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FROM THE PUBLISHERS OF STYLE AT HOME, IDEAL HOME & COUNTRY HOMES & INTERIORS

52 WEEKS OF... Creative ideas to make your home beautiful… week by week upcycling

from 10 - minute touches to weekend projects

styling

£4.99

APRIL 2014

INCLUDES OVER 200 THINGS TO MAKE & DO

UK RECALL 08/04/2014

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THIS BE LONGS TO...


EVERYDAY STYLE

WELCOME I love that feeling I get when I come across something that I simply must make or do. It could be a project that needs careful planning or a new craft that I need to try straight away. And really that’s the thinking behind Everyday Style. With three ideas for every week of the year, you’ll always find something to inspire you – from easy 10-minute tricks to longer weekend projects, plus beautiful touches for key events – you’ll never be short of inspiration again. I hope you find this special edition both creative and stylish, as you make your home beautiful week by week. Jennifer Morgan, Editor

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Everyday tool kit DIY QSpirit level QMetal tape measure QPipe & cable detector QPlumb line QDrill & various bits QScrewdriver & screws QCup hooks & picture hooks QSelf-adhesive hooks QWall fixings & nails QSandpaper (various grades) QCloths & paintbrushes QSmall foam roller QMasking tape QWood filler QClear matt varnish QCircular saw/jigsaw QWood saw & hack saw QStrong wood glue QGrip adhesive QWallpaper paste QSugar soap & bucket QMitre block QWood clamps

Inside you’ll find… Creative ideas to give your home a relaxed, inviting feel. From 10-minute touches to weekend revamps, easy crafts to must-have styling tips, we’ve something for every week of the year (whether you’re a beginner at crafting and upcycling, or a dab hand at DIY). Plus we’ve beautiful photographs and great tips to make those special moments throughout the year – like Christmas and Easter – extra stylish too.

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QDouble-sided tape QSticky tape QSticky foam pads QPaper & fabric scissors QCraft knife & cutting mat QSpray adhesive QSuper, fabric, stick & PVA glue QHot glue gun & staple gun QStencil brush QKitchen foil & paper QPencil/marker/felt-tip pens QSticky label remover QSelf-adhesive & sew-on tape QFabric stiffener QThick & thin craft wire QNet curtain wire QWashi tape QSelf-adhesive film

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Sewing QPins & safety pins QFabric tape measure QEmbroidery thread & needles QSewing thread & needles QInvisible thread QPinking shears QBondaweb/iron-on interfacing QVanishing marker QSewing machine QIron & ironing board QToy filling QWadding (batting) QPiping cord & bias binding QReady-to-cover buttons

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14 Spring clean Blow away those winter cobwebs and spruce up your home

28 Easter Invite the family round and decorate your home with pretty pastels

42 Summer garden party Get outdoors ready for entertaining and relaxing on lazy summer days

56 School’s out Keep the kids entertained during the break and make the most of the holidays

74 Halloween Go all-out and decorate your home for a spooky fun-filled celebration

84 Cosy up Fill your home with soft, snuggly textures and shut out the cold weather

102 Christmas Transform rooms for the festive season with striking red and white decorations

112 New Year

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Make your celebrations go with a bang and see in the New Year in style


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01

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AppliquĂŠ a

RUNNER 1 Cut a piece of linen fabric 80cm x 140cm and, with right sides together, fold in half widthways and pin. Machine stitch the three raw edges, leaving a gap for turning. Turn, press and slip stitch the gap closed. 2 Trace the rose template on page 126 onto paper. Fuse Bondaweb to the reverse of a piece of white fabric. Trace the rose onto the right side of the fabric/Bondaweb, using a vanishing marker. Repeat to make three more roses and cut out. 3 Position the roses onto the runner and, with a sewing machine set to a narrow zigzag, stitch around the rose, following the vanishing marker lines. Leave for 24 hours before pressing with an iron so the marker disappears.

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Decorate a jar Wash and dry a glass jam jar. Using a fabric tape measure, take the height from the jar’s base up to the bottom of the rim, then the circumference. Cut a piece of wallpaper to these measurements, adding 1cm to the circumference. Fussy cut any motifs, so the pattern on the wallpaper is in a good position on the front of the jar. Fix to the jar using double-sided tape, overlapping the short edges by 1cm, then fill with crafting essentials.

STYLING TIP Tie a flouncy bow of ribbon to one handle of your fabric scissors, making them easier to find. Cut the edges of the ribbon to an inverted ‘V’ to stop them fraying.

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Personalise HOOKS Using a spirit level and a pencil, mark a faint vertical line onto the wall at the height you want the hooks to be, checking first for any electrical cables or pipes. Work out the layout of the letters on the floor first, then mark their position on the wall, just above the line. Drill small pilot holes, then screw a small hook or screw into each (using the appropriate wall fixing if necessary), below the position of three of the letters. Fix the Letterpress-style blocks to the wall, above and below the pencil line, using sticky foam pads. Gently rub off the line or touch up with paint if needed.

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Make a funky shade Open out and assemble a paper light shade and set aside. Separate around 120 white cupcake cases (so they’re easy to pick up). Starting at the top, glue the base of each cupcake case onto the shade using PVA glue, so each one touches the next. Work in rows, from left to right, or up and down the shade, taking care not to put any pressure on the ones already glued. Leave to dry then hang the shade.

STYLING TIP Give your sofa an instant style boost by dressing with pretty patterned or coloured scarves. Drape large ones, such as pashminas, over the arm.

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Turn a tea towel into a CUSHION Press a French-style tea towel. Put it right-side down on a table and place a 40cm x 30cm cushion pad towards the bottom short edge. Fold up the bottom, then the top edges of the tea towel. Rearrange until happy with the positioning of any text/design and so the two short edges overlap by 7cm. Pin the two sides together close to the cushion pad. Remove the cushion pad, then machine stitch both sides of the tea towel. Press and add the cushion pad.

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Cut out wall stickers 1 Make different-sized versions of the bird template on page 126 by reducing and enlarging with a photocopier. Carefully cut these out. 2 Flip the templates and draw around them onto the reverse of sticky-back plastic. Repeat to make several in various sizes. Cut out each bird. 3 Clean the surface of the wall, then gently remove the paper backing and stick the birds onto the chosen area, smoothing out any air bubbles if necessary.

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Layer up a bed Iron freshly washed bed linen and make the bed. Gather up throws and blankets that complement the bedding, pop an eiderdown or comforter on top of the duvet cover, then fold and place two throws (or a quilt and a blanket) over the footboard to soften the lines of the bed, ready to snuggle under. Position two smaller pillows in front of the everyday ones, before finishing with a hero cushion and a pretty bolster.

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Distress a plate rack 1 Lightly sand the plate rack, then wipe with a damp cloth. Apply a coat of wood primer using a small paintbrush, and leave to dry. 2 Paint the plate rack with white eggshell (or another base colour, that will show through the top coat in parts). Leave to dry. Once dry, apply the eggshell top coat. Leave to dry completely, then lightly sand parts of the rack to reveal the lighter base colour underneath. 3 Measure and mark positions for screw hooks on the underside of the shelf to hang cups. Fix these in place, hang the rack, then style with pretty vintage crockery.

STYLING TIP Use spray paint to give wooden pieces, such as your kitchen roll holder or towel rail, a new lease of life. Choose pretty pastels for a vintage-style look.

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Store sewing ESSENTIALS Wash and dry jam jars (keep the lids to one side). Fill with reels of cotton, buttons, fasteners and other small sewing supplies. Place a piece of chintzy fabric face down on a flat surface and draw around one lid with a pencil. Add 5cm to the diameter and cut out (use pinking shears for a zigzag edge). Screw the lid onto the jar and place the fabric cover on top. Secure in place with a coloured elastic band (or a ribbon bow). Repeat, before lining up completed jars along a shelf.

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Wrap up plant pots Use a napkin or a tea towel to cover a plain plastic flower pot, making a lovely gift for a green-fingered friend. Fold in half or thirds and wrap around the sides of the pot and temporarily hold together with a clothes peg. Tie a length of natural twine or string around the wrapped pot, just below the rim, finishing with a bow. Choose a timeless gingham or ditsy floral print for a fresh, modern-country feel.

STYLING TIP Follow the same principle and hang a selection of vintage clocks for a quirky hallway display. If they no longer work, set the hands at ten to two – a happy face!

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Display vintage MIRRORS On the floor, draw around each of the mirrors onto brown paper. Cut out and use masking tape to attach them to the wall, rearranging until you are happy with the layout. Mark the position of screw holes on the wall, checking for any pipes or cables, then drill. Masonry walls need a wall plug – push it in, making sure it’s a tight fit. For plasterboard, use a toggle or spiral fixing to ensure the weight of the mirror doesn’t pull the screw out. Hang the mirrors on the wall, using decorative picture hooks for any with chains.

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Revamp a crate 1 Using sandpaper, start by sanding down the rough edges of an old crate. Wipe away dust with a damp cloth. 2 Cut out pages from an old book using a craft knife and arrange them on the inside bottom of the crate. Stick in place with PVA glue, then apply another coat to seal the pages. Leave to dry. 3 Turn the crate on its end and mark the positions for four castors – make sure they aren’t visible from the sides of the crate. Fix each castor into place with a screwdriver and small wood screws.

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SPECIAL WEEK

FROM

Spring clean Freshen up your home for the new season, becoming the ultimate domestic goddess.


EVERYDAY STYLE

Easy ideas‌ takes 10 minutes Sort through kitchen linens, throwing away any that have seen better days (or save to use as dusters). takes an hour Empty cutlery and utensil drawers, wash and dry the contents, sorting any that are not used, then replace. takes an afternoon Give all windows a clean with hot soapy water, then buff with a piece of scrunched newspaper. takes a day Move furniture away from the walls, vacuum thoroughly, then clean the woodwork with sugar soap. takes a weekend Hire a carpet cleaner and tackle rugs and carpets, helping them to look like new again.

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Peg up scarves String up a length of butcher’s twine between two hooks. Find a few scarves that are similar in colour or pattern. Clip each scarf onto the twine from one corner, using decorative wooden or plastic pegs. Hang in front of a mirror to enhance the effect.

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Learn easy

ORIGAMI 1 To calculate the diagonal length of the square of paper needed to wrap each shot glass or tealight holder, double the height of the glass and add on the diameter of its base, plus 4cm. 2 Draw and cut out a square of decorative paper (scrapbook paper is ideal) for each glass, based on the above calculation. Place the glass in the middle of its square with the paper right-side down, then stick a piece of double-sided tape about 3cm below each corner. 3 Fold up the corners of the paper and stick to the outside of the glass. Fold and stick the remaining paper flaps in pairs, so they face each other. Pop battery-operated tealights inside or use to display posies.

STYLING TIP Organise your vase collection – ideally every stylist needs three glass designs: a large goldfish bowl vase, a squat tank sty le and a tall cylindrical vase.

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Transform a CHAIR Assemble a flat-pack chair and lightly sand any rough edges. Fill any screw holes with wood filler, leave to dry, and sand again if needed. Apply two coats of wood primer using a paintbrush, allowing to dry between each coat. (Turn the chair upside down on the edge of a workbench and paint the legs first, leave to dry, then turn upright to paint the chair seat and back). Apply two coats of orange eggshell paint, again allowing to dry between each coat.

