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How to make an egg tree

How to make an egg tree

The design for this whimsical egg tree derives from eastern European folk art. The basket at the bottom is traditionally used for bread. The tree makes a spectacular centrepiece at Easter when filled with dyed or painted eggs. At Christmas, turn it into a decorative Christmas tree by putting night lights in the egg holders and filling the basket with presents or sweets (candies). Tinned copper wire has been used here as it is ideal for kitchenware. It is as malleable as copper wire and has the added advantage that it does not tarnish. The egg tree can, of course, be made from cheaper and more readily available wire. For a different finish it could be wrapped in natural-coloured string.

History of creative wirework

History of creative wirework

Wirework is an ancient art form, probably first practised by the Egyptians around 3000BC. Early examples have been discovered in the burial chambers of important people throughout the ancient world. In 2600BC, wire was used in gold and silver ribbons for entwining in the hair of courtly ladies in the Sumerian city of Ur. The art of wirework spread in various forms from Babylon to Baghdad, Damascus and Constantinople before finally reaching Europe.

Limed wood furniture

Limed wood furniture

Several methods of decorating wood exploit its natural grain pattern. Limed wood imitates the old custom of painting wooden furniture with diluted limewash left over from painting the walls in farmhouses. Now, instead of using limewash, liming wax (a mixture of beewax and whiting) is worked into the wood and the surface is polished, leaving the residue of white wax in the grain. 

Memory box

Memory box

It is very nice thing to decorate the home with personal items. The objects that mean something to you and your family. Even better is you made it yourself. Creating a personalised memory box is one of the projects that are so fun to make and such a pleasure to look at or give as a present. The memory box can be filled with a nostalgic collection of family mementos: old black-and-white framed photos, vintage toy cars, someone’s favourite dolls, souvenirs from vacations and family trips, a letter for the child to read when they are older, rolled up like a scroll, and other miniature objects.

Andy Goldsworthy’s land art

Andy Goldsworthy’s land art

Andy Goldsworthy, an internationally renowned land artist, was born in Cheshire in 1956. There are regular exhibitions of his work in Britain, France and the United States. Although he travels all over the world to carry out commissions, the landscape around his home in Dumfries, south-west Scotland, remains at the heart of his work.  

Catnip mouse

Catnip mouse

Filled with catnip, this little mouse make a delightful gift that a cat literally cannot resist. This is a great project for using up offcuts and leftover pieces of material. Cotton fabrics work well, but why not also try tweed or leather? Catnip or Nepeta cataria is cultivated as an ornamental plant for use in gardens. It is also grown for its attractant qualities to house cats and butterflies. With domestic cats, catnip is used as a recreational substance for pet cats’ enjoyment, and catnip and catnip-laced products designed for use with domesticated cats are available to consumers. Common behaviors cats display when they sense the bruised leaves or stems of catnip are rubbing on the plant, rolling on the ground, pawing at it, licking it, and chewing it. 

Lion choker necklace

Lion choker necklace

Animals are often a great inspiration for crafting, especially jewellery making. This Lion choker necklace is easy to make with a few tools and cheap materials. And it can be a lovely present to a little girl or someone who is animal lover. Using two-tone organza creates a fabulous colour effect, so be sure to have a piece of this. You could also try the more traditional method of using wool to make a lion’s mane. Let’s make some jewellery!

Clever upcycling ideas

Clever upcycling ideas

With these upcycle project ideas you will discover new ways to reuse fabric remnants, wrapping and wallpaper off-cuts, and other household items. It is surprising what can be done with a little resources, a bit of effort and a good plan. You may be able to restore the old piece of furniture and put it with a pride in your bedroom, create an unique presents for friend or family or refresh your home with small additions you have make yourself. And all that can be so affordable and easy to make. So exciting!

Handmade Christmas decorations

Handmade Christmas decorations

Christmas is our favourite holiday. Especially today when it becomes a time to show up a bit, put some shine and glitz all around your house and allow to yourself to be a bit silly and crazy. But, have you ever felt a bit bored with all the same decorations that can be bought in every shop around the Christmas time? Do you feel you need something else to make you feel proud of your decorations? Who needs silver, gold and red baubles any more, when we can made our unique?

Create your own jewellery

Create your own jewellery

It is surprising how easy it is to create fabulous jewellery with just a few tools and components. From stringing beads to make a necklace, to actually making the beads yourself, we will try to introduce to you the world of jewellery making. You may find that you already have some of the tools and materials needed to make jewellery. So – be brave and start to create!