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Decorative and practical plant labels

With self-hardening clay, you can easily make personal plant labels which will look decorative while helping to keep track of your plants.

It is exciting for children and adults alike to follow the growth from seeds to sprouts to full-grown plants. Anna and Clara recommend that you use home-made plant labels to know the difference between the different plants you have sown. Plant labels will make it easy to distinguish the sprouts from one another, and they will also embellish the raised bed, the window box and the flowerpot.

“Once you have made the plant labels, you can reuse them season after season,” says Clara, who is enthusiastic about the recyclability of this DIY project.

Decorative and practical plant labels

Ideas for use of plant labels

In the kitchen garden and greenhouse
Use the sisters’ plant labels to keep track of everything from tomato plants to herbs in your kitchen garden or greenhouse.

In raised beds, big pots and flowerpots
Once you have sown the seeds, it can be difficult to distinguish which seeds were planted where in your raised beds and pots. For this purpose, Anna and Clara recommend the home-made plant labels.

In your herbs indoors
Equip herbs in your kitchen with the decorative plant labels, which will also help the entire family distinguish different types of herbs.

Decorative and practical plant labels

Materials

  • Self-hardening clay
  • Letter stamps
  • Stamps, leaves or flowers for imprinting
  • Paint
  • Varnish
  • Paintbrush
  • Baking paper

 

Method

1. On a piece of baking paper, form the self-hardening clay in the shape you prefer. You can, for example, roll the clay into an oblong round shape, before rolling it flat with a rolling pin. If there are any uneven edges, you can slide a wet finger over the areas and smooth it out. Finally, make a pointed tip at the end of the plant label, so it can be put in the soil easily.

2. Decorate the plant labels. It is a simple task to write the name of the plant by using the Søstrene Grene’s easy-to-read letter stamps. You can also use fine stamps with motifs or fresh leaves and flowers to make imprints in the clay.

3. Let your plant labels dry between two pieces of baking paper overnight. Place a book or another heavy, flat object on top of it the first night. Then remove both the book and the top layer of baking paper to allow the clay to dry completely. The clay is hardened after 24-48 hours depending on the thickness.

4. When the plant labels have finished hardening, you can decorate them with paint. Anna and Clara have chosen some fine colours for their plant labels, and then they have gathered the plant labels in a box from Søstrene Grene.

5. Apply clear varnish to the plant labels after the paint has dried. That way, they will be robust for both wind and weather, season after season.

Tip! Keep a small bowl of water by your side when making the plant labels. That way, you are always ready to moisten your fingers, making the self-hardening clay easier to work with.


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A string of home-made bunting for festive occasions and everyday “hygge”

“A very good way to get acquainted with the art of sewing!”, says Anna – and with the sisters’ simple template for bunting, everyone can take part.

A string of home-made bunting is a decorative detail for cosy moments in the garden and festive gatherings outdoors as well as indoors. The simple construction of this decoration means that it is easy to make – whether you are a beginner or experienced in the art of sewing.

Make your string of bunting from fabric in your favourite colours and patterns. You can find patchwork fabric in your local Søstrene Grene store, but if you have fabric remains from previous DIY projects, it will be natural to use them for this purpose.

You can print the template here:

A string of home-made bunting for festive occasions and everyday “hygge”

When to use a string of home-made flags

For festive occasions
Let the string of bunting be a colourful detail when decorating for parties and festive gatherings indoors.

For cosy moments outdoors
Hang the string of bunting on your terrace, balcony or in the garden, and enjoy the sight of it on cosy spring and summer days.

A string of home-made bunting for festive occasions and everyday “hygge”

Materials

  • Template
  • Patchwork fabric
  • String
  • Sewing machine
  • Sewing thread
  • Pins
  • Scissor
  • Pencil

 

Method

1. Use the template and a pencil to draw triangles on the fabric. Fold the fabric, making it lay double, and place the triangle template along the folded hem as shown in the video. Cut out with a pair of scissors.

2. Sew the triangles together and let two endings be open so there is room for turning the fabric. If you are a beginner, it may be a good idea to pin the two triangles together before sewing them together with the sewing machine.

3. After you have sewn the triangles together, you can use a long, rounded object – for example a crochet hook or the end of a pencil – to push out the point of each triangle so the shape becomes clear.

4. Attach a string to each flag, and your string of bunting is now ready to be hung up.

Tip! If you want the flags to be larger or smaller than the sisters’ template, remember to leave a centimeter for the seam distance all around the triangle.


