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Your wedding photos will stay with you forever – from those picture perfect poses to fun photo booth snaps. Why not stand out from the crowd with a unique backdrop to brighten up every frame?

We’ve got a selection of fun ideas for how to craft your way to the biggest and brightest backdrops on your big day! Get those props ready and prepare to say cheese…

Fun with Fans

Photograph by Camera Hannah

Creating a wall of paper fans is certain to dazzle – whether it’s vibrant pastels, as seen in the stunning image above, or a more minimalist approach.

You can pick from our range of paper fans to get you started!

Shop all paper fan decorations »

If you’re after a little more creative freedom, why not make your own? This tutorial shows you how to do it with just a little coloured paper, scissors, glue, ribbon and tape.

How to Make Paper Fan Decorations by The Spruce »

An Abundance of Daisies

Getting married in the summer? Whatever the weather, you’ll have a sunny day with decorative daisies to brighten the mood!

DIY Paper Daisy Backdrop and Video by The House That Lars Built »

Botanical Vines

For a botanical wedding, vines are a wonderful way to keep things low-key while still adding a charming flourish to every frame. Hang them however you fancy and watch how beautifully the green contrasts with wedding whites.

DIY Vine Wall Backdrop by Ruffled »

Ginger Ray Beautiful Botanics Decorative Vines »

Letter Balloons

Photograph by Jenny van Sommers

Nick + Laura 4eva? Just married? Love is love? Best day ever? Whatever you want to say, blow it up big and celebrate with foil letter balloons.

Choose colours to suit your style and spell out the word or phrase of your choosing. You can even combine the letter balloons with other complementary balloons – either latex or foil – to create a stunning scene.

Shop all balloon letters »

Floral Lettering

Giant Floral Typography Wall Art DIY by Paper n Stitch Blog »

Have a bloomin’ lovely big day with fun florals to fill up your photographs! Just like the balloon letters, it’s easy to spell out any words you want.

How to Make a Felt Succulent Letter on the Hobbycraft blog »

How to Make Floral Fillable LOVE Letters on the Hobbycraft blog »

Giant Geo Heart

Prepare for a pretty pop of colour!

Giant Geometric Heart Backdrop by Bespoke Bride »

Geometric Washi Tape

Proving there’s nothing washi tape can’t do, this modern and minimalist geometric design by B. Loved Blog makes it easy to add colourful accents in the background of your wedding photo booth.

DIY: Geometric Washi Tape Backdrop by B. Loved Blog »

Experiment with shapes, colours and patterns until you’re happy with your finished design. You can choose your favourite washi tape wonders from our fantastic range, too!

Oh Hi Honeycomb

The Ultimate Guide on Hanging Party Décor by Oh Happy Day »

Because sometimes more is more.

Honeycomb decorations will add a stunning, textured feature to your decorations – and you can mix and match shades to suit your taste. Why not check out our sublime selection of honeycomb decorations to get you on your way?

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Floating Confetti

After all, who doesn’t love an optical illusion?

DIY Floating Confetti Photobooth by Studio DIY »

Glorious Garlands

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The Ginger Ray collection boasts a beautiful array of garlands. Easy to hang and available in a range of shades and styles, this will create an effortless flourish in the background of your best moments.

Choose from tassels, stars, hearts and circles!

Pretty Punch Letters

With the We R Memory Keepers Alphabet Punch Board, you can effortless cut out every letter of the alphabet using a single tool.

Cut into your choice of paper and card to spell out names and messages. Once letters are cut, hang them along string or ribbon for a personalised decoration.

Balloon Bonanza

Create spectacular displays with added dimension with a bunch of balloons! Whether for a statement wall decoration or your wedding photo booth, you can piece together unique shapes, words and colour combos to stand out!

Prepare to fill up that heart!

Giant Ombre Heart Balloon Backdrop by Oh Happy Day »

Balloon Wall Photobooth by Oh Happy Day »

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Fringe Fest

A vintage classic. Pick a colour and watch it shimmer!

Shop Ginger Ray fringe backdrops »

Get Your Wreath On

Photograph by Calie Rose

Create a statement wreath wall with an assortment of inspired arrangements – with your choice of floral, botanical and even seasonal wreaths. Mix and match sizes, shapes and embellishments for a fun, foliage-inspired feature.

