We found these ultra cute finger puppets created by Lia Griffith and knew they’d be a hit during the cold, winter holidays. They’re perfect for keeping the little ones entertained, while spending some quality time together. There are tons of characters to choose from so the fun is endless!
Hope you saw the first DIY feature we did with Lia – she showed us how to make a beautiful felt mobile for a modern nursery. Here we’ve chatted some more to the craft queen herself, to get some insights into what it takes to create a successful craft business.
How many people are on your team?
In the last three years we have grown to a team of nine! We are a tight-knit group of makers, designers, photographers and writers. We’re passionate about anything handmade and it has been important to me to hire creative individuals who have a desire to share their talents with likeminded makers. Our mission is to teach, inspire and reignite creativity in others, to empower people to explore their creativity and to give them the confidence to try something new – that’s what motivates us every day and I’m lucky to have a team who shares this vision with me.
What are some of your favourite DIYs to make?
Although I make and share DIY projects in felt, fabric, yarn and loads of other mediums, making paper flowers is still my true passion. There is something wonderful about studying a flower, holding it in my hands and “noodling” it in my brain. Creating a pattern and tutorial to make that same flower in paper, in a way that even someone new to crafting can follow and achieve, is very satisfying.
Which materials/crafts do you most enjoy using?
I have to admit to loving my Cricut cutting machine. It has opened up endless possibilities in terms of what I can make now. My paper hydrangeas take the best part of a day to cut by hand, but with my cutting machine I can have a vase full in an afternoon. It’s great for cutting vinyl, which can be ironed onto T-shirts or dish cloths or even stuck onto kitchenware like glasses, mugs and plates. Last year I made 17 projects for my new kitchen, from vinyl decals for my Kitchenaid to art pieces for the walls – it was such fun!
Some advice for new beginners?
Don’t feel the need to invest in lots of craft materials before you begin. A beginner could try one of the paper flowers using an old piece of gift wrap or the pages of an old magazine. Perhaps use fabrics from an item of clothing that your kids have outgrown to make your first throw pillow? Start with a playful attitude, use found pieces from your home and just enjoy the process. I think it’s important to go in with an open mind – don’t aim for perfection. The beauty in handmade is the imperfection. No two handmade projects will ever look the same, but isn’t that wonderful?!
Finger puppet DIY
Recently I partnered up with Hero Arts, this incredible crafty online shop, and created a collection of super-cute animal stamp and die cut sets. To create my wonderful woodland finger puppets, follow the links to purchase your favourite stamp sets (there’s Avery the Tiger, Oscar the Bear, Pierre the Monkey and Millie the Bunny), inks and a clear acrylic block from Simon Says Stamp. Then you can create the characters by glueing a small loop of elastic band on the back, to turn them into finger puppets – simple!
More about Lia Griffith
If you liked this crafty post, check out this beautifully modern mobile Lia showed us how to make earlier in the month and more of her DIY and design insights.