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Make Easter baskets with recycled materials

Reuse juice cartons and turn them into Easter baskets that can be filled with sweet Easter treats. The basket is both a fine gift idea and an alternative to the traditional Easter egg.

This is a fun and creative DIY project for larger children who will enjoy drawing, cutting, painting and decorating their own Easter basket.

Make Easter baskets with recycled materials

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Surprise with home-made chocolate egg

Venture into the art of chocolate and send a loving thought to someone you hold dear with a home-made chocolate egg.

The sisters’ chocolate mould for the occasion makes it easy to create a whole egg – and remember that you can find both white, milk and dark chocolate at Søstrene Grene, which all will fit perfectly for this DIY project.

TIP: Clean the mould with warm water and avoid using soap as the chocolate will then more easily be released from the mould.

List of materials for this DIY project:
Chocolate mould for Easter egg
200 g chocolate for tempering (save any excess chocolate as it can be tempered again)
Water bath for tempering
Thermometer for tempering
Sprinkles for ornamenting

Surprise with home-made chocolate egg
Surprise with home-made chocolate egg

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Create new exciting art for your walls with this simple technique that gives even the simplest illustrations a vivid expression. ”By putting together different motifs and techniques, your home interior design becomes even more characterful,” Anna thinks.

List of materials for this DIY project:
Frame
Carton
Needle
Pencil
Tea towel

Simple paper art in frame
Simple paper art in frame

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Personal decorations with pictures

Add soul and warmth to the party setting by decorating with pictures and loving memories. Let the festive garland with pictures embellish the room, and display the pictures on the table to welcome the guests.

List of materials for this DIY project:
Garland:
Pictures in size 7×9 cm. Søstrene Grene’s DIY garland, available in two designs
Yarn
Scissors

Table decorations:
Pictures
Design paper from Søstrene Grene
Glue stick
Scissors

Personal decorations with pictures
Personal decorations with pictures
Personal decorations with pictures

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Lay the table with a loving thought

Add a loving thought to your guests when laying the table, with a small box containing, for example, a handwritten note, some sweets or festive decorations. Watch more in the video and discover how the expression changes depending on the type of box.

Lay the table with a loving thought

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Make festive masquerade masks

With Anna’s mask templates for children and adults, it is a simple task to make festive and colourful masquerade masks. Gather the entire family and make it a cosy joint activity to decorate the masks with feathers, beads, stickers or what else your archives offer.

You can print both templates here:

Make festive masquerade masks
Make festive masquerade masks
Make festive masquerade masks

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Make stunning lampshades

Creativity is crucial for the soul, if you ask Anna, who loves to design and create new home accessories. In fact, she is so fond of designing that she would like to share the pleasure with you. Be your own designer and make a unique lamp out of veneer for your home. In the video below, Anna presents her design, but there is really no end to the designs that can be created using veneer.

NB! Remember to use LED bulbs in homemade lamps like this. You can buy a socket with cable at Søstrene Grene, whereas you must get the LED bulb from your local DIY store.

Søstrene Grene recommends straightening the veneer ribbon before starting with this DIY project. This can be done by letting the veneer ribbon be unrolled for a few days before assembling the lamp, or by gently ironing the veneer ribbon at low heat. The veneer ribbon can withstand up to 130 degrees of heat (two dots on the iron’s heat setting) when it is ironed with a piece of baking paper between.

Watch Anna design a pendant lampshade out of veneer in the video below:

How to assemble Anna’s lampshade design

Materials:

  • Veneer ribbon
  • Hot glue gun
  • Glue cartridges
  • Tape measure
  • Paper clips
  • Socket with cable
  • Scissors

Method:

  1. Place three pieces of veneer as shown in the picture to create a triangle. Do not glue them together yet. Anna has created her lamp out of 90 cm pieces of veneer.
Make stunning lampshades
  1. Create another triangle out of three pieces of veneer. Do not glue the pieces together yet. Hold in place using paper clips instead, so the pieces are easy to adjust.
Make stunning lampshades
  1. Place the two triangles on top of each other. Glue the pieces of veneer together as shown in the picture.
Make stunning lampshades
  1. Finally, glue the ends together. (A) must be glued to (A), and (B) must be glued to (B). Continue all the way around until all the ends have been joined. You can follow the instructions in the video, which is an excellent guide for this part of the assembly process.

