Minieco tutorials

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]


 

Printable watermelon wrap

I‘ve lost count of the number of times I’ve bought presents but forgotten to buy the wrap. If you find yourself in a similar situation then here’s some printable watermelon wrap (perfect for small presents).

Printable watermelon wrap // freebie by minieco

Printable watermelon wrap // freebie by minieco

YOU WILL NEED:
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+ White printer paper

HOW TO
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1. Print out the template [pdf]. Set your printing preferences to ‘text and image’ or ‘photo’.
2. Wrap your present!

Click here to see more printable wrap!

Origami fortune teller (aka chatterbox!)

Remember these? I used to spend loads of time as a kid making paper fortune tellers. I’ve been making them with my little ones lately and they like them as much as I do.

Remember these? Origami fortune teller (or chatterbox)

I’ve designed this fruity version if you want to have a go! I’ve left the message area blank – it’s more fun to write your own I think!

If you are not sure how to use a paper fortune teller then check out this video by Liam. (By the way my colours are pink, purple, red and orange – represented by the fruit!).

Remember these? Origami fortune teller (or chatterbox)

It seems that fruity designs are everywhere at the moment – look out for more fruity DIY’s and a fruit related crafty envy post next week.

Remember these? Origami fortune teller (or chatterbox)

Remember these? Origami fortune teller (or chatterbox)

Remember these? Origami fortune teller (or chatterbox)

Remember these? Origami fortune teller (or chatterbox)

YOU WILL NEED:
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+ Good quality A4 white paper

HOW TO
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1. Print out the template (see below). Set your printing preferences to ‘text and image’ or ‘photo’. Cut carefully around the outside of the templates.

2. Fold in half along both diagonals.

3. Fold the first corners into the centre (be as accurate as you can).

4. Continue with the other three corners.

5. Flip the paper over. Fold the first corners into the centre.

6. Continue with the other three corners.

7. Fold the fortune teller in half along the vertical line, as shown.

8. Fold the fortune teller in half along the horizontal line, as shown.

9 & 10. The four corners should naturally start to pop out – this is where you put your thumbs and index fingers.

11. Write your secret messages….and play with your friends!

TEMPLATES
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Origami fortune teller (aka chatterbox!) [pdf]
Happy crafting

Kate ^_^

DIY Ladybird Party Invite

Hello! I’m back and blowing the dust off this blog! Sorry it’s been so long. Life well and truly got in the way! I hope you are all well?!

I’ve seen a few of these ladybird invites around and wanted to have a go at making some. They are very cute and perfect for a summer party. (I’ve been very minimal and haven’t put any eyes on mine – but it would be easy to glue some wobbly eyes on if you wanted to).

DIY Ladybird Party Invite

I also thought this would make a great 30 minute craft project for young children so I’ve made a colour-in version that you can print off.

DIY Ladybird Party Invite

I hope you are all having a lovely summer. We are basking in the sunshine in the UK at the moment which is lovely!

DIY Ladybird Party Invite

DIY Ladybird Party Invite

Click here to see full how-to…

Easter ‘origami bunny’ treat box

Hello! Last year I made some ‘origami bunny’ chocolate bar wrappers and I thought the bunny would look nice on these treat boxes. The design is really minimal and suitable for kids and grown-ups.

Easter 'origami bunny' treat box

If you want to make a real origami bunny then check out this post at howaboutorange.

Easter 'origami bunny' treat box

Are you making anything for Easter? If so do tell!

Easter 'origami bunny' treat box

The sun has finally started shining in the UK after a long, wet winter. I’m already in the mood for summer and have been working on some geometric icosahedron ice creams! Can’t wait to show you them in a week or so. Until then, happy crafting!

Easter 'origami bunny' treat box

Easter 'origami bunny' treat box

Click here to see full how-to…

You’re a gem // pop-up card

It’s mothers day in the UK at the end of March and I wanted to come up with a nice idea for a card. I decided to recycle my paper-cut gems from a previous post and made these cool popup cards.

You're a gem // pop-up card // minieco

There are six gems to choose from if the diamond doesn’t appeal to you.

You're a gem // DIY pop-up card // minieco

You're a gem // DIY pop-up card // minieco

You can also make a ‘paper-cut’ version of the round gem. It looks fantastic if you stick some shiny foil inside the card.

You're a gem // DIY papercut card // minieco

The templates are at the foot of the post if you fancy giving this project a go!

You're a gem // DIY pop-up card // minieco

Happy Monday all ^_^

You're a gem // DIY papercut card // minieco

YOU WILL NEED:
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+ Thin white card for the gems
+ Good quality A4 paper (in whatever colour you fancy)
+ Sharp craft knife
+ Scissors
+ Ruler
+ Glue

POP-UP CARD – HOW TO
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1. Print out the gem templates. Cut out your chosen gem. For best results please use a sharp craft knife.

2. Print the card template. Cut it out and fold it in half.

3. Cut out the tab that will fit inside the card and fold it along the solid lines.

4. Glue the tab to the card as shown.

5. Make sure that you can fully open and fully close the card.

6. Stick your gem to the tab using some glue.

7. Print and assemble the envelope. Job done!

PRINTABLE FILES
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For best results set your printing preferences to ‘photo’ and ‘grayscale’

+ Popup card template [PDF]
+ Popup card – gems [PDF]
+ Paper-cut card template [PDF]
+ Envelope (for both cards) [PDF]


 

Minecraft designs for HAMA beads

Hello there. It’s half term here and I have been trying to find things for my two boys to do. They are minecraft mad at the moment.

Minecraft designs for HAMA beads // printable PDF

My boys do very little crafting nowadays (they are more interested in science related things and wrestling!). However, they have spent ages this week making minecraft keyrings with HAMA beads.

Minecraft designs for HAMA beads // printable PDF

I couldn’t see many minecraft design sheets on the internet so I’ve put a few together (pdf’s at the foot of the post). You simply print them out and then get crafting.

Minecraft designs for HAMA beads // printable PDF

If you don’t have any HAMA beads in the house then you can do some papercrafting instead and have a go at making some paper mosaics.

If you go down the paper mosaic route then you will need to cut out lots of paper squares that measure 1cm x 1cm. Then all you do is stick them onto a grid (grid available at foot of post!).

Sorry there are no photos of our finished products. Time is too short this week (grrr!).

PDF’S
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Minecraft – Characters
Minecraft – Stone tools
Minecraft – Diamond tools
Minecraft – Miscellaneous

Let me know if you have any problems.

Kate ^_^


 

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