How to Make a Spring Wreath on the Hobbycraft blog »

Pom Pom Party

Get your pom on by hand-crafting gorgeous garlands to hang in the background of your photo booth. Pastels, brights, monochrome – whatever the style, there’s tissue paper ready!

DIY Pom Pom Party Backdrop by B. Loved Blog »

Colourful Canvas

The perfect pattern awaits. With just a sheet of canvas, a little tape and some acrylic paints, you can create stunning mural wall art that’s easy to hang in any venue for a transformative photo background.

How-To: No-Sew Wedding Backdrop by A Practical Wedding »

Paper Chains 

An oldie but a goodie, paper chains are great fun to make and, thanks to the ombre trend, are back in style. The budget-friendly backdrop will add a pretty burst of personality to any space and you can enjoy picking out the perfect shades of paper for your big party.

Browse our range of colourful paper to start finding inspiration and materials! (Top tip: using a guillotine for this project will make the paper-cutting a breeze.)

Photo above: Floridian Social »

If you’ve got more great ideas of how to create fantastic wedding backdrops, we’d love to see them! Share them with us – and don’t forget to use the hashtag #Hobbycraft.

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This sweater looks like it’s straight out of a floral wonderland. The tiny flowers that make the pompom balls of a hydrangea come in the most beautiful colours and are easy to replicate in crochet to sit perfectly on the shoulders of a knitted jumper. The crochet pattern is simple to do, even for a novice, so get ready to flowerbomb your knitwear and create your own couture masterpiece in the process.

Extracted from Flowerbomb! by Hannah Read-Baldrey, published by Pavilion. Photograph by Tiffany Mumford.

Find out more about Hannah Read-Baldrey on her website, Couture Craft ».

You Will Need

Knitted jumper

DMC Natura Yarn 100g balls » we use: 1 x Amaranto (N33), 1 x Agatha (N44), 1 x Lobelia (N82)

DMC Natura XL Yarn 100g balls » we use: 1 x Guimauve pink (41), 1 x Ecru

Thread to match yarn colours

16 x 1.5cm Pearl Beads »

12 x Large Silver Gemstones »

Craft EssentialsHow to Make

Top Tip! If you’re a crochet novice, follow To Make a Crochet Flower (below) and the step-by-step photos, which show the working of a small flower. (If you can crochet already, skip to the abbreviated pattern text) The crochet flower is made of a central ring to which the petals are attached. The process of making the flower is the same for both small and large versions, but the number of stitches is scaled up for the larger one. You’ll need about 50 small and 28 large flowers in all.

To Make a Crochet Flower

  1. Using a 3mm crochet hook and 4-ply yarn, make a slip knot to create a loop. Start to create a chain by pulling the yarn through the loop with your hook. Chain 6. Join the ends of the chain together using a slip stitch to create a circle.
  2. Chain 3.
  3. Work a treble crochet through the centre ring of the flower: wrap the yarn around the hook twice, then pass it through the centre of the circle, wrap the yarn over the hook once and pull it through the hole.
  4. Pass the yarn over the end of the hook again and pull it through two of the loops.
  5. Wrap the yarn around again and pull it through the two loops…
  6. …to end up with one loop to complete the treble crochet stitch.
  7. Repeat steps 3–6 twice more to make a total of 3 treble crochet stitches. Chain 3.
  8. Attach to the circle using a slip stitch.
  9. Chain 3 in preparation to make a second petal.
  10. Create each petal – you’ll make a total of four in the same way. When you have completed four petals, tie the yarn in a knot and trim the end.

PATTERN FOR SMALL FLOWER (MAKE 50)

Using a 3mm crochet hook and 4-ply yarn in a colour of your choosing, make a slip knot.

Chain 6.

Join the ends of the chain together with a slip stitch through the first chain.

To make the petals

Chain 3.

Work 3 treble crochet stitches through the centre ring.

Chain 3.

Slip stitch through the centre.

Repeat to make a total of 4 petals and tie knot after last petal.

Trim away loose threads.

PATTERN FOR LARGE FLOWER (MAKE 28)

Using a 6mm crochet hook and super chunky yarn in a colour of your choosing, make a slip knot.

