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The fire is crackling in the woodstove, the woollen blankets have been pulled out of storage and the candles have been lit – I’m definitely ready to embrace a hygge winter. To help you turn your home into a festive haven filled with Scandinavian touches, we’ve got a whole host of ideas and projects for you to create. We’ll be making some mitten bunting (page 64), as featured on the cover, to adorn the mantelshelf, while the copper candelabra (page 50) is perfect for a Christmas table laden with food. Annie Sloan shows how to make a minimalist wreath with branches you can gather from the garden and a touch of her Chalk Paint, and while you’re foraging for foliage keep a look out for some long, straight branches to make some ‘extreme’ knitting needles to fashion a chunky throw from T-shirt yarn (page 53). Four of the UK’s top upcycling bloggers reveal their thrifty seasonal secrets for decorating their homes over the holidays, we chat to designer-maker Christiane Bellstedt Myers about her traditional Yuletide décor, and show how to make three great ornaments to trim your tree. Wishing you all a very happy Christmas from the Reloved team.
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Cover images Mitten bunting (main): Caroline Arber Sarah Awkisome: Swiftcover.com Rag bag wreath: Garie Hind Crowning glory: Antonia Attwood All wrapped up: Rachael Sharpe Gnome sweet gnome: Debbie von Grabler-Crozier
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features 18 All I want for Christmas… Find the perfect gift crafted from reclaimed materials, with our packed guide
20 Annie Sloan
Using foraged birch, Annie makes and paints a festive wreath in muted tones
26 Deck The Halls
Four top upcycling interiors bloggers reveal their Christmas decorating tips
36 Max Mcmurdo
Exciting times lie ahead, as Max prepares to launch his own TV production company
39 a Scandinavian-style Christmas
Ten simple ways for upcyclers to get that rustic Nordic look, from candelbras to cushions
61 meet the maker
Crafter Christiane Bellstedt Myers on creating a traditional Yuletide décor in your home
82 Salvage Sister
Charis Williams shows how to make a thrifty gift from your workshop leftovers
8 Creative Hub
The latest events, must-have products and new ideas from the world of upcycling
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Copper-pipe candelabra Oversized knitting needles Christmas tree picture Geometric design sideboard Mitten garland Denim gift tags Yuletide woodland diorama Toy box decorations Pompom ornament Decoupage baubles Roasting tin display tray Copper candle centrepiece Scrap fabric wreath
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And the winner is… The 2017 Amara Interior Blog Awards have been announced This month saw the announcement – at a glittering ceremony – of the winners of the 2017 Amara Interior Blog Awards. Nominations for this year’s awards were announced in August, with voting then carried out online until 15 September. The shortlisted finalists for each category were then revealed, before the awards ceremony was held at the Design Museum, London, at the end of October. With goodie bags, cocktails and, of course, the company of the best interior design bloggers, it was a thrilling evening that saw recognition for some of our favourite writers.
Reloved designer Evija Roberts of From Evija With Love (www.fromevijawithlove.com) won Best Craft Blog, with judges commenting on her ‘great photography’ and ‘wide range of craft posts that were different from the usual craft projects’. Evija said of the award: ‘I really didn’t expect this. It’s my first time here and it means the world. It was such a tough category!’ Reloved regular Kate Beavis (www.katebeavis. com) and Hester van Overbeek (www.hesters handmadehome.com) were highly commended in the same category. Elsewhere in the awards, Medina Grillo (www.grillo-designs.com) won
From left to right: Sarah Mailer (Best Newcomer), Evija Roberts (Best Craft), and Medina Grillo (Best DIY and Home Improvement).
Best DIY & Home Improvement Blog, with Malcolm Begg of DesignSixtyNine (www. designsixtynine.co.uk) being highly commended. Malcolm was also thrilled to win the prestigious Blogger’s Choice award, voted for by all the other shortlisted writers. It was a great evening for all involved, with the chance for bloggers to meet and mingle with other people who were just as passionate about interior design – including our own Max McMurdo! For the winners particularly it was an evening they’ll never forget. Karen Waddilove from Amara said: ‘It has been another fabulous year with lots of new and exciting blogs involved and we’ve had amazing support from all our wonderful sponsors making the whole event possible.’ Be sure to check out the winners’ sites for a dose of interior inspiration! l The Amara Interior Blog Awards are held annually to celebrate the best and most creative voices in the industry. For more information about the awards, visit www.interiorblogawards.com.
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If you’re after a new look for a kitchen surface or living room feature wall, but don’t have the time – or the energy – to whip out your paint brushes, then we think you’ll like Fablon, a fantastic adhesive vinyl that’s easy to apply and available in a huge range of finished colours, patterns and textures. Give an old kitchen worktop an elegant wood-effect finish, or brighten up your larder shelves with a cheery polka-dot pattern. Alternatively, clean up a tired old table with a retro-look print, or finish off a reclaimed wardrobe with a faded block-print effect. The finished surfaces are wipeable, and it’s easy to reposition the Fablon while applying or to remove at a later date when you fancy a different look. l You can order samples before you buy at www.vinylwarehouse.co.uk.
With Christmas fast approaching, there’s a distinct possibility you might end up with a few more empty glass bottles than normal piling up in the recycling box. Rather than throwing them out, try turning them into fabulous upcycled lights with this ultra-simple ‘bottle light’. Shaped like a cork, you simply charge the light via USB and insert it into the top of any bottle you choose, then twist on and off.
Of course, different coloured bottles will provide different lighting effects – a good excuse for another trip to the supermarket… l Available for 14 from shop.designist.ie.
This Christmas, Preloved, the online classifieds site, is running a fantastic advent calendar promotion. All you have to do is log on every day from 1 December to Christmas Eve for your chance to win prizes from Annie Sloan, Abel & Cole and Mountain Warehouse – plus Reloved magazine! – as well as to find crafty guides to reusing odds and ends over the season. What’s behind the first door? l For competition details, go to www.preloved.co.uk.
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Creative Hub Mouse in the house
A theatre designer uses her modelmaking skills to handcraft adorable mice from scrap materials
Kathryn Ashcroft originally trained as a theatre designer before beginning her business creating sweet fabric mice. ‘I’ve been lucky to always inhabit a world in which Sellotape, string, paper and cereal boxes were plentiful!’ she laughs. After studying at university, she discovered a real love for the scale modelmaking that comes with being a theatre designer. ‘I loved exploring materials and lowtech techniques, and completely transforming them into accurately detailed models. I’ve also always had a fascination with stories and histories, and collecting interesting objects.’ Kathryn began making the mice in 2014, working with scraps of material she had to hand. ‘Gradually, they’ve have become more refined as I’ve discovered methods and techniques that are the most successful,’ Kathryn explains. ‘I love using my old theatre design methods, but feel I can work more freely this way. I can set my own parameters for accuracy, and be playful with the scale.’ Her business, Mouse in the House, grew as family and friends shared her work and more and more people requested mice of their own. The models themselves are all imbued with personality and quirks. ‘The mice are tiny
collectors of treasure and pilferers of cheese,’ smiles Kathryn. ‘They are made entirely from fragments of stuff – scraps of fabric, pieces of broken things, lost buttons and forgotten memories. Things that have had a former use, but are now redundant. I love the idea that the mice can be just a flit of colour or a blur in the corner of a room. It’s really important to me for people to engage playfully with them. More recently, I’ve been working on a series of historical mice. I’m becoming fascinated with the concept that mice are everywhere, and have had a role throughout history. I’m constantly searching for historical references to mice that I can use in this work.’ Kathryn’s also very keen on the reclaimed aspect of the materials she uses for her work. ‘I love to work with fragments of fabric, paper, wood and metal – anything I can find that seems like it can be put to good use!’ she laughs. ‘It’s of the utmost importance to me to use salvaged materials as far as possible – practically every aspect of the work is reclaimed.’ Commissioned mice are often quite personal to the customers, who sometimes supply their own fabrics or pieces of memorabilia to use. ‘I’m also very lucky in
that I have fabulous friends and family who are constantly collecting old treasure and bits and pieces too!’ l Find out more about Kathryn’s work at www.jarvisthemouse.co.uk.
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Top tables Spruce up your living space just in time for family visits and gatherings with a new collection of ‘cottage chic’ furnishings from MY Furniture, made from reclaimed fir wood. The Hemmingway range features a limewash finish and riveted steel table tops. It’s a combination of rustic styling with industrial chic that’s completely on-trend, and a quickand-easy way to get an upcycled feel in time for the holidays without piling on the pressure. We particularly like the console table, with a slatted bottom shelf ideal for all your guests’ boots and shoes. l Find the range at www.my-furniture.com.
Deck the halls… Decorate your Christmas tree – and the rest of your home – with some stunning Scandiinspired baubles, which are a quick and easy make and great for coordinating with the rest of your festive décor. Paint company Rust-Oleum has created this fun decorating project, combining clear fillable baubles (available from most craft shops) with small pieces of festive foliage such as holly leaves or mistletoe. Use RustOleum’s metallic spray paints, such as their Super Sparkly Glitter in Gold or Silver, or the elegant Rose Gold shade, to paint the foliage before letting it dry and then filling the baubles. Finish with colourful ribbons for hanging and you’re all set! l For more paint project ideas, visit www.makeityours.co.uk.
Give your kitchen a quick festive makeover with this adorable snowman fridge sticker. Whether you’re topping up your Christmas Day wine glass or fetching the brandy cream ready for pudding, it’s sure to raise a smile throughout the day – and the kids will love it! l Available from www.oakdenedesigns.com.
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Three of a kind
Paper napkins perfect for some seasonal decoupage…
Let it snow £3.49 from www.talkingtables.co.uk
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Rockin’ reindeer £3.50 from www.tch.net
Make the most of your wall space by adding a decorative feature that’s also a super-useful addition to family life. These blackboard stickers from Inkmill Vinyl come in a huge variety of shapes and are easy to apply to walls and windows, as well
as table tops, household items and more. Perfect for children’s doodles as well as shopping lists, morning reminders and family messages. l Find this chalkboard range, plus much more, at www.inkmillvinyl.co.uk.
Stuck for the perfect gift for the upcycler who has everything? How about getting them their own personalised paint brush. Harris brushes not only come with a lifetime repair or replace aftercare service, but you can also customise them with a chosen
Oh, Christmas tree… £3.99 from www.gingerray.co.uk
name or personal message etched onto the handle. Simply buy your paint brush at DIY stores nationwide from a range starting at just £8, fill in the personalisation details on the website, post it off and your brush will be inscribed and sent back free of charge. l For more details, visit www.harrisneverbuyanother.co.uk.
