Crafts Beautiful Magazine

Kick off the summer celebrations in style using Corinne Bradd's bright and cheery ideas made with paper and decorative dies

What you need...
  • Card: primrose yellow, lilac, ocean blue, pillar box, lime green, raspberry pink, pale turquoise
    Skewers, wooden
    Cocktail sticks
    Jars, glass
    Die-cutting machine
    Dies, Sizzix: circle, scallop circle, flowers, scallop pennants, plain pennants, washer border
  1. Flower Pops - 1 With a scallop die or decorative-edged scissors, cut a 7.5cm circle. Glue a wooden skewer to the centre. Create a smaller circle, 6.5cm, from
    different coloured card, then fix over the skewer with 3-D foam pads.

    2 Cut out a 6cm flower using a third colour of card, accentuating each petal if desired. Glue to the centre of the pop and decorate with stacked buttons fixed with glue.

  2. Covered Jars - 1 Measure the height and circumference of a clean glass jar and cut card to fit with a 3cm overlap. Fix using double-sided tape.

    2 Neaten the top by glueing a ring of different coloured card onto the neck. Decorate the lower part of the cylinder with a die-cut decorative strip if

    3 Create lots of tiny bunting pennants by layering plain triangles over scalloped ones, or trim the edges with decorative scissors for a similar effect.

    4 Punch out heart shapes and glue to the the flags. Pierce holes in each and tie together with ribbon. The ring of bunting can then be slipped over the jar and held in place with foam-pads.

  3. Cupcake Flags - 1 Layer a small plain card triangle onto a larger scalloped shape cut from different coloured card.

    2 Punch two small holes in the edge of the triangle and thread a cocktail stick through them to make a flag.

    3 Top the end of the stick with a plastic bead glued in place and decorate the flag with a punched shape.

  4. Bunting - 1 Layer triangles of card onto larger scalloped shapes, mixing up the colours to make lots of different combinations.

    2 Decorate the centre of each pennant with a cut out flower topped with a round button. Punch holes in the top corners of each flag.

    3 Thread ribbon through the holes to make a chain of bunting. Even out the spacing between each pennant and secure with tape if required.

  5. Snack Boxes - 1 Cut card into a square and use a score board to crease down each side, 7cm from the edge.

    2 Cut the card at the intersections of the folds and use the resulting tabs to assemble into a tray.

    3 Reinforce the tray by gluing panels of card inside it fitting snuggly. Decorate the outside with strips of card and die-cuts.

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