Paper lanterns

So if your anything like me and love entertaining, you will love this idea of making paper lanterns. I am always looking for new ways of decorating my dinner table to mix things up a bit and i love putting in the extra effort to make my guest’s feel special.

Here is a simple yet effective idea to brighten up your next dinner party or maybe a special birthday dinner for two. I started off just making the paper lanterns but then thought why not go all out and make a theme! Add a little band around your napkin or use up the rest of your paper and make guest name tags. This ties everything together beautifully and look great, yet is inexpensive and easy!

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As we are making these out of paper it is ideal to use flameless  battery candles. Although if you can not find these maybe pop your candle in a small glass to protect it from burning the paper.

Materials

Card stock paper-
I have used the ‘Chloe digital paper set’ from Creative Clipart Collection found here


Craft glue
Metal ruler
Cutting mat
Stanley knife
Flameless candle (battery candle)
Glitter

 

Step 1
Cut your card stock into a 8″ by 4″ rectangle.

Step 2
Using your stanley knife on your cutting mat, cut different patterns. Mix it up a bit and cut out whole shapes or just cut various lines, which when turned into a lantern will open up and let the light shine through.

Step 3
Using craft glue, squeeze a small amount where you want to add a glittery touch. Sprinkle will glue and allow to dry.

Step 4
Once dry squeeze a line of glue along one end and bring them both together. Allow to dry.

Name tags
For the name tags, I just used what I had left over and cut out some shapes so the pattern shows through.

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Cut out a strip of paper and attach each end at the back with some craft glue. I like the look of using a stanley knife to cut out a row of shapes.

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Wooden bead keychain

So I have a little obsession with wooden beads! They are cute and small. I have been trying to think of a cool way of using these and here it is…

They are an awesome addition to your pile of keys, handbag or even to add to your child’s school bag so they are able to easily spot which one is theirs. As they are lots of fun to make, why not get your children  to make their wooden bead keychain too!

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Materials

Leather cord
A selection of wooden beads
Silver clasp
Tassel
Paint
Paint brush
Scissors

Step 1
Paint your beads. Use a variety of designs and allow to dry. I have painted the beads on a skewer, as it was easier and didn’t smudge.

Step 2
Cut a piece of the leather cord into approximately 10 inches.

Step 3
At one end attach your tassel and secure tightly.

Step 4
Add on the beads and tie off the end.

Step 5
Attach your silver clasp and secure tightly.

Step 6
Cut off any extra cord.

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Cookie parcels

Who does not like cookies!? Today I have for you a beautiful way of sharing your yummy baking treats. I will show you how to make these cute cookie parcels that can be used for sharing with friends, favors for parties or just a special homemade gift.

Enjoy and try not too eat the cookies before you gift them!

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Materials

Card stock
I have used paper from two different sets:
Retro Kitchen Digital Paper set found here
Floral Patterned Paper set found here

Baking paper
Thick twine
Scissors
Any extra embellishments you have

Template, which can be download from here…

 

Step 1
After printing out your template, cut it out.

Step 2
Place your template onto the plain side of your desired paper and trace around. I have used a pen so you can see it better but I would recommend using a pencil.

Step 3
Cut out your shape.

Step 4
Gently fold all the sides to the centre.

Step 5
Repeat steps 2-4 with the baking paper.

Step 6
Add your cookie!

Step 7
Tie up with twine or string. Add any of your extra embellishments.

 

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DIY Pinwheels / Pinwheel Mobile

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Today I was lucky enough to get my hands on some of Lamai’s beautiful digital papers. Spoilt with choice, I decided to explore DIY pinwheels and loved the results. These DIY Pinwheels are super easy to make and it’s fun to explore the different ways of arranging a Pinwheel Mobile.

These DIY Pinwheels are a great idea to brighten up your child’s room. I will definitely be making one for my son. Or if your like me and have a heap of friends and family members having babies, these DIY Pinwheels would be a perfect baby shower or newborn gift.

I have used a variety of sizes for the pinwheels – 3″/3″, 4″/4″, 6″/6″

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Materials

Double sided card stock paper

I have used paper from two different sets:
Moustache and Spectacles digital paper set found here
Carolyn digital paper set found here

Metal Ruler
Stanley Knife
Pencil
Cutting Mat
Craft Glue
Brads
Stick or Wood Hoop
Twine

Step 1
Cut your paper to your desired size using a metal ruler as a guide and a stanley knife.

Step 2
Using a pencil and ruler, mark the centre point. From there, mark out a four point square approximately 1cm from the centre point.

Step 3
Using a stanley knife and ruler, cut from each corner to the nearest point.

Step 4
Squeeze a small amount of craft glue in the centre point. Gently fold down a corner to the centre and hold down until set.

