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WELCOME… …to this special edition of Christmas Crafting. Inside you’ll find some fantastic festive projects to help decorate your home for the holiday season. From a charming reindeer head for your wall to simple tree decorations, you’ll find something to get your teeth into. I’m particularly fond of our cover stars – the gingerbread men soaps on p24. They’ll add a welcome novelty touch to the bathroom but will also make a lovely gift. Alongside our traditional craft projects we’ve also included ideas for hunter gatherers. Use collected driftwood to make a simple Christmas tree wall decoration, p26, or look out for moss-covered branches to create a rustic hanging star, p28. Enjoy!

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CRAFTY CHRISTMAS projects ‘Tis the season to get making, so spend a craft-ernoon with the kids trying our quick and easy ideas for homemade festive gifts, decorations and ornaments STYLING Suzie Attaway, assisted by Chloe Payne photographs Sheradon dublin

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house of fun

Countdown to Christmas with this treat-filled advent calendar with a difference YOU WILL NEED:

Cardboard tubes Pencil ● Ruler ● Craft knife ● Brown paper ● Scissors

Glue stick Hot melt glue gun ● Cardboard ● White felt ● Number stickers

STEP-BY-STEP

1 3 2 4 Measure and cut some cardboard tubes into 24 pieces, each one measuring 5cm in length.

With a pencil, draw around the end of one of the tubes on some brown paper. Draw a second circle around it measuring 1cm larger, then cut it out to make a template. Use this to make 24 brown paper circles. Stick each circle over one end of each of the 24 tubes with a glue stick. Next, cut out 24 5x10cm pieces of brown paper and stick around the circumference of each tube.

Using a hot melt glue gun, stick the tubes side by side in 6 rows of 4. Then glue the rows together in a tower.

Cut 2 pieces of card measuring 18x8cm and cover with white felt. Glue to the top of the tube tower for a roof. Measure and cut a triangular piece of card to fit inside the top of the roof, and glue in place.

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Number the front of the tubes with stickers, then pop a treat in the open back end of each.

Cardboard Tubes, £2 for 10; Brown Paper, £2 for 8m; White Self Adhesive Felt, 80p; Glitter Number Stickers, £2, all Hobbycraft (0330 026 1400, hobbycraft.co.uk). Craft Planet Bright Number Stickers, £1, The Range (0845 026 7598, therange.co.uk). Pink & Orange Wooden Decorations, £10 for 3, The Contemporary Home (tch.net). Glass Bird Clip, Dunelm (0345 165 6565, dunelm.com). Large Honeycomb Bauble, £11 for 3, and Decadent Decs Mini Fans, £10 for 12, all Talking Tables (020 7627 6767, talkingtables.co.uk).

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ring the changes

Colour up a plain door with this bright and beautiful pom pom wreath YOU WILL NEED:

250mm Polystyrene ring ● Bright coloured wool ● Red ribbon ●

Different sized pom pom makers ● Scissors ● Hot melt glue gun ●

STEPBY-STEP

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Take a ball of blue wool and bind all the way around the polystyrene ring, until the whole ring is completely covered with no white showing. Knot or glue the ends to hold them in place.

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Cut a length of ribbon and wrap around the top of the wreath. Glue in place if you like. Make different sized and coloured pom poms using the pom pom makers. Trim any loose ends with scissors, then glue the pom poms around the wreath using a hot melt glue gun. 250mm Polystyrene Ring, £2.50; Women’s Institute Yarn, from £2.20 a ball; Pom Pom Makers, £6.50 for 2; Red Satin Ribbon, from a selection, all Hobbycraft (0330 026 1400, hobbycraft.co.uk). Marseille Metal Dining Chair, £49; Snowflake Cushion, £8, both Tesco (0800 505555, tesco.com).

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deer Add a touch of grandeur to your home with our cruelty-free cardboard reindeer trophy

YOU WILL NEED:

Large cardboard box ● Templates ● Pencil ● Scissors or craft ●

knife ● Strong glue ● Black felt tip pen ● Large red pom pom

STEP-BY-STEP

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Print the templates onto an A3 sheet of paper and cut them out – you will need two head-shaped pieces, one oval back piece and a set of antler pieces.

oval cardboard piece, adding a little glue once it’s in to hold it in place.

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Next, slot the antler pieces together, and hold in place with some glue. When the glue is dry, fix them to the top of the head and stick in place.

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Flatten the cardboard box, and place the templates on top. Draw around them, then cut out.

