Dainty Dress Diaries

50 Beautiful Home-Crafting Projects to Awaken Your Creativity

Catherine Carton

Dainty Dress Diaries grew from Catherine Carton's popular blog and vlog channels, her 'floral, chalk painted, tea dress-wearing, creative corner of the internet'. Afternoon craft projects, recycling & upcycling ideas, gardening tips & sewing inspiration: the home you want on the budget you have.
Date Published :
June 2022
Publisher :
The O'Brien Press
Illustration :
350 Halftones, color
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding : Hardback
ISBN : 9781788492966
Pages : 192
Dimensions : 9.7 X 7.45 inches
Stock Status : Out of stock. Available in 6-8 weeks


On her award-winning blog, Dainty Dress Diaries, Catherine Carton welcomes us into her ‘floral, chalk-painted, tea-dress-wearing corner of the internet’.

Here, in her first book, she shares over fifty of her favourite creative projects – upcycling, crafting, sewing, painting and gardening – many of which take unloved items and make them shine again.

Getting crafty is fun, but it also gives us a few moments of peace in our hectic, plugged-in lives. Spend an afternoon making rose-scented soaps or sewing a memory cushion; reuse old  crockery and learn to strip paint and upcycle furniture; or get your garden blooming with simple raised beds or a buzzin’ bee hotel.

The projects within these pages are for everyone, so take a break from the world, reignite your creative spark, and make your home a little bit more beautiful!


Introduction page 9

Chapter One: Crafternoons and the Power of Pause

Rose-Scented Melt-and-Pour Soaps 14

Clay Leaf Trinket Bowl 17

Sweet Night s Pillow Spray 20

Mercury Glass Effect Vases 22

Teacup Candles 24

Flower Letters 26

Pumpkin Spice Wax Melts 28

Découpaged Clothes Hanger 30

Bouquet Boxes 32

DIY Bath Shelf 35

Chapter Two: A Stitch in Time

Sewing Essentials 40

Sewing Machine Guide 42

Envelope Cushion 44

Super-Quick Scrunchie 48

Reusable Makeup Pads 50

Reusable Dish Scrubbers 52

Pompom Cushion 54

Fabric Clothes Hangers 57

Beautiful Bunting 60

Memory Cushion 64

Sparkly Christmas Stockings 68

Easter Bunnies 72

Easy-Sew Kids Apron 75

Pencil Case 78

Chapter Three: Reuse and Refresh, Small

Milk Carton Baskets 84

TP Treasure Boxes 88

Tin Can Candles 90

Bicycle Wheel Wall Art 93

Fabric Zip Pouches 96

Vintage Plate Clock 99

Glass Bottle Vase 102

Chapter Four: Reuse and Refresh, Big

Second-Hand Treasure Hunt 108

Upcycling Essentials 112

Planning and Mood Boards 115

Painting Furniture 118

Painting Flat-Pack Furniture 120

How to Strip Paint 123

Fireplace Upcycle 126

Kitchen Cabinets Makeover 130

Skirting and Architraves 133

Dreamy Dollhouse 135

Chapter Five: Let Yourself Bloom

Gardening Essentials 140

No-Dig Raised Bed 146

Raised Bed with Legs 150

Painting Outdoors 153

Tyre Planter 156

Teacup Bird Feeders 158

Garden Chair Shelf 162

Gorgeous Garden Pillows 166

DIY Garden Apron 170

Herbal Tea Garden 174

Buzzin’ Bee Hotel 178

Sewing Terminology 184

All about Paint 187

Index 189

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