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at home with Debbie Shore How the children's TV presenter became a YouTube sewing superstar

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Deck the halls

Thrifty decorating tips from blogger kim Jones


Create an opulent feel with velvet upholstery and jewel tones

A Janome Sewing machine worth ÂŁ299

sew festive Pompom candleholder Scrap-fabric stocking Fair Isle sweater cushions

Christmas Countdown

Entertain in style

Salvaged wood food platters

hello santa

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Picture perfect

Quick and easy decorations

clever tricks

bright ideas

Add character to old furniture Embroider a vintage tablecloth


Issue 48

Make your own advent calendar

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Christmas is coming, and if you’re anything like me you’ll have started to gather together pine cones, fabric scraps and other interesting bits and bobs ready to make decorations, cards and presents. This month, we’ve got an issue packed with ideas and inspiration to make your festivities bright, beautiful and opulent. Our cover star velvet footstool fashioned from a pair of wine crates is sure to brighten up any living space (page 55), while a pretty advent calendar you can sew from reclaimed fabrics will make the countdown to the big day much more exciting (page 70). You can make a statement at mealtimes too, with a vintage tablecloth that’s been dyed and embroidered (page 86), or have a go creating your own on-trend wooden serving platter from an old scaffold plank (page 48). Santa is sure to be impressed when he drops off these presents! There’s no need to travel far for some of your materials, either: embrace the true ethos of upcycling and raid your recycling bin for tins to make a candleholder (page 74), a simple wreath from toilet roll tubes (page 62) and save moth-eaten sweaters to design a set of festive cushions (page 88). Whatever you’re planning on making, if your sewing machine has stitched a hem too many, then turn to page 65 for a chance to win a fabulous machine from Janome – and, if you’re lucky, Christmas may come early!

Lou Butt, Editor


Cover images Luxury on a budget (main): Antonia Attwood Debbie Shore and Christmas Countdown: Garie Hind Hello Santa: Kim Jones Picture perfect: Kate Beavis Clever tricks: Mary Vitullo Bright ideas: Chloe Hardisty



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features 20 Annie Sloan

Annie shows how easy it is to add neoclassical gilding to decorative pieces

24 My Reloved Home

Kim Jones’s Texan house filled with vintage finds and traditional Christmas magic

35 All aboard!

How two renovated buses have abandoned the daily commute to take on a new role

40 Max Mcmurdo

Our upcycling supremo may be in need of a revamp, after reaching a milestone birthday!

Contents WIN! A Janome Sewing machine worth £299 page 65

67 Meet the Maker

Ideas from sewing designer Debbie Shore on how to use fabric upcycles in your home


82 salvage sister

Charis Williams goes festive foraging to make her own thrifty Christmas decorations



8 Creative Hub

Upcycling news, products, workshops and events for your diary

18 reloved by you

Readers’ own revamp projects revealed

22 BookshelF

Crafty and creative books for Christmas

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98 take 10

Rachael Sharpe on desirable decoupage, wedding bouquets and nursery times



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This month’s contributors

Kim Jones


‘Greenery from the garden

will last for weeks and make your holiday décor look fresh and festive – and it’s free!’

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‘I take great satisfaction

from repairing, altering and mending anything from clothes to curtains’




48 Reclaimed wood serving platter 52 Cotton reel Christmas tree 55 Wine crate footstool 59 Embossed sewing cabinet 61 Painted Santa trowel 62 Decoupage wreath 70 Advent bunting 72 Decorated gift box 74 Pompom candleholder 76 Patchwork Christmas stocking 80 Homemade bath bombs 86 Dyed and embroidered tablecloth 88 Jumper cushion covers


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‘Many of my upcycling projects start with something I inherited from my grandma’

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A salvaged wooden peg rail is the perfect way to display festive greenery, fairy lights and a collection of wreaths, like these from HomeSense made from gathered foliage, pine cones and even silver-dipped feathers.

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Creative Hub News ♥ events ♥ products

Green shoots of hope Annie Sloan creates a new chalk paint shade to raise money for Oxfam Brighten your home with your latest painting project – and raise funds and awareness for a worthwhile cause at the same time, with a new shade from Annie Sloan launched in collaboration with Oxfam for its 75th

anniversary. Annie has teamed up with the global poverty charity to launch Lem Lem, a new shade of chalk paint in a beautifully soft green, inspired by the allium plants Annie admired on a visit she made to Ethiopia with Oxfam earlier this year. ‘What I love is when you look at the allium head from this region the overall impression is white, but then you realise there is green underneath, and green on the petals – a lovely muted green, it really is beautiful,’ says Annie. ‘I asked one of the women farmers, “What does green mean to you?” and she immediately said, “Growth” and I thought that was fantastic.’ The allium fields that inspired Annie belong to a female co-operative funded by Oxfam, which has enabled the women to buy homes and pay for their children’s schooling, as well as have their own bank accounts – a rarity in that part of Ethiopia. In the local language, lem lem means the green of fresh growth, and a percentage of every litre pot sold in the UK will go to Oxfam. ‘I feel that Lem Lem is

representative of my business,’ says Annie. ‘A celebration of the idea of female ambition, will and talent.’ l The Lem Lem shade of chalk paint is available for £4.95 (100ml) and £18.95 (1 litre) from Annie Sloan stockists. For more information, visit

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New York, New York… If you’re after an upcycling project to brighten up your walls, or a perfect present for that crafty family member, then we think you’ll like the Dremel Hatch Project Kit (£39.99), a great new set from tool company Dremel. Each kit comes with a pallet, paint, brushes, a marker, eraser, sandpaper and test wood, plus New York and London skylines to choose from. You can also download another 80 templates online, as well as watch videos exploring the kit and creating all the different paint effects. l For stockists, visit

Green Friday

Time out If you’re anything like us, you normally have far more plans and ideas and inspiration than you actually have time for – trying to fit crafting and upcycling into a busy family life can be tricky even on the best days! Well, if you’re looking for a way to make the most of the time you have – or fancy giving the gift of time to an upcycler you know – then the Hello Time Planner from Illustries might be just the thing. It comes with

week-to-view diary pages, monthly planners, note and sketch pages (perfect for planning out your latest project), inspirational quotes and more. l Available at £25 from

You might have noticed that Black Friday is almost upon us – the commercial free-for-all that’s the day after Thanksgiving in the US, when companies pile on the sales and encourage us to do a big shopping binge before Christmas. If all that consumerism is getting you down, then you might prefer to investigate Green Friday, an alternative celebration by Preloved, the online classifieds, that instead focuses on family time and eco-friendly businesses. Elizabeth Aspinall from Preloved says: ‘Green Friday is a chance for you to think about how you shop, exploring alternatives to the online deals and high street discounts that dominate spending habits at this time of year.’ They have plenty of ideas for how best to spend the day (24 November), including visiting artisan markets, creating handmade presents ready for Christmas, or heading out into the countryside to enjoy some fresh air. There’s even a competition on the website to win day passes from the National Trust – just the thing for a family day out. You can also join in with the fun on social media using the hashtag #PrelovedGreenFriday. Elizabeth sums up the ethos of Green Friday as: ‘Be creative, stay local and get outside!’ Sounds like a perfect day to us. l Find out more about Green Friday at

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Creative Hub Painting by design a refinishing business aiming to make period furniture look authentic, not upcycled With just a garage, a paint brush and a selection of vintage pieces, Diane Grover began her business, The Paint Factory, based in Hillsboro, Oregon. ‘I’ve always enjoyed painting and it became a great stressreliever, hiding in the garage away from the madding crowd,’ explains Diane. ‘I would have been quite happy staying at that level – just me, paint, brushes, and stillness – but a friend mentioned that people would buy my pieces if I ventured to show them. That was the scary part. Who wants to put their work on display to be critiqued?’ Several years on it’s a decision that’s very much worked out. ‘I was beyond surprised, but incredibly motivated to think this could actually become a business,’ says Diane. ‘I think the biggest obstacle to overcome was the confidence factor, or lack of. I think there are probably a slew of incredible artists, at home or behind an office desk, who could be incredibly successful in the refinishing world, if they just had a small push. Someone telling them, “Hey, people would really buy your stuff”.’ Diane revamps and repaints vintage furniture, often adding beautiful images across the front of a piece. ‘I always try to get my pieces to look authentic, as though the image was always there, so the image has to work with the lines of the piece,’ she explains. She uses a few different paints to get the perfect finish, too. ‘I cut my teeth on Annie Sloan Chalk Paint; it’s a fabulous product. I love to use high-end products, so alongside Annie Sloan I use Pure & Original Classico. What I like about both products is that they’re easy to manipulate; I can play around with the texture of it which helps me get a more authentic feel to my finishes.’ There’s lots that Diane enjoys about bringing new life to old furniture, creating works of art from abandoned goods. ‘I could say I enjoy saving an old piece from being thrown in the landfill, or growing a business

from home, or showing my children that creativity and personal expression has a real value to it. But, if I’m completely honest, I would say I love the challenge. I have the type of personality where I need to challenge myself; I need to continually push myself. I always want to up my game and painting allows me to do that. So every new piece of furniture is my next challenge. How can I hone my skills on this one? And how can I get the audience to believe that my finished piece is how it looked in its infancy?’ l See Diane’s work, read her blog and visit her shop at

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Wish upon a star

A light touch

Add a glow of flickering light to a favourite dresser or table centre with these twinkly birdcage candleholders. £8.95 from

Sleigh bells ring…

String these glittery gold stars across a cabinet or dresser for an instant festive feel. £10 from

Combine jingle bells with twinkly lights and brighten your home with this string of Christmas luminescence. £18.95 from


Get reel

Bring a Christmassy touch to your upcycling this season with our pick of the best embellishments and accessories.

We couldn’t resist these metallic glitter threads, just the thing for some sparkly crafting and adding a festive finishing touch to anything you make. £1 from

Robin redbreast

Decoupage a favourite table or cupboard top with these seasonal red-and-white napkins – just the thing for Christmas dinner! £6 from

Fine feathers

This glitzy decoration is flat enough to work brilliantly as a surface embellishment – why not create a trail of them across the top of your dining table ready for Christmas morning. Available from

All that glitters

Elf on a shelf

We adore these sweet elf footprint stencils – perfect for making magical memories this Christmas and creating enchanting tracks around your home. £3.49 from

Spruce up an old piece of furniture with a fresh coat of glitter paint – designed for interior woods and metals, this is ideal for adding some seasonal sparkle to your living space. £9 from

Woodland wonders

Drape this pine cone garland dusted with silver glitter over your mantelpiece or windowsill, for a touch of forest magic. £18 from

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Creative Hub

Red-nosed reindeer If you’re looking for something to do with the kids this weekend, why not make a start on the Christmas crafting with this fun project from Plasti-Kote. Just mask off the top and bottom of a glass jar then spray with PlastiKote Fast Dry Enamel in Nut Brown.

Once it’s dry, peel off the tape, add some googly eyes, a red pompom and some pipecleaner antlers, then fill with chocolates or other fun gifts. Ta-dah – a personal present ideal for family gatherings! l For stockists, go to

Tickled pink!