Apply a little glue along the edge of the nose sections of the two head pieces, and stick them firmly together. When the glue is dry, carefully slot the head into the slits in the

Finally, glue a large red pom pom to the reindeer’s nose, and draw an eye either side of the head with your black felt tip pen. When the ink and glue is dry, hang the reindeer trophy on the wall with picture hanging strips.

Craft Planet Red Pom Pom, £1 for an assorted pack, The Range (0845 026 7598, therange.co.uk). Festive Jingle Bells Garland, £8.95, Dotcomgiftshop (020 8746 2473, dotcomgiftshop). Nutcracker Soldier, £4, Tesco (0800 505555, tesco.com). Red Present, 99p, and Brush & Bead Tree, from £2.99, both Dunelm (0345 165 6565, dunelm.com). 3M Command Picture Hanging Strips, £3.99 for 4 sets, Homebase (0345 077 8888, homebase.co.uk).

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See p32

For handy templates to help you get the look just right!

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Snow scene

Keep the kids busy over the holidays with this fun idea YOU WILL NEED:

Old jam jar & lid Large and small white pom poms ● Mini orange and white pom poms ● Black and red felt ● Small wiggle eyes ● ●

Strong glue Clear beading thread ● Needle ● Hot melt glue gun ● Small Christmas tree ● Fake snow ● Scissors ● ●

STEP-BY-STEP

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To make the snowman, glue the small white pom pom to the large white pom pom. Cut and roll a small strip of black felt into a solid cylinder, then glue in place. Stick to the middle of a small circle of felt, then glue to his head. Cut a thin strip of red felt and glue around his neck, then add some small wiggle eyes and a mini orange pom pom nose.

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Thread a needle with a length of clear beading thread and knot at the end. Push the needle through the middle of a mini

white pom pom, and pull it down to the knotted end of the thread. Tie a second knot about 2cm along from the first pom pom, then add a second pom pom. Continue until you have created a string of pom poms. Make as many as you wish, then glue the loose ends to the inside lid of the jar with the hot melt glue gun.

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Make some fake snow following the packet instructions, then spoon into the bottom of the jar. Place the Christmas tree and snowman inside. Place the lid with the hanging pom poms on the jar and screw shut.

Craft Planet Pom Poms, from £1 for an assorted pack, The Range (0845 026 7598, therange.co.uk). Felt, 50p a sheet; Round Wiggle Eyes, £1 a pack; Salix Clear Beading Thread, £2.50 for 50m, all Hobbycraft (0330 026 1400, hobbycraft.co.uk). Small Bristle Christmas Tree, £1.49 for two, Bents (01942 266310, bents.co.uk). Fake Snow, 99p, 99p Stores (99pstoresltd.com). Brush & Bead Trees, from £2.99, Dunelm (0345 165 6565, dunelm.com).

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light

fantastic

Create a set of circus-style lights to add some festive fun to a fireplace YOU WILL NEED:

Mache letters Craft knife ● Fine sandpaper ● Pencil ● Ruler ● ●

Metal skewer or bradawl ● Red paint ● White fairy lights ●

STEPBY-STEP

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Use the craft knife to carefully cut round the top of each mache letter. Remove the top piece and the cardboard inserts inside. Lightly sand any rough edges.

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Turn the letters over and measure and mark where you want the fairy lights to go. Then carefully punch holes with a metal skewer or bradawl.

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Paint the letters with red acrylic paint, leave to dry then apply a second coat. When dry, insert the fairy lights through the holes.

8” Mache Letters, £2 each; Red Acrylic Paint, £2 for 75ml; all Hobbycraft (0330 026 1400, hobbycraft.co.uk). Party Animal Cards, £1.99, Dunelm (0345 165 6565, dunelm.com). Robin Card, £3 for 5, Caroline Gardner (020 8288 9700, carolinegardner.com). Christmas Tag, £4 for 8, Talking Tables (020 7627 6767, talkingtables.co.uk). Paper Chain Kit, £6.95, Dotcomgiftshop (020 8746 2473, dotcomgiftshop.com).

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Great tip! If you want to hide the wire, simply stick to the back of the letters with some tape.

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O’ Christmas

tree Kids will love crafting these cute tree decorations, made from paper cupcake cases

YOU WILL NEED:

Red and green cupcake cases ● Glue ●

String Scissors ● Gold star sticker ● ●

STEPBY-STEP

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For the top section, flatten a red cupcake case and fold in half. Then fold in half again, and stick with glue. For the next section, take a green cupcake case and fold in half. Then fold just under a half, so that it is slightly bigger than the first section. Continue making two more sections, with the bottom being the largest.

