Category Archives: DIY Crafts

Here you’ll find free DIY craft tutorials.

Victorian Gilded Walnuts – Tutorial

Gilded walnuts were popular Christmas tree ornaments in the Victorian era. Victorian gilded walnut ornaments are easy, cheap and beautiful natural Christmas decorations – all you need are walnuts, ribbon and gold acrylic paint.

Victorian Gilded Walnuts Tutorial

‘Then the ladies called us into another room and there was the Christmas tree! […]There were dozens of little candles upon it all alight. And it was covered with pretty things, gilded walnuts, and oranges, and apples, and sweets.’ (Philips’ Series Of Reading Books For Public Elementary Schools, 1874, p. 57)

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DIY Popsicle Stick Sled Ornaments

Make vintage inspired DIY popsicle stick sled ornaments with popsicle sticks, wood glue and acrylic paint for your Christmas tree this year!

DIY Popsicle Stick Sled Ornaments

These DIY popsicle stick sled ornaments are a great last minute Christmas craft! They look cute as Christmas tree ornaments or make a great Christmas gift for a loved one. My inspiration for the DIY popsicle sled ornaments was this antique Victorian wooden sled. Continue reading DIY Popsicle Stick Sled Ornaments

Victorian Rag Ball – Tutorial

Learn to make an authentic Victorian rag ball for your kid, pup, or as decoration.

Victorian Rag Ball - Tutorial

In the Victorian era, a rag ball was a toy of poor children. Old rags and fabric scraps were wound into a ball and covered with ball stitches to hold the rags together: ‘Ball Stitch – A stitch used in making ornamental balls for children.’ (Embroidery Stitches, 1872, p. 9)

Rag balls were popular Victorian Christmas presents. Victorian mothers would make rag balls for their toddlers, while kids could make their own rag balls – rag balls are so easy and fast to make! And cheap too – using just what you’d usually throw away!

Today, rag balls are still popular: They are a favorite decoration at Christmas time. Or you could make a rag ball as soft toy ball for your baby or toddler. ‘There are innumerable games to be played with a soft ball which the very tiny children even can enjoy and profit by.’ (Every Woman’s Encyclopaedia, 1910-2)  And if you don’t have a toddler, your pup would love a new toy too! Continue reading Victorian Rag Ball – Tutorial

How To Make DIY Candle Wicks With Cotton String

Did you know that you can make your own candle wicks with things you already have at home? In this short tutorial I’ll show you how to make your own DIY candle wicks with 100% cotton string!

DIY Candle Wicks Tutorial

Use your DIY cotton candle wicks for DIY oil lamps or homemade candles. Cotton string candle wicks burn for a long time with a steady flame that doesn’t soot. Continue reading How To Make DIY Candle Wicks With Cotton String

5 DIY No-Sew Recycled Denim Dog Toys

Make no-sew recycled denim dog toys out of old jeans! It’s easy, fast and free! And your pup will love it!

5 DIY No-Sew Recycled Denim Dog Toys

Since May 1 there’s a whirlwind in my life: A black German shepherd puppy (more pictures of her on her instagram account @khaleesi_theblackgsd). She’s a little destroyer! 😉 In the last weeks, she destroyed part of the cork floor, some of her toys, Grandma’s midcentury chair – and even her harness! So her toys have to be sturdy and robust! Continue reading 5 DIY No-Sew Recycled Denim Dog Toys

24 Free Old-Fashioned Christmas Crafts & Recipes – Advent Calendar 2018

Welcome to the Advent Calendar 2018 with 24 free, old-fashioned Christmas crafts and recipes!

24 Free Old-Fashioned Christmas Crafts & Recipes - Advent Calendar 2018

It’s time for my traditional Advent Calendar! This year it’s the third year that I run the Advent Calendar on my blog. For those of you who are new to my Advent Calendar: The Advent Calendar works like an ordinary Advent calendar, each day you can open a new door. Behind the doors are free vintage Christmas and winter crafts, old-fashioned Christmas and wild foraging recipes and Victorian and Edwardian winter- and Christmas-related posts. The Advent Calendar 2018 starts on December 1. Continue reading 24 Free Old-Fashioned Christmas Crafts & Recipes – Advent Calendar 2018

25+ Easy & Cheap Backdrop Ideas For Blog Photography

Even if you don’t have a rustic textured table in your home for your food and craft photos or a professional photostudio for your fashion shoots, you can take professional looking pictures with these 25+ easy and cheap backdrop ideas for blog photography.

25+ Easy & Cheap Backdrop Ideas For Blog Photography

Some great DIY photo backdrops might be already lying around in your house. In this post I’ll show you what I use as backdrops for my blog photos. Some of the ideas are for DIY indoor backdrops and some are natural outdoor backdrops. Continue reading 25+ Easy & Cheap Backdrop Ideas For Blog Photography