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Cover a hanger

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Wrap a wooden coat hanger with a layer of wadding (batting) and secure with thread. Cut two long rectangles of fabric 2cm bigger all round than the wrapped hanger. Pin, with right sides together, and machine stitch the two short sides, one long side and half of the second long side. Turn the right way and press. Pop in the wadding hanger and slip stitch the remaining top edge closed. Finish by twisting ribbon around the hook of the hanger.

STYLING TIP Raid your wardrobe for fabric corsages that you’ve worn to weddings and use to embellish tie backs, cupboard handles and even cushions for a quick, elegant style fix.

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Hang chintzy PLATES Take apart four large, square box-style picture frames, carefully discarding the glass. Cover the backing board of each with lining paper, using spray adhesive. Paint each in a similar colour to the wall and leave to dry. Fix each plate to the backing board with strong sticky foam pads or super glue. Reassemble the frames. Measure and mark a vertical cross on the wall using masking tape. Hang each of the frames in position so the edges line up with the masked cross, then peel off the masking tape.

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Stencil up

THE STAIRS 1 Fill and sand the stair risers and treads. Wipe off any dust, then apply two coats of quick-drying wood primer, allowing each coat to dry. 2 Paint the risers with pink eggshell; leave to dry. Apply a second coat. Paint the treads with two coats of quick-drying white floor paint; leave to dry. 3 Fix the stencil to the riser with masking tape and dab on stencil paint with an almost dry stencil brush. Peel off the stencil, reposition and repeat.

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Arrange blocks

OF COLOUR 1 Measure the backing board of the frame and cut nine pieces of medium-weight matt cardboard to fit in each. 2 Paint each piece of card with a different colour in tonal shades (tester pots are ideal) and leave to dry, before adding one painted card to each frame. 3 Using a tape measure and masking tape, work out a three by three frame formation on a wall. Check for any hidden pipes or cables before tapping in a picture hook to fix each frame in position.

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Coil up coasters Cut piping cord into six 200cm lengths, snipping each end to a 45° angle. Pour PVA glue into a saucer, then dab one end of a piece of cord into the glue and curl it back around on itself a little, pinching it tight. Wrap with sticky tape and leave to dry. Cover a piece of A4 cardboard with a plastic bag. Remove the sticky tape from the coiled ends and attach with a pin to the cardboard. Use a paintbrush to add glue to the inside of the cord, coiling around itself as you go. Keep gluing and coiling until the cord runs out. Leave to dry. Paint the coasters with varying shades of blue emulsion. When dry, coat with a 50/50 mix of PVA and water to make them splash resistant.

STYLING TIP Add colour to open shelves with inexpensive glass tumblers (or why not choose plastic picnic ones?). Stack in sets of three, either in a single colour or mixed.

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Tie on a place name Write the name of each dinner guest onto plain white or cream textured luggage labels (available from all good stationers), using a coloured pencil. Tie a piece of woven striped ribbon through the hole of each tag and wind around the back of the dining chairs. Finish with an elaborate flouncy bow, cutting the ends of the ribbon to an inverted ‘V’ shape.

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Stick on pretty lace Give a plain glass tank vase vintage style by wrapping with an offcut of lace. Cut a piece of lace the same height as the vase, plus half the width of the base, and wide enough to wrap around, with the raw edges overlapping by 1cm. Fix a piece of double-sided tape down the back side of the vase and use to fix the lace in place, folding it underneath the vase and taping in place. Fill with water before adding a few cream roses.

STYLING TIP Rescue any weather -beaten flowers from your garden n after a period of heavy rai – even if the stems are m short, you can still pop the . ive in a tumbler or vot

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Introduce SPARKLE Style up a windowsill to catch the early morning or late afternoon sunlight and add subtle twinkle. Start with three mirrored or mercurised glass tealight holders – either all silver or a mix of colours – and pop in battery-operated tealights. Next, add wintry flowers, such as thistles, in a decorative glass tumbler, stacked on a pile of well-read classic books for a variety in height.

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Organise a

DESK AREA 1 Make a memo area with a self-adhesive chalkboard sticker (choose a design with a fun slogan). Clean the wall then peel off the backing sheet and smooth into place. Then position a task light. 2 Use sticky foam pads to fix decorative pegs to the wall, ready for swatches. Use to frame the chalkboard sticker, softening the black. 3 Finally, add a pen pot and a vase of tulips and daffodils to provide inspiration for a new decorating project from the great outdoors.

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Stitch a pouffe 1 Trace and cut out the patchwork pouffe template on page 126. Use to cut out a total of 18 fabric ‘sections’ (three each from six designs), placing the straight, short edge of the template against a fabric fold each time. 2 Pin two different fabric sections, right sides together, along one of the long edges. Machine stitch, with a 1cm seam allowance. Pin a third piece to this and machine stitch. Continue sewing the pieces together, varying the fabrics, to form a round bag. 3 Machine stitch one opening closed. Turn the right way and fill with polystyrene beads. Using double thread, hand stitch the second opening closed. Cut two small circles from offcuts of fabric, hand stitch one to the top and one to the botton of the pouffe for a neat finish.

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Roll up NEEDLES Fold a brightly coloured tea towel in half lengthways, with right sides together. Pin and machine stitch along the long side, with a 1cm seam allowance. Turn the right way and press. Fold up the bottom of the tea towel by 20cm, machine stitch eight channels at 4cm intervals (to slot pairs of knitting needles into). Hand stitch a 30cm ribbon tie to the back central point to roll up and secure the needles when they’re not needed.

STYLING TIP Keep your stash of spare buttons in empty Mason jars, theming by colour or size. Use to prop up a shelf of crafting books for a fun touch.

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Turn buttons into MAGNETS Using super glue, fix small magnetic discs to the back of brightly coloured buttons. Choose a mix of sizes – check they will completely cover the disc first. The flatter the back of the button, the better. Leave to dry, then use to display important notes, reminders and family pictures on the fridge.

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Re-cover a

LAMPSHADE 1 Remove the fabric from an old lampshade. Cut and wrap a length of blue linen fabric around the wire framework. Pin in place, pulling taut, and trim any excess fabric, allowing 1cm for seams. Depending on the shape of the shade, the fabric may sit better when wrapped on the bias. 2 Unpin the fabric and machine stitch a hem along one of the shorter sides. Next, repin the fabric to the wire framework and stick the top and bottom edges over the shade using fabric glue. Conceal the raw fabric edge under the hemmed side, gluing in place. Leave to dry. 3 Wrap a length of brown velvet ribbon around the top of the shade and glue in place. Tie a bow and glue to the front, trimming each end to an angled point for a neat finish.

STYLING TIP Arrange your books by the e colour of their spine to giv a bookshelf a quick style update. Start with neutral spines, working up to those with brighter shades.

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Create a PHOTO TRAY Lightly sand, prime then paint all sides of a wooden tray with white eggshell paint. Leave to dry before applying a second coat. Photocopy old black and white family photographs and postcards and cut out, leaving a white paper border around each. Arrange on the tray, overlapping some, then stick in place with PVA glue. Leave to dry before brushing the whole tray with a coat of clear matt varnish.

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Style a side table Create a pretty display on a table to co-ordinate with a room scheme. Collect three pieces in varying heights from around your room – a tall coloured vase, a shorter unusual glass bottle and a quirky piece, like a ceramic bird, are ideal. Then add seasonal flowers, a pretty notebook and a small decorative tin for interest.

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SPECIAL WEEK

FROM

Easter Welcome spring by filling your home with pastel flowers, eggs, chicks and bunnies.


EVERYDAY STYLE

Easy ideas… takes 10 minutes Tip coloured sugar eggs into pretty dishes for pops of pastel colour. Leave for guests to enjoy. takes an hour Make an easy Easter tree for decorations. Just spray-paint a piece of willow white and pop in a tall vase. takes an afternoon Start with a moss-wrapped wreath from a florist then add flowers and ribbons for an Easter display. takes a day Mould delicious chocolate eggs. Make them in batches, leave to set, then wrap in cellophane and tie with ribbon. takes a weekend Finish off a special Easter Day lunch with an Easter egg hunt – complete with clues – for inside and out.

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Trim a CLOTH Measure the width of a plain linen tablecloth, add 3cm to this and cut three lengths of different lace braid to this measurement. Place the first length of braid along the width of the cloth so there is an equal amount of braid overhanging at each end. Pin, then tack in place. Remove the pins, machine stitch. Turn under the overhanging braid at each end and slip stitch to the cloth to secure. Remove the tacking. Repeat for the remaining braid.

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Show off bags Evening purses and bags with fancy handles or embroidered details are often too lovely to be kept hidden away in a drawer. Collect those in similar colours or decorative finishes, such as jewelled or sequined, and hang on hooks or along a peg rail to brighten up a hallway or bedroom. Twist the handles around the hooks, if necessary, so each bag hangs at a different height.

STYLING TIP Need to give your shoe collection space to shine? Fix lengths of painted architrave to the wall, then use to hang your favourite heels from.

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Mould a lace LOVE HEART 1 Place a piece of kitchen foil on a flat surface and lay an offcut of heavyweight lace on top. Grease the inside of a heart-shaped cookie cutter with Vaseline and place on top of the lace. 2 Mould the foil around the outside of the cookie cutter. Cut 5cm from a plastic straw and keep close to hand (this forms the hanging hole). 3 Mix a small amount of Plaster of Paris, following the manufacturer’s instructions, then, holding the straw in place near the top of the heart, pour the plaster into the mould until it reaches the top. Hold the straw in place for a minute, then leave to set. 4 Carefully peel away the foil and push the heart downwards to free it from the mould. Turn the heart over and gently lift off the lace to reveal the pattern. Remove the straw and thread through ribbon to hang.

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Display treasures String up a length of neutral twine or wool between two nails or pins, tapped into the wall. Use mini wooden pegs to display paint and fabric swatches, postcards, greetings cards and other souvenirs. Hang extra lengths of wool or twine above and below, depending on how many mementoes are to be displayed. Keep to cards in shades of one colour for a strong look, or mix and match for a more relaxed feel.

STYLING TIP Line the drawers of a chest with pretty wallpaper offcuts for a stylist’s surprise every time you ope n a drawer to pop something away when tidying.

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Light a

CORNER Wash and dry an odd china saucer (look out for one in a local charity shop or car-boot sale – if it comes with its matching cup, use the cup as a planter or to keep small pieces of jewellery in). Using super glue, fix a shallow candleholder to the dip of the saucer and allow to dry, leaving overnight if necessary. Once the glue is set, pop in a coloured pillar candle. Display the candle on top of a pile of hardback books on a side table in a bedroom or living room.

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Label a CHEST 1 Remove the drawers from a chest and stand on their ends, with the fronts facing up. Measure and mark a line using masking tape on each drawer, where the letters are to be positioned. 2 Arrange wooden A-Z letters in place on each drawer front, depending on the contents to be filed or stored inside. 3 Fix each letter in place using strong wood glue. Leave to dry before replacing the drawers back in the chest.

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Wallpaper

SLAB DOORS Start by painting the inside of a unit with slab doors with eggshell in a contrasting colour to your chosen wallpaper (use plain and patterned offcuts, with one common colour theme). Leave to dry and repeat if needed (the doors may also require priming first, especially if the surface is melamine). Measure and cut the wallpaper offcuts into door-sized pieces and apply using wallpaper paste and a brush. Leave to dry completely then close the doors.

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Replace door knobs Unscrew the existing knobs, filling the screw holes with wood filler. Leave to dry, before sanding smooth and touching up with cupboard paint. Measure and mark the position of the new knobs then drill a hole on the mark. Thread through each of the new handles and fix the nut on the reverse of the door front. Cut away any excess thread on the screw with a hacksaw.

