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Summer Pinwheels! June 18 2015

Oh my. When the sun came out in Salisbury this week I had the overwhelming urge to 'decorate' the garden (as you do!) and armed with a bundle of colourful felts and some cute paper straws I set upon the project pinwheel! Here is a little tutorial for pinwheels to make to use as decorations - these make great party decor! These are a great project to make with kiddos using craft card or printed papers and straws, you can also experiment with making them move with split pins etc, but these are sewn together with a button detail.

P I W H E E L S !

You will need: Felt, Paper Straws, needle and thread, buttons, scissors and ruler *

1//  Cut out a 10cm square from the felt. Place in front of you and make a approx 4cm cut diagonally from each of the corners into the middle. Fold alternate corners into the middle.

2// When you have all the corners folded into the middle and hold with you thumb. Sew in and out through the middle a few times to secure the corners.

3// With the thread coming up through the centre thread on a button and sew it in to the middle.

4// Bring your thread through the back and push the needle through the straw. Sew back into the felt and back through and around the straw until secure. All done!

I put some of mine in my plant pots - the felts really popped against the green of the garden. Fingers crossed that the nice weather keeps up! 

Happy Making!

Ruth x

*If you attended one of our workshops this week you will have received all the materials you need for this project in your goodie bag - share your makes when finished!


Cute Flag Cake Toppers! May 23 2015

Whats not to like about excessive amounts of decoration - sweet or otherwise - on a cake! Makes everyday (I am sure i am not the only one to enjoy cake everyday!) cake pitstops a party! These are so simple to make and they can be made with bits and bobs that you have at home*

You will need: Cocktail sticks, nice papers (you could do plain ones and write/stamp on them or use the papers given away with craft mags), scissors, gluestick. Optional: Ruler and pencil.

1. Cut out strips of paper approx 7x2cm from your paper. Mark out the with pencil/ruler if you need too!

2. Fold the strips in half as shown....

3. Unfold and put glue all over the back of the strip.

4. Put a tip of the cocktail stick along the fold, with the tip not quite to one edge, and the fold up. Smooth down and make sure its stuck. 

5. Using scissors cut out a shallow 'V' shape from the ends... Make cakes and stab them in! We quite like a big cake with lots all dotted over the top. Great for simple decoration or personalising your cakes!

*If you attended our Oilcloth workshop on Saturday 23rd May all the materials you need were in your crafty goodie bag so you can get cracking (and baking!).

Have a great weekend!

R x