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‘Avocado Asks’, and so do we! Our interview with author Momoko Abe

‘Avocado Asks’, and so do we! Our interview with author Momoko Abe

Here at MakeBox HQ we love illustration, we love craft, and we LOVE avocados. So what could be better than an interview with author of the children's book 'Avocado Asks'? Momoko Abe sat down with us to discuss her creative process, and how she likes to get crafty in her own time. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVuK-A03JAc But first, [...]

Mermaid-inspired decorating ideas

Mermaid-inspired decorating ideas

Makebox is heading under the sea for August, and we've totally fallen under the spell of the enchanted mermaids and their underwater world – The Mermaid's Locker Air Dry Clay Box, Martha the Mermaid and Giant Clam Shell & Pearl embroideries, and Martha or Molly Mermaid Doll. To bring some of that mythical magic into our [...]

MEET THE MAKER – THE “DAINTY DAISY” BOX BY LISA STICKLEY

MEET THE MAKER – THE “DAINTY DAISY” BOX BY LISA STICKLEY

Lisa Stickley x MakeBox + Co Lisa Stickley is an award-winning designer, author, illustrator and all-round marvellous maker. Her distinctive, delightful style earned her collaborations with global brands including Burberry, Liberty and John Lewis, and her prolific imagination has resulted in a series of successful craft books and children’s stories. She’s a very big fan [...]

Marvellously Marshmallowy Rice Pop Faces

Marvellously Marshmallowy Rice Pop Faces

There’s nothing more brilliant than bringing something to life with a pair of excellently edible eyes! And these super gooey marshmallow bars are no exception. Finish off with a liquorice torpedo for a comedy expression and you’ve got PURE FUN rice pop perfection. YOU WILL NEED 35g butter 240g marshmallows 140g rice pops Large saucepan [...]

Things we love: The Happy Place digital festival with Fearne Cotton and friends.

Things we love: The Happy Place digital festival with Fearne Cotton and friends.

Happy Place Festival, Chiswick House, Fearne Cotton As the final few days of Fearne Cotton’s much-loved Happy Place Festival are upon us, Angela Sara West caught up with some of our favourite speakers and guests from the festival to get their take on the effect creativity and craft can have on happiness and wellbeing. Not On The [...]

Stay at home restaurant experience

Stay at home restaurant experience

Restaurants may be about to reopen their doors for socially-distanced dining, but with dining out still likely to be a rare luxury for some time, make an effort to up the style stakes at home instead. Take some table styling tips from your favourite eatery (home or abroad), or from wedding table-settings, and set up [...]

Gingerbread Zebra

Gingerbread Zebra

A classic biscuit treat with a stripy twist! What’s black, white, a little bit spicy and striped all over? Fun to make together and a great afternoon pick me up! YOU WILL NEED FOR THE GINGERBREAD 350g plain flour or strong bread flour 2 tsp ground ginger 1 tsp ground cinnamon 1 tsp bicarbonate of [...]

5 handmade gift ideas for Father’s Day

5 handmade gift ideas for Father’s Day

Need some last-minute inspiration for a Father's Day gift? Making something from scratch shows how much you care, and these easy projects are quick to knock up, and don't require lots of hard-to-get-hold-of materials. So if you're stuck for a gift for tomorrow, you're in luck.. Mason Jar TerrariumThis easy mason jar terrarium tutorial is [...]

Fathers Day Funny Face Card

Fathers Day Funny Face Card

Colour, cut & collage your very own ‘funny face’ portrait of dad! Perfect to stick onto a card for forthcoming Fathers Day! YOU WILL NEED A4 card Printed out ‘funny face’ elements pages (see below) Scissors Colours (crayons, pencils or paint sticks) Glue HOW TO 1. Download and print out the ‘funny face’ elements pages [...]

Eco House Planter

Eco House Planter

Make your own miniature house, complete with ‘green’ roof. A teeny home for seeds to grow! YOU WILL NEED Cardboard juice carton Scissors Paint (white, pink, brown or your favourite colours) Paint brush Small piece of sky or landscape from a picture in a magazine (to create a reflected glass effect for the window) Glue [...]

