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Upcycling ideas in under a day

It’s time for some summer making inspiration and we’ve got plenty of simple projects to try

Oh hello summer! You’ve got us feeling fired up for some fresh new home revamps, so we’ve teamed up with talented designer and all-round creative lady, Suzie Sheppard. As you’ll see over the next six pages, she’s brimming with crafty ideas to make your home as bright and cheerful as the July sun. Don’t want to be stuck indoors too long? We don’t blame you, which is why all our makes take a day or less. For a quick colour fix, we’ve got a dining chair ombré overhaul. Picked up some pretty ceramic tiles from holiday? Use them to upcycle a rickety apple crate into a handy storage table. If you’ve had a winter wardrobe clear out, lop off sweater sleeves and make a set of cute cactus pincushions. Enjoy!

Paper practice

When cutting paper or card, it’s a good idea to use a craft knife with a new blade, a metal ruler and a selfhealing cutting mat, to avoid slicing through the table beneath.

Origami paper flowers

Create a cheerful display of everlasting blooms using old newspapers, maps or damaged books from charity shops.

Takes 1 hour You will need

✱ Newspaper, 12cm squares

✱ Glue

✱ Bamboo skewers, £1, Asda

Total £1

1 To make the first petal, take a 12cm newspaper square and fold the bottom corner to the top to make a triangle. Then fold both bottom corners of the triangle to the top point to form a square.

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The long awaited arrival of the summer sun means this month we’re focusing on extending our living space outdoors. If you don’t have acres to play with, fear not, as we’ve mustered plenty of simple and cost-effective ways for gardening in a small space on page 72. If the idea of stepping into the fresh air appeals, while making a quid or two at the same time, Abbi gives us the low down on trading your wares in her boot sale boot camp. For those after some real home inspo on a shoestring, you’re in luck! Erin Hayhow showcases her own art for a truly creative space (p.14), Cathy Locke proves once and for all that kitsch really is cool (p.50), Laura Goble makes a heavenly find by fixing up a church pew (p.38), and Sooz Gordon demonstrates that dark walls are gorgeous, not gloomy (p.26) – navy is the new magnolia, FYI. Feel like your home is beyond salvation? Close down the Rightmove app until you’ve read our six-page special on low cost revamps and straightforward renovations over on page 60. You may just learn to fall back in love with your home. After all that, you’ll probably be feeling a little peckish, which is why we have a fiesta of Mediterranean recipes for you (p.88), plus mid-week dinners for rumbling tummies who just can’t wait (p86). Enjoy, HomeStylers!