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DIY gift toppers for men | The Crafty Gentleman
in Christmas, Christmas crafts, recipes and festive inspiration!, DIY + Crafts, Paper

Dapper DIY gift toppers: 3 ways

Hey guys! I just wanted to share with you a guest post that I wrote for the Trimcraft blog recently. In it, I share how to make 3 different styles of paper craft gift toppers: a bow tie, a neck tie and an origami star. Any one of them erectile dysfunction would be perfect for adding a final flourish to your gifts (and with Father’s Day just around the corner, the timing is perfect!). See more and read the tutorials…

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DIY Pantone wall art
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DIY Pantone wall art

Have I ever mentioned how much I freaking love Pantone? Like, major obsessor right here! If you strip it all back, then Pantone is simply a colour organisational tool. But in reality, it is so much more – they have a huge range of irresistible merchandise and paints, as well as more unusual spin offs like a hotel in Brussels (which I was lucky enough to stay in a few years back!). So you can imagine my excitement when I…

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Origami star garland tutorial
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Make an origami star garland (video)

I’m just gonna go straight in and say it: I LOVE ORIGAMI. The Japanese art of paper-folding has had a real resurgence in previous years, to the extent that it’s now pretty ubiquitous in any crafter’s skill set. But this popularity certainly hasn’t watered down the appeal for me – I just think there’s something really satisfying about turning a plain, boring sheet of paper into an intricate work of art… just by folding it. Now, it probably goes without…

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How to make a marble bookmark using shaving foam
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How to make a marbled bookmark with shaving foam

Did you know that this month is the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare? 400 years and his work is still celebrated in schools, Universities and theatres all over; his writing still impacting both popular culture and academia alike. It’s amazing! To celebrate this big anniversary, the team over at Viking got in touch and challenged me to make a simple craft project involving a Shakespeare quote. I thought this would be a great chance to test out…

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How to make a giant paper mache Easter egg cup
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Make a giant papier mâché Easter egg cup

I’m all about the fancy craft techniques. Some of my favourite DIY projects have been quite complex, such as my leather and tweed travel documents holder, or my tweed patchwork cushion. However, sometimes I just like to go riiiight back to my childhood and play with the fun, messy and imperfect types of crafts – like papier mâché! And when better to do this, than Easter? Just as families across the land are prepping Easter egg hunts and cornflake chocolate nests, I…

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Simple handmade Christmas cards
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Five simple Christmas cards you can make yourself

‘Tis the season for handmade Christmas cards! Making greetings cards has been a hobby of mine since I was a child; I used to spend hours raiding my craft supplies, cutting and sticking, scribbling and drawing, creating intricate card designs. It was actually this hobby that got me into crafting and lead me to start this blog – so I owe a lot to handmade cards! But if you’re anything like me, adult life doesn’t allow you very much time to spend making…

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DIY autumn leaf garland
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Make a DIY autumn leaf garland

In case you missed it, I love autumn! One of my favourite things about this time of year is seeing the green leaves slowly turn to an intense blend of fiery oranges, reds, yellows and browns. In the space of just a few weeks, entire forests and parks look completely different, so much more vibrant and bold! I was inspired by these autumnal colours and wanted to bring a touch of the new season into my home, so I created…

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DIY mosaic effect wall art - 1985 by George Orwell
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Make mosaic effect DIY wall art with Polaroids

I don’t talk about it too much on the blog, but I’m a bit of a literature geek. I love the old classics, from H.G.Wells’ sci-fi and Jules Verne’s adventures, to the romances of Jane Austen and the Brontes. But my favourite of them all, is 1984 by George Orwell. I must have been about 16 when I first read it, and it absolutely amazed me. I’d never been so compelled, so in awe and yet so ultimately terrified by…

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