Tip! Use paper clips to hold the pieces of veneer together, while designing your lampshade. Then you do not have to glue the pieces together immediately, and you can make adjustments as you go along. “Once you have glued the veneer together, there is no going back,” explains Anna.

More lampshade designs

Here you can see another of Anna’s ideas for how veneer ribbon can be used to make a pendant lampshade. Have a go and make a perfect design for your home.

Make stunning lampshades

You can also make a table lampshade for displaying on your console or the like.

Make stunning lampshades

Veneer as a design material.

Wood veneer is a unique material, which is extremely flexible and great for playing with. The colour of the veneer adds an organic and warm look to suit most home interiors.

What can the surplus bits of veneer be used for?

Out of the surplus bits of veneer, you can make small boxes for jewellery, keys, office supplies and other small items. Watch the video where Anna shows how you can create homemade boxes of out of veneer ribbon.


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Make paper art for the walls

Instead of throwing out scraps of wallpaper, Anna recommends that you keep them and turn them into beautiful works of art. “Recycling is simply wonderful,” as Anna always says. Watch the video where Anna shows how you can make unique paper artworks out of even the smallest bits of wallpaper.

How to make a paper collage

Materials:

  • Scraps of wallpaper
  • Scissors
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paper
  • Glue stick
  • Frame

Method:

Cut the shapes out of the wallpaper scraps. Mix acrylic paint in your preferred colours and apply to sheets of paper. Allow to dry and then assemble the collage using the glue stick. Finally place your artwork in a frame.

Here you can see Anna’s ideas for two very different collages

1) Raw and simple:

Make paper art for the walls

2) Rich in detail:

Make paper art for the walls

Find a frame for your DIY project

Anna has used Søstrene Grene’s new frame for this project, as both the front and back are made of glass. Being able to glimpse the wall through the glass adds a very special effect.

The frame can be used for a multitude of other projects – here are a few ideas:

  • Picture frame:
    Make a picture frame with family photos, pictures of friends or maybe even your pet. Putting up pictures of your nearest and dearest on the wall in your home is sure to bring you endless joy.
  • Dried flowers:
    You can also dry flowers from your garden, from your bridal bouquet or from other important events in your life and put them on display in these fine, transparent frames.
  • Children’s drawings:
    When the little ones come home with new drawings, you can easily display them in these frames. And how happy that will make those dear little children.
  • Homemade art:
    A paper collage is only one kind of homemade art which you can display in the frame. You can also exhibit works of art made with watercolours, charcoal, crayons, ink etc. “Let your creativity run free,” as Anna would say.

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Shopper with print and embroidery

You can buy shoppers with motifs, but you can, of course, also decorate your own bags. Anna definitely recommends doing your own, which is why she has been busy painting and embroidering cotton shoppers.

Ideas for use of cotton shoppers
Anna uses cotton shoppers for a wealth of different purposes:

Storage
Hang the cotton shopper on a coat rack, and use it for gloves, toys or perhaps something else entirely.

Shopping
Take your cotton shopper with you when you go shopping to avoid having to pay for new bags every time.

Bag
Use a cotton shopper as your everyday bag – with plenty of room for a book or a warm jersey.

Shopper with print and embroidery

Personalise your cotton shopper
The style which Anna has aimed for with this cotton shopper is raw, yet feminine. Using delicate colours together with vibrant ones, and combining embroidery with textile paint, she has skilfully created a personal shopper with lots of character.

You are welcome to copy her design – but why not try to make your own? Start, for example, with textile paint in soft pink, which may be applied to the fabric using a stamp, and then combine with cobalt blue embroidery thread in delicate patterns.

All the materials can be found at Søstrene Grene

Embroidery on cotton shopper
‘Embroidery’ may sound frighteningly difficult, but Anna is pleased to announce that there are no strict rules for this embroidery project. Thread the needle, and start playing with the material. You may find inspiration in Anna’s embroideries which are neither cross-stitch nor based on any other known techniques. Just make sure that you do not prick yourself on the needle.


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Use Anna and Clara’s three different decorative wallpapers to give your home interiors a personal twist. Watch the video and learn how you can add the wallpaper to a wall in your own home using the sisters’ wallpaper paste.

how to use wallpaper

Add personality and character with decorative wallpaper

For the first time ever, Anna and Clara have introduced decorative wallpapers as part of Søstrene Grene’s new home interiors and lifestyle collection. Learn how to paper a wall in your own home.

