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5 crafty ideas for you and a friend

What's better than getting together with a pal for a gossip and a crafting session? That's why we've got 5 lovely DIY projects that you can both get your mitts stuck into.

5 crafty ideas for you and a friend

1. Friendship bracelet

Nothing solidifies a friendship like an item of jewellery! Create chic, grown-up versions reminiscent of your childhood days using colourful beads. The secret to stringing your beads is to use a flexible wire needle that will slip right through, so you'll be able to create plenty of bracelets in no time! Get your hands on our Bead Collection by Beads Direct (458785) to get you started, and if you're new to the world of jewellery making then the Complete Guide to Jewellery Making by Beads Direct (365130) will provide a handy introduction to the craft.

2. DIY mugs

Create matching mugs so you and your bestie can sit by the fire and have as many cuppas as you see fit. Decorate a plain cup using oil-based markers, ceramic or glitter paints to create a sparkling effect. Add a design to as many mugs as you want to suit your mood or interests, and you'll be sure to create keepsakes that will last you a lifetime.

3. Scrapbook of memories

Remember all those photos you took on holiday with your friend? Or the time you both went into a forbidden area just for laughs? Well, a scrapbook is the perfect place to compile all your ridiculous moments and significant memories – decorate with pencils, paint, stickers and any other embellishments for a truly personal project.

4. Hanging vases

If you're both into gardening, then making suspended vases to hang in each other's homes will leave your guests in total awe. So, take a cue from nature, gather disused light bulbs and place your favourite flora and fauna within each and hang using a piece of string.

5. Floral headband

Keep your festival dream alive by whipping up some seriously cute floral headbands. Use florists wire to create the base, before adding real or fake flowers. If you'd like a bit more personalisation, why not add brightly-coloured ribbon onto your makes so that they really stand out? Then, all that's left to do is book your tickets to your favourite festival, and wear them with pride!