DIY play envelopes & stamps

When my boys were younger they used to love making little letters. I’ve put together an all-in-one envelope template and play stamps in the hope that it might inspire a little one that you know to create some snail mail too!

DIY play envelopes & stamps

You can make a little postbox if you want. There are some great examples on pinterest.

DIY play envelopes & stamps

By the way, I’ve been making a few changes around here in order to make my website mobile friendly so it may look a bit different to usual. I hope you like it!

DIY play envelopes & stamps

DIY play envelopes & stamps

DIY play envelopes & stamps

DIY play envelopes & stamps

YOU WILL NEED:
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+ Good quality A4 paper
+ Scissors
+ Ruler
+ Compass or needle for scoring
+ Sticker or tape for sealing envelope

DIY play envelopes & stamps

HOW TO
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1. Print out the all-in-one template (the pdf is at bottom of post). Set your printing preferences to ‘photo’ and ‘grayscale’. Cut around the outside of the template.

2. Score along the dotted lines and fold. You can now write your letter!

3. When you have finished your letter fold the letter up and tuck the flap in between the two layers of paper. This will secure the envelope at the sides.

4. Don’t forget the address and stamp

5. Write wonderful letters to all your favorite people!

PRINTABLE FILES
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+ Play letter
+ Play stamps

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back to school // wrap & gift tags

Here is some printable ‘back to school’ wrap and gift-tags – perfect for wrapping small treats. (We are really enjoying the summer holidays – although they seem to be racing away! I hope you are having fun too).

back to school // printable wrap & gift tags

back to school // printable wrap & gift tags

back to school // printable wrap & gift tags

back to school // printable wrap & gift tags

back to school // printable wrap & gift tags

back to school // printable wrap & gift tags

PDF’s
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Make sure you set your printing preferences to ‘photo’ or ‘best photo’.

Pencil wrap // Yellow [pdf]
Pencil wrap // Multi [pdf]
Pencil wrap // Tags [pdf]

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Printable fruit garland

I love this garland – it’s super cheerful and perfect for a summer party. You will find full instructions at the foot of the post if you fancy having a go.

Printable fruit garland // freebie by minieco

If you live in the UK and have just broken up for summer then have a very happy holiday. My kids finish today and have six whole weeks off ^_^

Printable fruit garland // freebie by minieco

Printable fruit garland // freebie by minieco

Printable fruit garland // freebie by minieco

Printable fruit garland // freebie by minieco

YOU WILL NEED:
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+ White printer card
+ String/thread
+ Sticky tape

HOW TO
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1. Print out the templates (see below). Set your printing preferences to ‘photo’ or ‘best photo’.
2. Carefully cut around the fruit shapes.
3. Attach fruit to a length of string. You can thread them, stick them or peg them (with those tiny craft pegs).
4. Hang up garland!

TEMPLATES
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Fruit garland: Strawberry // Melon [pdf]

Fruit garland: Kiwi // Lemon [pdf]

Fruit garland: Orange // Apple [pdf]

Fruit garland: Pineapple [pdf]

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Cut + fold paper stars

This post is sponsored by The Loctite Repair Network

I love these stars. I wanted to do a cut-and-fold version of origami lucky stars. You can make them in different sizes and you can hang them on yours Christmas tree or make a garland from them. I also saw some similar stars being used as gift boxes.

Paper stars // MiniEco

Paper stars // MiniEco

Paper stars // MiniEco

They look great alongside all the other paper decorations I’ve been making lately.

Paper stars // MiniEco

If you fancy having a go you will find the templates and instructions at the foot of the post as usual.

Paper stars // MiniEco

I hope all your Christmas plans are coming along well. I can’t believe it’s nearly Christmas (I start to panic when I think of all the things that need to be done in the next week).