The Limongino, a gin based cocktail with lime and fresh herbs

The Limongino, a gin based cocktail with lime and fresh herbs

Inspired by our gorgeous herb garden ideas post, we decided to use some fresh herbs to rustle up the perfect cocktail to enjoy at home. It's a bit of a mash up of a margarita and a gin rickey, and we reckon it's got that perfect mix of sweet and sour, with a healthy kick [...]

Apple Iced Buns

Apple Iced Buns

Soft sweet bread iced all over with a surprise jammy apple filling. Scrumptious. They take a little more time than a cupcake, but they are worth the wait! YOU WILL NEED FOR THE BUNS 125ml whole milk 125ml recently boiled water 500g strong bread flour 50g caster sugar 7g fast action yeast 1 tsp fine [...]

Mini Strawberry Plate

Mini Strawberry Plate

It’s June, with (mostly) lovely sunny days edging well into ‘Strawberries & Cream’ season. What better way to celebrate the deliciousness than with an air dried clay strawberry plate make! YOU WILL NEED 250g air dry clay (try good art shops online) Rolling pin Paint brush Lolly stick or chop stick Knife (no need for [...]

Our favourite herb garden ideas

Our favourite herb garden ideas

The country has been getting green-fingered during lockdown, and growing herbs is the perfect starter project if a full-on veg patch feels a little too daunting. Whether you have a garden, or just a sunny window sill, there's a whole host of creative indoor and outdoor herb planter ideas that can work for you. Repurpose [...]

Arctic Swirl!

Arctic Swirl!

One day an Arctic Roll met a Swiss Roll... the result is swirly chocolate spongy, raspberry ice-creamy yumminess! YOU WILL NEED For the sponge 4 eggs (whites & yolks separated) 100g caster sugar for the egg whites 70g caster sugar for the egg yolks 1 teaspoon vanilla essence 70g plain flour 40g cocoa powder 1/2 [...]

Potted Plant Cupcakes

Potted Plant Cupcakes

Delightfully delicate mini cupcakes disguised as pretty potted plants. Perfect for a summertime teaparty! YOU WILL NEED FOR THE SPONGE 125g butter or margarine 125g caster sugar 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 eggs 125g self-raising flour FOR THE BUTTERCREAM 125g butter or margarine 200g icing sugar 50g cocoa powder Chocolate sprinkles (optional) OTHER BITS 10 [...]

Frozen Banana Pops

Frozen Banana Pops

Chocolate that cracks when you bite it hiding ‘bonkersly’ DELICIOUS bite sized frozen banana, decorated with rainbow sprinkles, swirls and speckles... bananas! YOU WILL NEED Bananas (x 3, or more if you’re hungry) Lolly sticks 200g white chocolate 200g milk chocolate Sheet of baking parchment Chocolate sprinkles Multicoloured sprinkles Nuts (crushed) Smarties if you have [...]

Himmeli Paper Straw Garland

Himmeli Paper Straw Garland

This joyful Himmeli garland is the perfect way to use up all those paper straws you've been storing! Hang them in a row to create a fabulous garland for a party or kids room. YOU WILL NEED; 8 x Paper straws per diamond shape 1 x Embroidery skien per shapeFine wireScissors for straws Ruler Pliers or scissors [...]

Cardboard Flower Necklace

Cardboard Flower Necklace

Add a flowery flourish to your dressing up outfits! A BLOOMing big and bold cardboard necklace. I think mum might fancy one too! YOU WILL NEED Cardboard (around 30cm x 20cm) Yellow, white and brown paint Paint brush Scissors Glue Stapler Ribbon (approx. 50cm long) HOW TO 1. Cut out three flower shapes approximately 9/10cm [...]

Prue Leith loves crafting too!

Prue Leith loves crafting too!

Jet setting Great British Bake Off  judge, founder of Leith’s School of Food and Wine, ex-Director of Belmond, and author Prue Leith CBE OBE has tasted all corners of the world... Back in Blighty, she recently celebrated her 80th birthday and has collaborated with the government to celebrate VE Day. Angela Sara West chats exclusively [...]

