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Hot Chocolate Spoons


Meringue Santa Beards

Nope. Not kidding.

How to Make Meringue Snowmen

Do you wanna build a snowman?
These little meringue treats are the perfect kitchen craft for kids big and small - either on their own
 or as a food toppers.

Glitter Reindeer

I've been pretty restrained with the glitter so far - let's make up for it.

Handmade Gift Ideas

Unless you are amazingly organised and probably feeling pretty pleased with yourself right now, you may be wondering what the baubles to get for everyone this holiday?  Over the last year or so, I've posted a few quick, easy and fairly low cost projects, so here are a few that might be the answer to your friend/family/Secret Santa gifting worries?  Grab a cuppa/cocktail - it's a long one :)
Click in the top right corners of each photo to be taken to the DIY!

Christmas 2014

[original teacake post here, but updated version coming soon]

Happy Halloween 2014

 If you are having a party tomorrow night, or over the weekend, here's the roundup of Halloween crafts from the blog over the last few weeks:

Halloween Monster Eyes

I always feel like, somebody's watching me.

Glitter Trick or Treat

Looking to add a bit of sparkle to your Halloween decorations?  Glitter Glue is your answer.

Embroidery Hoop Spider Web

As Halloween approaches, this is a quick and easy last-minute craft that can create some pretty impressive decorations to greet trick or treaters, or decorate for a party - if you have a hoola hoop in your home - you must try a huge version!

Halloween Felt Pom Pom Garland | Wreath | Door Sign

A few months ago I posted a quick DIY felt flower pom pom tutorial and today, I'm showing how these can be used, in Halloween-themed colours, to create fab garlands, wreaths and door hangings.

Halloween Biscuits

 Perfect company for any movie nights in this week.

How to Make Halloween Ghost Cake Pops

Add a bit of spook to desserts or to your treat stash with these simple and easy cake pops.

Balloon and Tassel Ghosts

 ....a ghost / alien hybrid.  Why not?

Halloween Bat Brad & Thread Art

  In my slight obsessive mission to re-create nail and thread art with as many different materials as possible, the most popular alternative was brad and thread, which I used to create a simple diamond.
Today, I'm showing how the same technique can be used for a slightly different shape - the bat.

Teacake Ghosts and Spiders

 Oooooh - you didn't really think I was done, did you?
Here are some real treats to give out this Halloween.  I'm slightly updating my ghost teacakes from a couple of years ago and adding spiders to the mix.  Don't eat them all yourself, now.

Pumpkin Honeycomb Decorations

Learning how to create honeycomb decorations has been a bit of a revelation to me [I made tissue paper decorations here, here and with felt, here] - so I'm making more for Halloween decor and if you fancy it, I guarantee its much simpler than you may think! [also, strangely therapeutic]. 

Meringue Ghosts

Halloween Banner

Can you tell I watched Hocus Pocus?

Flower Tree Centrepiece


Relief Chalk Art Poster


Two | a Birthday Giveaway : Closed


Happy Monday!  Today, TTSM is two.

This is a perfect excuse to eat cake all day, which I am.
Last year, for my first blogging birthday, I set some resolutions which I think I kind-of, sort-of kept to.  I bought myself a camera [you probably didn't notice] and I have tried to improve my photography, but where this has happened sometimes, I think this might be down to luck and fluke, rather than skill.  I've also tried new crafts [paper cutting and more recently honeycomb] and this is something I intend to focus even more on for my third year of blogging.  Finally, I set myself some consistency challenges, trying to find a balance between setting goals to make more and regular blogging.  Around the New Year, I started blogging three times a week and this became a little personal goal, which I've managed to keep to [give or take one week or two] until today.  I have to be honest, this hasn't been easy - but I've enjoyed having this self-inflicted goal to focus on.  So, here's to year three!
I mentioned in my first ever post that TTSM was not my first [nor second or third] attempt at blogging and the reason I have been able to keep this one up, I think, is due to the fab online community.  Thank you so much for your comments, tweets, emails and for every time you share my posts.  
Raising my coffee/cocktail [depending on your time of day...or maybe not as far as the cocktail is concerned] to you xxxx

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Finally - GIVEAWAY TIME!  I thought I'd offer something to celebrate and this is the online version of taking cupcakes in to work/school for your birthday.  

