Colourful Inksplash Gift Tags DIY February 13, 2018 00:00
Here's a quick DIY I did when I was tidying up after a Brush Lettering workshop. We use a ton of lovely colourful inks, and gorgeous water colour paper, so this is a great way to use up left over materials: Here we go:
You will need:
- Our gift tag printable on thin plain paper (Download it here)
- Watercolour paper
- Three coloured inks
- painbrush with a pointed end (you get one like for free in our Brush Lettering workshops)
- masking tape
- you might need a little kitchen paper
Roughly cut out the templates - but don't cut right up to the line
Stick the template on the watercolour paper and then cut through both layers of paper
Punch a hole in the top of the tag
Paint patches of clean water onto the gift tag
When the water is still very wet, dip the tip of your brush in a colour, then dip just the tip of the inky brush into the water and watch it spread
Repeat with more colours. If you put too much colour in, you can dab a little water away with kitchen paper.
Leave them to dry. If the paper curls up, lay a piece of kitchen paper over it and iron it on a medium heat with NO steam. Add your ribbons, and you're done!
Crafty Galentine's cards and more! February 04, 2018 10:18
It's time for waffles and cocktails! Galentine's Day is on the way and we've got some lovely printable cards for the crafty gals in your life - the printable is free, just scroll down. As ever it's designed by Hannah of Utensils0, our fave paper artist. And to top it off we've got a Pinterest board with crafty Galentine's ideas.
You will need:
This pdf - download it and print onto card, at least 200gms
Scissors or a scalpel
Print out the pdf onto card and cut along the black line to separate them
Fold the cards in half - use a bonefolder to get a really clean fold
You can gift them as they are or have the option to get crafty with them! Add some glue dotted around and sprinkle on some glitter or go ahead and do some cross stitching.
To cross stitch, first make the holes you'll stitch through. To do this, push the needle through the end of each cross.
Then thread up a needle and stitch your crosses. To keep the tail hidden, start by pushing up from the back to the front (making the holes in advance makes it a lot easier!)
How cute are they!
We'd love to see your versions if you make one! Tag us on Instagram @londoncraftclub
A free Puffin printable for Bird Day! January 05, 2018 00:00
It's 5th January and it's Bird Day, which makes it the perfect day to share our gorgeous free printable by Hannah of Utensils0. Hannah chose a puffin for her printable, because they are on the endangered species list and they are a reminder that we need to think carefully about how we impact the lives and habitats of the animals we share the planet with.
So what can you do today to help celebrate Bird Day? Well you could do worse than put a bit of food out for your local birds so here's some advice from the RSPB about how, what and when to feed birds.
3. If you'd like to make gift tags use either washi tape or a hole punch to attach ribbon to the birds.
5 ways to forage yourself a DIY Christmas December 19, 2017 18:41
This year we have all been obsessed with plants - not just the super cool succulent thing, but the good old spider plant, ivy, cheese-plants, ferns... In fact all things green and growing have been sneaking into our houses everywhere. Pantone have even made Greenery their colour of 2017. And as Christmas trends are set in July, it's no surprise that this year it's been a foliage frenzy for Yuletide.
This is brilliant news, because I have saved a ton of money! And how often do I say that about crafting? Here's how:
1 - Midnight garden raids
I'm out at night nicking the deadhead hydrangeas up and down our street. One from each garden. No-one will notice. Shabby chic wreath on it's way
2 - Saving the garden fence
Ripping a lot of that dusty, cob-webby ivy off my poor garden fence is paying off because I'm bringing it indoors to wrap round all the banisters. I don't mind spiders
3 - Rosemary is impossible to kill
Yes, Rosemary, my one and only reliably alive garden plant that isn't a weed, just keeps on giving. Smells great, looks great, and keeps growing back
4 - Visits to the park with an ulterior motive.
I actually love standing around the adventure playground in the cold! Kids, you can help me carry all the tangly brambles and weird potentially poisonous berries home.
5 - Any old leaf will do
Yes, if it's green, red, blue or white, wrap it round an embroidery hoops with some of that not-actually-sticky florist tape and actually it's quite hard to go wrong. I happen to have a 3 foot wide metal hoop, and this took me half an hour using just bits from my garden and £2 worth of flowers. Because at the end of the day, leaves are really beautiful.
Have you tried it? I'd love to see what you made. How did you avoid spiders and bits of bark all over the kitchen? Can you glue gun ivy? Let me know how it went or what you think!