Chain 7.

Join the ends of the chain together with a slip stitch through the first chain.

To make the petals

Chain 5.

Work 4 triple treble crochet stitches through the centre ring.

Chain 3.

Slip stitch through the centre.

Repeat to make a total of 4 petals and tie knot after last petal

Trim away loose threads.

TO ATTACH AND FINISH THE FLOWERS

Once you have completed sufficient flowers, stitch them onto the jumper to cover the shoulders front and back using a thread to match the yarn. Stitch the pearl beads and gemstones to the centre of the larger flowers to finish; alternatively, use a hot glue gun to fix them in place.

WORKING TRIPLE TREBLE CROCHET STITCHES

New to crochet? Follow these instructions for working a triple treble

crochet stitch:

Wrap the yarn around the hook (yarn over) three times and insert the hook through centre of circle. Yarn over and pull through the circle (five loops on hook).

Yarn over and pull through two loops (four loops on hook).

Yarn over and pull through two loops (three loops on hook).

Yarn over and pull through two loops (two loops on hook).

Yarn over and pull through two loops to leave one loop on the hook.

CROCHET TERMINOLOGY

The small and large flower crochet patterns are written using UK crochet terms, which differ slightly from terminology used in the

US, as outlined below:

UK                                 US

treble crochet               double crochet

triple treble crochet      double treble crochet

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‘She bath’d with roses red, and violets blew,

And all the sweetest flowres, that in the forrest grew.’

Love poems throughout the ages owe much to this verse from Sir Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene written in 1590. Let it inspire you too, to fill your home with the essence of romance by making these beautiful soy wax candles that will add a little passion to your mantelpiece or make wonderfully fragrant gifts for friends.

Extracted from Flowerbomb! by Hannah Read-Baldrey, published by Pavilion. Photograph by Tiffany Mumford. 

You Will NeedCraft Essentials

Newspaper or an oilcloth

Tray

2–4 x microwaveable jugs or bowls

Microwave

Wooden spoon

Lolly sticks » (or skewers/pencils)

Scissors »

Metal fork

How to Make

Top tip! It is a good idea to make a batch of candles at a time so you don’t waste any wax once it has been melted. Each candle is made of two layers of wax, with dried flower petals being added to the second layer.

Ideally you will have four spotlessly clean microwaveable jugs or bowls, one for melting the wax for each section of the red and the blue candles, but two will do at a pinch just so long as you make sure they are cleaned meticulously in between colours.

1. Before you begin, protect your work surface with sheets of newspaper or an oilcloth. Make sure all the drinks glasses are clean and dry and place them on the tray, and prepare a space for the tray to sit undisturbed while the wax sets.

2. Place the soy wax chips into one of the microwaveable jugs or bowls and follow the manufacturer’s instructions to melt the wax in the microwave. Use the handle of the wooden spoon to systematically stir the wax as you are melting it.

3. Attach a candle wick to the base of each of the glasses: dip the metal circle of the wick into the melted wax and stick it centrally to the bottom of the glass. Leave it for a few seconds for the wax to cool and the wick to attach, then wrap the top of the wick around a lolly stick (or a skewer or a pencil) and place it centrally over the glass. Trim off any very long ends.

4. The first layer of the wax candles is a solid colour. To create the colour, mix either the rose or the lavender candle dye with the melted wax and stir it with a metal fork until the entire colour has dissolved. If the dye does not seem to be dissolving, put the wax in the microwave for another 30 seconds, then stir again. (If you are unsure of the colour, you can test it by pouring a small amount onto a white plate and leaving it to harden.) Also add a few drops of the essential oil or candle scent.

5. Pour the coloured wax into the prepared glasses so that they are about half to three-quarters full. Allow the wax to cool and harden fully.

6. To make the layer mixed with dried flower petals, repeat the process to melt the wax, but this time stir in the relevant dried flower petals and candle scent. (Or if you prefer, you could use a clear jelly wax for a translucent layer.) To ensure all the petals don’t sink to the bottom of the wax, let them sit in the hot wax in the jug for a minute to soften them. If you do find the petals have sunk, simply sprinkle some more on top of the wax during the cooling process – the cooler the wax, the harder it is for the petals to sink.

