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With the trend for custom-made items on the rise, try these fun crafts

Chic windbreak


A practical addition for a day by the sea

Fold a large sheet of canvas in half and sew channels for dowel supports at 1m intervals.

Cut your desired pattern motif shape and glue to the end of a cork to make a print stamp.

Divide your chosen colour of fabric paint into four containers and dilute with increasing amounts of water in order to create varying strengths of your selected shade.

Stamp your deepest colour at the bottom of the canvas and work up to the lightest hue for an ombre effect.

Washable cotton canvas £35 per m, Kirkby Design. Hardwood dowels, £1.99 each, Wickes. Fabric paint, £4.50 per 59ml, Hobbycraft. 


Shell hanger


Transform your beach finds

Paint a long, straight branch and tie a length of string to each end so you can hang it on a wall. Next, glue shells on to lengths of twine and tie to the wood.

Add texture with felt balls on lengths of thread. Tie scraps of fabric to the twine to finish the look.

Felt balls (Dia1.5cm), £2.19 for 25, Minerva Crafts. Cuprinol Garden Shades wood paint in daisy white, £1.73 per 50ml, B&Q. 


See the full article and many more inspirational ideas in the August issue of Good Homes magazine, in stores July 1st