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What to make with leftover wallpaper.

It occurred to me that I may not be the only person in the world with bits of leftover wallpaper hoarded away. Maybe it’s a back up in case of an emergency fix in a newly decorated room, or perhaps it’s from your sample selection before you made your final choice.

I decided to dig out some of mine and craft a few things. I was also sent some from ‘Off The Wall’ (more of them later.)

You could also look back to previous blog posts’ DIY paper bags’ on this site or indeed the ‘Make and Do Envelopes with Gift Frippery’ on the Laura Ashley blog.

I made a zig zag book!

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I know a lot of other crafters who do these. It’s fairly obvious how to and very simple to do. Tou can choose how many pages you want to include and that will probably depend on what you’re going to use it for. They would be perfect for photographs, sketches, recipes etc. Don’t feel you have to have each cover matching either. As you can see I used two patterns from ‘Off the Wall.’ It’s a wallpaper boutique! Yes, (shriek!!) a BOUTIQUE! They only sell paper from independent UK designers and we love supporting those type of businesses ,right? They sell this paper BY THE METRE!! Yes, I know I’m shouting at you but I don’t want you to miss that bit, it’s really good for crafters and upcycling projects. I’ve certainly never heard of this before but it’s great if you love unusual ,good quality paper but don’t want a whole roll.


I made wallpaper bunting!

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I’m in a temporary kitchen as my Twitter followers know. I was thinking about my lighting options when my thoughts went off at a tangent. I drew some old style lampshades, cut them out and made them double sided. You’ll see lots of different brands of wallpaper in this mixture.

I made  Wallpaper Cones.


Roll  some wallpaper into a cone shape and voila! you have a receptacle for a gift. I turned the top down to close it and sealed it with a fabric butterfly. This wallpaper is from ‘Off the Wall’ once again. They have such gorgeous subtle shades. Instructions for making a cone are in the video which I’ve made on the home page. Ideas for decorating cones are coming soon.

I’ve made teeny tiny  envelopes!


Last, but not least, I made tiny envelope shapes but left the top piece flat. The other three corners fold into a central point. These three points should then have a hole punched in each of them. Thread some ribbon through them and tie in a bow and decorate with artificial flowers and leaves. Simple ,but perfect on a card or as a present topper.

Off The Wall have a challenge for crafters running through March and April. Follow them on Twitter (and me) and tag your teets with #OneMetreChallenge. The details are HERE

They call it a celebration of creativity… why not join in the fun?


Perri Lewis chats with Gift Frippery!

Perri is a bit of a legend in my world. Her crafting and handmade love is a lifestyle choice rather than just a hobby. She’s written a book (on my Christmas list!) ‘Material World’. She’s a very busy bee though, a sometimes journalist, author, editor and currently creative director of Mastered. Mastered is an on-demand fashion education programme.

I’m feel very honoured to chat with Perri .


1 Tea or coffee?

Always tea. Usually peppermint. I don’t like coffee, which it lucky because everyone I know is always trying to drink less. 


2 You love everything creative, do you belong to a cool WI or any craft groups?

I don’t! I’ve never had enough time to do something like that. I was always too busy writing about the craft movement than actually enjoying it. 


3 ’The Modern Craft Bible’ was incredibly well received , do you have plans for other books?

Thank you! There’s no books planned just yet, but if I get the right idea I’d love to do another one. Especially a novel. I’ve never understood why people would rather write fiction than non-fiction – there’s so much awesome stuff going on in real life, why make it up? But as my job gets more stressful, I can certainly see the benefits of escaping in to a world you’ve created.


4 There seems to be far fewer male crafters than women. Why do you think this might be?

It’s such a traditionally female activity and the memories of that don’t go away easily. Fortunately there are some incredible male crafters using this to great effect, playing on stereotypes and tradition – think Mr X Stitch, Ben Venom etc etc.

5 Did you craft as a child? What was the first thing you remember making? (I knitted a lime green and coral pot holder for Brownies!!)

I did. I remember making a cross stitched thank you card from a kit my Nana had bought me. The next time I saw her she brought it back and showed me where I could improve it. I learnt a hell of a lot about making from both my Gran and my Nana.


6 You have rubbed shoulders or at least virtually with the good and the great of the art/ craft world. Who do you rate?

I’ve been incredibly lucky to do so! Being a journalists means you can invite people for coffee under the guise of wanting to interview them (even if really you’re just hoping they’ll be your friend). There are so many people doing amazing things, but I definitely rate Sian of Crafty Fox for creating a really great series of markets, as well as a series of talks to help the designers who sell at her fairs. I also admire the drive of Lisa Comfort of Sew Over It (she’s just opened a new space in Islington), the ideas of the Mollie Makes team and Sam Wingate’s ability to bridge the artist/designer-maker gap so well. 


7 Do you do your own crafting in front of the television? What kind of programmes do you like?

I do a little embroidery in front of the TV, but nothing too complicated as I get too distracted. I’m a sucker for US cop shows. NCIS, Law and Order, CSI – I love them all. 


8 Marmite! Love it or hate it?

Hate it. Except on Twiglets. I can handle it in that very minute form.


9You’ve recently been married. Congratulations! Did you actually make or craft anything for your own wedding?

Thank you! When we got engaged I’d just finished the book and I swore there was no way I’d make anything for the wedding. Fast forward 14 months and I was making origami cranes (we had about a 1000), paper flowers (we had hundreds), gold leaves and much, much more. It was a lot of effort, but totally worth it in the end.