Pouty Peggy Mermaid

Pouty Peggy Mermaid

Meet Peggy, a delightfully delicate Peg Doll Mermaid who loves being painted, preened and pouting on a beautiful beach near you. YOU WILL NEED Dolly peg (or pegs for multiple mermaids) Paint (black, white, red) Small pointed paint brush Tissue paper, white (4 sheet A4 or a couple of A3) Crayons (recommend Kitpas) Glue HOW [...]

Pocket Camera

Pocket Camera

Calling all budding photographers! Make your own pocket camera to take on adventures everywhere, even if it’s just into the next room or down the road for a morning stroll! YOU WILL NEED Cardboard 11cm x 5cm Cardboard roll Red paint White paint Paint brush String or ribbon Scraps of cardboard Glue Hole punch HOW [...]

Enchanted Mushrooms

Enchanted Mushrooms

The classic egg box transformation project. Perfect for fantastical fairies & pixies who eager to explore a wondrous woodland. Let your little sprites imaginations run free! YOU WILL NEED Cardboard (ideally from a cereal box) Square cardboard carton (juice ones work well) Egg box Scissors Tape (masking tape ideally) Glue Paint (white, brown, red, yellow) [...]

Barbola Style Floral Frame

Barbola Style  Floral Frame

What a wonderful way to keep photos of your loved ones, this beautiful picture frame has been inspired by the stunning 1920s Barbloa mirrors. It's incredible what you can make from some cardboard and love. YOU WILL NEED 1 x A4 medium thickness corrugated cardboard for frame 2 x toilet rolls 1 x A4 sheet of [...]

Cardboard Camper Van

Cardboard Camper Van

Fancy an adventure? Hop on board the cardboard camper and let your imagination take you! YOU WILL NEED Cardboard (thin corrugated or cereal box, A4 size or there abouts) A4 paper (white or cream) Cardboard roll Scissors Glue Paint (blue and yellow) Paint brush Crayons (black and white) HOW TO 1. Cut out your camper-van [...]

Bouncing Bunny Skittles

Bouncing Bunny Skittles

What could be more fun than a game of skittles! Here’s a super duper bunny themed make to create your own skittle set.  YOU WILL NEED Corrugated cardboard (roughly A3 size in quantity) Coloured paper (two contrasting colours) Scissors Glue stick BallHOW TO  Cutout 6 bunny shapes (approx. 12cm tall) from the cardboard. Cut out [...]

Emma Block Watercolour Downloads

Emma Block Watercolour Downloads

We are thrilled to announce the launch of two stunning brand new and exclusive Emma Block watercolour illustrations to download on the blog! Why not get out the watercolour kit you received in the Pretty Painting box to complete these lovely paintings? They include a Hellebore Wreath with "stay home" or you choice of words [...]

Lemony Daisy Biscuits

Lemony Daisy Biscuits

Love spring daisies, zingy lemons and buttery biscuits? Then these delicate floral cookies are one to try.  Dreamy, daisy, delicious, delightful & d-lemony! YOU WILL NEED for the biscuits: 250g soft butter or margarine 140g caster sugar 1 egg yolk 2 tsp vanilla extract 300g plain flour For the lemon curd: Zest and juice of [...]

Block Printed Chick

Block Printed Chick

It’s that “cheepy chirpy” time of year and what better way to celebrate all the little chicks being born than to paint this little chap. It’s time to experiment with a bit of block printing! Great fun to make pictures, posters and cards galore. This design is a brilliant introduction to a traditional printing technique. [...]

Bunny Ears Scrunchie

Bunny Ears Scrunchie

These super cute scrunchies not only are a gorgeous addition to your hair accessories collection, a lovely bracelet, beautiful gift and also make great napkin holders for a party!  YOU WILL NEED 2 sheets of A4 paper 25cm height by 56cm width lightweight cotton fabric 25 cm elastic, 5mm-1cm width Needle and thread Sewing machine [...]

The MakeBox Easter Craft Parade

The MakeBox Easter Craft Parade

What better time of year to get into some egg-cellent crafting? We have created a round up of some of our beautiful seasonal craft projects for you to enjoy year on year. And don't forget to check instagram and kids pages for additional free ideas over the next few days.  Heirloom "Happy Easter" Banner This [...]

