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Step-by-step: Create your own paper flowers

Step-by-step: Create your own paper flowers

Love is in the air this Valentine’s Day, and we’ve taken lasting love to new levels with this clever craft. Follow our step-by-step guide below to create your very own Big Yellow flowers. If you recreate them, be sure to tag us in your photos on Twitter. You will need: • Coloured card of your (or your Valentine’s) choice • Straws • A glue gun/a liquid glue • A pencil • A ruler • Scissors NB: Parental supervision needed when using scissors Step 1 Firstly, cut two rectangles out of card. To make your flowers the same size as ours, they will need to be 10cm x 7.5cm, though if you’d like smaller or bigger ones, adjust accordingly. Step 2 Next, cut slits into each rectangle, being careful to leave a good amount of space at the far side. Step […]

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Top tips: Great ways to store your shoes

Top tips: Great ways to store your shoes

Shoes: the ultimate clutter culprits. Whether you live with your family, friends or partner, between you, you’ll gather a whole bunch of shoes, making the entrance to your home look a mess. With these nifty solutions, you won’t be tripping over your shoes anymore. Picture perfect Sorting your shoes in boxes neatly stacked on shelves will make sure they are kept in pristine condition, and it will look super organised in any home. To make your everyday easier, stick a photograph of the shoes on the front of the box so you can see what’s in where. Box them in For cost effective and eco-friendly shoe storage, you can upcycle old wine boxes for smaller shoes such as flip flops and trainers. Stack a few boxes in your hallway and you can slip pairs in and out, saving floor space […]

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Renting out a small space

Renting out a small space

Whether it be an annex, a loft conversion, an extension or even just a spare bedroom, there is money to be made in the additional, unused space around your home. With a little bit of imagination and preparation, you can start renting it out for an extra monthly income. However, don’t rush into it – there are a few things you need to do before getting the legal documentation in place and getting someone to move in. Here are a few pointers to help get you on your way. Start by optimising the appearance of your property, which will help entice potential tenants. This doesn’t just apply to the space you’re planning to rent; also have a look at the exterior of your property. Make sure the gardens are looking beautiful, your windows are clean (and add a lick of […]

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New year, new you, no clutter

New year, new you, no clutter

Tidy house, clear mind, or so the saying (kind of) goes. Decluttering, sorting and cleaning can give you a sense of achievement, and there’s no better time do to this than at the start of the year, ready for the upcoming months. Don’t be fooled though, sorting your house out doesn’t need to be a big chore. Here are some quick and easy tips to help you break it down, focus on the task and get it done. A space a day makes the clutter go away Don’t panic yourself by looking around a room and seeing all the belongings you need to sift through. Divide your spaces into smaller chunks, such as the wardrobe, the box under the TV, the kitchen cabinet, and aim for a space a day. It’s a guaranteed way to feel like you achieve something […]

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Step by step: paper tray cardboard creation

Step by step: paper tray cardboard creation

January: the month for new year’s resolutions, sorting out your home after the festivities, and generally preparing yourself for the year ahead. Whether it be your home office or your work desk, this nifty, easy-to-create paper tray provides the perfect solution to organise all those loose bits and bobs on your desk. You could even get your kids to help you decorate it, bringing a little bit of your family into your work space. Step 1 – What you will need: • A cardboard box (medium size) • A pencil • A ruler • A scalpel/Stanley knife (these are preferable over scissors as precision is needed with cutting) • Glue if necessary NB: Parental supervision required when using cutting tools Step 2 To begin with, you’re making the two sides of the tray, which hold the structure together. See the […]

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How to safely pack up Christmas decorations

How to safely pack up Christmas decorations

It’s always frustrating when Christmas comes around again and you pull out last year’s decorations from storage to find there are some broken, or their dusty or knotted. Here are some simple packing tips to help you avoid this situation next year. Remember to check out our Twitter feed where we offer helpful tricks each day. Keep it original If possible, try and keep the original packaging that delicate and fragile decorations are purchased in. You can then use this to package them back up each year to ensure they are safe and protected. Egg-cellent alternative If you have got rid of the original packaging, eggs cartons make a great alternative. Use tissue paper from opened gifts to stuff into each of the pockets and store the smaller ornaments in here. You can then pack the cartons in a large […]

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Step by step: party popper cardboard creation

Step by step: party popper cardboard creation

New Year’s Eve wouldn’t be the same without celebrations, some glitter and lots of party poppers! In this step by step guide, we’ll show you how to create your very own bespoke party popper, which can be reused over and over again. It’s the perfect festive activity to do with the kids; they’ll love making it and have endless fun playing with it too. Step 1 – What you will need: • An empty toilet roll • Scissors • Double sided tape • A balloon • Decorative card • Confetti NB: Parental supervision required when using scissors Step 2 Firstly, tie a knot in the end of the balloon. On the opposite side to the knot, cut off about an inch of the balloon. This will allow you to put it over your empty toilet roll. Step 3 Next, attach […]

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Step by step: Photo booth cardboard creation

Step by step: Photo booth cardboard creation

It’s party season! Photo booths have recently boomed in popularity and are now a must-have for any party. Have a look below for our step-by-step tips on how to create your very own booth with a cardboard box. It’s sure to provide endless fun at Christmas parties. Step 1 – What you will need: • An extra-large cardboard box • Additional large piece of cardboard (roughly the same size as one side of your large box) • Scissors or Stanley knife • A black marker • Double sided tape • Paint in a colour of your choice NB: Parental supervision required when using Stanley knife or scissors Step 2 Firstly, cut off the loose flaps from the top of the box, as shown in the image below, as well as one side of the box, which will be where you […]

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Pros and cons of different types of fire places

Pros and cons of different types of fire places

The nights are getting colder, and right now summer feels like a long time away. Our thoughts are turning to ideas on how to feel cosy and warm, and one of the best ways to do this is to curl up in front of a fire with a hot mug of cocoa and a good film. Fireplaces do so much more than just provide heat; they can make a room feel homely and snuggly. If you’re thinking about transforming your home with a fireplace, then here’s an outline of what you can expect from what type. Simply, fireplaces fall into four categories: wood burning, gas burning, ethanol burning or electric – here are some pros and cons on those. Burn baby burn The traditional option, a wood burning fire place is loved for its authentic smell and sound of a […]

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Creative storage solutions for around the home

Creative storage solutions for around the home

At Big Yellow, we’re all about helping you get the most out of the space you have. Our Twitter feed is full of creative tips to help inspire you to think creatively with the belongings you have, so be sure to check it out. In the meantime, have a look below for some simple and great ways to create more space in your home, including some innovative storage ideas. Get yourself hooked These cheap and easy-to-acquire hooks are useful for way more than just hanging up your shower curtain. Use them in your wardrobe to hook on the rail and hang up bags, belts and accessories, clearing the floor in the bottom of the closet. Or even use them in the bathroom to hang towels off the towel rails, which helps keep them apart and drying more easily. Sneaky shelves […]

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