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BLOG watch Little Mill House Like many bloggers, Natalie Lockwood began upcycling as a way of getting the home looks she wanted at a more affordable price. Some years later, she now runs Little Mill House, a shop and interior design business with an inspirational blog packed with styling ideas, shopping picks and upcycling highlights. It didn’t start that way, however. ‘In the early days I’d publish pretty rubbish posts talking about our products. It was very “salesy” and not many people read it!’ laughs Natalie. ‘I made a decision to write only about things I found inspiring in the upcycling world and it seems to have been the right one. I love what I’m writing about and the blog has become a popular feature of Little Mill House in its own right.’ Little Mill House sells a gorgeous range of upcycled gifts and homewares, including her famous tea towel cushions where it all started. ‘I began upcycling when I bought my first home, as most of the things I liked were way out of my price range,’ Natalie explains. ‘This led me to make my own soft furnishings from vintage advertising tea towels and silk souvenir scarves.’
But it’s not just a store – Natalie now also collaborates with DIY brands and furniture retailers for her blog, and works as an interiors stylist as well as offering an ‘e-design’ service to help people plan out their ideal home. ‘I love the whole journey of working on an interior styling project, from interpreting the brief onto a moodboard to watching the moodboard come to life,’ says Natalie. ‘I specialise in interiors featuring upcycled and recycled elements – this has its challenges but I think those limitations are what drive my designs to push the boundaries. Most interior design styles can be created with upcycled elements, it’s just the sourcing can take a little longer!’ It’s this upcycled element that we love the most, of course, and it’s something that’s particularly important to Natalie. ‘My favourite thing about upcycling is that you generally end up with an entirely unique product – the fact
that it helps the environment is a huge bonus too!’ she says. ‘Upcycled pieces have an effortless feel which is vital for me in our home. I love that everything I’m surrounded by has its own story to tell… if only they could!’ www.littlemillhouse.co.uk
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Creative Hub Bear necessities From Cheddar Gorge in Somerset, Oli Lee of With Bear Hands upcycles and creates fabulous pieces of furniture and homewares. His projects range from a bathroom cabinet made from reclaimed floorboards to a feature wall panelled with wood from pallets and beds made from solid oak beams. With Bear Hands was born ‘out of a love for design and a need to create’, and the upcycled nature of the materials is something that’s particularly important to Oli. ‘I love using reclaimed wood as it’s so full of character and history,’ he explains. ‘Whether it be some sea-worn driftwood that might have floated across the ocean to the shores of the West Country, or a 200-year-old handhewn piece of timber where you can see the axe marks. I love the way that wood can keep on giving, producing a second, third or fourth life after it’s been cut down.’ l To see more of Oli’s work, go to www.withbearhands.co.uk.
By the book
Start off your Christmas decorating with this fabulous pudding ornament from Creaton Crafts & Gifts. Handmade from a discarded book, it’s freestanding and a great talking point. Creaton also make smaller hanging puddings as well as snowman ornaments, angels and more. l £22.50 from www.creatoncraftsandgifts.co.uk.
Last issue we told you about the fabulous new wall paint from Frenchic which comes in 10 beautiful shades including Bon Bon (above). The luxurious ultra-matte wall paint is breathable, durable, safe around children and is unique to Frenchic. If you’re thinking of refreshing a room for Christmas, you’re sure to find a colour to suit your style. l To clarify, Frenchic Chalk Wall Paint is £5.95 for a 150ml sample pot and £39.95 for a 2.5-litre tin. Visit www.frenchicpaint.co.uk to find a stockist near you.
Heart of gold These stunning cushions from Hunted & Stuffed are made from Japanese obi belts (used to tie kimonos). With the metallic threads catching the light, they’re a great look on your sofa all year round but we think especially at Christmas, particularly if paired with reds and greens, as shown. ‘We love hunting for exquisite vintage fabrics originally created for use in Japanese obi belts or
vintage wedding kimonos,’ explains Ellie Laycock. ‘The level of craftsmanship that went into making them is stunning and we love being able to give them a second life as something new, while honouring the work of the original craftsmen and women, and to relate the stories and symbols woven into the fabric to a new audience.’ l Find cushions and throws in more designs at www.huntedandstuffed.com.
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DIARY What’s happening around the country in the coming months
1 December How to paint furniture BATH, SOMERSET
Industrial revolution Based in Chester, The Den & Now is an interiors store and homeware boutique that sells a great mix of furniture, home accessories and decorations. The company is founded and run by Charlie Beebee, who has a background in art and is passionate about interior design and mixing vintage with contemporary styles. We particularly love the store’s collection of vintage and reclaimed furniture, which includes a coffee table made from sleepers and vintage ball feet, and a wooden shelving unit made from vintage crates – perfect for kitchen storage. There’s also an industrial furniture range, including this colourful sideboard (right) made from reclaimed wood salvaged from buildings in Southern India. l Visit www.thedenandnow.co.uk to see more furniture and homewares.
Head to the studios at The Marmalade House for a full day of painting techniques, using Annie Sloan’s chalk paint and waxes. You’ll learn how to paint, distress and wax furniture, as well as the basics of gilding, decoupage, crackle glazing and stencilling. www.themarmaladehouse.co.uk
4 December Christmas wreath making AVEBURY MANOR, WILTSHIRE
Create a wired wreath with natural greenery at this fun workshop, run by a professional florist. You’ll also be welcomed with a mince pie and hot drink before having lunch in the manor tearooms. www.nationaltrust.org.uk
9 December Newcastle Vintage Christmas Fair NEWCASTLE CIVIC CENTRE
Hunt down quirky gifts and unique outfits and accessories at this vintage fair packed with retro festive ideas. There’s also a tea party, secret cake club, and hair and beauty salon to help you get that perfect vintage style. www.thevintagefair.com
10 December A Natural Christmas HOLKHAM, NORFOLK
A family workshop designed to help children create their own Christmas decorations using natural materials. The session begins with a walk into Holkham Park to collect berries, pine cones, twigs and moss to work with. www.holkham.co.uk
16 December Table Manners LEWISHAM, LONDON
SPOTTED ON ETSY These colourful Christmas ornaments are made from upcycled wine bottles – cut, flattened then trimmed and arranged into pretty Christmas trees. Created by Britta at www.urbanglassstudio.etsy.com
An upcycling workshop covering the basics of mineral paints, decoupage and finishing, led by Zoe Pocock. You will be guided through the renovation of a supplied end table and offered advice on future upcycling projects. mucknbrass.com
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Black magic ‘This plain brown drawer unit needed some love. After giving it a good clean with sugar soap to remove any dirt, I then painted it in Fusion Mineral Paint in Coal Black – this has a built-in top coat so will be stain-resistant and waterproof once cured in 21 days, so there was no need to apply anything else. The unit came to me with no handles, so I thought it deserved some marvellous ones – these industrial finish arrow handles were sourced from Sass & Belle.’ Lisa White
Most charity shops are filled with similar items and, as you have shown, all that’s needed is a bit of imagination and lot of love to turn a brown set of drawers into your own classic piece of furniture.
On the right track ‘My neighbour wanted a slim side table to fit in their hallway and I knew this old, weathered sleeper would be perfect. I cut it to size and sanded it down to take off any sharp edges and splinters, and to clean up the weathering (but not too much). The reclaimed Dansette legs were attached using their original metal bases, and a few coats of Briwax were added to the sleeper to bring out the beauty of the wood.’ Jason Partridge
Who’d have thought that an old sleeper could look so beautiful and contemporary after a clean-up and the addition of some retro legs. We’re inspired by your transformation.
A clean slate ‘I picked up this slate tile off-cut from our local civic amenity site. I drilled the two holes at the top using a masonry bit at slow speed with lots of water to cool things down and prevent cracking. After adding the stag image using a stencil from www.stencilcraftuk.co.uk and white chalk paint, I sealed it with wax then buffed to give it sheen and texture. The finishing touch was to add a hanging ribbon.’ Shelley Hardman
With its texture and character, this discarded slate tile makes the perfect rustic canvas for a simple image. A great decoration for Christmas – and the rest of the year too.
Turn the tables ‘I found this old oak door for sale in a local charity store and instantly knew I had to have it! It’s probably around 200 years old, with plenty of age-related dings and nicks and a few old woodworm holes too, but it screamed character to me and I knew it would make a fab table. As the door itself needed to be the main feature, I decided to keep the legs simple by using hairpins. After giving it a good clean, I simply applied Frenchic wax and buffed to a gleam. The mix of vintage and industrial works well and I have a unique coffee table that cost me less than £100.’ Deb Hunt
Embracing upcycling to the full, this repurposed old door creates a real focal point to the room. Keeping the original ironmongery is a nice touch, too.
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Combining vintage embroidered linens with non-vintage fabrics, these cushions will be cherished for years. l £22 from www.etsy.com/shop/ VivaVioletteUK.
Perfect for any beer lover, this bottle crate is crafted from reclaimed pallet wood and comes with its own handy bottle opener. l £38 from www.madebypatina.co.uk.
My old china
Makers Gilbert & Skeggs combine broken or cracked Clarice Cliff fine bone china with sterling silver and turn them into jewellery, such as this pretty pendant. l £39 from www.notonthehighstreet.com.
All I want for Christmas… Looking for an original present for someone special? Browse our pick of gorgeous gift ideas from the quirky to the fabulous.
Shine a light
Handmade in the UK from 100% recycled wax collected from hotels, restaurants, pubs and churches, this candle is delicately scented with lavender and rock salt. l £26 from www.greentulip.co.uk.
A novel idea
Great for jotting down ideas for potential upcycles, this 40-page notebook by Vintagenotebook is bound using an original book cover and includes a bookmark made from the spine. l £20 from www.notonthehighstreet.com.
Kiss and make-up
These handsome journals are handmade by a cooperative of 40 families using traditional methods, crafted with recycled cotton paper and naturally tanned leather. l £29.95 for the A5 notebook from www.begoodshop.com.
The Fire & Hide Cosmetics Case from Elvis & Kresse combines handwoven rescued leather and decommissioned fire hose, and is lined with reclaimed parachute silk. l £90 from www.elvisandkresse.com.
Tweedmill’s recycled rugs are just the thing for frosty nights cuddled up by the fire – or summer picnics. They are woven from waste wool left over from the manufacturing process. l £30 from www.begoodshop.com.
Classy and stylish, this bag from María Provoca has been handwoven on a loom using recycled plastic bags, with the handle made from natural leather. l £63.75 from www.begoodshop.com.
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A bit of fun for green-fingered friends, with a reimagined dinosaur toy-turned-plantholder from DingaDing Terrariums. l £18.50 from www.notonthehighstreet.com.