Metallic marvels The new metallic paint range from Rust-Oleum is perfect for adding a sophisticated feel to your home. Try the White Gold or Gun Metal shades for a classic monochrome feel – they’re great for table legs or shelving units, or why not paint some bold stripes, such as this striking door design for a real ‘wow’ factor when entering a room. l You can discover plenty of project ideas at

Pick up a new piece of furniture and raise money for Breast Cancer Now with the Paint It Pink campaign from the Bespoke Furniture Collection. This is a group of talented furniture upcyclers, many of whose lives have been touched by breast cancer, who have decided to use their skills to raise funds and awareness. Throughout October, members have been painstakingly crafting, painting and upcycling pink items of furniture to sell or raffle off, with a percentage of the sale of each piece being donated to Breast Cancer Now, the UK’s largest breast cancer research charity. Several paint companies have donated pink paints to the group, including Everlong and the London Vintage Paint Company. A couple of our favourite designs so far include Rachel Moorcroft’s pretty flamingo chest and the funky chest of drawers with geometric designs by Done Up North (both pictured above), which used the specially created The Big Pink shade from the London Vintage Paint Company. l Find out more at groups/thebespokefurniturecollection.

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BLOG watch Claireabellemakes Claire Wilson began her blog in 2012, after finishing her masters degree and finding she had some spare time on her hands. ‘I wanted to spend more time on crafts and creative hobbies,’ she explains. ‘And thought a blog might be a great place to share my projects. I also wanted to explore photography a little more, so a blog was a good excuse to practise that.’ Since then, the blog has also evolved to be a key part of Claire’s business, selling stationery, accessories and gifts. ‘I think of Claireabellemakes as a creative lifestyle brand,’ Claire says. ‘I try to keep my brand positive and colourful and my aim is to do something creative every day to inspire others. I also work on freelance projects for various clients – this might include DIY contributions for magazines and books, workshops or styling photo shoots.’ With quite a few varied strands to her business, Claire decided earlier this year to streamline her work and concentrate on her blog and design work. ‘I wanted to bring the focus back to the blog and product designs, so I worked hard on expanding my greeting card and accessory collections,’ she explains. I’m also working with stockists to get my designs out to a wider audience. One of the things I like

about working as a creative is that each day can be different. One week I might be working with a big brand, and then the following week I will be planning a photo shoot for my latest collection or creating a DIY for my blog. Saying that, I’m pretty picky about the projects I take on and I feel strongly about not working for free. It’s important to value our time and expertise as self-employed creatives!’ And like many of us, Claire knows the satisfaction of finishing a job well done. ‘I’m one

of those people who writes endless to-do lists and ticking them off is a great feeling!’ she laughs. ‘I enjoy the productivity side of creating and then sharing what I’ve made with the community is so much fun. When we share, we often find new ideas and perspectives on creative practice and I know the community has pushed me to learn new things. So I guess it’s the learning, productivity and sharing that I enjoy the most.’

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Creative Hub Good sport

If you’re looking for interesting or upcycled Christmas present ideas – particularly for a sports fan – then check out Wicket Ideas for a great selection of handcrafted homewares. From a coat stand made of vintage skis to a rugby ball wine cooler, skateboard shelf and even a cricket stumps toilet roll holder, it’s a great source of both present ideas and upcycling inspiration. The company is based in Hampshire and all products are designed and handmade by local craftspeople. We’re particularly taken by the idea of a horseshoe wine rack this holiday season… l Discover more at

Waxing lyrical

Frenchic has also just launched a new Browning Wax (£14.95 for 400ml), perfect for sealing your painted furniture. Available in a rich chocolatey brown colour, virtually odourless and with a body-butter texture, you simply apply over paint using a waxing brush, wipe away any excess then leave for 45 minutes. It will then buff to a high shine, giving your painted furniture a wonderful depth and richness. It’s even safe to use on children’s products.

Wall to wall Frenchic has released a fabulous new ultra-matte chalk wall paint – and luxurious is the buzzword. With a velvety texture and available in 10 stunning colours, including Velvet Crush, Green With Envy and Moleskin (above left to right) it’s ideal for matching with your favourite upcycled furniture to really bring a room to life. The paint is breathable (with no smell) and durable, safe around children and unique to Frenchic. It’s a great choice if you’re planning on revamping your living or dining room in time for the festive season, or need to spruce up a guest bedroom ready for family visits over the holidays! l Frenchic Chalk Wall Paint is £39.95 for 150ml, £5.95 for 2.5 litres, from

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DIARY What’s happening around the country in the coming months

4 November Vintage Jumble Sale

Eclectic makers If you head to Brighton over the next few months you’ll find a great new pop-up shop from The Stanley Road Store, which is featuring the work of 25 local makers. Artists include Maxine Michaelides of Lost & Foundry, who sells salvaged and upcycled lighting, Bella Does Brighton, who provides vintage and eco-friendly supplies for designers, Maria Tilyard, SeventySevenSeas and Carola Del Mese, who creates stunning sculptures from pewter teapots. ‘As a long-term Brighton resident and maker, I know how difficult it can be

for makers, like myself, to find exciting opportunities locally where you can sell your work,’ says Maxine. ‘After the success of The Stanley Road Store during the Brighton Artists Open Houses festival over the last couple of years, I wanted to give makers and the local community further opportunities to meet and engage with each other.’ The pop-up shop will run until 2 January 2018. l Visit for more information, or head to 132a Preston Drove, Brighton BN1 6FJ to check out the shop in person.

RANGEWORTHY VILLAGE HALL The Vintage Jumble Sales from Vintage & Handmade have become a favourite with those looking out for retro bargains, packed with dealers as well as collectors and fans clearing out their cupboards. The hall in South Gloucestershire will be packed with tables full of great deals, plus there’s free admission and parking.

18 November Table Manners Workshop LEWISHAM, LONDON An upcycling workshop that covers 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.

18 November Decoupage onto Glass CAMBERWELL, LONDON Learn how to use reverse decoupage onto a glass plate to create a beautifully personal design – ideal as a Christmas centrepiece or a present for a special someone this season. All materials are provided, including a large range of patterned papers to choose from.

27 November Antiques Market

Until 5 February 2018 Woman’s Hour Craft Prize

SPOTTED ON ETSY Add some upcycled festive cheer to your home with these stunning vintage paper Christmas decorations, hand-cut from old children’s books and comics. Created by Lou at

V&A, LONDON Organised in partnership with Radio 4 and the Crafts Council, this exhibition showcases the 12 finalists for the Woman’s Hour Craft Prize. Shortlisted designers include Celia Pym, a textile artist who darns worn clothing to examine our feelings towards care and repair.

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STONELEIGH PARK, KENILWORTH Stock up on Christmas presents and upcycling opportunities at one of the regular Stoneleigh antiques markets, packed with glassware, kitchenalia, textiles, furniture and more.

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Creative Hub Medina Grillo gave a plain chest of drawers a fresh look by drybrushing paint along the bottom edge.

With the simple addition of plants, Lynne Lambourne made a lovely display from donated glasses.

Charity upcycle challenge

A stool was updated by Hester Van Overbeek with a coat of paint and a woven seat made from scrap fabric.

The last week in September was Recycle Week and, to celebrate, homeless charity Emmaus challenged five of the UK’s top interiors bloggers to upcycle donated items found in their local Emmaus charity shops. Vintage design expert and Reloved designer Kate Beavis, furniture upcyclers Lynne Lambourne and Hester Van Overbeek, North East Blogger of the Year Cheryl Lumley, and DIY and craft upcycler Medina Grillo each paid a visit to their nearest Emmaus store to choose something to work on. As you can see, there were some very creative ideas from the bloggers, showing how easy it is to repurpose something unwanted into a beautiful piece for your home. From glassware to furniture, ties to fabric scraps, in the hands of these creative bloggers they were transformed into tasteful, on-trend additions for any modern home. Now complete, the one-off pieces will be donated back and sold in Emmaus shops to raise money for its work with homeless people across the UK. Last year, Emmaus communities recycled or reused 3,202 tonnes of unwanted goods that would have otherwise gone to landfill. Support your own local charity shops to see what you can transform. l To find your local Emmaus store, visit

Cheryl Lumley created a pretty dressing table set from a collection of glassware.

Reloved designer Kate Beavis turned a bag of neckties into a circular cushion with a retro feel.

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Get creative with spray paint this Christmas

Whether you’re changing your colour theme or getting crafty this Christmas, look no further than PlastiKote spray paints for quick and easy transformations! Use Twist & Spray Colour, Metallic or Glitter on everything from fir cones and fruit to baubles and candlesticks. For smaller projects, use PlastiKote Fast Dry Enamels. Availalbe from Hobbycraft, The Range, B&M, Wickes and good independent DIY stores.


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‘To get the look on this sideboard I lightly sanded it and used Fusion Mineral Paint in Bedford as a base coat. Using a natural sponge and crumpled newspaper, I dabbed on Fusion’s Metallic Bronze and Antiquing Glaze in a random fashion to create an aged effect. The hardware and details were picked out using a mixture of Rub and Buff colours.’ Kate Holt

This is one glamorous piece and would be just the place for displaying Christmas treats, bowls of glittery baubles or even a mini bar. Just add fairy lights!

Play it again…

‘When creating this piano bar I wanted to use as many of the original parts as possible. First I got rid of the wooden blocks inside which house the hammers and strings, and created fixings for the glasses in this space. Then I removed the lid and fitted a glass shelf over the keys. I painted part of the piano with Dulux emulsion in Night Jewel, keeping some of the original wood finish, and added LED lights for a classy look.’ Alan Downey

Ideal for the festive season, this quirky bar would look great in any entertaining space. We like how the keys have been kept, but covered with a glass shelf for pouring the perfect G&T.

Wood for the trees

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‘I made these Christmas trees from old pallet wood and painted them with Wildflowers & Pistols Milk Paint in Zora May, diluted to make the paint act as a greyish-brown stain. I decoupaged floral paper napkins on some of the branches, which I sanded when dry to give a distressed look, and glued on buttons for a snowy effect. The final touch is a waterproof varnish so that the trees can be displayed outside.’ Heather Long

‘I have a bath full of woolly scraps, which are left over from my textile upcycling business. I didn’t want to throw them out, so came up with this idea of a rag wreath to use them up. There’s a tutorial on how to make the wreath on my blog, at’ Sue Reed

Pallets are so versatile, and this effect can be achieved with any salvaged wood and some watered down chalk paint. What’s more, these trees can be brought out every Christmas for an instant display.

We all have bags full of scraps of fabric, and combining festive colours and designs will make a beautiful decoration that can be used year on year.

