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Brand New Garter Kit Colours Have Arrived

Brand New Garter Kit Colours Have Arrived

Have you checked out our newest garter kit colours? Our DIY garter making kits have been flying off the shelves this year, and we’ve just refreshed them with two gorgeous new colour schemes. Which colour would you go for?

Brand New Flower Crown Kits

Brand New Flower Crown Kits

We’re excited to introduce you to our newest crafty kit offering. After all, who doesn’t love a flower crown? So, say hello to our Flower Crown Making Kits!

Personalised Baby Mobile Workshop

Personalised Baby Mobile Workshop

With another booking for our original Baby Mobile workshop made today, it reminded us just how adorable this crafty party workshop can be! Working together with Mum To Be and her closest friends and family to design, create and construct a personalised baby mobile that will hang above baby's cot is a special experience for everyone involved.

Plan a Crafty Christmas Experience

Plan a Crafty Christmas Experience

Looking to plan an alternative Christmas event, a special end of year work party, or just a festive family get together? Then why not make 2016 a crafty Christmas?

Alternative Baby Shower Experience

Alternative Baby Shower Experience

We like any excuse to get crafty, so our craft party workshops are suitable for all sorts of special occasions! With Christmas craft parties already booked in and some exciting creative in-store events coming up too, we're looking ahead to another busy Summer spreading crafty skills nationwide!

Always Wanted to Make Your Own Jewellery?

Always Wanted to Make Your Own Jewellery?

Always wanted to learn how to make your own cocktail rings? Or wanted to sign up to a local jewellery making course? Well with The Crafty Hen, we bring the workshop to you! Best of all, you can learn jewellery making techniques and design your own cocktail rings in the company of your friends and family.

Make your own Christmas Crackers with The Crafty Hen & Cath Kidston

Make your own Christmas Crackers with The Crafty Hen & Cath Kidston

Over the last few weeks we have been working with <a href="http://www.thecraftyhen.co.uk/blog/making-christmas-crackers-store-event">Cath Kidston to deliver Christmas cracker making workshops </a> as part of a nationwide craft event held in a number of their lovely high street stores. 
 

#LauraAshleyCrafts - Glasgow

#LauraAshleyCrafts - Glasgow

Last weekend we led another afternoon of creative blogger experiences on behalf of Laura Ashley. Rounding up a bunch of lovely Scottish bloggers, this crafternoon event took place in Glasgow and was a great way to promote the latest range of crafty Laura Ashley products.

Handmade Garters for Sophisticated Hens

Handmade Garters for Sophisticated Hens

Our Garter Making craft session is the go to activity for those looking to plan a more sophisticated hen party for a classy Bride-To-Be. It has long been one of our most popular sessions since the very first day that The Crafty Hen was hatched.

Craft & Dance your way through a Gatsby Weekend

Craft & Dance your way through a Gatsby Weekend

The glamour of the Gatsby era is still going strong. Instantly adding a heap sophistication to parties, we can understand why the roaring 20s is still proving itself as a popular party theme for birthdays, hen parties and all sorts of events.

Get Crafty! DIY Pinwheel

HOW TO MAKE PINWHEEL TUTORIAL

Looking for a simple craft idea to keep the kids occupied this week? How about making some DIY pinwheels? There is little better than a colourful pinwheel spinning in the breeze on a Summer's day!

We've had a morning making our own pretty paper pinwheels at Crafty HQ, and reminiscing over childhood memories of Summer days spent on the beach with colourful pinwheels spinning in the sand!! It's a super simple craft idea, so we put together a quick tutorial to show you how.

All you'll need are some pretty patterned papers, a hole punch, a pair of scissors, a split pin and some straws. Follow our step by step directions and photos below to start makings yours.

Make your own DIY Paper Pinwheel:

  1. Take a square sheet of thin paper and fold in half corner-to-corner, unfold, and repeat in the opposite direction. Your paper should be folded along the dotted lines like in the diagram below.
  2. Cut along the folded lines from each corner inwards, stopping about a 1cm from the centre of the square.
  3. Use a hole punch, (or carefully using a sharp pencil) to punch holes where the dark circles are on the diagram. Then use the split pin to carefully pierce a small hole in the very centre of the square.
  4. Make the 4 holes on the four points meet at the centre circle, by overlapping them. Push the ends of the split pin through the holes on the pinwheel, then, push the pin through the centre circle to the back.
  5. Open out the split pin fully to secure your pin wheel, and then close together again until the pins are almost closed but not fully. Slot into the top opening of the straw (closer to the bendy end). The pins ‘legs’ should be wide enough to slot into the end of the straw and hold itself in with the tension at the edges.
  6. Now you are ready to try-out your beautiful pinwheel. All you will need is a little bit of wind to make your pinwheel spin round and round. Have fun!

Think you'll be making some paper pinwheels this summer? Is so, share snaps of your colourful creations with us on Instagram and Twitter so we can see your pinwheels in action!

Inspired Bride Masterclass

Inspired Bride Masterclass

Recently, we welcomed Inspired Bride editors Sally and Rachel into the Crafty Hen offices for a special vintage garter masterclass. They spent a sunny afternoon in the courtyard getting crafty and learning how to make their very own bespoke garters over tea and biscuits.