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DIY folded paper boxes)

Here's a multi-functional DIY project for you: folded paper boxes that can be used for storage or gift boxes! I took a degree in Book Arts & Design (obscure I know!) and this is something that our bookbinding tutor Jane Drinkwater shared with us. I've been using my boxes as storage but I think the...

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Halloween is approaching fast! What a great excuse to dress up in a ridiculous costume and decorate your house.

This year I've broken from the traditional colour scheme of black, orange and purple and created something a little more colourful! The best bit is that I already had all of the materials at home so it was completely free and now I have more money to spend on sweeties and pumpkins!

inky blinky pinky clyde banner diy

Introducing the Pacman Ghosts Banner!


diy pacman ghost banner materials

  • Pacman Ghost template (Download Here!)
  • Twine or string (I used the twine from my Lucky Dip Club box!)
  • Ruler
  • Scalpel
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Double sided tape
  • Pencil
  • Scraps of card: red, pink, light blue, orange, white, dark blue.
  • Some extra tape (maybe!)


Cut out the three part template. Draw around the pieces on the correct coloured card and then cut them out. I just drew around the Ghost shape once and lined up the blank pieces of card behind this and cut out with a scalpel which saved me a bit of time. You could just use scissors if that's all you have though!

diy pacman ghost banner step 1

Decide where you want the eyes to go and stick them down with a glue stick.

diy pacman ghost banner step 2

Using the original template mark the top fold and carefully fold over at this point. If you're using especially thick card you may want to score this lightly with a ruler and scalpel in order to get a clean fold.

diy pacman ghost banner step 3

Decide which order you'd like your ghosts to be in.

diy pacman ghost banner step 4

Lay the ghosts face down on the twine in the correct order and stick double-sided tape on the tab. Fold over the twine to secure. Remember that this will all be backwards - if you want your red ghost (Blinky!) to be on the left of your banner you'll need to stick him on the right! Repeat this with all four ghosts

diy pacman ghost banner step 5

If your card is extra thick or you've bought cheap double-sided tape like me… you might need to secure with some extra tape.

diy pacman ghost banner step 6

Now you're ready to hang up your banner and go and put on your most ridiculous costume. If you dont have one yet then I recommend you check out Studio DIY's suggestions!

diy halloween pacman ghost banner

Next week I'm featuring a Halloween DIY roundup of some easy, last minute DIY ideas so if you see anything you think I should feature then remember to tag me in on instagram or twitter @zabbyallen.

Happy Halloween!

P.S. There's a sneak peek of next week's DIY in that photo of my desk - can you guess what it is?!

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Three Ways to Transform a Glass Jar

Hello and welcome to my shiny new blog! I'm so excited to have you here!! I won't ramble on with a long introduction about myself here – I've saved that for the About Page, so head over there if you'd like to know more about me and the sort of things you'll find on this website in future.

For my first post I've decided to feature the humble glass jar. My collecting isn't just limited to proper craft supplies, I also hoard away items such as jars that I think will become useful for a craft project in future! In fact I had collected so many glass jars that I decided one DIY wasn't enough – I needed to bring you 3! Below you will find three different projects, ranging in ability and materials so that hopefully there's something for everyone...


DIY Washi Tape Pencil Pot Jar


  • Clean glass jar, labels removed
  • Washi tape of your choice
  • Scissors
  • Ruler (optional)

This DIY is super-duper easy and uses one of my favourite things: washi tape! The hardest part is deciding which washi tape you want to use... I went with thick and thin neon pink MT tape from Fox & Star.


All you need to do is wrap strips of tape around the jar, trying to keep it as straight as possible. The jar I used had a ridge around the top which helped to keep the first strip nice and straight. You can use a ruler to help you with the rest but don't worry too much – the beauty of washi tape is that you can pull it back up and re-stick without doing any damage.

I used mine as a pencil pot to start off with but this week it's been transformed as a vase!


