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The practical home elements do not need to be boring, if you ask Anna. She suggests that you create a personal laundry basket in the colours that fit your home, and that you use the laundry bag actively in the interior, rather than hiding it away.


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Make a personalised strap for your bag, where you can customise length, colours and hooks for a personal expression. You do not have to be experienced with sewing to make a bag strap like Anna’s, and this way, you can easily repair your favorite bag or give an old bag a new expression.


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A haven emerges when Clara sits by her desk to create small lists of chores. Whether you prefer to make a bullet journal, to embark on the art of scrapbooking or to keep a diary, notebooks are well suited to gathering both drawings and writings as well as creative ideas and pleasant memories.

Creative use of notebooks
Creative use of notebooks

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A food collection overflowing with a love of food, organics and culinary experiences

Søstrene Grene’s food collection has been developed with a strong focus on great flavours and organic produce. A third of the products are organic.

We can’t eat more, but we can eat better. This is the mantra behind Søstrene Grene’s food collection which is all about the love of food, about sharing meals and about culinary experiences. An ambitious mantra.

To bring it to life, Anna and Clara have worked with food lovers, a former Michelin chef by the name of Torben Bager and pioneers from the worlds of gastronomy and organics to develop unique products that elegantly combine the great joy of eating honest food with quality, aesthetics and local ingredients.

A touch of Michelin

In collaboration with former Danish Michelin chef Torben Bager, Søstrene Grene has developed a wide range of unique delicacies available exclusively from Søstrene Grene. They include vinaigrettes, syrups, pickled vegetables and rich mayonnaises.

Torben Bager was very much part of the gastronomy scene as trends from the Nordic cuisine began to spread around the world. For a number of years, he has also used his skills to interpret gastronomic trends and develop products for the general public.

Focus on organics

A third of the products in Søstrene Grene’s new food collection are organic, and that is no coincidence. Anna and Clara are keen to make it possible for their customers to use organic products in their daily cooking.

Søstrene Grene’s organic products have been developed in collaboration with producers who carry the organic principles in their hearts and who are among the front runners in this field. One example is Aurion, a company based in northern Jutland, Denmark. Aurion has worked with organic and biodynamic grains and cereals since 1974, and is thus the oldest organic mill in Denmark. It was therefore with great confidence that Søstrene Grene started working with Aurion to develop Anna and Clara’s three organic baking mixes as well as a range of crispy granolas and muesli. The baking mixes are based on crops which have been ground in the old-fashioned way, on low-speed stone mills, to retain the quality of the grain as well as the natural vitamins and proteins which are so important to the taste.

In cooperation with another Danish company – Søbogaard – Søstrene Grene has developed a series of organic jams. Søbogaard is a small organic supplier of great-tasting products with a high fruit content. Søbogaard has supplied organic beverages to Søstrene Grene for decades.

Explore selected products from Søstrene Grene’s food collection

Rich mayonnaises

Søstrene Grene’s lemon mayonnaise is made with salted lemons from Morocco. Salted lemons originate from the North African cuisine, and salting is an ancient method of preservation, which adds a sublimely fresh and aromatic flavour. This mayonnaise is particularly good with: Peel-your-own prawns, steamed lemon sole, fried chicken, as a dip for vegetable crudités and with crisps.

Anna and Clara’s mayonnaise with Piment d’Espelette is strongly flavoured without being too hot despite the intense taste of chilli and bell peppers. And that is precisely what Piment d’Espelette peppers do – add a strong flavour without burning. This mayonnaise is particularly good with: Homemade burgers, as a dip for roast potatoes, in sandwiches, for example egg-and-avocado sandwiches, and with oven-baked salmon.

A food collection overflowing with a love of food, organics and culinary experiences

Flavour-enhancing syrups

Syrups can add new and wonderful flavours to food and beverages. The secret behind the syrups is the special method of preparation, whereby a relatively high fruit content contributes to creating a natural taste and perfect consistency. “The right, thick consistency is essential for the perfect result.” Anna and Clara’s syrups are available in four flavours: Caramel & vanilla syrup, Lemon & elderflower syrup, Strawberry & cranberry syrup, Passion fruit & ginger syrup.