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This month, Annie adds some neoclassical style to a wooden bed frame with a luscious green paint and some subtle gilding, a technique you could apply to anything. he pairing of jewel tones and gilding has always been a classic Christmas combination. One style that I think really has a chic, sumptuous take on the whole look is neoclassical. There is something about a neoclassical Christmas – with its pomp and grand look – that just suits this time of year. The colours that this style is known for – rich, deep shades of purple, midnight blue and green paired with gold or silver – create a perfect festive look. My most neoclassical piece – and one of my favourite painted pieces – is the bed frame in the guest bedroom of my house in Normandy, France, painted in Chalk Paint in Antibes Green and gilded in Brass Leaf. Now, I’m certainly not expecting you to go ahead and gild your bed frame just for Christmas! However, if you follow my tips and tricks here, you can definitely apply this look to smaller,

more decorative pieces. I adore this bed – it has an outrageous pomposity about it but, when set against the ancient mud walls painted in Old White, the overall look of the room is not at all ostentatious.

golden moments To recreate this style, you will need Chalk Paint in Antibes Green, as well as Gold Size, Brass Leaf, and Clear and Dark Chalk Paint Wax from my range. For that antique look, you want the painted finish to have lots of texture to it. Let the tin of paint ‘dry out’ a little by keeping the lid off the can for a day or two before you start work – this will thicken the paint slightly, resulting in a sumptuous texture. Apply the paint over your entire piece with one of my Oval Bristle Brushes, making the brush marks obvious by working in many different directions. If the paint becomes too

thick to work with, just add a little water to it and stir well. When the paint is completely dry, use a small soft-haired brush to apply a layer of gold size over the area that you want to gild – here I used it on the carved leaves and shield of the bedhead. Wait a few minutes before applying a second coat of gold size, to make certain that the area is thoroughly covered. The key is to allow the size to go completely clear, this is when it is sticky, and time to apply the leaf. Lay a sheet of brass leaf over a section of the carving – it doesn’t matter which side faces up. Starting at the highest point, dab down with a firm brush to press the leaf into

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‘I’m not expecting you  to gild your bed frame just for Christmas! But you can certainly apply this look to smaller, more decorative pieces’

place. Lay the leaf as flat as you can, making sure it has stuck to the gold size. Continue in this way with more sheets of leaf until you have covered the entire carving. Make sure you dab the leaf down firmly using a brush to get it into all the crevices and to make sure it has stuck down properly. Sweep away the excess leaf with a clean brush. Once you have applied your leaf and are happy with the look it’s time to wax. First, wipe the gilded areas with a thin layer of Clear Chalk Paint Wax. Make sure that the wax covers every part of the carving and wipe away any excess with a clean, dry cloth. Waxing the leaf stops it from tarnishing and

protects the finish. Now to get that gorgeous antique look: work the Dark Chalk Paint Wax into the carving, stabbing the brush into the nooks and crevices. Spread the wax more thinly with a cloth and remove any excess. The gilded detail on the bedhead has really made it the focus of the room. It looks incredible with candlelight, the gilding catching the light, creating a dazzling, warm look that immediately harks back to neoclassical times. I think gilding in this way would look fabulous on a pair of candlesticks, or the top of a fireplace mantelpiece. You could even use a little leaf to spruce up any tired old Christmas tree decorations too.

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If you’d like to try painting and gilding a decorative piece for your home, the Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan range is made in the UK and comprises 37 decorative and historic shades which combine well to provide a larger colour palette. Chalk Paint is available from Annie Sloan stockists – located in the UK and across the world – and online. For a Colour Card or further info, call 01865 803168, email or visit the website at

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Bookshelf This month we’ve been reading about…

Getting festive with Christmas crafting projects for fat quarters, felt and Japanese washi tape, plus practical advice on how to apply the five elements of decorating at home.

Fat Quarter Christmas

25 projects to make from short lengths of fabric Author: Jemima Schlee Publisher: Guild of Master Craftsmen Price: £12.99


Jemima Schlee is a maker, art director and writer, famous for creating beautiful and useful objects from everyday resources. Her latest creative collection transforms fat quarters (half yards of fabric cut in half again vertically) into 25 stylish Christmas projects ranging from tree and table decorations to fireside accessories and gifts. Chapters focus on ‘Decorations’, ‘Accessories’, ‘The Dining Table’, ‘The Winter Fireside’ and ‘Wrapping It Up’. Concepts are quick and easy, and require only basic sewing skills, a machine and an iron. Beginners are given straightforward instructions and advice on techniques (using a sewing machine, pinning, interfacing, creating box corners, binding edges and finishing methods), and each design has comprehensive easy-to-follow pictures and instructions. Ideas include simple white linen hanging hearts, decorative fairy-light shades, winter-spiced birds and stars for the tree; pretty tea-light holders, embellished cutlery pockets and napkin

rings for the table; and a hearth cushion, festive stockings, Scandinavian-themed mantel edging, and an attractive kindling bag for the fireplace. After decorating the house, you can glam up your gifts using parcel rosettes, gift tags, and gorgeous reusable gift bags: a beautiful collection of simple, stylish uses for old fabric remnants.

reader offer Fat Quarter Christmas is available to Reloved readers for the special price of £9.74, plus p&p. To order, call 01273 488005 or go to and quote code R5265. Offer ends 26 January 2018.

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Festive Felts

8 Christmas Ornaments, Decorations and Gifts to Make


Authors: Sarah Tremelling and Morven Jones Publisher: David & Charles Price: £6.99

Author: Emma Blomfield Publisher: Hardie Grant Price: £12.99

Felt-aholics everywhere will appreciate this little treasury of fluffy festive projects that can be made in a few hours with a bit of handsewing or gluing. Eight simple-to-follow ideas include a mistletoe wreath, candy cones and tree cones, a coffee cosy and button picture frame (perfect for children to make as a

gift using leftover buttons). The wonderfully festive gingerbread house will take a bit more time to make, but can be brought out every year as a cosy Christmas decoration that looks good enough to eat! Methods, illustrations and templates accompany each project, with ‘Further Felty Ideas’ adding extra inspiration.

The Elements of Decorating

Emma Blomfield’s book aims to demystify the decorating process by focusing on its five elements (needs and wants, colour and pattern, shape and size, placement, and lighting). Not so much a coffee-table volume packed with photos, but more a how-to guide, it provides sensible and practical advice on how to identify a room’s needs before choosing the perfect colours, accessories, lighting, furniture and décor to reflect the owner’s style. Each narrative is supported with beautifully sketched illustrations and floor plans. Whether you’re reworking old spaces, or starting a new project from scratch, there’s lots to learn from this helpful little hardback.

Washi Tape Christmas

Easy Holiday Craft Ideas with Washi Tape Author: Kami Bigler Publisher: David & Charles Price: £9.99

Washi tape (Japanese decorative masking tape) can be quickly and easily crafted into personalised gifts, decorations and ornaments ideal for the festive season. Using basic crafting materials and equipment, NoBiggie blogger Kami Bigler explains how to make ‘Clever Cards’, ‘Darling Decorations’, ‘Opulent Ornaments’, ‘Table

Treasures’, ‘Gorgeous Gifts’, and ‘Wondrous Wrapping’ using the countless patterns and designs available. Household items range from a washi wreath to twinkling decorated tea lights, cone trees and a snow globe. Gift ideas include stationery, baking and crafty gift sets, with beautifully handmade gift boxes and tags.

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Star of Texas Kim Jones welcomes you to her American ranch-style home for the holidays, filled with vintage finds, classic furnishings and a touch of Christmas magic. Words by Cassie Fairy, photography by Kim Jones 25 024-32_RL48[HOME_HuntAndHost]NT2SJLB.indd 25

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eautifully layered neutrals, furniture with warmth and patina, and rooms dressed for the holidays. That’s what you’ll find inside Kim Jones’s family home and on her blog Hunt & Host. You’d be forgiven for thinking that her budget is endless when, in truth, most pieces have been found, thrifted, upcycled and tweaked to create a home that an interior designer would be proud of. Based in Texas, Kim’s super-stylish home has made her an online sensation throughout the US and beyond, as she shares her family’s treasure-hunting escapades and thrifty projects on her blog. ‘I love to spend Saturday mornings riding around with my kids eating fresh hot doughnuts searching out unloved pieces to upcycle. We come home and clean up whatever goodies we’ve found while my husband cooks a big meal. ‘Hunt & Host’ just seemed like the perfect term to describe us as a family!’ The four walls they call home is a Texan ranch-style house that sits on a 1.3-acre plot.

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A private courtyard off the master bedroom.



Originally built in 1951, by the time Kim and her husband bought the building it was totally rundown, with a jungle for a garden and a swamp-like pool. ‘It was completely unloved,’ recalls Kim. ‘Every tap leaked, the floors were rotten, the kitchen was outdated and every room needed attention. My husband and I got a great deal, but we knew we would need to roll up our sleeves and get to work.’

A ranch renovation

It was the need to cut costs during the renovation, along with the desire not to have a ‘cookie-cutter’ home, that kick-started Kim’s love of salvaged materials. ‘The old parquet flooring in the building had been ruined, but we were able to find reclaimed planks to patch, repair and re-stain, which saved us a lot of money. We used old wood panelling from the workroom walls as a splashback in the kitchen, which helped to tie in the new cabinets with the old style of the building. We prefer the

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‘We love the way tha t older pieces give our home instan t charm and character’

A vintage bottle crate, stood on end, makes the perfect shelving unit for crafting knick-knacks.

Repurposing a corner shelf, painted and tipped on its side, becomes a great bookrack for a desk.

look and feel of things with patina, and love the way that older pieces give our home instant charm and character.’ This time of year always feels special to Kim as her home renovation was completed in November 2013. The couple moved into their home that month over the Thanksgiving holiday, along with their three young children Mae, Hank and Sadler, and their ‘city farm’ of 14 pets including chickens, rabbits, guinea pigs, cats and a greyhound, Gigi. Kim’s tip for tackling such a huge renovation project in just four months? ‘Do it all at once! I think the things you skip or plan to do later never really get done. If you can make your budget stretch to doing all the major work all at once, it is much more cost-effective in the long run. You can get tips on how to do almost any DIY task with blog tutorials and YouTube videos. Trial and error will happen, but stick with it. You can do it!’ Completing the ranch renovation hasn’t stopped Kim from redesigning the rooms in her home over the past four years. After moving in, she quickly realised that the breakfast table was rarely being used so she switched it for a small sofa to create a seating area instead. A rattan chair from the thrift store, a $1 upcycled chair, a painted table and a garage sale trunk was all that she needed to create a cosy snug in the kitchen. ‘This little spot brings me so much joy because we actually use this space now and it’s become the social hub of the house. I think you should decorate to fit your needs, so a space that wasn’t working previously can turn into a room you love. Now I decorate this area seasonally, I have coffee with friends here and I snuggle on the sofa with my kiddos in the morning.’

The gift of thrift

Gigi finds a spot to relax in a cosy corner of the kitchen.

Kim’s blog started as a creative outlet and serves as her ‘accountability partner’ to get all the ideas floating around in her head out into the world. ‘Otherwise they might just sit stagnant!’ says Kim. ‘Sometimes we all need a deadline or reason to push through, even with projects we are excited about, and my blog encourages me to keep on thrifting. My hope is to encourage others to decorate gorgeously without spending a million dollars. Ultimately your home is about the people who live in it, so decorate whatever way suits you and the ones

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To match the cosy library feel in the living room, Kim painted the piano in two tones and aged it with glaze for a rustic feel.