10 Share your links (website etc)

There’s more about what I do in Real Life a I (very occasionally) blog at, I tweet at @perrilewis, and share pictures I love at and

Thinking Outside the Box

I kept seeing beautiful photos on Twitter from a company called @blossomsugarart. They were pictures of the most beautiful cakes, big show-off cakes! It became apparent that they didn’t make the cakes but supplied all the necessary equipment.

Now a quick aside before you start thinking I’m going to start a new business……don’t be ridiculous! Have you tried my cooking?

1.Blossom Sugar Art make ingenious little moulds for making the roses etc for the cakes. I asked them if they thought it might work with paper and they sent me some moulds to try my idea out. I was beyond excited about this experiment and I tell you folks, IT DOES WORK!



2. I made a mixture of PVE glue and water.I cut up tissue paper so the pieces were larger than the mould itself. I always started with a dry piece of tissue then worked it into the mould with a small paintbrush dipped in the glue mix. I then added another piece, same again. When I’d done three layers I put a final piece of tissue on but didn’t work it with the brush. You want this top layer to be dry too.



3 &4 Press the lid of the mould down slowly and carefully. Apply firmish pressure. Gently ease the mould out. I found if I was careful enough I could do this without waiting for it to dry fully. Leave it to dry completely and then trim around the flower shape.


5. I was wrapping a present for my sister-in-law so I wrapped in brown paper and folded the final flap so it looked a bit like a clutch bag.


6. Then, my favourite bit, all the embellishing! I used my glue gun to stick the flowers on.


So, thank you, Blossom Sugar Art for letting me try this idea out. The moulds are even packed to take on holiday in case of crafting time. They should really come with a warning……incredibly addictive!!


I recently heard about #PostCircle on Twitter. I was intrigued enough to want to find out a bit more. It has been set up by Anna,
It is basically a group of people who value snail mail in these fast and furious times. Let’s face it, it’s rare to get a lovely handwritten note or letter these days. So this is for people who love to send and receive lovely post…..just because!
You are placed randomly into a group of around six people. These people might have similar interests but not necessarily and they could be all different ages . The idea is every time you receive post you send out some post. This keeps the whole project moving. You can post to whoever you want within your own group.
Your post can be pretty much anything eg. a full blown letter, some crafty bits, a post card, a photograph, a cuddly toy. The thought is in the giving not the cost.
So, I’ve just been given my group, so am quite excited. First things first though, what shall I send in the post???????
I would love you all to make some suggestions please.

Twitter competition

I follow @Ryman on Twitter because it’s connected to #SBS and I’m always  hoping Theo Paphitos  will spot my business and let me win!!

Half way through my craft room move (see last post) @Ryman did a competition for the messiest desk and the tidiest desk. Mine was looking horrendous as usual, so I took a photo and entered the competition quickly before I could change my mind. They’ve contacted me and said I’m going to get a small prize for being the first entry!! Obviously as thrilling as that is I’m really hoping for the big prize. Will keep you posted!!!

Moving My Craft Room.

Minimalist? Certainly not! It’s not even in my vocabulary! Yet ,as I made the decision to move my craft room ,I sort of wished I was one. No chance.

So, the major effort began….and it’s not over yet.

When I first moved into my original craft room, I picked my favourite room in the house…it’s all sloping ceilings  and quaint windows and up on the attic level. Then,  I realised how impractical it was. It’s so quaint that with all my ‘stuff’ in there,  there wasn’t  room to swing a cat. (not that I have one, or would wish to swing one either.) So, I have had to drag what I need downstairs to the kitchen table and then it takes a superhuman effort to take it back (3 floors).

It got me thinking that my son, who lives nearby, doesn’t need his room. You save the children’s rooms forever in case it upsets them, don’t you?  But, he actually  helped me start moving the craft stuff yesterday into his old, enormous room. It’s so big that I could even have two more Ikea shelf units in there. There’s room for a table so I can do every thing in one room …bliss! People have been admiring the painted drawers. They came completely free from my local post office when it moved to smaller premises. Right place, right time!

If you turn up at my door, please knock VERY LOUDLY because I’ll be three floors up fripperising things!!!

It’s not finished yet, a bit of a work in progress……but from the photos you can see how bad it was, and you can see the one tidy corner I’ve created so far. Long may it last!


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Many of you know I’ve become an enthusiastic Tweeter. (@GiftFrippery) Please find me and follow if you’re interested in thoughts, gift wrapping, crafts and bridal craft ideas and occasional other things that take my fancy!

I’ve just Tweeted that whilst I’m on holiday I’m going to be planning my Twitter launch of Frippery Friday! I’d really value any small suggestions of things that could be featured.

Thank you in advance!

Gift Frippery homemade fire lighters.

It’s freezing! Snow is forecast tonight. I can’t move around very quickly to warm up because I’m on crutches ,awaiting a knee operation. Thank goodness I’m a craft lover and can entertain myself.
Anyway, I’ve just lit a real fire using the firelighters I made the other day. Wondering how I did that? Luckily it’s all been documented, so I’ll be able to share it with you. It’s very easy but you do need to collect a few things before you start…unless like me you have a mountain of ‘stuff” squirrelled away. You will need some small fir/pine cones, egg boxes and wax (old candles would do). I’ll give you a week or so to do this and then I’ll post the instructions. In the meantime, I hope you’re as warm as me!