The syrups work particularly well as toppings on yoghurt and ‘skyr’, on pancakes, with fruit and berries, as ice-cream toppings, on porridge or as a topping on crumbles. The syrups can also make a magical difference to your beverages – in hot or iced coffee, as flavour enhancers in smoothies and milk shakes or in drinks in general. Try a White Russian with caramel & vanilla syrup, a Gin & Lemon with lemon & elderflower syrup or a Strawberry Daiquiri with strawberry & cranberry syrup.

A food collection overflowing with a love of food, organics and culinary experiences

Pickled vegetables

If you travel along the Mediterranean coast and order a glass of chilled prosecco, it is often served with a bowl of pickled vegetables. Søstrene Grene’s three variants of pickled vegetables are inspired by Nordic cuisine and come in flavourful combinations.

Try Anna and Clara’s pickled carrots in vinegar and sea buckthorn which strike a perfect balance between the sweetness of the carrots and the sourness of the sea buckthorn. The sisters’ pickled beetroot with blackcurrant and aniseed has been pickled in vinegar cooked with green aniseed and flavoured with blackcurrant juice. The beetroot has been cut into sticks to stand out from the classic sliced beetroot. Anna and Clara’s fresh-tasting pearl onions are combined with lemon and sweet elderflower for a crisp bite and an exquisite balance between the floral and sweet elderflower and the fresh, acidic lemon flavour.

A food collection overflowing with a love of food, organics and culinary experiences

Organic jams rich in fruit

Anna and Clara’s jams are fruit-based and sweetened with cane sugar. The result is jam with the characteristic taste of late summer, which is when the sun-ripened fruit and berries are most flavourful due to their high fructose content. One variant is strawberry jam sweetened with apple juice.

The jam variants are perfect ingredients for magical shortcrust ´medals´ combined with the sisters’ custard cream, which is also part of the food collection.

A food collection overflowing with a love of food, organics and culinary experiences

Organic baking mixes, granolas and muesli

The range of organic baking mixes, granolas and mueslis has been developed in collaboration with Aurion. The products are based on organic ingredients and old crops like spelt, Dalar wheat and emmer that are rich in both nutrients and taste. The range includes classic Danish products like organic bread rolls, baguettes and a ryebread mix. The series also includes a pancake mix based on spelt for a nutty taste. And then there are the mueslis and granolas. What is so unique about the sisters’ mueslis and granolas is that all the flakes have been gently roasted for a deeper and better flavour.

Use the granola to make crispy cookies or discover just how easy it is to make tasty focaccias with olive and tomato using the sisters’ baguette mix. The same baking mix can also be used to make sweet seeded pastry with a Nordic twist

A food collection overflowing with a love of food, organics and culinary experiences

Antipasti series

Søstrene Grene is introducing a selection of delicious antipasti for tapas meals and other cosy get-togethers. Try green olives pickled in brine with white wine vinegar, or black olives from Italy, with a soft and rich consistency. The series also includes Italian caperberries and pickled artichoke hearts, tender but still with a bit of bite.

You might also like Anna and Clara’s olive tapenade with 81% ripe black olives, oil, parsley and garlic. Or try the green Pesto Verde, made with basil, Grana Padano, Pecorino and pine nuts, or the red Pesto Rosso made of juicy tomatoes, basil, vinegar, nuts and pine nuts and seasoned with salt, sugar and garlic. Use the creamy and mild Pesto Verde with pasta, chicken or charcuterie, or try the Pesto Rosso as a marinade for meat, fish and vegetables or mixed with mayonnaise for sandwiches.

A food collection overflowing with a love of food, organics and culinary experiences
A food collection overflowing with a love of food, organics and culinary experiences

Tasty vinaigrettes

Vinaigrettes can be used emulsified, warm or, of course, cold, as we know them. But especially warm vinaigrettes represent a whole new world of flavours, and Anna and Clara have been looking forward to presenting their four tasty vinaigrettes. Use the truffle vinaigrette with fried mushrooms and either squid or roast pork, or top your salad with the lemon vinaigrette which delicately balances the fresh lemon with the acidity of the vinegar and the richness of the olive oil.

The sesame soy vinaigrette is seasoned with soy sauce and toasted sesame oil and works extremely well with Asian cuisine. Try it with a noodle dish with crispy vegetables and fresh ginger, for example. Last but not least, the sisters’ sherry raspberry vinaigrette, which is made with olive oil, sherry vinegar and natural raspberry extract, is delicious with fried chicken drumsticks, for example.