Ever fancied making Papercut artwork, Honeycomb decorations, bracelets, pinboards, tote bags or stationery toppers?  Now is your chance to win the project materials - the winner of this giveaway will win everything required to make the TTSM DIY craft project of their choice!  Any craft project DIY on this blog - if you fancy giving it a go but don't have the materials - you can win them! [If I have set the Rafflecopter form correctly - let me know if you have any problems!]


These are the mandatory entries:

Leave a blog comment, telling me the craft DIY you would like to win

Follow @ThingsSheMakes on Twitter  [if you don't already - tut! ;)] and then

Tweet: "I want to win the TTSM DIY craft post of my choice giveaway! http://thethingsshemakes.blogspot.co.uk #TTSMgiveaway"

Optional extra entries are to:

also like The Things She Makes on Facebook, Bloglovin and Pinterest


I'd like to open this up to all areas of the internet - so here is the small print:
  • It cannot be a food/baking post - unfortunately, this would rule out overseas entries, so please make sure the project you want to try is craft :)
  • The giveaway will close on Sunday, 28th September.  Make sue you get your entries in by then!
  • Of course, you can change your mind if you are the winner and find a different craft project you would like to try than originally posted!  If i am unable to send you part of the project materials due to shipping regulations, I will contact you to let you know, or offer you the chance to choose a different project.
  • The value of the project materials will not exceed £50.
  • If I am unable to buy you the same materials as I have used, I will find you the nearest alternative I can.
  • Rafflecopter will do the honours in choosing a winner, which I will announce back here, on the 29th September.
  • Any questions - please do ask!
Good Luck!

How to Make a Honeycomb Diamond

This honeycomb decoration making malarky is addictive.  Here's the third and final [for now] honeycomb experiment - a diamond honeycomb decoration.

Honeycomb Wrapping

Yesterday, I posted about my first attempt at honeycomb decorations.  Strangely therapeutic and therefore, I made more.  Today, here's how to create fabric versions to embellish and dress up presents.

How to Make a Tissue Paper Honeycomb Decoration

 Bringing the 70s back.

Meringue Moulds

Can you mould meringues?  These are the questions that keep me up at night.  Lets find out.
P.S Not 'do meringues go mouldy?'

How to Make Tissue Paper Flowers

As you may know, wrapping presents is one of my favourite things to do.  Imagine me at Christmas.  If you need any help, send presents to be wrapped my way - I love it.  Today, I have a new favourite extra I have been adding to my plain wrapping, tissue paper flowers, and they couldn't be easier.

Fimo Stationery Toppers

Fimo experiments Part 2 - let's give it another go on a smaller scale and fuel the stationery addiction in the process. Winning.

Review: Glue Gun

Hello!  Today’s post is a little different than the usual DIY and I hope useful, as today I’m blogging glue guns.  I’m a believer [and still am] that you don’t need electrical equipment, tools and gadgets to be creative, but this small investment has not only saved me time, it’s added strength and saved many a project that otherwise would have been abandoned.

How to Make Studded Cork Art

 Todays post is a corker [it's been a long week, sorry].

How to Make Felt Pom Poms

Today’s craft is one of my favourite kinds – a simple technique and few materials that allows you to create something with impact – felt flower pom poms.

How to Make Origami Butterflies

If you are recovering from a weekend in the Sun and fancy a bit of sitting-in-front-of-the-TV crafting, this origami butterfly project is for you.

Summer Lollipop Embellishments

I'm making the most of these glitter card scraps.

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