Saving old lightbulbs from landfill, Unique’s Co turns them into beautifully simple posy vases. l £20 for a set of three from uniquestr.com.
This quirky image entitled ‘Wine on Tap’, laid across a pair of pretty art deco mismatched china plates, makes a unique gift. l £60 from www.alijoedesigns.com.
What a racquet
Look forward to sunny days with this wallmounted sundial, made in Cornwall from recycled plant pots. l £18.95 from www.ashortwalk.com.
Book lovers will be thrilled with this vintage silver-plated spoon bookmark stamped with ‘Fell Asleep Here’, by Norfolk-based upcycler Home & Glory. l £16.95 from www.notonthehighstreet.com.
Sports fans will love this vintage tennis racquet turned into a quirky chalkboard for the kitchen, workshop or child’s bedroom. l £32 from www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ MontysVintageUpcycle.
Off the record
Created from authentic recycled vinyl records, the label on this clock can be personalised with a favourite song and a unique message. l £24.99 from www.gettingpersonal.co.uk.
Into the blue
Made from recycled glass, this beautiful diamond-patterned vase can be used for a handful of flowers or simply displayed in a collection of pretty ephemera. l £18 from shop.nationaltrust.org.uk.
Ideal for the traveller in your life, this hand-painted globe with gold writing from Loobie Design will add a statement to any office. l £72 from www.notonthehighstreet.com.
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With Christmas on its way, Annie brings some understated Scandinavian chic to her seasonal decorations, using muted colours of duck egg and white to create a crisp, festive look. adore this time of the year, as I think it’s the perfect opportunity to spruce up your interiors and create some decorations that really get your house – and you – into the festive spirit. This year I’ve wanted to go a little stripped back and minimalist, yet still keep things celebratory and full of Christmas cheer. What better style to draw inspiration from than Scandinavian – a distinctly cool and charming look that’s just perfect for the winter months. There’s a gorgeous painterly finish that’s prevalent throughout all Scandinavian style. I’ve had the good fortune to see some of the original homes in Sweden that influenced this style and have always been inspired by their use of colour and colour combinations. There’s even a whole chapter in my book, Room Recipes for Style and Colour, dedicated to Swedish style. The look of muted colours, distressed paintwork and tones of white, soft blue and soft pink is so beautiful in a Handmade birch wreaths painted in soft Scandinavian tones.
home all year round. So why not apply this to Christmas décor? In the season that’s all about glitzy tinsel and gaudy ornaments, there is something so soothing, modern and chic about a calm, muted Christmas look. As I’m sure you all know, the very Scandinavian concept of hygge has been popular for the past couple of years. This is a lighter, airier version of this concept. You can, of course, try this look out with darker colours (try my Primer Red and Amsterdam Green Chalk Paint if you want that classic red and green combination), however the pairing of Old White and Duck Egg Blue just sings Scandinavian to me. Garlands and wreaths are a signature motif for this style, and they work all year round – think flower crowns celebrating midsommar and autumnal wreaths to usher in the darker days. Here I’ve created a modern-looking wreath with just a couple of twigs, keeping the look minimal and painterly. I used
birch as it’s readily available and I found it very easy to forage. However, you can use whatever branches you find as long as they are easy to bend. I’ve paired them with pine cones painted in the same colours, and some fragrant eucalyptus and fresh pine to create a festive aroma too.
Soft, simple styling All you need for this look is a few twigs, some floristry binding wire, scissors, a brush to paint your finished wreath and, of course, your chosen Chalk Paint colours. To recreate my look I chose Chalk Paint in Old White and Duck Egg Blue, only using a small amount of each to cover the wreaths. First take your twigs and start to carefully bend them round to your desired shape. The thinner the twig the easier it is to bend, so watch out for thicker ones as they are more brittle and likely to snap. As you go along, secure your twigs together with floristry wire to keep their shape. Once you’ve got your desired shape, go round and secure any loose parts with some more wire. I removed excess leaves and snipped off any ends that were sticking out to get more of a minimal, streamlined look. Once you’re happy with your wreath it’s time to paint! You don’t need much paint to cover the wreath, but do make sure you get into all the nooks and crannies to get a solid block of colour. Once it’s dry, you can always go back and touch up any areas you may have missed. I finished by going over the surface with a damp cloth to give it more of a washed look. There’s no need to add
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‘In the season that’s all about glitzy tinsel and gaudy ornaments, there is something so soothing, modern and chic about a calm, muted Christmas look’
protective wax with this piece, as it will be on the wall and out of the way. Here you can see I’ve displayed the wreaths with painted pine cones in Duck Egg Blue, Old White and Scandinavian Pink. You could also add subtle highlights of Gilding Wax in Bright Silver on the ends as a little nod to some sparkle for Christmas. Whatever you end up doing this festive season, I hope you have a calm, serene and joyful holiday!
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All things Scandinavian from interior design to crafting the perfect handmade Christmas, stories and advice from inspirational artisans, and how to style your home to create inner harmony.
Authors: Magnus Englund and Chrystina Schmidt Publisher: Ryland Peters & Small Price: £19.99
Scandinavian style is very much on-trend, appealing to a growing international market newly discovering mid-20thcentury design classics, many of which originated from this region. Magnus Englund and Chrystina Schmidt, cofounders of London’s Skandium furniture and homeware stores, combine their creative expertise and extensive knowledge of the region’s design heritage in this extremely informative and aesthetically pleasing guide to modern Scandinavian style. Drawing on the history of the Nordic region, they first concentrate on the way certain ‘Elements’ are used (wood, glass, textiles, ceramics, metal, plastic and light), before featuring 12 beautifully designed buildings owned by leading architects, designers and furniture producers in Norway, Sweden and Finland. Each home is lovingly photographed and coupled with enlightening text describing architectural, planning and design influences. This is further enhanced by detailed information on furnishings, textiles, ceramics, flooring and lighting. Properties range from a 1960s semi in Stockholm updated by IKEA designer Eva Lilja Löwenhielm, to legendary Danish architect and designer Finn Juhl’s 1940s Finnish
pine-forest retreat. Contemporary design is mixed with international influences, junk-shop finds and Scandinavian classics, to create interesting, appealing and harmonious spaces. The result is a stunning illustration of how practical, unpretentious design can be beautiful, engaging and comfortable too.
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Handmade Scandinavian Christmas
Everything you need for a simple homemade Christmas Author: Hege Barnholt Publisher: David & Charles Price: £16.99
‘candlesock’ made from dad’s old footwear). Flowers and plants are beautifully arranged, and delicious homemade recipes provide gorgeous presents and sweet treats. Packed full of festive photos, templates, wrapping ideas and simple instructions, this book really will tempt you to create your own handmade Scandi-inspired Christmas.
Hege Barnholt loves the expectation, joy and memories that Christmas brings, and has brought together 120 craft ideas in this book to inspire us all to get excited. Projects include decorations, garlands and wreaths made from foraged forest-floor finds, to handmade candles, bird food, paper decorations and knitted and stitched gifts (such as a
Made to Last
A Compendium of Artisans, Trades & Projects Author: Vanessa Murray Publisher: Hardie Grant Price: £25
With an interest in provenance and a dissatisfaction with our disposable culture, Vanessa Murray has brought together stories, projects and practical advice from makers across the globe. These are people who take pleasure in their work to create ‘heirloom-quality objects’ – pieces that are constructed well, with timeless style. Challenging projects such as building a bicycle frame from bamboo or making a brush from a piece of oak, sit alongside more achievable makes, such as creating reusable food wraps from cotton remnants. With beautifully laid out pages, you’ll enjoy the stories behind the makers, and be inspired to create your own well-crafted upcycles.
Make Yourself at Home Author: Moorea Seal Publisher: Sasquatch Books Price: £19.99
In this book, Moorea Seal aims to help you transform the rooms in your house to make it a home you’ll feel comfortable living in. By sharing her own story and those of other women who’ve created their ideal dwellings, she hopes to help you trust your own instincts and create an inner harmony, room by room. As each space is explored, you’re
asked to reflect on what it means to you, in terms of scent, colour and function. With practical tips from the featured homeowners, simple projects such as a copper ladder to display throws, a herb drying rack made from an embroidery hoop and a marbled mouse mat, plus creative styling tips, you’ll be keen to look at your home décor with fresh eyes.
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Sarah Akwisombe We’re always excited to see Sarah’s Christmas décor reveal on her blog, as every year this queen of upcycling serves up another set of alternative decorations. When she was invited to show off her tree-decorating skills on Channel 4 for Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas, her ‘baubles’ consisted of Barbie dolls painted in monochrome colours, inspired by artist Keith Haring’s graffiti designs. This year, it’s all about pompoms and photos. ‘I took instant Polaroid photos of my family and turned the snaps into decorations using gold thread. We made fluffy pompoms together to use as baubles – in monochrome colours, of course!’ She also painted a plain white stag’s head with pink polka dots and gold metallic paint, before twisting some fairy lights around the antlers to create a focal point on a dark wall. When we asked Sarah about her plans for her 2017 festive décor, she told us precisely what decorating item she couldn’t be without. ‘I can sum up my Christmas decorating style in just four words – loads of fairy lights!’ With oodles of sparkly lights in her home, it ensures that her bubble-gum pink tree still looks festive, no matter how many monochrome DIYs she decorates it with. And what’s Sarah’s tip to get the look on a budget? ‘Fill your home with as many twinkling lights as possible to create a magical atmosphere. My advice is to stay away from the cold white or blue lights. At this time of year, you want the lovely warm white ones to create a cosy glow.’ l Visit www.sarahakwisombe.com for more of Sarah’s eclectic style.
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Kimberly Duran Her blog is the home of eclectic boho glam and is packed full of ideas to get a superswish look on a budget. Kimberly says that her entire home is an ongoing DIY project, so most rooms contain vintage pieces that have been repurposed to get that classy chic look. ‘I do have one piece in particular, a chest of drawers in my living room, which has been upcycled four times since I’ve owned it. It’s been painted, wallpapered and embellished. It’s something everyone always comments on when they see it. In fact, I won Most Creative Project in the Callwey Best of Interior Blog Awards back in 2015 for it! I also upcycled the desk in my office, which was pretty awful before and is now a gorgeous art-decoinspired piece. And in my bedroom, I hacked
some IKEA Rast chests of drawers to create a campaign style. People always assume they cost a lot more than they did.’ Kimberly’s glamorous dining room has been given a festive makeover with the addition of a few gold decorations and a garland over the fireplace. ‘My other half is a car sprayer in a bodyshop, so he was able to respray the chairs and we decided to update the seat cushions with leopard print upholstery.’ To tie in with her usual art deco style, Kimberly likes to stick with neutral tones such as gold, white and black for her festive decorations. ‘Be mindful of the tones you already have in your home and decorate for Christmas using a similar palette so that the colours marry well. That way you can reuse items already in your home as part of the décor.
