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Sunday, 21 December 2014

DIY Spiral Earrings (Sykes Cottages Simple Crafts)

Sykes Cottages Simple Crafts Earringsspiral earrings

A few months back I was asked to contribute to a handmade gift guide for holiday company Sykes Cottages. Personally I love handmade gifts and sharing craft ideas so jumped at the chance to be a part of the project! The online guide, which features six simple projects all created by craft bloggers, has been beautifully presented by Leanne and has some great inspiration if you're stuck for last-minute gifts - there's still time to make them in time for Christmas!

As the guide was designed to be used by those on holiday at the cottages the project supplies had to be inexpensive and easily transportable so I came up with a simple pair of beaded earrings with spiral detail. The tutorial uses basic techniques making it perfect for beginners and anyone wanting to try out working with wire for the first time. I sent off my written tutorial and step-by-step photographs which were then transformed into the amazing graphic shown above!

The guide also features five other projects that would all make great gifts for your friends and family this Christmas. From crochet to fabric accessories and candle-making there really is something to suit everyone!

You can find my full earring tutorial here and find out more about the other projects here.

 Happy DIY-ing!

Saturday, 20 December 2014

From The Archives: 10 Last-Minute DIY Gift Ideas

last minute gift ideas to diy

Today I thought I would delve into the e-elise etc DIY archives and share some last-minute gift ideas before it's too late! With the right supplies there's still enough time to recreate your own version of any of these projects so I've also listed what you'll need to make them - happy DIY-ing!

1. Monogram Earrings
You will need: alphabet beads, wire, rubber earring backs, pliers & wire cutters

2. Bunny Ear Scrunchies
You will need: fabric, a sewing machine, scissors, an iron, elastic, an erasable pen, wire, a needle & thread

3. Upcycled Glass Jars
You will need: glass jars, white tissue paper, Mod Podge, scissors, a sponge brush, a craft punch, patterned paper

4. Wire Ear Cuff
You will need: round nose pliers, wire cutters, wire, a ruler

5. Charm Cluster Hair Ties
You will need: a hairband, beads, short headpins, a jump ring, pliers

6. Geometric Corkboards
You will need: acrylic paints, corkboards or heat resistant cookware pads, washi tape, a paintbrush & sponge brush, ribbon, a drawing pin

7. Washer Friendship Bracelet
You will need: a washer, waxed cord or thread and scissors

8. Hexagon Keyrings
You will need: fabric, felt, ribbon, three hexagon templates - two 2" and one 3", scissors, erasable pen, a needle & thread, an iron, iron-on hemming web

9. Choker Necklace
You will need: waxed cord, beads/charms, jump rings, a lobster clasp, pliers, a tape measure, an extender chain (optional)

10. Kindle/Tablet Case
You will need: fabrics, wadding, scissors, a sewing machine, a needle & embroidery thread, pins, an iron & a small Velcro strip

Friday, 19 December 2014

Style Inspiration - Velvet Headbands

style inspiration velvet headbands

After missing out on them last A/W I recently picked up one of these velvet/velour headbands which once again are on trend for the party season. Although I'm not much of a hair accessory girl I personally love the look and texture of the soft fabric as well as how comfortable it is to wear. With the various designs and colours shown above all available on the high street for under £10 there's definitely a style to suit everyone! Which one is your favourite?

Topshop | Forever 21 | H&M | Miss Selfridge

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Crafting Lately - Candy Cane Mice Treats

DIY Candy Cane Mice e-eliseetc

Today I wanted to share another adorable Christmas project from the Martha Stewart archives. I first came across these cute candy cane treats in a magazine last winter but didn't get a chance to recreate them until now. Simply made from sheets of felt, glue and miniature candy canes they make lovely decorations that can be customised to match your Christmas colour scheme - I also think they would look brilliant used to finish off your gift wrapping too!

If you want to make your own you can find the template and instructions over on

DIY Candy Cane Mice e-eliseetc

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Two More Festive DIYs

DIY Festive Miniature Bottle Ornaments by eight and sixteen diy upcycled light bulb snowman ornament by eight & sixteen

Although I usually share all of my Eight & Sixteen projects in a roundup at the end of each month, today I wanted to write a quick post on these two festive projects before it's too late to make them in time for Christmas!

Miniature Bottle Ornaments - these little glass bottles are something I often use for jewellery pieces over at Sawyer & Scout but they can also make lovely decorations. Filled with glitter and finished off with ribbon bows they're simple to make but will add some festive sparkle to your Christmas tree.

Light Bulb Snowman Ornament - this little guy is probably one of my favourite projects I've shared over on E&S so far. The snowman is made from an old light bulb disguised by tissue paper, glitter, nail art gems/beads & felt. I had a lot of fun working on this Pinterest-inspired project and was really pleased with how it turned out!

You can find more DIY ideas over at

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