A food collection overflowing with a love of food, organics and culinary experiences
A food collection overflowing with a love of food, organics and culinary experiences

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Gift certificates and sweet experiences can be wrapped up as lovely cards to the delight of the receiver. Find the small envelopes at Søstrene Grene, and add a card describing the experience your dear ones can look forward to. Personalise the card by decorating it with small drawings or stickers, making the card itself a delightful experience.

Make personal gift certificates
Make personal gift certificates

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Stylish decorations for your home
For Clara, there can be no Christmas without a display of graceful angels.

You can print the template here:

Make fine gift boxes from reused cardboard
Make fine gift boxes from reused cardboard

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Print-your-own invitations for birthdays, baptisms and other celebrations

With Søstrene Grene’s free printable invitations, it is easy to make personalised invitations with and for children.

“There is nothing quite like receiving a personalised invitation to a party,” believes Anna – and with Søstrene Grene’s free printable invitations, it is easy to combine an easy solution with a personal touch.

All you need is a printer for printing the invitations. In Anna and Clara’s mind, it is an excellent idea to let the child who is being celebrated colour in and personalise the illustrations. In this way, the invitation also becomes a personal drawing which is sure to bring joy if displayed on a notice board.

The printable invitation is available in two different designs, both inspired by the fairy tales from Søstrene Grene’s last collection for the youngest members of the family.

You can print both templates here:

Print-your-own invitations for birthdays, baptisms and other celebrations

Ideas for use

For birthdays, baptisms and other special occasions
Søstrene Grene’s printable invitations are not designed for particular ages or events. Whatever the occasion, you or your child can easily fill in the details and decorate the invitations – be it for a birthday party, a baptism or another joyful celebration.

Hand out in class
Inviting all the children in your class to your birthday party is a big thing. Let your child hand out the invitations to everybody in class – having first coloured them in, this is sure to be a delightful moment for him or her.

Print-your-own invitations for birthdays, baptisms and other celebrations

Materials:

  • Paper – preferably in a slightly thicker quality than normal printer paper
  • Printer
  • Scissors
  • Crayons or felt-tip markers

 

Method:

1. Print the desired number of invitations on a colour printer.

2. Cut the invitations out along straight lines.

3. Let your child colour in the illustrations for a personal and cheerful look.

4. Fill in the details of the celebration – you may like to involve the child in this also.


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Safe baby care with new bath and care series

Søstrene Grene is presenting its first series of indulgent bath and care products for the youngest members of the family. The series is gentle on the skin and produced in Denmark – a safe choice for both baby and parents.

Safe baby care with new bath and care series

It should be easy to make a safe choice when buying bath and care products for our children. Therefore, Søstrene Grene has launched a new bath and care series, designed specifically for the youngest members of the family. The series comprises four products – baby shampoo, baby bath soap, baby oil and zinc cream – that all are gentle on the skin and contain no perfume.

With the new series, Søstrene wants to contribute to making sure that the products applied to the skin every day are perfectly safe. It has therefore been particularly important to ensure that the products in the new bath and care series for babies meet the most stringent requirements, making sure that parents can safely pamper their little darlings with these new products.

To guarantee this, all the products carry labels which help us make conscious choices when buying bath and care products for ourselves and our children. The products in Søstrene Grene’s bath and care series therefore carry the Nordic Swan Ecolabel, the Asthma Allergy Nordic label, the Vegan Trademark and the Ecocert – Cosmos certification. 

The labels can be found on the packaging. Read more about the bath and care series labels here: https://sostrenegrene.com/da/maerkninger-og-certificeringer/

Safe baby care with new bath and care series

Mild shampoo for babies and children

The new shampoo in Søstrene Grene’s bath and care series is mild and contains no perfume. The product must be rubbed gently into the hair, and then rinsed with water. The mild formulation of the shampoo, which contains blueberry extract for example, makes the product equally suitable for washing the hair of babies as well as older children.

Baby shampoo. Price per item DKK 48.80

Moisturising bath soap for small children

Containing, for example, blueberries, aloe vera extract and glycerin, Søstrene Grene’s bath soap helps to preserve the natural moisture balance of the skin, leaving it feeling wonderfully soft. The bath soap can be added to the bath water or applied directly from the bottle to your child’s skin. Also suitable for older children.

