1. Along with my local WI Tea & Tarts I decorated an event at the Lawrence Batley Theatre where I’m doing an artist residency.  It was a mega fun tropical themed “garden party” and we decorated with giant tissue paper pom poms, lace, tissue paper tassles and spray painted up-cycled tin cans.  

    I’m currently starting a new project called Waste Not Want Not Workshop, where I’ll (hopefully!) travel UK festivals, helping recycling teams and taking abandoned tents and other materials and running workshops at festivals on how to reuse them, so up-cycling has been on my mind more than normal lately!

    So I was thinking of ways that pom poms could be made using up-cycled materials, and someone incidentally gave me a load of all dress patterns at the event.  Dress patterns are easy to come by, often in charity shops and second hand markets, or if you’re luckily like me, people often give you a big stack.  I also use them to package things in Craftevan and when posting things on Etsy.  You can also use book pages if they’re really thin, old bibles work well.  (blasphemy!)

    So this is how you make them:

    1. Cut your patterns into about 18+ rectangular sheets, all the same size.

    2. Concertina fold all the sheets.

    3. Fold them all in half.

    4. Tie string or wire around the middle.

    5. Round off the ends.

    6. Pull the sheets up one by one, be careful they don’t rip! Do about 8 sheets.

    7. Turn over!

    8. Do the other half.

    Ta dah!!!!!!

    I want to try spray painting the edges to see how they look as Christmas decs, but can’t find my gold spray paint…

  2. I was sent this gorgeous tutorial by LDP (follow her blog! It’s gorgeous!) and new exciting things got in the way of posting for a while, so here you go, finally!  She has loads of other fab tutorials on her blog too, such as how to make amazing Dr Who converse!

    I would highly recommend this tutorial!  Books are the most commonly thrown away item given to charity shops in the UK.  If you are UK based there’s a great charity called Healthy Planet with various Books for Free shops across the UK, see locations here!


    "DIY: Recycled Book Planters

    This tutorial came complete with a mild existential crisis. I’ve wanted to make a craft project with books for ages now, however the thought of slicing up a tiny universe for my own selfish needs has always been too traumatic for me to bear. I eventually convinced myself that my charity shop book discoveries were only going to sit on a shelf until someone else threw them away if I didn’t buy them and use them, so why not turn them into something beautiful?
    1. Start by smearing wood glue along the sides of the book, to secure the pages together. If you plan on using more than one book for the planter, glue them together without putting glue in the area you intend to cut, as this will make it more difficult to cut through.
    2.Mark the area you intend to cut out, where your plant will go.
    3.Use a craft knife to cut out the marked area. It may be hard to cut through the cover of the book initially, but just keep going - it’ll slice through eventually. :)
    4.Once the area is as deep as you want it to be, glue the piece of plastic bag into the cut area, and trim the edges to be level with the cover of the book. This will stop water and dirt leaking into the book once your plant is inside.
    5.Put your plant into the book, and look after it as your new pot plant.
  3. Today I’ve been up-cycling beer bottles into vases using spray paint and bits and bobs!

    So here’s some repetitive photos.

  4. How to make T-shirt yarn, step by step.  Next post I’ll show you how to turn it into a necklace!

  5. How to make these gorgeous garlands from paint chip cards!

  6. How to make these ace newspaper party hat, would be cute for Christmas!

    There’s loads of other lovely newspaper tutorials on this page too!

  7. Pani Jurek’s amazing test tube chandeliers, which is made to give an art-deco form with a dramatic twist.  They are customisable and can be filled with water, colours, plants, anything you like!

    Just genius.

    Find on Etsy here:



  8. How to make this belt from sweet wrappers with Little Blue Boo.

  9. How to make this fab suitcase table with Slap Dash Mom.  Me and my boyfriend are halfway through making one of these!

  10. Amazing way to recycle tin cans, tutorial from Instructables.