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Christmas craft activities … for grown ups

Why should the kids have all the fun with Christmas craft activities?   I Made It Myself have a selection of fun, stylish and grown up Christmas crafts for corporate parties, press days and events… For groups of 10 and over, the sessions can be sit down 2 hour masterclasses, quick drop in’s, or anywhere in between, we can tailor our ‘Christmas Crafternoons’ for a bespoke experience.

Christmas craft activities

I Made It Myself Christmas craft activities

Choose from our stylish and seasonal selection of hands-on activities: Christmas bauble customising (our personal favourite!), Christmas paper craft and gift tag making, gift wrap masterclass with lots of fun ideas, Christmas wreath making (go deluxe with roses, or classic and trad), Christmas stocking decorating and good old Christmas jumper accessorising, (although strictly speaking its a Christmas sweatshirt rather than a jumper).

We are not adverse to a bit of festive sparkle but we do try to keep glitter to a minimum (it can get everywhere!) – but please note, we are a strictly tinsel free zone!

 

 

Beach bag printing and cocktail cupcakes

We’ve been feeling some summer vibes with two beach inspired activities; tote bag printing and summer cocktail cupcakes especially for Enjoy Work event at Chiswick Business Park.

beach tote bag printingtropical beach themed tote bag printing.

tote bag printing pineapples

 

 

 

 

Firstly we did beach bag printing with a tropical theme – we had pineapple, watermelon slices and palm tree stencils but it was the flamingo that proved the most popular!  We used bright coloured screen paints and sponges to transform a plain cotton tote into a summer beach bag!

We also had a summer cocktail cupcakes (or cup-tails!) decorating activity. We chose our favourite retro holiday cocktails, pina colada, mojito and tequila sunrise to give the humble cupcake a beach cocktail twist.

cocktail cupcake or cuptails decoratingcocktail cupcakes cocktail inspired cupcakes

 

 

 

 

You could bake your own cupcakes, but on this occasion we used the ready-made plain, vanilla cupcakes from Waitrose.  We went shop bought because for this event it was all about the decorating, so we were focused on perfecting those buttercream swirls and decorating with cocktail garnishes!

With the tote bag printing plus cocktail cupcake decorating, there was some totally tropical, crafty fun (with or without the sun).

For more information about our bespoke crafty events please have a look at our Events page or get in contact info@imadeitmyself.co.uk

Mini Makes for time and budget conscious hens

We aim to please and as hen parties can have busy schedules, sometimes a short and sweet activity is in order.  So we’ve launched our new Mini Makes which are shorter than our usual 2 hour sessions (1 – 1.5 hours) and at only £29 per person, cheaper too!

The Mini Makes include:

Knicker decorating and accessorising for hen parties - I Made It Myself

Mini Makes – knicker decorating

Brief Encounter : Knicker decorating

Bring along a pair of knickers and choose from a selection of lace, ribbons, embellishments and trimmings and have fun customising. Only the most basic of sewing skills required. A brief encounter you’ll never forget..

 

 

Beauty product making - I Made It Myself

Mini Makes – beauty takeaways

Beauty Takeaways : Pamper product making

Learn to make your own personalised collection of pampering bath soaks in stylish Italian glass bottles. Using nourishing ingredients including Himalayan pink salt, Dead Sea salt, a choice of essential oils and dried petals make your own mini beauty takeaways. Also includes ribbons and tags to personalise and lovely gift bags to take them away.

 

 

Mini Makes earring making - I Made It Myself

Mini Makes – earring making

Ear Candy : Earring making

Using gold or silver plated earring hooks and a selection vintage and modern beads, charms and chains and learn how to make your own earrings whatever your style.

We love tassel bracelets…

Recently we were asked by high street fashion brand Claire’s Europe to come up with a fun, creative activity reflecting some of the big jewellery trends for spring / summer 2015 for a press event in central London.  We looked at the trend forecasts for summer as well as the theme of the Claire’s event.  It needed to be fun, with a summer / festival feel, so as we love festival style tassels, we decided on a quick and easy to make tassel bracelets.  We provided a selection of small wooden beads in bright colours with a choice of contrasting tassels, and then it was a case of threading them on, securing the elastic with a blob of glue, and voila – a brand new bracelet in under 10 minutes!  If you had a bit more time on your hands, and with a long piece of thread, the beads and tassels would make great necklaces as well.

photo-33 copy 4  tassel bracelets for a press event in London   photo-34 copy 2  photo-34 copy 3

Some of the finished products shown above.  We especially like the turquoise bracelet with matching manicure!   Even though they we worn with jumpers and winter coats,  we tried to inject a spring / summer vibe into a frankly freezing day in mid winter!  Roll on summer ….

