With Valentine’s Day just around the corner I wanted to share a super cute craft DIY to make a felt heart garland to decorate your home a little for Valentine’s Day. I’ve made this felt heart garland in shades of red but how cute would it be in different colours for a baby’s room or a craft room?!?
To make the heart garland you will need some felt in whatever colours you choose, a length of ribbon, needle and thread, toy stuffing, 3″ heart template, pencil and scissors. These are the heart templates I use for crafts. I opted for a variegated look with two shades of red felt from Pocket and Pin.
Garlands look better with odd numbers of hearts so have a think how many you would like to have. With the heart template, draw around the heart on the felt and cut out, you will need two hearts cut out per finished heart. To give them a fancy edge use pinking shears rather than regular scissors.
Cut the length of ribbon you would like for your garland, I used a metre length of gingham ribbon. Find the middle and then pin the first heart in the centre. One layer of the heart goes under the ribbon and the other heart lays on top. You can either pin all the hearts in one go or complete each heart in turn.
With the needle and thread (sew with double thread) sew a small running stitch close to the edge of the heart to sew up, remember to leave a hole for the stuffing!
With the stuffing, fill the heart as plump as you would like it to be and then finish sewing up the hole. If your thread is long enough when you start sewing, you can just keep the thread hanging whilst you fill the heart and then finish up sewing.
Hang up your garland and enjoy it for Valentine’s Day! If you make a garland I’d love to see it and what colours you use. I’m tempted to make one in shades of purple for my Craft Room.
With Christmas fast approaching you may be thinking about last minute Christmas gifts or how to keep to a budget with your shopping. Handmade gifts are so personal and show the recipient you care about them. This is a simple tutorial to make a Lemon Sugar Hand Scrub which would make a super gift for someone who loves gardening.
To make this lemon sugar scrub you will need 2.5cups of granulated sugar, 1 cup of extra virgin olive all and 4 tablespoons of lemon juice – that’s it!
In a bowl, mix the sugar with the olive oil using a metal spoon, it will take quite some stirring but will eventually become a gritty paste. Then add in the lemon juice and mix thoroughly. Once the scrub is all mixed together transfer it to a jar with an airtight lid. I used 0.5L jars from Ikea but any jar would do.
I find it a good idea to keep the jar with a spoon so that it can be stirred before use and making it a little easy to scoop into your hands.
Both Mum and my sister in law are keen gardeners and I think this scrub would make a great gift for them at Christmas, tied with a ribbon and with a spoon.
Spring has certainly arrived and have you noticed all the birds chirping away? We have a big garden, it’s98ft long and almost 50ft wide, we have a few trees and well established hedges and shrubs along the boundaries so we see many birds. A great way to help the birds is with bird seed cookies and here is a really simple DIY tutorial to show you how to make the bird seed cookies, they are so simple and a great activity to do with children to help encourage them to look out for birds in your garden.
To make the cookies you are going to need:
- 3/4 cup plain flour
- 1/2 cup warm water
- 1 packet of unflavoured gelatin
- 3tbsp golden syrup or corn syrup
- 4 cups bird seed
- Vegetable Oil
- Baking parchment (greaseproof paper)
- Wooden Spoon
- Ribbon or string
- Drinking straws or skewers
- Cookie Cutter
In a small bowl, mix the warm water with the gelatin and set it aside for later. In another bowl mix together the bird seed, flour and the syrup. It will get quite stiff to mix together but keep going! Pour over the gelatin mixture and give it another stir.
Line a baking tray or two with the baking parchment and lightly grease with the vegetable oil, also rub some oil around the inside of the cookie cutter as this will help release the bird seed cookies easier.
Place the cookie cutter on the baking tray and pack it tightly with the bird seed mixture. Use a short piece of drinking straw to make a hole and pack more mixture around the straw until the cookie cutter is full.
Leaving the straw in the bird seed cookie, carefully remove the cookie cutter and repeat until you have used up all of your mixture. The bird seed cookies now need to be left to harden and dry, this will take a few hours but if you can, leave overnight.
Once dry, remove the drinking straws and tie string or ribbon through the hole ready to have the cookies in your garden.
I found that round cookie cutters worked best. I tried making Christmas trees at Christmas and the narrow part at the top broke off!
These bird seed cookies are a great sensory activity to do with children as they can get their hands messy and feel the textures of the bird seeds, they also make a great rainy day activity and can encourage them to keep an eye out for what birds they see in your garden.
Why not have a go? I would love to see what shapes you make or what birds you see nibbling away!
Like many papercrafters, I love my Tim Holtz Distress Inks and use them a lot in my craft projects, they are great to use for stamping and also colouring in by using a water brush. I have collected the entire range and have a drawer full in my craft room with the various distress ink pad colours.
The only problem however is I fee you do not get a true representation of the ink colour from the label on the distress ink pad lid. To rectify this I decided it would be useful to make a colour swatch chart with all of the colours to keep with my ink pads so I can match them up to other elements of projects I’m working on, or just to gauge the correct colour – or just to look at as they are so pretty all together!
If you want to make a Distress Ink Colour Swatch you will need:
- Distress Inks
- Distress Inks Blending Tool
- Blending Mat
- White card
- Small Rubber Stamp
- Shaped punch or dies and cutting machine
- Hole Punch
And this is how you do it:
- Punch or die cut the white stamping card into the desired shape you need and have enough for all of the ink pads you have,
- Using the blending tool and blending mat ink the card shapes making it darker around the edges and lighter towards the centre showing the range of shade from one distress ink pad,
- Using the small rubber stamp, stamp the image in the centre of the colour swatch so you would see what the ink looks like stamped,
- Write the name of each ink pad on the edge of the swatch,
- Repeat stages 2-4 for every ink pad,
- Hole punch one corner of the swatches and stack up in the order you want them to be in and tie together with a ribbon – I use ribbon as its pretty but also easy to undo if you need to add more swatches
With Mother’s Day fast approaching, why not make a gift of DIY Lavender Bath Salts which I am sure would be appreciated so your Mum can relax at the end of a hard day. These bath salts only have a few ingredients and so they are super easy and quick to make!
First of all you need to find a suitable jar – it needs to be airtight once sealed, I love the Kilner style jars from Ikea – and sterilise it (I do this in the dish washer)
Judging from the size jar you have you need to add roughly 1/3 oatmeal plain porridge will be perfect), 1/3 Epsom salts and 1/3 dead sea salts to a food processor bowl and give it a good whizz until it is the consistency you desire. I have mine fairly powdery but so that you can still make out the grains of salts and oatmeal.
Once it is blended, transfer to a different bowl and add in your fragrance. I have used lavender but you could add what ever you choose, and just keep adding a few drops at a time until you have the scent you would like – take it steady here, you can always add more to make it stronger but you cannot take it away! I transfer it to a different bowl so my blender jug doesn’t smell of lavender!
To make these lavender bath salts even more “lavendery” I added some dried lavender flowers which I grow in my garden, when added to the bath the dried flowers float and enhance the scent.
Once all mixed, cover the bowl with a tea towel or cling film and leave to sit for a few hours, then spoon into the jar and seal.
I think these bath salts would make a great gift for Mother’s Day or for a guy to give his girl at Valentine’s Day along with a big box of chocolates to enjoy in the bath!