In early 2021, to help us through lockdown, we set up a weekly online get together; CAM Zoom Craftanoon, on Thursdays at 4pm.

This page hosts all the activities we explored through the pandemic; our initial #covidcrafting makes from March 2020, and all our activities from our CAM Zoom Craftanoons.

We love to see what our community of makers has been up to, send us an email or if you’re using social media please tag @cambridgeartmakers and use  #covidcrafting.

Without being able to run our courses during this pandemic our income is compromised. We have lots of loyal participants who are supporting us at this time, and we want to be able to get up and running quickly when possible. If you would like to support us, please buy vouchers for courses in the future or donate.

Donations welcome!
  • Upcycled T-Shirt Coasters

    Upcycled T-Shirt Coasters with Rosemary Bangham Sometimes a T-shirt has come to the end of it's wearable life but fear not! It can be turned into yarn and made into coasters! (As well as many [...]

  • Cardboard Baskets

    Cardboard Baskets with Sarah Ruff It's amazing how reconstructing a simple cardboard box can make such a durable, attractive, useful object! We are totally inspired by Sarah Ruff's reuse of cardboard to make baskets. [...]

  • Beeswax Wraps

    Beeswax wraps Beeswax wraps are a great eco alternative to clingfilm. They are simple to make and you can use them over and over again! What you will need: Cotton fabric Bees wax pellets [...]

  • Pom Pom Garlands

    Pom Pom Garlands If you want to have a go you need... ...wool ...a fork ...scissors (sharp pointy fabric scissors are best) ...felt for leaves if making fruit ...kitchen paper towel if making bees [...]

  • Nifty Notebooks

    Nifty Notebooks with Rosemary At the studio we have a little selection of simple note books Rosemary made. Using old off cuts and packaging and printer paper. What you will need: Plain paper (good [...]

  • Decorated Eggs

    Sarah Ruff teaches screen printing with us but for our Zoom shared an egg decorating technique.  Especially good to do when you want scrambled eggs for lunch or are making a cake! What you [...]

  • 7. Pizza Box – ‘Small Wins’ Crowns

    7. Pizza Box - 'Small Wins' Crowns We think you all deserve a crown so our final (for now) #covidcrafting activity is these pizza box crowns. (Also because corona means crown...!) We used [...]

  • 6. Corona Bottle – Papier-mâché Pen Pot

    6. Corona Bottle - Papier-mâché Pen Pot The one you were all waiting for 😉 the corona bottle! All you need is flour, water, a plastic bag, a bottle (or bowl) of any [...]

  • 5. Tin Can – Woven Plant Pot

    5. Tin Can - Woven Plant Pot Use old clothes, ripped jeans, clothes-hanging ribbons, ribbon handles from paper bags, old zips, bits of wool & raffia to create textured pictures. Use an old [...]

  • 4. Tea Bag – Mini Canvas

    4. Tea Bag - Mini Canvases for Mixed Media Pictures The humble teabag! Teabags make the perfect little canvases; dry them out, empty them (into your compost), iron them (or not if you want [...]

  • 3. Toilet Roll – Decorations

    3. Toilet Roll - Decorations Cut up empty toilet rolls to make cute little decorations. Sew them together to make flowers or little hanging pompom plants. The video shows you how to make [...]

  • #covidcrafting juice carton

    2. Juice Carton – Wallet

    2. Juice Carton - Wallet Turn an empty juice carton, that was destined for the recycling into a cute useful wallet. We used a 2L carton and the finished wallet is ideal for cards. [...]

  • 1. Paper – Origami Tulips

    1. Paper - Origami Tulips Our first covid craft is origami tulips. Use old envelopes, magazines, comics or any paper you have in your home to make these beautiful paper flowers. Share your [...]

  • Speed Collage

    Speed Collage In one of our Thursday Zooms we tried some speed collaging! As you can see, you don't need any fancy paper and can use anything from your recycling; Seasalt catalogues like Helen or envelopes [...]

  • Watercolour Butterflies

    Watercolour Butterflies with Janet Edwards Watching Janet Edwards, our watercolour tutor, painting these butterflies was totally mesmerising! She showed us her tips and tricks for creating colourful butterflies inspired by Iznik patterns. If you [...]

  • Cactus Pincushions

    Cactus Pincushions If you don't do proper prep. before your Zoom call you have to do super speedy sewing! As Rosemary learnt the hard way! It was lovely to see how many people gave [...]

  • Rag Rugging

    Rag Rugging One of our long term course participants, Pip, presented a brilliant demonstration on how to rag rug. If you want to have a go you will need: Scraps of fabric Some thin [...]

  • Needle Felting Moth Holes

    Moth hole repairs Our programme assistant, Rosemary Bangham, was too lazy to darn the millions of moth holes in her jumpers and thought needle felting them up would be easier! Her jumpers are now [...]

  • Origami Butterflies & Tulips

    Origami Tulips and Butterflies Our creative director, Susannah Bangham, showed us how to make origami butterflies and tulips which can be used for all sorts of decorative and gifting purposes. If you want to [...]

  • Embossing Foils

    Thank you to Jill Fordham (usually our Stained Glass and Glass Fusing tutor!) for demonstrating how to make decorations with tomato puree tubes and a biro! What you will need: Washed tomato puree tubes (or [...]

