• Posts Tagged ‘craft’

    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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    Make a personalised chalkboard mug

    by  • 01/02/2015 • Country craft • 0 Comments

    Chalkboard mug | Country Days | Country Homes and Interiors

    Ensure smiles all round at your next teatime get-together with this fun little craft idea. Cover the top third of a white porcelain mug (try Habitat or Ikea for a selection of styles) with duct tape. Using a soft bristled brush, coat the bottom with porcelain chalkboard paint –we like Pebeo’s Porcelain 150 paint, £4.10, Fred Aldous. Remove the tape and leave to dry for 24 hours. Bake in the oven for 35 minutes at 150ºC to make it dishwasher and microwave safe. Leave to cool before chalking your personalised messages. Serve with a homemade biscuit for best results!

    If you like this idea we have lots more easy country craft projects  for you to try. Happy crafting!

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    Be inspired by talented designers

    by  • 30/01/2015 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Heal's Modern Craft Market | Country Days | Country Homes and Interiors

    Make plans to visit Heal’s Modern Craft Market (2-15 February) – a two-week event showcasing 28 talented craftspeople, all individually chosen for their unique and affordable handmade wares. Having passed on our recommendations, we’re delighted to see that some familiar faces from our My Country Business pages have been selected to showcase their work and host live workshops. Head to the Heal’s Tottenham Court Road store and say hello!

    Gabrielle Vary
    Gabrielle won our My Country Business Awards Craft Category in 2014. She specialises in knitwear design, spinning traditional handmade design techniques with fresh new ideas. Her collection spans a whole range of beautiful items made from 100% British lambswool, ranging from blankets and cushions to scarves and socks. She’ll be teaching a range of knitting skills and techniques on Thursday 5 February, 12-2pm. Tickets cost £7. Book here.

    Justine Wall
    We first met Justine at our My Country Business event in 2011. She is the talented designer behind Hector & Haddock, celebrating all there is to love about paper and traditional printing methods. Her lino-cut, letterpress and screen print designs are inspired by sentimental ephemera, from certificates and tickets to treasured love letters. Learn how to design and make your very own lino-cut on Tuesday 10 February, 12.30-2pm. Tickets cost £17. Book here.

    Zara Day
    Zara of Rosemaryrose was shortlisted in our My Country Business Awards in 2014. She creates bespoke hand embroidered furnishing fabrics, creating unique designs for chairs, footstools, headboards and more. Her workshop gives you the chance to try out your embroidery skills on Wednesday 11 February, 12.30-2pm. Come away with a traditional love token filled with fragrant Cotswold lavender – just in time for Valentine’s Day! Tickets cost £12. Book here.

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    Craft covered files

    by  • 25/01/2015 • Country craft • 0 Comments

    Covered box files | Country Days | Country Homes and Interiors

    Get organised in the new year with a delightful set of covered files. Smart and stylish, these simple to create colourful files are a great way to introduce colour into the home and can be co-ordinated to match accessories and décor alike. You’ll find this craft in our out soon March issue. Easy to make, follow these simple instructions to create your own.

    If you like this idea we have lots more easy craft projects for you to try. Or for more country crafts, see our latest issue.

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    Light up the dark…

    by  • 17/01/2015 • Country style • 0 Comments


    If ever there was time for mood lighting…it has to be the dark evenings of January! We found just the thing earlier this week in the beautifully illustrated lighting collection from A Northern Light (spotted at the Craft exhibition).

    The designs are all inspired by nature with picturesque drawings of wildlife, landscapes and foliage; we love this tall lamp featuring a Barn Owl perched on a snowy tree stump (above).  The illustrations are printed onto heavy parchment paper that allows the light to illuminate the artwork to create such stunning visuals.

    You can choose any of the designs to be made into lamps, lampshades or candle covers; all perfect solutions for adding a warming glow to your country home this winter.

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    Craft vintage vases

    by  • 11/01/2015 • Country craft • 0 Comments

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    Can’t bring yourself to part with lovely-looking jars and bottles? Incorporate them into your country-decorating scheme with this sweet vase up cycle idea, perfect for adding a decorative touch to bare shelves and sills. Simply wrap your glass vessels with rustic twine or lace and secure loose ends with glue. Fill with little posies of seasonal wildflowers for a pretty vintage look.

    If you like this idea we have lots more easy craft projects for you to try. Or for more country crafts, see our latest issue.

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    Craft a pocketed wall organiser

    by  • 28/12/2014 • Country craft • 0 Comments

    Make this handsome pocketed wall organiser following Country Homes and Interiors easy instructions

    We love an organised home and what better way to plan and sort family affairs than with this smart pocketed wall organiser. Creatively made combining an upcycled picture frame and gorgeous tweed fabric this organiser is lovely to look at with it’s handsome braid finish and serves a practical purpose with deep pockets and plenty of places to clip notes, invitations and must-keep paperwork. As featured in our soon-to-be-seen February issue it is very simple to make. To craft your own click here and follow the simple instructions.

    If you like this idea we have lots more easy craft projects for you to try. Or for more country crafts, see our latest issue.

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    Create a festive floral centrepiece

    by  • 21/12/2014 • Country craft • 0 Comments

    Create this festive floral centrepiece using Country Homes and Interiors blog

    Here at Country Days we love arranging pretty flowers into festive decorations come Christmas time. This stylish potting up idea is a simple way of adding colour and scent to a room in the prettiest of ways and yet, due to the nature of how it’s made, the flowers stay looking at their best for longer, too. Simply size some florist’s foam to fit the bottom half of a terrine. Soak in water laced with some cut-flower feed, then place inside. Next take three long stems of jasmine and starting from the top push the stems into the foam so they measure approximately two-thirds the height of the vase. Next take the roses and strip them of any excess foliage and thorns with some florist’s snips. Cut them one third shorter than the jasmine and push the stems individually around the oasis to form a soft dome shape. Add volume to the arrangement with the hypericum berries, flowerless rose stems and more spriggy jasmine. Finally fill any spare gaps with ivy trails. The flowers should keep for a couple of weeks if the foam is regularly topped up with water.

    If you like this idea we have lots more easy country craft projects  for you to try. Happy crafting!

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