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Glue the four tree sections together, with each overlapping the one below. Cut a piece of string and glue to the back of the tree. Leave to dry, then add a star sticker to the top.

Red Spotty Cupcake Cases, £2.03 for 54; Green Cupcake Cases, £2.20 for 60; both Cake Craft Shop (01732 463 573, cakecraftshop. co.uk). Craft Planet Star Stickers, £1, The Range (0845 026 7598, therange.co.uk). 6ft Aspen Flocked Tree, £45; LED Glitter Star, £10; decorations, from a selection, all Tesco (0800 505555, tesco.com).

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Great tip! You could add more bling to your trees with stick-on gem stones and sequins

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Christmas

Cuties Create these adorable peg people using a time-saving pom pom maker

YOU WILL NEED:

Wooden dolly pegs Red, brown, pink, black and orange paint or marker pens ● Red, green, brown and black felt ● Gold wire ● ●

Strong glue 65mm pom pom maker ● Red, white, green, pink and brown wool ● Sharp scissors ● ●

STEP-BY-STEP

1 4 2 5 3 6 7 Paint or draw the characters’ faces on the wooden dolly pegs, and then paint or colour in their feet.

For the snowman’s hat, roll a small strip of black felt into a solid cylinder, then glue in place. Stick to the middle of a small circle of felt, then glue to his head. To make an elf and santa hat, roll a small semicircular piece of felt into a cone and glue in place. Then stick onto their heads, adding a white felt trim and beard to santa.

For the fairy, cut some white felt wings and glue to the back of the peg. Glue white wool to her head, then bend gold wire into a halo, and glue to the back of her head.

For the reindeer, cut some small brown felt antlers and glue to his head. Follow the instructions on the pom pom maker to make the pom poms.

Pop the pegs through the middle of the pom poms and glue to hold in place.

Wooden Dolly Pegs, £2 for 12; Felt, 50p a sheet; Women’s Institute Yarn, from £2.20 a ball; Pom Pom Maker, £6.50 for 2, all Hobbycraft (0330 026 1400, hobbycraft.co.uk).

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make it

snappy Use leftover wrapping paper or pretty wallpaper samples to craft your own Christmas crackers

YOU WILL NEED:

Paper Pencil ● Ruler ● Scissors ● Cardboard tubes ● Tape

Glue Cracker snaps ● Ribbon ● Small gift & motto/ joke

STEPBY-STEP

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Cut the paper to measure 30x20cm and place it patternside down.

Put a card roll in the middle of the long edge of the paper. Secure with tape. Thread a cracker snap through and tape at one end. Roll the tube across the paper, then secure with tape along the seam, in the centre and at the ends. Twist the paper around the card roll at one end. Tie a ribbon at the neck.

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Pop a gift and joke in the opened end, then twist and tie.

Wallpaper, from a selection, B&Q (0845 609 6688, diy.com). Cardboard Tubes, £2 for 10, Hobbycraft (0330 026 1400, hobbycraft.co.uk). Cracker Snaps, £2.40 for 24, Fred Aldous (0161 236 4224, fredaldous.co.uk).

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Sweet treats

Little ones will love to help make – and receive – this gorgeous Rudolph jar full of goodies YOU WILL NEED:

Jam jar Brown felt ● Pencil ● Ruler ● Glue ● Wiggle eyes

Red pom pom Brown twigs or pipe cleaners ● Red gingham ribbon ● Hot melt glue gun ● Chocolate sweets

STEPBY-STEP

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Remove the lid from the jar and set aside. Measure and cut a piece of brown felt to wrap around the middle of the jar. Glue in place and leave to dry. Then stick some wiggle eyes to the felt and a red pom pom ‘nose’.

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Using a hot melt glue gun, stick some small twig or pipe cleaner ‘antlers’ to the lid. Trim the side of the lid with a piece of red gingham ribbon.

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Fill the jar with chocolate sweets, then replace the lid and screw shut.

0.5L Mason Jar, 59p; Red Star Light, £3, both Home Bargains (homebargains.co.uk). Felt, 50p a sheet; Round Wiggle Eyes, £1 a pack; Red Gingham Ribbon, £2 for 3m, all Hobbycraft (0330 026 1400, hobbycraft.co.uk). Craft Planet Red Pom Pom, £1 for an assorted pack, The Range (0845 026 7598, therange.co.uk). Wooden Sleigh, £4; Merry Christmas Garland, £10.50, both The Contemporary Home (0845 130 8229, tch.net). Christmas Carnival Tree Crackers, £4.95 for six, Dotcomgiftshop (020 8746 2473, dotcomgiftshop.com).

