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    Update fabrics with pretty potato prints

    by  • 17/05/2015 • Country craft • 0 Comments

    Decorate fabrics with pretty potato prints

    Relive childhood crafting memories with this playful idea for updating tablecloths, tea towels and other home textiles. No fancy tools required, the humble potato comes into its own – with a firm texture it can easily be shaped into sturdy stamps and it’s smooth interior is perfect for coating in fabric paint.

    Create your design and blot away any moisture with a paper towel. For a homespun feel, use a knife to carve out rustic shapes such as this lovely leaf design featured in the June issue of Country Homes and Interiors. If you’re after a more structured look, invest in a cookie cutter or kitchen mould – Lakeland have a great selection including flowers, animals and decorative bunting.

    Spread a thin layer of fabric paint on a paper plate and place your potato shape-side down, moving it around to ensure an even coat. Wipe off excess paint from around the sides and press down firmly onto your fabric for five seconds.

    If you like this idea, we’ve got lots more easy craft projects to inspire you on the Country Homes & Interiors homepage.

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    Style up stairs with wallpaper craft

    by  • 12/04/2015 • Country craft • 0 Comments

    Resized_APRIL-MAY DECO STYLEGive personality to painted stairs by adding wallpaper to the risers, as featured in our May issue. Soft pastel patterns (we chose Fretwork, £39 a roll, Sanderson and Capello Rose, £80 a roll, Liberty) bring a relaxed charm to any room, perfectly complimented by a striped runner in similar hues on the floor. Here’s how…

    Carefully measure your stair risers and cut out pieces of wallpaper to fit. Stick in place using a thin layer of PVA glue; smooth the paper, pushing out air bubbles and creases. Wait until the glue is completely dry (about 24 hours) before using a soft-bristle brush to apply a light coat of clear water-based varnish, to finish.

    If you like this idea, we’ve got lots more easy craft projects for you to try. Click here for creative inspiration.

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    Make this lovely layered cushion

    by  • 29/03/2015 • Country craft • 0 Comments

    Layered cushion | Country Days | Country Homes and Interiors When accessorising in rooms filled with pattern, simplicity can be key. Sewn from plain linens in soft ice-cream shades, this oversized cushion, as featured in the May issue of Country Homes & Interiors, is the perfect complement to both busy designs and pared-back prints. Fancy making your own? Click here for our easy-to-follow instructions.

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    Give a lamp a fresh spring update

    by  • 22/03/2015 • Country craft • 1 Comment

    lamp spring update | Country Days | Country Homes and Interiors

    Make your home sing with the colours and wildlife of the season with a cheery lighting upcycle, as featured in our April issue. This shade (Twitchers Delight, £60, Katie Mosa) inspires that spring feeling in us, but if you’ve got a favourite fabric in mind, why not have a go at recovering one yourself? Click here for our quick and easy guide. Fill a hollow lamp base with pretty speckled eggs and add a feathery trim, to finish.

    If you like this idea, we’ve got lots more easy craft projects for you to try. Click here for creative inspiration.

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    Create a stylish hanging planter

    by  • 15/03/2015 • Country craft • 0 Comments

    hanging planter | Country Days | Country Homes and Interiors Upcycled from tin cans, these simple hanging planters have us hooked here at Country Days. A chic way to showcase spring blooms indoors, they’re great if you’re limited on outdoor space or looking to spruce up a bare wall.

    To make, fill  cans with water and freeze (this prevents them from bending out of shape). Use a nail and hammer to create holes in the bottom of the cans for drainage. Create two evenly spaced holes along the top edges and leave to thaw before threading through a length of twine to make a loop.

    For a rustic look, pick natural fabrics such as linen or hessian in coordinating, neutral shades. Measure and cut to fit around your cans, then fray the edges. Hold in place using double-sided tape and neatly wrap with string or twine. Now you’re ready to pot your favourite plants! What will you choose?

    If you like this idea we have lots more easy craft projects for you to try. Or for more country crafts, recipes and room ideas, why not try our new Country Home Ideas app?