7. Top up the glasses with the dried flower layer and let the wax cool fully. Once the wax has completely hardened, remove the lolly sticks and trim down the wicks to around 1cm (3/8in) long.

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Add a touch of Spring to your papercraft projects with the gorgeous new Hey Baby collection from First Edition. If you love super-cute animal designs then you’re in luck, as they’re in abundance here!

We’ve used the 6 x 6″ Hey Baby paper pad, along with a few craft stash essentials to create our small-but-perfectly-formed notelets, however these papers would also work well on scrapbook layouts, wall art and even mixed media projects!

You Will Need Craft Essentials How to Make
“New Baby” Tile Card
  1. Cover the front of a 5″ square card blank with a sheet of bunting paper cut to the same size. Round each of the card’s four corners with a craft punch.

2. Trim a sheet of orange card to 5″ square, on the reverse of the card mark a 2cm border along each edge. Cut out the central aperture with a craft knife.

3. Apply two stacked layers of foam pads to the reverse of the frame before securing centrally to the front of the card blank, making sure to line up the edges as you do this.

4. Add the “New Baby” greeting to the centre of the aperture, along with some fussy-cut embellishments from the Hey Baby paper pad tied to the left-hand side of the card.

Bundle of Joy Notelet
  1. Trim a 5″ square card blank to 9 (W) x 10.5cm (H), round each of the corners with a palm punch.

2. Mount a rectangular piece of patterned paper measuring 8.5 x 10cm, round the corners once more, then apply to the front of the card blank with foam pads.

3. Use a 1″ circular palm punch to cut out the circular designs from the Hey Baby 6 x 6″ paper pad. Apply to the front of the card with foam pads.

4. Add a 1.5cm strip of turquoise cardstock to the bottom of the notelet, then add the ‘Bundle of Joy’ greeting centrally on top using foam pads once more.

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Inspired by natural greenery and stylish simplicity, botanical weddings are the biggest new trend in bridal. Hues of natural green combine with the freshness of white wedding details for an organic, ethereal ambience that will set your big day apart.

Much of the botanical wedding theme can be influenced by rustic touches and even metallic accents, if you want to add a little twist to your big day.

To help you start off your botanical-inspired wedding prep, the Beautiful Botanics collection by Ginger Ray brings you a whole host of stunning details that are designed to perfectly fit this theme. We’ve fallen in love with the contemporary calligraphy, the white and green colour scheme and the stripped back style of it all…

Shop all Ginger Ray Beautiful Botanics »

Here are a few more ways to bring your botanical wedding to life…

Handmade Wedding Stationery

The invitations are your first opportunity to set the tone for your wedding so be sure to tie them into your theme. There are a variety of creative techniques that’ll be perfect for helping you embrace a little botany – from foliage features to fresh whites.

First up: wow everyone with a little watercolour!

Whether you want to create monstera, ferns, palm patterns or something with a floral flourish, just pick up your brush and start experimenting. You can find inspiration and dabble with a variety of designs before choosing your favourite.

24 Watercolour Wedding Invitations by The Overwhelmed Bride »

If you’re keen to put your own stamp on your wedding stationery, why not save time on writing out every detail and keep it consistent? Wedding stamps are a great way to capture all of the beauty of handmade crafts without the hard work of repeatedly writing out or illustrating your invitation.

Botanical and Watercolour Save The Dates by Oh So Beautiful Paper »

Vintage Fern Wedding Invitations by Oh So Beautiful Paper »

We have a selection of stamps available that are perfect for botanical wedding stationery – from ferns and foliage to your all-important info.

Shop all wedding stamps »

To take things to the next level, you could even try the Silhouette Mint Stamp Maker. It allows you to create custom designs – perfect for big projects such as your wedding papercrafts.

Silhouette Mint Custom Stamp Maker »

Finally, as you scan Pinterest for botanical inspiration, one thing will become very clear: brush lettering and calligraphy are kind of a big deal.

Whether you use brush markers, calligraphy pens or a foiling machine, your lettering designs will leave you with an impressive invitation that your guests will treasure. Get your practicing in now!

