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Whether you’re spending summer in paradise or seeing off a globetrotter, make these quick and easy craft ideas part of your pre-travel preparations.
Make the countdown to your holiday official by creating your own wipeable calendar. All you need to do is glue a piece of wallpaper onto the inside-back of a picture frame. Meanwhile, draw out a 7 x 5 grid onto card and use a craft knife (try this one from Creativ (451014)) to carefully cut out the inside of each square, leaving a thick grid. Simply fix the grid to the centre of the wallpaper, add on some letters cut from scrap card and re-assemble your frame. You can write on the glass with pens and wipe clean at the end of each month!
To give loved ones at home a better sense of what you’ve been up to on your travels, skip the picture-perfect designs and make your own postcards from scraps of paper you’ve picked up along the way. Create a collage from train tickets, museum guides, restaurant receipts and brochures to make your handwritten message even more special and impactful.
On the hunt for the perfect beach bag? Why not just make your own? Practical and speedy, you can whip up a tote bag in no time at all by following a pattern online. If you’re feeling confident, try simply sewing two long pieces of webbing to the top of two rectangular fabric panels and then stitching along the sides and bottom of the bag, right-sides together.
If you’re saying bon voyage to someone special this summer, why not gift them some beautiful map stationary? Vintage maps can often be snatched up in car boots and charity shops, and they’re super effective for crafting. Try painting a coaster with a couple of coats of pale blue acrylic paint, then glueing on a piece of map with PVA glue and trimming to size with a scalpel and cutting mat.
Turn to decoupage for an extra element of fun when making your own luggage tag – a project that couldn’t be any easier. Using Mod Podge (463455) and a sponge brush, such as those in this set from Screen Sensation (462972), glue strips of paper to a square piece of cardboard. Seal your design with a top layer of glue and, once dry, cut the card to the shape and size of your desired tag. Now punch a hole at one end, write on your details, tie on some ribbon and get going!