Pyrography and DIY Wedding Decorations

Good morning folks! I’ve been a busy little bee recently and have bashed our some major wedding planning during my blog absence. We’ve made a fair bit of progress – mainly booking our Photographer, settling on a theme and also… *drumroll* I SAID YES TO THE DRESS. Obviously I can’t say much more about that but I’m absolutely delighted with all of the above! Speaking of wedding theme, I’ve started making up some of my own decor items for the day, (nothing like being an eager beaver) and thought I’d give you a peek at my new crafty tool.

pyrography kit

Pyrography. Every time I say the word, The Prodigy starts playing in my head. Not a bad thing! I spotted this little kit on sale for a tenner in TK Maxx (where else) so I though I’d give it a go. We’re going to be using a lot of wood for our wedding decor so I thought this could be a cute way to add a bit of personalisation to some items. The kit came with the pyrography tool, a little stand for it, 3 different nibs and some wood tags.

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The idea is that you use it like a pen but instead of using ink, you burn or char your design onto wood. The pen gets wildly hot so you have to be really careful to only hold the plastic part of the tool but once your get used to it I found it pretty easy. I used the tags to practise on for a while and then when I was quite confident using the tool, I attacked these wooden hearts for a sort of ‘carved-our-names-onto-a-tree’ look.

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I think they’re really pretty! This was done with the pointed tip nib which gives the most consistent result with even heat distribution. I’ve engraved 50 of these hearts and glued them to some jute twine and they make really lovely and natural looking bunting. Things are really starting to come together now!

Crafty Roundup

WATCH OUT!! There’s a new series on Boldly Gold coming at you! Welcome to my Crafty Roundup!

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I’ve collected some of my favourite crafty projects from across the web to share with you in one convenient post… Don’t say I’m not good to you! So, without further ado let me show you what other amazing #craftbloggers have to offer 🙂

DIY paper boxes

First things first (I’m the realist?). No the first thing I’m sharing are these rad DIY paper boxes from IHeart Organizing. Confession time: I LOVE THIS BLOG! It’s like my crack, if crack was sweet-ass organising solutions and jaw-dropping before and after pictures. Jen shares a super simple tutorial on how to make these bad boys and I actually whipped up a bunch to use in my craft room. Amazing.

crochet face scrubbies

It’s absolutely no secret that I’m battling my way through learning how to crochet so obviously these face scrubbies caught my eye! Ingenious! There is a full and, from what I can tell, pretty straight-forward tutorial over on the Craftaholics Anonymous blog. Once I de-tangle myself from the crochet-hell that I’m in, I’m definitely giving these a go.

salted caramel cupcakes

You had me at ‘salted.’ How good do these cupcakes from My Frugal Adventures look! Even if you don’t have the patience or will to make the Starbucks logo, I think these would be a hit with any crowd. Or make them with all the pretence of passing to your neighbours and then sit in a dark room devouring one after the other while silent-crying. No? Just me?

diy leather cable wallet

Another one from IHeartOrganizing (told you I love that blog). How clever is this idea for keeping all of your wires together and untangled?! I don’t have to tell you about the frustration of discovering a birds nest of cables at the bottom of your handbag. A simple and clever solution with no sewing involved 🙂

diy gold mouse pad

Looking at this super-swish DIY mousemat from Homey Oh My makes my heart happy! In October I will be tackling our home office in an attempt to make it bareable to be in and this project is definitely on my hit list. It’s pretty without being feminine which is exactly the kind of thing I need in our shared space!

It was tough to keep it to 5 but I think that’s enough to keep you going, although you can find even more projects on my Crafty Roundup Pinterest board that might tickle your pickle (oooh err). I hope you’ve found some inspiration and if you do decide to get crafty with any of the projects listed above let me know. I would love to see 🙂

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Huge Craft Haul

Following on from my post last week about building a crafting army, I present to you a huge craft haul! I’m so buzzed about this new direction so I decided to celebrate with a trip to Hobbycraft to stock up on some supplies. Not only did I purchase some old favourites, I picked up a couple of new toys to build up my craft repertoire! Here’s a quick look at all the goodness…

huge craft haul

The main thing I was after was some brightly coloured fat quarters for a new quilt I’m planning. I normally avoid packs of FQ’s but I knew they were on sale for 50% off and that’s a bargain I couldn’t afford to miss!

rainbow fat quarter bundles

Although I had a rough idea of the things I wanted, I knew I was essentially there to expand my crafty horizons. I was like a kid in a candy shop and it was honestly so liberating to just explore the shop and open myself up to new things. I bought an embroidery hoop for God’s sake!

Another thing I definitely want to get to grips with is crochet so I bought a starter kit for a fiver and we shall see how things progress.

crochet starter kit

My complete impulse buy was this box of loom bands. I know they’re totally for kids but the kit ended up in my basket regardless! The funny thing is that I spent Saturday night happily looming away whilst watching movies on TV. I’m pleased as punch to report that I now have a growing collection of loom bands and there’s no sign of me stopping!

loom bands kit

Just as I was about to head to the checkout, I wandered past a couple of ladies who were demonstrating cross-stitch. They invited me to sit down for a chat and I spent a lovely 20 minutes getting to grips with a hoop and some thread. At the end they invited me to come along to their monthly meeting, or the Stitch and Bitch as they cattily called it. It just goes to show when you open yourself up to new things, you never know what might happen! Check me out.. Making friends in all the RIGHT places 😉

DIY Letter Pillows

I am super excited to share this post with you today as I think I may be onto something! I’m in the process of making my craft room looking a bit craftier so I decided that I wanted some kind of banner to hang up on the wall. I had a riffle through Pinterest and decided that I wanted the word ‘CRAFT’ (shock) in big plush letters, but for the life of me I couldn’t find a tutorial on how to make them. Undeterred, I decided to give it a go myself and I am happy to report that it worked!

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DIY Letter Cushions/pillows

Could this be any cuter? I used THIS pack of fat quarters, THESE templates, my handy sewing machine and some stuffing from a pillow to create the gloriousness above! Come on in and I’ll take you through how I made them from start to finish 🙂

First I printed and cut out all of my letter templates. Make sure to choose a thick and bold font if you make them yourself.

craft templates

Then I placed each letter on the respective fabric and traced around it leaving about 1/2 an inch gap all the way round as a seam allowance. You could get all technical and measure it exactly but I just eyeballed it. Do this twice so you have a front and back. Make sure you have two opposite side, like one F is facing the right way and the other is reversed. (made that mistake too many times)

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Place your two letters right sides together and then stitch all the way around using about 1/4 inch seam allowance. Leave an edge open as this is where you will pack in the stuffing!

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Turn it the right way out and then stuff that bad boy with your pillow entrails.

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Before Stuffing
F after stuffing
After Stuffing

Now here’s a trick… Before turning the sewn shapes the right-way out, on the seam that you left open sew 1/6th of the way closed on each end. This will give you a good basis when you come to close the seam completely and also gives some nice looking corners 🙂 Pin it and sew as close to the edge as you can master. You can also do it by hand but I’m far too lazy for that!

F seam closed

Give it a big of a roll around and a smoosh to even out the stuffing and the you’re done!

F Finished

Obviously it is far from perfect and I by no means claim to be an expert but I though this little project was spot on! I’m really proud of it and can’t wait to hang it up 🙂 Here are some pictures of the other letters close up for your enjoyment… Don’t say I’m not good to you!

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I could squeal like a little piggy every time that I look at them! Not bad for a couple of week nights and a pack of fat quarters 🙂

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