5 Modern Calligraphy Tutorials on the Hobbycraft blog »

For those not confident in hand lettering but keen to achieve stunning lettering with shimmering foil accent details, we have just the post for you…

How to Use a Foiling Machine on the Hobbycraft blog »

Setting The Tables

The Pantone colour of 2017, Greenery is the shade of the moment. A yellow-green reminiscent of the first days of spring, it is symbolic of new beginnings and renewal – perfect for your big day. So, on that note: out go the vibrant vases of multi-colour florals and in come contemporary terrariums filled with green…

How to Make a Terrarium on the Hobbycraft blog »

DIY Terrarium Table Numbers by Bespoke Bride »

Shop all terrarium supplies »

For long tables, you may like to make the most of the added space with a stunning, nature-inspired table runner.

Intersperse plant holders and leaves with candles to add a magical glow to your venue when the light starts to fade. You can use decorative pillar candles, mini tea lights – or, if you don’t fancy the fuss of lighting candles, lay a string of fairy lights along your garland.

How to Make a Greenery Table Garland by You & Your Wedding »

Another way to create unique centrepieces is to transform our clear glass eggs and baubles into mini terrariums. You can hang these from garlands or from a decorative mini tree.

Image by Amy Fanton Photography »

If you’re celebrating a spring or Christmas wedding, it’s easy to make them seasonal – but you don’t have to!

Shop all hanging glass decorations »

For a custom-made summery twist, you could create your own DIY paper plant pots to add refreshing decoration to the centre of your tables!

DIY Paper Plant: Watermelon Peperomia by The House That Lars Built »

Complement your tables with botanical place settings too…

DIY Succulent Place Settings by Ruffled »

Nature Napkin Rings by The Urban Acres »

Succulent Place Cards and Wedding Favours by The Knot »

Botanical Bakes

The cutting of the cake is one of the biggest moments of your wedding so, naturally, you want the cake in question to be a showstopper. The simplicity of the botanical theme needn’t stop you from creating – and, later, devouring – a spectacular wedding cake.

Covering your choice of delicious sponge with a thick coating of white icing and decorative green flourishes combines chic minimalism with a touch of nature.

15 Mouth-Watering Green Botanical Wedding Cake Ideas by Bridestory »

For a step-by-step on how to make your very own, check out this Great British Bake Off-inspired version:

Botanical Cake by Hannah Spannah »

The hottest new trend that falls into the theme of the day is the naked cake. Stripping things back, the naked cake has an exposed look to it that gives you a fun and fresh alternative to traditional fare.

Rosemary Lemon Cake by The Little Epicurean »

17 Naked Cakes and How to Make Your Own by A Practical Wedding »

As well as cakes, add other quirky and delicious details to your botanical wedding! Check out these adorable cactus macaroon bites for inspiration.

Greenery Botanical Wedding Ideas by Whimsical Wonderland Weddings »

Dressing The Venue

Prepare to transform your venue! Combining nature and minimalism is key. This bright and airy theme is an all-seasons kind of style, perfect for adapting to suit any time of year with light and dark wood features or seasonal greenery.

Wreaths, garlands, decorative letters and more will all help you take any old room to a wedding wonderland.

Your Cricut Explore Succulent Wreath on the Hobbycraft blog »

How to Make Photo Fillable Baubles on the Hobbycraft blog »

DIY Wedding Ceremonies Wreath by Once Wed »

Add personal touches to your big day with handpicked letters decorated to suit your theme. Spell out your names, a message like “Just Married” or something entirely unique if you’re feeling creative!

How to Make a Felt Succulent Letter on the Hobbycraft blog »

Bloom Moss Décor by Sweet Tea and Saving Grace »

And finally, in lieu of floral arrangements, vine garlands are the answer. They’re easy to display in a range of ways, instantly brighten up the space effortlessly and remain in keeping with your hues of green.

DIY Paper Leaf Garland by The House That Lars Built »

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Brighten up your home this spring with this floral cushion from Miss B’s Emporium using WI Home Cotton.

You Will Need Abbreviations

ch – chain
ss – slip stitch
st – stitch
dc – double crochet
htr – half double crochet
tr – Treble crochet

How To Make

Front Panel – C2C:
 Using Light Blue –
This panel is worked with the corner to corner method. If you are unfamiliar some basic notes and instructions are included below. Please use in conjunction with the chart.

