Woo-hoo, it's Friday. Is anyone else as excited as I am that the weekend is finally here? I'm looking forward to diving into this lovely new book and maybe trying one of these pretty fantastic looking diy's. What are you up to?

1. Diy banner cookies // A Subtle Revelry.

2. Diy roll-up organiser // Paper & Stitch.

3. Diy brush stroke abstract nails // Fall For Diy.

4. Fold up market tote // Purl Soho.

5. Modern tassel diy necklace // Persia Lou.

6. Diy charm bracelet garland // The House That Lars Built.

Happy weekend. 


This post contains affiliate links. This means that if you purchase through them I receive a small commission.LEARN HOW TO MAKE YOUE OWN DIY ROLLED BEESWAX CANDLES

I've had learn how to make beeswax candles on my to-do list for ages so I was really excited to receive a beeswax candle kit for my birthday last week.. This is the kind of easy craft project I love. Quick, simple and 100% mess free.

All you need are some sheets of beeswax (alternatively this is a good starter kit as it contains 20 sheets in assorted colours), candle wick, a hairdryer and a pair of scissors or a craft knife and ruler.


1. Keep your beeswax sheets in a warm room so they are soft and pliable. If they're too stiff to roll you can heat them gently with a hairdryer. It's Autumn here and a little chilly so I heated each one for around 30 seconds on the lowest setting so the wax was slightly tacky to the touch.

2. Each 8 x 16 inch sheet makes 2 candles that burn for around 1-2 hours. Use a pair of scissors or a craft knife and a ruler to cut your sheet in half.

3. Place the wax sheet on a clean flat surface.

4. Cut the wick to size. It needs to be ¼ inch to ½ inch longer than the wax sheet.

5. Press the wick firmly onto the edge of the sheet to keep it in place.

6. Slowly roll up your candle. If you find the wax cracking simply heat the wax a little more. Try to roll it as evenly and tightly as possible so the bottom and top of your candle are flat.

7. When you get to the end gently press the seam into the wax. If your candle is having trouble standing you can press the bottom against the table to get a flat edge.

8. Store in a cool, dark place until needed.



These hand rolled candles make fantastic gifts all year round but as the holiday craft season approaches I think they're a good one to start stock piling now. Wrap them in tissue paper or maybe a decorative paper band and some baker's twine and you're all set.


This post contains affiliate links. This means that if you purchase through them I receive a small commission.MY FAVOURITE CRAFTY ESSENTIALS

You could go crazy filling drawers and cupboards and even rooms with craft supplies but I thought I'd share a few of what I consider to be crafty essentials. These are the tools and supplies that I love and use day in and day out. In fact, I think you could make good chunk of the projects from my archives using only the essentials in this post.

1. Stamps. If you can it's good to have a mix of shapes and sizes, images and sentiments. Out of all my stamps these are my absolute favourites. I've had them for quite a few years now and continue to love and use them.

2. Fiskars scissors. A sharp pair of scissors is a must. I've abused these scissors terribly and somehow they're still as sharp as when I bought them. Highly recommend.

3. Martha Stewart Scoring Board. I resisted getting one of these for a long time. I scored all my card using a bone folder and a ruler and it worked fine until I got one of these and realised all the time I'd been wasting. This score board lets you score sharp, even lines in seconds. I've used it to make gift boxes, envelopes, notebooks and cards.

4. Multi-surface acrylic paints. I love these Martha Stewart acrylic paints. You can use them on so many different surfaces including fabric, wood, glass and plastics. Of course it doesn't hurt that they come in a fantastic range of bright, vibrant colours.

5. Mod Podge - Matte. It's a glue and sealer all in one. I've found the glossy formula can still feel tacky to the touch even when fully dry so I always recommend the matte finish.

6. Das air hardening clay. One of the questions I get asked the most is what air dry clay do I use to make my clay projects, in particularly these stamped clay bowls. The answer is this Das clay. If you've used air dry clay in the past and had problems with it being soft and crumbly I recommend giving the Das clay a go. It dries a lovely matte white colour but I have found it takes much longer to dry than the 24 hours it says on the packet especially in cold, damp weather. Also the clay does have a smell that I know some people find off putting however I've found it fades as it dries and within a few weeks totally disappears.

7. Versacolor ink pads. This is the ink I used to make my stamped clay bowls. It's a pigment ink so it takes a bit longer to dry than the dye ink pads. Pigment inks are fade resistant and give a more vivid colour when dry. I know a few people have had problems with their ink fading so I recommend using pigment inks over dye inks. My bowls are 3 years old now and show no signs of fading.
8. Rise & Shine Scrapbook Paper. I always like to have some 12x12 patterned scrapbook paper on hand. The great thing about these pads is that all the papers are designed to go together so you don't have to worry about mixing colours or patterns. It's thin enough to use in origami projects like these boxes but thick enough to make small gift boxes like these mini milk cartons.

9. Fiskars paper trimmer. Another must for any paper crafter. It cuts a smooth, crisp line without any ragged edges. I've used a few different trimmers in the past and none of them have lasted but going by the reviews these Fiskars trimmers seem to last and last so I've got high hopes.

10. Double-sided tape. I use a lot of double-sided tape. I particularly like this super strong skinny red tape. It's good for making envelopes or boxes where you only have a very narrow tab you need to stick down.

11. Contemporary origami paper. This is a recent find and I absolutely love it. The paper is high quality and comes in a range of bright, vibrant colours. So far I've used it to make these origami box fairy lights, some easy origami wall art and finally these Halloween origami bats.

How about you? What are some of your must-have craft supplies?


Halloween is fast approaching and there's no better place to find unique handcrafted items than Etsy. In the spirit of all things spooky I thought we'd round off the week with some Halloween themed Etsy finds.

1. Bespoke feather fox mask // Curious Fair.

2. Pumpkin spice tassel garland // Pomtree.

3. Personalised acrylic halloween deocrations // Auntie Mims.

4. Sugar skull embroidery kit // Oh Sew Bootiful.

5. Trick or treat Halloween tote bag // Bridge End Print.

6. Engraved embossing rolling pin // Wooden Corner.

7. Soy wax skull candle // Ember Candle Co.

8. Pumpkin papercut template // Nomad Printables.

I've got my eye on those candy coloured skulls? How about you?



Now that October is well underway I'm starting to get in the Halloween spirit. I made some origami bat cupcakes toppers on the weekend and fell in love with them. These batty toppers take only minutes to make and are the perfect spooky addition to any Halloween party or gathering.


SUPPLIES: Black origami paper // cocktail sticks (toothpicks) // washi tape or glue.

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1. Fold your origami paper in half diagonally.

2. Fold in half again and then open back out.

3. Fold the bottom corner up to the center crease. Do the same on the other side.

4. Take the top corner and fold it down to meet the bottom center. Do the same on the other side.


5. Fold the top of the flap down to meet the outside edge of the paper. Do the same on the other side.

6. Flip the paper over and fold the top down to make a triangle.

7. Fold the same piece up again this time in half so a small triangle sticks out over the top.

8. Flip it over again and fold small triangle down to the make the face of the bat.


9. Flip the paper over again. Take the bottom edge and fold it into the center. Do the same on the other side.

10. Take hold of the bottom of each flap and gently pull open to reveal the wings.

11. Flip it over for the finished bat.

12. Finally use a little glue or washi tape to secure each bat to a cocktail stick and top your cupcakes.


I love making paper crafts. I love how easy it is to take a few simple materials and turn them into some fantastic last minute decorations. Give them a go and let me know how you get on.