I'm carrying on in the spirit of my Christmas craft tutorials (not the Christmas spirit bit, just the crafty one) and trying to share the things I make so you can have a go too if you want to. The projects below are just as easy to make as my Christmas craft tutorials because I'm not a fan of overly-complex crafts/things that take four months to knit. Basically, I am lazy and have a very short attention span- so I hope you enjoy the ready-in-minutes craft ideas below.
I bought a bag of 150 self-adhesive magnets back in December whilst shopping for some crafty Christmas gifts (that's how everyone Christmas-shops, right? "1 for them, 2 for me..."), and I still plan to use most of them to make a framed scrabble board like the one below. I love the idea of hanging one of these on our stairs, to be contributed to in moments of ascending or descending inspiration.
|The pic and tutorial for this board is from The Twice Remembered Cottage|
Then, last week, it dawned on me there was no reason I couldn't stick the magnets on absolutely anything!! So I spent an enjoyable afternoon rummaging through my craft stash to find other things to magnetise. This is what I came up with:
Simplest of all:
Stick a magnet to the back of a beautiful button.
Slightly fancier (buttons 2.0, if you will):
Stick two pieces of ribbon with v-shaped ends to the back of the button using double-sided sticky tape, to make the button look like a tiny rosette.
Double-craft with crochet
Crochet a simple flower then add a button in the centre and stitch them together before attaching the magnet. I used the pattern below:
- Chain 6. Join with a slip stitch to form a ring.
- Round 1: Work 12 single crochet stitches in ring. Join the work to the beginning of the round with a slip stitch.
- Round 2: [chain 3, work 2 double crochet stitches in the single crochet stitch that touches the chain-3, chain 3, slip stitch in same single crochet stitch, slip stitch in next stitch, slip stitch in next stitch.] Rep sequence in brackets 5 more times for a total of 6 flower petals.
- End off. Weave in Ends.
The fox head was inspired by this cushion from Urban Outfitters. I simply drew the outline onto thin card and coloured it with felt-tips.
P.S. Don't forget about the other magnetic surfaces in your house- perhaps this is a good way to jazz up a boring radiator? :)
P.P.S. Linking up to the lovely Lakota's Ta Dah Tuesday