Start with a ch6 and work a tr in the 4th from the hook. Work a tr in the next two stitches. This makes your first ‘square’

Turn your work and ch6, tr in the 4th from the hook and the next two stitches, then ss to the space between the ch3 and the first tr on your first square. Ch3 and work 3tr in the same space.

Repeat the above for all the rows where you need to increase. You will work a ch3 and 3 tr into each square and you will ch6 at the end of each row as described above to increase.

Follow the chart attached. Each square on the chart represents a crochet square so you can tick them off as you go.

Once you have reached the halfway point and have done your final increase you are ready to decrease as below.

Instead of ch6, turn your work and then ss along the tr and into the space between the ch3 and first tr in that square. Ch3 then work 3tr in the same space. Continue along as you have been doing. You will turn and ss as described at the end of every row until the end. 

BORDER:

Round1: Using Light Blue – join your yarn in any space between two squares (See picture below – I’ve used white on blue to make it clearer). Sc in that space and then ch2.
*sc in the next space between squares, ch2* repeat around until you are back where you starter and ss to the first sc to join.

Back Panel:

Working in rows start with Light Pink and ch 52
In the 3rd ch from the hook work a htr and then in each st across (50)
ch2, turn and work a htr in the same st and each across (50)
You now want to fasten off with your pink and change colour, use the chart below as a guide for colour changes and continue working 2 rows for each colour until the end. You should have a total of 42 rows and 21 coloured stripes.

Change back to Light Blue, work 2 more rows across of htr.
ch3, turn, work a tr in the same st and each across (50)
Work a further 5 rows of tr’s.

Fold this section down so that the blue edge is in line with the first blue stripe down and whip stitch the two edges together. See photo below for a guide, as mentioned this is creating a little pillow fold

Border:
Without turning work 2dc into the edge of each colour stripe, continue along the bottom working 1dc in each st and then back up the other side returning to 2hdc in each colour. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Large Daisy: (make 2)
Using Yellow –
Work 8dc into a magic circle, ss to join (8)
ch1, dc2 in each st around (16)
Fasten off and change to white. Join to any st
ch8, dc in the 2nd ch from the hook and the remaining 6st’s (7) ss to the next st to join
Repeat the above step 15 more times until you have 16 petals. Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing.

Small Daisy: (make 3)
Using yellow –
Work 8dc into a magic circle, ss to join (8)
Fasten off and change to white. Join to any st.
ch5, dc in the 2nd from the hook and remaining 3 st’s (4) ss to the next st to join
Repeat the above step a further 7 times until you have 8 petals. Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing.

Assembly:

Sew the daisies onto the c2c front piece; use the photo as a guide for placement.

Next place the front piece on top of the back piece with the right sides facing out and starting at the top edge by the fold join the two sides together with a dc through the stitches on both pieces. Work all the way around 3 sides stopping at the other edge by the fold. Fasten off and weave in all ends.
Just a little tip, you want to have the fold at the bottom of the pillow so it’s hidden when in use.

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Create this glorious, springtime wreath biscuit centerpiece using a simple biscuit dough recipe and meringue buttercream piping. Sandwich the layers of biscuit together to create something quite spectacular! Perfect for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, or a springtime picnic!

You Will Need

Biscuit Dough

200g unsalted butter

200g caster sugar

1 egg

400g plain flour

1tsp vanilla extract

Meringue Buttercream

4 egg whites

225g caster sugar

330g unsalted butter, room temperature

1 tsp vanilla extract

To Decorate

Macarons

Strawberries

Blueberries

Raspberries

Cake Angels Sweetie Pie Sprinkles »

Cake Angels Floral Print Cake Art »

Piping Bags »

Round Tip Nozzle »

Fresh flowers

How to Make

Biscuit Dough

1. Cream butter and sugar together. Add the egg and vanilla extract and mix in well. Fold in the flour. Cover with clingfilm and rest in the fridge for 30 minutes.

2. Roll out the biscuit dough on a piece of baking paper to 2-3mm thick. Cut out 2 large hearts shapes with a small heart shape cut from the centre using a template. Remove the excess dough and place the heart onto a baking tray and chill for 30 minutes.

