Minieco tutorials

Leaves

I‘ve been having a clear out and came across some leaves that I pressed last year.

Silver leaves // Christmas decorations

I sprayed them with silver paint and they look ace. You could use them for all sorts of things – such as an autumnal garland or gift topper. I’m going to use mine as Christmas tree decorations (what do you think?).

Silver leaves // Christmas decorations

Silver  leaves // Christmas decorations

The best thing is that they are cheap and quick to make.

I pressed my leaves in a heavy book. I put a single layer of leaves in between two tissues and then popped them in between the pages. Make sure you use an old book just in case any moisture seeps out.

Silver leaves // Christmas decorations

Silver Leaves // Christmas decorations

Finally I took them outside to spray them – my spraypaint is a bit smelly. Make sure you put plenty of newspaper down – unless you want silver grass of course!


 

printable paper // marbled edition

I was looking for some printable marbled paper last week to make some envelopes out of – I couldn’t find any anywhere so I made some instead. You might be able to use it for a project or two? If so you will find the links to the pdf’s at the bottom of the post.

printable paper // marbled edition

printable paper // marbled edition

printable paper // marbled edition

printable paper // marbled edition

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

Blue [pdf]
Pink [pdf]
Purple [pdf]
Green [pdf]


 

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]


 

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…

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