Have A Crafty Christmas

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The latest edition of Reloved magazine was just winking at me from the shelf in Eason yesterday so I just couldn’t resist – and the robin on the cover promised lots of upcycling fun – 34 projects to be precise.

One of the things to note this time round is that the magazine will be out monthly from now on. Let’s hope this doesn’t mean Reloved’s standards will slip.

Back to our crafty Christmas – there are sooooo many lovely things to tempt your creativity.  There’s also Kirstie Allsopp’s Diary and the Creative Hub with its news and ideas for upcyclers.

Of the 34 projects I have to say I love the little robin on the cover and there’s also instructions to create a little nest for him too.  The Peacock Bag made from a pair of curtains is super cute too.  Sadly, there isn’t a pattern for the crochet flower but there are loads on Ravelry you could use instead.

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I also love the Pallet Coffee Table – I had one in England complete with fairy lights and a glass top (who knew I was already an upcycler? Thought I was just frugal).

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Not just for Christmas in my opinion, the Paper Christmas Baubles are lovely and easy to make and could be used for loads of occasions.  Change the paper and make them in different sizes to decorate rooms for weddings, communions or hang them in the garden for those summer barbecues (here’s hoping).

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The same can be said for the Fabric Fairy Lights. I think they’d also make a great gift for Christmas.  I know of at least one boy who’d probably overlook the ‘fairy light’ aspect if they were wrapped in comic pages or material with Minecraft Creepers on them.

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My number 5 favourite project, because it wouldn’t be fair to count the coffee table, is the Bauble Wreath.  Very cool, very shiny and very, very, very CHRISTMAS!

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I have a dear friend who’d love one of these, if I have the time to make one.  That will only happen if I get through my long list of gift knitting starting with said friend’s husband’s second size 11 sock.  I’ve turned the heel so I’m nearing the finishing line……..

Happy Knitting!

(or Christmas crafting)

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