For example, a beautiful bowl can be filled with baubles to make it more festive, and a string of lights can be placed in a large glass vase for a bit of sparkle.’ For the finishing touch, she likes to add some spruce or pine branches. ‘My local garden centre gives out offcuts from their trees for free, so I use these instead of artificial garlands – and they smell amazing too.’ Her idea for turning art into festive décor really impressed us: she ‘wrapped’ her canvas prints in glittering gold patterned paper to add a little extra glitz to the walls. This makes the already opulent space look even more stunning for Christmas and New Year – it’s the ultimate party room! l Head to www.swoonworthy.co.uk to see more of Kimberly’s interior tricks.
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Claire Armstrong a bag full of door and cabinet knobs that I’ll be hanging my handmade ornaments from.’ Claire made some sweet felted wool ornaments using cookie cutters to hang on her ‘tree’ last year. ‘Christmas is a time when I upcycle with felted wool sweaters and I’ve made some lovely felt garlands out of wool scraps and turned old cable-knit sweaters into mountain-shaped cushions. This year I plan to make a geometric felted wool throw.’ Claire’s money-saving tip for a thrifty Christmas is to make gifts yourself. ‘I think everyone loves a homemade gift as they appreciate the effort that has gone into it. Something as simple has homemade cookies or biscotti in an upcycled tin makes for a lovely gift over the holiday season, especially when visiting friends or relatives. You could paint an
old sweet tin with chalkboard paint then add some festive typography and images to gift your goodies (Pinterest is great for finding designs to recreate), or decoupage some old coffee cans with festive papers or napkins. Her other gift ideas include gluing toy animals to scallop shells and spray-painting them for quirky jewellery dishes, or creating a lovely bunch of map paper flowers. ‘I love to upcycle tin cans as planters; I’ve painted them gold, decoupaged them, crushed them and covered them in denim. Every one of these cans would make a gorgeous and economical Christmas gift, especially with a lovely succulent planted in them.’ l For tutorials on how to make her simple Christmas gifts, take a look at Claire’s blog at www.pillarboxblue.com.
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Claire’s Christmas crafting usually kicks off in September to give her as much time as possible to fit in the many projects she has planned. ‘I like to make an upcycled advent calendar for the kids. Even though two of them are adults now, they still like a daily treat and corny joke! Last year I made the calendar out of tin cans; I think this year’s one may involve denim, which is one of my favourite materials to upcycle. Every year I like to make upcycled gift tags; in the past I’ve used postage stamps, fabric scraps and, of course, denim. The tags almost end up becoming a gift in themselves!’ The family don’t often have a real Christmas tree as Claire feels that it takes up a lot of room in their cosy Victorian semi. ‘I prefer a homemade flat tree, so this year I collected interesting bits of wood from skips and scored
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Natasha, from inspirational lifestyle blog Candy Pop, enjoys using retro finds to subtly decorate her minimalist home at Christmas. ‘I love old things and I have a few vintage treasures that I like to display, ranging from deer figurines to kitsch big eye prints. A little childhood nostalgia always brings a smile to my face!’ Rather than cramming her Scandistyle home full of tinsel, she creates soothing displays of foliage to evoke a festive feeling. ‘I enjoy a calm and simple home and I’m drawn to Nordic-style decorations. I also like to create festive vases at Christmas using sprigs of holly, berries, twigs and leaves. Browsing the Oxford Covered Market florists for a few festive treats has become a muchloved Christmas tradition.’ Since moving into her home, Natasha has decorated it with pieces that she has upcycled herself, while maintaining a fresh, airy look. She painted her dream wooden bed, decorated two shelving units to provide extra storage, and created a handy bedside table from a stool she picked up second-hand. ‘I enjoy upcycling and it’s great to bring furniture back to life with a fresh lick of eggshell paint.’ If you’re short of time over Christmas, Natasha suggests a simple way to make your home feel Christmassy: ‘Introduce some festive greenery. This can be placed on your mantle, in vases or over mirrors and pictures. If you don’t have any suitable foliage in your garden, or enough time to pop to a florist, there are plenty of fake pine, leaf, berry or cone garlands available that can be used time and time again.’ l There are lots of beautiful festive ideas on Natasha’s blog at www.candypop.uk.com to have yourself a minimalist Christmas.
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Exciting times lie ahead, as Max sets up his own new TV production company and eagerly awaits the arrival of his belated birthday present.
s winter begins to bite, it’s starting to get a bit chilly now at the marina where I live on my upcycled houseboat. Luckily I have a Dyson fan which can cleverly turn from cooler to heater with the press of a single button, and I’ve also used the clocks going back as an excuse to buy a lovely faux-fur rug for my bed.
I finally got to see some of the episodes of Find It, Fix It, Flog It I worked on for Channel 4 and I must say I’m a fan. I love the fact that although we are upcycling, trying to save items from landfill and promoting new skills, the show doesn’t feel too worthy. It has a really nice pace, is funny and I think it’s evident that I thoroughly enjoyed working alongside
Henry Cole and Simon O’Brien. I was, however, a bit disappointed that they’d edited out a few scenes where I’d commissioned my gorgeous and talented friend MJ Ryle at The Purple Finch to create a unicorn from an old rocking horse and upcycle some mirrors. She worked her magic as always, but they failed to show this in the final episode. Rather than moan about it, I’ve decided to establish my own production company to allow myself to get slightly more involved in what ends up on screen. My new company, Reevision, will aim to produce factual entertainment content for TV and online that celebrates artisans, appreciates their skills and will hopefully inspire the next generation of young creatives. Recently, I was invited to attend the Amara Interior Design Blog Awards held at the London Design Museum. What a fantastic evening! I arrived early (for once) which gave me an opportunity to have a wander around some of the displays. My glamorous dates for the evening, Lynne Lambourne and Cheryl Lumley who was nominated for Best Craft Blog (below), turned up fashionably late but took no time joining me on the gin and tonics and celebrating all things interior design.
My Flog It rocking horse magically transformed by MJ Ryle into a unicorn.
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‘My new company will produce TV programmes tha t celebrate artisans, appreciate their skills and hopefully inspire the next genera tion of young crea tives’ © Quoc Nguyen Linh Vinh
Our Reestore upcycling bus was all set to be wrapped up snug for its winter hibernation after its last tour, when the team got a lastminute invite to attend the Christmas Ideal Home show along with our friends at Frenchic. So we hopped aboard and made our way to Manchester, where we held demonstrations on the bus of how to use the entire range of Frenchic products, from chalk paint to Easy Crackle, Finishing coat to wax, encouraging people to roll up their sleeves and have a go at upcycling first hand and to make Christmas decorations. If you came aboard, remember to share your photos with us on Twitter and tag me and Reloved. Truth be told, it’s a long old drive from Bedford to Manchester – especially when the double-decker only goes 44mph! But fear not, during the halfway pit stop my trusty log burner kept us warm and supplied lots of hot water for tea. I never really celebrated my 40th birthday properly as I was a bit busy working, so I’ve decided to treat myself to a new campervan. Well, it’s currently being built as a standard load-lugging van, but I felt inspired after watching Jamie Oliver’s recent Land Rover conversion. As a result, the new Reestore truck will be kitted out with a sofa, double bed, hanging rails for shirts and bow ties (of course), fresh coffee maker, laptop desk and, last but not least, a pull-out workbench so we can upcycle literally anywhere!
A thousand words… I have had the honour of joining the judging panel for the Environmental Photographer of the Year Awards. The day was hugely enjoyable but a lot more stressful than expected, as we had to wait for the results from the other judges who couldn’t attend the day (I’ll mention no names, Mr Stephen Fry!). I’m so happy that the overall winner was Quoc Nguyen Linh Vinh from Vietnam, who submitted ‘The hopeful eyes of the girl making a living by rubbish’, showing a young girl and her mother picking through rotting waste, surrounded by fires and pollution. It was the entry that really stood out for me. I love the look on the girl’s face and found it really intriguing. What is she thinking? Was she dreaming of having a better life, or is it a thoughtful gaze, grateful for spending time with her family? A truly moving image.
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A Scandinavian-style Christmas Nordic-inspired decorations are always a firm favourite for the holiday season – so we’ve found some elegant examples of festive ideas with a Scandinavian feel that can easily be created from reused materials. Words by Lucy Evans
There’s no need to worry about dropped needles with this stunning ‘tree’ display using stacked old fruit crates, which also act as handy shelves to display Christmas ornaments and decorations. You can even put presents in them, so your tree fills up the closer you get to Christmas day. Go for a natural look with untreated crates, or recreate the clean, simple Scandi aesthetic by painting your boxes white using chalk paint. Finish by draping over a single string of white fairy lights. We’re inspired by this example from www.plantabox.co.uk – and we especially love the measuring stick star perched at the top!
© Plant Abox
Clean lines, rustic styling, subtle colour schemes and lots of wood! Giving Scandinavian style the upcycling treatment is easy – just check out our ideas which incorporate Nordic charm with reclaimed and repurposed materials. Some, such as the decorated pegs, can be achieved in just a few hours, while others, like the metal Christmas tree skirt, are a fun weekend project to indulge in during the build up to the big day. Just a few of these decorations throughout your home will create a stunning Scandi setting, ready for the Christmas season.
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© April and the Bear
You don’t have to be an origami expert to use paper folding for your decorations. Any old bits of card or paper will do and you can transform them into three-dimensional decs that will truly be the stars of your home décor. We love the look of this nine-point matt black star from www.aprilandthebear.com, which fits in with a pared down Scandi theme, especially hung from a foraged branch as shown here.
This idea couldn’t be simpler, but will instantly jazz up your Christmas card displays, table settings and more. These Nordic Christmas pegs from www.talkingtables.co.uk have been painted gold and silver or penned with simple designs. To make your own, grab some old clothes pegs and cover in three coats of a spray paint such as Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch and leave to dry. String up lengths of natural jute or baker’s twine and then use your decorated pegs to attach your cards, or use to clip handwritten names onto napkins at your Christmas table to make place settings.
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Got it pegged
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All about the base © Marquis and Dawe
We’re loving this simple zinc tree skirt from www.marquisanddawe.co.uk. It’s a great idea that’s easy to achieve with an upcycled twist. Next time you’re at the reclamation yard, keep an eye out for an old galvanised metal tub. Once you’ve found one, drill several holes close together all around the base, then cut between each hole using wire cutters. Alternatively, use a jigsaw around the edge. The edge will be rough, so use a hammer to smooth it out or cover with rope or similar, glued in place to secure.
