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Looking to expand your repertoire for the year ahead? Read on to discover a few of our favourite things.
Macrame has always been a popular way to decorate, but it isn't just for homeware – the term really just refers to putting knots together in unique ways. You only need to know how to tie a few different types before you can get started, so don't limit yourself; macrame is a lovely way to create a wall hanging or plant pot holder, but you can also make a purse or treasured keepsake with it. Try these sweet friendship bracelets for a quick and rewarding project.
There are few things more satisfying than creating brilliant works of art by swirling paint around, but don't get carried away! If you want to create a pour painted project while avoiding those dreaded lumps, crazing or even running out of paint, you need to learn the rules. For a the best products to get you started or even a little inspiration, look no further! We have all you need right here.
The craze for adult colouring is still going strong, and with all the soothing, mindful benefits this past-time can bring, it's easy to see why. But sometimes, we crafters can get so carried away with the process that we forget to celebrate our makes once we're done. There are myriad uses for a finished colouring page, whether it be an envelope for a homemade card or even wrapping paper for a thoughtful gift, so next time you finish a design, don't just turn it over and move on to the next. There's a whole world of possibilities just waiting to be discovered.
It's not a new thing, but with crafters becoming ever-more environmentally conscious, upcycling has never been a hotter topic. And with a little creativity, the possiblities for this craft are endless. Why not paint used tins to create pretty plant pots, or use an old clothes hanger to create a handy recipe holder or storage option? For a whimsical twist, you can even find out how to make this DIY fairy house from an empty jar.
It may look complicated, but you'll quickly fall in love with this quirky papercraft if you haven't already. With the right glue and strips of paper from your stash, you can easily create 3D makes to wow your recipients or brighten up your home. Carla Bagshaw has created some incredible quilled designs to set you on your way – you'll wonder why you never tried it before!
Whether you're already a bullet journalling pro or you've never seen one before, this really is a must for on trend crafters. And with good reason – described as a mindfulness practice disguised as a productivity system, it combines everything we love about crafting with an organised approach to life. It's a win-win in our book! Find inspiration here with Carla Bagshaw's fun bullet journalling ideas
A timeless classic, stamping opens up the crafting world to all. Whether you're a gifted artist or a complete novice, embark on the right project and you'll end up with a creation that's guaranteed to leave an impression. Begin by using a standard rubber or acrylic stamp and move onto embossing powders and blending tools to give your makes a little extra appeal. For all you need to get started, look no further than our favourite stamping supplies!
At some point in their crafting career, every papercrafter discovers the art of die cutting and never looks back. Used to quickly and easily cut out intricate shapes, dies can work wonders on your creativity, adding colour to your cards and flair to your fabrics. If a die cutting machine is already one of your crafting essentials, you'll be pleased to know there are plenty of new and exciting ideas out there for the year ahead – but if you're new to the craft fear not – it's all explained right here.