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Hello everyone! I hope you’ve all had a lovely Christmas and New Year. We took our decorations down a few days ago which is always a bit sad :-/ so I made a few new decorations to hang up in their place.
Paper medallions have been around for aeons. I remember making them when I was a kid. I’ve seen a few pinned on Pinterest lately so I think they are making a bit of a comeback.
The medallions I made are quite dinky (about 6 – 10cm in diameter). They look really nice hung up in a group…..and they also make fabulous gift toppers.
All you need is A4 paper, scissors, glue and thread so you don’t even need to go to the craft store (not sure whether that is a good or bad thing!). If you fancy making a few then check out the how-to below.
YOU WILL NEED:
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+ A4 Paper
+ Needle (for scoring)
+ Double sided tape/glue
+ Printable templates (all files are at the bottom of the post)
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1. Print the template onto A4 paper. You can make four medallions from each sheet of A4 paper. Cut out.
2. Using a needle, prick holes in the template, where marked.
3. Using a needle and ruler score along all straight lines.
4. Fold the piece of paper up (accordion fold).
5. Cut out the diamond shapes.
6. Cut a length of cotton (I cut about an arms length).
7 & 8. Start threading the cotton through all the holes (apart from the first hole and last hole).
9. Stick one end of the paper to the other end. I used double sided tape but you can also use glue (I would wait for the glue to dry before finishing the rest of the steps).
10. Thread the cotton through the last hole.
11. Pull on the ends of the cotton until they are tight and then press down on the medallion to flatten….be careful at this point as the medallion will spring back up if not held in place.
12. Weight the medallion and tie a double knot in the thread. This part is quite tricky as the knot needs to be tight in order for the medallion to stay flat. If you have someone around who can help you then do ask!
You can of course make bigger medallions. Just make sure that the length of the paper is at least eight times longer than the width.
Hello! Things have been getting a little complex around here lately (and I’ve been short on time) so I’ve made some super simple paper snowflakes this week!
I used some graduated paper which I l-o-v-e. You could also use graduated origami paper. If you want to see the origami paper in action check out this star I made a few years ago. Tissue paper squares are also great for little ones as they are really easy to cut.
I found some instructions at highhopes and they were really easy to follow. You can also learn how to make 5 pointed snowflakes at howaboutorange – I love the idea of using them to cheer up gift-wrap.
You can iron the snowflakes flat but I kind of like the crinkled look!
My kids break up from school tomorrow so this will be my last post for a few weeks.
I’ve been very touched by all your emails, comments and messages of late. The readers who come here get lovelier by the year. I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and I will see you in the new year!
Happy holidays ^_^
I love cross stitch but it’s so time consuming! Cross stitch on a computer is much quicker (Three cheers to Ctrl+c & Ctrl+v)!
Hope your Christmas plans are coming on a treat ^_^ (I’m starting to enter ‘panic mode’).
Cross Stitch Wrap Printables
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Click links below to open the pdf’s. The designs will print out nicely onto A4 paper and are only suitable for little gifts (but we all know the best things come in small packages).
Happy wrapping =)
Here are some Christmas decorations inspired by the good old British weather! We’re putting the tree up this weekend so more decorations to come over the next week. When do you normally put yours up? (When I was little it was usually a Christmas eve job but nowadays my neighbourhood seems to go for December 1st!).
(BTW: Don’t forget to put your loop of thread in before sticking the models together – I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve done that!)
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Firstly I just wanted to say a Happy Thanksgiving to all my American readers. Hope you all have a wonderful time ^_^
I have had quite a few requests for Christmas pixel popup cards. There are three designs below if you fancy having a go at making some.
I tried lots of designs out. Some were a complete disaster! The trees definitely turned out to be the best…they remind me of lego trees!
Speaking of which I am going to hang lego trees up in our Christmas tree this year. I like the idea of a tree within a tree!
Text based designs work really well too. The photo below doesn’t really do that card justice! (The weather here is terrible at the moment so it’s been hard to take good photos).
My reindeer was a flop! (It did exactly that!). I do think it looks nice as a simple paper-cut though.
If you fancy making some you will find templates and a tutorial after the jump…
…don’t forget to make some pixel snowflake confetti to go in your card ^_^
Click on the link below for full how-to!
These have been around for a while but they are just too good not to show! There are 50 other glorious animated snowglobes on the LA Times blog. Check them out!
I absolutely ♥ the bear!
Pixely popup Christmas cards coming next week!
Sorry for the silence! I’ve been catching up on some long overdue DIY around the house! It’s been two years since we moved into our house and I’ve been so busy with the kids, blog, book and various pieces of work that our home has been totally neglected!
My cousin sent me a link to this amazing printable 35mm Pinhole Hasselblad Camera and I thought you lovely folks might think as highly of it as we do. It’s definitely on my to-do list!
You can download the camera from Kelly’s site and there are full video instructions you can follow.
I’ll be back on Monday with a new paper-craft project! Hope you all have a great weekend between now and then. I’m still pinning lots of crafty projects on my Pinterest site so do check it out if you haven’t already. I’m thinking of setting up a group craft board so if you are interested then leave a comment below.
BTW my cousin is in a band called Officers. You can check out their site here. They just toured with Gary Newman…very cool!!
You can read more about my latest book here!
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