What I made
739
days ago

2 spooky Halloween cutouts for your kitchen knife block

Kitchen knife block with knives passing through a cutout of a Mummy. First of two spooky halloween cutouts

Mummy: “Hey! Watch where you put those!”

Kitchen knife block with knives passing through a cutout of Frankenstein. Second of two spooky halloween cutouts

Frankenstein: “Hey, that’s my best jacket!”

Here’s two seasonally spooky Halloween cutouts to end my short break from blogging. I think the result is quite eye catching, or maybe I should say quite eye watering! They’d definitely make perfect decoration for Halloween, but also any other party with a monster, movie or fictional character theme.

Oh, and while you are in the kitchen, how about decorating the fruit bowl with some yucky bugs made from recycled materials? It’s one of my favourite projects, but you’ll need a lot of spare time.

How to make your own spooky Halloween cutouts for your kitchen knife block

These spooky Halloween cutouts are very easy to make, but if you’d like to use my artwork you can download it below. Also, the illustrations are intact (there’s no knife holes), so feel free to use them for other spooky projects as well.

Easy to follow hand drawn instructions for making spooky Halloween cutouts for your kitchen knife block

Download printables and instructions›

Includes:
1) Colour versions of the Mummy and Frankenstein artwork
488 downloads so far, thanks everyone!

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The ‘craft’ blogging community is a very generous one. A lot of people work very hard preparing projects to share (for free) and I for one would like to show my support by being a little more active in highlighting some of my favourites.

Cover shot of Mini-Eco's Eco-friendly Crafting book

So, with that in mind I’d like to give Mini-eco a big shout out. Please go and visit Kate’s wonderful blog, and then to buy her wonderful book, highlighted above.

What I made
1080
days ago

Four wonky cut out paper dice with illustrated numbers

Four wonky cut out paper dice

1) Four flavours of dice, all charmingly wonky!

Wonky cut out paper dice with funky hand drawn numbers

2) Spelling it out…

Wonky cut out paper dice with hand drawn roman numerals

3) Roman style…

Wonky cut out paper dice with hand drawn dots and stripes

4) Dots and stripes…

Wonky cut out paper dice with hand drawn sweets

5) Sweet tooth…

I’m really enjoying ‘wonkiness’ at the moment. I think it’s a reaction to having so many Apple products in my life – an iPhone, an iPad, a MacBook Pro – they are all exquisitely designed, but perhaps a bit too perfect. Instead, I’ve found myself rejoicing in flaws – I was even recently heard saying that it was OK that my kids had drawn on the dining room table because it gave it the ‘worn look’!

Now, of course, there’s a fine line between what’s rustic, and what’s bad workmanship, so I hope I’ve got the balance right with these ‘wonky’ cut out paper dice. They were all created freehand, without rulers, and therefore have lots of gaps and cracks, they are even assembled crudely using sticky tape. The idea came from having to quickly make a paper dice for my son – I used the same technique described below, and found the finished result to be quite charming.

How to make your own wonky cut out paper dice

I’ve provided printable artwork for all the designs shown above. Just click the download link and follow the simple folding plan outlined in the instructions below. Have fun.

Easy to follow instructions for making wonky hand drawn paper dice

Download printables and instructions›

Includes:
1) Colour versions of artwork – just start folding
2) Collectable instructions – stick them on the fridge
383 downloads so far, thanks everyone!

I thought it might be fun to gauge your love of a little wonkiness with this simple poll. Let me know which way you swing, perfect or wonky, and I’ll dedicate a project to the winning category.


What I made
1100
days ago

Illustration: ‘Everything I made in a year’

1) 19 projects, 10 fineliners and 5 marker pads later…

I recently celebrated a year of blogging by exhibiting a print called Everything I made in a year at the Art Sells exhibition in London. Organised by two girls who work in a well known London advertising agency, it was open to any ‘frustrated creative’ working within the wider creative industry!

I’d love to know a little more about the type of craft project you’d like to see more off. And to make it easier to get your feedback I’m running my first poll! If you have time please have a go.


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