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    Love embroidered lampshades

    by  • 11/03/2015 • Country business, Country style • 0 Comments

    Marna Lunt | Country Days | Country Homes and Interiors

    Expert embroidery artist, Marna Lunt, chats to us about her beautiful hand-sewn lampshades and exciting online workshops…

    What inspires you?
    I’m inspired by textures and colours, particularly how they work together. I was brought up on the North Yorkshire Moors and that landscape has become incredibly special to me. It defines me in many ways and is the main inspiration for all my work.

    Describe the making process.
    I am trained as a painter rather than in textiles, so I approach things in a painterly way. I sketch my ideas before laying the fabrics down and stitching haphazardly over the top. I aim for it to look ‘wonky’ as I want people to know I did it by hand rather than machine!

    How do your surroundings influence your work?
    They make such a big difference to me. As I am no longer in the middle of my glorious Moors, I need to bring beauty and inspiration into my workspace. I surround myself with things I find beautiful, from buttons and sequins to ribbon and bottles.

    Tell us about your workshops.
    I have just launched a fabulous new online sewing course called Illuminating Embroidery and I teach people from beginner up to professionals. It’s proving to be a huge success and is tapping into a wonderful community that is so supportive and welcoming.

    Describe your creative style in three words.
    Quirky, detailed and passionate.

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    Make our napkin bunny

    by  • 01/03/2015 • Country craft • 0 Comments

    MNapkin bunny on Country Days

    We’re hopping ahead a little with a preview of this adorable bunny napkin, featuring in our new April issue, on sale next week. He looks a treat on a Sunday lunch table and will be a big hit with the kids at an Easter party. To make him, all you need is a napkin – click here for easy instructions.

    If you like this idea we have lots more easy craft projects for you to try. Or for more country crafts, recipes and room ideas, why not try our new Country Home Ideas app?

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    Create a tabletop terrarium

    by  • 22/02/2015 • Country craft • 0 Comments

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    Bring the outdoors in during the winter months with your very own indoor garden. Simple to make and easy to maintain, tiny open-air terrariums are a beautiful addition to desks, dining tables, or any well-lit spot.

    To make, spread a thin layer of gravel across the bottom of a glass vase, bowl or jar and over with activated charcoal, available from your local garden centre. Top with a generous layer of soil and pop in your favourite houseplants  – we find small, slow-growing succulents work best. Get creative with finishing touches; why not try a blanket of moss or some decorative pebbles?

    If you like this idea we have lots more easy craft projects for you to try. Or for more country crafts, recipes and room ideas, why not try our new Country Home Ideas app?

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    Craft a treat-filled favour bag

    by  • 15/02/2015 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Ready_5141064There’s nothing like a handmade token to show friends and loved ones how much you care. Make them feel extra special this Valentine’s Day by handing out treats in these cute, personalised goodie bags. They also add a cheery touch to country tables all year round – perfect as little party tokens or wedding favours.

    Easy to make, simply stamp the initial of your Valentine onto plain tags – we like Stomp Stamps’ miniature alphabet stamp set, £7.99. Fill polka-dot paper bags (Peach Blossom have a good selection) with sweets and fold over at the top. Glue the underside of your tag and secure in place, sealing the bag shut. Clip on a rustic wooden peg, to finish.

    If you like this idea we have lots more easy craft projects for you to try. Or for more country crafts, recipes and room ideas, why not try our new Country Home Ideas app?

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    Frame country fabrics

    by  • 08/02/2015 • Country craft • 1 Comment

    Framed fabrics | Country Days | Country Homes and Interiors

    Looking for an affordable way of bringing character and colour to bare walls? Create an eye-catching feature out of lovely fabrics offcuts and a simple wooden embroidery hoop. Quick, simple and stitch-free, it’s a clever way of integrating seasonal fabrics into your country scheme without committing to expensive upholstery.

    Cut  a square of fabric, roughly 10cm wider than your embroidery hoop (we got ours from Hobbycraft, but they’re easy to find in most haberdashery stores). Position your fabric in the frame so the tightening screw is at the top and central. Tighten well. Flip the hoop over and trim away excess fabric leaving a circular border roughly 5cm wide. Glue around the inside of the frame and fold over the border into little pleats for a neat finish.

    If you like this idea we have lots more easy craft projects for you to try. Or for more country crafts, recipes and room ideas, why not try our new Country Home Ideas app?

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