triangle. And hey presto! It worked!

paper garlandA simple, and quick, paper garland. The triangles are quite small, and you could cut them to any size or shape. It didn’t take long & I didn’t have to buy any new materials, which I think is always a good thing. Here’s the finished article on my newly pimped up & decluttered notice board.

The paper garlandThe Mo Farah quote is from The Green Gal’s blog & it inspires me every day! The British Cuppa card is by Archivist Press, though I bought this at Daylesford Farm. The Pinterest logo is a sticker that I stuck on the same paper used in the garland.

I’m really pleased with it. It was simple & quick & is a lovely new feature to my room. I’ve been reorganising my work space recently, mainly because I had too much ‘stuff’ going on and not enough organisation. Reorganising & prettying up my notice board was part of sorting out my space. How do you reuse things that you really want to keep? Have you come across any fab ways to reuse paper?