Cardboard Flower Garden

Cardboard Flower Garden

Who knew that with a little cardboard and paint you could have your very own flower garden spring up in your bedroom. Remember these flowers don't require water! In fact thats probably the only thing that will make them wilt. YOU WILL NEED Corrugated cardboard (A3 size approx.) Paint brush White paint Pink paint Green [...]

Ombre Rainbow Mobile

Ombre Rainbow Mobile

Rainbows are so special, they represent good luck and are one of life's little pieces of magic. After a thunderstorm you often see a rainbow and they can be breathtaking. Why not make one of these Ombre Rainbows and pop it in your window to support our NHS  and wish all its workers good luck.  [...]

OVER THE RAINBOW

OVER THE RAINBOW

After the rain clouds... there's a rainbow Rainbows are very special to the MakeBox family, and it makes us so happy to see how window rainbows are being used to show solidarity and support for our incredible NHS, and to spread a little joy during this strange time of social distancing and self-isolation. Let’s keep [...]

Boris Bumble Bee

Boris Bumble Bee

Bees are brilliant! Without them pollinating with their big bottoms we wouldn't have most of our flowers, fruit and veg. They also make sweet sweet honey which is super delicious, especially on toast! Create this Busy Buzzy Bee with its flappy wings, perfect to fly around the garden doing important jobs. YOU WILL NEED Parchment [...]

Blossom Origami

Blossom Origami

Call in spring with this joyful blossom origami design. So simple all you need is a sheet of paper and some excellent folding moves. This flower can be scaled up to create a rose shape or made a title smaller to create this blossom stem. YOU WILL NEED Sheet of paper, Scissors Toothpick, back of [...]

BEE HAPPY

BEE HAPPY

We believe everyone deserves to Bee Happy! To celebrate the one year anniversary of this wonderful thing called MakeBox + Co., Hannah has dreamed up our next generation bee design. This pattern features a silhouette outline of the original Bee Kind design, snuggled in a bed of dusky pink, pastel blue and golden daisies, saskatoon [...]

THE MAKE BLOG LOVES…

THE MAKE BLOG LOVES…

Other’s Day Robyn Donaldson and Emma Hopkinson created Other’s Day for people who, for whatever reason, feel left out by traditional celebrations. It could be that your mum’s not around. Maybe she is, but the relationship is tricky. Maybe you’re a mum yourself who’s lost a child. Maybe you’re far away from the kids. Maybe [...]

HOME-MADE IS WHERE THE HEART IS

HOME-MADE IS WHERE THE HEART IS

What makes the gift list money can’t buy so special? The Make Blog calls on some of its favourite artists and designers to explore the magic behind giving and receiving the home-made way… Isabella Strambio, macramé and natural dyeing expert “It is so lovely to know it means so much to her.” Isabella says… “One [...]

The importance of family relationships and shared family time

The importance of family relationships and shared family time

One of the things we absolutely loved this month was the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton’s, one on one interview with the Happy Baby, Happy mum podcast (which you can listen to here: http://aca.st/045608) It’s a really wonderful interview where Kate talks about a lot different things, her experiences of childbirth, of being a mum, her views on the importance [...]

Less hustle, more hobbies

Less hustle, more hobbies

Whether or not you work for yourself or for somebody else, living in this ‘always on’ modern world of smartphones and 11pm emails from the boss, it can often feel like you’re permanently at your desk! Where is the ‘me’ time? When do we find those moments to stop working and do something different for [...]

Craftfullness – the benefits behind the creative

Craftfullness – the benefits behind the creative

Hey there crafters! This week our blog is discussing a subject that is really close to our hearts at Makebox & Co: the health benefits, particularly the mental health benefits, of crafting and creative activity.  As those who craft regularly already know; creative activity of any sort, but particularly crafting, can bring incredible benefits to [...]

Meet the Maker – The “Boho Macramé” Box by Isabella Strambio

Meet the Maker – The “Boho Macramé” Box by Isabella Strambio

We are thrilled to collaborate with Macramé and natural dyeing expert Isabella Strambio on this very special box which is available to buy now for delivery in January. Here you will be working with 100% natural materials to create a single or double plant holder and gorgeous feather keyring. This kit will provide the perfect [...]

