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By Clementene Coates, Oct 25 2015 07:00AM


This is the second feature I've written for Country Living Magazine. In this 'simple make' I show you how to create a beautiful autumnal pumpkin decoration out of an old secondhand book. This will make a beautiful table centrepiece and a great little addition to Halloween themed decorations.


You will need


* book

* paper

* scissors

* craft knife

* sponge or brush

* orange paint

* glue gun

* green ribbon

* twig or cinnamon stick


Method


1. Draw out the shape of a pumpkin on a piece of paper big enough to fill both sides of your open book and cut the shape out.

2. Remove the front and back covers of the book and open it roughly half way.

3. Place your cut out pumpkin on top and trace the shape onto the pages of the book.

4. Using either a pair of scissors or a craft knife, cut out the shape of the pumpkin, several pages at a time.

5. Dip, brush, or sponge some paint on the edges of the pages of the cut out pumpkin.

6. When the paint is dry, open the book so the first and last pages and the spine are exposed and use a glue gun to carefully fix a cinnamon stick or twig along the spine of the book.

7. Glue the first and last pages together and then sit the pumpkin up straight and allow the glue to dry.

8. Finally, tie a piece of green ribbon to the stem of the stick or twig and place your pretty pumpkin centrepiece on a table for everyone to enjoy.


For more information about me, my other features and my hand painted furniture business visit my website www.clementenecoates.co.uk and get in touch.


By Clementene Coates, Oct 19 2015 12:38PM


This is the first in a series of features that I have written for Country Living Magazine entitled 'A Simple Make'. In this feature I show you how to make pretty punched tin lanterns to light up the on-coming cold winter evenings. These lanterns can be used inside your home and outdoors too.


You will need


* tin cans

* nail and hammer

* paint

* wire


Method


1. Remove the label from the tin can and wash well. Fill with water and freeze overnight. This will allow you to punch in a pattern without creating dents.


2. Choose your design – either draw this on a piece of paper and attach it to the tin or reproduce it freehand. Doing this before freezing will mean the ice won’t be melting as you draw.


3. Lay the tin on a towel and, using a nail and hammer, carefully punch in your design – three to four taps should do the trick for each hole. Add twoadditional holes close to the rim for the handle.


4. Rinse the tin under a hot tap until the ice has melted and allow it to dry.


5. For a unique touch, cover with a paint suitable for metal surfaces.


6. Using pliable wire (available from Hobbycraft), create a handle by securing each end through the two holes at the top of the tin.


7. Once completed, drop a lit tealight into each of the punched tin lanterns and hang.


For more information about me, my other features and my hand painted furniture business visit my website www.clementenecoates.co.uk and get in touch.



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