Bath soap. Price per item DKK 48.80

Nourishing and softening zinc cream

Søstrene Grene’s baby zinc cream contains shea butter, sunflower oil, blueberry extract and aloe vera, which together have emollient, moisturising and curative properties. The cream has a high content of zinc oxide, which is good for sore baby bottoms and irritated skin in the nappy area.

Baby zinc cream Price per item DKK 18.80

Baby oil

Baby massage is a wonderful experience treasured by babies and parents alike. You can also add 1-2 drops of baby oil to the bath water for a special emollient and nourishing effect. Distribute the baby oil in water before lowering the baby into the bath – and when taking the baby out again, please note that his or her skin may be a bit slippery from the oil. Baby oil is also good for babies suffering from cradle cap. Leave the oil in the hair for a few hours before combing it with a fine-tooth comb to lift off the flakes.

Baby oil. Price per item DKK 48.80


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Printable fairy tales for hanging on the wall or for reading out loud

Place Søstrene Grene’s printable fairy tales in a frame for displaying on the wall before reading them out loud as bedtime stories. Anna and Clara have written a number of rhyming fairy tales which are available in eight different languages.

“Big dreams aren’t only for those big and tall, dreams are what we’re made of, one and all.”

Thus ends one of Anna and Clara’s new fairy tales – with a fine message for the little darlings to fall asleep to. Both the sisters’ nephew and their nieces absolutely adore the fabulous fairy tales – and slightly older children, who are learning to read, can join in the reading and try to follow the rhythm of the rhymes as a fun and educational little exercise.

You can print both templates here:

Printable fairy tales for hanging on the wall or for reading out loud

Ideas for use of printable fairy tales

A fairy tale on the wall
Quite apart from being magical stories, Søstrene Grene’s delicately coloured printable fairy tales are also extremely decorative – place them in a frame for displaying on the wall or on a shelf. It is then very easy to take down the frames and read out loud from them at bedtime.

A framed fairy tale as a gift
There is nothing like a personalised gift, according to Clara. A framed fairy tale makes a delightful addition to a present given for a birthday or a baptism, and an equally gorgeous present for the children’s room on its own. It is a gift with a personal touch which is sure to warm the heart of the recipient.

Display more fairy tales together
Hanging up a number of fairy tales together in the children’s room or in a reading corner is a wonderful and decorative way of spreading the delightful messages. Pick the fairy tale that appeals most to your family, or use a number of fairy tales to create a beautiful picture wall.

Printable fairy tales for hanging on the wall or for reading out loud

Materials:

  • Paper
  • Printer
  • Scissors
  • A5 frame

Method

1. Print the fairy tale.

2. Cut the fairy tale to size so that it fits the frame.

3. Place the fairy tale in the frame.

4. Hang it up on the wall, display it on a shelf or give it away as a gift.


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Get Anna and Clara’s delightful bead patterns

Søstrene Grene has developed two charming bead patterns inspired by a magical fairy-tale world and easy to make even for the littlest ones. Find the free printable template here.

Creating bead designs is an activity that encourages reflection and creates moments of ‘hygge’ on busy days. Anna treasures such moments, and she is therefore keen to share her printable templates for two of her own delightful bead designs.

Using Anna’s two bead patterns, the little ones can create their own fairy-tale castle and a knight’s horse. The bead patterns can either be placed under the pegboards, or you can encourage the child to count the rows based on the templates.

The bead patterns are inspired by ‘A fairy-tale world for children’, Søstrene Grene’s latest collection of new products for children’s rooms and play corners. Anna and Clara recommend this as a joint project for children and grown-ups.

 

You can print the template here:

Get Anna and Clara’s delightful bead patterns

Ideas for use of bead creations

Make a decorative mobile
It is important that the children’s creations are not just hidden away in a drawer, but treasured as the beautiful designs they are. A collection of bead designs can be turned into a decorative mobile – for the play room or a bedroom.

Decorative elements
Place the bead designs on a shelf, in a display box or on the desk as decorative elements.

Transform the bead designs into fridge magnets
Glue small magnets onto the back of the bead designs and turn them into fridge magnets – stick them onto your own fridge or use them as little gifts for family or friends.

