Tutorial: Orange Pomanders

Orange Pomanders are lovely festive decorations that smell wonderful and are so easy to make! I’ve made these every year since I can remember and they never fail to brighten up the house. There are two main types of pomander, ones you can hang up and ones used for centrepieces, both of which can be made with the same simple supplies.

You will need:

  • Whole Cloves
  • Large Oranges
  • Festive Ribbon
  • Needle/Pin
  • Lino Cutter (optional)

First you take your ribbon and tie it around the orange (it helps to secure the ribbon with a pin whilst you’re tying it) once or twice depending on your preferred design. If you’re making a hanging pomander, ensure you leave enough ribbon to make a loop at the top.

Next, if  you’re using a lino cutter you can carve designs into the peel. These can be as intricate or as simple as you wish. Make sure you do this gently so the white pith is still visible after you’ve removed the peel.

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After you’ve finished carving, you can add your cloves. I find it helps to pierce the orange with a needle where you want to place a clove as it makes it much easier to push the clove in and prevents the stalk from snapping.

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When you have finished adding your cloves your pomander is done! If you want to preserve your creations you will need to let them dry out in a shady spot. It can take several weeks for them to dry completely, but you can speed up the process by putting them in the oven at a very low heat for a few hours. If your pomanders start to lose their scent you can add a few drops of clove oil to them and they’ll be as good as new!

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Happy Crafting!

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Tutorial: Easter Egg Wreath

A few months ago, I made an Autumn wreath which I was really pleased with, so I decided to try an Easter themed one this time. You could also make this with rabbits, chicks or flowers but I decided to go with Easter eggs.

You will need:

  • 1 x Card Circle
  • Easter Grass
  • Polystyrene Eggs
  • Embroidery Floss
  • Scissors
  • Glue Gun

First you need to gently pull the Easter grass into a long strip that is the width of your card circle. Make sure you have enough to go all the way around your circle and then glue the grass to the card.

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Turn over the wreath and cut 1 long length and 7 shorter lengths of your embroidery floss. Tie the longest length at the top of the wreath and loop it so you can hang it up. Then use the remaining 7 lengths and tie it around at even intervals.

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Trim any remaining floss and turn the wreath back over. Your grass should now have a hay bale effect. Then decide how you want to arrange your decorations and glue them around the wreath.

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Once the glue is dry, trim the edges of the grass to neaten up the edges and your wreath is ready to hang. I’d love to see your own creations so please feel free to comment below with your pictures!

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Tutorial: Autumn Wreath

I LOVE Autumn and everything that goes with it. I also love décor that represents my favourite time of year, so when I spotted some some lovely Autumn wreaths for sale recently I just had to have one! However the prices were not-so-lovely, so I decided to make my own using various bits and bobs I had lying around!

You will need:

  • 1 x Polystyrene Half Round Ring
  • Artificial Leaf Garland
  • Decorative Acorns/Pine cones
  • Burlap Roll
  • Copper Beading Wire
  • Scissors
  • Glue Gun

First you need to glue one end of the burlap roll to the flat side of the polystyrene ring and wrap it around until the ring is entirely covered. Then glue the other end to secure it. Cut off any stray threads and “tidy up” the edges:

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Then start gluing on your leaves. I used a garland as it’s less time consuming, but you could always use individual leaves for a variety. As with the burlap, glue one end and wrap the garland around the ring. You can add dabs of glue to position the leaves in a certain way or just let them hang naturally:

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Next add your pine cones/acorns/decorative accessories (I actually used some old Christmas decorations from last year). Use the beading wire to thread the accessories onto the wreath:

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Finally you can add a larger accessory for the centre, or just leave the wreath as it is. In my case I had a pine cone squirrel which I glued to the base. Finally, use some of the beading wire to tie to the top of your wreath and make a loop so you can hang it up… and there you have it!

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Tutorial: Castle Desk Tidy

The other day I finally got around to using a fun kit I bought a while back, which makes Pringles (or similar sized snack tubes) into a castle desk tidy.

Of course you don’t need a kit to make one, you could simply print out any design to decorate your tidy and use whatever embellishments you liked.

You will need:

  • 1x Pringles 190g Tube
  • 2x Pringles 40g Tube
  • 1 x Sheet of Card
  • Glue/Double-sided Tape
  • Craft Knife
  • Stickers

First, cut the 190g tube so that it is slightly taller than the 40g tubes using a craft knife. Then wrap your chosen design around the tubes. You can use glue to stick your design to the tubes, but I much prefer to use double-sided tape.

Position your tubes on a piece of sturdy card and draw around the tubes, then decorate and cut the card to the shape you want. Attach your tubes to the base (again, I prefer double-sided tape) then add your embellishments and finishing touches… Voilà! one desk tidy:

Tutorial: Contactless Card Holder

If like me, you’re not exactly thrilled with the idea of contactless bank cards, I have an easy solution to keep cards more secure… a tin foil card holder.

You will need:

  • Bank Card
  • Tin Foil
  • Scissors
  • Washi Tape
  • Sellotape

First place your card horizontally on the foil and fold it around the card. Make sure you don’t fold it too tightly else you won’t be able to remove your card afterwards! Then tape the join together:

Trim one end of the foil and fold the corners over (as if you were wrapping a present) and cover the entire holder with tape to strengthen it. Then use your washi tape to decorate the holder.

Next, take your card out of the holder and trim the open end so that the holder is slightly shorter than your card (this will make it easier to remove).

Then open up the holder slightly and tape the inside edges so that the card doesn’t get stuck on the foil and rip the holder.

Finally cover the holder in another layer of sellotape to protect it and voilà… The card and holder should fit in your purse easily and put a stop to any accidental payments!