STYLING TIP Hang padded fabric hearts from drawer knobs and door handles for a pretty touch. Sew a length of ribbon or raffia to the top of the heart and tie in a knot.

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Cut a 3D DESIGN 1 Unwrap a pack of cream oven-bake modelling clay and roll into a ball, then roll out to a thickness of 3mm onto a smooth, clean cutting board or kitchen worksurface. 2 Using floral cake cutters (for icing), make 11 small, three medium and four large carnations. Then roll 11 pea-sized balls of clay. Finally, cut eight leaf shapes using a craft knife and cutting mat. Place on a foillined baking tray, lifting the leaves and petals so they aren’t flat. 3 Preheat the oven to 110°C and bake for 30 min. Cool completely. Using super glue, stick a ball to the middle of each of the small flowers, then glue a small flower to each of the medium or large flowers. Finally, glue the clay pieces in a trailing design to a plain ceramic vase.

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Show off tins Give open shelves a style boost by stacking with decorative tins. From paprika and biscuits, to baking powder and souvenir designs, they’ll add a hit of colour and charm to any kitchen. If repurposing tins, line the insides with wrapping paper and use to store cookie cutters, birthday candles and other non-consumables.

STYLING TIP Raid your cupboard for a large glass pitcher and use to display seasonal blooms on your dining table for a relaxed look, tying a snippe t of ribbon through the handle .

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Chalk a MESSAGE Mark a small hole at the top of a wooden heart shape to thread the ribbon through, about 1cm down from the central bow of the heart. Clamp the heart between your hand and the table top (with the heart overhanging), or in a workbench, and drill the hole. Pop a small jar on a sheet of newspaper and rest the heart on top (this allows you to paint the sides without it getting messy). Apply one coat of blackboard paint, leave to dry, then do another. Flip the heart over when dry and repeat to paint the other side. Once dry, thread a length of red gingham ribbon through the hole, tie in a bow and hang.

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Stitch a

CLOTH 1 Unfold, press and cut off any labels or tapes from four tea towels (two striped and two checked designs). With right sides facing, pin two towels together along one short edge and machine stitch, leaving a 1cm seam allowance. 2 Repeat for the second pair of tea towels. Pin the two stitched strips together, along one long edge, so the same patterns are diagonally opposite each other. 3 Machine stitch together, with a 1cm seam allowance, then press the seam open. Alternatively, sew the four tea towels together along the short edges to make a runner.

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Spray flowers on a CHEST 1 Remove the drawers and knobs from the chest of drawers and lightly rub all surfaces with sandpaper. Wipe clean with a cloth. 2 Working in a well-ventilated space, spray the chest unit and its drawers with a coat of paint. Allow to dry, then apply a second coat. Replace the drawers when fully dry. 3 Position the stencil onto the drawers using a repositionable spray adhesive. Spray a contrasting colour through the stencil. Leave to dry before carefully peeling off the stencil. Repeat as desired. Replace the knobs.

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EVERYDAY STYLE

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Cut a watering can Wash and dry an empty detergent bottle, removing any labels by soaking in water or using sticky label remover. (Don’t use a bleach bottle because any residue could harm house plants). Using a marker pen, draw a line on the neck of the bottle at a slight angle from what will be the spout, down towards the handle. Carefully cut along this line using a craft knife. If the cut edges are particularly rough, smooth them with fine sandpaper. Wash the bottle again now that you can get a brush or cloth right inside, to remove any final traces of detergent.

STYLING TIP Take a tip from gastropubs and use linen tea towels for napkins – perfect for a casually dressed table. Cut into two, hemming the cut edge on your sewing machine.

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Spell out a NAME Use Scrabble tiles for stylish place names when laying a table. Look out for vintage versions of this classic board game at car-boot sales and charity shops – it doesn’t matter if a few tiles are missing for this purpose. Guests can also have fun making new words from their own names in between courses! Toy cars, small china figurines, plastic farmyard animals and Christmas decorations can also be used as place names – just tie a piece of card to the object with pretty narrow ribbon or butcher’s twine and write on guests’ names in felt-tip pen. After dinner, guests can then take them away with them as a lovely memento.

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Make a wash mitt Cut a piece of white towelling 36cm x 40cm, then cut a strip of edging fabric 36cm x 11cm (old shirting is ideal). Fold over and press a 1cm hem along one 36cm edge of the shirting. Fold the edging in half, wrong sides together, along the shorter side. Press, open out and place the shorter side of the towelling up to this fold line. Fold the edging over and pin through the three layers (edging fabric/towelling/edging fabric). Machine stitch along the pressed edge. Fold the towelling piece in half, with right sides facing, to form a mitt 18cm x 20cm, and machine stitch along the two raw edges. Make a loop for hanging and sew to the inner fold of the cuff. Turn the mitt the right way.

STYLING TIP Don’t forget the areas behind beds and sofas g they’re often wasted stylin lf she e tur pic space. Fix a and lean frames against it for a relaxed look.

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Start a work BASKET Keep craft essentials contained by starting a bag or basket for each new project. Choose something that fits in with your living room decor, so it looks stylish when not in use. Rattan or wicker baskets, with knitting needles and tactile balls of wool casually sticking out of the top, add texture too – perfect for a cosy look.

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Sew patchwork

CUSHIONS 1 To make the blue/pink cover, cut one 16cm x 16cm piece and one 25cm x 44cm piece in blue fabric. Cut two 16cm x 16cm squares and two 32cm x 42cm (back) pieces from pink fabric. For the pink cover, repeat, reversing colours. 2 For the patchwork strip (pink, blue, pink), pin and machine stitch the squares together. Open out. With right sides together, pin the blue 25cm x 44cm piece to the strip’s long edge. Machine stitch, open and press the seams flat. 3 Take the back pieces and turn over 1cm, then 1cm again to form a hem along one 42cm edge of each cushion. Machine stitch. With right sides facing, pin the front and two back pieces together so the hemmed edges overlap. Machine stitch all round. Turn and pop in a 40cm x 40cm cushion pad.

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Garden party Get your garden ready for outdoor entertaining, adding decorative touches.


EVERYDAY STYLE

Easy ideas… takes 10 minutes Pop plants in pots on an outdoor table. White hydrangeas in smart galvanised planters look lovely. takes an hour Make easy place names for a party by folding card in half, adding a bow and the guest’s name.

takes an afternoon Suspend decorations – try fans, pom poms, paper chains and bunting – from fences and trellis. takes a day Give garden furniture a mini makeover with a coat of coloured external stain. Choose crisp white or pastels. takes a weekend Jet-wash the patio, scrubbing away any moss and pulling out weeds. Do it once and it will last all summer.

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Put up

PATCHWORK WALLPAPER 1 Measure the area and work out how much wallpaper is needed. Cut the wallpaper into equal-sized rectangles. 2 Clean the surface of the wall with sugar soap and leave to dry. Mix up wallpaper paste in a bucket as per instructions. If the papers are designed to be pasted onto the wall, apply the paste to the wall. If not, paste each patchwork piece. 3 Position one patchwork piece in a corner and work outwards, making sure each piece butts up to the next. To create a design with perfectly vertical lines, use a plumb line and pencil to mark a grid before starting. When dry, tidy up areas around light switches.

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Add cutesy buttons Using the guide on a packet of ready-to-cover buttons, cut a disc from pretty fabric remnants. Thread a needle with double thread and tie a knot in the end, then sew running stitches 5mm in from the edges of the fabric disc. Pull the thread slightly to gather (leaving the needle attached). Pop the button head inside and pull the thread tightly to secure it in place. Sew though the button shank holes, then clip on the button back. Sew the button to one corner of your cushion. Repeat with different-sized buttons and a mix of chintzy fabrics.

STYLING TIP Don’t forget to label jars – either use pieces of chalkboard paper, which can be written on, wiped and reused as and when contents change, or printed stickers.

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Show off TREATS Create a pantry-style area in the kitchen, even if you only have a shelf, by decanting dried foodstuffs into clean Kilner or Mason jars. Wash each jar first and leave to dry completely (the dishwasher is best as this sterlises too, or pop them in the oven at 100°C/ 212°F for 30 min, but they will need to cool before being filled). Then fill with a selection of treats, pasta, lentils and baking essentials. Line up on an open shelf, out of direct sunlight.

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Suspend butterflies 1 Trace and cut out the butterfly templates on page 126. Cut two of each size from white foam board using a craft knife and cutting mat. Then cut four of each size from wallpaper offcuts. 2 Lay out the foam pieces in two rows, large to small. Fix with invisible thread and masking tape (secure to the centre of each butterfly), leaving a 30cm end at the bottom. 3 Brush one side of each butterfly with PVA glue and stick on the wallpaper. Leave to dry, turn over and repeat. String wooden beads onto the thread at the bottom and knot.

STYLING TIP Turn a vintage silk scarf into a quirky cushion. Just machine on a backing piece with right sides together, leaving a gap. Stuff and slip stitch the gap closed.

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Prop up cool PHRASES Either design poster art using computer software and print out in colour to A4 size, or print out our fun ones at housetohome.co.uk/articles/summercraft-projects_1_391593.html. Frame with a crisp white mount, using spray adhesive to hold each in place. Casually lean the prints on a shelf or ledge behind a bed to add interest.

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Frame a

SEASCAPE Create panelling by fixing lengths of planed, smooth wood to the wall with grip adhesive. Leave to dry, then prime and paint with white eggshell. When completely dry, wallpaper inside each panel, matching up pattern repeats where needed within the panelled area (but each section doesn’t necessarily have to match). Leave to dry, then style the space with seaside-inspired accessories.

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Style a quirky DISPLAY Start with a magnetic memo board to give a console table height – spell out a meaningful phrase with magnetic letters (why not make some by gluing magnets to the backs of letters?). To finish, display classic items, such as a clock, flowers, old books and even a dog lead.

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Wire a scented heart 1 Measure and cut a 150cm-length of thick craft wire and curve it into a double circle. Then carefully bend it into a heart shape, with the wire ends at the bottom. Using pliers, twist these ends together. 2 Take a bunch of lavender stems and snip to 6cm in length. Bunch the sprigs together and, starting from the top of the heart, bind onto the thick wire, fastening in place with thin craft. Continue binding sprigs around the heart, overlapping the lavender as you go, until the thick wire is completely covered. 3 Take several long strands of raffia and tie into a bow. Trim the ends. Then, using more raffia, tie to the top of the heart, leaving a length to knot together for hanging.

STYLING TIP Can’t justify floor-to -ceilin g curtains for a window? Choose narrower ‘dress’ ones instea d and fit inexpensive roller blinds, which can be opened and closed as needed.

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Ruffle a tie back Cut a length of tartan fabric 50cm x 15cm (a remnant from your curtains is ideal). Fold in half along the long side, with wrong sides together, and press. Gather along the long raw edges, using a long-length gather stitch, either by hand with double thread, or on a sewing machine. When at the end, pull the gathers to form a rosette. Secure with a few stitches to the reverse, tucking under the two shorter raw edges. Sew a button to the centre of the rosette and then stitch to a fabric tie, which can be secured at the back of the curtains.

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Plant up teacups Use pretty vintage teacups that have lost their saucers as flower or herb pots, lined up along your kitchen or living room windowsill. Pick them up from car-boot sales or charity shops. Either keep the plant (miniature roses are ideal) in its plastic flowerpot and put inside the teacup, or add a few small stones to the bottom of the cup for drainage and stability, then re-pot the plant, before watering well.