The Making of Makebox+Co.

The Making of Makebox+Co.

Hello Crafters! As this is MakeBox+Co’s first outing in the blogosphere we thought we would start with 10 questions about who we are and what we do. 1. What is MakeBox+Co? (I hear you cry!) Basically, it’s like your organic veg box but with crafts. Each month you receive a box full of craft materials: [...]

Cotton Weaving

Cotton Weaving

If you’re getting interested in weaving, you’re standing at the threshold of an intricate and rewarding craft for your hobby. It’s one of the most technical crafting skills you can work on, so it’s well worth taking some time to research and understand all the elements, tools and skills you’ll have to marshall to bring [...]

What to do with finished embroidery?

What to do with finished embroidery?

Finishing an embroidery project could be the end of a long journey or a shorter one - depending on how complex the pattern is, and your own experience. However long you’ve been working on your embroidery project, you should be proud of the result, and you should be able to show it off! Sometimes, though, [...]

What is sewing?

What is sewing?

Sewing is one of the oldest crafts in the world, with evidence of sewn clothes and sewing equipment dating back to the Paleolithic era - the stone age! Today, sewing can be done on the industrial scale to create garments that clothe entire countries, or on a small scale, simply for your own pleasure. Sewing [...]

What is quilling paper?

What is quilling paper?

When you’re taking your first steps with a new crafting project, it’s important to understand the materials you’re working with. If you don’t know what you need, then you might run out of a key ingredient at the wrong time, or find you’ve stocked up with something that’s unsuitable for your project. Quilling is a [...]

What is papercraft?

What is papercraft?

While in general ‘papercraft’ means making craft projects from paper supplies, the name covers a lot of different skills and it’s worth investigating just what different projects you could embark with a box of basic papercrafting supplies! Cardmaking You can use cutting, glueing and more advanced techniques to create personal, unique cards for your friends, [...]

What do you need for embroidery?

What do you need for embroidery?

If you’re interested in starting embroidery, then you should find out exactly what equipment you need. The list isn’t a long one, but if you begin your first embroidery project and find you’re missing a key ingredient, the disappointment and delay won’t be fun. A Needle The most fundamental thing you need to start an [...]

What do I need to start knitting?

What do I need to start knitting?

Before you sit down to start your first knitting project, you need to make sure you have all the equipment you need. Finding out you’re missing some important supplies or a vital tool after an hour or more of knitting could leave you disappointed and reluctant to finish the project, so make sure you do [...]

What can you make with a weaving loom?

What can you make with a weaving loom?

If you’re feeling tempted to try out the ancient craft of weaving, it’s worth your time looking at the sort of projects you can weave on a loom at home. This can focus your ambitions and provide the inspiration you’re looking for to use on your first project. Blankets One of the most impressive projects [...]

Knitting mistakes

Knitting mistakes

Knitting Mistakes If you’re an inexperienced knitter, you might be worried about making mistakes. If you ruin a project, you might never come back and finish it, and the yarn and needles you’ve bought will go to waste! Fortunately, the difference between expert and beginner knitters is not that experts never make mistakes! Everyone makes [...]

What can you do with embroidery?

What can you do with embroidery?

Embroidery is a great choice for your crafting hobby: it’s a meditative process that produces beautiful results. You can finish small projects quickly or spend longer on larger projects that are even more impressive in the end. It can help to think about the different things you can do with your embroidery hobby. It could [...]

What can I sew?

What can I sew?

When you’re starting out with sewing, the sheer breadth of possibilities can feel overwhelming. Choosing what to sew can look like an impossible task, and the risk of getting it wrong is real: if you pick the wrong project when you’re just starting out, you might start work and find it’s too ambitious for your [...]

What can I knit?

What can I knit?

If you’re getting interested in knitting as a craft, a way of relaxing or an artistic way to express yourself, it’s well worth your time to investigate what you can knit. Knowing what’s possible can focus your ambitions and inspire you as you look for projects. Clothes Perhaps the first thing you’ll think of is [...]

What are the types of embroidery?

What are the types of embroidery?