For more examples of fun, creative and social media friendly activities for press days and events  please go to our Events Page.  To get in touch email info@imadeitmyself.co.uk or call 02081235257

 

Paper craft – Homemade Christmas decorations

We just love homemade Christmas decorations.  There is something reassuringly traditional about the ritual of preparing your home for Christmas, plus the results have handmade charm about them that you just can’t buy from the shops!

Homemade Christmas decorations

Now obviously in real life not everyone has the time or inclination to sit down and make decorations by hand, let alone the sourcing and buying involved to get all the materials required.  Luckily though we have our Christmas Crafternoons available to bring to you!  A couple of hours of making decorations, lots of stylish materials are provided along with ideas, inspiration and guidance if needed.  We have done bespoke Christmas Crafternoons for work Christmas parties, large scale corporate events and press days.

handmade paper craft Christmas decorations, I Made It Myself

We really love chic, Scandi inspired paper craft decorations, but we’re not slaves to stylish minimalism, there is always room for a bit of kitsch at Christmas and we’re also partial to a bit of festive sparkle now and again, however we draw the line at tinsel!

homemade Christmas decorations

For more details on our Christmas craft activities please go to our Corporates page and the Christmas options menu, or get in touch info@imadeitmyself.co.uk

 

 

Candle Making for parties and events

We love candle making, it’s one of our most popular activities for parties and events – maybe because everyone loves the end product so much.  Obviously we’re all for individuality and creativity, but when it comes to wax though, we’re purists – we go for plain white, no artificial dyes or marbling effects for us.  However, elements we do like to play around with include scent; we have a good choice of scent, gorgeous florals like rose, lavender or geranium, spicy, warmer scents like vanilla or fig, or citrusry like orange.  It’s fun to blend scents too – vanilla and rose is wonderful!   Finally what to set the candle in?  We know there are a myriad of candle moulds out there – and for those who want their candles in the shapes of bananas, pyramids or entwined figures.. then we are not the people for you.   We offer simple, classic glass votives in either plain or fluted Art Deco style, or a silvery distressed votive as well as a beautiful selection of vintage teacups – and we even have been known to use a Moroccan bowl.. but never a banana mould!

candle making in a glass votive for hen parties and press events

For more info about candle making for parties, corporates or events please go to our website or get in touch info@imadeitmyself.co.uk or 02081235257

Vintage Charm – vintage jewellery making for parties

Doing a fun and creative activity as part of a hen do has gone from quirky to mainstream for modern hen parties, and one of our most popular classes for 2014 is vintage jewellery making.

All our jewellery making classes (vintage jewellery, friendship charm bracelet, and our new contemporary tassel and chain necklaces) start off with an introduction to the tools; we use round nose pliers, flat nose pliers and cutters.  This is followed by a practice trial run getting to grips with the tools and honing some basic techniques using findings; crimp beads, jump rings and clasps.

making bracelets and necklaces with vintage jewellery for a craft hen party in London

vintage jewellery making

Once everyone feels confident with the tools and techniques it’s time for to choose the vintage jewellery.  Pearls, beads, charms, chains, brooches and more are laid out on vintage china for people to choose – going for something simple to statement.   Then it’s relaxed and satisfying session assembling the elements to create unique piece of jewellery.

We have at least one teacher (more for larger groups) to give advice and lend a hand where necessary.  Most people like to make necklaces, but sometimes people do bracelets, ear-rings and we’ve even had an anklet.  It’s great for an afternoon hen activity, and everyone gets involved doing something hands on.  Also everyone can show off their new creations if they are going on somewhere after the class.

 

Nail Art Event for Next Press Day

We were thrilled to be involved with Next for their Summer 2014 preview event held at Soho Hotel.  The collection featured stunning summer brights and bold prints which our talented manicure teacher translated into nail art designs.

nail art event for fashion press day

Graphics showing the print and the corresponding nails made it easy for people to choose their nail art manicure.

