My tutorial to make faux leather mystery braid bracelets has been posted on the Silhouette UK blog today. They also work as hairbands or even a belt for all little lady.
This tutorial was just the most fun. I became very addicted to making these little origami lanterns, so my craft room has them all lined up along my window :)
It started out as a simple prototyping exercise to pick a design for some bedside lampshades, but I decided that they are super cute on their own. The tutorial shows you how to make these lanterns and also includes a bonus free Silhouette cut file.
I'm up today on the Silhouette UK Blog with a tutorial on how to apply vinyl to glass. I explain the hinge method for easy alignment and cover other tips for removing air bubbles and such like.
If like me, you adore Scherenschnitte the Swiss art of paper-cutting, check out the designs by Nic Squirrell (who is my favy-fav designer) and also Emily Dyer who I've recently discovered and love. I had quite a big binge buy from the Silhouette Design Store a week or so ago, so expect to see her designs popping up soon!
I embellished my last Silhouette project with handmade pom-poms and decided that I love them so much, I'd write a special post all about the glories of the humble pom-pom!
Who doesn't love thhem I ask? As a kid, I spent possibly years of my life patiently threading wool though a cardboard doughnut shape made out of cereal boxes. Pom-pom cats, pom-pom snowmen, you name it, I pom-pomed it!
Traditional Doughnut Option
Super Speedy Tools
Now, as fun and theraputic as all this wool threading is, I was super excited when I first saw the pom-pom makers on a Kirstie Allsopp craft telly show. The 'official' ones are made by Clover and are available in John Lewis, Hobbycraft etc. I decided to chance a £1 version from Ebay and it works great.
They are effectively the same as the doughnut version, but with two separate arms that pivot. This means that that the wool can be wrapped quickly rather than threading though a hole each time and can also be wound straight from the ball of wool. Once cut and secured, the sides clip off and you're ready for your next one!
dinky fork method
This method is super easy and requires no specialised tools, just a regular fork. The only negative of this method I find, is that there is alot of trimming to make a sphere.
If making pom-poms isn't your thing, trim can be bought fro tiny-weeny to jumbo. I ordered some trim online for a blind, but one was way to big and the other was way to small! I'm so glad for the party hat project as I was able to put both to good use.
I plan to make a pom-pom Christmas wreath, but I'm sure that I'll find a reason to make some before then...!
Blog about craft, design and interiors. Includes DIY tutorials for gifts and the home, often using my trustee Silhouette Cameo.