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How to use the Cricut Machine: Setting it up and preparing your first cut

Today, I am going to show you how I got started with my new Cricut machine. Hopefully, I am going to talk you through the set-up and my first cut. The machine comes with a few pieces of card, a pen blade and a green mat. I did have to buy a few extra accessories, to begin with. I bought the Vinyl sampler pack because the colours are great and it’s a cheap way to practice with the vinyl. I bought the basic toolset as this doesn’t come with the... 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 decoupage furniture filing cabinet 20/09/2018

How to Decoupage Furniture: Upcycling the Old Filing Cabinet

Is it about time you had a project? Upcycling opportunities are all around us, and this week we’re looking at how to decoupage furniture. You’ll be amazed at just how quickly and easily you can completely transform even the dullest household objects into works of art. And, to prove our point in the best possible way, we’ve chosen a filing cabinet as our decoupage guinea pig. After all, if you can make a filing cabinet look good, you can make anything look good. Here’s how to decoupage furniture in your... Read More


How To Paint Animals: Painting By Numbers Tips & Tricks

Painting animals is about capturing life. Inquisitive eyes, glossy fur, swishing tails; it can all be captured beautifully in paint if you know how, especially with a little numerical help. If you’re struggling to learn how to paint animals then painting by numbers is the friend you never knew you had, and we’re here to help you get started.Let’s start by first dispelling three common myths about painting by numbers: It’s for kids – Absolutely not. Painting by numbers kits do exist for kids, but there’s a huge range of... 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

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How To Make Your Own Candles

I absolutely love candles, I have them all around my house, on the windowsills, in the bathroom, in my bedroom and a food smell neutralising one in my kitchen. There is just something about burning scented candles that relaxes me and calms me down after a long day at work and with the kids. I also just love the way they make my front room look in the evenings when it’s time to chill with no other light on just me, my partner, my candles and a good book. So... Read More

DIY christmas crackers edible 19/12/2017
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DIY Christmas Crackers: Crafty Ideas With a Festive Snap

Hands up, who’s grown tired of supermarket Christmas crackers? Yep, us too. But there is a solution: DIY Christmas crackers. Crackers are a festive tradition that have been an integral part of Christmas dinner proceedings since, well…forever. But inside these glittering, enticing things so often lies disappointment. Every year we get sigh-worthy jokes that we’ve heard a thousand times before, plus a naff plastic item that soon finds its way into the bin or (if it’s lucky) the bottom of that ‘miscellaneous’ kitchen drawer, never to be seen again. So... Read More

hygge crafts 19/12/2017

How to Hygge: 4 Hygge Craft Ideas for a Cosy Home

Not sure how to hygge? With these four hygge craft ideas you can cosy up and enjoy the winter season in true Danish fashion, and all without ever leaving the fireside. For those who aren’t too familiar, hygge (‘hue-guh’) is a Danish word used to describe moments that are cosy, charming and special, and it’s become something of a lifestyle choice for many. Characterised by glowing firelight, warmth and delicious food and drink, it’s little wonder hygge has taken the entire world by storm. To get you started, here are... Read More

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How to Make Your Own D.I.Y Glass Ornaments for Christmas

Making your own D.I.Y glass ornaments for the Christmas tree is a great D.I.Y project. The great thing about a project like this is that doesn’t take a lot of time to make the different variations of baubles and it is something fun and exciting to do. This is a quick easy project and looks great. For those of you who would like to create something personal but don’t have a lot of time then this is the craft for you!   Getting Started Make Time: 15 minutes What you... Read More

DIY Christmas gifts 24/11/2017

3 DIY Christmas Gifts People Will Actually Want

Out of ideas for gifts this Christmas? DIY Christmas gifts are the way to go. Personal, adorable and made with love, homemade gifts are the best way to show your friends and family how much you care, and you’ll get lots of creativity brownie points too. So if you love a creative project and want to make something truly unique for your loved ones this year, take a look at these three DIY Christmas gift ideas from the team here at Crafty Arts, complete with handy shopping lists for all... Read More

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Staying within the Lines- My First paint by numbers!

