The Crafty Gentleman blog | DIY and craft blog for men | Mike Aspinall
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I’m Shortlisted in the Amara Interior Blog Awards (please vote!)

Exciting news alert… I’ve been nominated for an Amara Interior Blog Award! Omg. 😱 The Amara Interior Blog Awards is hailed as being the “biggest celebration of interior blogs in the industry”. Each year, it gets tens of thousands of votes for bloggers across the interiors and DIY industries. This year will be its fifth year, making it an extra special one! Please, please, please vote for me! I’m sooo happy to have made it to the shortlist! …but I’m gonna need your…

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Tropical Garden 3D wall art DIY with Bostik
in DIY + Crafts, Garden, Interiors, Paper

Easy Tropical Garden Wall Art DIY

This post is sponsored by Bostik. The UK heatwave might be coming to an end, but it doesn’t mean the summer is over just yet! In fact, this time of year is one of my favourites – when the evenings are long and balmy and the garden is bursting with sun-ripened fruit and veg. (Speaking of which, my tomatoes have gone CRAZY lately… I’ll be eating them for weeks haha!). I’m a big fan of decorating my home for the…

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Behind the scenes of Cricut Make-A-Thon 2018 in Salt Lake City Utah
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Cricut Make-A-Thon 2018 in Salt Lake City

As I write this, I’m sitting on a plane somewhere above the Atlantic Ocean. It’s 3am (although, on a transatlantic flight, time doesn’t have much meaning!). Most of the fellow passengers around me are asleep, but I’m far too excited for sleep… Why? Because I’m flying home from Salt Lake City, where I attended the Cricut Mountain Make-A-Thon 2018! It was the MOST AMAZING week! I’m honestly still full of adrenaline from all the stuff that’s happened… where do I…

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Cricut Maker - Cricut Mountain Make-A-Thon Conference in Salt Lake City Utah
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July Favourites

Hey guys! I’ve pre-scheduled this post, as I’ll be at the Cricut conference in Salt Lake City at the time the post goes live… AHH! I’m so unbelievably excited for it! If you aren’t already, then make sure to follow me on Instagram – I’ll be sharing heaps of behind-the-scenes photos and videos from the event. I’m also hoping to get out and about in Salt Lake City, so come see what I’m getting up to here. Anyway, let’s talk…

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Learn how to make a DIY plush toy in any shape - Click through for easy tutorial
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How To Easily Make Plush Toys In ANY Shape

With a baby nephew who’s only 6 months old, I have a feeling that I’ll be sewing a lot of plush toys over the next few years. I’m talking: dinosaurs, aliens, robots… I’m basically making all the cool stuff that I fear is too childish to go in my own home! 🙂 But that’s what being an uncle is all about, right? Doing the fun stuff and spoiling my nephew with handmade gifts! This is where my Cricut Maker is…

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DIY Sewing Needle Wallet Tutorial | DIY and Craft blog | Click through for more
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DIY Sewing Needle Wallet tutorial

It seems to be a common curse with any crafter, that our homes are overflowing with craft supplies. Am I right?! If I’m not drowning in yarn and cotton off-cuts, then I’m tripping over packs of paper and card. Gahh! Therefore, any additional way to keep our craft supplies neat and organised is very welcome. One of the things I’m most guilty of not organising very well are sewing needles. I usually keep them in a small tin, inside a…

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Cricut Maker - Cricut Mountain Make-A-Thon Conference in Salt Lake City Utah
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Behind the Scenes: Preparation for Cricut Make-A-Thon Conference

The last few weekends have pretty busy for me, as I prepare for the upcoming Cricut Make-A-Thon conference in Salt Lake City. It’s now just one week until I fly out! I thought I’d give you guys a little look behind the scenes, so you can see how my prep is going. 🙂 First up, I’ve been cutting things out on my Cricut Maker like an absolute mad man! I want to have plenty of projects to show my talk…

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How to make a Scandinavian-Style DIY Wooden Lampshade | Easy woodwork project for beginners | DIY and Crafts | Click through for the full tutorial
in DIY + Crafts, Home décor, Interiors, Paper, Wood

Scandinavian-Style DIY Wooden Lampshade

Way back in May (feels like a lifetime ago, right?!), I went to the Handmade Fair at Ragley Hall. As part of the event, Mollie Makes invited me to take part in a craft challenge on the main stage… I was given 30 minutes to upcycle a lampshade, live on stage, against a fellow craft competitor. I went with what I know (and love) – wood, bold colours and geometric design. The result was a Scandinavian-style DIY wooden lampshade, made from…

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