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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DIY “Heart & Arrow” Card

Hello there! I have spent the last few days blowing the cobwebs off this blog. It’s been nearly four months since my last post (life has been way too busy). I do hope you have all been well.

I wanted to post this card for valentines day but didn’t get around to it. I think any day is a good day to tell someone that you them though!

DIY 'Heart & Arrow' card

Its a really simple card to make. All you need to do is print, cut and fold the template. You can personalise it by adding your own paper to the inside of the card and can also make an envelope to match (patterened/textured/shiny paper would work really well).

DIY 'Heart & Arrow' card

DIY 'Heart & Arrow' card

DIY 'Heart & Arrow' card

There is also a sheet of printable wrap that you can download and print.

DIY 'Heart & Arrow' wrap

DIY 'Heart & Arrow' card

DIY 'Heart & Arrow' wrap

YOU WILL NEED:
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+ Good quality A4 paper
+ Scissors
+ Craft knife (watch your fingers!)
+ Ruler
+ Compass or needle for scoring
+ Glue/tape

DIY 'Heart & Arrow' Card

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

2. Score along the middle line using a ruler and pointy object (such as compass or needle). Fold along this line. Now cut along the half-heart shape using a craft knife (be as neat and careful as you can). Now fold the heart in half. You may find it helpful to scort the line before folding.

3. Cut out an insert (measuring ??) and fold in half

4. Glue/tape insert into card

5. Print out the envelope template. Click here and print out a C7 envelope template. (Snail mail rules!)

PRINTABLE FILES
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Envelope template (from this page you can print out a C7 envelope template).
Card template
Giftwrap template

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Geometric snowman

Hello. Hope all your Christmas preparations are going well…I can’t believe how quickly November is racing by!

I’ve been making some paper snowmen. They are perfect to use as tree decorations – or would look great on a shelf. All you need to do is print out the templates and then cut, fold and glue them together. PDF’s are at the foot of the post.

geometric snowman // minieco

geometric snowman // minieco

I am nearing the end of my teacher training course {which I think I have mentioned before} and life is a little crazy. The site will probably be very quiet over the coming months until life settles down again :( If I don’t post again before Christmas I really hope you all have a very happy holiday.

geometric snowman // minieco

geometric snowman // minieco

YOU WILL NEED:
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+ Good quality A4 paper
+ Scissors
+ Ruler
+ Something pointy (to score your paper with)
+ Glue

HOW TO
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1. Print out your snowman (the pdf at bottom of post). Make sure you set your printing preferences to ‘photo’ and ‘best photo’. Cut around the outside of the shapes.

2. Take the head and body pieces and score along the light grey lines using a ruler and pointy object (such as compass or needle). Fold along each of these lines. Glue together

3. Cut and fold the nose.

4. Glue the nose onto the head and the head onto the body. There is also an optional hat that you can make if you want to.

Cheerio for now
Kate ^_^

PRINTABLE FILES
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Snowman – head, nose, hat
Snowman – body

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DIY paper decorations

Hello all. Here is a quick roundup of some of my paper decorations in case you want to start making Christmas decorations. (The links are at the foot of the post). I’m working on some geometric snowmen decorations at the moment and hope to get them on the site next Monday. Have a happy week. Kate x

DIY paper decorations // MiniEco

1. Christmas cracker templates
2. Platonic solid templates
3. Great stellated dodecahedron
4. Accordian folding // Paper baubles
5. Simple paper-cut Christmas decorations
6. Paper gems
7. Cut + fold paper stars

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DIY Halloween Invitations

I love Halloween. It’s one of my favorite times of year for making stuff! I imagine a lot of people will be planning their parties at the moment so I thought it would be a good idea to design an easy DIY Halloween invitation.

DIY Halloween Invitations // Minieco

I’ve made two versions of this skull card – a simple papercut version and an ordinary printed version (if you are short of time). As usual I’ve kept the style very minimal.

DIY Halloween Invitations // Minieco

If you want to make some then check out the templates at the foot of the post.

DIY Halloween Invitations // Minieco

What are you making this Halloween? I would love to know so please leave a comment with a link to the project!

DIY Halloween Invitations // Minieco

DIY Halloween Invitations // Minieco

DIY Halloween Invitations // Minieco

MAKE TIME:
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10 Minutes

YOU WILL NEED:
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+ Good quality A4 paper
+ Craft knife
+ Scissors
+ Ruler

HOW TO
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1. Make your envelope.

2. Print out the invite (pdf’s at bottom of post). Set your printing preferences to ‘photo’ and ‘grayscale’. Cut around the outside of your invite.

3. Using a craft knife and ruler cut away the holes (unless you are making the standard printed version)

4. Make some confetti to pop in your envelope.

PRINTABLE FILES
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Invitation – papercut version
Invitation – standard version
Envelope

DIY Halloween Invitations // Minieco

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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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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 ^_^

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