Painted Floral Bench

From: Essentials, 2014 YOU WILL NEED: Bench Sandpaper Paintbrush Primer Waterproof or oil-based paint Decorative paper Waterproof Glue Varnish HOW TO MAKE: Sand your bench lightly to remove any old and loose paint or varnish. Make sure your bench is completely dry before you start painting. Paint the bench with a coat of primer and leave… Continue reading Painted Floral Bench

Picnic Blanket

From: Essentials, 2014 YOU WILL NEED: Fabric Pins Sewing machine Thread Buttons Scissors Wadding HOW TO MAKE: FOR THE BLANKET Cut out two pieces of fabric 114cm x 144cm. Lay them right sides together and sew around the outside edge, leaving a gap of 30cm on one side. Turn round the right way. Cut out… Continue reading Picnic Blanket

Plant Label Spoons

The easiest and prettiest way to see where everything’s been planted. From: Essentials magazine, 2014 YOU WILL NEED: Wooden spoons Paint brushes Acrylic paint Pencil Waterproof varnish HOW TO MAKE: give each spoon a coat or two of paint. Choose a different colour for each one. Use a pencil to lightly draw the outline of… Continue reading Plant Label Spoons

Heart Table Weight

Stop the wind playing havoc with your tablecloth! From: Essentials magazine, 2014 YOU WILL NEED: Scissors Fabric Ribbon Pins Sewing machine Thread Buttons Sand HOW TO MAKE: Cut out two hearts from your fabric. Lay them right sides facing together. Pin and sew around outside edge, leaving a 3-4cm gap at the top. Make small cuts… Continue reading Heart Table Weight

Hanging Herb garden

From: Essentials magazine, 2014 YOU WILL NEED: Scissors A printed list of herb names Wrapping paper Glue wide sticky tape Stapler or pins Hanging shoe caddy Selection of herbs Sandwich bags   HOW TO MAKE: Cut out the names of each of the herbs from the list. Cut out pieces of wrapping paper. They should… Continue reading Hanging Herb garden

Picnic Box Cushions

Hubby and I travelled down to the coast recently for an air show. Knowing that we’d be there for pretty much the whole day, I decide to splash out on a picnic blanket and a couple of cushions to make sure that we were comfy. However we’re now approaching the end of the Summer season… Continue reading Picnic Box Cushions