Dunelm celebrates National Craft and Design month with some stylish inspiration

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Dunelm, the number one homewares retailer, is honouring National Craft and Design month with some handy hints on the best ways to get crafty on a budget. Listed below are the top 5 ideas to express your artistic talents without breaking the bank.

How to Measure for Curtains

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Whether you are an experienced seamstress or just have ambitions of sewing something more adventurous than a button on a shirt, making your own curtains could be the perfect challenge.

1.    Make your own curtains!

Whether you are an experienced seamstress or just have ambitions of sewing something more adventurous than a button on a shirt, making your own curtains could be the perfect challenge. The basic composition of a curtain can be relatively simple; however, your curtain creation can be as complicated as you dare, so try adding a decorative pelmet and tiebacks or test out some different lining materials. The best place to start is by measuring your window frame to ensure that you purchase the correct amount of fabric. Dunelm offer detailed information on how to measure for curtains here http://www.dunelm-mill.com/info/how-to-measure-for-curtains which will help you get off to a running start with your homemade curtains.

2.    Create your own wedding decorations

Weddings can be a costly affair; people often opt to create their own wedding decorations, either as a result of strict budget constraints, a desire to save for the honeymoon, or just wanting to create an individual look. Creating your own wedding decorations can be fun and economical whilst allowing you to create a personalised setting for your special day. From delicate artificial floral additions on the walkway to ornate candle and wicker heart decorations on the dinner tables, taking the DIY route helps to guarantee your venue will look beautiful while keeping the budget intact.

3.    Get arty with some new paints and canvases

Why not channel your creative talents into producing some personalised artwork to display in the home? Grab a few canvases, paints and paint brushes and get creative with colours, designs and textures, for the perfect way to spruce up the look and feel of your home on a budget.

4.    Personalise your cushions

A great way to update the look of your home is to change the colours and designs used for your cushions. Get crafty with some fabric and have a go at creating your own personalised pillowcases. The simple shape makes them an ideal starting point for building craft confidence, and they can simply be added on top of existing cushions for a fast room refresh. Alternatively why not invest in a few cushion inners to perfect that fluffy new appearance and enjoy renewed comfort.

5.    Jewellery making

Young children love to spend an afternoon making a mess in the kitchen with arts and craft products, from paint to glue and everything that glitters in-between. Invest in some beautiful sparkly beads to help expand their artistic talents and create some dazzling jewellery, from vibrant bracelets to stylish necklaces. Jewellery making will help to teach your kids new skills whilst also providing them with some new and truly unique additions to their wardrobe.

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