#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.

Making Christmas Crackers - In Store Event

Making Christmas Crackers - In Store Event

This week we were invited to run a series of very fun and very festive Christmas cracker making workshops as part of a nationwide event for Cath Kidston. These in store craft workshop events have proven to be a big success! 

Personalised Christmas Stocking Workshop

Personalised Christmas Stocking Workshop

The season of Christmas crafts is upon us. We're feverishly preparing lots of materials ready to make Christmas tree decorationsdesign fabric wreaths paint ceramic baubles and more! Including getting ready help lots of our crafty groups customise Christmas stockings ready to hang by the fireplace and get stuffed full of goodies come the big day!

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.

Carnival Craft Kits - #CarnivalFiesta

Carnival Craft Kits - #CarnivalFiesta

Last week we put together a very special craft kit - carnival style! Now we need little encouragement to play around with feathers, sequins, crystals, jewels, gems.... generally all things fun and sparkly.

#HillarysCrafternoon - The Jewel Edit

#HillarysCrafternoon - The Jewel Edit

We've had another busy month on a crafty roadshow all around the UK getting to lead another series of #HillarysCrafternoon event.

White Stuff - In Store Crafternoon

White Stuff - In Store Crafternoon

Heading to Bath on Thursday 1st October? Then pop along to the brand new White Stuff store to get involved in a free crafty workshop.

'Tis the Season to get Crafty

'Tis the Season to get Crafty

The holiday season is approaching and it is our favourite time of year to get creative! There is something so very satisfying about staying cosy indoors, chatting away with friends whilst crafting over the odd glass of mulled wine. Maybe a mince pie too if you insist!

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.

Win a Crafty Kit!

Win a Crafty Kit!

With Autumn upon us we've put together this beautiful Fascinator Making Kit full of rich reds, deep navy and autumnal orange tones. Perfect for the season... especially if you have a special event coming up!

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!

HenBox - DIY Party Bags

HenBox - DIY Party Bags

Everyone knows we love a bit of DIY! And adding some personal touches to a hen party or wedding always makes it so much more special. When HenBox asked us to help customise their pretty party bags for a new DIY series they have planned, of course we said yes