A wall covered with decorative wallpaper can add both atmosphere, personality and character to a room. If you have not tried to paper a wall before, do not despair – even as a beginner, it is a manageable project to paper a single wall in a room.

Anna and Clara recommend the sisters’ decorative wallpaper for use on a single wall in a room. Only applying the decorative wallpaper to one wall will ensure that the wallpaper’s colours and patterns do not overwhelm the room – “instead, the wallpaper will add character to the room,” Anna says.

If you have a blank wall in your home, you may consider decorating it with the sisters’ wallpaper. In the same way as framed images and posters, a papered wall can add new colours, motifs and patterns to a room – but in a way that adds warmth and character to the entire room.

How to use wallpaper

Ideas for use of decorative wallpaper

Highlight your favourite furniture pieces

By adding decorative wallpaper to one wall in a room, this wall will be highlighted in the room. By placing your preferred dresser or a special heirloom against the wall, you ensure that your personal favourites get the attention they deserve.

An extra element in the hall

The hall is a natural space in the home to decorate with wallpaper. It is often a quite neutral room where we do not tend to display our preferred flea market finds or heirlooms. Paper a wall in the hall and experience how the colours and patterns of the hall will create a welcoming ambience when entering the home.

Make paper art for the walls

Instead of throwing out scraps of wallpaper, Anna recommends that you keep them and turn them into beautiful works of art that can embellish other rooms. You can use paper collages as a red thread throughout your home, having wallpaper from some rooms appear in other rooms as well. See more here, where Anna shows how you can make unique paper artworks out of even the smallest bits of wallpaper.

 

Materials

At your local Søstrene Grene store, you will find:

  • Decorative wallpaper
  • Wallpaper paste

At your local builders’ merchant, you will find:

  • Soft wallpaper hanging brush
  • Wallpaper guide knife
  • Utility knife
  • Paint brush or paint roller to add wallpaper paste with
  • Cover for table

 

Method

1. Measure the height of the wall and add approximately 30 centimeters, which will be cut when the wallpaper has been applied to the wall. Cut the wallpaper.

2. Mix wallpaper paste according to the instructions on the packaging of Søstrene Grene’s wallpaper paste.

3. On a covered table, add wallpaper paste to the back of the cut piece of wallpaper. Be careful when doing this, as wallpaper paste on the front of the wallpaper should be avoided. If you do not have a small table, a pasting table might be helpful.

4. Carefully fold the wallpaper over itself, as shown in the video, and hang it on the wall.

5. Be careful when unfolding the wallpaper when you apply it to the wall.

6. Use the wallpaper hanging brush to smooth out the wallpaper.

7. Use the wallpaper guide knife and the utility knife at the top and the bottom to cut off excess wallpaper.

8. Finally, use a wet cloth to remove any remains of wall paper paste on panels.

 

Watch the video where Anna and Clara demonstrate how you can use Søstrene Grene’s wallpaper paste to add the sisters’ decorative wallpaper on a wall in your own home.

how to use wallpaper

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Fun cardboard bugs

Gather the kids around the creative table and spend a cosy hour conjuring up fun and colourful bugs made from cardboard and pipe cleaners. Cut out according to the sisters’ template and decorate the funny bugs with drawing inks, paint, coloured pencils or something else – only your imagination sets the limit!

You can print the template here:

Fun cardboard bugs
Fun cardboard bugs
Fun cardboard bugs

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Personal and playful vase decoration

Decorate one of your vases at home and make it extra playful and personal with Anna’s suggestion for a vase decoration. The decorated vase with flowers in it will also make a wonderful hostess gift, according to Anna.

Personal and playful vase decoration
Personal and playful vase decoration

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Personal and practical rack

With a few beads, leather string and a piece of round timber, you can make a personal hanging rack for your favorite clothes in the bedroom, dishcloths in the kitchen or your collection of scarfs in the hall. The rack can be made in all sizes, but please be aware no to overload it with, for instance, large winter coats or other heavy objects.

Personal and practical rack

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Explore and test new techniques when decorating your cakes. For example, you can bake fine muffins with Søstrene Grene’s baking mix, garnish with the sisters’ custard cream and add an extra wow effect with decorations of isomalt.

TIP: Apply a few drops of taste-neutral oil to the spoon before you make the decoration of isomalt, as otherwise it may be difficult to get the decoration off the spoon.