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sugar

and spice

Our gingerbread man soaps look good enough to eat and family & friends will love them too! YOU WILL NEED:

500g White soap base ● 500g Brown sugar ● 2 tsp Almond fragrance oil ●

Large plastic jug Spoon ● Gingerbread man mould ● Gift boxes ● ●

STEPBY-STEP

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Cut the soap base into small pieces and put in a large plastic jug. Melt in a microwave at 20 second intervals, stirring between each. When melted, allow to cool for a few minutes.

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Stir in the brown sugar and almond oil, then pour into the mould. Carefully tap the mould to allow any air bubbles to come to the surface, then allow to set overnight in the fridge.

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Pop the soaps out of the mould and present on a bed of shredded tissue inside gift boxes.

Silicone Worx Gingerbread Man Cake Mould, £8.99, Amazon (amazon.co.uk). White Soap Base, £5.99 for 1kg; Almond Milk Fragrance Oil, £4.29 for 25ml, both Hobbycraft (0330 026 1400, hobbycraft.co.uk). Christmas Tag, £4 for 8; Ribbon, £4 for 4x1.5m; both Talking Tables (020 7627 6767, talkingtables.co.uk). Candy Cane, £1.50 for six; Red & White Dinner Plate, £20 for a 12-piece set; LED Glitter Star, £10; all Tesco (0800 505555, tesco.com).

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DRIFTWOOD

CHRISTMAS TREE Use beach finds to create this simple seasonal decoration, designed by Shore Cottage Studio

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hen you’re walking along a blustery shore out of season, it’s almost impossible not to come home with a sea-worn stick or a tactile piece of wood in your pocket – and these materials seem all the more plentiful after a good storm. Here at Shore Cottage Studio, on the Wirral Peninsula, we have long grasses on the sand banks which ensnare and entangle driftwood. So, if you know where to look, you can always find one or two small pieces, which are ideal for creating coastal Christmas trees. We make them every year but try to come up with a new variation each time. Last year we decorated large trees with all the small Christmas cards we received. We love upcycling and when clearing out our wardrobes inspiration struck: driftwood Christmas trees on belts. When making yours, pick a belt to suit your theme – a glittery child’s belt looks fabulously festive, while a chunky leather belt adds a rustic edge. If you can’t bear to part with one of your own, they can be bought for less than a pound in charity shops. Using a belt also means that you can have a large statement decoration which will roll up for easy storage until next year.

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Words & photographs Shore Cottage Studio

YOU WILL NEED:

An old belt (one per tree) ● Driftwood in varying sizes ● Hot glue gun ● Pair of scissors or a ●

craft knife Shells to decorate ● Star for the top of your tree ● Mince pies and a nice cup of tea ●

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If you have a skinny-style or child’s belt, use smaller, thinner driftwood to create a small tree. A wider, chunky belt lends itself to supporting big pieces and makes a big tree that could be hung on a door. Lay your belt out with the buckle nearest to you (to represent the pot), start with bigger pieces at the bottom and get smaller as you go up.

Trim any excess length off your belt. A plain leather belt can simply be cut to length but a braided one like the one pictured needs to be cut about an inch longer than the finished tree. This inch is then folded over and a blob of hot glue from the glue gun will secure the braid. Squeeze the folded end together until the glue has cooled.

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Use the glue gun to glue on the centre of the back of your first piece of driftwood and quickly press it in to position. Don’t add too much or the glue will squeeze out from behind and spoil the neat finish. Continue until all the driftwood has been added. Make sure you use the stand on your glue gun to protect your work surface from the hot tip.

Decorate with the shells. When adding ours we took into account the design rule that odd numbers are more pleasing to the eye. We also kept our trees minimal by decorating only every other branch. We finished them with a star – the smaller one with a slate and chalk star and the larger with a porcelain starfish from a charity shop.


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ABOUT SHORE COTTAGE STUDIO

Shore Cottage Studio consists of three generations of artists living and working in a stunning coastal location on the Wirral Peninsula. We run short creative courses in fused glass, photography, textiles and laser etching. We also exhibit our work and produce commissions. Oh, and there is usually cake. Find out more at ShoreCottageStudio.com (e-mail studio@ shorecottagestudio.com or call 0151 648 6581).