Download and make this beautiful Christmas luminary star November 24, 2017 03:54
Super sweet Advent Calendar by Utensils0 November 22, 2017 21:26
Download this adorable free desk calendar by Hannah from Utensils0
My free printable colour tool! November 17, 2017 19:35
If you've ever thought Colour Theory sounds a bit technical, don't worry! Here's a super easy tool I made that you can download for free. It uses different colour theories to easily throw up new and surprisingly good colour combinations.
Spooky Halloween printable by Utensils0 October 30, 2017 09:09
October is the month where the online community is split into two groups; those that are obsessed with all things Halloween, and those who aren’t. Here at London Craft Club HQ we have been pinning Halloween inspiration, and plotting our trick or treating costumes since July, so it’s no secret which group we fall into.
But today is the first day of October, which means it is officially Halloween month, and we are allowed to kick our Halloween obsession into gear at last! So to celebrate our favourite holiday of the year we have a totally FREE Halloween-themed printable to help you get into the spirit (get it, spirit?!) of things with us. Click here to download it
Created by our resident paper artist (and fellow Halloween lover) Hannah Miles, each sheet contains a selection of hand drawn images for you to print out and use as you wish. We turned ours into spooky straws, ghoulish garlands, and wicked window decorations. But why not get creative and see what you can create. Halloween cards or party invites perhaps? The printables are the perfect beginners craft project - no crafting experience required! All you need is some white card, a printer, and a pair of scissors. Even the kids can get involved (be sure to supervise little ones when using scissors.)
We hope you’ll love using our free printables – if you make something using them then we’d love to see your photos. Be sure to tag us on social media (we are @londoncraftclub) so we can see what you’ve been making!
What they don't tell you about carving pumpkins October 29, 2017 10:28
Halloween just isn't the same without pumpkins! Our top tips for carving pumpkins are
1. Get your kit ready. To go pro, you need a big bowl, a big spoon for scraping, a long craft knife, a lino cutting tool, a mini drill, a whiteboard pen and some sticky back vinyl for stencilling. That will cover all eventualities but of course one sharp kitchen knife will do...
2. Make the hole big enough
Sounds obvious but it’s easy to make it too small and then scraping it out is a nightmare. Use a whiteboard pen to draw it on if you have one handy
3. Scraping it out takes ages…. and ages
Scrape out the seeds, and if you’re industrious you can wash and roast them for eating. Then scrape out the pith. Scrape and scrape and scrape until you can just start to see the light of a candle through the skin.
4. You don’t need to cut all the way through
Lino cutting tools make the most beautiful lines in pumpkin skin. If you’ve scraped it out enough, then you won’t need to cut all the way through for the light to shine through and you can make lovely spooky designs. And if you do an “O” the middle won’t fall out
5. The ultimate tool is a mini drill
Draw or stencil on your design, then drill tons of tiny holes along the curves, close together. Then push the drill back into one of the holes, and push it gently sideways towards the next hole. Use your lino tool and long knife to mix up techniques to get perfect accuracy.
6. Spray the finished pumpkin with very diluted bleach to stop it going mouldy. Don't ice or refrigerate it, it wont help. Really, there's not much you can do to stop it suddenly going mushy and stinking, sorry.
7. It does take a bit of practice!
But as an example of how accurate you can get, here's a pumpkin that we were comissioned to make for Ardell (yes, the lashes people)
We're not carving properly until Monday or Tuesday, so keep an eye on our Istagram and Facebook to see what we make. Are you going to be carving pumpkins? Let us see what you make, we love to see your handiwork!
Download the free printable Halloween mask October 29, 2017 00:00
To make this spooky Halloween mask, designed by Hannah from Utensils0, you will need:
This pdf template printed onto A4 white paper
Double sided tape or glue
Scissors or Scalpel
Optional hole punch
1. Cut roughly around the mask and masking tape it to the black card
2. Using scissors or a scalpel cut through both the template and the card at the same time
3. If using scissors lightly fold it over to cut the eye holes. Use a hole punch to punch out the ribbon holes. Alternatively use a scalpel to do it all.
4. Masking tape the bat template to the black card and cut around them.
5. Fold and shape the wings of each bat
6. Using double sided tape on the back of the bat you can stick them onto the mask where you like.
7. You can also stick some invisible tread to the back of the bat and seal it in with a small piece of card, and using double sided tape where you want the bat to hang from.
