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Reuse old plastic bags to make Pom-poms

Photographs by Antonia Attwood

Being very aware of all the plastic and rubbish that lands up on many of our beaches, and in our parks and roadsides, I thought I would come up with a project that could put some of that plastic to good use. The result is pom-poms created from plastic bags. I suggest you use and reuse the bags until they start to get holes. When they are finally  of no further use, make pom-poms out of them.

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You need very little in the way of materials, just scissors, plastic bags, cardboard and string or twine. You will also need something to draw round to make a large circle with a smaller one in the centre.

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Draw round a small saucer or a large roll of tape onto the card to create a circle. Use something like an eggcup and draw round it to make a circle in the center. Cut out the two cardboard shapes, with a hole in the centre. Cut the plastic bags into a long strip about 1cm wide.

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Place one cardboard circle on top of the other and then start to wind the plastic strips round the two circles as in the picture. Carry on until the whole of the cardboard is covered. The more strips you add the fluffier the pom pom will be.

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Cut a piece of string or cord and put to one side. Holding the plastic covered discs, insert the scissors between the two outer circles and start to cut. This is the tricky bit as you don’t want to end up with a load of plastic on the floor. When you have cut all the way round the outer ring insert the cord and pull the two ends together, drawing together the pom pom at the same time. Tie the string ends together.

We used our Pom poms to decorate a basket, but you could use them to decorate anything. Have fun creating crafting and recycling.

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Every Room Tells a Story

By Kit Kemp and photographed by Simon Brown Published by Hardie Grant

When you’re in need of boutique hotel inspiration look no further than Kit Kemps book Every Room Tells a Story. Packed full of stunning photographs of eclectic properties we learn the secrets of the boutique hotel designer and how telling a story is essential to draw you into an interior. The bold, colourful and exuberant designs, inspired by travels and pieces collected from all round the world can’t fail to delight and start you on your own personal journey developing your very own style.

Kit brings life and interest to the rooms she styles and avoids taking design too seriously, playing with scale, colour and pattern to create personal, handcrafted spaces.

Featuring the inspiration behind her effortlessly stylish rooms and buildings, this book provides real insight into the way Kit approaches a room and the success she achieves with each space.

Also exploring her collaborations with artists, this is an intriguing look at Kit’s way of styling an intoxicating mix of contemporary and antique elements, a playful approach to fabrics and colour, and an individual eye for art. Every room that Kit breathes life into has a story to tell.