If you’re interested in starting your first embroidery crafting project, it’s worth taking the time to do a little research first. If you learn a bit about the different types of embroidery, you can make sure you have the right equipment for the job you’re planning to embark on. Starting a project with the wrong [...]

Types of papercraft

Types of papercraft

If you’re getting interested in papercraft, you should know the term embraces a large variety of different hobbies. They use similar materials, but have quite different results, so you could build a stockpile of paper crafting supplies and try out different ways to use them until you find one that fits the best with you. [...]

Papercraft making

Papercraft making

Papercrafts offer you a wide open canvas for creation. If you’re going to get the most out of your papercrafting projects, it’s worth taking some time to research exactly what you can do: what papercrafts you can make with the supplies you have on hand, what you’ll need to shop around and what you’ll find [...]

What to knit with cotton yarn

What to knit with cotton yarn

When you think about knitting, you likely imagine someone using traditional needles and thick woollen yarn, perhaps producing a scarf - but this is far from the full story. Knitting is, at a basic level, the art of making fabric by linking a series of loops on a continuous thread. What makes a craft knitting [...]

What should I knit?

What should I knit?

Choosing your next knitting project can be difficult - there are so many possibilities it can be overwhelming. Fortunately, there are lots of different ways to narrow the field and create a shortlist you can pick from. The most important thing to do is look at what you want out of knitting. What’s the satisfaction [...]

What is origami paper?

What is origami paper?

If you’re interested in starting an origami hobby, then it’s important to understand the tools at your disposal. Using the right paper gets you better results and can prevent frustration when you’re trying to master more advanced skills and projects. The demands of origami Simple printer paper isn’t ideal for use when you’re practicing origami [...]

What is quilling?

What is quilling?

Quilling is a form of papercraft with ancient origins that allows you to make some beautiful paper sculptures and decorations. While it’s distinct from other papercraft disciplines like origami and cardmaking, because it uses similar materials and skills you can combine quilling projects with other papercrafting to create more elaborate and impressive results! History It [...]

What to use for macramé

What to use for macramé

Working on a macramé project can be really rewarding, and produce some beautiful (and practical) results but it’s worth your time making sure you have everything you need before you start. Anchor While some macramé projects are made entirely of knotted cords, many require an anchor - a solid point onto which you tie your [...]

What is macramé?

What is macramé?

When you’re trying out a new crafting hobby, it’s important to make sure you know exactly what you’re getting into. You might find yourself committing to a hobby and buying lots of equipment for something that doesn’t get you what you need. Do your research first, and you’ll be more confident that your new hobby [...]

What is hand embroidery?

What is hand embroidery?

Hand embroidery is the art of decorating fabric using a needle and thread. Though it uses many of the same skills, tools and materials as sewing, embroidery is decorative art, rather than one you would use to create or repair clothes or other items. This means it’s more purely creative and expressive which could be [...]

What can you embroider?

What can you embroider?

If you’re considering a new embroidery hobby, it’s worth doing some research to find out exactly what you can make. If you can’t create the sort of projects that inspire you, you might start to find your hobby frustrating. Today, MakeBox+Co are here to provide some inspiration. Free embroidery projects Free embroidery doesn’t require a [...]

Cross stitch vs embroidery

Cross stitch vs embroidery

Embroidery is a word that covers a lot of different crafting skills and techniques. The thing that unites all these different embroidery techniques is that they are practiced by using a needle and thread to stitch into fabric. They’re more purely decorative arts than sewing or knitting: rather than creating garments or accessories, you’re creating [...]

What do you need to cross stitch?

What do you need to cross stitch?

Starting a cross stitch hobby could be the perfect step you for, whether you want to make your friends some unique handmade gifts, explore and master a new skill or simply relieve stress and worry with an absorbing, intricate pastime. If you’re going to succeed at cross stitching you need to have the right tools [...]

Alternatives to embroidery hoops

Alternatives to embroidery hoops

An embroidery hoop is an important part of the toolkit for any sewer. They hold the fabric taut, so you can sew into easily and accurately, counting the threads in the warp and weft to make sure you’re following your pattern correctly. Sewing without a hoop risks the fabric drifting, creasing, or puckering and creating [...]