Go scare people!!! I love love love Halloween, it's the one time we can really go for it with the dressing up and the decoration. What do you do at Halloween? Are you doing a scary doorway for Trick or Treating? Got any tips or ideas to make it really spooky? Would you make this mask?
Batty For Halloween October 21, 2017 22:10
Halloween may be our favourite time of year, but that doesn't mean it's all fun and games and fake blood. Throwing the Halloween party of the century can take up all your time (and money) if you're not careful. So we have created four speedy and thrifty craft projects using one simple Halloween shape - the classic bat. If bats aren't your thing you can choose any shape you like, just make sure it's easy to cut out so you can rope the kids/your friends/the neighbours into helping...
No party is complete without decorations, so we whipped up some spooky garlands to hang around the house. Cut bat shapes (or whichever shape you've chosen) from sheets of coloured or patterned card. We chose silver glitter card because who doesn't love an excuse to make everything glittery? Punch holes in your card shapes, and string together with thread, ribbon, or anything you have handy!
Forgotten the party favours? Don't worry, we've got you covered with these DIY felt bat wands. Cut two bat shapes from your felt and glue together with a wooden stick and lengths of ribbon sandwiched between them. Remember, bats don't just have to be black - we love using pastel colours for Halloween to mix things up a bit.
The devil is in the detail (too many Halloween puns?!) when it comes to throwing an epic party, so make sure even your drinks are scary with these easy peasy decorated cups. Grab some plain glasses or glass bottles, and decorate with mini bat shapes cut from self adhesive vinyl. Add a coloured straw and it's ready to fill with your potion of choice.
And finally, it wouldn't be Halloween without a spot of trick or treating, so make sure your little monsters have something to carry their swag home in. Our DIY treat bags are decorated with bat shapes cut from iron on vinyl - cut out and use your iron to stick them to the fabric. You could even personalise with their names!
So there you have it - four super quick Halloween DIYs to save your sanity, that are easy on the old bank balance too. If you make any of them we'd love to see your photos - tag us @londoncraftclub and we will share some of our favourites. Happy Halloween and Happy Craftoween everyone!
Hack Alert - add a terazzo pattern to anything fabric! October 15, 2017 10:17
Here's a quick cheat for adding a terazzo pattern to anything fabric.
You will need
- Iron-on vinyl
- Fabric item
Cut thin strips of your iron-on vinyl
Cut little shapes from the strips. The key to the terazzo look is to change direction half way through each cut, giving jerky irregular-shaped pieces
Put your fabric item on an ironable surface first! Then lay the little pieces in a random pattern. Be sure to have the sticky side of the vinyl down, you can usually tell from the finish which side is which. The very even side with no marks is usually the side that should be facing up.
Iron the shapes on. Press with the iron but don't move it about. Check the instructions for how long as different brands needs different timings. But do press hard, it helps the bond to form
Peel off all the protective transparent layer on top of the shapes, and you're done!
You can use this hack on any fabric at all, I'm doing t-shirts next! Here's the not very full Pinterest board
Pleather necklace DIY September 09, 2017 13:32
Recently I did an Instagram Story about a necklace I made with some leftovers I had from a workshop we'd done. It got lovely feedback I decided to make it into a proper DIY. Here's the original pic
And here is the tutorial. You will need:
- Pleather or leather scraps
- Rigid sticky-back vinyl. This is the stuff we use to make lampshades, but you could exchange the vinyl for sticky back foam or felt
- Scissors or a scalpel and cutting mat
- A holepunch
- Chain and jumprings
- Doublesided tape, I like stix2anything
1. Stick the scraps of leather or pleather onto the sticky side of vinyl or whatever you're using, to give it a bit of rigidity and thickness
2. Plan a design based on the shape of the scraps you have
3. Trim the pieces with scissors, or for a neater effect scalpel and ruler, to match the shapes in your design
4. Peel off the the backing paper from your vinyl/felt and stick the pieces, face up, on the sticky side. Make sure they butt up neatly against each other
5. Trim away the excess vinyl/felt so that only your front pieces are showing.
6. I adding these extra bits made from the trimmed scraps using double-sided tape. They did the added job of hiding the not- so-perfect joins (this wont be a problem if you use a ruler and scalpel)
7. Punch a hole in the top two corners. You can pierce a hole with a spike but the holepunch gives such a satisfyingly clean and neat hole
8. Add a chain
April Showers printable April 09, 2017 08:16
OOOh, a free printable Mother's Day card by Hannah from Utensils0 February 25, 2017 20:05
As ever, we're on it for Mother's Day! Hannah from Utensils0 has produced this gorgeous free downloadable card for you to print, cut and construct at home. What better card for your awesome Mum than this Beyonce inspired design!
