Learn how to draw a unicorn with this simple tutorial and you’ll certainly be the envy of all your crafty pals!
How to Draw a Unicorn and Other Animals by Lulu Mayo (£9.99, Buster Books).Download now »
Master the ‘sgraffito’ technique and create stunning night-sky scenes inspired by the magnificent art of Van Gogh.
The Van Gogh Activity Book by Grace Helmer (£9.99, LOM Art).Download now »
Try simple folding techniques and create traditional Christmas makes that really stand out
The moment you place the wreath on the front door and step back in admiration, you know it is Christmas. This year, rather than dust off the imitation holly that you’ve been hanging since Cliff Richard topped the charts singing about mistletoe and wine, work up your own decorations to proudly display next to the doorbell instead. You’ll have lots of fun introducing a handmade welcome to your home with this pretty paper design by Jenny Ellory. Incorporate the three dimensional element to your greetings too by making cards to match!Download now »
Create pretty items for the home using Sculpey III Polymer Clay that all the family can enjoy
Go all girlie and indulge your child’s creativity by making our fab personalised door plaque and photo frame set, all shaped from polymer clay! The vibrant shades and show-stopping designs are bound to appeal. Simple cookie cutters are used to stamp out the pretty butterflies just perfect for a little girl’s room. Decorate the motifs with sparkly crystals or a sprinkle of glitter, which can be added before baking for a fab feminine touch. The project is easy to adapt for a boy try creating dinosaurs or monsters in a variety of aqua tones for a masculine look.Download now »
Shimmer your way into autumn with this gem-encrusted set
As summer draws to a close, the dread of rainy days, cold nights and dark evenings starts to eek in. The remedy? A glorious sparkling craft project, of course! Jill Alblas has outdone herself with this gift set; the mishmash of earthy green tones and glittering embellishments work perfectly together and give the three makes a sense of cohesiveness.Download now »
Give papercrafts a springtime feel with these cheery makes
Easter is such a magical time for children, so why not create this cute selection of simple ideas to add to the excitement of the day? Debi Potter’s gorgeous bunny box designs can be piled high with chocolatey treats, making them an adorable addition to any Easter egg hunt. Just stock up on plenty of paper and sticky stuff to ensure that the kids get the chance to design their own - it’s the perfect holiday project to keep little fingers busy and brains engaged!Download now »
We’ll show you how to set off plain surfaces with enamelling and make
This project showcases a really great way to start out enamelling, without the requirement for too much specialist equipment. Special powders and paints are used to create smooth glass-like effects, perfect for reflecting the light from Christmas decorations.Download now »
This lovely springtime project blends paint and paper crafts together beautifully, and offers an inspiring way of making original accessories for your home. The artwork is easy to achieve and to help you get started we have included some templates in the CB Xtra. It is important to prepare your wooden items first by rubbing the surface over with fine sandpaper to provide a ‘key’ for the paintwork. Using a good quality acrylic paint will ensure that the surface is left smooth, and once dry, ready to be enhanced by your favourite embellishments.Download now »
Craft your own lavender candle and decorative paper using Jill Albas’ techniques, for an enviable scented collection
Avoid heating wax above direct heat or in a microwave. Keep children and pets away from your work area. If hot wax splashes onto the skin, immerse it in cold water immediately. Refrain from pouring molten wax into sinks.
To discover how much wax is needed, fill a mould with water then tip the fluid into a measuring jug. For every 100ml of water allow 100g of wax and 10g of stearin
Stop and shop
Candle making supplies and metal mesh, Homecrafts, 0116 269 7723, www.homecrafts.co.uk Dried lavender, The Soap Kitchen, 0844 880 5381, www.thesoapkitchen.co.uk
“Pour excess wax into a bowl lined with non-stick baking paper to be used for future projects” Jill Albas, CB designerDownload now »
Bright bunches of anemones are a spring time delight, and here to celebrate the season are some cross-stitch patterns inspired by the charming flowers. These designs have so many uses; a pretty lavender-filled fabric heart, a charming card to send to a friend and a sweet tag to make your packaging bloom. Present them individually or as one charming set.Download now »
Hair jewellery isn’t just for weddings and a day at the races! Many high street stores are stocking a vast array of decorative headwear, but why not create your own, as flamboyant or elegant as you want. Style a flower frame from wire, then weave in crystals and pearls to add that wow factor.Download now »
Add simple sophistication to your stationery with this fab free pattern by Amy Butler
Combine beautiful shades and clever stitching for this gorgeous project that’s sure to delight. These delectable fabric portfolios would make a lovely gift for a good friend, or why not treat yourself to a bit of luxury and decorate the desktop while you’re at it!
Make someone’s Christmas this year with a gorgeous cross-stitched stocking
This lovely design is sure to delight, so get the sewing box at the ready. The bright colours and cute bear motif make for a winning combination that will look great when hung up by the mantelpiece on Christmas Eve.
Add a little luxury to your jewellery box with stunning pendants and a simple necklace
This lovely project is ideal for jewellery makers of all skill levels, and is sure to give a touch of glamour to any outfit. Using threads from the DMC range and a clever technique, you’ll be able to whip up a necklace in every colour with a bracelet and earrings to match!
Create Christmas greetings with a difference this year by using these fab aperture templates to form Noel, Yule, Joy and Xmas cut-out cards, as demonstrated at the Hobbycrafts Show in Birmingham. All templates are designed exclusively by Corinne Bradd and must not be reproduced for resale.Download now »