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DIY project – Make a rustic basket decoration for Christmas

Here’s a super-easy, super-quick idea for making a Christmas basket decoration with pretty sparkling fairy lights. This would be perfect if you had an unused fireplace space in your living room to give a festive focal point to the space – or use outdoor fairy lights and sit it outside your front door or in your porch to welcome visitors over the festive period.

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Grab any kind of basket, or even a wooden box, wine crate or empty planter and fill with a few logs before adding your choice of fairy lights. I chose these multi-combination sparkling fairy lights from Dunelm Mill in a warm white colour to resemble candle light and make the whole display feel warm – but you can change the look of the display by using ice white or blue to look more like snow, or use multi-coloured fairy lights for a party effect! Then add more pretty logs or tree branches, a layer of pine cones to cover the wire of the fairy lights and pop in a few sprigs of evergreen foliage. I nipped out into the garden and cut a couple of pieces of holly, ivy and pine, but you can use anything you have in the garden or even a couple of small stems snipped from your real christmas tree.

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Position as a focal point in your festive living room or pop outside the front door and enjoy your festive display as it gets dusk and the lights sparkle brightly. I actually think that this kind of display would look good all year round too! Let me know if you give this Christmas project a go – I’ve love to see your version!

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Craft project by Mollymoo – Button House for Fairies

Check out this amazing craft project by my Twitter friend @Mollymoo_ie, a fantastic mummy blogger who is forever coming up with original and fun craft projects to do with the kids – I don’t know how she manages to think up so many unique ideas!

This project is making an adorable house for the fairies at the bottom of the garden and I just had to share it will all you fairy-fanciers out there – I’m sure there’ll be plenty of adults who’d love to make this house, just like me! Get the instructions to make your own fairy house on Mollymoo’s blog.



I made this all by myself – Chicken Teacosy for Mother’s Day!

Mother’s Day is fast approaching (18th March to be exact) and I thought I would share with you a little sewing project that I’ve done, and hope it might inspire you to make something for your own mum too!

This chicken tea-cosy was made from brown print fabric, gingham and a pillowcase for the. lining. I got my husband (the artist!) to draw me the shape of a chicken on paper and I used this as a pattern for cutting out the fabric. I cut 2 shapes in pillowcase lining (a couple of cm smaller than the pattern so that it would fit inside the chicken once constructed) and 2 in the brown-print fabric.

I put both pairs of chickens with right sides together and stitched around the edges. I turned both pieces right-side out and put the lining inside the chicken. Then I used wadding to stuff between the layers and stitched along the bottom edge. I then folded a strip of gingham fabric over the bottom edge to neaten it and stitched all around the base.


Optional extras: I cut extra gingham fabric into the shape of the chicken’s crest, stitched around the edges, turned right-side out and stuffed with more wadding before attaching to the chicken’s head. Add a button each side of the head for the chicken’s eyes.

I also decided to hand-stitch around the pattern on the back of the chicken using wool to outline the feathers. I also cut two wings out of matching fabric (4 pieces), put two pieces right-sides together, stitched around the edge, turned right-side out and stuffed with wadding before machine-stitching around the edges of the pattern to create a quilted wing. I repeated this to make the second wing & attached them to the body of the chicken.

So there you have it – a cute chicken tea-cosy! Perfect for my bantam-keeping mother! PS my mum stuffed a small cushion inside it and uses it as a chicken-cushion on her sofa when not being used as a tea-cosy!


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