Minieco tutorials

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

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YOU WILL NEED
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// Pastel paper or thin card
// Glue stick or double sided tape
// Scissors
// Something to score your paper with. I use a compass point and metal ruler.
// Treats to fill your box with

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STEP-BY-STEP
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1. Print out the template. Set your printing preferences to ‘photo’ and ‘grayscale’.

2. Score and fold along all the lines (see the ‘cutting/scoring plan’ below for more details). Then trim around the solid edge. (TIP: it’s better to score first, then trim otherwise you will cut away all the scoring guides).

3. Fold into box shape and secure tabs with a gluestick or sticky tape.

4. Carefully press the sides of the carton in to create the tetra-pak style top. I trimmed the top edge of the carton with zig-zag scissors.

5. Fill your boxes with treats.

6. Tape the top closed. You can use washi tape, paper-clips, split pins, little pegs or anything else that comes to hand.

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SCORING/CUTTING PLAN
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- Cut along solid lines
- Score and fold along dotted lines

Easter 'origami bunny' treat box


 

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 ^_^


 

MiniEco: A Craft Book {5 copies to giveaway}

Hello there! I have been meaning to do a giveaway of my latest book for ages.

If you wish to enter then please leave a comment below…it’s that easy! I will post anywhere in the world!

Remember only one entry per person. Entries close on the 14th February at 6:00pm (GMT). I will pick the winners at random on the 17th of February. Good luck everyone!

MiniEco: A Craft Book // 5 copies to giveaway


 

Paper Liquorice Allsorts

I♥ Liquorice Allsorts!! So much so that I have made these super-size paper templates.

Paper Liquorice Allsorts // Minieco

You could make a really cool kids mobile with them…or you could use them for gifts.

Paper Liquorice Allsorts // Minieco

If you make anything with them do let me know!

Paper Liquorice Allsorts // Minieco

I have been really rubbish on email lately – Sorry if you are still awaiting a reply from me. I only have one day a week to work on minieco so getting a post up is always such a rushed affair. (I’m training to be a teacher at the moment!)

Paper Liquorice Allsorts // Minieco

Paper Liquorice  Allsorts // Minieco

Paper Liquorice Allsorts // Minieco

Here are the links:

For best results set your printing preferences to ‘photo’ or ‘best photo’.

Liquorice Allsorts #1
Liquorice Allsorts #2
Liquorice Allsorts #3
Liquorice Allsorts #4
Liquorice Allsorts #5
Liquorice Allsorts #7
Liquorice Allsorts #8
Liquorice Allsorts #9
Liquorice Allsorts #10

Let me know if you have any problems.

Kate ^_^


 

Printable valentines wrap

Here is some more printable valentines wrap. Click here for last years effort.

Printable valentines wrap // by minieco

As I mentioned last year my husband is the non-romantic type so I’m always trying to come up with something that’s not too schmaltzy!

Printable valentines wrap // by minieco

The design with the single heart is a nod to the Comme Des Garçons (Play) heart!

Printable valentines wrap // by minieco

Printable valentines wrap // by minieco

Printable valentines wrap // by minieco

Printable valentines wrap // by minieco

Printable valentines wrap // by minieco

Printable valentines wrap // by minieco

Without further ado here are the links:

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

Valentine heart wrap #1
Valentine heart wrap #2
Valentine heart wrap #3
Valentine heart wrap #4

Take it easy

Have a fun weekend

Kate ^_^


 

geometric heart: love letters // popup card

Hello everyone. I’ve been making these expandable/collapsible geometric heart cards – great for love letters!

love letter template // by minieco

It’s a really simple project to put together and one that you could customise to your own taste. After you have made your heart all you need to do is write your sweet nothings inside and pop it in an envelope.

love letter template // by minieco

love letter template // by minieco

You can also incorporate this geometric heart into an easy popup insert for a card (perfect for the people who found the popup pixel heart card too difficult).

Simple pop-up heart card // by minieco

Simple pop-up heart card // by minieco

If you want to make either of these projects then click the link below for instructions and templates!


 

Click here to see full how-to…

MiniEco: A Craft Book

You can read more about my latest book here!

Mini eco book!

Geo-paper totem!! Watermelon bunting Paper gems Stellated dodecahedrons! Watermelon bunting Paper diamonds Mini paper medallions Pencil crayon necklace Envelope templates (C6, C7, C8) // String-tie & standard designs Popup heart card

Click here to see heaps more....

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