1. hanging flower tins…
Peel the label off an any old tine and scrub to get rid of the stickiness. Then masking tape the area you don’t want painted, making sure the tape joins up. Then paint any colour you want. I used a paint tester pot from a hard wear store and did 3 coats to get the colour looking even, allowing each coat to dry in between. Once all coats are dry, peel off the tape and wrap some twine around the top. You can knot two pieces of twine either side and gather them up to make another knot. Make sure it hangs evenly and then tie another long piece of twine to hang. Then you can put a little bit of water in them, along with your flowers and tie to anything you want.
2. homemade guacamole…
- 1 large ripe tomato
- 3 avocados, very ripe but not bruised
- Juice of 1 large lime
- Handful of coriander, leaves and stalks chopped, plus a few leaves roughly chopped, to serve
- 1 small red onion , finely chopped
- 1 chilli , red or green, deseeded and finely chopped
Cut the tomato into tiny pieces, so that it turns into a pulp. Tip these into a bowl and then de-stone the avacados, and scoop out in with the tomato. Tip all the rest of the ingredients into the bowl and season. Mash everything together. Serve straight away with some fresh coriander sprinkled on the top or leave the avocado stone in the bowl along with the dip and chill in the fridge.
3. picnic lunchboxes…
4. picnic invites & labels…
- Fimo (available from craft shops/ ebay)
- Gold paint
- Cheap necklace chains
- Rolling pin
- Scalpel & a ruler
- Cutting mat
Use the paper to make geometric stencils to cut from the Fimo. Roll the Fimo on a cutting mat, then with a sharp scalpel and ruler cut around your stencil. Use a pen to make holes for the chain to feed through and then bake your shapes on a foiled baking tray for 30 mins on 110ºC or 230ºF remembering to leave them to cool and harden once baked. Now you’re free to paint the gold areas. You will probably need at least three coats and it’s sensible to let each coat dry before moving on to the next. Finally thread the chain through the holes. You may need to temporarily remove a metal end that might prevent the chain from fitting through.