Get ready for arts and crafts galore on Pinterest

Get your glue gun, it's time to get crafty

Craft ideas and Pinterest go together like glue guns and glitter – if you’re ever in the mood for a little DIY, this addictive site has thousands of paper projects, DIY decorations and craft ideas to keep you cutting and sticking for weeks. Craft bloggers across the UK look to the site for interior decoration inspo, as well as uploading their own tips for cool sewing projects and arts and craft ideas.

If you’re not an avid Pinner already (you can see what we’re pinning here), craft blogger extraordinaire Christine Leech’s list of the best crafters to follow on the site will definitely have signing up. As well as running her craft blog, writing InStyle’s very own Make Do And Trend column and penning the hottest craft books around (her latest is all about being Festival Fabulous), she’s a Pinterest pro. Christine gave us the heads up on who you should be following before you come to our Make Do And Trend craft night (all the details you need are below), as well as her top tips for getting crafty.

Christine Leech
From natural to nautical, felt to feathers, Christine’s Pinterest page has craft projects for every occasion, including Easter, Halloween and Christmas - we’re loving her colourful Big Top board for summer craft ideas. Christine also shares her Pinterest inspo for her new house, full of ombre walls and chevron wallpaper. You can also check out Christine’s Instagram here.

Christine is our very own craft goddess

Oh So Beautiful Paper
As the name suggests, Nole Garey’s Oh So Beautiful Paper is stuffed full of pretty paper project, party decorations and invitation designs. With garlands galore and loads of great projects to suit every event theme, Oh So Beautiful Paper is a great board to whip up some quick and easy interiors updates. 

Oh So Beautiful paper do stunning paper projects and event decorations

Mr Printables 
Crafts for kids that you’ll want to make yourself? Mr Printables has some seriously simple – but sophisticated – printable projects that are too cool to leave to the little ones. Just grab the scissors and choose your template – we’re loving the ombre rainbow papers.

Mr Printable is too cool just for kids

Craft Candy
Craft Candy has inspirational boards for pretty much every craft category around: whether you’re looking at ideas for your next sewing project, or want to make a bespoke piece of jewellery, these boards should be your first port of call. If you’re feeling really crafty (read: brave), why not try the life-sized origami elephant? 

Craft Candy has a board for every conceivable craft

Mollie Makes
Craft magazine Mollie Makes will have you marbling mugs, knocking up fringed bunting and crocheting neon baskets in no time, thanks to their packed Pinterest page. There’s nothing old-fashioned here – Mollie Makes will keep you up to date on all the latest trends in arts and crafts, with loads of free tutorials and templates, too.

Mollie Makes is always ahead of the crafting trends

A Beautiful Mess
A one-stop shop for all your interior inspirations and easy DIY makeovers, Elise Larson’s page has a board for every room in the house, plus tips for organising, quilting and pretty patterns. Our fave? The Closet Room, of course…

A Beautiful Mess has great organisation tips and DIY projects

Christine’s Top Pinterest Tips

  • “I mainly use Pinterest when I’m doing up my own house, as it’s great for making you realize what you do and don’t like in interiors. When doing my bathroom, I ended up with loads of of grey paneled walls – not what I was expecting, but clearly what I like!”
  • “I use private boards when I’m pulling together images and ideas for my books. I share these with the people I’m working with, and then they can suggest pins that I might not have thought of, but could send the project in a totally amazing new direction”
  • “Pinterest inspires you to think bigger and better – if I think of a completely unique project, I find out it’s actually already all over the site, but it makes me more creative!”

If these Pinterest pros have got you feeling the crafting itch, grab a friend and come along to our Make Do And Trend event; a night of cocktails, crafting and canapés at London’s hottest new members bar, Lights of SohoHobbycraft and Wilko will be providing all the materials you need to make a stunning silk floral headband and wildly pretty pom poms, as well as gin cocktails and nibbles, so all you need to bring is your creativity. Pass us the glue gun…  

Thursday 6th August, 6.30pm to 9pm.

Lights of Soho, 35 Brewer St, London W1F 0RX.

Tickets are limited, so book yours now for just £30 here. Your craft kit, cocktails, canapés and an exclusive goody bag worth £50 are included.

You can check out Christine's latest craft book Festival Fabulous: 45 Craft & Styling Projects for a Unique Festivals Experience (co-authored with Ros Badger) published by Quadrille Craft, and head to for more DIY ideas.

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