Paper stars // MiniEco

Paper stars // MiniEco

Paper stars // MiniEco

YOU WILL NEED:
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+ Good quality A4 paper (in whatever colours you fancy)
+ Scissors
+ Ruler
+ Loctite All Purpose Adhesive 20ml
+ Thread
+ Sticky tape

Paper stars // MiniEco

HOW TO
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1. Print out the templates (see section below). There is a large medium and small version. (Make sure you set your printing preferences to ‘photo’ or ‘text and image’). Cut around the outside of the template using a pair of scissors.

2. If you want to incorporate your stars into a string of LED lights then you will need to punch a hole in the star at this stage. If you want to hang them on your tree then attach a loop of cotton instead. If you just want to thread your stars onto some string then you can do that after making the stars so skip this stage entirely!

3. Now, score along all the lines using a ruler and pointy object (such as compass or needle).

4 & 5. Fold along each of the lines you have just scored.

6. Apply a small amount of Loctite All Purpose Adhesive to on of the tabs and stick together.

Handy hint: You can also use Loctite Power Easy as an alternative to the All Purpose glue. It is a Super Glue, so works quicker and is stronger but doesn’t stick for around 30 seconds, which gives you some time for re-positioning. It is also a gel formula, so won’t soak through your paper.

7. Continue for the remaining three tabs.

8. Job done – Yay!

TEMPLATES
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Small paper star (measures approximately 4.5cm in diameter)
Medium paper star (measures approximately 6.5cm in diameter)
Large paper star (measures approximately 8.5cm in diameter)

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Lego snowglobes

This post is sponsored by Loctite Repair Network

I am a bit of a Lego fan (as you know) and have been making these glitter globes from Lego mini-figures and old jars.

It’s a great Christmas craft for the kids and something you could do in the holidays to keep your little ones occupied before Santa comes!

Lego snowglobes

YOU WILL NEED
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A jar
Lego figure and blocks
Glitter
Loctite Super Glue
Glycerine (optional)
Bathroom sealer (optional)

Lego snowglobes

HOW TO
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1. Build your Lego scene. Make sure that it will fit in your jar!

2. Soak the label off your jar and give it a good clean.

3. Sprinkle a teaspoon of glitter into the bottom of the jar. Make sure it’s not the super-fine glitter as this will just float on the top of the water.

4. Apply Loctite Power Easy Gel to the bottom of your first piece of Lego (please help your children with this step). I really liked the gel because it was non-drip so stayed in place when I turned my Lego piece over. It also had a longer drying time so means that the Lego pieces are easy to re-position.

Please note: because your snow globe is submerged in water, the bond may become loose over time.

5. Press the Lego block firmly to the underside of the jar lid. Allow to dry.

6. Fill your jar with water right to the brim (you want as little air as possible in your jar). Screw the lid tightly onto the jar. Yay! Job done!

Lego snowglobes

Lego snowglobes

TOP TIPS:

++ Once you have glued the Lego block into place using Loctite Super Glue you can run waterproof sealer around the rim of the jar if you want to. This will help keep the lid in place and also help create a waterproof seal.

++ You can add about a tablespoon of glycerin to the water inside your jar. This will thicken the water so the bits of glitter float more slowly to the bottom.

++ For some reason (that I can’t explain) I found using cooled boiled water was a lot better than using water straight from the tap. If I used water from the tap (hot or cold) I found that the glitter clung to the lego pieces. Using cooled boiled water prevented this from happening!

++ If you are making these with under 3’s then use plastic jars instead.

Lego snowglobes

Lego snowglobes

Lego snowglobes

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Folded origami decoration // Accordion folding

I finally got around to finishing these origami decorations. I’m really pleased with the way they turned out.

Folded origami decorations // minieco

I’ve started stringing them on to some fairy lights but they would look just as great as Christmas tree decorations. They are surprisingly sturdy too!

Folded origami decorations // minieco

If you want to have a go then you will find the how-to after the jump.

Folded origami decorations // minieco

Folded origami decorations // minieco

Folded origami decorations // minieco

As I said in my previous post if you want to explore more of these folding techniques then you can buy a fantastic book called ‘Folding Techniques for Designers‘ by Paul Jackson. I had it as a present last Christmas and love it. (If you are strapped for cash then do try your local library ^_^)

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