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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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Big Yellow Ilford helps bring Christmas spirit to local disadvantaged families

Big Yellow Ilford helps bring Christmas spirit to local disadvantaged families

An early festive project has been going on at our Big Yellow store in Ilford over the past few months… In September, team member Maria Rackley launched a shoe box appeal, asking customers and the local community for unwanted shoe boxes to fill with gifts, sweets and educational items for disadvantaged families in the area and it has been a great success. Originally the target was to collect 100 shoe boxes, however when the store handed everything over to The Salvation Army at the end of November, they had filled an amazing 286 boxes, with the help of local businesses, groups and schools. Each shoe box was also wrapped in festive wrapping paper. Maria was also thrilled to receive over 100 large toys to gift women in the refuge housing, and raised £423 which was used to fill the shoe […]

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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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Yorkshire Air Ambulance Honours Armadillo Self Storage Sheffield Parkway

Yorkshire Air Ambulance Honours Armadillo Self Storage Sheffield Parkway

We are proud to announce that our Armadillo Self Storage store in Sheffield Parkway has recently been presented with a special Corporate Partner Award at the annual Yorkshire Air Ambulance Awards. The store has been working with the charity for the last two years providing free storage, which has been essential to helping the charity with its fundraising events. With this free space, YAA has been able to safely store the South Fundraising Team’s equipment such as gazebos, banners and stands, as well as merchandise, which is used by staff and volunteers during their daily duties. Ed Taylor, the previous manager of the store who originally initiated the partnership, is a great supporter of the charity, and has previously volunteered at events, as well as visiting the air support centre to meet the team and discover more about what they […]

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Simple ways to keep your home secure

Simple ways to keep your home secure

Safety is paramount for us here at Big Yellow, and when your items are stored with us you can have peace of mind they will be secure with our PIN code access, 24-hour CCTV, and individually alarmed rooms. However, we also care about your belongings when you’re not with us, so we’ve pulled together some simple ways to help keep your home secure. Fill the driveway Stats show that most burglaries happen between 10am and 3pm on weekdays, when the majority of people are out at work. If you have a second car, keep it visible in the driveway to make it look like someone is home. Alternatively, if you don’t have one spare, think about renting out your driveway for people looking for a parking spot in your area. A great way to make a few extra bob, too. […]

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Top tips to organise your garage

Top tips to organise your garage

Garages tend to be a space full of clutter and often people are scared to tackle the mess they’re in. Well, have no fear as Big Yellow is here to help with a bunch of ideas that will have you inspired to get out there and take on the challenge. Use the wall space Utilising the wall space in a garage is vital to ensuring you’re getting the most out of it. By installing a slate wall, or even a peg board, you can constantly add or remove hooks to hold your stuff, whether it be gardening equipment, the hose, or baskets full of bits and bobs. Look up high You might have delicate items like fishing rods, so you’ll need a storage solution for preventing damage. Installing some rod racks on the ceiling is an ingenious way to keep […]

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Thinking outside the box – Storing books

Thinking outside the box – Storing books

The humble bookshelf can sometimes be filled then forgotten about, lost to dust and untouched books. However, they are a great piece of furniture to turn into a feature, so be imaginative and feel proud of them and all the memories they have given you over the years. Have a little look below for easy and fantastic ways to store your books so they become more of a feature in your home. Colour coded Make a bookshelf rainbow-inspired by organising your books in order of colour. It will prevent your library from looking cluttered, and makes it a real focal point of the room. If you have one or two that don’t conform, then cover them with wrapping paper and write the name of the book on the spine. Fill ‘em up Do you have an unused fire place? The […]

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Prepare your home for a party

Prepare your home for a party

Being the start of November, the festive party season is almost upon us. Life can get a bit hectic when the run up to Christmas starts, with buying presents, planning and attending parties and family visiting from all over the place. If you’re planning to host a party this year, check out our quick and easy tips to get your home party ready. Pretend you’re a guest Take a wander around your home and see it through a guest’s eyes. Have a look at the clutter you may not notice on a day to day basis such as obstacles in the walkway, products scattered around the bathroom, and dust on bookshelves. This will help you to make a list of all the areas that need special attention before your start your tasks. First impressions Take a little time to give […]

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