Get Anna and Clara’s delightful bead patterns

Materials:

  • Bead patterns
  • Beads in different colours
  • Pegboard, square and transparent
  • Iron
  • Baking paper

Method

1. Place the square transparent pegboard plate on top of the bead pattern.

2. Find beads in different colours and place them on a dish or in a shallow bowl.

3. Let your child follow the chosen pattern, carefully placing the beads in the right places. If you place the pattern under the pegboard, it is easy to see how far you have come.

4. When all the beads have been laid and the bead design is finished, it should be ironed by an adult at medium heat and on both sides. Remember to use baking paper between the iron and the beads.

5. Leave the design to cool down. It is a good idea to place something heavy – like a book – on top to prevent the design from warping.


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Personalised gift boxes for special occasions

Be inspired by Søstrene Grene’s ideas on how to easily create personalised gift boxes for baby showers, birthdays and other special occasions.

There is nothing like a lovingly personalised gift to warm the heart, if you ask Anna and Clara. A personalised gift box is a special way of presenting a special gift for a special person.

As the giver of a personalised gift box, allow plenty of time to pick just the right things – the recipient is sure to treasure a carefully designed box full of gifts selected specially for him or her.

Get inspiration for three different gift boxes – all based on the boxes which you will find in all Søstrene Grene stores. They are available in a multitude of different sizes – perfect for putting together the most gorgeous gift boxes. The box in which the gift is presented is like a gift in itself and ideal for keeping things in afterwards.

Personalised gift boxes for special occasions

Ideas for use of personalised gift boxes

A sweet gift for a baby shower
Take a personalised gift box along to a baby shower to help the future parents prepare for the arrival of their baby. You could, for example, place a towel at the bottom of the box together with a few toys, a baby bowl or plate, a teddy bear and some bath and care products.

A fabulous parent-child gift
Put together a fabulous gift box of products for a parent and child close to your heart. Indulge parent and child with a personalised gift box full of ‘hygge’ – for example, a good tea, a softening hand cream and something sweet to pamper the mother, and a teddy bear for the baby together with one of the products from Søstrene Grene’s bath and care series for babies.

A gift box full of surprises for a child’s birthday party
Put together a wonderful mix of gifts for a child’s birthday party – this is sure to bring joy as it is unwrapped and explored. Choose toys that are sure to delight – like a fun game or a set of decorative wooden figures. Or how about a decorative print-your-own fairy tale in a wooden frame to hang on the wall. No matter what you choose, Clara suggests that you always check the age recommendations on the things you put in the gift box, before giving it away.

Personalised gift boxes for special occasions

Materials:

  • Box from Søstrene Grene
  • Selected gifts from different categories

 

Method

1. Select the box you want to give the gift away in. This is always a good place to start.

2. Place a number of lovely things in the box. Once you have selected a few things, then think carefully about the product categories which you have included, and which may still be missing. It is always a good idea to put together a mix of fun, tasteful and practical products.

3. The box can either be presented to the recipient open, with the lid folded underneath the box – or closed with a ribbon around.


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“Have the children cut and decorate cardboard butterflies in fancy colours,” Anna suggests.

Afterwards you simply hang the butterflies from branches as sweet springtime home decor.

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DIY butterfies. Creative project for children by Sostrene Grene
DIY butterfies. Creative project for children by Sostrene Grene

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Yarn art on raw canvas

Yarn can be used for all kinds of creative projects, and it is important to challenge yourself, Anna believes. Watch the full video via the link and let yourself be inspired by Anna’s two different motifs for yarn art with different expressions, which both are embroidered with yarn on raw canvases.

You can print the template here:

Yarn art on raw canvas

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How to use decorative wallpaper

See how creative bloggers have used Søstrene Grene’s decorative wallpaper on walls and in doll’s houses and to create wall art, headboards and even a lampshade.

Creativity is all about seeing possibilities where others see constraints. This is one of the key ideas behind Søstrene Grene’s latest home interiors and lifestyle collection which combines patterns and colours in new and exciting ways.

The ‘With a personal touch’ collection is Anna and Clara’s contribution towards creating vibrant décors and inspiring homes full of ‘hygge’. As something completely new, the sisters have designed three interesting decorative wallpapers for the home, which each in their own way can be used to create uniquely atmospheric home interiors.

Broad stripes from floor to ceiling

The striped decorative wallpaper is both bold and graphic and perfect for adding character and an interplay of colour to the décor.