I love to draw and paint. Image source Photo by Tim Arterbury on Unsplash   My dream would be a house by the sea and me painting all day every day for the rest of my life.   Image source Photo Mona Lisa Smile I have never painted a Paint by Numbers but I remember that poignant scene in the film Mona Lisa Smile when her students all handed in Van Gogh’s Sunflowers Paint by numbers and they had all painted them differently, it was gorgeous. I said to myself if I ever... Read More


What Dad doesn’t like Star Wars? DIY Gifts for Father’s Day

Image found on Etsy     Here at Crafty Arts we love Star Wars, we can’t help it, we love the films (all four of them!) We love the merchandise, we watched it growing up and still can’t get enough of it, we have Tesco Star Wars reusable bags, Kellogg’s light sabre spoons, Natasha cut out Star Wars snowflakes at Christmas time. So this Father’s Day I am showing you our favourite Father’s day cards and gifts Star Wars themed crafts! I do think it’s great that the roles of... Read More

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Minion Crafts: How to Make your own Minion with the kids

        The world seems obsessed You can have everything Minion from, your nails painted to your car! Don’t get me wrong I think they are cute (they are no baby Groot) but cute nonetheless. So we are running a cute clay workshop on the 30th May and I have to make clay minions as examples. The staff have also requested my samples when I am finished with them. I thought, if you love minions that you may like to see other minion craft, well here goes. Image... Read More


Lino Printing and Embossing in 20 Minutes

I keep looking for a mountain range embossing pad and I can’t seem to find one. I have trawled through all the brands, then Amazon and Ebay, but to no avail. I even thought maybe I could contact a supplier and see if they could make me one. I have spent hours on this.     I used my Essdee easy carve lino kit because I wanted to see if the embossing would work, plus it has everything I need, from tools to easy carve and the traditional lino.  ... Read More

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Brush Lettering for beginners with Tombow Pens

  Last week we ran a deal of the week for Towbow ABT Pens as it’s new to our product line. I have always wanted to learn how to brush letter, once written it really stands out and looks amazing. There are so many types of fonts that you can create. Also, there are so many types of fonts that you can create. It’s all about learning the basics and then finding your flow.               A brush pen is not like your typical marker pen.... Read More

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Get inside…Banksy’s Toolbox

  Being Banksy is a tough gig, probably. Not only is his identity under constant scrutiny, he’s also creating murals in hugely pressurised environments, trying not to get spotted and thus have his identity put under further scrutiny.   There’s no denying that Banksy has become one of the most influential British artists alive today, with an international reputation for his controversial, outspoken and political stencils Banksy has also become, perhaps unwittingly, a darling of the art-world with his authenticated prints selling for figures exceeding £50,000.   We had a... Read More


Knitted with Love: Free Patterns

Well, today is my 9th Wedding Anniversary so for me Valentine’s Day is just an extension of my Anniversary.   Image found on unsplash If we are not away on holiday for our Anniversary, Valentine’s is generally a nice meal in (as it’s so expensive) a good bottle of wine and a movie. My kind of evening as life can be so busy. Last year Jay cooked, so this year I rolled up my sleeves and put on my pinny to make something special.       I know that I’ll... Read More

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Dana’s Mini Project: For the Love of Cactus

Cacti and succulents are now a major part on my life at work and at home, I can’t get enough of them!     I am 100% aware that this is a current trend and I have been slightly brainwashed by it but I can’t help it. When I moved into my house 3 years ago I was gifted two Cacti that I quickly placed in the bathroom. Except the pots did not suit my black and white tiles! I searched the whole of Romford, then the internet and I... Read More


My Bullet Journal

Today’s blog is on my new love the bullet journal… It is basically a Filofax meets diary created and organised by you.         No pressure, no restrictions just a helpful guide organising what you want! Even now I am thinking about my next bullet journal which I will be starting in two months and buying in a months’ time!! This is an organiser’s obsession, so for someone who isn’t organised this has helped me so much. You can plan and organise as you like so here is... Read More

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DIY Notice Board – Picking the perfect one for the home office

I love a good notice board. I love that it is versatile and can be used anywhere for the kitchen to the office.   I’m currently decorating my office at home and of course I need a pin board. I was unsure of what I wanted, so as always I hopped onto old faithful Pinterest to have a look at a few ideas.                 Image found on Henhurst I love the look of this one, large frames are in at the moment and there... Read More