STYLING TIP Turn a large glass vase int o a stylish holder for your brollies and jazz up a corner of your hallway at the same time. Look out for a vase that’s around H60cm.

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Stencil a CHEST 1 Remove the drawer knobs from an old chest of drawers. Pull out the drawers and stand on their backs. Sand with medium-grade sandpaper to remove any varnish, then wipe clean with a damp cloth. 2 Apply a coat of quick-drying wood primer, then two coats of eggshell to complement the room scheme, allowing to dry between each coat. 3 Once dry, return the drawers to the chest and position a trailing floral stencil over the front, holding in place with masking tape. Using a stencil brush, apply acrylic stencil paint through the design, dabbing excess paint onto kitchen paper. Leave to dry and carefully peel off the stencil. Add new glass knobs.

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Hang a ribbon

CURTAIN Cut various lengths of ribbon into pieces the same height as the door, plus 5cm. Trim one end of each piece to a 45° point to prevent fraying. Cut a piece of 15mm-wide dowelling to the width of the door, plus 5cm. Measure 2.5cm in from one end of your dowelling and fix the first ribbon length in place by folding it over the dowel by 5cm and gluing with fabric glue. Repeat, leaving a small gap between each ribbon, leaving the final 2.5cm of the dowelling clear. Fix two cup hooks to the architrave or wall above the door, using a drill if needed. Hang the ribbon pole from the hooks. For families with small children or pets, use streamers of easy-tear crêpe paper, rather than ribbon.

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Construct a

CHALKBOARD 1 Cut or buy a piece of 18mm MDF, H1220mm x W607mm, and sand any rough edges with fine sandpaper. Using a small foam roller, apply two coats of blackboard paint. 2 Cut four frame pieces from smooth planed timber, which need to measure the length/ width of the MDF, plus twice the width of the wood. Saw each end to a 45째 angle using a mitre block. 3 Arrange the cut pieces out so that they form a frame. Use wood glue to join the sections of the frame, holding in place with clamps. Leave to dry. Sand the edges then paint with white eggshell. Use wood glue to fix the frame to the MDF. Leave to dry.

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Upcycle a tray Turn a metal tray (it needs to be a magnetic one, like steel) into a vintage-style memo board, using pretty glass magnets to display photos, invitations and other notes. Tie a length of thick cord, leather thong, mirror chain or ribbon to each of the two tray handles, then suspend from a decorative hook. Make your own magnets by gluing old brooches, ribbon rosettes or beads to plain magnets.

STYLING TIP y Use empty jam jars to displa s bit er oth flowers, pens and and bobs. Decorate with ribbon or craft paper before grouping several together on a wooden tray.

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Sew a doily CUSHION Wash and press a fabric doily. Cut two pieces of faux-silk fabric 42cm x 62cm. Place one piece right side up on a flat surface. Measure the central point and pin the doily onto the piece of fabric. Stitch in place using small running stitches in and around the lace detailing. Place the second fabric piece on top of the doily front, with right sides together. Pin around the edges and machine stitch, leaving a 15cm gap along the bottom long edge. Turn the right way and press. Pop in a 40cm x 60cm boudoir cushion pad and slip stitch the gap closed.

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Add a pretty cover Remove the fabric cover from an old ironing board cover and loosen the drawstring so it can be opened out fully. Use to cut a new fabric cover, allowing an extra 3cm all round for hems. Cut a piece of wadding (batting) the same size as the new fabric cover. Pin the two together, with the fabric’s right side facing up. Fold over 1.5cm, then 1.5cm again around the edges of the cover/wadding sandwich. Machine stitch to form a channel. Thread a length of thin cord through the channel, place the cover on the ironing board and pull the cord taut, before tying the ends together.

STYLING TIP Make a peg bag and laundry basket liner to match your new ironing board cover using any spare fabric – it’s guaranteed to brighten up wash day.

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Turn a plate into a CLOCK Measure and mark the centre of the plate on the front. Cover the mark with a piece of masking tape (to prevent the drill bit from slipping). Put the plate on a sturdy surface, such as a workbench, and secure in place with a few blobs of Blu-Tack. Slowly drill a hole the diameter of the clock mechanism’s pin through the mark, using a small drill or ceramic tile bit. Fit the mechanism, then add the battery to the reverse and mount the clock on the wall using a plate hanger.

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Decorate a DOOR 1 Prepare the area that’s going to be painted by filling any cracks, sanding, then priming with a coat of wood primer. Using masking tape, mask off the areas of the door that won’t be decorated. 2 Apply a coat of yellow eggshell paint and allow to dry, before applying a second coat. Leave to dry fully then position a stencil onto the yellow painted panels and secure with masking tape. 3 Dip a stencil brush into gold acrylic paint, dab off the excess onto kitchen paper, then lightly paint through the stencil with a stippling motion. Carefully lift off the stencil and repeat.

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School’s out Time to make the most of the summer and enjoy the great outdoors in style.


EVERYDAY STYLE

Easy ideas‌ takes 10 minutes Pack a beach (or park) bag, full of must-have essentials to grab when the sun comes out. takes an hour String up bunting made from vintage fabrics along a garden fence to announce the start of summer. takes an afternoon Sew a piece of oilcloth to the back of a picnic rug, making it ideal for using on damp grass or sand. takes a day Make a wind break for the beach from canvas. Choose a bright shade and sew channels for bamboo canes. takes a weekend Set up a games area – from hula hoops to a racing track on the lawn, with prizes and afternoon tea.

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Put up a handy

PEG RAIL Measure the width of the wall and work out how many sections of peg rail are needed. Decide how far down from the ceiling the peg rail should be, then mark a horizontal line, using a plumb line. Check for any pipes or cables, then drill holes for each length of peg rail, butting each one up to its neighbour. Screw in place using suitable fixings.

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Add 3D flowers 1 Draw five circles 5cm in diameter onto yellow felt and cut out. Take one circle and fold in half, hand stitch from the middle of the fold to the curve’s edge, then oversew the edges, following the curve a third of the way around. Repeat to make four more petals, then repeat to make one smaller and one bigger flower. 2 Take the first set of five petals and stitch together to form a flower. Add a small circle of felt to the centre to hide the stitches. Repeat. 3 Cut two pieces of felt 42cm x 42cm. Pin the flowers to a corner of one piece and stitch in place. Pin the second piece on top, machine stitch around, leaving a 20cm gap. Turn; add a 40cm x 40cm cushion pad and slip stitch the gap closed.

STYLING TIP Need a bedside cabinet but short on space? Try a small wooden, vintage - style stool for a relaxed look - it’s just big enough for a book and a glass of water.

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Sew a pillowcase Add a hit of retro pattern to a plain bedroom with funky pillowcases. To make a similar design, cut one piece of floral fabric 74cm x 52cm and one 92cm x 52cm. Along one short edge of both pieces, fold over a 1cm then 1cm again, pin, press and machine stitch. Lay the longer piece right-side down flat on a worksurface and fold the hemmed edge over by 16cm to form the inner pillowcase cuff. Pin, then turn right-side up. Pin the shorter piece on top, with the hemmed edge matching the folded edge. Pin and machine stitch around the three raw-edge sides, then neaten with a zigzag stitch or overlocker. Turn and add the pillow.

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Hang streamers Cut the top and bottom off a plastic bottle so it’s about H20cm. Carefully pierce two holes opposite each other near the top edge of the cylinder. Cut a 2m-length of invisible thread, push through the two holes and knot to secure. Cut then press a piece of double-sided tape to the top and bottom outside edges of the cylinder. Cut a piece of blue or red craft paper to fit the circumference of the cylinder plus 1cm, and the height of the cylinder plus 4cm. Use a decorative hole punch to make a pattern along the top and bottom edges. Stick a piece of double-sided tape just above the punched design and peel off the backing tape. Cut crêpe paper streamers in red and white, around 50cm long. Press to the double-sided tape, so the streamers hang below the bottom punched design. Stick the craft paper around the bottle, pressing to the prepared tape. Decorate with trim or rickrack and hang.

STYLING TIP Group objects together in sets of three when styling a corner of your room – from vases to cushions, n everything looks better whe shown off as part of a trio.

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Frame a TEA TOWEL Unfold and press a tea towel. The frame and mount should be bigger than the slogan on the tea towel (tea towels are usually 48cm x 76cm). On the back of the mount, fix double-sided tape around the aperture. Position the tea towel in place, pulling it taut, then add the backing board and frame.

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Fold paper

FLOWERS 1 To make a petal, fold a 17cm x 17cm square of origami paper diagonally on the fold. Fold the two bottom corners of the triangle to the top point to make a square. Fold the top point back on itself and repeat on the left. 2 Open out these triangles and flatten to make two kite shapes, then fold their top points over, lining up the paper edges. Finally, fold the bottom edges along the creases. 3 Glue the two side triangles together to form a petal. Repeat the process to make five more. Glue the folded edges of the petals together to make a flower, then glue these to a green plant support stick Arrange in a clear glass vase.

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Disguise

APPLIANCES 1 Measure the opening that needs to be covered (the width and height). Cut a piece of fabric 1.5 times the width x height, plus 6cm. 2 Turn over 1cm and 1cm again along the bottom and two side edges. Pin, press and machine stitch. At the top, turn over 2cm and then 2cm again to form a channel for the net curtain wire. Pin, press and machine stitch. 3 Measure and cut a piece of net curtain wire to fit the opening, pulling taut. Thread it through the channel and fix O-hooks to each end and cup hooks to the underside of the worktop. Hang the curtain.

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Transform plates Wash and dry three white side plates. For the geometric brick design, cut washi tape in several lengths between 5cm and 8cm. Stick end to end, varying the colour and pattern to cover the entire plate. Turn it over and stick down the tape edges. For the striped plate, stick lengths of tape long enough to cover the plate, leaving a gap between each. For the criss-cross design, stick tape at different angles. Use adhesive disc hangers to fix the plates to the wall.

STYLING TIP Use letters made from cut or torn pieces of washi tape to add monogrammes to plates and display them. Or use tape to personalise plain storage boxes.

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Colour a CORNER Be inspired by a favourite piece of art (or pick up a floral painting at a local car-boot sale or charity shop) and use its colours and subject to inspire a styling project. For example, richly coloured dahlias in a vase create a bold, punchy display in front of the painting. Complete the look by adding jam jar tealight holders in equally bright colours.

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Paint a tray Lightly sand a wooden cutlery tray and wipe away any dust. Prime with a coat of wood primer, then apply two coats of duck-egg blue eggshell paint, allowing to dry between each coat. With a fine paintbrush, carefully paint a line of dots in a darker shade of acrylic paint, following the edge and the curve of the handle, and leave to dry. Keep everyday items in the caddy and use to carry them from kitchen to dining table.

STYLING TIP Hosting a buffet? Use a bol d wallpaper as a table runner – just place over a white flat bed sheet. When the party’s over, the runner can be scrunched up and recycled.

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Display PHOTOS Choose two pebbles that sit well when one is placed on top of the other – ideally one should be fairly flat on both sides and the second, flat on one side. Fuse together using a hot glue gun (the flat pebble is the bottom one). Cut a 50cm-piece of thick craft wire and bend one end to form two heart shapes, making sure one is smaller than the other. Stretch the rest of the wire out to form the stem. Decide how long you want it to be then, at this point, wrap the wire around the pebble stack at least three times. Take the remaining wire and twist back up the stem of the photo holder to the heart and down again to make it sturdy. Pop a photo between the two wire hearts.