Golden and repeating pattern

The decorative wallpaper with an abstract floral pattern adds a warm and golden glow, while the muted colour and repeating pattern have a calming effect.

Delicate and colourful dots

The dotted decorative wallpaper is perfect for those who favour subtle and pleasant colour dynamics.

How to use decorative wallpaper
How to use decorative wallpaper
How to use decorative wallpaper

To inspire new ways of using decorative wallpaper, Anna and Clara have teamed up with a number of creative minds from different countries, who have all presented their wonderful ideas on how to use Søstrene Grene’s decorative wallpaper to create an enchanting and personal home.

Create unique wall art and characterful lampshade

Use Søstrene Grene’s decorative wallpaper to create unique art for your walls in the fashion of Danish blogger Monstercircus. Playing with different shapes and stringent lines, you can use the decorative wallpaper to create a truly personal and artistic look. Find the DIY guide here: http://monsterscircus.com/2019/02/diy-wallpaper-art-with-soestrene-grene/

Austrian blogger Creativlive has also used Søstrene Grene’s decorative wallpaper to create wall art. Here, two different decorative wallpapers have been juxtaposed to bring even more colours into play on the wall.

In addition to the wall art, Astrid – who is behind Creativlive – has also used the sisters’ dotted decorative wallpaper to fold an elegant lampshade with a modern look. Find descriptions of both Creativlive’s DIY projects here: https://creativlive.at/2019/02/mit-tapeten-gestalten-und-diy-plissee-lampe.html

French blogger Petitsbonheursduquotidien has mounted two types of decorative wallpaper in a frame to create an enchanting picture for the wall.

She has also wallpapered the bottom of a tray using the sisters’ decorative wallpaper with the abstract, golden flower pattern to create a novel look:

A new look with decorative wallpaper

In the home of Dutch blogger Draadenspijkerhome, character has been added to a room using the striped decorative wallpaper. The result is both dramatically graphic and interestingly colourful. See more photos from the project here: http://www.draadenspijker.com/2019/02/28/voorjaar-bij-sostrene-grene-met-een-verrassend-nieuw-item-in-de-collectie/

The same decorative wallpaper has also been used in the home of German blogger wohnliebelei – not on a whole wall, however, but as an impressive wall feature adding colour and character to the room.

Create a decorative headboard

The Danish couple Signe and Nicolai are behind the Mosegaardsnyeliv profile and have used the wide-striped decorative wallpaper on a low wall below a sloping ceiling. With this ‘headboard effect’, the wall becomes a unifying element.

French blogger 1nouveauregard has also used decorative wallpaper from Søstrene Grene to create a beautiful headboard. Here, the decorative wallpaper has been glued onto a sheet of plywood cut to fit the size of the bed – an easy and effectful technique.

The blogger has also mounted a piece of the same wallpaper in a frame, placed beside the bed. This creates an atmosphere of ‘hygge’ around the bed, acting also as a unifying decorative element.

Decorative animal shapes and enchanting DIY doll House

The sisters’ decorative wallpaper can also be used to create a wonderful animal universe in children’s rooms, as demonstrated here by French blogger Agathedhr. Animals and dinosaurs have been cut out of wallpaper and glued onto the wall using wallpaper paste for a vibrant play corner full of ‘hygge’.

Dutch blogger Donebymyselfblog has used the decorative wallpaper ever so innovatively to wallpaper the inside walls of a fine DIY doll’s house. A perfect project also if you have bits of wallpaper left over from a project. The various wallpaper designs combine beautifully. See how to make the DIY doll’s house here: http://www.donebymyself.nl/do-it-yourself/diy-dollhouse/


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Create reusable yarn make-up remover pads

Cut back on the disposable cotton pads and crochet a collection of reusable yarn make-up remover pads made of the sisters’ soft bamboo yarn consisting of 50 % bamboo and 50 % cotton. This is a crochet project ideal for beginners.

TIP: The sisters recommend that you, before use, place the make-up remover pads in cold water for 24 hours before washing them with similar colours at 40 degrees. This increases the suction capacity of the yarn pads.