You will need to download this pdf
Print the PDF onto light A4 card. If you don't have a blank card you can use the blank half as the card folded in half.
Download this free printable feather headpiece from Utensils0 January 29, 2017 10:24 101 Comments
This February we're thinking about all the hen parties and wedding coming up, so Hannah made this gorgeous paper printable headpiece. Just remember this page when you suddenly realise you're supposed to have a hat...
Download the pdf here and print it out, then cut out the feathers
Snip into the tops and some of the sides of the feathers to give them texture
Once you’ve decided on your layout glue the feathers on top of each other
Check the angle you want the slide to sit on your feathers to make it lie the way you want it to - Glue the flat side of the hair slide and stick it to the back
Wait for the glue to dry and wear it out with pride
Christmas Tree free printable by Hannah from Utensils0 December 16, 2016 14:59
This Christmas if you're looking a little extra detail, what about this sweet, modern Christmas tree printable by botanical paper artists Hannah Miles of Utensils0?
Autumn Leaves Printable Garland November 20, 2016 06:44
A lovely free downloadable printable for you by Hannah of Utensils0.
You will need:
This PDF printed onto coloured paper
Print out the leaves template on coloured paper. Cut out the shapesOnce you have lots of leaves, use the tape to stick them onto string to hang up as bunting!
Free Autumn leaves lantern printable from Utensils0! September 25, 2016 00:29
August's High Summer Printable August 26, 2016 01:16
Here's our latest printable from Utensils0! We thought we'd leave it up to you what you wanted to do with our selection of watercolour goodies but here's what we did...
.... click to download for free...
Download our gorgeous baby shower invite by Utensils0 July 09, 2016 13:08
If you need to say thank you, you need this! May 13, 2016 15:28 1 Comment
May's printable from Utensils0 is a gorgeous tropical thank you card - keep it handy on your desktop ready to print out when you need it, or make up a few to keep in a drawer.
You will need:
White or pale coloured card folded in half or a prefolded blank card
Scissors or a scalpel
Glue or double-sided tape
Pick which type, flowers and leaves you'd like to use and cut them out with scissors, or use a scalpel to cut out more detail
To give them a 3D effect, bend and curl the petals and leaves between your fingers
Cut 1cm strips out of card and fold them into a concertina like this
Glue or double sided tape the concertinas to the flowers and leaves and text you've picked. The bigger the concertina the more your items will pop out from the card.
Arrange them onto your blank card and glue or double sided tape them into place.
Now you're ready to say thank you for your wedding or birthday gifts or just send your thanks to someone special!
Our April printable is this cute cloud by Utensils0 April 06, 2016 18:57
Our latest printable is this pair of papercut gift boxes February 29, 2016 23:16
Celebrate the Pantone Colour of the Year with our free Printable mobile February 09, 2016 13:20
Pantone have for many years been at the front of colour trends and their Colour of the Year is always super influential. Last year's Marsala, a sort of reddy earthy winey brown nailed the trend for richer, colours, particularly in interiors. This year they've embraced the pastel trend that has been a firm crafty favourite from some time ... in fact they liked it so much they couldn't pick just one colour. For the first time ever they've gone for two colours - Serenity and Rose Quartz
We rather love this combination so we've made you a downloadable diamond mobile to celebrate. Get the printable here.... sadly we can't guarantee your printer will get the colour just right, so if you want to splash out a bit use a Matt Photo Paper for the best effect. Here's a tutorial on how to assemble it
Thanks to Hannah Miles from Utensils0 for putting the mobile together for us!
Top picks and tips for printable Christmas gift tags December 22, 2015 18:19
Yes we do love a printable! Having whiled away a good few hours looking through the Christmas gift tags on offer, we've put together a Pinterest board of our favourite free printables. And scroll down for a few tips on making best use of them.
1 - use card rather than paper if you can, it doesn't curl with the ink moisture and obvs is less likely to tear off. If you need to use paper, chose a mostly white design and you wont get so much curl.
2 - you can print onto brown paper for a nice effect, just cut it into A4 sheets
3 - also choose mostly white desings if you don't want to muller your ink cartridges!
