Hello! Here is the ‘new & improved’ valentine popup template as promised. As you can see there are only a few minor changes. Most importantly it now pops up the other way so it can be stood on a mantelpiece or windowsill. There is also an added ‘chink’.
Templates (+ cutting/scoring guide) are at the foot of the post. Refer to the old post for instructions but make sure you use the new cutting/scoring guide and templates below. As usual, if there are any problems please leave a comment.
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+ Use good quality paper or card for the insert. I would say no heavier than 160gsm for best results.
+ Use the point of a needle (and a ruler) to score. That way you get really crisp folds.
+ Take your time and cut/score as precisely as you can.
+ Once you have scored and cut all the lines flip the piece of paper over before popping the heart out…this means the printed lines will be hidden from view.
+ Do make a test card because the second attempt is always better (there are two inserts on the pdf ^_^).
(Boxed geometric heart to come next week…)
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Templates for light paper:
Templates for dark paper
Yey! My book has finally been released. The whole process has taken over a year and, at times, I really didn’t think I would get there! It’s wonderful to finally be able to show you some pictures, and also to feel a bit more relaxed about the whole thing.
The book is called “eco-friendly crafting with kids” and contains 35 step-by-step projects for preschool kids and adults to create together. (Even though the book is aimed at preschoolers the projects would also be suitable for 5, 6 & 7 year olds).
I picked a fairly random set of images to show you…I was finding it hard to choose. The book really does look stunning, largely due to the efforts of photographer Carloyn Barber, stylist Liz Belton and Designer Sonya Nathoo.
The book is split into eight sections; homemade materials, music, nature, recycling bin, paper and card, sewing and threading, science and boredom busters.
I would love for you to buy a copy if you like the look of it *^_^*. You can purchase one at amazon.co.uk, amazon.com, amazon.ca, barnes & noble (and many other places). You can also order it from the book depository (which does free worldwide delivery) and lots of other websites! (btw my Australian pals and I use the book depository to send presents to one another and we’ve always been really happy with the service!)
Images excerpted from “eco-friendly crafting with kids” by Kate Lilley. Photography Copyright © Ryland Peters & Small Ltd. Reprinted with permission of the publisher. All rights reserved.
Phew, I finally got round to making some Christmas decoration templates for kids. (I don’t know about you but my to-do list is out of hand at the moment!).
My two boys are still a bit young to do the cutting-out so I did it for them. Their job is to go wild with the glue, glitter, silvery markers etc etc!
If you wanna print some out for your little ones to cut-out or decorate then you’ll find templates after the jump.
Apolygies once again for the quiet week….it won’t be long until I’m posting on a more regular basis. I really miss this space and am finding it hard to keep away! Anyway I finally finished that charm bracelet. It’s only taken me 9 months or so!!
It’s made from gold lined acorn caps, and reclaimed beads (in other words, they came from a charity shop ). The toggle clasp came from ebay and I really love it. Job done…finally!
Off topic: I promised a shout out to Lisa who runs a recipe blog for women with gestational diabetes. If you know anyone suffering from GD pass the link on. It’s a great resource.
Aren’t sticks brilliant! I’m certainly getting carried away with them at the moment and have a big pile building up on my windowsill.
All you need to make this threading game is a drill, saw and some sandpaper….and a stick of course.
I took the cut the bark off mine because it was a bit yukky…
Free toys = Smiles all round…hurrah!
My two boys are like little squirrels and after every walk they come home with pocketfuls of natural treasures. As a consequence I keep finding little stashes of sticks, pine cones, feathers, stones, soil and acorn cups around the house…and in the washing machine!
From their stash I ‘borrowed’ a stick and some acorn cups to make this cool shaker…I’m developing a soft spot for handmade instruments!!
The idea comes from a wonderful bottletop shaker I saw on the web.
They are very easy to make and you only need a few basic tools.
♥ First you need to find yourself a bit of fallen branch with a ‘y’ shape bit in it! I took some secateurs (pruning shears) on our walk with us so I could hack the branch up ‘on-site’! Make sure you stamp on it a bit to check it’s not rotten.
♥ When you get home, grab a saw and chop the ends off neatly.
♥ If your stick has beautiful bark then all well and good. My stick was a bit green and slimy(!) so I removed the bark and my son helped me to give it a good sand down.
♥ Drill two small holes in the end of the stick to thread your fishing wire into.
I used some bells, acorn cup and wooden beads to thread onto the fishing wire. I also put some gold leaf inside the acorn cups because it looks soooo lovely (remember my unfinished bracelet post!!)
If you don’t have bells handy then you can use bottle tops (hammered flat)….or old keys would work a treat. You could also decorate the wood. Later on you can turn the instrument into a catapult – I’m not quite ready for smashed windows yet though!
Just remember full supervision for those under three because of the little bits.
I hope the man in red has been good to you all. I also hope the start of 2011 has been peaceful and happy. My 2½ year old finally popped through his last tooth (and shook off his winter flu) and has slept all night long for four whole nights in a row! We are giddy with sleep. It’s been a long time coming – 2½ years to be precise!
If you are new to LMNOP magazine download their current issue and get a load of the eye candy. It’s well worth a read – it’s also free! As well as a great gift guide there are a couple of beautiful craft tutorials – one by madebyjoel – so what you waiting for.
Throughout the year I will be making more contributions to the LMNOP website so keep your eyes peeled.
As for the bird feeder I’ve added a few improvements as I had quite a few emails expressing concern for the position in which I was making my feathered friends feed. Now (with added perch) they can dine out at mine with relative ease – hurrah!
To make the bird feeder simply pierce a hole in the end of a pot. Thread some string through the hole and round a lollipop stick at the opening (see picture above).
Fill pot with bird cake (recipe here) and press firmly. You can use molten lard but please tape up the hole in your pot before pouring the mixture in. I used electrical tape and filled it with water first to check there were no leaks.
Put your feeder in the fridge to set and then using a knife (or scissors) cut away the pot. Voila!
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