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Gift wrapping is my favourite part of Christmas

Gift wrapping is my favourite part of Christmas. I am not sure why, I love a neat edge and a fancy bow. Printed papers or simple designs fill me with joy. I love complicated ties or butchers’ twine. Gift wrap definitely says more about the wrapper than who you are giving it to. Because all your efforts end up in the bin of destiny. The presents from my fiancé are always either neat or hopeless. Meaning he has tried or someone else has wrapped it for him. He also loves... Read More


Working with Polymer Clay : Interview with Artist Stacey Halabuda

We recently asked our crafters to review a new polymer clay product so we decided to interview one of the artists. Stacey works with Polymer clay and runs her craft business from home. Her works are truly pieces of heaven. We asked about crafting and working with Polymer clay and running a craft business. Question time How did you get interested in crafts? I always remember being crafty but it really all started with a quilling kit I was bought for my birthday one year. Although I wasn’t particularly good at... Read More


How to crochet a Poppy for Remembrance Sunday

This Sunday 11th November is Armistice Day, also known as Remembrance Sunday and in this blog I will show you how to crochet a Poppy. This day commemorates the armistice signed between the Allies of the First World War and Germany. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. The armistice came into effect at the eleventh hour (11am) of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918. This was a significant moment both Britain and it’s Allies, to commemorate all soldiers who... Read More

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A Crafty Christmas: Planning and Decorating, Making

It officially Christmas We are finally in November and shop windows around the country are turning to Christmas. I know it feels that some shops start far too early but can you ever be too prepared? This year at Crafty Arts we are celebrating all things Crafty and wholesome. We are going back to the ideas of a lovely handmade Christmas with homemade crackers, decorations and dare I say gifts? We plan on giving you lots of inspiration this Christmas to get you in the crafting mood. I hope to show... Read More

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Product Review: How to make your own Bath Bombs

  I have always wondered how to make your own bath bomb. Using a kit I thought I would show you how successful and easy they are to make. As a mum of two very active boys, I don’t get a lot of time to myself. Having a bath is the only bit of relaxing I can do. Sweet smelling relaxing therapy that I all enjoy at home. Lets face it we all have hectic lives at times. Bath bombs were first brought to my attention around 2 years ago whilst... Read More


How to Crochet a Granny Square Blanket

Here is a easy crochet pattern to follow to make a Granny square crochet blanket. Autumn is the time of year where I like to dust off my crochet hooks and start to get cosy with the cat. It is also that time again that one of my friends are due to have a little one in January, so dedicated to make an easy design that I know that I will be able to finish with lots of time to spare, as I want to finally crochet myself a cardigan.... Read More


Crafting for Christmas: Getting Organised for Christmas the crafty way

I know,  you may think it is far too soon to think about Christmas crafting. But now is the time that crafters start planning the rest of the year. If you sell your wares then you need to start making now so your stock is ready for end of September. The idea of thick jumpers and hot drinks offers me no comfort during this heatwave. Imagining all the snow and rain paints a big grin on my face. After the terribly long drawn out winter we have had this year, you... Read More

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How to Read Crochet Patterns: Step by Step Basics

Ever tried reading crochet patterns? It can feel like trying to read something in a foreign language for any newcomer to the hobby. But don’t let this deter you from pursuing this incredible craft; all you need is a little guidance on how to read crochet patterns and you’ll be completely fluent in all crochet-lingo in no time at all. Here’s a basic guide to the most important things you need to know about reading crochet patterns, starting from the very beginning: Step 1: Choosing the right crochet pattern Most... Read More


Getting Organised for Back to School: Bullet Journaling for Parents

We are now in August and it’s almost time for the kids to go back to school. I am going to talk about getting organised for back to school, a guide to Bullet journaling for parents. Lots of parents are probably ready for them to start their new term. The little ones probably want it to go on forever. To some of you,  feel like it already has gone on for too long.   Organisation is not just for them but for you too. We know that you are the... Read More


Customer Review of the new DAS Smart Polymer Clay

Our reviewer’s were asked to test the DAS Smart polymer clay and see if they were able to succeed in creating as detailed work compared to their current polymer clay choice. As a quick recap or reintroduction to the DAS Smart. DAS Smart comings from the number one air drying clay brand in the world. The blocks comes in two sizes, the small blocks come in 57g packs and the larger block comes in 350g which are packed in 6 pre-cut portions Reviewer: Lilyana   Lilyana created a beautiful selection... Read More


5 DIY Back to School Crafts Projects to Try with the Kids

School’s out for summer, hooray! Six weeks of fun, sun and playtime are stretching ahead, and it’s time to start planning what you and the kids are going to fill all these free hours with. And while we know that school will be far from the kids’ minds right now, it couldn’t hurt to make use of all this spare time and get them crafting their very own DIY back to school supplies. Getting the kids to make their own DIY back to school accessories is the perfect way to... Read More

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Why Should you Book your Kids Parties at Crafty Arts?