Impress with isomalt

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Danish seeded pastry twists recipe (“Frøsnappere”)
Danish seeded pastry twists recipe

Makes: 16

Ingredients
Pastry dough
30 g yeast
2½ dl milk, lukewarm
50 g soft butter
50 g sugar
500 g organic baking mix, bread and baguettes from Søstrene Grene
1 egg, lightly whipped
Pumpkin seeds

Remonce
100 g sugar
150 g soft butter
1 tsp cardamom
1 tsp. ginger, ground

Method – bread
Heat the milk until it is lukewarm, pour into a bowl and dissolve the yeast in the milk. Add the egg and sugar. Pour in the sisters’ baking mix a little at a time and knead the soft butter into the dough. Knead until the dough gets shiny. Let the dough rise in a warm place for approx. 30 min. Now roll out the dough into a rectangle (30×40 cm) and leave it while the remonce is made.

Method – remonce
Pour spices and sugar into the butter and mix until you have an even mixture. Now chop the pumpkin seeds and place them in a little bowl of their own.

Apply a layer of remonce on 2/3 of the dough and fold the dough so you have three layers. Remember to fold the 1/3 of the dough that is not covered with remonce first. Brush the dough with the egg and sprinkle with pumpkin seeds. Cut the dough into 16 pieces of approx. two centimeters each. Carefully pull and twist each of the 16 pieces so they come to look like spirals. Let them prove for another 20 minutes. Bake them at 200°C in a preheated oven for 10-12 minutes.


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Danish medal pastry recipe (”Medaljer”)

Ingredients

Shortcrust pastry
500 g wheat flour
350 g butter
150 g icing sugar
1 egg

Fillings
Jam from Søstrene Grene
Custard cream from Søstrene Grene
¼ l cream
Icing sugar to make icing.
You can decorate with sprinkles from Søstrene Grene or lemon zest.

Method
Mix flour and icing sugar. Divide the soft butter into smaller pieces and add the butter a little at a time. Break the egg into a glass, whip and pour into the dough. Gently gather the dough until it is even. Leave the dough in the refrigerator for a few hours.

Roll out the dough with a rolling pin and cut out the dough in the desired shape. Traditional medal pastries are round. Place the dough on a sheet of baking paper and bake in the oven at 200°C until the biscuits get a golden colour. Let them cool on a griddle. Use ¼ l cream to make whipped cream. Dissolve 50 g custard cream powder in 60 ml water (room temperature). When the powder has dissolved, fold in the whipped cream. Place the custard cream somewhere cold for a few hours. Use an icing bag to make a large ring of custard cream on a biscuit. Add jam in the middle. Now add icing made of icing sugar and a bit of boiled water on another biscuit. While the icing is still wet, add cake sprinkles or lemon zest. Finally combine the two biscuits and you have a beautiful, delicious medal pastry.

Tip: The biscuits that you do not immediately use to make medal pastries can be saved in a tin, so you can easily make more medal pastries some other day.


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Olive and tomato focaccia bread recipe
Olive and tomato focaccia bread recipe

Ingredients
Bread
4 dl water
20 g yeast
3 tbsp olive oil
500 g organic baking mix, bread and baguettes from Søstrene Grene
Salt
Toppings
Rosemary
2-3 tbsp olive oil
Black olives
Small tomatoes
Salt

Method
Dissolve the yeast in the water. Add salt and olive oil. Now add the sisters’ baking mix and thoroughly knead the dough until it is smooth and flexible. It is supposed to be a tender dough. Cover the bowl and let it rise for one hour on the kitchen table.

Grease an ovenproof dish (approx. 25×25 cm), or you can cover little springform pans with baking paper, and then add the dough. Only fill 2/3 of the container, though, so there is enough space for the bread to rise. Leave the dough to prove another 30 minutes on the kitchen table. Make deep holes in the dough with your fingers and place olives and small tomatoes that have been cut in halves in these holes. Sprinkle with oil, rosemary and salt. Bake the bread at 210°C in a preheated oven for approx. 12-15 minutes.


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Simple cake decoration with isomalt

“Isomalt is not as difficult to use as most people imagine,” Anna explains. Even as a beginner, you can easily use isomalt to create fine and personal decorations for your cakes.

Tip: Decorate the isomalt flakes with the sisters’ sprinkles while still warm. When the flakes are cold, they can be removed from the baking paper and placed on the cake, which, for example, can be covered in Anna and Clara’s custard cream.

Simple cake decoration with isomalt

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