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Stitch cute scented MICE 1 Put old wool knitware through the washing machine on a hot program so the fabric ‘felts’. Leave to dry. Using the mouse template on page 126, cut two bodies, a base and a pair of ears, plus a 10cm x 2cm felted piece for the tail. 2 Pin the body pieces with right sides together. Machine stitch along the curved side. Pin on the base and machine stitch, leaving a gap at the bottom. Turn the right way and stuff with toy filling and lavender. 3 Slip the tail piece into the gap and stitch in place, then sew up the gap. Fold each ear piece in half along the straight edge, then pinch to make an ear shape. Sew each one on. Finally, hand stitch eyes and a nose in contrasting embroidery thread.

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Go flower CRAZY Bring a floral wallpaper to life by arranging brightly coloured fresh flowers in front of it. Stand a plain melamine or painted tray that picks out one of the colours in the wallpaper on a small side table in front of the wall. Place a selection of vases and decorative tumblers on the tray. Finally, add a few plants and rose stems in tonal shades.

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Tidy up belts Stop belts from getting tangled by hanging them over a pole, either fitted to the interior of a wardrobe or as a part of open shelving. Loop each belt over the pole a few times, leaving the ends undone, or unfasten and refasten around the pole.

STYLING TIP Use an extra set of pillows t covered with pillowcases tha so er, match your duvet cov y your bed always looks freshl pressed. Lift off at night and put back in the morning.

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Learn to love

APPLIQUÉ 1 Draw and cut out a paper heart template around W30cm. Pin to a piece of floral-print fabric and cut out a heart. Cut out the same size heart from iron-on interfacing and use an iron to fuse it to the reverse of the fabric heart. 2 Cut a gingham fabric square 42cm x 42cm. Position the fabric heart on the right side and machine stitch all the way round using contrasting thread and a narrow zigzag stitch. 3 Cut two 42cm x 32cm pieces of gingham fabric. Turn over 1cm, then 1cm again to form a hem along one 42cm edge of each piece. Machine stitch then, with right sides facing, pin the front and two back pieces together so the hemmed edges overlap. Machine stitch all round, turn the right way and press. Add a 40cm x 40cm cushion pad.

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Edge shelves Shop around for a wide decorative fabric trim that’s at least double the depth of your floating shelves. Look for something that’s fairly thick – an embroidered design with a pretty scalloped edge is ideal. Using selfadhesive Velcro tape, fix the trim to the front edge of the shelf, continuing around the two shorter sides. Repeat for the rest of the floating shelves. Display patterned and decorative plates on the shelves for a vintage feel.

STYLING TIP Hoard vintage sewing treasures – they make great stylist’s props. Look out for old cotton reels, buttons still attached to their cards and wooden rulers.

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Sew a button starburst Cut two pieces of linen fabric 42cm x 42cm. Press both and set one aside. Lay the second, right side up, on a flat surface, and place one of 17 large shell buttons 15cm in from the side and top edges of the fabric. This will be the central button. Mark the position with a vanishing marker, then use a ruler to mark the position of 20 small buttons, five each going out to the top, bottom and sides of the central point, to form a cross. Do the same for 16 large buttons – diagonally in rows of four from the centre. Sew on the buttons by hand, then place the second piece of linen face down on top. Machine stitch all the way around, leaving a 20cm gap. Turn, press and pop in a 40cm x 40cm cushion pad. Slip stitch the gap closed.

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Create a

LACE BOWL 1 Soak a fabric doily in a bowl of fabric stiffener until saturated (one around 30cm diameter will give you a reasonable-sized bowl). 2 Remove and gently squeeze out the excess liquid and place it around the outside of an upside-down china bowl. Shape gently, making sure it is evenly centered on top to avoid it becoming lopsided. 3 Once the doily is completely dry, gently pull it off the bowl, taking care not to knock it out of shape.

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DISPLAY LADDER Rub a wooden ladder with sandpaper and wipe away the dust with a damp cloth. Apply a coat of primer with a small paintbrush and leave to dry. Apply a coat of white eggshell or satinwood paint and leave to dry. Lean the ladder against a wall and add brightly coloured accessories, such as scarves and bags, to brighten up a corner.

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Sew a bench cushion 1 Cut a front piece of floral fabric 32cm x 52cm and two back pieces 32cm x 32cm. Fold over 1cm then 1cm again to make a hem along one 32cm edge of each back piece. Press, pin and machine stitch. 2 Place the front piece right-side up on a table, then place one back piece on top, with the hemmed edge in the middle, matching up the raw edges. Place the second back piece on top, again with the hemmed edge to the middle (so the two pieces overlap). 3 Pin and machine stitch around the four raw edges, with a 1cm seam allowance. Turn the right way, making sure the corners are to a point. Press and pop in a 30cm x 50cm cushion pad.

STYLING TIP Make funky place mats by machine stitching two 32cm x 42cm rectangles (right sides together), leaving a small gap. Turn, press and slip stitch the gap closed.

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Cover plain notebooks Cut a piece of 27cm x 40cm wallpaper and lay pattern-side down on a flat surface. Place an opened A5 hardback notebook on top with the covers down. Use a tin to prop up the back cover and another tin to prop up the pages, leaving the front cover on the wallpaper. Fold the two left-hand corners of the wallpaper in at right angles and stick to the inside front cover with tape (as if wrapping a present). Cut a line on either side of the spine at the top and bottom of the wrapping paper. Fold and stick the top, bottom and side flaps to the inside front cover. Move the tins to prop up the front cover and pages, so the back cover is on the wallpaper. Wrap the back cover in wallpaper as above. Tuck the top and bottom cut strips of wallpaper into the spine with a pencil.

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Create a home spa Find a shallow basket and fill with tempting toiletries for a pamper-me session. Save miniature bathroom products from hotels and spas, ready to indulge in, along with body brushes, loofahs, shower caps and pumice stones. Add a few sprigs of fresh or dried flowers to make the basket look even more enticing.

STYLING TIP Gingham fabric always looks crisp and gives instant country style. Choose pale yellow for a softer look tha n bold red, especially when teamed with duck - egg blue.

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Stitch a PEG BAG Cut a piece of yellow gingham fabric the width of a small coat hanger x H80cm. With right sides together, fold up fabric by 20cm (so it’s now H60cm). Place the coat hanger on top and draw around the outline, allowing an extra 1cm for seams. Cut out. Cut a curve along the straight edge of the smaller hanger piece and the same curve along the longer piece. Hem both of these curves, folding over 1cm and then 1cm again. Add rickrack trim. Pin the two hanger shapes together, with right sides facing, then fold up the longer piece so the two curved egdes overlap by 2cm at the sides. Machine stitch around the peg bag, leaving a small gap at the top of the hanger-shaped end. Turn and press. Pop in the hanger, feeding the hook through the gap.

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Spray a

CABINET 1 Lightly rub the bedside cabinet with sandpaper and wipe away the dust with a damp cloth. Stand the cabinet on a protected surface, ideally working outside. Remove any drawers. 2 Shake the can of yellow spray paint well. Spray the cabinet inside and out. Allow to dry, then add another coat for really good coverage and allow to dry thoroughly. 3 Cut a piece of patterned wrapping paper or wallpaper to fit inside the inner shelf of the cabinet, and fix in place with double-sided tape.

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Halloween Decorate your house ready for spooky goings - on this Fright Night.


EVERYDAY STYLE

Easy ideas… takes 10 minutes Make ‘Trick or Treat’ paper cones and fill with sweets, ready for spooky Halloween visitors. takes an hour Cut mouse, bat, witch and pumpkin shapes from black sticky-back plastic and use to decorate walls.

takes an afternoon Decoupage a pumpkin (either a fresh or cardboard one) with Gothic-inspired wrapping paper. takes a day Cover surfaces with white bed sheets, make cobwebs from black knitting wool and stock up on candles. takes a weekend Host a pumpkin carving session in your garden, using the flesh for hot pumpkin soup the following day.

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Fit a reclaimed

HEADBOARD Collect old floorboards from a local reclamation or salvage yard. Using a circular saw or jigsaw, cut into lengths slightly larger than the divan base or bed frame. If floorboards aren’t long enough, or for a quirky finish, use two or three to make up the length. Screw the floorboards to the wall behind the bed (one screw either end of each board), using suitable wall fixings. Fill and sand the screw holes. Sand any rough edges.

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Distress a peg rail Give a wooden peg rail a vintage feel with a quick paint effect. If possible, unscrew and remove the hooks, setting aside. Dip a paintbrush into a pot of white emulsion paint, then dab away the excess onto kitchen paper. Lightly brush the paint along the grain of the peg rail. Leave to dry, then gently sand with fine sandpaper to enhance the distressed look. Replace the hooks and fix to the wall, hanging objects in rustic finishes, such as galvanised metal and wicker, to complete the look.

STYLING TIP t Start a ribbon box and collec ds, any trims that come on car presents or gift bags. Use to wrap your own gifts or personalise home accessories, such as hanging hearts.

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Sew a patch CUSHION 1 Cut two pieces of 42cm x 42cm plain brown fabric. Cut one 32cm x 32cm piece and one 22cm x 22cm piece from two floral fabric designs that complement the brown fabric. Press a 1cm hem all round on the floral squares. 2 Machine stitch a 10cm x 10cm white rickrack square to the centre of the smallest floral square, then pin this square centrally on top of the remaining floral square. Machine stitch around it, close to its pressed edge. Machine stitch this onto one plain brown fabric square. 3 With right sides together, pin the two brown squares together. Machine stitch round all the edges, leaving a 20cm gap. Turn, add a 40cm x 40cm cushion pad, then slip stitch the gap closed.

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Decoupage a screen Stand an MDF screen on a protected floor and paint all sides with a coat of primer. Leave to dry and repeat. Next, paint with eggshell and leave to dry, before repeating with a second coat. Leave to dry fully overnight. Using a pair of sharp scissors, neatly cut out several trailing flower designs from a piece of floral wallpaper. Lay the screen flat on the floor, right side up, and arrange the paper flowers so that they trail down from the top edge of the screen’s panels. Stick the flowers carefully in place with PVA glue. Leave to dry before brushing the whole screen with a coat of clear matt varnish.

STYLING TIP When dressing your bed with a throw or blanket, fold it into thirds and pop at the foot so you can still see any pattern or detail on your bed linen underneath.

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Create an indoor GARDEN Collect clear glass bottles, vases and drinking tumblers. Wash with warm soapy water and dry. Line up on a windowsill, with the larger ones at the back against the windowpane. Fill them with a little water, then pop a single flower stem into each one, or two or three into containers with wider openings. Freesia, roses, stocks and peonies all look great, especially if they are all different shades of the same colour, such as pink.

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Make a cosy

HOTTIE 1 Place a hot water bottle inner on top of a jumper and cut out a back piece, allowing 1cm for seams all the way round. Repeat for the front, cutting up to the neck of the bottle inner only. 2 Turn under a 1cm hem along the top edge of the front piece and machine stitch. Cut a flap piece the same shape as the top half of the back piece, with a ribbed edge at the bottom. 3 Put the back piece right-side up and the flap right-side down on top. Place the front piece right-side down on top, pin and machine stitch. Turn the right way and trim.

