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DIY Wooden Perpetual Desk Calendar | Secret Santa Gift | Handmade gift for him | Cricut Maker crafts
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DIY Wooden Desk Calendar with the Cricut Maker

This post is sponsored by Cricut, but all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep me blogging! Ah, Secret Santa. Love it or loathe it, it’s a Christmas tradition that’s here to stay! Every year, I get roped into at least one Secret Santa group. Generally, I really enjoy it. I’ll often get someone that I know well, so it’s pretty easy to think of a gift for them. But what happens when you have…

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How to make a Wooden Pumpkin Pin Badge | Easy Halloween Crafts | Cricut Maker craft projects | Click through for more
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How To Make A Wooden Pumpkin Pin Badge

Halloween falls on a Wednesday this week, which I always find a little strange… Do you dress up? Or just go about the day like normal? Who knows! I reckon it should be a public holiday, to save us of this dilemma. 😉 This year, to avoid this conundrum, I’ve DIY’ed a way to add a subtle nod to Halloween – without going all-out on a costume. I used my Cricut Maker to create this wooden pumpkin pin badge. Instant…

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How to make a DIY wooden Sudoku game - Handmade games - Gift ideas for men - Easy woodwork projects for beginners
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DIY Wooden Sudoku Game

I make looooads of different things. I’ll try pretty much any craft I can get my hands on, and love exploring new techniques. However, I can fit pretty much all of my makes into one of two boxes. They’re either decorative (like this and this), or functional (like this or this). But you know where the real magic is? Something that ticks both boxes at the same time! That’s the ultimate craft project. And this DIY wooden Sudoku game does just that. As well…

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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
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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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Learn how to make custom plywood shelves to fit in any space - Full step-by-step tutorial with tips - Click through for this and more DIY woodwork projects
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How to make custom plywood shelves (to fit ANY space!)

At the bottom of the stairs in my house, there’s a really awkward bit of space. It’s a small walkway, around 1 metre square, with the kitchen on one side and the living room on the other. It’s got a little bit of wall space, which immediately faces the stairs – so it’s the first thing you see when you get the the bottom. For a good few months after moving in, we were unsure what to do with this bit of…

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How to make DIY travel chess set with Cricut Maker, click through for tutorial
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Bauhaus-inspired DIY Travel Chess Set

I’ve been wanting to make a DIY Travel Chess Set for aaaages. I think the idea first started during my trip to Berlin last year (check out my video, here), when I visited the Bauhaus Archive. I fell in love with the harsh angles, minimalist geometry and clean lines that makes Bauhaus so distinctive. In the gift shop, I spotted a really cool wooden chess set. The pieces had been reduced down to their most basic shapes, then carved into…

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Nottingham Light Night - The Crafty Gentleman installation at Handmade Nottingham
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See my DIY window display for Nottingham Light Night!

I’m lucky enough to live in Nottingham; one of the most creative cities in the UK. (Don’t believe me? Nottingham has more indie/creative businesses than any other UK city outside of London!). I love this city. It’s been my home for more than four years now. I moved here straight after Uni, with no friends nearby, no family, no-one. But I consciously threw myself into the creative scene, and quickly grew a strong network of friends, fellow blogger pals and like-minded creatives….

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DIY geometric clock made from wood
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How to make a geometric wooden clock

Have you ever tried a woodwork project before? Or has the thought of thought of using jig saws, electric sanders, mitre saws and other power tools put you off? If it’s the latter, then don’t worry – I used to be just the same. I thought I’d inevitably end up with a messy, unprofessional looking project (and probably lose a few fingers in the process). But you know what? I started small, and gradually built up my skills (and confidence). I’m now a…

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