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1st birthday card tutorial

My sweet girl is turning one in a little over two months. That is crazy. However this card isn’t for her but for the gaggle of giggling soon-to-be one-year-olds that we know.

52 crafts in 52 weeks: 1st birthday card tutorial


Blank cards
Pretty paper
Foam squares
Sewing machine
Xyron sticker maker
Silhouette machine
(the last two could be replaced by scissors and glue)

1) Cut out a bunch of ones from your scrapbook paper using your Silhouette (or scissors).
2) Stick a one to the centre of a blank card using the foam squares.
3) Cut out a stack of teeny tiny triangles (you could use silhouette for this too, I wish I had as mine are a bit irregular).
4) Turn them into stickers (or use glue in the next step).
5) Stick them to your card in a bunting-like fashion.
6) Fire up your sewing machine. Stitch over the triangles to represent the bunting ribbon.
7) Make as many as you like & you’re set for birthday season.


{week 17} tick tock

Another week, another tutorial. I needed a little help from my husband for this one (which is nice as it’s our wedding anniversary today) as he has cool tools like staple guns. And he’s good at figuring things out like the fact we’d need the cardboard in step 2.

You need:

A blank stretched canvas
Some pretty fabric (some left over Anna Maria from the cushion project)
Some scrap corrugated cardboard
Clock movement – you could recycle them from an old clock or buy new (I got mine here)
A staple gun
Scissors, ruler, pencil
A glamorous assistant (aka husband)

Gathering supplies

1) Find the centre of your canvas. Make a hole big enough to fit the clock parts through.

2) Cut some cardboard to use to pack out the back of the canvas – it needs to be thick enough so it’s the right depth for the clock to sit securely – we used three pieces. Make holes through all the pieces as before.

Making the holes big enough

3) Cover the canvas with the fabric using the staple gun to secure it.

Staple gun fun

4) Make a hole in the fabric using the earlier hole as a guide.

Holey holey

5) Poke the clock part through all the holes – secure with the nut.

Attaching the back

6) Attach the hands and there you have it, a pretty clock to match your cushions!

Finished clock

{week 16} wire jewellery

You may have realised that even before I started this project I’d dabbled in a lot of crafts and I have a lot (understatement) of craft supplies. So this week I decided I needed to try and use some more of them up – it’s fun picking out new supplies but if I bought new stuff every week I’d soon be eating baked beans for dinner.

So this week I decided to get out my long neglected jewellery making supplies and make a necklace. I’m also having a go at a little tutorial for you this week.


You need:
A focal bead – I bought mine a couple of years ago in a bead shop in London
A few inches of silver wire – about 0.5mm/24 gauge
About 6 inches of thinner silver wire – about 34 gauge
Two pairs pliers (round nose)
One pair of side cutters

I got my wire and tools from Jillybeads.

It’s impossible for me to take photos of a lot of the fiddly bits but I’ll try my best – let me know if anything isn’t clear and I’ll try to explain.

1) Make a loop with your thicker wire – leave a tail of about an inch. (note: I’m recycling an old piece of wire which is why it’s bent!)

Step 1

2) Hold your loop with one pair of pliers and use the other pair to wrap the tail around a few times. Snip off the excess with the side cutters.

Step 2

3) Thread your bead on to the wire. Then make a loop at the other end and wrap the tail around again in the same way as you did the other end. Snip off the excess again.

Step 3

4) Take the thinner wire – wrap it around one end a couple of times to make it secure. Take it down the side of your bead and loop around the other end so it’s tight. Take it up the other side and loop again. Keep going until you’re happy with the look you’ve made. Loop it around one end a couple of times to make it secure and snip off the excess.

Step 4

5) Now you can make another one and turn them into earrings or just make one and thread it onto a matching chain.

Finished pendants

Hope you’ve enjoyed the tutorial – let me know if you have a go at making a pendant of your own.


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