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This traditional locker makes perfect bedroom storage for Kim’s sons.

you love. I always say Hunt & Host is a place to get your hands dirty and your heart clean.’ And, like every good interiors blogger at this time of year, she’s currently planning her festive décor. ‘I found a plaid wool scarf for just $3 when I was shopping with my daughter. It will probably be the starting point for a cosy mountain theme this year!’ Kim likes to make the process of decorating for Christmas fun rather than overwhelming, so she suggests picking a few key spots rather than tackling every room in the house. ‘I like to decorate our dining room table because we use it all the time, a side table in our sitting room, the kitchen island and the mantelpiece. I like to style each Christmas around a theme, so I collect a few “new” items to upcycle and add to my old favourites.’ Although she loves to rummage through second-hand stores and snap up bargains at garage sales, ever since word got out about Kim’s thrifty decorating projects she’s been inundated with offers of freebies. ‘When people know you enjoy upcycling they tend to call you first when they find things or have leftovers. It’s always fun to get a text from a friend asking if I want something they are getting rid of. I have two old Lazy Boy recliners that a friend saw on the side of the road. She snapped a picture and asked if I wanted them. Of course, I said yes! They were solid chairs but the material was in poor condition so I just bought some new fabric and my mother – who is an amazing upholstery whizz – helped to recover them. ‘When you’re working on a budget (and who isn’t?), recycling like this is the way to save money. Plus, you’ll get exactly what you want in terms of colour and style without having to search the ends of the earth to find it – just make it yourself.’

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Vintage boxes complement a painted and distressed table in the den, together with a homemade twig wreath.

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Kim painted dollar-store glasses with white chalk paint to create festive vases for displaying greenery.

Last year, before the piano was painted, Kim used a red and white theme to contrast against the dark teal of the walls.

Christmas with Kim Decorating your house for the holidays need not be an expensive affair. With a little bit of imagination, you can conjure up a festive feel by adding simple details. When you’re planning your festive décor, take a leaf out of Kim’s book and shop your own cupboards to find items to use in your Christmas decorating. She recommends using neutral pieces for layering, such as big white platters, large wooden trays and candlestick holders. Add some subtle touches, like her twig wreath or a couple of baubles, ‘and be sure to include lots of foliage’ suggests Kim. ‘I rarely spend money on fresh flowers, but greenery from the garden will last for weeks and makes your holiday décor look fresh and festive – and it’s free!’

Simple bunting from a music score, a twig wreath and grouped antique pieces create a classy festive display.

Turn to page 61 to make Kim’s trowel Santa decoration.

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The eye-catching Muto bus is a mobile community craft workshop.

Find the right route to upcycled happiness by taking the bus and using it for a new purpose. We meet two renovated buses that have ditched the nine-to-five for a life less ordinary. Next stop: mobile community workshop and motorhome… Words by Lucy Evans

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them to go on to employment and/or college education,’ explains Jen Johnson from Falcon Support Services. ‘We aim to improve people’s confidence and self-esteem by giving them something meaningful to do and this often acts as a springboard into other areas.’

Crafty conversion

The bus wasn’t converted by the Muto staff – that work had already been done by its previous owners at Cath Kidston, the vintage-style home furnishings store. ‘It was originally a library bus and they converted it to use as a tour bus before selling it. I saw it advertised on eBay and I knew it was the right bus for the Muto project,’ recalls Jen. ‘When the bus arrived we were amazed at the interior – it was fantastic! We only needed to add some clothing rails, pictures, and lots of crochet and bunting. We still needed to add the Muto branding and vinyls on the outside of the bus, but other than

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or most people, a bus is part of a cramped commute to work, or holds memories of heading to school first thing in the morning. However, for those looking for mobile space, they are packed with repurposing potential. Although often unglamorous on the outside, once you’ve removed those rows of seats there’s ample room to rethink the interior and put your bus to work in other ways, as we’ve discovered. Take the Muto bus, for instance. Muto is a craft bus housing four sewing machines and all the haberdashery needed for upcycling clothing. It is part of Falcon Support Services’ Community Inclusion Programme in Leicestershire, supporting vulnerable people in the local community and those at risk of homelessness by teaching them basic sewing skills. ‘The Muto project has enabled many vulnerable people to gain valuable skills in sewing, retail and business, and helped

Jen Johnson leads the Muto bus team.

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All aboard!

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that it has needed very little renovation. The bus already had a table where we could put the sewing machines, and shelves for all our materials and haberdashery.’ Although the workspace needed few changes, there are some practical upgrades the team would like to undertake. ‘When funds allow, we would like to repair the heating system

so we can extend the bus usage into the colder months,’ says Jen. ‘We would also like to install solar panels to charge the batteries and allow the use of lights and electricity to power sewing machines in places where mains electricity is not available.’ During the summer months the bus is out at events and festivals. For the rest of the

© Dave Johnson

© Dave Johnson

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The Muto bus had been decorated in pretty Cath Kidston vintage florals and polka dots.

year, Muto focuses on community outreach workshops. ‘Using the bus means that Muto can take the project to isolated communities that normally wouldn’t have access to such activities,’ Jen says. In the colder winter months the bus rests up, while the team runs the workshops and events inside warmer venues. The bus is also available for private hire for team-building events

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‘I t was for sale with a used bus company in Sparrowbush, New York. The first time I saw it was a t Southamp ton Docks!’

The stripped out interior before work started on Tim’s renovation.

current trends to see what will work well. I have a fantastic group of core volunteers who work on a weekly basis with the project; they are talented and creative and come up with some amazing ideas for upcycling!’ Most of the items that are made are sold on the Muto bus at events, as well as at Emporium 57 in Loughborough, although Falcon Support Services are due to relaunch their Etsy shop soon.

and craft parties, and in the summer months can extend the parties outside. ‘Our workshops cover a variety of projects from tote bags, cushion covers and bottle bags through to dog coats and jewellery,’ Jen explains. ‘We tend to look at the fabrics and clothing that we are given and work out ways to create new products from old. We also look at

If the success of the Muto bus has whetted your appetite, there are plenty of options for converting buses for individual use, too. Tim Brassey did just that when he decided to upcycle an American school bus to use as a campervan as he loved the iconic style and thought they would be relatively cheap to buy. ‘I wanted a “short” but traditional looking vehicle – not the more modern minivan format – and I ended up finding one via Bing,’ he explains. ‘It was for sale with a used bus company called Quality Bus Services in Sparrowbush, New York. The first time I saw it was at Southampton Docks!’ The conversion took Tim about a year, from the time he decided to buy to having the bus registered with UK plates. Getting it approved by the DVSA ended up being the

© Tim Brassey

© Tim Brassey

American dream

The psychedelic entrance mural.

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Tim’s top tips for converting a school bus


Work out how you want to use it and what features to include. Having previously converted a Ford Transit and taken it to a few festivals I knew what I wanted, such as an external shower and a fixed bed.

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Buy from a US dealer (who you think you can trust) who can arrange delivery to a UK port with the right documentation. Do your homework on importing and getting past DVSA tests. Learn to use SketchUp 3D modelling software to plan your interior.

Set up the gas, water, electrics and plumbing first to check everything fits and works before installing in the bus. © Tim Brassey

Find a good auto-electrician to do the wiring and electronics. Auto-electrics are a world apart from home electrics! The stylish motorhome now has cooking and sleeping areas.

© Tim Brassey

© Tim Brassey

Putting together the satellite images showing the bus’s American hometown.

The colourful 60s-inspired artwork for the front partition.

biggest challenge of all. ‘They wouldn’t test the vehicle as a “motor caravan” until I had done the conversion, but there was a big risk that it would fail on something I couldn’t fix. I nearly had a heart attack when the first question the examiner asked was “Can you disassemble the steering column so I can check it?” Eight hours later I had four pages of things I had to fix! It took three trips down to the DVSA test centre in Kent before I got the final pass.’ These problems kept Tim focused on the budget, as there was always a risk it could fail UK registration, so he built the interior using plywood. ‘The floor was made from recycled gymnasium flooring,’ adds Tim. ‘I did all the work myself except for the auto-electrics and

some welding. I designed a new seatbelt mounting but got an expert to make it. My daughter made the seat cushions and a local upholsterer made new seat covers.’ The conversion has been a resounding success as Tim and his daughter love using it regularly for trips. ‘It’s been to Glastonbury Festival twice and we do one or two other festivals each year. We also use it for overflow accommodation during Henley Regatta.’ And thanks to the bus’s interesting history and its upgrades from Tim, it has a few unique features you won’t find on your bog-standard campervan. ‘It has a working Stop sign, a bifold entry door that can be opened by the driver, an external speaker with intercom and

an external shower. The inside partition has a set of 64 Bing satellite images of the area the bus came from on one side and a replica of the cover art by Milton Glaser from the novel The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, which was the story of Ken Kesey’s trip across the US in a psychedelic bus.’

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The Muto bus will be at The Big Textile show on 28 October and at Leicester Racecourse on 29 October. You can find them online at Visit Tim’s website at for complete details on how he transformed his school bus into a motorhome.

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Max McMurdo U p c y c l i n g GURU

As Max reaches an age milestone, he reflects back on where life has taken him, from Premier Inns to premier upcycler!


he six months of madness are officially over and I made it! Before I became a TV presenter and author, my work life and cashflow was not perfect, but it was fairly consistent and manageable. However, over the last four years since the cameras started rolling I’ve gradually found it more challenging to manage my time and workload. Since April this year I’ve spent more time in airports, taxis and hotel rooms than my own home! I’m not complaining – as it’s a wonderful opportunity to explore new places, meet like-minded creative people and get paid to do something I love – but it is quite tiring! As I write this, there is just one more day of photography for my not-so-top-secret new book. You might think (like I did) that writing

and photographing a book would be quite a simple and therapeutic process. Wrong! It’s great fun and I enjoyed designing and making 20 new projects, but creating the final products as they are being photographed is actually quite time-consuming. So timeconsuming, in fact, that poor Gemma and Annabel – the other two-thirds of the Reestore team – have been running around like loons behind the camera just to make me look good. Thank you, ladies; I owe you gin and lots of it! As well as being busy with Shed of the Year and filming in Portugal with the lovely Julia Bradbury for a new show, to cap off this manic summer we continued our upcycled workshop bus tour. We gave the bus a lick of chalkboard paint (which visitors could graffiti) and took

it to a number of festivals teaching people to make lots of upcycled items, including copperpipe planters and pallet-wood platter boards. These events would have been slightly less tiring if the bus actually went over 44mph! Having visited Southport Flower Show last month we were delighted to be returning to the Festival of Thrift in Redcar again this year. It’s just an incredible gathering of upcyclers, crafters, makers and thrifty individuals who like to save a few quid by getting creative. There’s good music, great food and loads of bargains to be had, plus design legend Wayne Hemmingway throws an awesome party – what better way to celebrate my birthday? So, alas, as I turned 40 in September – and as a result of the above schedule spent it in

Charity? Wine not… I was recently asked to create an upcycling project for the British Heart Foundation. It’s their hard work and our donations that allow them to carry out research that saves thousands of lives every year. How could I say no? I took a wander round my local BHF charity store and found loads of goodies with upcycling potential, but what caught my eye was the number of cabinets and chests of drawers in stock. I purchased a £15 solid pine bedside cabinet and took it back to the workshop, where I turned one of the drawers into a gorgeous wine rack using Frenchic Hornblower blue paint with contrasting copper pipes. It has wine glass storage too and even a jar for olives!

On the upcycling bus a young visitor gets to grip with copper pipes to make a planter.

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© Cuprinol Shed of the Year

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A clear winner Stephen Davies has turned his shed into an amazing prosthetic limb workshop, with his 3D printer set-up.

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a Premier Inn and running workshops on the bus, followed by a six-hour drive from Redcar to Gatwick – am I feeling sorry for myself? No chance. If I asked the 18-year-old Max if he’d like to be doing that when he turned 40, he would’ve jumped at the chance, which is why I still do – even if I don’t jump as high these days!