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Smarten up

SHELVING Give shelves behind open or glazed doors a fresh look by arranging the contents by colour or theme. For a beach-house look, collect any blue-and-white striped or plain home accessories or clothes and fold neatly. Use wicker baskets for texture and a casually placed straw hat (or two). Use the lower half of the cupboard – the shelves behind solid doors – to store any bits that don’t work with the theme. Finally, hang a pretty lightweight top, such as a kaftan, and floaty scarf from a door handle.

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Tie back a curtain Use a long piece of ribbon (at least 25mm wide) to draw back a pretty door curtain, allowing the autumn sunshine to flood into a room. Tie loosely around the curtain in a flouncy bow, leaving long, flowing ends of ribbon. Use a discreet hook, fixed to the wall or architrave behind the curtain, to keep the ribbon in place.

STYLING TIP Use wicker shopping baskets or garden trugs to show off almost - real silk flowers, for a just- picked- from - the t fec per garden feel that’s now summer has passed.

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Build in SEATING 1 Start by measuring the area where the bench seat will be and cut two pieces of studwork timber (70mm x 44mm) to the length and two pieces to the area’s depth minus 88mm (twice the depth of the wood). Using wood screws, fix to form a frame, checking it’s square. 2 Measure and cut 18mm MDF for the two sides, top and back panels and screw to the frame pieces to form a box, leaving the front open. 3 Cut two pieces of tongue-andgroove MDF sheet to make the doors for the front. Fix to the frame using concealed hinges (the doors should sit between the MDF top and the bottom frame). Fill any screw holes then sand, prime and paint with white eggshell. Finally, attach two cup handles to the panelled doors and add cushions.

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Trim a towel Give a plain cream hand towel a touch of glamour with a ribbon band and matching bow. Cut a piece of grossgrain ribbon the width of the towel plus 4cm. Pin and hand stitch it to the bottom of the towel, folding the ends over into the hems at each side. Make a bow by folding the ends of a 15cm-piece of ribbon so they meet in the middle and overlap by 1cm, then sew in place through the three layers. Cover the stitches with a band of ribbon (the middle part of the bow), then sew onto the ribbon band on the towel.

STYLING TIP c Choose three shapely cerami r pieces and display on you k coffee table for a retro -loo the y Var centrepiece. s, but keep to similar ght hei shades or textures.

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Store office ESSENTIALS Use suction pads to turn a wire basket into a handy desk extension. Fix the pads to the side of the desk, then wedge through the bars of the basket. Store stationery must-haves, such as paper clips and mini pegs, in labelled jars, and pop in the basket to free up valuable desk space.

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Hang a family tree 1 Move any furniture out of the way. Place a tree wall sticker on the wall using masking tape and, when happy with its position, peel off the backing and smooth, using a credit card to remove bubbles. 2 Take several photo frames of the same design and size (unfussy ones work best), and pop a black and white family photo in each one. 3 Decide which branches of the tree the frames will hang from then check the wall for cables and pipes. Tap in suitable picture hooks and hang the frames.

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Cosy up Snuggle down and hibernate at home with plenty of texture and creature comforts.


EVERYDAY STYLE

Easy ideas‌ takes 10 minutes Raid your airing cupboard and collect super-soft knitted blankets and throws to dress your sofa with. takes an hour Sort out the coat rack in the hall, replacing summer jackets with winter ones and style with hats and scarves. takes an afternoon Pay attention to the fireplace. If it has a chimney, get it swept and fill wicker baskets with logs. takes a day Add a wallpaper with a panel design to create a cosy-style feature – choose shades of grey for a modern feel. takes a weekend Stain light-coloured wooden pieces of furniture with a dark oak or walnut wax to add warmth.

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Re-cover a

STOOL 1 Cut a circle of fabric the size of the stool’s top, plus 2cm. Cut a strip of fabric: length = stool’s circumference + 4cm x width = seat depth plus 10cm. 2 Turn a long edge of the strip over by 2cm to the wrong side, then over again by 2cm, to form a casing. Press, pin and machine stitch. Pin the shorter edges of the strip together, with right sides facing. Machine stitch 1cm in, but not over the casing. 3 With the right sides facing, pin the raw edge of the strip to the edge of the fabric circle and machine stitch 1cm in. Turn the right way. Thread piping cord through the casing. Pop the cover over the stool and tie the ends tightly underneath.

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Frame a collection To make the fabric picture, first cut one rectangular piece of wallpaper to fit a frame. Glue three different swatches of fabric to the paper and add a button to each. Place inside the frame. For the memory tag design, glue personal items, such as family photos, holiday tickets and maps, onto paper luggage labels. Arrange them on a sheet of brown paper, glue, then place inside a second frame. For the 3D butterfly picture, cut out several paper butterflies in two colours with a craft punch. Fold each in half, then arrange in a circular pattern onto a piece of white card. Glue, then place inside the frame.

STYLING TIP Re- cover a drop - in seat pad with a bold fabric design to give it an instant revamp. Just remove from the chair frame and staple your new . fabric taut to the underside

takes an afternoon

Trim with a LACE CUFF Give a plain shop-bought cushion a vintage look with a panel of pretty lace. Measure around the middle of the cushion, adding on 5cm. Take a strip of lace offcut and hem the edges by folding over 1cm and then 1cm again to the wrong side. Machine stitch in place. (If the lace offcut is scalloped, like ours, just hem one side). Pin the lace panel around the cushion and, using a big-eyed embroidery needle and narrow ribbon, sew a row of running stitches though the two overlapped lace edges, from the edge to the middle, leaving a length of ribbon spare. Repeat from the other edge to the middle. Tie the ribbon lengths together in a bow.

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Jazz up LETTERS Take a 3D cardboard letter and draw around it (right side down) onto the wrong side of wrapping paper. Cut out, allowing an extra 1cm all the way around. Using PVA glue, fix the paper letter to the cardboard one, snipping the corners and curves as needed, then glue the excess paper to the inner and outer sides of the letter. Cut a long strip (or several smaller ones) from the paper and glue to the sides of the letters.

STYLING TIP Give an old chest of drawer s a new look by changing the knobs. Check that the thread diameter of the new design matches the old one to avoid widening the screw holes.

takes an afternoon

Make a CAKE STAND 1 Stick a piece of masking tape across the centre on the back of a pretty vintage dinner plate. Mark the centre point with a cross. 2 Place the plate on a piece of wood and drill through, using a 6mm ceramic bit. Round off the edges of the drilled hole with a diamond drill bit. Repeat for the tea plate, teacup and saucer. 3 Assemble the cake stand using a cake-stand kit, in this order: screw, foam washer, metal washer, dinner plate, foam washer, upright, foam washer, metal washer, tea plate, foam washer, upright, foam washer, metal washer, teacup and saucer, foam washer, handle. Tighten the bottom screw with a screwdriver.

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Hang a panel Find a pretty vintage lace panel that fits your window (either use at the bottom half of a window, allowing light to flood in the top part, or cover the whole window for privacy. Cut a piece of sew-on Velcro tape to the window’s width. Sew one part of the tape to the lace and fix the sticky side to the window frame with a staple gun. Match up the two Velcro sides.

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Stitch a ditzy CUSHION 1 Cut two pieces of patterned fabric 18cm x 20cm. With right sides together, pin and machine stitch (with a 1cm seam allowance) along a 20cm edge. Press open. Pin a 20cm-length of braid along the right side of the seam, then hand stitch in place. 2 Cut a back piece 34cm x 20cm for the cushion. With right sides together, pin the back to the front. Machine stitch around two long and one short sides. Turn. 3 Press and stuff using filling from a cushion pad. Slip stitch the gap closed. Repeat to make a second cushion.

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Peg to a frame Carefully remove the glass and backing board from an ornate picture frame and discard safely. Measure the aperture of the frame and add on an extra 2cm. Wearing gloves, cut a piece of wire mesh to this measurement. Working from the back of the frame, staple gun the mesh in place as tightly as possible, bending any sharp wire ends towards the frame itself. Clip on wooden clothes pegs and lean the frame against a wall, ready for swatches and styling notes.

STYLING TIP Use a lampshade kit to give your room designer style at a fraction of the cost. s All you need is the kit, plu your chosen fabric, wrapping paper or wallpaper.

takes 10 minutes

Fold pretty ENVELOPES Take a square of chintzy floral wallpaper and place diagonally, right side down, on a flat surface. Fold up the bottom by a quarter of the paper’s length, then fold in the two sides so they meet – fix in place with double-sided tape. Finally, fold over the flap. Repeat to make different-sized envelopes for cards, letters and precious old photographs that should be kept safe.

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Sew a shoe bag Cut a piece of patterned fabric L70cm x W76cm. With right sides together, fold in half widthways and pin. Machine stitch the long edge and one shorter edge, with a 1cm seam allowance. Neaten with a zigzag stitch or use an overlocker. Turn the right way and press. Turn over 1cm then 1cm again around the open end. Pin, press and machine stitch around. Fold a cuff (wrong sides together) of 10cm and pin then press. Measure and pin to the parallel two lines 5cm and 7cm down from the folded edge. Machine stitch these lines, leaving a small gap in the lower one. Thread a 1m-length of cord or ribbon through the channel, knot the ends together, then draw up the bag. Why not use decorative pillowcases in place of fabric? Just add the cuff and channel for the drawstring.

STYLING TIP Keep clean linens in drawstring bags if you’re short of drawer space in your kitchen - diner. Hang from simple hooks to pretty up a plain painted wall.

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Embellish BOTTLES Rinse out and dry clear glass bottles and jars (those used for passata or sauces are ideal). Next, tie a length of crochet lace around the neck of each then sew large and small crochet flowers onto the trim. Finally, fill with beauty essentials, ready for an indulgent home pampering session.

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Build a mirrored

CABINET 1 You’ll need a slim bookcase. Start by measuring the side panel (the bookcase will be turned side-on, so make sure you’re happy with the way the shelves face in the room). 2 Ask a local glazier to cut a piece of mirror to the exact dimensions. Using grip adhesive, cover the reverse of the mirror. 3 Lay the bookcase down on the side that isn’t being covered and pop the mirror in place. Press the mirror to the side panel carefully but firmly and leave the glue to set for at least 24 hours before standing upright.

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Create a

GALLERY 1 Work out the arrangement of frames, mirrors and letters for the wall above the bed on the floor, rearranging until happy with the layout. Move the bed out of the way. 2 Measure and mark the position of screw holes on the wall, checking first for any pipes or cables, and drill. Masonry walls require a wall plug, while plasterboard walls need a toggle or spiral fixing. 3 If the objects to be hung are fairly lightweight, then removable self-adhesive hooks are an option. Hang the frames and letters.

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Make luggage tags A stack of vintage suitcases and briefcases provides attractive storage in either a bedroom or dining area. Look out for leather pieces at car-boot sales or charity shops, checking the inside is in reasonable condition before buying. Use brown luggage tags, which can be tied to the handles, to illustrate what’s inside each case. Personalise tags by gluing on black and white photos or silk flowers, or stamping on a cute design, leaving space to write below.

STYLING TIP Decant coloured bubble bath and oil into glass bottles with stoppers or screw lids and line up along your bathroom shelf, just ready for those pamper - me moments.

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Wrap up SOAP BARS Get bathroom hotel chic in a flash and leave a bowl of posh soaps on display. Buy inexpensive bars of soap in the supermarket and remove any labels or cellophane wrapping. Cut rectangles of wrapping paper or wallpaper (samples are ideal) slightly shorter than the soap bars, and long enough to wrap around the bars with the edges overlapping by 1cm. Wrap each bar and fix in place with double-sided tape. Finish by tying a piece of natural twine or string around the paper wrap. Display on a super-soft flannel in a shallow bowl.

