Sustainable Crafts, Gifts and Projects for All Seasons (Paperback)
Take advantage of nature’s bounty and craft in time with the seasons! Whether potting up dandelion honey, cooking and crafting with rose petals or preserving autumn leaves and acorns, there are so many wonderful gifts, ornaments and treats that can be made from either a short walk in the woods or a rummage in your cupboard. With an emphasis on foraging and upcycling, Becci explores the ways we can create beautiful projects using materials readily available in the garden and home.
Upcycled projects include gorgeous home textiles woven from bed linen, mini lampshade fairy lights for a summer’s evening and even a fabulous picnic table from an old suitcase. Capture the breeze of autumn with wind chimes made from old necklaces and cutlery and learn how to felt old sweaters, turning them into cosy wreaths, brooches and purses for winter. There is also a section on working with willow, with projects encompassing everything from woven bird-feeders (with home-made fat balls!) to festive ornaments.
As featured inBest
In this creative guide, Hyggestyle blogger Coombes (Craft Your Own Cosy Scandi Christmas) teaches readers how to craft with foraged and upcycled items. The pieces are designed around seasonal materials. For instance, the 150 dandelion heads needed to make dandelion honey usually blossom in late spring, and the “rustic autumn mobile” requires suspending yellow, red, and brown leaves on string from a wreath of twigs. Coombes shows how to cleverly repurpose everyday items, such as when she illustrates how to cut, fold, and roll scraps of old sweaters to resemble roses that can be assembled on a circular piece of decorated cardboard to make a “cosy rose wreath.” Other projects include lampshades for string lights, made from fabric scraps draped over water bottle segments; a picnic table constructed by putting short legs on a briefcase filled with tableware; and “sweet orange winter” lip balm created by melting soy wax, shea butter, and coconut oil together. The photo illustrations are easy to follow and Coombes provides plenty of useful tips (“Pick the rosehips on a sunny morning when they are dry,” she writes about harvesting the fruit for use in facial oil, explaining that using insufficiently dried rosehips can cause the oil to spoil). This will help crafters get in the spirit of any season.Publishers Weekly
As featured in 'Scent of Scandinavia'.Homes North, issue 16
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