Press in a hurry!
Pressing flowers is lots of fun and, when finished, the applications for these crafty delights are endless. Stick them on cards, decorate pages of a scrapbook or just make some fancy pot pourri – who knows what you’ll think of when you finally get your hands on the finished pieces. But that’s the trouble – it takes ages for the little beggars to dry out. What if you’re in a hurry? Well, don’t panic – I have all the answers. Just nuke them in a microwave. Here’s how:
- Choose your flower wisely – I find the best ones that work are things like freesias, although I chose a rose and it worked out ok.
- Flatten the life out of it with a bowl.
- Lay down some paper in the microwave and stick your long-suffering flower on top, underneath a microwaveable dish.
- Zap them for about 30 seconds and then see how they’re doing. Continue until you’re satisfied.
- Once they’re done, dip them in PVA glue so that they don’t fall apart. Badabing!
Here’re some I made earlier:
Make perfect mitred corners with ribbon!
If you like scrapbooking or just generally being a bit crafty, you’ll no doubt know that mitred corners look the bomb but are a major pain in the posterior when it comes to actually making them. I’m not at all mathematically minded and phrases such as ’45 degree angles’ mean precious little as I tend to just do things by eye. Unfortunately, where mitred corners are concerned, this mathematically-ambivalent attitude means I run into lots of trouble and end up wasting a huge amount of material through cutting things either too short or too long. If this sounds familiar, do read on:
- Select your photo or picture, cut it to size and then turn it over so you don’t get sticky fingerprints all over it.
- Next, get your ribbon and place it on the top edge of your picture, overlapping slightly.
- Then with another piece of the same ribbon, place it perpendicular to the first piece (also overlapping the photo).
- Mark on the first piece of ribbon where the corners will meet, so on the bottom inside and top outside of perpendicular ribbon.
- Join these two marks up and cut and voila! Your first piece of corner.
- Rinse and repeat until all four are done.
- I recommend not doing it so the corners meet perfectly – a little bit of overlap will mean it’s easier to stick down later.
- It could also be a good idea to stick as you go as ribbon can be a slippery customer and doesn’t tend to stay where you put it.
Make pretty paper flowers!
Paper flowers make great embellishments for cards and scrapbook pages but, where the latter is concerned, the 3D nature of the craft means books don’t shut very well and beautiful handiwork gets squished. Here’s one way of creating something for an inside page that will stand up to being kept on a bookshelf – and, even better, it’s fantastically easy as well.
- Draw four rough circles, in increasing sizes, and rip out.
- Scrumple them up into little balls, then unfold again.
- Stick them one on top of the other, biggest at the bottom.
- Optional – use a bit of ink and a paintbrush to seep in some colour round the edges. Job done!
The end result:
Halloween how to:
Make ghosts out of everyday items!
Here are two ideas to try out – one is quite cute, the other one made my boyfriend say “that’s disgusting”.
- The light bulb ghost.
- This is easy – take a white light bulb and draw some eyes on it. End of.
- The tampon ghost.
- Take two (unused) tampons – cut the string off both and the skirt off one.
- Distress the skirt of the one that still has it on and glue the skirt of the other to the tampon to fill out any gaps.
- Stick the string on its back so you can hang it somewhere, as mine doesn’t want to stand up on its own.
- Draw a ghostly face.
What you get:
Make toilet roll tombstones
These are quick, easy to make and a great way of recycling old toilet rolls. If only Halloween came more than once a year.
- Draw a tombstone shape on your toilet roll, leaving a one-inch base around the bottom and cut out.
- Decorate it as you see fit.
- Easy peasy, lemon squeezy!
Check out mine: