Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Tutorial: Marble Mugs

Hello everyone, and welcome to all our new members who joined at Serendipity 2! 

Hopefully you all enjoyed making marble mugs at yesterday's workshop, but if you couldn't make it down I've put together a tutorial so you can try on your own at home. 


-Plain mug (ideally white but any colour would work) 
-Nail varnish (1-4 colours depending on how colourful you'd like your mug to be!)
-Nail varnish remover
-Mixing bowl filled with water deep enough to sink your mug into


1. In a circular/spiralling motion, pour a small amount of nail varnish into the water - repeat with other colours if using more than one. 

2. Wait a few seconds for the varnish to disperse in the water. 

3. Dip your mug into the water and swirl it round to collect as much nail varnish as possible. You could push the mug in bottom down, or put it in sideways - the decision is yours! 

4. Rest upside down on a piece of kitchen roll and allow to dry. 

5. Use nail varnish remover to clean the inside of your mug (and possibly your hands!)'re finished! Your very own marble mug. Just remember to wash them in cooler water (including before use to remove any nail varnish remover), and don't pop them in the microwave or dishwasher. 

Here are a few examples made at last night's session to help inspire you: 

Thank you for reading, and happy crafting! :) 

P.S. In next week's workshop we will be making bath bombs! It should be a fantastic session so do pop down to Academi at 7pm on Tuesday 23rd to give it a go! 

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Tutorial: Felt Bookmarks

Hello everyone!

If you attended the workshop on Tuesday you'll know we were making embroidered felt bookmarks! Felt is one of my favourite fabrics to craft with - it's lovely and soft and doesn't fray. 

If you missed out on the session but would like to make your own bookmark, here's a quick guide to sewing yourself one. 

1. Print off a heart shaped template (like the one below)

2. Cut out two heart shapes from felt - you could use two different colours if you're feeling adventurous! 

3. Embroider both heart shapes with any design you like. Embroidery thread is good for this (it consists of six strands - pull it apart so there are only two strands and thread these through the needle), but any ordinary thread would be fine

4. Sew the hearts together so the nice embroidered sides can be seen and the messier side hidden in the middle. Make sure you only sew in a V shape, leaving the top open to make room for your page

5. Finished - a new bookmark! 

If you are looking for some inspiration, here are a few examples from our session on Tuesday: 

Happy crafting! 

(P.S. We have moved to Academi! You'll now find our weekly workshops in the Cinema Room - feel free to contact us via the Facebook group if you are unsure where to go).