Cut a © Cammilla Nilsson Design
How’s this for an idea that takes the biscuit? Camilla Nilsson is a Swedish artist who creates beautiful Christmas chandeliers from old recycled gingerbread cutters. Each one she makes is unique and the shapes cleverly hang from a flan tray ring. You can visit www.camillanilssondesign.se to find Camilla’s designs, or raid your own kitchen drawers and have a go at making something similar yourself.
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In the sack
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There’s nothing nicer than the glow of a log fire to cosy up in front of throughout those wintry December nights. Store your logs in rustic style in a sturdy bag made from an old coffee sack and scraps of webbing. You could even make some as gifts for family and friends. Find the instructions to make this project in A Year in Crafts by Clare Youngs, £14.99, published by CICO Books.
Like this birchwood wreath from www.redlilly.co.uk? If you can source old birch bark, the next step is to shape wood shavings and arrange them around a foam ring, using a glue gun to secure them in place. The segments on this one have been rounded off, but you could go for a less polished and more rustic finish if you prefer.
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Created by Hannah Lobley for www.madebyhandonline.com, these beautiful tree decorations have been created from recycled paper, by combining multiple book pages which have been layered, compressed and varnished. The delicate pattern on them is the result of text from the pages showing through for a stunning effect. Time to raid your book shelves and try this idea out for yourself.
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Give your living room a homespun feel with traditional Nordic-style Christmas cushions. This one’s from The Contemporary Home (www.tch.net), but you can rustle up your own by browsing charity shops for old patterned jumpers which would be suitable to reuse. Cut up to make a front and back, then stitch together to make an envelope cushion, attaching wooden buttons for extra decoration at the back, if you wish. So simple, yet so effective – one of the easiest ways you can add a cosy festive touch to your home over winter.
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The humble pallet is the basis of so many upcycling projects and this Christmas one is no exception. Although any lengths of recycled wood or offcuts you can pick up would be suitable for this idea, a pallet offers an instant solution to the number of ‘branches’ you need. Simply cut to your required lengths and nail to a wooden ‘trunk’, then nail more pin nails along the branches so you can hang up the decorations of your choice – so easy and so effective! The Nordic-style decorations adorning this particular tree are a snip from www.poundland.co.uk. 44 039-44_RL49[featScandiXmas]NT2SJ2LB.indd 44
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Bring Christmas joy into your home this season, with everything from wreaths and bunting to table displays and tree ornaments made in the spirit of upcycling.
Copper-pipe candelabra Oversized knitting needles Kate Beavis Nikkita Palmer & Billy Barker
Mitten garland Christiane Bellstedt Myers
Christmas tree picture Rebecca Speroni Wright
Geometric design sideboard Nicky Cash
Denim gift tags Rachael Sharpe
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B you will need 2m (79in) length of 15mm (5/ 8in) copper pipe 15mm (5/ 8in) pipe cutter Pipe bender Hairdryer 4 x T-joints 2 x elbow joints 6 x 15mm–22mm (5/ 8 – 3/ 4in) reducers Heavy-duty glue
If your salvaged pipe is rusty or tarnished, give it a good clean first – one method is to apply tomato ketchup, leave it for 20 minutes and wipe clean. From your length of copper pipe, cut a piece measuring 25cm (10in), using the pipe cutter to create the main ‘trunk’ of the candelabra (A).
Copper-pipe candelabra From practical to chic, this on-trend candleholder is designed from reclaimed piping – you’ll want to make one for your Christmas table and another to gift! Project and photography by Kate Beavis
Cut three slightly shorter lengths for the side arms (the ‘branches’). Bend each one using a pipe bender to create a right-angle bend in the same place on each one (B). Bending the pipe is easier if it is warm; use a hairdryer to do this.
safety first Don’t leave lit candles unattended or let them burn too low.
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‘You can make the candleholder as small and simple or as big and orna te as you wan t. Just add or remove any piece you wan t for your design’ I
Position the branches next to the central trunk of pipe to decide where you want them to be positioned (C). Cut the central piece to allow for T-joints which the branches will fit into. Place the T-joints into the gaps and attach the branches to them (D and E). If needed, cut the tops of the branches to get the height you want.
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To create the base, cut a piece of copper pipe measuring 70cm (27½in). Bend both ends into a ‘walking cane’ shape (F). Cut this piece at the central point.
Join both base ends using a T-joint, positioning them with each curve facing in the opposite direction (G). Add an elbow joint to each end of the base, so that the hole is facing upwards (H).
Cut two small pieces of pipe, about 2cm (¾in) long, and add to the elbow joints. To every end, add a 15–22mm (5/ 8 –¾in) reducer, as this is the perfect size to hold candles (I).
When you are happy with the placement of the branches and height of your candelabra, glue all the joints together and leave to dry. Add candles and enjoy the cosy glow.
Bend the rules
If you don’t have a pipe bender, you could use extra elbow joints (which are a rightangled shape) to create the same effect.
Kate Beavis is the author of Style Your Modern Vintage Home, a buying, styling and restoring guide focusing on the 1920s to 1990s. She also writes a regular blog, is a freelance writer and business consultant, and director of the award-winning Magpie Wedding national fairs showcasing everything for the vintage bride. ww.katebeavis.com w www.magpiewedding.com katebeavisvintage vintagekateb yourvintagelife ihavethisthingwithvintage
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Oversized knitting needles
These beautiful knitting needles made from cobnut branches using simple craftsmanship techniques are perfect for creating cosy, chunky-knit blankets, but they can also add a quirky statement piece to any room. Project and photography by Nikkita Palmer and Billy Barker
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you will need 2 straight cobnut branches, about 140cm (55in) long Handsaw Tape measure Pencil Coarse- and fine-grit sandpaper Small branch, with a diameter 2cm (¾in) wider than your needle branches Drill and 6mm (¼in) drill bit 2 pieces of 5mm (¼in) dowel, each 5cm (2in) long Good quality wood glue Hammer Pin nails Masking tape Vintage Rocks chalk paint in Whiteout Small paint brush Vintage Rocks Buzz Wax Cloth or wax brush
Make the most of the opportunity to display your needles, by knitting a wall hanging and simply leaving it on one of your needles before attaching to the wall.
Cut one end from each of your branches to give a clean, straight finish using a handsaw (A). This will be the non-pointed end. Measure the branches to 140cm (55in) (or shorter, if you wish) and mark with a pencil. Cut using a handsaw, removing any side branches.
For the pointed end of the needles, use a handsaw or hacksaw and make four cuts to create a point (B). Using a coarse-grit sandpaper, work the point to a more uniform shape, finishing with a fine-grit paper. At this stage, you can also sand any areas where you removed side branches.
Take your wider branch and cut a slice measuring 2.5cm (1in) to create a stop for the end of your needles (C).
At the flat end of your needles, mark the centre of the diameter and drill the 6mm (¼in) bit in roughly 3cm (1¼in) (D). Do the same to the stop end, this time drilling all the way through (for safety, it is best to do this in a vice).
Take each piece of dowel and dip it into the glue, then tap it into the freshly drilled hole in each needle, using a hammer (E). Slide the stop onto the dowel until flush with the end of each needle. Cut the remainder of the dowel
‘Taking make-do-and-mend as winter inspira tion, use old T-shirts as yarn to knit a blanke t in a true upcycled style’
Knitting with your needles These oversized needles are great for making chunky homewares out of T-shirt yarn. You could give the needles with a few balls of yarn as a gift, or make a knitted item to give away. To make the yarn Take a few T-shirts and place them on a clean, flat surface. Cut down both side seams and across the top seam to give two separate T-shirt sides, then remove the sleeves. Cut your fabric into 2.5cm (1in) strips; it is best to do this in a zigzag pattern to create a continuous piece of fabric for knitting. Join your fabric strips together by knotting at the ends and trimming the excess, then wrap into a ball. Project ideas For a nice-sized lap throw, loosely cast on 50 stitches and work in garter stitch until you have achieved your desired length. Cast off loosely. For a denser-knitted fabric, knit with two strands of your T-shirt yarn to make cushion covers or a cosy winter scarf.
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H off with a handsaw (F). Sand the end of the dowel so it is smooth and flush with your stop (G). If you feel your stop needs extra support, put a small pin nail to the side of the dowel so it holds it to the needle.
About the designeRS
A recent graduate from Nottingham Trent University, Nikkita Palmer has set up business with her creative partner Billy Barker. Together they design and build bespoke furniture and homewares from reclaimed materials for domestic and commercial interiors.
Mask the needles where you want your stripes. Weâ€™ve done ours randomly but you could measure these out to get them perfect. Paint the stripes with white chalk paint (H). Add extra patterns as you wish; I used a combination of triangles and circles which I stamped using a cotton bud (I). Once dry, wax your needles using a cloth or wax brush.
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Christmas tree picture The perfect project for any furniture upcycler, this simple, yet beautiful festive picture can be designed from a collection of leftover drawer handles and decorative wooden offcuts. Project and photography by Rebecca Speroni Wright you will need Piece of salvaged wooden board, 2.5 x 25.5 x 20cm (1 x 10 x 8in) White chalk paint Paint brush 220-grit sandpaper A collection of drawer handles, knobs and decorative wooden dowels Chop saw or hand saw Drill Screws Screwdriver No More Nails adhesive Decorative star
measure & Mark
Most drawer handles have two holes. You must drill these holes into the wood for it to fit flush on the board. Make sure you measure and mark accurately so you donâ€™t end up with a crooked handle.
Paint your salvaged board white and allow it to dry. Sand down the surface to add a little distressing. The more you sand, the more the grain of the wood underneath comes through.
Take your wooden pieces and, using a chop saw or hand saw, carefully cut them on one side of the length, to get a relatively flat surface that you can stick to the board.
Place all your knobs, handles, dowels and sawn wooden pieces on the board, organising them from longest to shortest to create a tree shape, spacing them evenly. The dowels work best if cut to size to fit between the knobs and handles. Cut a small 2.5cm (1in) piece of dowel or even a piece of a wine bottle cork to act as the tree stump.
To attach the knobs or handles, mark the position of the screws and drill pilot holes on the board. Make sure you align your holes straight and evenly centred between the other pieces.
Attach the handles or knobs with screws.Â Use No More Nails adhesive to attach the wooden pieces and add a star at the top.