This summer, we filmed the greatest series yet of Shed of the Year. The winner was well deserved, although I’m still a little sore that Stephen Davies and Team Unlimbited didn’t take home the trophy. From his humble little wooden structure, Stephen developed the technology to create free, bespoke 3D-printed prosthetic limbs for children – all in his spare time. He takes no profit and is an absolute legend. If you’re on Twitter you may have seen the Channel 4 interview segment I did with him. This video has now gone viral and been retweeted by JK Rowling, Gary Lineker and Mark (Luke Skywalker) Hamill! So even though he didn’t win the competition overall, he’s won in his own way as the monetary donations and offers of free sheds are still rolling in. l Find out more about the great work that goes on in that humble shed at

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Bauble wreaths like this one from Amara are popular again for festive décor this Christmas. Make your own with a wire hanger and pile of decorations, then display on a mantel shelf, in the hallway or on your front door.


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Make it in November

Get ahead with crafting festive decorations and handmade gifts for the season, using reclaimed and unloved materials from old sweaters to cotton reels.



Reclaimed wood serving platter Nikkita Palmer


Cotton reel Christmas tree Kate Beavis


Painted Santa trowel Kim Jones

Patchwork Christmas stocking Chris English

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Decoupage wreath Rachael Sharpe




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Reclaimed wood serving platter Using salvaged scaffold boards, old cupboard handles and blackboard paint, this simple design not only looks wonderful on the table but also makes it easy for your guests to know what’s up for grabs when it comes to festive nibbles! Project by Nikkita Palmer, photography by Nikkita Palmer and Billy Barker

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you will need Scaffold board Large flat-head screwdriver Pencil Combination square Handsaw Tape measure Sandpaper (medium grit) Masking tape Vintage Rocks Blackout Liquid Kohl Paint brush Cupboard door handles and screws Wire wool Rust-Oleum copper spray paint Uulki 2 in 1 Oil & Wax (see note, on page 50) Wax brush or cloth Screwdriver Metal label tag (optional)


If your scaffold board has banding on it, this needs to be removed. Do this carefully using a large flat-head screwdriver, as the banding can be very sharp (A). Dispose of this appropriately as soon as it is removed.


Now you need to cut off the end of your board. When using reclaimed materials, it is always best to do this, as the ends can often be damaged or not cut square. Use a combination square to mark a line inside the end of your board and cut with a handsaw (B).


Measure your board from the freshly cut end to your desired length (C). Consider the size and shape of your dining table (mine is 70cm/27½in long). Mark your length with a combination square and cut with a handsaw.


Sand the plank in a well ventilated area, wearing an appropriate mask (D). Wipe the wood with a damp cloth to remove any excess sawdust.






Use a tape measure to mark your blackboard area (mine is 12cm/4¾in from the ends and 2.5cm/1in from the top and bottom edge). Mark in several places along the edge of the board. Mask your blackboard section using the markings as a guide (E), and paint the masked rectangle using Vintage Rocks Blackout Liquid Kohl (F).


While you’re waiting for the paint to dry, use wire wool to remove excess paint or rust from your cupboard handles, if needed (G). Spray the handles in Rust-Oleum copper

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‘To accommoda te differen t tastes, allergies or ea ting requiremen ts, use the board to label according to the die tary needs of your guests’



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Personalise your present These boards make great gifts for foodies! Add a metal label tag and blackboard paint with their initials to the edge of the board.


About the designer

A recent graduate from Nottingham Trent University with an ever-expanding surface design portfolio, Nikkita Palmer has set up a business with her partner Billy Barker, creating bespoke furniture and homewares from reclaimed materials for domestic and commercial interiors.

spray paint, in a well ventilated area wearing an appropriate mask (H).


Remove the masking tape. Using a wax brush or cloth, apply the wax to your board (I) (see note, below).

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Mark the centre of each end of your board and use this to position the handles, then secure with screws (J).

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Cotton reel Christmas tree

Create a piece of festive art with an old picture frame, some chicken wire and a colourful collection of cotton reels, making a great alternative to a wreath. Project and photography by Kate Beavis

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you will need Old picture frame Chicken wire, 5cm (2in) bigger than the frame Wire cutters Staple gun Masking tape or duct tape Scissors Floristry wire Cotton reels Bells Buttons Feathers Velvet fabric, to back the frame


Choose an old picture frame. This gold one measures 43 x 50cm (17 x 19½in). Roll out the chicken wire on a large surface. Place the frame on top and, using it as a template, snip the wire, leaving a 5cm (2in) border around the four edges. As chicken wire is made with twists to hold its shape, cut the wire above a twist so it does not unravel.




Pulling the wire taut, but not too tight otherwise you will stretch the holes, staple it to the reverse side of the frame (A).


Continue to attach all the cotton reels onto the wire to create a Christmas tree shape (E and F).


Using the wire cutters, cut the excess wire above a twist. Then twist the overhanging wire and bend it downwards against the back of the frame (B). Be careful, as the wire will be sharp.


Cover the wire on the back of the frame with masking or duct tape, ensuring that no tape is visible when you turn the frame around (C).


Using scissors, cut the floristry wire into 15cm (6in) lengths. You will use these to attach your decorations to the chicken wire. Insert the wire through the middle of a cotton reel, feed it through the chicken wire in your chosen space, then twist it on the reverse of the frame to secure. Cut away most of the excess (D). I found the easiest way to create this was to sit the frame on a chair next to me so I could work from the front and back at the same time.

‘Once Christmas is over, you can remove all the co tton reels, then use the wire frame to peg letters and pho tos to throughout the year’


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Plan your design

Arrange everything into position on the chicken wire to make sure you’re happy with the placement before attaching the cotton reels. Take a photo on your phone to remind you of the positions.

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Attach the floristry wire to the bells, buttons and feathers, and position them as if they are baubles on the tree (G and H).


Cut out a piece of velvet fabric slightly smaller than the frame (I). Place it on the reverse of the frame, then staple into place while pulling it tightly to avoid creases (J).


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Festive colour

Opt for brightly jewelled threads for a modern Christmas theme. If you only have empty cotton reels, you could spray paint them in your preferred colours.

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. w katebeavisvintage vintagekateb ihavethisthingwithvintage yourvintagelife

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Wine crate footstool

If you’re in need of neat storage, this velvet, padded footstool made from two wooden wine boxes has both class and stash space all rolled into one! Project by Amanda Russell, photography by Antonia Attwood

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you will need 2 matching wooden wine crates Sandpaper Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan in Florence Paint brush Screws Electric drill Measuring tape Saw Wood batten, 9 x 4cm (3½ x 1½in) 4 swivel castors (see below for stockist) 3mm (1/ 8in) MDF Jigsaw Old duvet Korbond water-erasable pen Scissors Thick wadding Tacks Hammer Velvet fabric


Lightly sand the surface of your wine boxes, then give them a coat of Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint in Florence (A). Allow to dry.


Place the boxes back to back, one base against the other, then use the drill to secure them together with screws (B).


Measure then cut two wooden battens to run along the base of the boxes (C). Sand the ends to make them smooth (D). Position the battens at right angles to the join on the base of the crates, at opposite edges. Use the screws to secure in place (E). Paint the battens to match the wine boxes and allow to dry.


Drill two holes in both battens at the corners of the footstool, then screw the castors into place (F).

Source it Castors in a variety of colours are available from


Measure the top surface of your footstool, draw the shape onto the MDF and cut out with a jigsaw.


Place the MDF section on the old duvet to use it as a template, and draw around the edges with a water-erasable pen (G). Cut out three layers of duvet. Next, cut out a piece of wadding approximately 8cm (3¼in) larger all around than the MDF, then cut off the corners diagonally (H). Sandwich the three duvet pieces between the board and the wadding. Fold the wadding over the edge of the board then tack in place (I).


Place the padded board on the wrong side of the velvet and cut out a piece of fabric 8cm (3¼in) wider on each side (J). Place the padded board in the centre of the velvet, wrong side up. Pull the velvet over the edge and tack in place, gathering and folding the fabric at the corners (K).


With the velvet padded top facing downwards, position the stool on top, and screw through the top of the wine boxes into the MDF to secure.

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‘Dilute your pain t to make a colour wash if you wan t  t he winery branding from your wooden crates to add vin tage character’


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Fabric finds

To upholster the footstool you’ll need a reasonable weight of fabric to take wear and tear. Old velvet curtains are ideal for reuse in this project – look in charity shops or car-boot sales.

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. soulfoodstudio arusselldesign amandarusselldesign

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HOME DECOR STENCILS by Dizzy Duck Designs

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This old sewing cabinet has been given a contemporary new look with cream paint and raised stencilled detail, using a paste mixed with paint and plaster of Paris. Project and photography by Mary Vitullo

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you will need Small cabinet Flat paint brush Cream chalk-based paint Plaster of Paris Brown chalk-based paint 30 x 30cm (12 x 12in) damask stencil Spray adhesive (optional) Spatula Rounded paint brush (optional) Sandpaper Clear furniture wax


First, thoroughly clean your piece of furniture, then paint all surfaces with your cream paint. You may need to give it two coats for total coverage.


Once the paint has dried, mix the plaster of Paris with your brown paint in a ratio of 1:1. Gradually add the paint to the plaster of Paris and stir to the consistency of a smooth paste, similar to that of buttercream icing. The amount of plaster of Paris you use depends on the size of the area you are covering; for this project I used about 4 tablespoons.


To make it easier to stencil, remove the door and place the unit on its side to work on the side panels. Take your stencil and position it firmly – you may want to add a coat of spray adhesive to the reverse side to hold it in place. Take up some of the mix on your spatula and spread it over the stencil (A). Remove the stencil and wash it straight away. If you are working on a large piece you will have to work in sections, letting the previous one dry before starting the next.

Source it Instead of plaster of Paris, I used an embossing powder, Country Chic Paint Texture Powder, which is available in the US. A damask stencil from Kaisercraft is available via Amazon.


Once the paste has completely hardened (you may want to leave it overnight), apply a final coat of the cream paint (B). A rounded brush helps by holding quite a bit of paint and easily covers the nooks and crannies of the raised surfaces.


After the last coat of paint has dried, sand lightly over the raised detail to bring out the stencilled pattern (C). Apply a coat of clear wax to seal the paint.

top tip

Quick fix

No time to stencil? Apply a raised wallpaper to your piece and paint over the top to get a similar effect.

‘This technique would work equally well on drawer fron ts, kitchen cupboard doors or even pic ture frames’

About the designer

Mary Vitullo repurposes vintage and antique furniture from her home in Quebec. She describes her furniture finds as ‘orphans’ to which she gives new life with paint (her ‘make-up’). Her beautifully styled pieces, often with a hint of shabby-chic romance, can be found with online tutorials. orphanswithmakeup orphanswithmakeup MaryVitullo

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Painted Santa trowel This fun little project will delight children, turning a rusty unwanted tool buried in the shed into a jolly Father Christmas. A

Project and photography by Kim Jones

you will need Old trowel Acrylic craft paint in pink, red, white and black Assorted small paint brushes, plus a small stiff brush for details DecoArt Glamour Dust Glitter Paint



Make sure the surface of your trowel is as clean as possible. Then paint a pale pink section across the middle and allow it to dry, followed by a red section at the top for Santa’s hat (A).


