Craft ideas for homemade gifts the family will love. See our craft projects and how to guides to make it yourself

Cyanotype cushions

What is cyanotype? Cyanotype is a photographic process that produces lovely cyan-blue prints by combining two different chemicals – potassium ferricyanide and ferric ammonium citrate. It works by placing objects,…

Clay bowls and tags

These little clay bowls are the perfect size for your dressing table; they’re great for putting earrings or delicate necklaces in. Our tags can be personalised to make a present…

Eggs decorated with flowers

Gifting friends and relatives with an Easter egg is a tradition that gives us real pleasure. While treat-filled chocolate varieties are certain to be a hit with children, adults often…

Homemade Easter cards

Now’s the time to start jotting down the list of people you wish to send Easter cards to. But instead of popping out to the shops to buy designs featuring…

Geometric necklace

Stitch yourself an on-trend geometric necklace using simple satin stitch. The felt edge is blanket stitched on. You will need: ✤ Cream felt ✤ Carbon paper and pencil ✤ Embroidery…

Crafts using old books

Folding Flowers This project using old books will take 15 mins for one flower. You’ll be using book page squares, but we’ve shown the technique on plain paper for clarity.…

Typography gifts

These chic makes are inspired by metallics and typography Both are big this season for homeware and on stationery. It gives you the opportunity to personalise gifts – a lovely…

Handbag charm duo

Looking for a quick way to jazz up any outfit? We suggest making yourself a sophisticated handbag charm featuring a tassel or pom-pom. The tassel key takes 20-30 minutes to…

How to paint a lampshade

We’ll show you how to paint a lampshade with this cheerful bird motif. You could also use the design to decorate cushions and other items in your home. Tested by…

Pinecone planter bird feeder

Coconut perches These eye-catching coconut shells make perfect pecking perches for hungry birds Skill level: Intermediate Time to make: 1-2 hours For this bird feeder, you will need: ✤ Whole…

Dog doorstop

Follow our instructions and you’ll have a cute dog doorstop for your home in 3-4 hours. You will need: ✤ Access to a photocopier ✤ Tracing paper and pencil ✤…

Tea light craft idea

Frosted jars This project will take you around 24 hour, including drying time. Skill level: A bit more tricky You will need: ✤ 3 jars ✤ Sticky-back plastic vinyl ✤…

Snowman wreath

Skill level: Easy-peasy Measurements Wreath: Approximately 30cm/11¾in in diameter Snowman: Approximately 9cm/3¼in long Materials 3 x 100g (280m) balls of Hayfield Bonus DK (100% acrylic) in White (961)* 30cm polystyrene…

Paper wreath

Create this eye-catching wreath, which will last and last, simply by cutting leaves and berries from scraps of paper. It’s a great project to entertain the kids over the Christmas…