About the designer
Rebecca Speroni Wright is the owner of Pickles & Daisies, an online business dedicated to refinishing and building furniture, as well as providing workshops on paint techniques and decorating. She loves taking something that would be considered rubbish and turning it into something beautiful and unique. ickles-DaisiesP 565349403519879 picklesndaisies picklesanddaisies
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Geometric design sideboard Bring some pared back styling to your home and update a sideboard with a pop of yellow and graphic detailing for a year-round interior statement.
you will need Sideboard or chest of drawers Zinsser Universal Degreaser & Cleaner (or sugar soap) 180-grit sandpaper Sanding block General Finishes Gel Stain in Antique Walnut Fusion Mineral Paint in Coal Black and Picket Fence (white), plus two more colours of your choice Screwdriver Masking tape Ruler and pencil Craft knife 2.5cm (1in) flat artist’s brush Superfine sanding block Lint-free cloth Delicate surface painter’s masking tape, e.g. Frog Tape or 3M Edgelock Polka-dot stencil 5cm (2in) flat paint brush General Finishes High Performance Top Coat
Project and photography by Nicky Cash
Prep your piece by cleaning first, then sanding in the direction of the grain to de-gloss the surface if it is painted or varnished. Refinish the top, drawers and doors first with the gel stain to freshen up and darken the wood colour, then paint the legs and sides in black to tidy them up. Remove the doors, hinges and handles from the piece and apply masking tape to the edges of the drawers and doors (A).
squares diagonally into triangles. You can play around with colours and ways to fill the shapes, mixing it up between plain and patterned sections. I cut my square designs out on paper so I could play around with layout and follow it as a guide when painting (B).
Plan out your design first by finding the number of squares that will fit across your piece. The shapes can be slightly rectangular if this helps them fit edge to edge. My rows are slightly different heights too, as the drawers are not exactly the same depth, but it isn’t too noticeable in the final effect. Divide some of the
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On the edge
A sharp crafting scalpel is essential for creating precise masking tape designs. Use it to slice away excess tape cleanly and also use the tip to gently scrape off any paint that needs tidying up – wait until it is dry first, though.
When working in different colours at the same time, it is useful to have a brush for each colour and to wrap them in cling film between coats. This saves time washing them and also means they are easily on hand for touch-ups too. They can be left for a good few days if kept wrapped well and airtight.
Mask out the rows first, then the squares and finally any triangles (C). If you are doing a striped section, add the strips of tape to make the stripes last. The sequence of taping means you will be able to remove only the tape that you need to, as you move to work on the adjoining triangle or square. Ensure you press and rub the edge of the tape to get a good seal.
Using a flat artist’s brush, fill in the shapes with thin layers of your chosen colour, brushing in straight lines in the same direction across the section (D). Allow time for the first coat to dry completely and then very lightly sand to remove any little imperfections using a superfine sanding pad. Wipe away the sanding dust with a lint-free cloth, before adding the next coat. This gives a really smooth, flat finish.
Once a section is touch-dry, peel back the tape slowly and steadily, making sure you move your hand down the tape as you pull, so you have more control (E). Angle the tape back over itself as you pull too, as this helps it cut through the coats of paint and leave a crisp edge.
Once the first set of painted sections are fully dry, move onto the next set of shapes, using a polka-dot stencil to add circles. As you now have to apply tape over newly painted
F sections, make sure you use a masking tape designed for painted surfaces. Only leave the tape on as long as it is needed – the longer it is on, the more chance it will bond to the paint below and pull that off as well. If you need to leave your project for a while, it is best to remove the tape and reapply when you come back to it.
To protect the design once finished, seal it with two coats of a clear waterbased top coat using a 5cm (2in) flat paint brush across the whole of the piece. Rub down between coats with the superfine sanding pad, to get a professional finish.
About the designer
Nicky Cash is a furniture and homewares re-designer who lives and works in Leeds and creates her one-off designs by reworking items picked up in charity shops and auctions, as well as refinishing customers’ own pieces for them. She particularly loves creating striking geometric designs to reinvigorate old vintage pieces. www.doneupnorth.com doneupnorth doneupnorth doneupnorth
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Christiane Bellstedt Myers Homespun crafter
As a Canadian living in the UK – with a penchant for all things Scandinavian – author, workshop host and upcycler Christiane Bellstedt Myers brings a classically beautiful touch to her home using simple styling and a limited colour palette. Here she shares some of her festive decorating tips and lets us take a peek into her beautiful home.
What does Christmas mean to you? For me, Christmas is more of a feeling. It’s not about buying lots of presents, but rather creating things that would make the recipient very happy. Time together with family and friends and thinking of those less fortunate encompasses what the season means to me.
Yes, I like to think I have. I grew up with lots of secret surprises being part of the run-up to Christmas – it was always exciting when it was time to unwrap the presents! My parents instilled in me the value of anything homemade and the make-do-and-mend attitude from home is also one I cherish. I love creating things with what I find that others may feel is useless. I also enjoy decorating the outside of my home for each season which is what Canadians tend to do.
Christiane’s welcoming porch decorated for the Christmas season. Photography © Christiane Bellstedt Myers unless otherwise stated
Have you brought any of your Canadian traditions with you to your home in the UK?
You also like to visit Scandinavia. What have you brought back from those trips to incorporate into your own Christmas décor? I have very dear friends who live in Denmark and Sweden. The thing that really stands out,
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© Caroline Arber
and one that I have embraced here at home, is keeping everything very simple. Just placing a candle at the dinner table with a few pine cones and moss to decorate it, sewing a simple heart to hang on a branch, or lighting a lantern outside to welcome in friends are all very quick and easy but leave a big impression. My house changes its look for each season and Christmas is a very traditional affair. I bring out old and loved decorations, some of which I have inherited and are over 100 years old. Red, white and green are the principal colours, with antique tins, old books, candles and homemade items nestled in among fresh greenery creating a very old-fashioned Christmas.
In your book, Scandi Christmas, a lot of the projects involve an element of upcycling. Is this something you are keen to embrace? Without a doubt, upcycling is something close to my heart. I’m saddened by our throwaway culture and would love to spread the word that to reuse is not only satisfying but so necessary for the environment. I would say almost everything in my house has been upcycled – chairs and tables, pictures on the wall, cushions and blankets. I just love finding old things and giving them a new life. My husband and I are always on the lookout for treasure. Architectural salvage yards, antique stores and fairs along with car-boot sales, house clearances and unwanted items from friends provide endless possibilities. I love using old natural fabrics such as linen, wool and cotton, and finding old wood like architrave or skirting boards and building something new. Paint is great for making a quick change to the whole feel of a room or a piece of furniture. This red-and-white patchwork stocking from Scandi Christmas reflects both Canadian and Scandinavian traditions.
Tell us a bit about your home. My home was built in 1904 – old by Canadian standards! My friends say that coming into my house is like receiving a big warm hug, which I take to mean that it’s very welcoming. I have painted wooden floors or old farmhouse tiles everywhere, and the colours are soft green and grey that makes decorating for each season easy. It’s very casual and everything is there to be used and enjoyed.
Do you have your own workspace? © Christiane Bellstedt Myers
Our studio, which is lovingly called the Crooked Workshop, is a rescued old garden shed fitted with an old dresser base and flooring from someone who was putting in a new floor and was en route to the dump! It’s small but perfectly formed, where my husband creates things that I design for The Cozy Club. I also create on my kitchen table or next to the fire in
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© Mark Scott
A Cozy Club crafting workshop at Christiane’s home.
Christiane’s top 5 Scandi decorating tips
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Keep things simple – less is best, from your tree to the Christmas table. Forage for natural greenery, pine cones, berries and so on.
Bake cookies to decorate the tree, using cinnamon and nutmeg to fill your kitchen with the scent of spice. Sprinkle silver glitter here and there to create a magical feeling in your home, placing it in unexpected places! Bring out the child from within and enjoy the magic of the season, sharing that joy with others.
A child’s vintage Christmas sampler from 1829.
the living room. I have everything to hand as my workshops are taught in the dining room.
the UK and beyond. I’ve met only the nicest of people who are now friends – and what could be better than that.
Tell us more about The Cozy Club. I started doing Christmas craft fairs from my home 16 years ago, selling my own handmade items, and I was often asked how I made things. So I started the The Cozy Club, offering crafting workshops where people make and take home a seasonal item. There’s nothing better than sitting together chatting happily while creating something and learning a new skill. I compare it to a quilting bee where strangers get together and through making become friends and solve a multitude of problems. We make things such as quilted cushions, stitcheries and decorative items for the home to reflect each season. It started locally, but now with social media I’m so excited to have people come from all over
Turn the page to make Christiane’s upcycled mitten garland.
How will you celebrate Christmas this year? This year will be a very special one for me – for the first time in 27 years I will be spending Christmas with my mother in my home town of Kincardine in rural Canada. We’ve always travelled to see each other during the summer, as winter snowstorms can leave you stranded – Kincardine is a four-hour drive from the nearest international airport. I am, however, hoping for snow once I get there! We’ll celebrate on Christmas Eve like most of Northern Europe and the main event will be watching the tree being lit with 24 real candles, then standing back to admire it while singing carols.
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Christiane’s book, Scandi Christmas, is packed full of simple stylish ideas to make your home cosy and welcoming. www.thecozyclub.co.uk thecozyclub thecozyclub
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MITTEN GARLAND Perfect for a mantelpiece or dresser, these cute and cosy little mittens can be filled with greenery, chocolates or tiny presents.
Project by Christiane Bellstedt Myers, photography by Caroline Arber
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you will need Felted cream woollen blanket Basic sewing supplies Red stranded embroidery thread Ribbon, buttons and bells Bakerâ€™s twine Mini clothes pegs
Using the templates, cut out two pieces of felted woollen blanket for every mitten that you want to make (A). If your blanket already has an edge finished with blanket stitch, try to use it by placing the edge of your template along the edge of the blanket.
Stitch two matching mitten pieces together using embroidery thread and blanket stitch, leaving the mitten open at the top (B).
Mitten gift bag
Why not make just one large mitten. Fill it with something special and give as a Christmas present â€“ simply add a little loop of ribbon so that it can be hung on a tree or door knob as a decoration.
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Decorate your mittens by sewing on ribbon, buttons and bells – add as much or as little decoration as you like (C).
‘This garland can be displayed as soon as the wea ther begins to feel wintery, then as the season progresses you can add little decora tions to welcome in Christmas’
Attach the mittens to a length of baker’s twine using mini clothes pegs (D), then hang up your garland.
Instead of sewing your garland, you could reuse your children’s outgrown knitted mittens to create a colourful display.
Taken from Scandi Christmas, £12.99, published by CICO Books.
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Give old denim clothes a new lease of life and turn them into wonderful gift tags – great for dressing presents, using to decorate cards and hanging on the tree. Project and photography by Rachael Sharpe you will need Large gift tag Denim fabric scraps Marker pen Dressmaker’s scissors Embroidery threads in red, white and black Embroidery needle Fabric scraps Small red buttons Ribbon Fabric glue
Using your gift tag as a template, mark out the shape on the reverse of your scrap denim and cut it out (A).