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Give home-made PRESERVES 1 Cut circles of spotty scrapbook paper 5cm larger than the lids of the jars (or buy a pack of preserve labels). For a decorative edge, use pinking shears or scalloped scissors. 2 Place the paper circle centrally over the lids of each jar and hold in place temporarily with an elastic band. Tie a length of ribbon into a bow just under the lid, then remove the elastic band. 3 Add a sticker to the front of each jar (or on top of the jar), writing on the delicious home-made contents inside. Finally, trim each jar with paper flowers in contrasting colours (scrapbook ones are ideal), fixing in place with PVA glue.

STYLING TIP Use plastic coloured trugs, available from DIY stores, es to store large toys and gam ugh eno ust in – they’re rob for boisterous play time (and tidying up!).

takes 10 minutes

Frame KIDS’ART Add bold colour to the walls of a playroom or kitchen by framing favourite paintings that the children have created. Choose frames with clear plastic, rather than glass, so the kids can help mount their pieces. If a painting is too large for a frame, try cutting it up into sections, framing each, then hanging the frames together on a wall to recreate it.

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takes an afternoon

Accessorise a hall Create a feature wall from a hat collection, preventing them from getting squashed in the wardrobe at the same time. Use self-adhesive hooks or picture hooks tapped into the wall to keep each hat in place. Display in a line for a uniform look or stagger for a more casual feel.

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DĂŠcoupage a

STOOL 1 Carefully cut out each of the flower motifs from a roll of shiny floral wrapping paper using a pair of sharp scissors. 2 Start sticking each flower onto the stool, using PVA glue, overlapping each one to avoid any gaps. Brush each flower with glue as you work and smooth out any wrinkles. 3 When the seat and the legs of the stool are covered with the cut-out flowers, leave to dry. Next, carefully apply a coat of clear matt varnish all over the design to protect it. Leave to dry overnight.

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Stamp tea towels Cut a potato in half so you have a flat surface. Soak up excess moisture with a piece of kitchen paper. Draw a leaf shape on one half of the potato with a felt-tip pen. Score around the design with a small, sharp knife. Cut away the potato around the scored line to leave a raised leaf shape. Repeat on the other potato half, this time, cutting away the leaf area, leaving a rectangle surround of potato. Pour fabric paint into a saucer. Practise by stamping onto paper first, then stamp the pattern onto a white tea towel. When dry, fix with a warm iron.

STYLING TIP Hand-stitch a tape loop to one corner of each of your tea towels, allowing you to hang them up in style. g Do it on the reverse, tuckin er. und es any raw tape edg

takes 10 minutes

Use tiles as COASTERS Wash and dry any spare wall tiles – glass ones are ideal as they are smooth – removing any labels or grout residue. Cut a piece of felt the same size as each one and fix to the reverse using a hot glue gun. Alternatively, use sticky foam pads on each corner – look for those used to prevent furniture from scratching a wooden floor. Got some large slate tiles left over from a project? Use to make place mats – just back with felt first to protect the table.

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Arrange butterflies 1 Start by making paper butterflies to trim a lampshade – look for an offcut of wallpaper that works with your scheme. Using a craft punch, make six small butterflies. 2 With a bigger punch, stamp out two larger ones. If you don’t have a large stamp, use a stencil instead and cut these out. Remove the shade from its base and fix the butterflies onto it using small sticky foam pads. Pop the lampshade back on its base then position on a table in the room. 3 Using the stencil, paint several butterflies directly onto the wall using a stencil brush and acrylic paint, to look as if they are flying away from the lampshade.

STYLING TIP Paint chip cards are ideal for crafting projects, often giving you varying tones of one colour. Punch out with craft punches to make pictures, cards and tags.

takes a day

Hang up JEWELLERY Use ornate hooks to display necklaces and bracelets on a wall. First, wallpaper a feature wall with a vintage-style design – one with a delicate lace or shimmering flock pattern will add to the boudoir feel. Then fix hooks to the wall at different heights, using screws or nails. Finally, hang up beads – don’t overcrowd each hook or the beads will become tangled and spoil the effect.

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takes 10 minutes

Make mirrors

SPARKLE Mix 250ml distilled white vinegar, 125ml water and a few drops of lemon essential oil in a spray bottle (pick one up at a local garden centre). Spritz wall mirrors and mirrored furniture, then wipe with a lint-free cloth for a gorgeous scented shine.

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Christmas Turn on the festive cheer with sparkling accessories in bright red and snowy white.


EVERYDAY STYLE

Easy ideas… takes 10 minutes Go large with honeycomb-style paper decorations on your tree and a fold-out star for the top. takes an hour Declutter your mantelpiece or console table to style it for Christmas with cards, candles and other festive pieces. takes an afternoon Raid your garden for foliage and create a garland for the mantelpiece, or pop a few sprigs in votives. takes a day Make Christmas cards – even using ready-made decals fixed to a card blank creates a personal touch. takes a weekend Decorate your hallway – it’s the first thing guests see, so add a garland, a card hanger and stockings.

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Stitch a

SLIP COVER 1 With the printed side of the fabric face down, drape over the chair to cover the top, front back, seat and front skirt, plus extra for the side skirts. Add 3cm to each of these measurements and cut out. Cut another piece the height of the chair back, plus 3cm. 2 Pin the chair fabric pieces together, with wrong sides facing. Cut the front/side skirts so it fits. Make any necessary adjustments. 3 Machine stitch the seams, including the bottom hems. Turn the cover the right way and fit to the chair.

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takes an afternoon

Set silk flowers Arrange three large artificial pom pom flowers and four stems of bamboo (H50cm) in your hand. Once happy with the shape, cut the stems to the height of a clear glass vase, then wash and dry the vase thoroughly. Following the instructions on a packet of floral resin, make up the two components (the resin and the hardener), mix and pour into the vase. Form a criss-cross grid with clear sticky tape on the top of the vase. Position the flowers through the grid – you might need to wire the stems to hold them in position. Leave to set for four hours, then remove the tape and any supporting wire.

STYLING TIP Mix one hero cushion with simple plain ones to give your sofa an instant style boost. Choose appliquĂŠ, embroidery or sequins for stand - out style.

takes an hour

Embellish a CUSHION Remove the pad from a shop-bought navy, linen-effect cushion and set aside. Fold and cut a piece of paper to make a heart-shaped template, around 20cm across. Draw around the heart onto the cushion front using a vanishing marker. Hand stitch 35 to 40 small white buttons along the marked heart line, leaving a small gap between each one. Finish by popping in the cushion pad.

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Style a pretty scene Gather a few old books with faded covers and pile up on a side table, with their spines facing out into the room. Pop a single fresh flower stem and a little water in a vintage ink or perfume bottle and place on top of the books. Place the stopper next to the bottle, adding a strip of double-sided tape underneath to stop it rolling off.

STYLING TIP Felt is great for appliquÊ as it doesn’t fray. Cut out shapes and use to jazz up plain cushions, curtains and even lampshades for a modern folk look.

takes an afternoon

Trim with folk style Add a fun touch to a shop-bought cushion with ready-cut packs of felt flowers (or you could cut shapes from squares of felt). Choose three large flowers in different pink/red shades and, using contrasting embroidery thread, blanket stitch around the edges of each. Sew a smaller flower to the centre of each, before pinning and hand sewing the flowers to one corner of the cushion (remove the pad if possible to make this easier). Finally, sew on a few smaller felt flowers, then pop the pad back in.

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Hang bathroom

ARTWORK 1 Take a sheet of map wrapping paper and place face down on a flat surface. Lay a 46cm x 56cm stretched canvas on top and cut around the sides with a craft knife, so the wrap is the same size as the canvas. 2 Spray a coat of adhesive over the back of the wrap, position on the canvas, pressing down and smoothing any bubbles. 3 Measure and cut a piece of self-adhesive film to cover the front and sides of the canvas. Peel off the backing and stick on top of the map, smoothing any air bubbles. Stick the film around the sides, then snip the corners to finish.

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Cover a

SEAT PAD 1 Measure the length and width of the top of the bench. Buy a piece of D8cm foam to this measurement. Cut a piece of fabric twice the length of the foam and twice its depth, plus 2cm x the foam’s width and twice its depth, plus 2cm. 2 Fold the fabric in half, with right sides facing, so the two shorter ends (width) meet. Pin and machine stitch along these two shorter sides, with a 1cm seam allowance. 3 Turn the cover the right way. Insert the foam into the cover – the join of the side seams should be halfway up the sides of the foam. Fold the top and bottom pieces together to form a seam. Pin, then stitch together. Tuck in each of the corner flaps for a neat finish.

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String paper hearts Trace the two heart templates on page 126 onto cardboard and cut out. To make lace-effect paper, stick a doily onto a piece of blue paper using a glue stick then, using the templates, cut out several differentsized hearts. Cut out more large and small hearts from different blue papers. Arrange the hearts in a vertical line on a table, to form a chain (the one shown is L85cm). Starting at the point of the bottom heart, machine stitch up the centre of the heart using running stitches. When at the top, carry on sewing for 1cm before adding the next heart to the chain.

STYLING TIP Use bunting to add colour to the sides of pieces of furniture, such as a dresser or wardrobe. Or, why not use to add vintage style to a door?

takes a day

Make fun STORAGE Wash and dry an assortment of jam jars with their lids, removing any sticky labels. Fix a plastic farmyard animal onto the lid of each using super glue. Leave to dry. To ensure the sides and lip of each lid is sprayed, place on a piece of newspaper in a well-ventilated room and raise slightly off the paper before spraying (an old glass or smaller jar is ideal). Cover with two thin coats of spray paint to ensure even coverage. Repeat for the other animal lids. Pop small stationery or craft bits and pieces inside, such as crayons, beads or buttons – anything that is easily lost.

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Go glam with trim 1 Cut two rectagles from silver velvet fabric and two from purple fabric, each measuring 52cm x 32cm. Pin purple bobble trim to the right side along each of the two shorter edges of the purple velvet (pinning between the bobbles is easiest). 2 Machine stitch the bobble trim to the velvet, stretching the trim as you sew and removing the pins. Repeat for the silver/pink cushion. 3 Pin the matching rectangle of velvet fabric on each (right sides together) and pin round all four sides, leaving a 15cm gap along one long side. Machine stitch, taking care not to stitch the bobbles. Remove the pins and turn. Poke the corners to a sharp point with a knitting needle. Pop a 50cm x 30cm cushion pad in each, then slip stitch the gap closed.

STYLING TIP Give a plain drum lampshade an instant update by gluing on a length of multi- colour ed bobble trim. Use a hot glue gun to fix to the underneath of the shade.

takes an hour

Put out THE FLAGS Measure and cut 12 x 25cm lengths of wide ribbon, two from each of six different colours or patterns. Fold each ribbon in half (wrong sides together), and press with a cool iron. From 3mm-wide ribbon, cut a 2m-long piece. Place the folded ribbon pieces over it with a 5cm space in between each one, alternating the colours and patterns. Stick the ribbons in place using a strip of fusible tape (Bondaweb) on the wrong side of each ribbon. Cut an inverted ‘V’ at the bottom of each ribbon flag for a neat finish, then hang.

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Line a display CABINET Start with an empty wall cabinet, removing any internal shelves if possible. Lay the cabinet flat on its back and measure and cut a piece of patterned wallpaper with a dark motif to fit. Fix to the inside back of the cabinet using spray adhesive. Pop the shelves back in and style up each with a mixture of white crockery and fresh flowers for a vintage feel.