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Lichen star Give a rustic, home-spun feel to your home this season

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his lichen star would look lovely hanging on a wall or from a door. Small ones could be suspended from a tree. They are an incredibly thrifty and easy decoration to assemble. Their creation provides the perfect excuse to get out for a winter’s walk and gather some inspiring objects from your local woods. Collect a selection of pretty

windfall branches covered in lichen or moss; try to find ones that are relatively straight, as this will give more definition to the final shape. If you store your lichen star in an old shoebox it will last for years, or you could just leave it in place in your house. Mine has been hanging on my kitchen door for several years. And when it starts looking shabby I will remove the wire and pop the star on the compost heap.

Making a lichen star Cut the branches into six equal lengths. The twigs for this star measured 23cm/9in, but you can make them larger or smaller. Arrange the branches into two equilateral triangles and secure each corner with brown stub wire. You can then bind each side with hemp cord, for a neater finish. Place one triangle on top of the other and, using hemp cord, secure the triangles together at the points where they cross. Hang with natural twine or hemp cord. 28

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YOU WILL NEED:

Secateurs Pretty lichen- or moss-covered branches ● Brown stub wire or ● ●

fine-gauge florists’ wire ● Hemp cord ● Natural twine

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Larch cone mini wreath This sweet design is so easy to make and makes a lovely gift for visitors to take home with them

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f you enjoyed making papier mâché as a child you will have fun creating these simple decorations. Take inspiration from the seed heads you have stored from the summer and autumn and collect pine cones and acorns from your local wood or park. Hang these from your Christmas tree or

combine a few to decorate a door or wall. You can scale up your design to make larger decorations, but you may need a base of stronger cardboard than the cereal packet used here. The newspaper balls will create a curved profile so your finished decoration will have a fuller appearance and there will be no gaps between the cones.

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Compass and pencil Cardboard ● Scissors ● Twine or ribbon ● PVA glue and a spatula or old butter ●

knife Newspaper ● Hot glue gun ● Foraged goodies such as larch cones and acorns ●

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Forming the ring shape Using a compass draw a circle 5.5cm/2in in diameter on the card. Then pencil a smaller circle inside the first about 2.5cm/1in in diameter. Do this twice then cut out the rings. Take a piece of twine and double it over, glueing the two ends together on the back of one ring, then take the second ring and glue in place, making a cardboard sandwich.

Padding the base Tear off pieces of newspaper and roll up into small balls. Use a dab of the PVA glue to stop the balls unravelling and then glue them to the cardboard ring.

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Finishing the base Continue making and glueing balls until you have covered the ring. Coat all the balls with a layer of PVA glue. This will harden to form a base on to which you will secure your foraged finds.

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Attaching the cones Leave the ring to dry for a day or so. Then, using a hot glue gun, attach larch cones, acorns or poppy heads to the newspaper balls.


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These projects are taken from The Crafted Garden – Stylish Projects Inspired by Nature by Louise Curley, photographs by Jason Ingram and published by Frances Lincoln, £16.99. To order The Crafted Garden - Stylish Projects Inspired by Nature for £13.99* including p&p, call 01903 828503 and quote code APG354. Or send a cheque (payable to Littlehampton Book Services) to Mail Order Department, Littlehampton Book Services, PO Box 4264, Worthing, West Sussex BN13 3TG. Please quote the offer code APG354 and include your name and address.

Great tip! Try using sweet chestnuts or the seed heads of poppies or love-in-a-mist for a different look.

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cut

it out Print these templates on to A3 paper and use to create the perfect deer head mount from p10

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Candy cane wrapping

Gift wrapping expert Jane Means uses Scotch Pop-Up Tape Handband Dispenser to beautifully decorate a simple gift. YOU WILL NEED:

Your gift A sheet of seasonal wrapping paper ● A length of ribbon ● Candy Cane adornment ● Scotch Scissors ● Scotch Pop-Up Tape Handband Dispenser ● ●

STEP-BYSTEP

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Wrap the gift and secure using Scotch Pop-Up Tape from 3M.

Fold in the sides neatly and secure with the tape.

Position your candy cane on the top of the box and secure across the centre of the cane. Cut a length of Christmas ribbon to tie in a bow around the box and trim the ends for a neat finish. 34

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The Scotch Pop-Up Tape Handband Dispenser is an easy way to create a perfectly wrapped present. Filled with neat, pre-cut strips of tape it sits on the back of your hand, putting an end to the inevitable sticky tape tangle. It comes in three colours – pink, silver and blue – and costs £2.95. For more great wrapping ideas using Scotch Pop-Up Tape visit nationalwrappingday.co.uk


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