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July 30, 2013

Make it: Vintage floral Hama bead coasters

Hama bead vintage floral coaster tutorial via WeeBirdy.com

Do you love making things with Hama (or Perler) beads? You might like to try this easy tutorial I created for Crafttuts+.

Hama bead vintage floral coaster tutorial via WeeBirdy.com

I was inspired by big, bold vintage florals, the kind you’d find on domestic bed linen from the ’60s and ’70s. What do you think?

Vintage floral Hama bead coasters tutorial via WeeBirdy.com

Head over to Crafttuts+ for the full step-by-step tutorial.


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December 19, 2012

7 Beautiful DIY Christmas Decorations

Crafttuts+ Snow Globe Tutorial via WeeBirdy.com

It’s less than a week ’til Christmas, but there is still plenty of time to get hands-on and make some really special and unique decorations for your place. I’ve gathered together seven gorgeous Christmas projects from Crafttuts+, the awesome new craft tutorials website (which I also happen to edit – quick, pop over there now and check it out!).

These crafts are all rather special and unique and they’re made by some of the world’s best designer-makers and crafters, including Kitiya Palaskas, Laura Howard (of Lupin Handmade) and Helen Frances (from Frances and Francis). Here are my top seven:

1. Snowglobe Winter Wonderland in Jam Jar by Helen Frances of Frances and Francis (pictured above). Click here for the full Crafttuts+ tutorial.

Crafttuts+ Christmas Pinatas Tutorial via WeeBirdy.com

2. Mini Christmas Piñatas by Kitiya Palaskas (above). Click here for the full Crafttuts+ tutorial.

Crafttuts+ Space Invaders Christmas Decorations Tutorial via WeeBirdy.com

3. Space Invaders Christmas Ornaments by Cintia of My Poppet (pictured above). Click here for the full Crafttuts+ tutorial.

Crafttuts+ Felt Christmas Stocking Tutorial via WeeBirdy.com

4. Felt Christmas Stocking by Laura Howard of Lupin Handmade (pictured above). Click here for the full Crafttuts+ tutorial.

Crafttuts+ Christmas Wreath and Garland Tutorial via WeeBirdy.com

5. Fabric Christmas Wreath and Garland by Eleanna Kotsikou of zdrop (pictured above). Click here for the full Crafttuts+ tutorial.

Crafttuts+ Christmas Himmeli Decorations Tutorial via WeeBirdy.com

6. Geo Himmeli Christmas Ornaments by Eleanna Kotsikou of zdrop (pictured above). Click here for the full Crafttuts+ tutorial.

Crafttuts+ Christmas Paper Lantern Village Tutorial via WeeBirdy.com

7. Bethlehem Paper Lantern Decorations by Helen Frances of Frances and Francis (pictured above). Click here for the full Crafttuts+ tutorial.

And you can also craft your own unique Christmas wrapping, as well. Click here for 10 Quick and Colourful Gift Wrap Ideas by Kitiya Palaskas.

Craftutts+ DIY Christmas Wrap Tutorial via WeeBirdy.com

Craftutts+ DIY Christmas Wrap Tutorial via WeeBirdy.com

Craftutts+ DIY Christmas Wrap Tutorial via WeeBirdy.com

Click here more amazing projects and tutorials from Crafttuts+.

Need some lovely present inspiration? Click here for all my Christmas 2012 Gift Guides.

Prefer to buy all handmade? Click here for my Etsy 2012 Christmas Gift Guides.

And don’t miss my Top 20 Christmas Crackers and my Top 20 Christmas Stockings!


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November 13, 2012

How to make Beci Orpin’s giant confetti wall

Find & Keep by Beci Orpin via WeeBirdy.com

How amazing does this giant confetti wall look? It’s just one of the superb DIY projects you’ll find in Beci Orpin‘s fabulous new book, Find & Keep. Published by the super-cool Hardie Grant peeps (also publishers of Meet Me at Mike’s books), this book is definitely a find – and a keeper. Check out the incredibly vibrant cover!

Find & Keep via WeeBirdy.com

Just in time for Christmas, it’s the perfect present for anyone who’s a wee bit crafty, a wee bit colourful, and a wee bit cool. I’ll be having a chat with Melbourne-based Beci very soon, but in the meantime, here’s how to make a giant confetti wall, Beci-Orpin-stylee. Over to you, Beci!

“Confetti has become a bit of a rarity these days. The proper old-school tissue paper kind, anyway. Whenever I find a newsagent that carries it, I buy up big, and subsequently have a small cupboard full of confetti boxes. My son Ari discovered these boxes one day and had a fantastic time spreading confetti all over my studio, until I discovered him and broke up the party (and it did look like a party – a really big one at that!). In the following weeks, while I continued to find confetti in every nook and cranny of my studio, I came up with this idea. Here’s how you can make your room look like a party – a much cleaner version than Ari’s, but just as much fun.

You will need:

  • lots of different coloured paper and card (scraps will do fine)
  • traced or photocopied circle template (click here for the template)
  • scissors
  • Blu-Tack
  • a wall!

Let’s get started.

1. Gather your paper together. Scraps of paper of different colours and textures will work very well.

How to make a giant confetti wall by Beci Orpin via WeeBirdy.com

2. Using the template as a guide, cut out as many circles as possible from your coloured card.

How to make a giant confetti wall by Beci Orpin via WeeBirdy.com

3. Once you have cut out all the circles, arrange them roughly by colour. This will help you get organised and it looks nice, too.

How to make a giant confetti wall by Beci Orpin via WeeBirdy.com

4. Using Blu-Tack on the back of the circles, start sticking them onto the wall. Start with one circle and try to make the other circles look like they are floating away from that point in different directions.

Find & Keep by Beci Orpin via WeeBirdy.com

5. Continue until all your circles are on the wall. On corners or where the wall meets the floor, use halfcircles with the flat edge flush against the straight line. These details create an overall better effect for your confetti wall.”

This project is re-published with the kind permission of Beci Orpin and Hardie Grant. Find & Keep is AU$39.95 and can be found in all nice shops and book stores now. You can also buy it online from Booktopia and Amazon You can find Beci Orpin online right here.


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November 29, 2011

Top 10 Clever DIY Christmas presents: Part 1

After some good crafty ideas for Christmas? So far I’ve managed to make a few pom-poms for decorations, but I wouldn’t mind having a go at some of the rather lovely projects on my Pinterest boards.

Here, I’ve picked out my top 10 DIY projects for Christmas presents. They’re all gorgeous and more than a wee bit GENIUS – and so will you be if you make them! Just click through the links to the original tutorials and how-tos. Let me know how you go?

1. DYI Friendship necklace (top) by Honestly…WTF.

2. Painted pastel glass jars by Kootut Murut.

3. Fabric-wrapped bangles (wouldn’t they look lovely in Liberty print?) by Corrieberry Pie.

4. Plant a Terrarium in a jar by Apartment Therapy (left).
5. DIY Garden Markers by Wit and Whistle (right).

6. Dip-dye cups by Design*Sponge.

7. Star Wars Chewie softie by Draw!Pilgrim.

8. Painted jars and bottles by A Creative Mint.

9. DIY hair comb by Lemon Jitters.

10. How to crochet a larksfoot blanket or an arcade blanket by Meet me at Mike’s.

All photography courtesy of the original blogger/designer/maker. Thank you to all the very clever people behind these projects.

Tell me: are you making any presents for Christmas this year?


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