Weekend crafts.

This weekend I was going to see a relative, but the plans got thrown off by tonsilitis. So, seeing as I had cancelled all my work for the week and was determined to not overwork myself, I decided to spend this weekend crafting.

First I needed to sort the coffee table. There was nothing horribly wrong with it. But it was plain white and stained crazily easily, which is not great for a table that will have coffee on it. We also invariably forget to use coasters, so having something I could wipe clean was a must.

The only picture where I allowed the table to be seen. It was thoroughly cleaned before that meal, so no shame. :p

The only picture where I allowed the table to be seen. It was thoroughly cleaned before that meal, so no shame. :p


That is the original and finished design. I contemplated a lot of things for our coffee table. I even considered painting a detailed scene and setting some glass on top of it. But I didn’t want to make something I would feel too bad about parting ways with if it broke. So I settled on a boho glass pebble top.

The materials for this were a variety of glass pebbles and grout and filler plaster.

1: Arrange your pebbles by colour. That way you have an idea what you’re going to be able to do with them.

2: Clean and dry the table.

3: Mark out any spaces you want to leave. We wanted a gap for our chess board that we could slide it in and out of.

4: Little by little, spread the grout and/or plaster and place the pebbles in the right pattern.



I ran out of pebbles so I left the middle almost bare except for some floral coasters and a few pebbles.

The finished product looks pretty awesome and should clean smoothly.



The other thing I made was an upgraded version of my knitting loom. The original looked like this.

Ugly and efficient.

Ugly and efficient.


I made some pretty cool scarves on it.

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But it had too few spikes, was starting to fall apart and was bulky to carry and use. So I decided to make something more portable, attractive and functional. Introducing the loom 2.0:





Yes, that is a coat rack. I got so used to the knitting needle ends that stuck out of the back of my box that I felt I needed something to stab my wool balls onto, rest my crochet hook on and tie the loose end of wool to. So a coat hanger seemed like the natural choice. Plus, it was a ready-sanded piece of wood for 99p.

To make:

-10-100 round-end or skirting board nails

-30-100cm of wood

-a hammer

-a ruler and a marker pen

1: Use the ruler to mark the board at even places.

2: Hammer in the first three nails and last three nails at an angle. This will hold your board.

3: Hammer in the central nails deal straight, for easy weaving.

To use click here.

How To… Make Your Own Decorations.

So, seeing as my options were A: cheap, but kind of gaudy and nasty things from cheap shops or B: really expensive pretty things from specialist shops, and that neither of those offered what I wanted, I set about making my own decorations. These were specially made for small spaces and tight budgets, so you may expand what you do based on your own decoration budget and available space. I made a wall-mounted tree mural, a few wreaths and some wreath-in-a-jars for about the house and for friends and family. Here’s how to make them.

Wall-tree mural.

Our house isn’t tiny, but with all the furniture in the corners, radiators and paintings, there isn’t much space downstairs, especially not away from the fire and out of the cat’s reach. Therefore, I opted to try and make my own tree mural instead. I got 6m of tinsel, 2.7m of shiny stuff and 8 baubles from the 99p store; another 2.5m of tinsel, some beads and 3 more baubles from a charity shop and some pinecones. I used a decorative flower instead of a fairy or star. We chose red and white because those are Jon’s favourite Christmas colours.


1: Mark the points where you want the tree branches to be.

2: Measure the tinsel you will need for the tree. Go and get tinsel and ornaments.

3: Attach the tinsel to the points you marked.

4: Hang ornaments from the tinsel.


Total cost: £5.50.


I love Christmas wreaths. They’re seasonal, beautiful, can smell lovely and are good for indoor or outdoor use. I made three: one for our house, one for Jon’s mother and one for a friend’s house.


1: Make or find a base. I bought a cheap tinsel wreath at the 99p store. You could also make a hoop out of firm, bendy branches, make a wire ring or use something else that is ring-shaped.

Cheap wreath.

Cheap wreath.

2: Forage or buy decorative items. I used foraged holly, a variety of conifer branches, pinecones, some berries and the bows that came on the wreaths. Other items are artificial plants and flowers, ribbon, baubles, tree ornaments or dried plants. You can also use gold, silver, glittery, white or red spray paint to great effect.

Sacks of forage.

Sacks of forage.

3: Get some wire and some tools to manipulate it with. I chose jewellery pliers and bendy, thin gardening wire.

Carpet put down for easy hoovering.

Rug put down for easy hoovering.

4: Layer your base. DO NOT make my mistake and use holly as a base. It makes it very hard to layer pretty things on top when you’re being spiked. Choose tinsel, fake leaves, conifer bunches and ivy for your base. Layer until it looks right. You may want it thick or thin. Attaching with wire every 3 or 4 inches leaves a rounder, more natural, more robust base.

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5: Build into it. Add more base materials, balance the colours and textures, get it looking just right.


6: Decorate. Add berries, flowers, pinecones, etc.

7: Add spiky things. Last of all, anything sharp.

Our wreath.

Our wreath.

Jon's mother's wreath.

Jon’s mother’s wreath.

Friends' wreath.

Friends’ wreath.

Total cost £1 and a bit per wreath (assuming I will use the rest of the wire elsewhere).

Christmas “Terrarium” Vases.

These are beautiful and a novel and adorable way of making Christmas bouquets. We made two, but I’d love to gather some more deep jars and make more.


1: Find some large, clear jars. We used empty Yankee Candle jars.

2: Collect some bubble-wrap, take snow or some shredded polystyrene.

3: Find some cones, little snowmen, dry leaves, etc. Anything that could be a good little ornament.

4: Forage some hardy Winter branches and plants.

5: Pile the “snow” item in the base of the jar. Add your ornaments and arrange until they look right.

6: Create the bouquet around the ornaments. Add more until the jar is tightly packed. Maybe tie a bow around it or decorate with Christmas snowflakes and candles.

Yankee Candle jar with bubblewrap snow, leaf decoration, dry plants, holly and conifers.

Yankee Candle jar with bubblewrap snow, leaf decoration, dry plants, holly and conifers.

Yankee Candle jar with bubblewrap snow, pinecone ornaments, various berries, conifer and holly branches.

Yankee Candle jar with bubblewrap snow, pinecone ornaments, various berries, conifer and holly branches.

Total cost: £0.

Little Winter Bundles.

Small bouquets for around the house. They aren’t too gaudy, need no maintenance and leave a festive feel for very little effort. Plus, because they’re so simple even the most klutzy crafter or the youngest child can make a really pretty one.


1: Find a pretty vase. We’re using lab sample pots because we’re tasteless nerds. :p

2: Gather some artificial or genuine conifer, Winter flowers and berries and holly.

3: Arrange 4 or 5 sprigs of various sorts as best you can in each vase, maybe tie a sparkly or Christmassey bow around the vase.




Total cost: £0.

I may be making some more decorations or we may now be happy. Perhaps some strung-up branches of holly and pinecones, or a place to keep our cards? I’ll likely just focus on our Solstice dinner, a few Christmas surprises for Jon (shhh! surprise ❤), a proper Spanish New Year and Epiphany (including a Reyes Magos cake).