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New Year Put on the glitz! It’s time to celebrate so transform your home into a fab party venue.


EVERYDAY STYLE

Easy ideas‌ takes 10 minutes Use decorations to trim a table: tie onto the backs of chairs, trim napkins or turn into place cards. takes an hour Turn your console table or sideboard into a temporary bar area, with clean glasses on a tray, ready to use. takes an afternoon String up fairy lights from the ceiling or around mirror frames for twinkle. Use battery lights where needed. takes a day Add hotel-style touches to every room – from clean towels for overnight guests to fresh or silk orchids. takes a weekend Create space for a dance floor, rolling up rugs, adding a sparkly mirror ball and dimming the lights.

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Create a mini

LIBRARY Take a number of wooden spice racks designed to be hung on a wall and sand to remove any rough edges and provide a key surface for painting. Using a paintbrush, paint inside and out of each rack with bright-pink emulsion (or use a can of spray paint). Leave to dry. Measure and mark the position of each rack on the wall, allowing enough clearance to take the books out. Check the position of any pipes or cables first, then drill and fix each in place using suitable screws and fixings.

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Give a heart Trace the heart-shaped template on page 126 onto a piece of paper and cut out. Use to cut two heart pieces from floral fabric, Cut a piece of braid 20cm long and fold in half to make a loop. Match the raw edges of the loop to the top of one of the fabric heart pieces and pin. With right sides facing, pin the second fabric heart on top. Machine stitch around the heart (with a 1cm seam allowance), leaving a small gap of 6cm along one of the edges near the bottom point. Turn the right way, stuff with toy stuffing, then slip stitch the gap closed. Tie a second 20cm-length of braid to the bottom of the sewing loop, cutting the ends to a point for a neat finish.

STYLING TIP m Hang up fabric tote bags fro or y lwa peg rails in your hal spare bedroom to store hats and gloves, soft toys and shopping bags. Why not make them using fabric remnants?

takes an afternoon

Transfer onto BED LINEN 1 Open enough A4-sized pages on a computer program for your chosen word. Type one letter on each page, choosing a fancy font and colour, then reverse it and fit to fill the page. Print each letter in colour onto a sheet of A4 t-shirt transfer paper. Cut out, leaving a small border around each. 2 Lay two pillowcases on a flat surface, with the openings facing out, and arrange the letters (printed side down) on each. Empty the water from an iron and set it to high. Iron on each letter, working over a small area at a time. 3 Leave the letters to cool then carefully peel off the transfer sheets. If the corners don’t come off easily, rub the iron back over them.

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Piece together doilies Wash and press a collection of fabric or lace doilies (make sure they’re all the same colour). Lay out on a flat surface and arrange to cover an area around 40cm x 150cm (or to fit a dining table). Pin the edges of each lace doily to its neighbour then hand stitch to secure in place. Finally, give the finished runner a press, place on the table and pop a vase of flowers on top.

STYLING TIP Rescue any weather -beaten hydrangeas from your garden and leave suspended from their stems to dry out. Use to add a delicate touch to your dining table.

takes 10 minutes

Style an eclectic

COLLECTION Clear wall shelves or a bookshelf and dust – it’s easier to start afresh when styling a collection, rather than trying to rearrange. Decide which pieces are going on each shelf in themes, such as pressed glass sugar/sundae bowls and fluted metal cake moulds. Try to keep to an odd number – threes, fives or sevens, then add interest with old letters and postcards, black and white photographs and a few shells or pebbles.

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Add lace to pictures 1 Collect different pieces of lace and trim. Give white pieces of lace an aged feel by soaking in cold black tea for an hour, then squeeze out the excess and leave to dry. Press if needed. 2 Carefully take the picture frames apart, laying the cardboard mounts out on a flat surface. Cut a piece of lace to fit on top of the cardboard mount. 3 Fix the lace to the mount using double-sided tape or a glue stick. Add a photograph, then replace the glass. If the lace pieces are narrow, use to edge the mount instead.

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Transform with

PATTERN 1 Cut a piece of fabric big enough to cover the top and sides of a footstool, plus 10cm to the width and length. 2 Place the fabric wrong side down centrally on top of the footstool, making sure it’s positioned equally on all four sides. Pin a dart from one corner point to the fabric’s outer edge, following the curve of the footstool. Repeat for the other corners. 3 Machine stitch the darts, trim and press flat. Turn over 2cm then 2cm again around the bottom edge for a hem. Press then pin on a shell disc or beaded trim. Machine stitch the hem and trim in place. Turn the right way, press and slip over the footstool.

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Cover a lampshade Unpack the lampshade kit (two rings, a self-adhesive panel, double-sided tape and a serrated tool). Iron the fabric and lay on a flat surface, right-side down. Peel back about 10cm of the adhesive panel, turn over and position sticky-side down on the fabric. Stick the first 10cm, then continue until the entire panel is stuck to the fabric. Crease and peel off the pre-scored edges at the top and bottom of the panel. Attach doublesided tape to the panel’s right vertical (short) edge. Wrap the rings with double-sided tape. Remove the backing paper and place the top and bottom rings at the left-hand edge of the panel; roll up the shade. Tape into position on the panel’s right vertical side. Fold the fabric edges over the rings to the inside and tuck under with the serrated tool.

STYLING TIP Leave a shallow tray on you r footstool to provide a stable surface for drinks, a vase and other stylish finds. Pil e up a stack of enticing coffee - table books.

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Embroider SAMPLERS Cut a piece of linen to fit inside a round embroidery hoop. Using a vanishing marker, draw a letter design onto the fabric (try copying an elaborate font). Using two strands of embroidery thread and a variety of decorative stitches, fill in the letters. To finish, cut away the excess fabric from the back, leaving a 2cm border. Gather around this and pull tightly, concealing the fabric at the back of the hoop. Hang on a wall.

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Sew easy bunting Use the template on page 126 to cut out 12 bunting flags in a mix of patterned fabrics using pinking shears. Place each flag at 5cm intervals along a 3m-length of pink gingham bias binding (with the folded edge facing away). Starting 10cm in from the end of the binding, trap the top of the flags at regular intervals between the fold and pin to hold in place. Machine stitch along the binding, removing the pins as you go, making sure the flags are caught by the stitches. Once finished, create a loop at each end and machine stitch in place.

STYLING TIP Find vintage sheets and pillowcases for bunting at local car-boot sales or charity shops. They don’t need to be perfect as you can cut around faded areas.

takes 10 minutes

Fold stylish notebooks Cut a piece of wallpaper to A4 size and, with wrong sides together, fold in half to A5 size. Take a pile of A4 sheets of paper (around 20 – depending how thick the notebook will be) and fold in half, again to A5 in size. Tuck the paper sheets inside the wallpaper cover, so the folds match. Take a 3mm-wide piece of ribbon and tuck it through the middle of the ‘book’ then tie the two ends together in a bow on the front cover. Repeat with different wallpapers and use for projects and styling notes. Make a smaller book by cutting the A5 version in half widthways before tying with ribbon.

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Stencil pretty

MIRRORS 1 Spray the back of a trailing floral stencil with a coat of repositionable spray adhesive and place onto the surface of the first mirror. 2 Pour white and pale pink acrylic paint into two saucers. Using a stencil brush, lightly dab one of the colours onto the first flower on the stencil until you’ve filled it in. Peel off the stencil and leave to dry. 3 Wash and dry the brush, then paint the second flower with the other colour and leave to dry. Continue the line of flowers from one mirror to the next, then position the mirrors next to each other to show off the trailing effect.

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Display in THREES Unroll a piece of patterned wallpaper then measure and cut three pieces 10cm wider and 10cm longer than the wall canvases. Place one canvas face down on the back of the wallpaper. Stick lengths of double-sided tape along the back of the frame. Neatly fold over and stick down the wallpaper, fixing the corners first, followed by the four edges. Repeat for the remaining canvases.

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Hide away keys 1 Paint an old wooden box with a sliding lid inside and out with eggshell paint in duck-egg blue. If necessary, lightly sand then wipe with a damp cloth first. Leave to dry. 2 Print out a favourite black and white photograph onto A4 paper. Cut the image to size, so it fits the lid of the box, then glue in place with PVA glue, taking care the image is clear of the grooves for the lid. 3 Add a coat of PVA glue to the photograph to protect it and set aside to dry. Add self-adhesive hooks to the inside the box for keys. Screw picture rings to the back of the box, slide the lid back in then hang on the wall using suitable fixings.

STYLING TIP Label spare keys with different- coloured pieces of ribbon - green for the shed, blue for window keys, red for your red- painted front door etc, then tuck out of sight.

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Stitch a jeans CUSHION Cut four denim squares 27cm x 27cm (if using jeans, cut pieces with pockets). With right sides facing, pin together in pairs and machine stitch, with a 1cm seam allowance. Open, pin the strips together and machine stitch. Open out. Cut two pieces of lightweight denim 50cm x 30cm for the back. Turn over a 1cm hem then 1cm again along each of the two 30cm sides. Pin on top of the front piece, with right sides together, so the hemmed edges overlap. Machine stitch round and turn the right way. Add a 50cm x 50cm cushion pad.

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Cover a noticeboard Cut a piece of wadding (batting) to fit inside a cork noticeboard (you’ll need one with a wooden frame). Place the noticeboard/wadding sandwich face down onto the wrong side of a piece of fabric, which needs to be big enough to cover the front and sides, plus 1cm extra all the way around. Pull up the opposite sides of the fabric and fix in place with a staple gun in the middle of the board’s frame, pulling the fabric taut. Then fold in the corners as if wrapping a present and staple, before securing the remaining sides. Pin on pretty cards and swatches.

STYLING TIP Use an initial picture on a child’s door to personalise their space. Make a smaller version of our crayon idea or use small buttons instea d to spell out a name.

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Frame CRAYONS Print out a letter onto paper and cut so it fits inside a white box frame. Using a sharp craft knife and a cutting mat, cut different-coloured crayons to size, leaving some whole. Ensuring the letter is central, stick the print-out onto the backing board of your frame. Place the crayons on top of the letter, until happy with the arrangement. Fix the crayons in place using a hot glue gun, starting at the bottom of the letter working up. Put the finished design inside the frame and hang on a wall.

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Make a bed

RUNNER 1 Take three silk scarves that are the same size and pin one edge of each scarf to the next to make one long strip. Machine stitch, with a 1cm seam allowance, then press the seams open. 2 Measure the length and width of the joined scarves and cut a piece of backing fabric to the same size. Pin to the scarves, with right sides together. 3 Machine stitch around two long and one short edges, taking a 1cm seam allowance. Turn, press and slip stitch the remaining short edge closed.

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Templates Find the templates you need for a particular week here, ready to trace. Just follow the instructions on each.

Base

WEEK 50 Bunting This template is actual size, ready to trace

Body

WEEK 26 Mouse This template is actual size, just trace the three pieces

WEEK 28 Butterflies This template is actual size, just trace the three shapes

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WEEK 45 Hanging hearts This template (two inner hearts) is actual size, ready to trace

WEEK 02 Wall stickers Enlarge to the sizes you want to make on a photocopier, then cut out

WEEK 47 Padded heart This template (outer heart) is actual size, ready to trace

WEEK 07 Pouffe Enlarge by 20% on a photocopier, then cut out this template

WEEK 01 Table runner This template is actual size, ready to trace

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