List of materials for this DIY project:
The sisters’ bamboo yarn
Crochet hook
Scissors

Abbreviations:
Rnd = round
st = stitch
dc = double crochet

Crochet needle size 4 mm

Start with a magic ring with 6 dc.
Rnd 1:
2 dc in every dc (12 st).
Rnd 2: *1 dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc* repeat until end of round (18 st).
Rnd 3: *1 dc in next 2 dc, 2 dc in next dc* repeat until end of round (24 st).
Rnd 4: *1 dc in next 3 dc, 2 dc in next dc* repeat until end of round (30 st).
Rnd 5: *1 dc in next 4 dc, 2 dc in next dc* repeat until end of round (36 st).
Rnd 6: *1 dc in next 5 dc, 2 dc in next dc* repeat until end of round (42 st).
Rnd 7: *1 dc in next 6 dc, 2 dc in next dc* repeat until end of round (48 st).
Rnd 8: *1 dc in next 7 dc, 2 dc in next dc* repeat until end of round (54 st).

Create reusable yarn make-up remover pads
Create reusable yarn make-up remover pads

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Create personal yarn art with loom

A needle in hand, colourful yarn and a loom call for creative hours of contemplation. The sisters’ loom makes it easy to create your own small yarn art pieces, and at the same time, it is a relaxing way to be creative for both older children and adults.

List of materials for this DIY project:
Loom
Yarn in different textures and colours
Scissors
Needle

Create personal yarn art with loom
Create personal yarn art with loom

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Lovely spring chicks and adorable Easter bunnies, Anna is creating both by means of yarn and cardboard, and you can easily make your own.

Use them as place cards, to hang in your home or something else entirely.

diy easter decoration
easter diy decoration with pompom

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Sustainable paper and wood on the agenda at Søstrene Grene
Sustainable paper and wood on the agenda at Søstrene Grene

“Paper is even more beautiful when you use it with a clean conscience,” as Anna and Clara say. Paper has a special place in the sisters’ hearts, which is why all paper items in Søstrene Grene’s stores are FSC®-labelled.

A blank piece of paper. It can become anything. Anything in the world. It can be the start of an epic novel. The sketch for an enchanting work of art. It can lead to architectural innovation. A diary filled with hopes and dreams. A love letter or a personal greeting to an old friend. Holding a blank piece of paper or a fresh new notebook in your hand, you are, in fact, also beholding endless opportunities. Limited only by your own imagination.

Notebooks, envelopes and loose sheets of paper have been stocked by Søstrene Grene since the beginning in 1973, and at Søstrene Grene, a love of paper as a versatile and natural material has always been part and parcel of our identity.

To this day, the sisters strongly believe that the quality of paper and its presentation influence how we use it. Similarly, the way the paper has been produced also plays a crucial role.

“At Søstrene Grene, we feel it is important to help take good care of nature and the climate. Using paper and wooden products from sustainable forestry operations and other controlled sources is essential, and we have therefore decided to become FSC® certified. We want to act responsibly and contribute to a more sustainable development,” says Liv Vestergaard, Head of Quality and Compliance at Søstrene Grene.

FSC® is an international labelling scheme for wood and paper. This label certifies that the products come from responsibly managed forests where no more trees are felled than the forests can reproduce. The label also means that animals and plant life are protected in connection with production and that the health and safety of the people working in the forests is ensured.

Today, all paper products as well as the well-known design boxes from Søstrene Grene are FSC®-labelled as are selected wooden products, while all Søstrene Grene’s catalogues are printed on FSC®-certified paper.

“Our ambition is for most of our wooden products to become FSC®-certified, just like our paper products are now.  We work hard every day to achieve this,” says Liv Vestergaard.

Look for the FSC® label next time you visit Søstrene Grene – and let yourself be carried away by the sisters’ enthusiasm for everything you can do with paper. In this way, as a consumer you can contribute to protecting nature and the working conditions in the forests where the trees grow.

Read more about Søstrene Grene’s other labels and certifications here: https://sostrenegrene.com/labels-and-certifications/

Sustainable paper and wood on the agenda at Søstrene Grene

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Make sweet bunny buns for the Easter table

Surprise your guests with small bunny buns for the Easter table. This is a DIY project ideal to make together with children, making you able to transform dough into sweet animals together – and with Søstrene Grene’s organic baking mix for bread and baguette, the project does not require great preparations or purchases.

Tip: Add a little spoonful of oil to the dough as it makes it easier to work with.

Make sweet bunny buns for the Easter table
Make sweet bunny buns for the Easter table

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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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