Nail art for Next press event by I Made It Myself

Bold prints translated into stunning nail art manicures.

Nail art event for Next press day

The manicures, as well as gorgeous up dos and braids by the girls at Blow added a fun and pampering element to the preview collection.

Fashion, delicious breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea provided throughout the day, up dos and of course the manicures – wonderful!

For more info on our nail art event please see our Events Page

Guide to creating handmade Mothers Day cards with fabric flowers

We love giving and receiving cards (sorry but an e-card just doesn’t cut it!), and our favourites are always handmade. But when was the last time you sent a handmade Mothers Day card to your mum?  The chances are it was when you were still at school, so why not indulge her this year by making one yourself.  It shows you’ve put time and thought into it and not just done a last minute dash to the corner shop.  Hopefully she’ll love it just as much as your childhood creations – only this time it will be a little more chic!

Below our craft teacher Elise shares her method of making fabric flower cards:

materials for Handmade Mothers Day card

materials for home made card making

1. Gather your materials; quality paper for the card, any scraps of pretty fabric (we used Liberty print fabric off cuts), a button, needle and thread, scissors and glue.

Handmade Mothers Day card

draw and cut out a flower template

2. Draw a simple flower shape on some paper and cut out as your template. Make sure the petals aren’t cut too close to the centre. Then draw outline onto reserve side of fabric and cut out. Repeat with the same or contrasting piece of fabric.

sewing flower for Handmade Mothers Day card

sew a tacking stitch round the centre of the flower

3. With a threaded needle sew round the centre of one of your flowers in a simple tacking stitch – use 2 or 3 stitches per petal, the more stitches the tighter the ‘gather’.

floral Handmade Mothers Day card

gather the thread

4. Pull the thread tight for the gathered effect, secure thread with a knot on the reverse side and trim.

Handmade Mothers Day card

layer flowers on top of each other and secure with a button

5. Position your gathered flower over the other one, and use a button to secure the two pieces of fabric.

floral handmade Mothers Day cards

glue the finished flowers onto cards – add stems and leaves if desired

6. Glue the finished flower onto the card. Add a stem, leaves or any other embellishments.  Write your Mother’s Day message and post or deliver by hand – it will really make your Mum’s Day

Christmas Bauble Decorating for parties and events

We had a bauble-tastic month in December as we ran our ‘Never Mind the Baubles’ (a.k.a Christmas bauble decorating) at events and parties in London.  We go for good quality plain white mat baubles, red, silver and champagne gold as a neutral base with a selection of lettering, embellishments, glue pens, fine glitter, ribbons and twine for some creative, Christmas fun.

Christmas bauble decorating activity for press event

We brought our baubles to Browns Hotel in Mayfair for Next who were hosting a Festive Afternoon Tea event for bloggers. After sampling the gorgeous sandwiches, mini cakes and champagne – everyone got stuck in making some gorgeous, personalised creations for their Christmas trees.

Christmas bauble decorating activity for press event

Baubles also featured in our Christmas Crafternoons for Soho House Christmas activites for their members.  We ran the event for them at Shoreditch House and Soho House.  The bauble decorating was brilliantly popular but there was other festive decorations made including tissue paper pom poms as well as printed gift tags and bags and mini garlands.

Christmas bauble decorating activity for press event

At the o2 Christmas event – a wide range of creative activities followed a conference at Evolution in Battersea Park.  We provided 3 of the activities available; candle making (with Christmassy scents of course), chocolate making and our Christmas crafternoon complete with bauble decorating.

The residents and employees of St Katherine’s Dock enjoyed a spot of bauble decorating (and bags and gift tag printing) as well as sampling delicious street food and picking up a few gifts from the stalls packed with gorgeous hand made gifts at the fun and festive annual Christmas event.

Christmas bauble decorating activity

So after a month of Christmas Crafternoons all over town, we have concluded it’s impossible not to have fun decorating baubles, and it can be slightly addictive!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! x

For more information on ‘Never Mind the Baubles’ go to our Christmas activities on our Corporate or Event pages or contact us info@imadeitmyself.co.uk