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Craft Your Own: How to make a Hanging Heart Decoration for Valentine’s Day

Stuck for a Valentine's Day gift? Here's how to make your own. Read on and learn how to craft your very own Hanging Heart Decoration, using a wire coat hanger, fabric or ribbon scraps, fine wire and a few beads or sequins. It's super easy, honest!

Written by Amelia Gregory

How to make a Valentine's Day hanging heart decoration mobile using a wire coat hanger, ribbon scraps, fine wire and beads or sequins

As part of my drive to get more crafty in 2014 I intend to bring you a selection of things to make and do at home, hopefully at least one a month. I reason that if I post these projects on my website then I've got license to spend the time making said things out of all the stuff I have saved and stashed around the house over the years… not easy for me to justify in a world where I am working every snatched hour that I have away from the child. But yes, I want to use my hands, and I want to hand craft things like everyone else I write about, even if the outcome is not as polished and perfect.

Hanging Heart Decoration modelled by Snarfle - Valentines Dayread more

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Pinned it! Made it! Pinterest Party Review: Create a Mexican Day of the Dead Flower Crown

Why not get your craft on at a Pinterest Party? The Pinned it! Made it! ladies are on hand to guide you through your crafting dreams, once a month at Hackney Downs Studios.

Written by Amelia Gregory

If like me, you are a Pinterest fan, you no doubt spend more happy hours avidly collecting crafting ideas than actually creating them. Which is why the concept of Pinterest …

Christmas Gift Ideas 2011: Eco-friendly, Ethical and Crafty Gifts

A diverse range of gifts for the ecologically, environmentally aware and craft minded in your life: from Kirsty Allsopp's aspirational range for M&S to an arts activist pamphlet from Platform.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Christmas gifts by Sinead O’Leary.
Just in time for a last minute eco Christmas round up before the Royal Mail goes totally pear shaped….

Firstly, I am a bit in love …

Analogue Books in Edinburgh celebrates 10 Years as an Independent Bookshop

The wonderful Julie Nicoll and Russell Ferguson of Analogue Books have been stocking my various publications for 8 years, and in 2011 they celebrate their 10th birthday. Here's a bit of history mixed with some top tips for imaginative gift ideas for Christmas.

Written by Amelia Gregory

One of my favourite stockists, Analogue Books of Edinburgh, celebrates their 10th birthday this year. I spoke with co-founder and owner, the lovely Julie Nicoll.

For those readers who don’t know …

London Zine Symposium 2011: A Review

The London Zine Symposium returns to the Rag Factory in Heneage Street for its seventh annual event. Here's what I discovered on Sunday 17th April 2011... with lots of photos.

Written by Amelia Gregory

London Zine Symposium 2011. All photography by Amelia Gregory.
At the London Zine Symposium art students and anarchists sit cheek by jowl, sometimes sharing an overloaded trestle table. It can be …

Craft: christmas decorations.

This is the third and final Christmas article from Hannah Bullivant- and we're talking decorations. With illustrations by Matilde Sazio and Avril Kelly.

Written by Hannah Bullivant

Christmas Craft by Matilde Sazio
So far you have heard me rant about the mass consumerism and waste that is now so ubiquitous with Christmas and I’ve shown you how to make …

Climate Camp at Glastonbury 2010: Line up information

Climate Camp returns to the Dragon Field for the second year running - and this year the Tripod Stage hosts a much expanded line up of music, poetry and comedy. A Glastonbury gem!

Written by Amelia Gregory

Can it really be a year since the last Glastonbury? In 2009, for the first time, Climate Camp was given it’s very own space in the Dragon Field just above …

Clothes Moths: Little Agents of Mayhem

Sick of those little buggers that eat all your beloved clothes? Read on for some tips on how to deal with them...

Written by Lucy Wills

Illustration by Antonia Parker.
While we’re dreaming of floating across daisy strewn meadows in muslin, there are others who are concentrating their tiny minds on our winter clothing. As the weather …

Ejectorseat Arts Festival

There was knitting, sketching, music and art galore at the EjectorSeat Festival, Southampton, on Saturday 5 June

Written by Jenny Robins

Unlike for those who unhappily planned their weddings for last Saturday when it was howling with rain in the south of England, Saturday 5 June was a glorious day for …

Craftastic. What to do with old envelopes?

For this crafty column, I show you how to turn seemingly useless and oft discarded envelopes into all sorts of useful lovely things.

Written by Hannah Bullivant

Illustrations by Farzeen jabbar
Perhaps its because I’m getting older, perhaps I’m becoming more eccentric or perhaps its one too many glasses of wine but I am becoming increasingly intolerant of …

An interview with Edd Baldry of London Zine Symposium

Ahead of the 2010 London Zine Symposium we ask organiser Edd Baldry why DIY culture is so important.

Written by Amelia Wells

Illustration by Aniela Murphy/Neltonmandelton.
The Rag Factory, Brick Lane, will be playing host to The London Zine Symposium on the 29th of May, an event celebrating DIY culture, promoting communal idea …

Jam jars

My second crafty recycle column looks at the humble jam jar and its many uses: Read on to get inspired and get them out of the recycling bin...

Written by Hannah Bullivant

My next project is not quite so ambitious or labour intensive as last weeks weatherproof bunting, but I want to include some easy instant ideas too.
Jam jars have got …

Weatherproof bunting tutorial

A new craftastic up-cycling column, written by Hannah Bullivant. How to make your own recycled weatherproof bunting...

Written by Hannah Bullivant

For someone who is supposed to be all eco and stuff, I have an embarrassing amount of plastic bags spewing out from underneath my sink. So I decided that my …


Sustainable Fashion – an oxymoron?

The earth section reflects on London Fashion Week...

Written by Zofia Walczak

Illustrations by Zoe Barker
Sustainable Fashion, what does that mean? This was the question posed by Vanessa Friedman at the beginning of London Fashion Week’s Estethica guide. I approached LFW with …


The Makery – Bath gets Crafty

Written by Amy Hughes

It’s a buoyant sign of the times when a child chooses to celebrate their birthday not with fat-fuelled tour around the local burger chain kitchens and a game of musical …

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Micachu and the Shapes – Live Review

15th October, Scala, London

Written by Katie Weatherall

Illustrations by Michael Maitland
Micachu and the Shapes have provided one of 2009’s strongest growers in debut album, Jewellery. On first listen, splattered with on-trend DIY sounds of vacuums and other …

DIY London Seen – Beautiful Losers

Art comes to Covent Garden market

Written by Cereinyn Ord

What was formerly the Lush store in Covent Garden’s main piazza is now host to the exhibition ‘DIY London Seen’, a homage to the subjects of the film ‘Beautiful Losers’.

The …


Designer Alena Hennessy – Don’t Let This Lady Flutter Away


Written by Melodie Ash

As always eco friendly design is of paramount importance to us here at Amelia’s Magazine, we are constantly striving to nurture and promote those seeking to cast a caring arm …

Fun and Frenzine – Zine Symposium

Rag Factory, London

Written by Melodie Ash

This Sunday saw a hoard of eager revelers take a break from sun gauging to descend upon the alternative epicenter of the East End for the annual fun and frolics …


New Year Jewellery DIY

Your House, All through the year

Written by Jennifer McNulty

After the Christmas season of gluttony and excess spending, let’s turn our thoughts to the more planet and pocket friendly method of making our own accessories – Blue Peter style. …