3. Bake at 180°C for 10 minutes, turn the biscuit around and bake for a further 5-10 minutes until the edges have turned golden brown.

4. Allow to cool on a rack.

Meringue Buttercream

1. Heat the egg whites and sugar in a pan until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture is hot and steaming (approx. 80°C)

2. Pour into an electric mixer with a whisk attachment fitted and whip for 5minutes until voluminous, white, and holding its shape.

3. Slowly add the butter, incorporating fully between each batch. Stir in the vanilla extract, set aside.

4. Spoon into a piping bag fitted with a round nozzle.

To Assemble and Decorate

1. Place the first biscuit onto a board and pipe meringue buttercream evenly across the surface in small bulbs.

2. Place the second biscuit on top and gently push down a little. Pipe the second biscuit in the same way as the first.

3. Place the macarons, flowers and fruit in clusters around the heart shape

4. Place Cake Art cut into heart shapes amongst the decorations to give height and colour.

5. Sprinkle with raspberry fudge and mini meringues from the Cake Angels Sweetie Pie jar.

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Batter up! It’s almost pancake time and we’re serving up lots of fun, tasty ways to make yours unique! Take a look at the 15 creative ideas below for inspiration, and get crafty this pancake day. From healthy, to sugar-filled, to stack-tastic masterpieces- we’ve got you covered.

How to Make Lace Heart Pancakes by Bite Delite »

These delicate doily pancakes look gorgeous, and would be equally as filling stacked up with syrup poured over the top. Use Wilton Squeeze Bottles » to bring your doily designs to life!

How to Make Mini Nutella and Strawberry Pancake Stacks on Supper in the Suburbs »

Mini pancake stacks are sweet in more ways than one! These mini Nutella and strawberry pancake stacks strike the perfect balance. Take a look at the tutorial linked above by Supper in the Suburbs to see how to make your own.

How to Make Confetti Sprinkle Pancakes on My Fussy Eater »

Make your pancake day a full-on fiesta with these glorious pancakes, generously sprinkled with an array of multi colour candies! Take your pick from out Edible Glitter & Sprinkles » range online and in store at Hobbycraft.

How to Make Rum Raisin Pancakes on Anna Banana »

These pancakes will certainly warm your cockles, and are full of wintry flavours. Settle down on pancake day evening in your comfiest clothes and tuck in! Take a look at the recipe by Anna Banana to find out how to make your own. 

How to Make Marbled Pancakes

Marbles pancakes look delightful stacked up and will make a welcome addition to your social feed on pancake day evening! Follow the simple instructions below to find out how you can replicate the pancake that we created above.

You Will NeedHow to Make
  1. Prepare the pan by oiling lightly
  2. Pour pancake mix into pan
  3. Drop small amounts of coloured pancake mix from your Wilton Squeeze Bottles
  4. Use a skewer to lightly mix the food colouring around into a marble pattern
  5. Wait until all mix is cooked underneath before flipping!

How to Make a Fruit Pancake Pizza on Recipes From a Pantry »

Turn your pancakes into pizzas by layering natural yogurt with an assortment of fresh, summery fruits. For extra pizzazz, why not add some Wafer Daisies » into the mix?

How to Make Cinnamon Roll Pancakes on Life in the Lofthouse »

Mmm…who doesn’t love a cinnamon swirl? Now you can enjoy the deliciously warm flavour of cinnamon spice within your pancakes! Follow the recipe linked above by Life in the Lofthouse to make your own.

How to Make Oat Pancakes on BBC Food »

These are possibly the ultimate breakfast pancake! Sure to be filling, top with fresh fruit and compote of your choice. Follow Nigella’s recipe above from the BBC Food website.

How to Make Rainbow Pancakes by Nook Cafe & Bar on Daniel Food Diary »

Create an impressive stack of multi-colour pancakes this pancake day by mixing a few drops of food colouring » into your batter. See how high your rainbow pancake stack can go!

How to Make Red Velvet Pancakes on Sandhya Hariharan »

These pancakes use natural food colouring of the beetroot to turn the mix a vibrant shade of re. Follow the recipe linked above by Sandhta Hariharan in order to find out the right combination of ingredients to make your own.