For the beard, use a heavy amount of paint. Do one coat of full coverage and then go back with a heavy second coat. Swirl the excess paint with your brush to add texture (B).


Draw in oval eyes, fill in with white paint and allow to dry. Make an arch for the cheeks in red – you may need to dilute and smear the paint with a touch of water on a clean brush (C). Practise this on paper first to get a feel for it. Once dry, go back with black and fill in the eyes, including a light outline around the white part of each eye.


Paint Santa’s moustache with a heavy coat of paint, allowing it to be thick, showing detail and movement. For the hat trim, paint one coat of white and then dab the paint to create a ‘fluff’ effect, until the hat’s edge is completely covered.


Dab the handle end of your paint brush in red and make a small dot for the mouth. To finish, cover with glitter paint for a sparkly sheen.

About the designer

Kim 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. huntandhostblog huntandhost huntandhost


top tip

Spoons & spades

You can paint this idea on old silverware or other tools and metal items that need a facelift.

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Decoupage wreatH

Made from the humble household toilet roll tube, this ring is a simple and thrifty way to add interest to any door or wall over the festive period. Project and photography by Rachael Sharpe

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you will need 15–20 toilet roll tubes Ruler Pen Scissors Decoupage paper, in two designs Decoupage glue/varnish Decoupage brush PVA glue Paper clips Natural mini pine cone picks Copper pomegranate picks Ribbon, for hanging


Decide how wide you’d like your toilet roll rings – mine are 2.5cm (1in) wide. Use your metal ruler to mark this width from an outside edge around your tube, and then cut. Snip so it becomes a flat length – this is now your template (A).


Use your template and carefully cut all of your tubes into evenly sized rings. Neatness is key with this project, so make sure your scissors are nice and sharp.


As you cut your tubes you’ll see that they naturally take on a petal shape – perfect for this project. Reinforce the creases at either end with your fingers, to give a more unified shape (B).


Cut both designs of your decoupage paper into pieces (about a 2.5cm/1in square is ideal) and keep the designs separate. Divide your card rings into two even piles, so you know to do half in each design (C).


Decoupage half of your tubes in one of your papers. Brush the glue onto the tube, stick the paper down using the brush and then apply a thin coat to the top to seal it. Decoupage the remaining half of your tubes in the other paper in the same way. Set them all aside to dry – this will take about an hour.


Find a plate to use as a circular template – remember the size of the plate will determine the negative space inside the wreath. Arrange your first design of petals around the plate (D). When you are happy, glue together and secure with paper clips while the glue dries.


Now arrange your second design of petals around the first, gluing them together and securing with paper clips as before (E).


Leave to dry for an hour, then remove all the paper clips. Add any Christmassy embellishments to your wreath, such as these pine cone and pomegranate picks (F), then attach the ribbon and hang to admire!

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Sticky moments Source it The pine cone and pomegranate picks can be found at

Be careful not to overload your brush with the decoupage glue varnish – a little goes a long way. If you have a glue gun, use it to fix your tubes together and get rid of the need for paperclips.

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. R_L_Sharpe rachaellaurasharpe

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Debbie Shore

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Sewing and needlecraft designer From her home, an old bakery on the outskirts of Lincolnshire, Debbie Shore has found the perfect work/life balance. Following a successful television career, Debbie has gone on to design projects for a range of sewing books and also fronts a successful YouTube channel. Her gorgeous house is not only a base for her business, but also stars as the beautiful backdrop for all her project photography.

When did you start sewing? I’ve sewn for as long as I can remember. My mum was a dressmaker and must have introduced me to this wonderful world of cloth and creation when I was about three. My mum was brought up during the time of make do and mend; she would never waste anything, and I can’t help but do the same! I take great satisfaction from repairing, altering and mending anything from clothes to curtains.

Your YouTube channel has over 150,000 followers, and your videos have received millions of views. You’re very comfortable in front of the camera – is that from your early TV career? My first TV appearance was in 1979 when I won Miss ATV, which led to more TV work and in 1986 I became one of the first live children’s TV presenters. I stayed for two years before leaving to appear in pantomime, which in turn led to a career in acting. So I’ve always been in front of a camera, although I’m not too good at learning lines!

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This curtain is perfect for adding privacy and using up fabric remnants.

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A Lloyd Loom-style chair resprayed and given a new covered cushion.

How did you move from children’s presenter into a crafting superstar? I began working for Ideal World shopping channel in 2004 soon after they started to sell sewing machines. I volunteered to demonstrate them on air, and haven’t stopped sewing since! I left shopping TV to concentrate on sewing about three years ago, and haven’t looked back. I think I’m the luckiest girl in the world to have a job I enjoy so much!

You’re keen on home décor and DIY. Does that mean you also like to upcycle?

It’s a family affair: you’ll find Debbie’s children and grandchildren modelling throughout her books.

I enjoy taking unloved items of furniture and restoring them to their former glory. I’ve studied upholstery, so can re-spring chairs and cover them, and it’s always nice to find vintage fabrics that match the era of the item. Craftsmen would have taken much pride in creating the original pieces of furniture many years ago, so I like to think I take as much care into restoring them as when they were made. Whether it’s a footstool or a chest of drawers, these pieces have so much charm and character that it’s a shame to see them go to waste. My favourite upcycle was an antique French three-piece suite with a woven rattan back. I covered it in an opulent gold fabric and it’s now in a chateau just outside Paris!

Is reusing fabric something that is important to you?

Debbie has renovated most of the furniture that acts as a backdrop in her photography.

Most of my books use half yards of fabrics, however, I’m all for reusing fabric too – it means I get to love the fabric I once chose all over again, and it saves me money! I also use my remnants for practice pieces when I’m designing, for scrappy quilts and appliqué, and every so often I’ll get out my felting machine and make new fabrics from them.

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Turn the page to make Debbie’s advent calendar cones.

A stylish alternative to painting and reupholstering an old chair.

Not one to waste anything, Debbie has turned old tape measures into an eye-catching bag.

Tell us about your workspace. I have a work room with sewing machines and computers, a cutting room with a huge table, a photographic room and a storage room. The cutting room doubles up as a filming room, as it’s the tidiest one in my work area! I have to be organised, so always tidy up before I start sewing. I don’t work well in a messy room.

We love the gorgeous photography in your books. Do you do all the styling yourself? All my books are shot around my house, garden and shed. It gives me a good reason to redecorate every now and then! The contemporary Christmas shot in Half Yard Christmas is in the same room we transformed for Half Yard Kids; anything with wooden walls, like the rustic Christmas, is in the shed. The kitchen in Half Yard Home is

Debbie’s design for canine advent treats for our four-legged friends.

my own, but the kitchen in Quilted Covers and Cosies was built temporarily in the same room as Half Yard Kids. My actual living area is very French-inspired: pale greys, no fuss, just a few oil paintings on the walls, as my husband collects portraiture.

You’ve written several Christmas project books. How do you like to decorate your own home for the festive season? I enjoy a traditional Christmas and the whole house will be decorated. I like to add holly from the garden, and twigs painted white hanging over the windows adorned with icicle-shaped baubles, plus scraps of fabric tied around fairy lights to make it look like the material is twinkling. I’m looking forward to making decorations with my granddaughters when they’re older – I have a long list of things to teach them!

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Debbie’s latest book, Sew Advent Calendars, is packed with gorgeous ideas to make and fill with treats for the runup to Christmas. DebbieShore44 debshore thimblelane

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Advent bunting

These simple cones make a perfect advent calendar – string them across a window, around a tree or even on a ladder! Project by Debbie Shore, photography by Garie Hind you will need 50 squares of fabric in an assortment of prints, 15.25 x 15.25cm (6 x 6in) Basic sewing supplies Sewing machine Iron Fabric glue Die-cut felt numbers, 1–25 12m (39½ft) of baker’s twine


Take two contrasting fabric squares for each cone – one will form the outer, the other the lining. Place them right sides together and sew along two adjacent sides (A).


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Sew & display

Hang your bunting strewn with solarpowered fairy lights for some extra Christmas magic!


Pull the unsewn corners apart to form one large triangle. Sew along the open edge, leaving a turning gap in the lining side (B).

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Turn right side out, sew the opening closed and press (C).

‘Fill the cones with sweets, small gifts or toys hidden inside to make every day special on the run up to Christmas’

Push the lining inside the cone and press again, with the seam running centrally down the back (D). Fold the point over to the front and glue in place (E).


Glue a felt number to the flap with fabric glue. Using a large needle, thread the baker’s twine through each side of the cone, leaving a length of slack for hanging. Knot the twine at each side of the cone before cutting (F). Repeat for the other 24 cones. Hang them up as you wish!

Project taken from Half Yard Christmas, £11.99, published by Search Press.

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Decorated gift box

Personalise plain boxes for gift-giving with an upcycled feel, using the pages of a second-hand book to make a paper flower. Project by Elizabeth Moad, photography by Paul Bricknell







you will need Old book Die-cutting tool with circle die, 6cm (2¼in) diameter Bone folder Ink pad, in pink or red Small gift box Glue Pink gemstone, 3mm (1/ 8in) diameter Tweezers

Project taken from Paper Folded Flowers, £9.99, published by Search Press.


Using the die-cutting tool, cut six circles from the pages of the book. Alternatively, draw around a pastry cutter of similar size and cut the shapes out by hand. Fold each circle in half, keeping the text reading upright on the outside (A).


Rest each semi-circle on scrap paper. Ink the curved edge with a sponge dabbed in pink ink (B). Allow to dry.


Keeping the inked edge outermost, fold each circle in half again, curve to curve, to form a quarter circle (C). Unfold the shape to a semi-circle and hold it with the inked side facing away from you. With the folded edge uppermost, fold the left corner upwards so part of the curved edge is in line with the centre fold line (D).


Now fold the right corner point over in the same way, to overlap the curved edge on the left (E). This will form an inverted triangle shape, with two corner points uppermost.



Working one by one, glue the six petals, point innermost, to form a neat circle on the lid of the box (F). Using tweezers, attach a small pink gemstone to the centre to finish (G).


Make place cards For place cards, make smaller flowers with 4cm (1½in) diameter cut circles. Fold and ink the papers in the same way as in the main project, and mount the flowers onto pink card 10 x 10cm (4 x 4in) that has been scored and folded in half.

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Pompom candleholder

An easy project for kids to enjoy, this cute candleholder can be simply created from leftover balls of yarn and a tin from your recycling. Project by Jemima Schlee, photography by Neal Grundy

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you will need

‘You can use various sizes of candles and tins, which will look wonderful clustered together to make a table cen trepiece’

White and red 100% wool DK yarn 6.5cm (2½in) pompom maker Small, sharp scissors 30cm (12in) of 1mm-thick (1/ 32in) red elastic Large darning needle Shallow food tin to fit your candle White paint suitable for a metal surface Paint brush Pillar candle


Make all your pompoms. Use the pompom maker and vary the tones of the speckled pompoms by using different proportions of the red and white yarns (A). For the darkest pompom, bind the pompom maker’s arches with two strands of red and one of white (2:1) yarn at the same time. Doing this also means you can make pompoms much more quickly!


Complete the first pompom by cutting and then tying it with a length of yarn. Snip off the yarn tail ends and give your pompom a hard trim to leave it with a velvety, speckled surface (B). Continue by making more pompoms, until you have enough to circle the base of your tin. For increasingly lighter versions use 1:1, 1:2 and 1:3 proportions of red to white yarn (C).


