On the 27th October I demonstrated at Hobbycraft in Tunbridge Wells  below are some of the examples of the items I made. I met lots customers and received positive feedback. I demoed a teabag folded paper decoration several  times and it was a hit with all age groups and abilities.

Tea-bag folded stars and box

In the box are six decorations made using decorative papers stuck back to back and then punched using a 2″ square punch.

Six squares are identically folded and glued back to back to create a stack of folded squares. When opened up the front and back ends of the stack have a hole pierced in them for a string to go through for hanging.

Advent ring

I dreamed of the next project while in bed. They say you are a true crafter when you think of crafting in your sleep.

I had a pack of 12 card blanks in the box of sample stuff from Hobbycraft and rather than make twelve cards this next project was born from the numbers of card in the pack.

Advent ring storage box

I made a box to store the ring in so every year it could be reused. There was a large stamp from the Urban Stamp range that I used to decorate the lid using different coloured inks.

Advent ring assembled

The ring was easy to make. I punched precisely using a large circle punch into every side of each card blank. Then stuck back to back the card blanks together to create a stacked book effect with a hole through the middle. I stamped red on one side of the card and green on the other. The ring was tied together using bakers twine. Hanging in each circle aperture was a decorative disc with a removable number on both sides. Under the number was an image of a festive scene.

This is an over view of the ring and as you can see there is a hole where all the folds are. This would be perfect for a dowel to be inserted and a star of other festive motif applied to the top to stand proud of the ring.

I shall be back again at Hobbycraft this month on the 24th November. Hope you can drop by and say hi.

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