Step 5
Once the glue is dry, push through your brad and secure at the back.
*A tip for this one is to poke a pin through first and the brad will pass through easier without damaging the wheel.

Step 6
Depending on what you would like to hang your pinwheels on, attached some twine for hanging.
*A stick will only need two points but a hoop will need four points for balance.

Step 7
Cut several pieces of twine to different lengths. These will be used to hang your pinwheels on.

Step 8
Tie the twine around the back of the brad on the pinwheel. Add a spot of craft glue to secure in place.

Step 9
Attach each one to your base.

*As the pinwheels do no weigh much, you can add a heavy bead to the bottom of  each line to keep them straight.

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DIY Hanging Planter

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We are off on a different direction today with some hanging planters! The possibilities with these little pots are endless and best of all, they are super easy to make. You can make many variations to suit your style or home. As you can see, its easy to get a little addicted as I started making free standing pots too.

I think these hanging planters turned out beautifully. How cute would they be hanging down from your kitchen window or as a cute thank you gift.

Have fun with these hanging planters and be adventurous!

Materials

Air hardening modelling clay (I have used mont marte)
Clay modelling tools
Thick twine
Bond crete or anything that will waterproof the pot
Paint
Paint brush
Succulent potting mix
Succulent clippings

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Step 1
Cut of a chunk of clay about the size you want your pot to be. Keep in mind your twine has to be about to support the weight of the pot.

Step 2
Knead the clay to get it soft and sticky.

Step 3
Form the clay into a ball. Slowly push your thumb into the centre whilst working the sides into the form of your desired shape.

Step 4
Once you have your pot, using a pointed modelling clay tool* gently poke through a hole in the bottom of the pot for drainage.

Step 5
Now poke out your holes for the twine to go through. Try to match them up quite evenly as your pot will hang better.

Step 6
Set aside and allow to dry for at least 24 hours.

Step 7
Once its dry, using a small paint brush, paint the inside with your waterproofing sealer. Allow to dry and do a second coat.

Step 8
Once dry, you are free to paint the outside. Set aside to dry.

Step 9
Next, cut two pieces of you twine around 80cm (or however long you want it to be)

Step 10
Slide your twine through a hole and knot three times. Do the same with the other end of your twine, into the opposite hole. Repeat with the two remaining holes.

Step 11
Fill your pot with a potting mix and your favourite succulent clipping.

*If you don’t have clay modelling tools, you can just use a pen.

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Chalkboard Herb Pots

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When I think I finally have my house the way I want it, I decide that it needs more ‘green’. So it’s been my mission the last few months to introduce lots of indoor plants in every room in the house. I must be honest and say that this hasn’t been all that easy. I have been through quite a few plants that haven’t lasted the distance and I’m still learning which plants are suited to which spots in my house.

I wanted to grow some herbs in my kitchen and decided to do some Chalkboard Herb Pots. These are super easy to make and look FANTASTIC!

I bought some terracotta pots, chalkboard paint, turps, paint brush and white chalk from the local hardware store. I had some spare white interior house paint in the garage so I used this to coat the terracotta pots first. Then I painted a thick layer of chalkboard paint over the top and let it dry for the night. The next day, I sanded any visible drips and applied another coat of Chalkboard paint. And voila!!

Just keep in mind that herbs need at least four hours of direct sunlight a day so place them in a nice sunny spot near the window. Also, make sure you give them a drink of good quality liquid fertiliser every couple of weeks.

Clip Art set used for this blog header – Pot Plants and Succulents Clip Art Set

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Paper Flowers

home page headersGone are the days where you buy a roll of wrapping paper that wrap’s a year’s worth of presents all in the same style. Now days the present itself starts on the outside with the wrapping. The same goes with handmade cards. I cannot remember the last time I went out and brought a card from a store!

Lamai and I have both had a couple of special occasions lately with presents needing some special attention. These paper flowers are so easy to make and give your present that extra special touch. That doesn’t mean you have to stop at wrapping though. Use them to make a card or to decorate a note or letter.

Enjoy! These are really fun to make. Just be mindful, you’ll have everyone wanting you to wrap their presents for them!

Materials

Flowers
1.5 inch circle craft punch
Craft glue
A variety of card stock and tissue paper
Gems

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Kraft Paper
Scissors
Sticky Tape

Cards
Extra card stock paper
Scissors

Instructions

Step 1:
Using the round paper punch, punch all your circles out. You will need at least 9 petals (circles) for each flower.

Step 2:
Fold up a small edge to form one side of your point.

Step 3:
Fold the opposite side to complete that point.

Step 4:
Flip over the petal and bring one side to the centre.

Step 5:
Continue with the opposite side, making sure they match in the middle. Repeat this until you have at least 9 or less depending on how full you want it.

Step 6:
Arrange the petals on the surface you are wishing to decorate. Glue down using craft glue.