Thread a length of elastic onto a large-eyed needle to use as a string to hold all the pompoms together. Push the needle through the centre of one of your pompoms, holding the ball firmly within your fist, and gently tug the needle to draw it through (D). You want to avoid

G destroying the tightness of the pompom by pulling yarn out of it along with the needle and elastic. Continue threading the pompoms until they are all on the elastic (E).


Make sure the tin you have chosen is wide enough to accommodate the candle. Give the outside of the tin a couple of coats of paint, leaving enough time between each layer for the paint to dry fully (F).

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Safety first

Make sure that you use 100% wool yarn, which contains a natural fire retardant. This makes it safer to use near a naked flame than artificial fibre. Having said that, don’t leave candles unattended, do not let them burn too low and ensure that your tin is taller than the height of your pompoms.


Tie a knot in the two tail ends of the elastic, testing the tension you create in the elastic around the tin to ensure a snug fit. Make sure your knot is very secure by giving the tail ends a very firm pull, before trimming them to about 1cm (3/ 8in). Position the bracelet of pompoms around your tin (G). Now add your candle to complete your seasonal decoration.

Project taken from A Very Pompom Christmas, £9.99, published by GMC.

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Patchwork Christmas stocking

Create a beautiful and eclectic Christmas stocking from scraps of fabric and other materials you have at home, that will be used year after year. Project and step photography by Chris English

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Choosing your fabric

Fabric scraps Iron Basic sewing supplies Sewing machine Quilt ruler Rotary cutter and cutting mat Fabric for the contrasting stocking top Fabric for the lining Quilting wadding Adhesive fabric spray or safety pins Assorted ribbon and buttons

15cm (6in) plus seam allowance

8cm (3in) plus seam allowance


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Stitch the pieces together to create the strips. You should have about 12 strips of varying widths. Now sew these together, using a 6mm (¼in) seam (B). Straighten up any edges with your ruler and rotary cutter.


You will now have a large piece of stripy fabric. Using a quilting ruler or straight edge, cut through the new piece of fabric at a random angle (C). Cut the remaining pieces in the same way to roughly the same length, two or three times. You should be left with three or four pieces of fabric.

15cm (6in) plus seam allowance

27cm (10½in) plus seam allowance

Press your fabric scraps and arrange roughly so that you lay them out into strips about 7.5–10cm (3–4in) wide (A). Don’t worry too much about the design at this stage. The more random, the better the end result will be.


Now resew the pieces together, putting different angles together to create some interesting patterns. Press and repeat the process two or three times. You should now have one piece of fabric. Trim the seams, which can get quite bulky, and press (D).

template shown at one-third scale Enlarge by 300%

15cm (6in) plus seam allowance

14cm (5½in) plus seam allowance

you will need

When gathering the material for your stocking, try to get a broad mix of colours, prints and pattern. Old clothes, bed linen and leftover fabric scraps are perfect for this project. If you are making this for a child, then use some of the clothes they’ve grown out of to turn it into a ‘memory’ stocking.

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Quilting with confidence

Practise your quilting on old scraps first. Don’t worry about any mistakes, as you can always sew a button over any bits you don’t like. You could add some subtle festive patterns to make the stocking feel even more Christmassy.


Using the stocking template (see page 77), mark and then cut out two shapes. Remember you need a front and back, so these shapes should be opposites (E). Cut out two rectangle stocking tops from your contrast fabric. Sew these to the main part of the stocking shapes. Then, using your new stocking shapes, cut out two pieces from your lining fabric (F).


Tack the two stocking shapes to your wadding; you can do this using safety pins or temporary fabric spray glue (G). Once tacked, quilt these in any way you want. I like to use a mix of free-motion quilting and straight lines. You can also hand quilt if you want to. Add your buttons, ribbon and embroidery at this stage (H). A few French knots are also great for providing an additional layer of bobbly texture.


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You should now have four parts to your stocking: two outers and two linings. They should all be the same size and shape. Sew the top of one stocking to one lining piece, right sides together (I). Join the other piece in the same way. You should now have two pieces of fabric.


Place the two stocking pieces right sides together and pin around the edges. Sew together using a 6mm (¼in) seam, leaving a 15cm (6in) gap for turning the stocking the right way round (J). Once you’ve done this, sew the gap closed.


To make the hanging strip, cut a piece of ribbon about 20cm (8in) long. Make this into a loop and stitch it to the seam where the front and back of your stocking join. Add a nice shiny button on top of the ribbon to hide your stitches (K).


‘You can use the same techniques to make a table runner and placema ts, Christmas tree skirt or even a full-sized quilt’

About the designer

Chris English has always loved colour, pattern and print and studied textile design at university. He makes modern recycled quilts from old shirts and other fabrics, and his work has featured on Channel 4’s Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas. afullenglish afullenglish

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Homemade bath bombs Concocting gorgeous bath bombs at home with a few simple ingredients really couldn’t be easier and is much cheaper than you’d think, re-using ordinary household objects to help you make and package your creations. Project by Richard Phillips, photography by Holly Paddon

you will need Large mixing bowl Rubber gloves (optional) 100g (3½oz) citric acid 300g (10½oz) bicarbonate of soda 2½ tsp fragrance or essential oil Colouring (optional) Glitter (optional) Dried botanicals (optional) Water in a trigger spray bottle Plastic containers to use as moulds (e.g. cleaned yogurt pots)

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Mix the citric acid and bicarbonate of soda together in a large mixing bowl (A).

Add your fragrance or essential oil and mix thoroughly (B); I used both Orange & Cinnamon and Warm Gingerbread to create a festive feel.



Add your colourant at this stage, a little at a time, until the desired effect is reached; I left this bath bomb natural, but used Tangerine Red Coated Mica Pigment and Chromium Oxide Green (hydrated) powder on the next two. If you are using liquid pigments your mixture might fizz, but don’t worry, just keep mixing! Add any


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Make your own packaging l Take the cardboard tube from a roll of toilet paper and flatten it, then fold in the ends to create a small box, which fits these yogurt pot bath bombs perfectly. l Add some flair with scraps of craft or wrapping paper, plus ribbons or twine. These gift boxes are great for using up those small leftover bits you never know what to do with!


‘Ba th bombs can be made in just about any small con tainer. I t’s a grea t way to reuse throwaway objec ts, and also to make some truly original shapes’ optional extras; I used Gold and Silver Bio-Glitter and Cut & Dried Orange Peel (C and D).


Spray your mixture with water until it is damp. The ideal mixture should hold together once squeezed, but not perfectly (E). If your mixture is too dry it risks expansion in the mould, if too wet it may not hold together.


Press your mixture firmly into your moulds (F). If you are using a two-part mould, add a little extra mix to one side, as this helps the two sides hold together better.


Bath bombs can take anywhere between 20 minutes to an hour to harden, depending on what fragrances or essential oils have been used. Once you feel they have hardened, pop them out of the moulds and allow them to harden a bit more at room temperature (G).




Source it All of these ingredients can be bought from, plus a selection of fun moulds.

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Adding colour

Powdered colourants are best for bath bombs, and the best of these are coated micas, which are specially formulated to not cling to the surfaces of your tub when used. Liquid colourants work well, but can make it hard to correctly judge the wetness of your mixture whilst making.

About the designer

Having set out to learn how to make natural soap at home, Richard Phillips realised lots of other people shared his passion for soap making, which led him to launch The Soap Kitchen. The business, which has been running for 16 years, helps provide information and ingredients to anyone interested in this craft. TheSoapKitchenUK UKSoapKitchen thesoapkitchenUK thesoapkitchenuk thesoapkitchenuk

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COLUMN The countdown to Christmas has begun! Charis ventures out with the squirrels to go festive foraging in her quest to make planet-friendly decorations with just pennies in her purse.

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ello there, ya bunch of upcycling warriors! All set for the Big C? I literally felt you panic then – I felt it, I tell you! This time of year is a funny one – it always comes around so fast and there’s never enough time. What I worry about most, though, is the amount of waste that happens over the festive period and I always try to keep mine to an absolute minimum. So, in the spirit of preserving the planet and your cash too, I thought I’d have a go at making some environmentally friendly Christmas ornaments which wouldn’t break the bank – something that could also be used the rest of the year, too.

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My mini festive forest decorations have a bit of magic fairy glow.

Walking around my local car-boot sale at Brighton Marina recently I happened upon some lovely vintage glass jars with those Kilnerstyle preserving lids. They were cheap as chips at 50p and a £1. I will use these for storing all kinds of things in my new (reclaimed) kitchen once I’ve renovated, but for now they are going to be used to make some pretty awesome ‘natural’ Christmas decorations. I don’t know about you, but my kids love making – it must be in the genes! They are always asking to get involved… and I thought, why not? So we went on a long family walk around Stanmer Park – a massive woodland near us in Brighton – to find our materials. I wanted pine cones, holly,

red berries, autumnal leaves and anything else that looked festive. We found lots of nice leaves but I was starting to worry about the pine cones – there didn’t seem to be any. I told the kids that the first one to find a pine cone could have the first warm slice from the chocolate brownies, which I had just made before our walk and were cooling on the worktop, ready for our return. (Yes, I’m going for Mum of the Year award!) We had a great walk and the kids were worn out after an hour of foraging. Then I saw it… a tiny little pine cone by my feet, then another and another. I looked up and discovered there were tons of them in the tree. Guess who’d be getting that first slice of delicious brownie?!

Once we got back home I looked online for some little battery-operated lights. I bought a set of eight LED low-energy lights, each with a tiny string of bulbs, for £13.99. Not a bad price, and the batteries can be replaced, so hopefully these could be used year after year. Then I got up in the loft and pulled out some old baubles to go with my natural bounty.

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Reuse your jars for decorated eggs at Easter or spooky skulls at Halloween.

I gave the jars a good wash before filling them with my festive goodies. I wrapped the LEDs around the greenery and baubles, so the glow of the lights reveals the contents of the jar. I used four of my eight lights for these three jars (two for the big one) and I’ll be able to reuse them for any occasion that calls for fairy lights. They’re also waterproof, so you could use them to add a bit of magic to your garden on summer evenings, to festoon plant pots or even float in a pond. You can add cinnamon sticks, whole nutmeg and slices of dried orange to your jars too, if

Share the love Did you know that I share other upcyclers’ handmade work on my #Whatdidyoumakewednesday Instagram feature every Wednesday? To get involved, simply use the hashtag #SalvageSisterCharis on your Instagram posts and I’ll see if I can fit you in. I also choose one artist a month from Instagram features to interview here in Reloved too. You’ve got to be in it to win it, as they say, so find me online and get hashtagging!

‘I like this jar idea because it makes your decorations look individual, adds a vintage touch and brings nature in from outdoors’ you also want them to smell festive. Or maybe add a few dried chillies for that traditional pop of red, if the birds have got to your woodland berries first! I like this jar idea because it makes your decorations look individual, adds a vintage touch and brings nature in from outdoors. Until next month, feast your eyes on my new Salvage Sister designer tags, below. Each of my handcrafted pieces now comes with one of these attached. Why not take a look on my website and see if I can make your Christmas wish come true!

