An origami Christmas – candy cane gift tags

Candy cane origami tags

Available now on Folksy – origami candy cane gift tags in pastel blues and greens. Get yours now in time for Christmas!

 

 

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Top autumn crafts ideas

Well, the weather has finally turned and it looks like autumn has settled in. The cooler weather is the perfect time to stay indoors and try out some new crafts! Here are my favourite inspirations for autumn:

  • Pumpkin carving This doesn’t just have to be for Halloween night. There are lots of ideas out there for seasonal patterns that would make a great display for your home at this time of year. These ones using punched-out or drilled holes look gorgeous:

Hole punched pumpkins

  •  Wreaths There are so many ways to create an autumn wreath, apart from raiding the garden for leaves and twigs. Why not try making one from fabric or paper? As always Google is your friend here! There are some fantastic examples out there so get looking for ideas.
  • Leaf bunting A a simple but effective trick for all the surplus of leaves at this time of year is to turn them into bunting to decorate your home. You can simply string them together for an instant rustic look – win! Bigger, thicker leaves work best for this. Check out this post from sea, field and tribe, who make it look utterly fab:

Autumn Leaf Bunting

  • Filled vases You know those little glass pebbles and things you get to put in the bottoms of glass vases/candle holders? Fill them with conkers and other autumnal finds instead, and it makes for a very seasonal display:

Autumn-chestnuts-in-bowl-of-water-with-floating-candles

Conker filled vases

That’s all from me – I’ll be trying out some of these this weekend I think! What have you been up to? Let me know if you have any unusual autumn craft ideas 🙂

 

 

 

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Weekly inspiration – the craft room

Recently I’ve been thinking a lot about turning our teeny tiny bedroom into a craft room. The hardest thing is coming up with ideas. Where to start? The internet, of course. Just had a quick image search to get some inspiration and thought I’d share my favourites!

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Simple Origami Sunday

Not quite as far along with these as I’d like! The start of this year’s handmade Christmas gift tag stock – at the moment it’s just a little origami forest.

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New paper to play with

Awesome new paper stock from Micheals!

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Folksy treats – new batch of mini book necklaces

Get yours here!

Mini book necklaces

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Creative book folding

First proper attempt at creating art/sculpture through book folding! Quite pleased with the result. I just did a very basic one, folding the top and bottom edges back to align with the spine, creating a point. I left a few pages free and simply tucked the pages round. Will be more adventurous next time.

Book folding

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Handmade stock for sale – small coptic bound notebooks

Hey all! I have some odds and end of stock that don’t really go together in a nice group to sell on Folksy, so I thought I’d advertise them on here 🙂

First up, I have just two of these lovely little coptic bound notebooks with paisley covers and purple binding. They’re filled with durable sketchbook paper and are ideal for slipping in your bag or pocket. £4 each and £1 for postage:

Mini copitic 3 Mini coptic 1 Mini coptic 2

They’re roughly half the size of A5.

Please email me if you’re interested: ahoythere@thecraftfantastic.co.uk

More to follow soon!

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Weekly inspiration- Paper Kawaii

I’ve been doing a lot of origami recently and having pretty much exhausted my current instruction books, am feeling a bit unsatisfied. Don’t get me wrong, I still love folding paper, I just feel like I’ve been stuck in an origami rut; I’m confident doing my existing models (my craft space is full of paper cranes, butterflies and flowers!), but now it’s time to improve.

Paper Kawaii is an amazing resource for anyone interested in origami – at any level. There’s a fantastic array of models to make, from beginner to advanced, all with clear instructions and/or video tutorials. The site is beautifully designed and easy to navigate to boot!

It’s my mum’s birthday soon and I’ll be boxing her up some handmade chocolates in a beautiful box (attempt to be made this evening!):

Origami candy box tutorial from Paper Kawaii

Origami candy box tutorial from Paper Kawaii

Check out the tutorial here. Happy folding x

 

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Bargain charms

My mum stumbled across these lovely charms being sold off at a local craft fair and thankfully snapped them up for me!
Mini metal charms

They’re perfect for decorating my miniature book necklaces, and there are some bigger ones which will look great on my hard bound notebooks. I love the little heart padlocks! So cute.

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