Embroider a stitched line around the edge of your tag with red thread, leaving a 6mm (¼in) border. Keep your stitches as neat as you can, but don’t get hung up on them being perfect – the charm of this project is its handmade look.
Cut out an oval shape from your scrap fabric (I used a red and white spotty material) – this will form your reindeer’s head. Use red embroidery thread to stitch the oval onto your tag (B).
Stitch your reindeer two little ears in white thread, keeping them low on the head. Using the same small stitches, make a set of antlers (C). Don’t worry if the antlers don’t match – these little quirks add character.
Stitch a red button onto the reindeer for his nose. Using black thread, sew two crosses above the button to make the eyes (D). Keep them small so that the button nose is the main focus of the face.
Cut a piece of ribbon, make a loop and glue it to the back of the tag (E). This is preferable to sewing, so it doesn’t interfere with the front of your tag. Experiment with other Christmas characters, like Santa or snowmen, to make more tags.
About the designer
Rachael Sharpe is a freelance writer, maker and photographer, based in Devon. She is currently renovating a Victorian townhouse with her husband and spends most of her free time upcycling things to go in it. www.rachaelsharpe.com R_L_Sharpe rachaellaurasharpe
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Yuletide woodland diorama Create an adorable Scandinavian-inspired scene from gathered branches, twigs and remnants of felt â€“ perfect for a window or shelf decoration. Project and photography by Debbie von Grabler-Crozier
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you will need Green felt or wool fabric, 45 x 56cm (18 x 22in) Green thread Basic sewing supplies Stuffing Twigs Glue gun Drill and bits the same size as your twig ends Birch log about 30cm (12in) long and as thick as your wrist Thin card, e.g. cereal packet Creasing tool or blunt knife Glue stick 3.5cm (1Â˝in) diameter round wooden ball or bead Acrylic paints in black, red and coral blush Artistâ€™s paint brush Cream yarn Ribbon scraps Blue felt or wool fabric, 45 x 56cm (18 x 22in) Gold thread Small scrap of flesh-coloured felt or wool fabric Red felt or wool fabric, 23 x 56cm (9 x 22in) Red thread Tiny white pompom White felt or wool fabric, 23 x 56cm (9 x 22in)
Begin with the trees. There are two sizes and you can mix them up to have two large and one smaller or two smaller and one large. Use the template to cut two pieces from the green felt for each tree. Place the front and back wrong sides together and sew around the edge, starting at the bottom and leaving a small space
for stuffing and inserting the twig (A). Repeat for the other two trees. Fill with stuffing.
Trim the twigs to your desired length. My twigs are all about 10cm (4in) long and tapered at one end. Hot glue one end of each twig into the base of the tree (B).
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Drill a hole into the log which matches the size of the twig (C). Push the end of the twig into the hole. Repeat for the other two trees.
almost meet in the middle. Cut a circle of fleshcoloured felt and glue it between the sleeves like clasped hands (H).
To make the gnome, use the gnome body template and cut the shape from cardboard. Use the creasing tool to score along the dotted line on the tab. Spread glue onto the tab and fix together to make a standing cone. Push the tabs down at the top of the cone and load them with hot glue. Sit the head on the tabs, then reach up inside the cone and press the tabs onto the bottom of the head to secure (D).
Cut a red felt hat using the template and sew the seam up the back to make a cone. Hot glue a tiny pompom to the top and then hot glue the hat onto the gnomeâ€™s head (I).
Stitch with confidence If youâ€™re unsure about stitching free-hand, draw a guide on the felt with an airerasable marker to help you.
Using the template, cut out two wings from the white felt. Attach the pieces together with embroidery stitches around the edges. Hot glue the wings to the back of the gnome (J).
Add two black dots for eyes, dipping the end of a brush or wooden skewer into the paint. Use a dry brush technique and apply coral blush for the cheeks. Finish with a red dot for a mouth (E).
Cut 50 lengths of yarn measuring 30cm (12in). Glue the hair to the top of the head, distributing it evenly (F). Once dry, divide the yarn into two plaits. Trim the plaits at the bottom and tie with a spare bit of yarn. Glue a piece of ribbon scrap around the bottom of the plaits.
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Debbie von Grabler-Crozier has been a professional craft writer for over 20 years and contributes regularly to magazines, as well as having written several books. She believes craft and upcycling go hand in hand, and loves the way nothing goes to waste.
Cut a piece of blue felt using the dress template. Embroider a border pattern onto the lower edge and the neck with the gold thread, using cross stitch, running stitch and a chain stitch (G). Glue the dress onto the gnome.
Using the template, cut out two sleeves using the blue felt and embroider the edges. Glue these to the dress so that they
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You donâ€™t have to spend a fortune to have a stylish festive tree. Here are three thrifty ways to make decorations using spray paint, yarn and scrap paper.
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Toy box decorations
For a touch of Christmas nostalgia, give classic toys a smart new coat of paint in time for the festive season. Project by Cassie Fairy, photography by Andy Greenacre
Trains, planes & dinosaurs
You could stick with one theme for your decorations. Create a wintery Polar scene with stags, seals, polar bears and penguins, or give exotic animals a snowy makeover. How about using planes, trains and cars for a travel theme, or you could upcycle some plastic dinosaurs of varying sizes to create a prehistoric Christmas.
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You don’t have to raid the kids’ toy box to make this project – it’s easy to pick up plastic toy animals and die-cast metal vehicles from car-boot sales and charity shops.
you will need Small toys Drill Small eyelet screws Bendable wire Rust-Oleum metallic spray paint in Silver Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch in Cherry Red Gloss Fine sandpaper or sanding block Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch in Matt White Silver marker pen Metallic cord, baker’s twine or yarn
Spray-paint the toys with a fine coat of silver. Once one side is covered, turn the toys around to spray the backs (D). Be sure to cover the tops and bottoms too. When the paint is touch-dry, give the toys a second coat of the metallic spray paint to make sure that all surfaces are completely covered. Allow to dry thoroughly.
Spray-paint some of the toys with a coat of red gloss paint, again making sure you coat the toy from all angles. Hang them up to dry. Once the red paint is completely dry, use a fine sandpaper to rub away some of the red layer to reveal the metallic silver underneath (E). This effect looks great on small vehicles or on textured surfaces.
Using a small drill bit that matches the size of the eyelet screws, carefully drill a pilot hole in the toy. Choose a point where you can hang the decoration, somewhere on the back or head of the animal or on the top of a car or truck (A).
Carefully twist the eyelet screw into the pilot hole (B). Screw it all the way into the toy until all of the threaded part is inside.
Bend a small piece of wire (or use Christmas tree hanging hooks) to loop through the eyelet screw and hang the toy over a pole or broom handle in preparation for painting (C).
Spray-paint some of the toys completely white or use the paint to give the animals a light dusting of ‘snow’ over their backs, leaving a sparkling silver underside.
When the white paint is dry, you can use a silver marker pen to draw dots onto the animals’ backs, or to decorate red toys with a silver star pattern (F).
Thread metallic cord, baker’s twine or red yarn through the eyelet screws to create a loop to hang the toys.
About the designer
As a full-time thrifty awardwinning blogger, Cassie Fairy loves to come up with ways to save cash while still creating lovely things for her home. Her projects always include upcycled elements – even her sewing projects are made from repurposed clothing and bedding. Check out her step-bystep projects and videos on her money-saving DIY blog. www.cassiefairy.com Cassiefairy Cassiefairy Cassiefairyblog Cassiefairy
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You can use any colours in your ornament â€“ mix and match to create a colourful bauble or keep it nice and simple.
This simple minute-make takes one plain bauble and transforms it into a luxe decoration for a tree with sophisticated style. Project and photography by Evija Roberts you will need Old bauble Glue gun Pack of white and silver craft pompoms Silver ribbon Silver metallic bead garland
Make sure your bauble is clean and dry before you start. This will ensure the glue will stick well to the surface. Heat the glue gun and stick the pompoms onto the bauble one by one, starting from the top, continuing to glue them around the sides until the whole bauble is covered (A and B).
Once you are happy with the coverage, add a ribbon to match the bauble.
To add a little sparkle, cut the silver beads off the garland and glue them carefully in the gaps between the pompoms (C and D). Now your decoration is ready to hang.
About the designer
Evjia Roberts loves to upcycle and create things out of nothing or simply to relove a piece that has been forgotten. She shares her passion for home interior, design, DIY and crafting on her award-winning blog with projects, tips and inspiration. www.fromevijawithlove.com fromevijawithlove EvijawithLove fromevijawithlove evijaroberts
Use a small bauble for this project, as once the pompoms are glued on they add volume to it.
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Turn a collection of ordinary baubles into a gorgeous display with a folk-art feel, using pretty strips of paper. Project by Amanda Russell, photography by Antonia Attwood
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you will need Old baubles White spray paint Adhesive putty/Blu Tack Scraps of patterned paper PVA glue Paint brush Yarn in red and white Scissors Pompom maker Glue gun
Place the baubles in a box and apply several layers of white spray paint (A). Allow to dry, then move the baubles around so every surface is covered. For the final spray, stand the baubles upright by anchoring them with buttons of adhesive putty (B).
Depending on the size of your baubles, tear the paper into strips half the length of the circumference and about 1cm (3/8in) wide (C).
Pattern perfection Papers with small detailed patterns will work best to decorate your baubles.
Brush the glue all over the bauble (D). Place the strips of paper on top and press in place, covering the entire surface (E). Brush another layer of glue over the top, smoothing down the paper pieces so they curve with the bauble. Stand them upright to dry, using a thick button of adhesive putty.
Make the pompoms by wrapping the yarn around the pompom maker, alternating red and white yarn in various amounts (F).
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When you have removed the pompom, snip the yarn to shape using sharp scissors, taking care not to cut the length of yarn that you tied around the centre of the pompom (G).
Using the glue gun, with the length of yarn facing away from the bauble, glue the pompom onto the top of the bauble (H). Tie the extra yarn together, forming a hanging loop.
About the designer
Interiors stylist Amanda Russell designs and art directs for a number of home interest and craft magazines as well as companies, where upcycling and sustainability is more often than not part of the brief. She also runs team-building craft and styling workshops for corporate clients and museums. www.amandarusselldesign.co.uk soulfoodstudio arusselldesign amandarusselldesign
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Roasting tin display tray
Create a seasonal display of eclectic ephemera and a bit of greenery, using an old enamel roasting tin and wooden beads. Project and photography by Kim Jones you will need Old tin or roasting pan lid Spray paint 4 wooden ball feet, beads or wooden doll heads Wood stain Clear or strong all-purpose adhesive, e.g. Gorilla Glue
‘I found this old roasting tin lid with no bo ttom in a thrift store for a dollar. I wasn’t sure wha t I would do with it, bu t knew I could come up with some thing!’