Step 7:
Using one of the circle cut outs, pinch the centre from underneath and then shape with your other hand.

Step 8:
In the centre of the flower, use a small amount of craft glue and glue in the small bunch your made in the previous step.

Step 9:
Decorate as you please. You can add a pretty gem in the centre for an extra touch or draw a stem with a sharpie. We have even added some bakers twine and washi tape on some of the wrapping.

*Petals
Fold a circle cut out in half, pinching at one end but do not fold all the way through. In the pinched end, add a small amount of craft glue to bind and hold until it sets. When set, glue onto stem where desired.

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Origami Rabbit – Easter Craft Ideas

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Although we are just getting over the Christmas / New year break and have finally got the kids back in school, Easter is now fast approaching! As scary as that sounds, we thought we would get in early with some easter crafts.

Here is something I did last easter and everyone LOVED them. Either use them as decorations for your sunday lunch or just as some really cute easter gifts. Even carefully sneak some small easter eggs inside the puffy bunny as a surprise (although some people wont want to destroy your hard work to get them out!). The Easter Bunny Basket is perfect for gift giving. As we all know easter eggs are expensive! so along with these little bunnies your only need to add a couple, if any.

Normally origami is usually done with thin origami paper. I personally prefer to use a firmer paper as it makes it stronger and can hold goodies easier. The Easter Bunny Basket face didn’t turn out quite like the one in the link, but i think they are just as cute!

The best thing about these is you only need your preferred double sided card stock paper. I have used a range of sizes 12″ x 12″, 8″ x 8″ & 4″ x 4″.

Watch this youtube vid for instructions on how to fold an Origami Rabbit

Watch this youtube vid for instructions on how to fold an Origami Bunny Basket

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DIY Arrows Artwork

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DIY Arrows Artwork – easy to make and looks brilliant!

I have a blank space on the wall in my daughter’s room that I have been wanted to fill with something cute for ages. I thought that a colorful Arrow artwork would be nice (since arrows are quite the rage right now). But instead of just buying a print, I decided to create my own little arrows and place them into a frame for hanging.

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The arrows were really easy to make. You just need a few simple supplies.

  • Lots of colourful Washi Tape
  • Wooden Skewers
  • A good quality Craft Glue
  • A sharp pair of  Scissors
  • Blank Paper
  • Baker’s Twine
  • Glitter
  • Double Sided Sticky Craft Tape

You can download the arrow and feather shapes as a ready to print A4 PDF here – DIY Arrow Artwork Template

First, decorate your skewer with Washi Tape, Bakers Twine or even double sided tape sprinkled with Glitter! I used glue to attach the ends of the Bakers Twine to the skewer. This work a treat and wiping glue over the top sealed the loose ends down and kept them in place.

Next you need to cut out your arrow and feather shapes and either glue and sprinkle glitter on them or use strips of Washi Tape to cover them. Try running your Washi Tape in layers and in different directions.

Once decorated, glue your arrow and feather to each end of the skewer. Wait for all your arrows to dry and then place them into a frame. I didn’t even take the glass out of my frame! I just used blu-tack on the underside of the skewers to stick them down to the glass face.

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A Fun Turtle Plaque Project

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Featuring the Little Love Turtles clip art

 

This fun Turtle Plaque project turned out very well. I just love how the clip art printed with vibrant colors. I have been crafting for several years, and love what I call “gift crafting”, to most folks handmade gifts have meaning, so I try to craft a gift whenever possible. Beside it seems that there is always something that catches my eye, and sparks visions of what useful items could be made out of, or using, this or that.

As I was searching the web for Valentine’s Day gifts mainly thinking about grandchildren at the time. I found a treasure trove of ideas in  Creative Clipart Collection .com . As I went through the gorgeous clip art, these darling turtles standing on a hill with a heart (Little Love Turtles) jumped out at me. How perfect… My grandchildren love animals and one of the particularly loves turtles.

First I was thinking about ball caps with the turtles as an iron on, and then remembering how they lose things, I canceled that thought and moved on. Later on that day the idea for the fun turtle plaque project came to me. I then went to our scrap wood box, pulled out a few nice pieces of Oak to work with and I realized, those cute little turtles would be great set in decoupage on a plaque with coat/cloths hooks attached.

Voila decision made – a Valentine’s Day gift that will help my grandchild stay organized.  Yea a bit untraditional but, I have no doubt this little guy will love it, plus I’ll include a few chocolaty delights.

This project was so much fun, I put together a quick tutorial on my Fun Turtle Plaque project for folks to view.

I’m sure once you see this cute little turtle plaque you will think of someone who could also benefit from some organizing help. Be sure to check out the whole Creative Collections Clip Art to find the perfect piece(s) for gift crafting that will fit anyone’s personality or interests.

Happy Crafting

Tina Vos

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