DIY Cord-Wrapped Cactus Planter Jar


  • Small clean glass jar, labels removed
  • Double sided tape
  • Cord or twine
  • Scissors
  • A dab of PVA glue

I am a little bit addicted to buying tiny cacti and succulents at the moment so I'm always in need of some pretty planters to put them in. This little cord-wrapped one is really easy and almost free, depending on what you have in your house already.


Start by wrapping double sided tape all the way around your jar. Again, I used a jar with a ridge at the top and bottom to make it easier. Try not to leave any gaps in between the strips of tape and keep the backing paper on for as long as possible.

Once your jar is covered in tape, remove the backing paper from the top strip and start wrapping cord all the way around your jar. Keep the cord as closely packed as possible, removing the backing paper from the tape as you go.

Once you get about a third of the way down this is the time to change colour (if you want to!). Simply snip your cord at the back of the jar (underneath your starting point) and start fresh with a new colour from where you left off. Once you get to the end, snip off the cord and secure the end with a tiny dot of glue if you need to.

Then all you need to do is find a fancy cactus or succulent to pop into your new planter! This would also be a great DIY to do with all of that bakers twine you've been saving up from your Lucky Dip Club boxes and other cute packages (I know I'm not the only one who does that!).


DIY Pincushion Sewing Jar


  • Clean glass jar, labels removed
  • Pom Pom trim
  • Strong Cardboard or greyboard
  • Stuffing or cotton wool
  • Scissors
  • Fabric (thin cotton works the best)
  • Needle and Thread
  • Glue gun

This DIY is a little trickier than the other two but still not very hard and does two jobs in one – storage and pincushion!


DIY Pincushion Sewing Jar Template

Discard the lid and make a cardboard template by turning the jar upside down and drawing around the rim. Cut inside the line you just drew so that it slots inside the jar comfortably, allowing a little extra room for the fabric that will be wrapped around it.

DIY Pincushion Sewing Jar Stuffing

Next cut a circle of fabric larger than the circle (I drew around a small plate) and then sew a wide running stitch all the way around the outside, about 1cm in from edge. Take a handful of stuffing and place it in the centre of the fabric circle. Pull the thread that you've just sewn so that it gathers around the stuffing and then place the cardboard circle on top before knotting it tightly. I had my iron to hand so I gave it a quick press just to flatten it down a bit.

DIY Pincushion Sewing Jar Pincushion

The last step is just to stick the pom pom trim around the rim of the jar with a glue gun. Then you're ready to fill your jar with sewing supplies and pop the pincushion on top as a lid!

DIY Pincushion Sewing Jar Close Up


Of course the other thing you could do with a glass jar is fill it with a cocktail!

Gin Mint Elderflower and Cucumber Jar Cocktail

Here are a couple of my favourite recipes:


Serves 1

  • 50ml gin
  • Two sprigs fresh mint, washed
  • 1cm thick slice fresh cucumber, quartered
  • 100ml chilled elderflower pressé (not concentrate)

Place the gin, mint and cucumber in the bottom of a cocktail shaker or glass and stir for a minute, squashing down the mint and cucumber with the back of a spoon or muddler to bruise them and release their juices.

Strain into a jar filled with a couple of ice cubes and top up with elderflower pressé. Garnish with mint and add a fun paper straw!


Serves 2

  • 125ml unsweetened mango juice or nectar
  • 100g ripe mango cubes, fresh or frozen
  • 125g crushed ice (or 60g if using frozen mango)
  • 60ml cream of coconut, coconut milk, or coconut water
  • Juice of half a lime
  • 60ml white rum

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and thick. Serve in a large jar, garnished with a slice of pineapple and a fancy umbrella!

Find more on my Drinks board on Pinterest.

I hope you enjoyed my first DIY post. I'd love to see the results if you try any of these DIY projects (or cocktails!) so don't forget to tag me in on instagram or twitter @zabbyallen

Next I'll be sharing some free and fruity desktop backgrounds so look out for that on Friday!

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