Th­ese sim­ple and charm­ing projects will en­sure a sum­mer party goes with a sea­sonal swing

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Beau­ti­ful makes for a sum­mer gar­den party


Pretty pa­pers add a dec­o­ra­tive fin­ish to plain pa­per cups (op­po­site). Gift wrap, cut into wide strips and se­cured in place with dou­ble-sided tape, works ex­cep­tion­ally well. Tai­lor pat­terns and colours to the oc­ca­sion and team with pa­per straws in sim­i­lar co­or­di­nated de­signs. Pa­pers, Paper­chase. Pa­per straws, Pipii


Colour­ful and ef­fec­tive, this sim­ple idea will add in­stant jol­lity to a cel­e­bra­tion. Tie pieces of fab­ric or rib­bon along a length of string in an in­for­mal ar­range­ment. Sim­i­lar fab­rics and rib­bons, Cloth House, Jane Means and VV Rouleaux


Cre­ate a pretty table­top with flower gar­lands, cut from pa­per, to add dec­o­ra­tion to nap­kins. Cut shapes from textured pa­per or light­weight card in a va­ri­ety of sizes and petal for­ma­tions. Push green wire, or wire cov­ered in florist’s tape, through the cen­tre of each flower and bend the end into a ball or twist to se­cure in place. Wind each stem onto a bun­dle of raf­fia tied around a nap­kin. Pa­pers and card, Paper­chase. Wire and florist’s tape, Hob­by­craft


Ornate-style cut­lery, found at a flea mar­ket can be given a new lease of life with a suit­able spray or enamel paint. Cover the top sec­tions with masking tape be­fore paint­ing the han­dles. Choose a sin­gle colour or mix to­gether pas­tel tones with brighter shades. Spray paint, Plastikote. Enamel paints, art and craft shops


Flags made from old lace, trim­mings, em­broi­dered cloths and fab­ric doilies gives al­fresco din­ing a stylish vin­tage look. De­cide on the size of flag you want and cut tri­an­gles of the same size from the ma­te­ri­als. Pin the flags, roughly equal dis­tance apart, along a length of wo­ven rib­bon and sew in place, mak­ing one long length of bunting or sev­eral shorter ones. Make and knot a loop at each end to hang.


Th­ese out­door can­dles, con­tained in a col­lec­tion of jelly moulds, are scented with cit­ronella to help keep in­sects away. Heat soy wax flakes in a dou­ble boiler, or a bain-marie over a medium heat. Once melted, add the scented oil. Se­cure one or two wicks to the base of each mould and, hold­ing the wicks up­right, slowly pour in the wax. Wrap the end of each wick around the mid­dle of a pen­cil and rest on top of the mould un­til firm. Leave to set at room tem­per­a­ture. Jelly moulds, RE. Soy wax, wicks and scented oils, Hob­by­craft, Ama­zon and Can­dle Mak­ers Sup­plies


This is a great way to re­fresh old and worn ta­ble-linen, as you can hide holes and marks un­der in­ter­est­ing patches. Try cro­cheted doilies, shapes and let­ter­ing cut from light­weight fab­rics and at­tach to a table­cloth us­ing an iron-on ad­he­sive, or by pin­ning and sewing them in place. Al­ter­na­tively, use pre-cut iron-on let­ter­ing, avail­able from Lib­erty and Not On The High Street


A thick cot­ton or linen used as a seat sling revives the frame of a folded stool. Heavy­weight linens, can­vas and vin­tage grain sacks are best for this. Open out the frame and mea­sure the gap for the seat, adding ex­tra at both ends. Cut the fab­ric to size if needed, al­low­ing ex­tra for a hem. Fold over each end and sew to cre­ate an open-ended pocket to slide the rods through, be­fore slot­ting into the frame.


Fill th­ese with sweets, marsh­mal­lows or pop­corn as an al­ter­na­tive to a party bag. Take a square piece of thick pa­per or light­weight card with a jolly print. Cut out wedges, each one roughly the shape of a quar­ter of a cir­cle. With the wrong side fac­ing, cut and stick a piece of Cel­lo­phane to the in­side top edge of the pa­per/card. Pull into a cone shape and se­cure with dou­ble-sided tape. Fill, clos­ing the Cel­lo­phane top with twine and a la­bel. Pa­per, Cel­lo­phane and twine, Paper­chase and Jane Means


Add a sum­mery sur­prise to a glass or carafe of wa­ter us­ing ed­i­ble petals en­cased in ice. Pick va­ri­eties for their colour and taste, such as bor­age, marigolds, roses, pan­sies and vi­o­lets. Al­ter­na­tively, fra­grant herbs and plants such as mint and lemon ver­bena work well. Choose the flow­ers/petals for each cube ac­cord­ing to their size. Use dis­tilled wa­ter that has been boiled and left to cool for more chance of clear ice cubes – fill each well in a sil­i­cone tray a third of the way up and freeze. Place the washed flower on top be­fore cov­er­ing with wa­ter to the top (or less if adding another flower) and freez­ing. Sea­sonal ed­i­ble flow­ers, Mad­docks Farm Or­gan­ics

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