The Original #covidcrafting

In March 2020 when the first lockdown was announced we thought everyone could do with a bit of creativity to encourage action, wellness and sense of remote community.

We created 7 prompts for 7 days of 7 crafts you can do with things you might already have at home. This was when 7 days of isolation was the norm!!

Be inspired by our prompts or come up with your own.

We’ve gone for inspiration here rather than full instructional videos and details. Many of our current followers will have already used some of these skills in the past so we didn’t want to bore them with the details 😉

If you’re new here though you should be able to find detailed instructions online, or email us if you would like help from us and we’ll see what we can do 🙂

  • 7. Pizza Box – ‘Small Wins’ Crowns

    7. Pizza Box - 'Small Wins' Crowns We think you all deserve a crown so our final (for now) #covidcrafting activity is these pizza box crowns. (Also because corona means crown...!) We used [...]

  • 6. Corona Bottle – Papier-mâché Pen Pot

    6. Corona Bottle - Papier-mâché Pen Pot The one you were all waiting for 😉 the corona bottle! All you need is flour, water, a plastic bag, a bottle (or bowl) of any [...]

  • 5. Tin Can – Woven Plant Pot

    5. Tin Can - Woven Plant Pot Use old clothes, ripped jeans, clothes-hanging ribbons, ribbon handles from paper bags, old zips, bits of wool & raffia to create textured pictures. Use an old [...]

  • 4. Tea Bag – Mini Canvas

    4. Tea Bag - Mini Canvases for Mixed Media Pictures The humble teabag! Teabags make the perfect little canvases; dry them out, empty them (into your compost), iron them (or not if you want [...]

  • 3. Toilet Roll – Decorations

    3. Toilet Roll - Decorations Cut up empty toilet rolls to make cute little decorations. Sew them together to make flowers or little hanging pompom plants. The video shows you how to make [...]

  • #covidcrafting juice carton

    2. Juice Carton – Wallet

    2. Juice Carton - Wallet Turn an empty juice carton, that was destined for the recycling into a cute useful wallet. We used a 2L carton and the finished wallet is ideal for cards. [...]

  • 1. Paper – Origami Tulips

    1. Paper - Origami Tulips Our first covid craft is origami tulips. Use old envelopes, magazines, comics or any paper you have in your home to make these beautiful paper flowers. Share your [...]

Colouring sheets

Our Watercolour Flowers course tutor, Janet Edwards, has very kindly done some lovely line drawings of flowers that can be printed off and coloured in. A very relaxing activity!

Click the pictures to download the pdf version for printing.

All images copyright Janet Edwards 2020. For personal use only.

Please send us photos of your finished pieces!

Linton Children’s Book Festival

Linton Children’s Book Festival was supposed to be the weekend of the 16th – 17th May 2020 and we were looking forward to doing some dragon themed craft with them. They have had to postpone the festival but we thought it would be nice to share the dragon mask we prepared as a colouring sheet or to be made into a mask.

Cambridge Makers’ Courses:

When we can we will go back to running weekly and short courses in a diverse range of creative media, below are courses we would have been running so you can get a sense of what we normally do!

Advanced Textiles & Mixed Media – May-July 2021

Tue 18th May @ 10:00 - Tue 6th Jul @ 13:00

Creative Pattern Cutting – May-July 2021

Tue 18th May @ 14:00 - Tue 27th Jul @ 17:00

Sewcialising – May-July 2021

Tue 18th May @ 18:00 - Tue 27th Jul @ 21:00

Intermediate Jewellery – May-July 2021

Tue 18th May @ 18:00 - Tue 27th Jul @ 21:00

Textiles & Mixed Media – May-July 2021

Wed 19th May @ 10:00 - Wed 7th Jul @ 13:00

Mixed Level Jewellery & Silversmithing Evening – May-July 2021

Wed 19th May @ 18:00 - Fri 30th Jul @ 21:00

Intermediate Tapestry Weaving – May-June 2021

Thu 20th May @ 09:30 - Thu 24th Jun @ 12:30

Afternoon Stained Glass – May-July 2021

Thu 20th May @ 15:30 - Thu 29th Jul @ 18:30

Evening Stained Glass – May-July 2021

Thu 20th May @ 19:15 - Thu 29th Jul @ 21:15

Upcycled Jeans | Fabric Tubs – June 2021

Fri 18th Jun @ 14:00 - 17:00

Tapestry Weaving – June 2021

Sat 19th Jun @ 10:00 - 16:00

Flute Repair & Care – June 2021

Mon 21st Jun @ 10:00 - 16:00

Clarinet Repair & Care – June 2021

Tue 22nd Jun @ 10:00 - 16:00

Screen Printing on Fabric – June 2021

Sun 27th Jun @ 10:00 - 16:00

Japanese Stab Bound Box – July 2021

Fri 2nd Jul @ 10:00 - 16:30

Botanical Candles morning – July 2021

Sat 3rd Jul @ 10:00 - 13:00

Screen Printing on Fabric Weekly – July-August 2021

Mon 12th Jul @ 09:30 - Mon 9th Aug @ 12:30

Fan Birds – July 2021

Fri 16th Jul @ 10:00 - 16:00

Glass Fusing & Slumping – July 2021

Sat 17th Jul @ 10:00 - 16:00

Learn to Draw | Kingfisher – July 2021

Thu 22nd Jul @ 10:00 - 16:00