Did you know that we host a kids parties at Crafty Arts, we run a series of different creative birthday parties? We can create whatever your child desires from jungles to magical places. We set up the room depending on your chosen theme and the room is yours for two hours. The tutor will be with you for 1.5hrs and then you have half an hour to eat. I generally set up all the rooms as well as host a fair few of the parties but sometimes other tutors come in... Read More

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How to Make Your Own Fairy House using Fimo Polymer Clay

Here I show you step by step instructions on making a fairy house using Fimo that can live outside in your garden. We are running this workshop in the summer so if you would like some guidance then please come and join in or just have a try at home! The truth is it was so simple and could have been even simpler if I didn’t blend all my own colours. This is definitely a lovely afternoon activity and you can easily get the kids involved. This is the absolute... Read More


The Humble DIY Thank You Card for dad on Father’s Day

Sending or giving a card on Father’s Day will light up their face with a smile. A day to appreciate the main man in your life, your dad, daddy, step dad, uncle, father, pop, pappy, papa, grandad, grandfather. So, this is a thank you to our fathers in whatever form they come in, all wrapped up in a humble thank you card. My Traditions Father’s Day to me gives me flash backs to my childhood. It is me and my siblings making a terrible breakfast of cold burnt toast and... Read More


Creative Tutors Wanted at the Creative Hub: Hello, Is it You we’re looking for?

We are currently looking for tutors to help us increase our Crafty Arts family at our Creative Hub. This is a flexible role and will be perfect for someone looking for a part time creative position. Here at Crafty Arts Creative Hub we already run workshops for Adults and children. These include adult arts and craft lessons. Our ever-expanding children’s classes are teaching home education art lessons, after school clubs, craft clubs, parties and workshops. We need you to help run these groups and hopefully add others to it. We... Read More


4 Easy DIY Garden Party Decorations To Make This Summer

Great garden party decorations have the power to transform your outdoor space into an utterly enchanting party grotto. Once you’ve picked a theme you can adorn every tree, table and fence post with bright, exciting decorations to create a welcoming summer paradise for you and your guests to enjoy. On a bit of a budget? No problem; DIY garden party decorations are the answer you’ve been looking for. Using just a few basic items you can create gorgeous garden adornments in no time. Here’s a few of our favourite DIY... Read More


How to make Dual Glitter Carrots for Easter using Fimo polymer clay

Fimo is a great crafting medium especially for creating hanging Easter decorations as it is easy to shape. Cooks and hardens in no time but best of all you can use them time and time again. Difficulty: Easy – Medium just due to how fiddly it can be Time: I made two in 15 minutes FIMO: Orange (Mandarine 42) green (apple 50) Glitter gold (112) String Paperclips Blade or cutting tool A clean surface to work on     Wash your hands and clean the surface you will be working... Read More


Wedding Invites Part 1- Inspiration and How to plan

So currently we are working on our invites, it is all very exciting. Here is a guide of how to plan wedding your invites. It has been so fun designing them but making them that is a different story. My invites are fairly complicated, 3D with assembly parts and bits that go inside. We have an entire year to make them so they can be as flamboyant as we like. They will probably cost us a fortune in time but not so much in materials. This is the beauty of being... Read More


How to make your very own Easter Decoration: Bunny Pom Pom Bunting

 A quick and easy Easter decoration made with Bunny  pom pom tails. Here is how you make a DIY Easter Garland. Easter is definitely a time to get the bunting out and what could be cuter then some pom pom bunny garlands to adorn your fireplace or window. As this is going in your home you can choose the colours to reflect your home decor or you can just go crazy with it. I really enjoyed making this, there is something about all these pretty colours and patterns that appeals... Read More


A deeper look into Mothering Sunday and What it Means to Me

I feel like there are 3 parts to Mothers Day   The love I have for my mother. The love that I have for my children as a mother. Then the strong women in my life who are like mothers to me. We tend to use the day to celebrate, give thanks to the women in our lives. For all they do and have done for us over the years. The word Mother is a powerful word in every walk of life, there is nothing quite like your mum. I... Read More