Once a month not enough? Stay up to date with the Salvage Sister’s daily antics by finding her online, and don’t forget to send her your upcycling SOS questions and queries. You can also watch her YouTube videos with top tips and tricks for finding freebies, as well as the latest tutorials.

Charis Williams aka The Salvage Sister





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In the spotlight Each month, Charis chats to an original artist working with upcycled materials.

Juro Vyboh, upcycled furniture designer Tell us about your background and why reuse is important to you. I come from Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. Slovakia is a small country which is very rich in traditional crafts and manufacturing. I feel deeply connected with this heritage, but in a ‘new and reloved’ way. I use the techniques and principles, but I don’t cling to tradition too much. I fell in love with upcycling because of the magic that happens when the original materials are revealed and recognised in totally new creations. Paying homage to traditional craft is important to me, and I like to mix it with a little bit of what I call an industrial and punk feel. How long have you been upcycling and how did you start out? I studied architecture, but somehow I always found myself more intrigued by the intricate details of product design. I started shaping my upcycling business, Repasopa, in 2009, after working for a couple of years in architecture. I asked myself what I would do if money was no object – but I never thought I could make a reality from my dreams, that this business could be my way of life. Where do you find all the materials for your wonderful upcycled pieces? I always walk around with open eyes. I know it might actually sound like a cliché, but it works that way. After couple of years in this field, I feel like a magnet for interesting old materials –

I find them everywhere! I don’t really have a methodology for sourcing the right things. I’ve tried that, but it didn’t work for me. I work with what comes my way and that’s why the results are so varied and unique all the time. It comes at a price, though, as the products are always very much prototypes and one-offs, requiring a lot of thinking and improvisation in my workshop. How do you come up with your brilliant ideas? I have to admit, this is a mystery for me! The ideas seem to be hidden away in my head for months or maybe years, then at certain point, when I come across the right material, the idea jumps out at me and I start working on it. I do have loads of ideas in my sketchbook for future reference too. So I would say it’s the salvaged

materials themselves that keep inspiring me to create. So far, it’s worked that way most of the time! l Juro’s upcycled furniture and home accessories can be found at, as well as on Instagram and Facebook.

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Dyed and embroidered tablecloth

Liven up the past! Take a traditional cloth and give it a colourful handmade folksy feel with vibrant dye and pretty embroidery. Project and photography by Chloe Hardisty

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‘Like many of my upcycled projec ts, this started with some thing I inherited from my grandma, which has been brought back to life with new colour’ B

C you will need Old tablecloth with printed pattern Dylon All-in-1 dye pod, in Passion Pink Washing machine Embroidery hoop Embroidery threads in different colours Embroidery needle


top tip

using Dye pods

You can, of course, use regular dye, but these new pods make the process so much easier. There’s no salt to add or prewashing – you just throw the pod in the machine with your fabric and run a regular cycle.


Find a tablecloth with a simple pattern on it (A). You are going to use the pattern as a guide to add embroidery details once you’ve dyed the cloth. You’ll get best results with a white cloth for taking the dye.

About the designer


Following the instructions on the dye packet, weigh your tablecloth, wet the fabric, and pop it in the washing machine. Once dyed, leave the tablecloth to dry. The print should still be visible so you have a guide to stitch onto.


Using an embroidery hoop, start to stitch over the pattern (B and C). I used three simple stitches: a back stitch, satin stitch and a French knot. They are really easy to do, and you

© Ruth Taylor Photography


can find plenty of tutorials on YouTube if you’re not familiar with them or need a little help.


Continue to build up the stitches, using different colour threads (D). Don’t feel you have to cover all of the pattern; I just embroidered the four corners of this tablecloth to bring it to life.

Chloe Hardisty has always loved making and the challenge of decorating her house on a budget. She studied textile design and loves to use fabric and thread in her upcycles. She’s inspired by bright colour combinations, the 1950s era and Scandinavian design. cottonclara cotton_clara CottonClara cotton_clara

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Jumper cushion covers When your favourite sweater gets shrunk in the wash or nibbled by moths, don’t despair! Add a little Scandinavian hygge to your home by turning it into a cosy cushion. Project by Cassie Fairy, photography by Andy Greenacre

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you will need Old jumper Basic sewing supplies Cushion pad Backing fabric Sewing machine Zip to fit the width of your cushion pad (optional)

top tip

Using pillowcases If you are using an old pillowcase for the back of your cushion, you can use the already hemmed edge as the top piece of the envelope flap, to save time sewing a new hem.


Cut along the side seams of your jumper and remove the sleeves to create a panel of knitted fabric to use as the front of your cushion cover (A).


Measure out the size of your cushion pad on the fabric – or use the existing cushion cover as a template – and add a 1.5cm (5/ 8in) seam allowance to all sides before cutting out the jumper fabric (B).


Use an old pillowcase or a leftover piece of fabric to create an envelope back for the cushion. Measure a piece of fabric that fits halfway across the jumper and hem one edge (C). Cut a second piece of fabric twothirds of the size of the cushion front to form the inner part of the envelope back (D). Hem one edge, as before.

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top tip

Add a bit of sparkle

You can embellish the festive design on your jumper by hand-stitching with metallic embroidery thread, adding little beads, or using the decorative stitch settings on your sewing machine to enhance the pattern with gold thread.



Layer up the three pieces of fabric with the largest section of the cushion back facing right side up, then the half-size piece facing right side up, then the front jumper panel with the right side facing down. Pin around all edges of the layers and then straight stitch around all four sides, using a 1.5cm (5/ 8in) seam allowance (E and F). Neaten up the seams by running a zigzag stitch over them to prevent fraying.


Alternatively, if you have a jumper with a pretty pattern on both sides, you could simply turn it inside out and run a straight stitch across the chest, just below the armholes (G). Trim off the arms and neck, then attach a zip along the bottom edge of the jumper (H).


Turn the cushion cover right side out and insert a cushion pad through the envelope flaps or the zipped opening (I).

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. Cassiefairy Cassiefairy Cassiefairyblog Cassiefairy

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Create a focal point in your dining room by revamping an old, unloved chair. Here a coat of Annie Sloan Gilding Wax in Warm Gold and Bright Gold has been applied with a stencil brush for a solid finish.

♼ To add drama to a room, paint the walls in Graphite Wall Paint and match it with Graphite Chalk Paint on the floor.

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Meet your local Annie Sloan® Stockists… CORNWALL


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Everything you need to bring character and rustic charm to your home! Full range of Chalk Paint™, a decorative paint by Annie Sloan. Friendly advice and everything to get you started! Teaching paint techniques that will bring new life to old furniture. Check our website for workshop dates.

Studio in the Park is nestled in Markeaton Parks Craft Village. The shop caters for the many enthusiasts who come to learn everything they need to know to embark on their project. We pride ourselves on good service and exellent product knowledge. We have a dedicated teaching room and there is parking on the drive to the craft village.

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A gem of a store selling Chalk Paint™, a decorative paint by Annie Sloan and beautiful home accessories. Think of vintage French style paired with the simplicity and thrown together look of rustic English. Source for the Goose has many unique items which will act as an inspiration for creating a stylish home.

Country Seats is a well established interior design company located in a popular Dorset coastal market town, specialising in interiors for private homes, hotels and commercial premises. Stocking Chalk Paint™, a decorative paint by Annie Sloan and running paint courses, they are happy to help with any questions or advice you need.

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Village Chic

Steffi Jane Designs

Village Chic are based in the East Midlands so accessible to all who wish to visit their showrooms in Sileby which sells Chalk Paint™ & Fabrics by Annie Sloan. Also providing an excellent range of French Style Furniture, Lighting and Accessories. 8 High Street Sileby Leicestershire LE12 7RX

Unique, quirky, upcycled furniture, handmade soft furnishings and interior décor. Unit 3 Haven Mill Grimsby Lincolnshire DN31 1RS

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Tomlinsons, Dulwich

Voted a top London boutique by Time Out Magazine, HAYGEN is a stunning lifestyle store selling contemporary and design led home ware, gifts and fashion. They stock the full Chalk Paint™ range, a decorative paint by Annie Sloan and run 2 sell-out workshops per month in central London. Book now online, in store or by phone. 114 Islington High Street London N1 8EG

ISLINGTON | 020 7226 9528 |

Tomlinsons has a sense of calm when you walk through the door. The vintage feel homeware & unusual decorative pieces are mostly sourced from France & Scandinavia. Tomlinsons stocks a wide range of Chalk Paint™, a decorative paint by Annie Sloan & accessories & run workshops, please drop by to find out more about how these fantastic paints can transform your home. 89 Dulwich Village London SE21 7BJ

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Fancy That Fancy That is a beautiful, romantically styled gift and home decor shop situated in Banbury Old Town, known to locals as an Aladdin’s cave. Stockist of Chalk Paint™, a decorative paint by Annie Sloan and accessories. We inspire our customers with unique items sourced all over the world and painted furniture. 20 Parsons Street Banbury Oxfordshire OX16 5LY


Marmalade on the Square Vintage tea room offering Stylish country vintage and rustic; painted furniture, collectables, and gifts. 21 Bull Ring Wakefield West Riding WF1 1HB

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A friendly, supportive, inspirational creative space to meet and make.

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Jeni Cairns is an artist and award winning garden designer creating decorative metalwork and sculptures for the home and garden her pieces are often made using up-cycled materials and are inspired by nature. 60 Cross Drove, Coates Whittlesey Peterborough PE7 2HJ Tel: 07541 229447

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We supply a range of wood & paper mache items to decorate in your own style. Versatile products ideal to create a shabby chic or vintage look. Suitable for decoupage, paint finishes, pyrography, staining, stencilling, varnishing or waxing. Email: Phone: 01579 384376

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Rachael Sharpe

Renovating her own Victorian townhouse means that reclaiming vintage materials have become second nature to Rachael. Make her thrifty decoupage Christmas wreath on page 62. ©


A dog’s life My rescue dog, Poppy, is also a regular receiver of my upcycles. I don’t like to throw away much, so everything gets reused – even old jumpers become beds in my house!

Baby love

Button bouquet I love the process of turning something grotty into something great. When I got married, I turned an old box full vintage buttons into bouquets and buttonholes.

I’m expecting my first baby soon and have loved decorating the nursery in a safari theme. I’ve upcycled lots of decorative bits, including a giraffe-print mirror!

My top tip Paper perfection

I recently got into decoupage and I’m loving Decopatch Paperpatch Glue Varnish and papers. This little table (£5 at a local junk store) is now brightening up a previously unloved space on my landing.

Morris to mid-century

I’m a 50s girl all the way, but when it comes to interiors I like to mix it up. For example, my living room takes inspiration from the Arts and Crafts movement, while my dining room has a funky 60s vibe with bright, bold use of pattern.

I always take my phone with me when I’m out hunting for things to upcycle. If I spy something I think has potential but am unsure, I’ll take a quick look on Pinterest to see what other upcyclers have done with similar items.

Save or splurge? When upcycl ing furniture, it has to be Annie Sloan Chal k Pain t if I’m feeling indulgen t bu t, for the most part I’m more than happy wit h Wil ko’s furniture pain t.

Relight my fire My husband, Tom, and I are just completing the renovation of our Victorian townhouse – we’ve moved walls, taken down ceilings, re-wired – the whole works! What I found most satisfying was picking up period fireplaces that were in a terrible state for next to nothing and restoring them to their former glory. It’s a lot of work but really satisfying!

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