4 - some of the designs have heavy outlines - try to cut inside the lines so avoid a tatty uneven line showing around the edge
5 - if they aren't in an easy-to-print .pfd file format, right click and save the image direct from the webpage, then insert it into a Word doc so you can choose how big it will print out.
6 - check for alternative colourways, often there are a few on offer if you dig about.
7 - using a scapel and metal ruler is best for neatness
8 - practise with the hole punch or you could ruin your lovely printable with a wonky placed hole!
9 - if you have a wobbly hand, try decorative edging scissors; they cut pretty shaped edges and you can get them cheap as chips from Hobbycraft or Amazon. They can hide a world of unevenness!
10 - now you know why you keep all those tiny bits of ribbon each year! Use them to attach the labels to the gifts. If you didn't save ribbon scraps then try jute string or kitchen string.
Check out our DIY wrapping board while you're there, we all know the wrapping is one of the best bits of a crafty Christmas! Enjoy
Quick paper decorations for Christmas December 05, 2015 10:15
Here's a quick tutorial for some super easy and simple paper decorations.
One way to keep your resolutions front of mind! December 01, 2015 20:53
Meet Hannah from Utensils0 and make a paper pineapple August 27, 2015 16:24
We're really excited to be teaming up with Hannah Miles, the paper illustrator behind Utensils0.
Hannah's going to be passing on some of her amazing paper skills in our Christmas card workshop in December, but to whet your appetite try out this fab paper pineapple tutorial.
|You will need
• Scalpel or scissors
• Paper (200gsm or less) printout of the pineapple template Download it here
• Glue or double-sided tape
|Print out your pineapple template and cut around the shapes. Don’t cut off the white tabs, you’ll need them to assemble your pineapple.
TIP: Standard printer paper will give a thinner but easier to fold pineapple. Lightweight card will give you a sturdier fruit. We recommend you use paper or card that is below 200gsm
|Fold all lines on the pineapple – make sure the colour is on the outside! You can use a ruler to guide you as you fold the paper. It helps you fold straighter lines especially if you are using thicker paper|
|Glue or tape the white tabs, and stick them to the back of yellow tabs to create the curved sections at the top and bottom. Don’t tape up the long side of the pineapple yet|
|Carefully glue or tape the tabs on the hexagon base and stick it on – tuck the white tabs inside the body of the pineapple.|
|To close the pineapple body glue or tape last tabs. Tuck them inside and stick them in position. TIP: This will be a bit fiddly, it’s best to put your hand in from the top so you can start at the bottom and work your way back up to the top|
|To make the leaves, glue along the bottom of the leaves. Then start at the largest end and roll the leaves, so that they stick as you go.
TIP: Roll the leaves so that the bottom gets slighter lower with each roll, so it looks nice and like the pictures. Once the leaves are stuck you can curl each leaf between your fingers giving them a nice spiky shape.
|Pop the leaves inside the hole at the top of your pineapple to complete the look!|
Free Paper Flower Tutorial and Template June 07, 2015 22:28
Today we hosted a Making Paper Flowers workshop at the Duckpond Market. Click here to download the full tutorial and the templates you need. Enjoy!
Quick denim pouch bag tutorial March 08, 2015 00:00
|This denim pouch-bag is minimal, practical and very fast to make. You need an old pair of jeans, a pair of scissors (or ideally pinking shears) a skinny belt, a rubber band, and a pair of extra large rivets. Superglue is optional.|
|Pick one leg of your jeans! Pinking shears are those scissors with the zig zag blades. Cutting with them stops fraying, but if you don't have pinking shears, use normal scissors and stick your bag in the wash before you put the belt on. You'll get a shaggy soft finish on the edge. NB this only works on denim!|
|Chop of the hem, and then lop off a 10" (that's 25cm) section of leg, leaving you with a denim tube.|
|Turn your tube inside out, and wrap a hefty rubber band round one end, about 3cm from the end.|
|Turn the tube back the right way out to form a pouch, and squish it into a nice shape. Arrange the plainer of two seams up the centre of the pouch|
Set two 14mm eyelets through both layers of fabric at the open end of your tube. I wont give instructions because they come on the packet, which you buy here http://amzn.to/1x7qsGk. You want this one with the tool.
|It should look like this, with the eyelets going through both layers of denim|
|Thread your skinny belt through the eyelts like this, and do up the belt.|
|If you want your pouch to keep it's shape, use superglue to glue the belt to the back of the bag. Make sure you're happy with the position of the buckle before you glue!|
|Ta da! This is a silver belt from COS, in case you wondered.|
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