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Perfect poms of woolly colour are easy with the right setup. You could wrap yarn around a plastic pompom making tool, but you will get a tighter, more uniform result using two circles of stiff card. …

Clothes pegs, bulldog clips, elastic bands and sticky tape – they’re all makeshift ways of keeping your bagged goods from spilling and spoiling in the pantry, fridge or freezer. Well, here’s …

Kings and queens have jewels aplenty, but a paper crown can be impressive, too! Add meaning to your piece and choose a tale that suits its regal finish. A plush leather or velvety cover completes the …

Add some flower power when you offer guests a drink. Give a basic glass carafe a lovely makeover using hessian, glue and a handful of small blooms.

Transform offcuts of fabric and felt into sweet apple pillows, perfect for catching stray pins and needles. Simply hand stitch – no sewing machine needed!

How to make moisturising soap to give as a gift or treat yourself. Customise you soap with essential oils and botanicals of your choice.

Make and easel and turn a ceramic plate, gift card or artwork into an instant talking point by placing it on a teeny ornate easel. Then you can display it wherever you please!

Give your mini garden a makeover by potting plants in empty fruit tins, then dress them to the nines with fabric and tags. They’d make lovely gifts, but who could give these away?

Chiselling a message into stone is a technique that’s as old as time. Go modern and re-create the idea with versatile air-drying clay and paint.

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