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DIY cork stamps

Following your wedding day you are bound to have lots of corks from all those bottles of wine and champagne – don’t just bin them when you can turn them into little stamps.

I spotted this idea over on The Simple Things blog, and when I first read the title I assumed it would involve carving into the corks themselves.  But it doesn’t – you simply glue little wooden embellishments to the corks which act as the stamp base.

These kind of little wooden decorations are the kind of thing you spot, think they look sweet, and then wonder what you’d do with them.  Well here’s one solution!  Do check out the ‘how to’ for these Homemade Cork Stamps if you’d like to know more about how to make them.

Image: Neuerstoff.knobz.de via The Simple Things

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Vintage sheet curtains

Recently I ventured into the world of curtain making – albeit a very simple one to hide the dishwasher in our kitchen.  In searching for ideas of how I might make it, I came across some fun alternatives and cheat style ways of making curtains – I particularly loved an idea for using tea towels as curtains but they weren’t quite long enough to cover the dishwasher.

When I saw these pretty curtains made from a patchwork of vintage sheets I knew they were perfect for sharing on the New Wives Club.  I am convinced that you’re sewing skills far surpass my own (gone are the days at school when I was the quickest at threading a needle and setting up a sewing machine!) so I’m sure that making some curtains like this would be within the realms of a number of you.

Homemade patchwork curtains

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Mosaic flowerpot

I’ve seen that with the new year has come a flood of new visitors, so if you’re one of those who’ve just found my blog and website welcome!  If you’ve stumbled across this post and are wondering what this has got to do with weddings, well every Sunday I try and share some craft inspiration for your home or garden.

This special Sunday feature is called the New Wives Club and was originally designed for my readers who’ve recently got married but still love creating a handmade home.  But you don’t have to be married to enjoy these posts – they are for anyone who likes crafting bits and bobs for their home and garden, so do check out my previous blog posts under this feature.

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Greenery and candle Christmas chandelier

This natural and simple looking Christmas decor is exactly the kind that I love – made from just a few ordinary items, yet beautiful when finished.  Whilst this lovely festive candle chandelier doesn’t come with ‘how to’ instructions, I thought I’d share my thoughts on how I’d recreate something similar – and if you have any tips (perhaps you’ve made something similar) then do leave you advice in the comments box below.

Candle chandelier ‘how to’

For the simplest version, I’d simply create two circlets of different sizes from wire – I’d make sure to choose fairly robust wire and to wind it round a couple of times to ensure it wasn’t too flimsy. Next I’d take my fir boughs or other greenery and using thin wire twist them into place around the wire circles.

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Recycled Christmas wrapping paper

Have you wrapped your Christmas gifts yet?  If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram you’ll know that I’m way behind this year due to some home renovation, but I’m looking forward to getting festive this coming week when hopefully all will be finished.  Yey!

My wrapping paper of choice is most often a simple brown paper parcel tied up with raffia, but when I saw these from Alice Palace with their beautiful hand-drawn images I was in love.

Quirky illustrated wrapping paper and tape

Decorated with joyous festive images such as robins, mince pies, geese, holly berries, Christmas puddings and even a lovely snow bunny – they are so fun and I’m sure your family and friends would be delighted to received parcels wrapped up in this paper.  What’s even better is that Alice Palace’s wrapping paper is made from 100% recycled paper and printed using vegetable inks.

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Homademade boxwood wreaths

This year there are some seriously beautiful Christmas wreaths for your front door (if you haven’t got yours yet and fancy a discount then check out these wreaths), but why not bring a little bit of that indoors?  I love this idea for making indoor wreath decorations to hang inside, perhaps in your windows.

DIY boxwood Christmas wreaths

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Driftwood star garland

Following on from last week’s gorgeous willow Christmas tree skirt I’m back to share another lovely festive find.  This string of driftwood stars is available from online eco-chic shop Miki Organic and would be a pretty addition to your Christmas decorations, especially if you love the natural look.

Each garland is just under a metre long and costs £15.  If you haven’t come across Miki Organic before you must check out their beautiful collection of homewares and gifts all underpinned by their ethos of sustainable, ethical, and beautiful.

Tomorrow I’ve got a fantastic DIY Christmas project so do check back for more festive fun as part of my Natural Wedding Christmas Special.

Image: Miki Organic

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