• Modern Country Maker Videos

    VIDEO! Make scented kindling

    by  • 10/01/2016 • Country craft, Country Videos, Modern Country Maker Videos • 0 Comments

    Brrrrr, we’re feeling those January frosts! A roaring fire is the perfect antidote, particularly when lit with a deliciously scented kindling pack – the soothing aromas of winter spruce and heady herbs freshen rooms in time for spring. Watch our latest Modern Country Makes video to find  out how to make them…

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    VIDEO! Make a matchstick jar

    by  • 13/12/2015 • Country craft, Country Videos, Modern Country Maker Videos • 0 Comments

    With roaring fires and tea lights aplenty, Christmas is a busy season for the humble matchstick! In this week’s Modern Country Makes video, we show you how to make this pretty storage jar; not only does it look pretty on mantles, a sandpaper lid for striking means it’s practical, too! We used mini Kilner jars (from 99p, John Lewis) and burnished metallic paint; the two combined give an elegant and shimmery finish that reflects flickering light beautifully. Thank you to John Lewis, Fred Aldous and Hobbycraft for all your help. 

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    VIDEO! Make a fireside bucket

    by  • 29/11/2015 • Country craft, Country Videos, Modern Country Maker Videos • 0 Comments

      Welcome to the first video in our winter Modern Country Makes series! We show you how to make a chic fireside bucket to store your kindling, poker and other fire-making essentials, in readiness for chilly days ahead. This craft is certain to bring back nostalgic childhood memories of stenciling at the kitchen table… the simplest techniques are still the best! We paired a vintage-style metal bucket (ours is £20, Lilac Coast) with burnished metallic paint for a shimmery midwinter feel; a quick and easy way to bring a touch of elegance to your hearth. Thank you to Barbour, Celtic & Co, Falcon Enamelware, Etsy, Fred Aldous, Hobbycraft, Housekeeping Store, Hush, John Lewis, Liberty and White Stuff for all your help.

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    VIDEO! Make a blackboard log sign

    by  • 15/11/2015 • Country craft, Country Videos, Modern Country Maker Videos • 0 Comments

    In this week’s Modern Country Makes video, we show you how to make a sweet log sign, perfect for door signs, numbers or just a cheery little greeting!

    We used ready-cut and sanded wood slices from MHWoodland (prices start at £4 each) for ease. A couple of coats of blackboard paint – one of our favourite craft kit essentials! – and you’re left with a smooth surface to chalk on your message. Hang with twine or simply rest against a brick wall for a rustic look, fitting for the season.

    Thank you to Barbour, Celtic & Co, Falcon Enamelware, Etsy, Fred Aldous, Hobbycraft, Housekeeping Store, Hush, John Lewis, Liberty and White Stuff for all your help.

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    Video! Make a twig coaster

    by  • 01/11/2015 • Country craft, Country Videos, Modern Country Maker Videos • 0 Comments

    Continuing our autumn Modern Country Makes series this week, we show you how to craft a set of coasters using twigs foraged from woodland walks.

    Rustic, sturdy and oh-so-stylish, they can be used both indoors and outdoors all year round. With Firework’s Night fast approaching, they bring a fun, homespun feel to garden gatherings – the perfect resting spot for a heartwarming mug of hot chocolate!

    Why not make a set of matching placemats, too? They’re made in exactly the same way, just on a bigger scale. Simply stick four cork coasters (£3 for a set of 4, Hobbycraft) together to form a square, and you’re ready to go!

    Thank you to Barbour, Celtic & Co, Falcon Enamelware, Hobbycraft, Housekeeping Store, Hush, John Lewis, Liberty and White Stuff for all your help.

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    Video! Make an outdoor log stand

    by  • 19/10/2015 • Country craft, Country Videos, Modern Country Maker Videos • 1 Comment

    Introducing our brand new autumn series of Modern Country Makes!

    This week, we show you how to create colourful outdoor log stands, beautifully painted in rustic shades of Farrow & Ball emulsion. So easy to make, they’re practical and stylish too; use as a welly boot stand to keep your hallway a mud-free space, or arrange in groups as a pretty garden display.

    What’s more, they also double up as handy outdoor seating, perfect for Fireworks Night get-togethers. Arrange around the bonfire in readiness for roasting marshmallows, drinking hot chocolate and sharing stories – wrap up warm!

    What are you waiting for? Click here to watch the video in full screen mode.

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    Video! Craft a twig plant marker

    by  • 27/09/2015 • Country craft, Country Videos, Modern Country Maker Videos • 0 Comments

    In the latest episode of Modern Country Makes, discover how to make rustic plant markers using foraged twigs… and a potato peeler! We used mini alphabet stamps (£2 from Hobbycraft) to print the names. Label up herb pots and window boxes in your country kitchen, or use in flowerbeds and veg patches for a practical yet stylish way to keep track of what’s growing.

    Fancy giving it a go? Click here to watch the video in full screen mode.

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    Video! Create colourful seed packets

    by  • 13/09/2015 • Country craft, Country Videos, Modern Country Maker Videos • 0 Comments

    Welcome to the second video in our Modern Country Makes series, showing you how to create beautiful seasonal crafts inspired by our love of the countryside.

    This week, we show you how to create colourful seed packets using pretty papers. We used wrap and washi tape from the Flowers of Liberty collection – the vibrant floral print is a happy hint of what’s to come when you plant the contents! Why not mix and match designs to differentiate between seed types?

    Arrange on the table at your next summer gathering for a take-home gift. Planning a summer wedding? Why not fill them with your favorite flower seeds and give them to guests as favours – the blooms that grow will remind them of your special day.

    Watch and get creative! Click here to watch the video in full screen mode.

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    Video! Pretty up a flower pot

    by  • 30/08/2015 • Country Videos, Modern Country Maker Videos, Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Brought to you by the makers of Country Homes & Interiors, we’re delighted to launch a series of seasonal craft videos. Modern Country Makes offers simple step-by-step tutorials, showing you how to create beautiful crafts inspired by our love of the countryside, from home accessories to pretty gift ideas.

    The series kicks off with a quick and easy way to give plain indoor flower pots a pretty makeover – by covering them in your favourite fabrics! A ditsy floral print, such as Betsy S Tana from Liberty (£22.50 per metre) provides a colourful backdrop for herbs and succulents, while natural hessian lets vibrant blooms do all the talking. As well as brightening up kitchen sills, they make for a sweet little gift idea too – tie on a cheery greeting using rustic twine for a sentimental finishing touch.

    Watch and get creative! Click here to watch the video in full screen mode.

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