How to Make Bear Banana and Nutella Pancakes on Vogue »

These bear pancakes are very sweet, and use common pancake decorative ingredients in a creative way. You could omit the Nutella for a healthier alternative!

How to Make Vegan Blue-Berry Pancakes by Elephantastic Vegan »

These pancakes are vegan, and use blueberries to turn them a subtle blue colour. We bet they’re absolutely delicious! Head over the Elephantastic Vegan to find out how to make your own.

How to Make Gluten Free Unicorn Pancakes by Lydia Bakes »

How awesome does this unicorn pancake stack look!? Follow the tutorial linked above by Lydia Bakes to see the process of creation behind this masterpiece.

How to Make Lemon and Poppyseed Pancakes by The View from Great Island »

There’s nothing better than a handful of poppy seed to elevate any bake to the next level. Have a gander at this simple recipe linked above by The View from Great Island and find out how to make modern and sophisticated pancake stack of your own.

How to Make a Unicorn Head Pancake with Hobbycraft

It’s so easy to use Wilton Squeeze Bottles » in order to draw out your own pancake designs. Here, we’ve drawn a unicorn with a vibrant, flowing mane. If brights aren’t your thing, use less food colouring in your mixes in order to achieve pastel colours. Read the instructions below to find out how it’s done.

You Will NeedHow to Make
  1. Prepare the pan by oiling lightly
  2. Fill you Wilton Squeeze Bottles with pancake mixture and different food colouring
  3. Draw the outline of the unicorn in plain mix
  4. Add the mane in colour by colour, building up a colourful rainbow
  5. Add the unicorn horn in yellow
  6. Fill in the rest of the body using plain mix
  7. Wait until all mix is cooked underneath before flipping!

We’re always keen to see your crafts, so tag us @hobbycrafthq on Instagram, or @hobbycraft on Twitter using the #MakeItSpring hashtag.

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Let Mum know just how thankful you are with this easy, personalised photobooth Mother’s Day card. This make is super simple, all you need is some card, some sentimental photographs, and some photobooth frame embellishments.

You Will NeedHow to Make
  1. Cut a piece of Mum in a Million pattern paper, slightly smaller than the card front. Mat onto the front.
  2. Grab a Photobooth frame and back the first square with a photo with a child face.
  3. Trim a piece of Mum in a Million pattern paper to fit the back of the remaining three squares. Attach the paper to the frame using a tiny bit of glue, so it won’t show excess bleeding.
  4. Apply 3D foam tape to the back of frame and adhere at an angle on the card blank.
  5. Five will be the step to add the sticker inside the squares.
  6. Trim a strip of white cardstock and adhere a “thank you” glitter sticker. Cut both sides in an angle.
  7. Add two layer of 3D foam tape to the white stripe and stick at an angle across the bottom right-hand corner so that it overlaps the frame ever so slightly.

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You can achieve such realistic outcomes by using felt, just take this gorgeous realistic rabbit as an example! Read the tutorial below to find out some top technique tips – it’s all in the details. 

You Will NeedHow to Make

1. Draw out guides for the fur pattern lightly in pencil on the polystyrene body. Start with the colour that will cover the largest part of the rabbit. Lay the roving onto the polystyrene body in the direction you want the fur lay. Poke in straight, downwards motions with the felting needle to adhere wool to shape. Keep going until all areas of that colour are covered, using small strips of roving at a time. Any gaps you can fill in as you go or afterwards!

Top Tip! Tidy up edges by cutting with scissors then felting over and under edges for a neat finish.

2. To make the inner ears, use the pink roving and felt into the inner of the ears on the polystyrene model. You could add a darker pink for shading.

6. To make the tail, roll a ball of felt roving to the desired size and felt into the back of the rabbit. Cover with more black wool to smooth and further attach the tail to the body.

7. Push the soft toy eyes into the polystyrene. Ring the eyes with a few strands of natural roving in an oval shape. Then, using a small piece of white, make the light reflection on each of his eyes.

8. Using the same fur colour, use strands of roving to outline the nose and mouth. Add the whiskers, and the rabbit is complete!

Top Tip! If you’re not happy with how any part of the rabbit looks, lift off felt carefully with felting needle and simply do it again.


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