Start by cleaning then painting the tin or lid you want to use. If you’ve found a nice vintage enamel tin, you may want to leave it unpainted.
Stain or paint four wooden ball feet or wooden doll heads. Once all parts are dry, use a strong adhesive to glue the feet to the tin or lid and allow to dry completely.
Style with fun vintage finds or festive items. A jar from the recycling is perfect for foliage, then add old tickets, black and white photographs, and other items of a similar colour to create a uniform display.
Finding your feet
Select a wooden craft ball that has a flat edge, so it will sit flat against the tin or lid you are using.
About the designer
Kim Jones has a passion for upcycling and discovering new finds, and often spends her weekends visiting garage sales and thrift stores hunting for treasures to make over. Her popular blog shows how she has transformed her home, and includes tutorials and projects. www.huntandhost.net huntandhostblog huntandhost huntandhost
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Ever helpful, Charis turns Santa’s elf showing you how to fashion an easy-peasy gift idea from your workshop leftovers.
ow festive are you feeling? Still panicking at the mere thought of the Big Day, or are you one of those people who seem to have everything under control far too early? If you like the idea of a bit of thrifty gifting, then I’ve got a great upcycled project for you. First, though, I want to tell you that I’m back at college again doing my creative metalwork course and I love it! This year I’m studying jewellery techniques including casting, acid etching and enamelling, to name but a few, and learning to handle jeweller’s tools. I think this part of the course is going to really help me take the leap into making some awesome, upcycled smaller-scale products like metal drawer knobs, handles and coat hooks which I’ve been thinking about for a while.
A piercing saw used to cut thin sheets of metal (right).
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Creating a picture display frame from old dado rail.
I’ve been getting to grips with a terribly fragile tool called a piercing saw. Anyone who’s used one of these things will know the blades have a tendency to break as they are so fine. They look like lengths of wire, but when you examine them closely you’ll see they have tiny little teeth and they’re used by jewellers to cut thin sheets of metal, like copper or brass. Being my usual heavy-handed self it took me a little while to get in the swing of things with something so delicate – and it didn’t help that the first two saws I used were a bit loose and kept letting go of the blade! I also played with a scribe which is a very sharp, pointed metal instrument used to mark and draw on metal. Once I’d drawn a squiggle I tried cutting to the line and found it a lot more pleasurable and quicker than I had anticipated. Then I marked out some straight lines with my scribe and metal ruler and tried cutting to those lines. So far so good! I quite like the stark contrast of the organic waves against the geometric lines; I might incorporate this into my work later. Over the next four months, I’ll be designing and fabricating a piece of jewellery using all the techniques I learn. Of course, being me, while I was sawing and thinking about these ridiculously tiny blades that everyone kept breaking, I wondered if there was a way I could use them in my work. I’m now collecting all the broken college blades – stay tuned to see where I go with this, as I have no idea what might happen! Talking of reuse, I thought I’d create a little something from unwanted materials to give as a gorgeous gift, to show you how you can do the Santa stuff on a budget. How do you display your cards and photos? For me this is a pain, as there’s always one (of the kids) who starts putting Blu Tack on the walls or sticky tape on the fridge… So I came up with a plan that involves some remnant dado rail (which
was free from a friend), wire mesh (brought back from a TV makeover), gold paint (left over from one of my upcycled cricket helmets), a bit of backing from a piece of IKEA furniture (salvaged from a skip) and a string of LED fairy lights (from last month’s Reloved project). This is simple pimple. All you need to do is measure your dado rail, or whatever wood you’re using, and divide it by four so you can make a square frame. If you want a different shape,
go for it. Cut all the sides with a mitred edge, sand the edges and lay them out – making sure they fit – then cut L-shaped pieces of a thin wood material to strengthen the corners. I used the IKEA backing for this, as it was only a few millimetres thick but quite strong. Glue the mitred pieces to make the frame and pin your backing in the corners for extra strength. Spray the frame in gold and when dry give it a little rub over with some fine
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Use mini pegs to attach photos or cards to your funky fairy-light frame.
sandpaper to take off the shine. Cut wire mesh or chicken wire with tin snips to the required size and use washers and small screws to hold this in place, making sure it is stretched tightly across the back of the frame. I even made a little harness to hold the LED light battery pack on the back from a strip of leather and used screws to attach it, then added two little L brackets to house the picture wire for hanging. With the fairy lights threaded
through the wire mesh, all that’s left to do is peg some cool stuff to the display frame! I’m going to print some lovely photos for my folks, as it’s my mum’s birthday at the weekend and one must earn some brownie points before Christmas…
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In the spotlight Each month, Charis chats to an original artist working with upcycled materials.
Faith Montgomery, rustic wood artist I love the mix of colourful hand-painted artwork and rustic wood in your work. How did you first come up with this idea? While I was growing into being an artist, I decided to save money by using discarded scrap wood instead of purchasing regular canvas. These creations were the perfect combination of rustic and fine art. The wood itself is so beautiful, it just needed a little pop of colour to really bring a little bit of nature’s beauty into people’s homes. Where do you source the wood you use? Living in a rural town made up of a lot of logging families and builders, there has always been an overwhelming amount of scrap wood, pallets and wood rounds going spare. I use various kinds of wood from just about anywhere I can find. A lot of it is faded barn wood or old fencing that some of my family and friends have been more than willing to give to me. Other than that, you’d be surprised how often you’re driving down the road and see old pallets that are either broken or not needed any more. Can you tell us a little about where you live and how your surroundings inspire you? I live in a small town called Enumclaw right outside of Seattle, Washington, that rests below one of the largest volcanic mountains in the US, called Mt Rainier. I’ve lived in this area my entire life. The Pacific Northwest alone is an extremely beautiful place that sometimes you truly just have to see to believe. I can walk outside and be in the middle of a national park forest that’s engulfed in trees, rivers, lakes and mountains. So, for inspiration, all I have to do is walk out my front door. What’s your creative process? Most of the time I’ll start out with a very rough sketch of the woodworking portion. I mostly just cut out silhouettes so it’s never
too much of a process. Then, once I have the woodworking complete, I’ll decide what kind of painting will fit best. A lot of the time I have a few different ideas, so I’ll just pick one and hope it comes out good.
l To see more of Faith’s work, browse through
her online gallery at www.woodensense.com, or visit her Etsy shop at www.etsy.com/shop/ woodensense. You can also follow Faith’s artistic journey on Instagram at woodensense.
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Copper candle centrepiece
Add a bit of sparkle to your Christmas table with copper-trimmed candles and festive foliage set in a whitewashed wine crate. Project by Juliet Bawden, photography by Antonia Attwood
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you will need Wooden wine box Tape measure Pencil Steel rule Claw hammer Electric saw Tacks or nails White emulsion Paint brush No Nails adhesive Block of 5 x 5cm (2 x 2in) wood the same length as the wine box 3 shallow circular food tins, e.g. tuna or pineapple Strong glue 3 used tomato purée tubes Scissors Tea towel Biro 3 white church candles Dressmaker’s pins with heads Festive greenery LED fairy lights
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First reduce the size of your wine crate to make a smaller centrepiece, big enough to hold three church candles plus a bit of festive foliage. Measure the width you want your finished box to be and draw a line using a pencil and a steel rule. Using a claw hammer, remove one side and the base of the box and put to one side (A).
Using No Nails adhesive, stick the block of timber inside the base of the box. Evenly space three food tins along the piece of timber and stick them down using strong glue.
Saw the base and two parallel sides of the box to your measurement (B). Reattach the base and side you set aside to the bottom of the box, using the tacks, so that you now have a narrower wooden box (C and D).
Dilute white emulsion with water and paint onto the outside of the box so you can still see the branding (E). Leave to dry.
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‘I f you love the copper trend, then you’ll be amazed wha t you can do with toma to purée tu bes for a beau tiful decora tive effec t’
To decorate the candles, cut the top and bottom off the tomato purée tubes and discard all but the main body (F). Use old or kitchen scissors for this. Wash and dry the opened out tube metal.
Place the metal on a soft surface such as a tea towel and use the handle of a pair of scissors to smooth it out. Cut in half lengthwise, following the natural bend of the metal (G).
The metal you salvage from tomato purée tubes can also be used to make tree decorations or to embellish mirrors, small boxes or to make decorative labels to put on a Christmas gift.
With the printed side facing upwards and the metal still on the tea towel, use a biro to score patterns into the surface (H). Turn it over and you will see the lovely designs on the copper-coloured side (see the detail image, above). Cut one edge into a crown pattern.
Bend the decorative copper crowns around each candle and pin into place. Light a spare candle and let the wax drip into the base of each tin, using the molten wax to secure each candle. Fill the space around the candles with seasonal greenery – such as holly and ivy – and add some LED fairy lights.
About the designer
Juliet Bawden’s real passion is textiles and particularly dyeing, and the way it can be used to transform and relove. Best known for her craft, style and design books, she also designs, makes and writes for magazines and online, and runs practical workshops for both corporate and educational clients. www.creativecolour.org julietbawden creative_colour8
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Scrap fabric wreath Ring the changes with a gorgeous wreath made from fabric remnants: it’s quick, easy and there’s no sewing involved! Project by Debbie Shore, photography by Garie Hind 89 089-90_RL49[proWreath]NTSJLB.indd 89
‘This is a grea t projec t to do with children over the holidays to make a family keepsake’
you will need A polystyrene ring Scraps of fabric Scissors Glue that is suitable to use with polystyrene A blunt pencil A piece of cord measuring about 15.5cm (6in) long About 51cm (20in) of red gingham ribbon for a bow
Prepare all your squares of fabric, cutting into pieces about 4cm (1½in) square (A). These don’t have to be exact, and don’t worry about them fraying – that adds to the look!
Pop a blob of glue onto the wrong side of a few squares of your fabric. Place one piece glue-side down onto the ring, and push into the polystyrene using the blunt pencil (B). Repeat this process until the whole ring is covered.
Alternatively… Don’t stop at a wreath. You could also buy a polystyrene cone and make a matching Christmas tree in the same way.
When dry, turn the wreath over and attach the cord to hang in the same way. Create a bow using your gingham ribbon, and secure to the bottom centre of the wreath with glue.
Raid your wardrobe
If you don’t have any fabric scraps, you could cut up old shirts that you no longer wear, or take a trip to your local charity shop.
Project taken from Half Yard Christmas, £11.99, published by Search Press.
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