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Folded origami decoration // Accordion folding

I finally got around to finishing these origami decorations. I’m really pleased with the way they turned out.

Folded origami decorations // minieco

I’ve started stringing them on to some fairy lights but they would look just as great as Christmas tree decorations. They are surprisingly sturdy too!

Folded origami decorations // minieco

If you want to have a go then you will find the how-to after the jump.

Folded origami decorations // minieco

Folded origami decorations // minieco

Folded origami decorations // minieco

As I said in my previous post if you want to explore more of these folding techniques then you can buy a fantastic book called ‘Folding Techniques for Designers‘ by Paul Jackson. I had it as a present last Christmas and love it. (If you are strapped for cash then do try your local library ^_^)


 

Click here to see full how-to…

Crafty Envy #8

I‘m sorry it’s been so quiet around here lately. Life keeps getting in the way of blogging! I thought I would break the silence with a sneaky peek of my next project and a few crafty favorites from around the web.

Folded paper baubles by minieco

I’ve been working on these folded paper baubles (made using the accordion paper folding method). I really do like them and I think they will make great Christmas decorations (also great as little shades for string lights). There will be templates and a how-to on the site by Monday.

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Now for some delights I have stumbled across lately.

Donuts are one of my favorite foods so I fell in l-o-v-e this DIY donut costume by Kelly at Studio DIY

DIY donut costume by Kelly at Studio DIY

Also lovin this paper crane lamp. I desperately want to see it with the light on!

paper crane lamp

I used to love He-Man (showing my age now!). These flower holders really made me chuckle. Check out the rest at Open Studio.

He-Man flower holders by Open Studio


 

Hot off the press // MiniEco: A Craft Book

Yay! A copy of my new book popped through the letter box today. It’s so good to see a copy in the flesh (- it’s been a year in the making).

MiniEco: A Craft Book

It looks lovely! It’s got a neon green/papercut dust jacket (which is really hard to photograph!) and is full of beautiful photographs and illustrations.

MiniEco: A Craft Book

You can order a copy from The Book Depository, Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk. It would make a great gift for Christmas *^_^*

If you just want a quick look-see then why not order a copy through your local library instead?

MiniEco: A Craft Book

MiniEco: A Craft Book

MiniEco: A Craft Book

MiniEco: A Craft Book

MiniEco: A Craft Book

MiniEco: A Craft Book

I hope you are all having a happy day. More Halloween Craft coming soooon! Kate x

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Photography by Garry Maclennan.
Styling by Clare Nicolson
Illustration by Jil Wiesner.

MiniEco: A Craft Book is published by Cicada Books and will be out on 11th Nov 2013 is out now! You can order a copy through The Book Depository, Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk. – yay!


 

Accordion paper folding // Candle holders

I‘ve been playing around with accordion paper folding for about a year now and thought it was high time that I put something on the site! The technique is really addictive.

This project shows how to make a simple candle holder. All you need is some paper, a glass jar and a little bit of glue so it’s a really affordable project. If you fancy having a go then you will find a full how-to after the jump.

Accordion paper folding // Candle holders

***IMPORTANT*** If you want to use this as a candle holder please make sure that you put a glass jar inside the paper cuff and ensure that there is no paper hanging over the top of the jar (otherwise it may set on fire). For safety reasons I would recommend using battery operated candles instead.

Accordion paper folding // Candle holders

If you want to explore more of these folding techniques then you can buy a fantastic book called ‘Folding Techniques for Designers‘ by Paul Jackson. I had it as a present last Christmas and love it. (If you are strapped for cash then do try your local library ^_^)

Accordion paper folding // Candle holders

Accordion paper folding // Candle holders

Accordion paper folding // Candle holders


 

Click here to see full how-to…

DIY word search gift wrap

Hello to everyone. Hope you have all had a lovely Easter (that’s if you celebrate it of course!).

I saw this wrapping paper a while back and thought it was pretty cool.

There are loads of ‘wordsearch generators’ available online so it’s really easy to make your own personalised word search gift wrap. You don’t even need much in the way of supplies…just some white paper and some highlighter pens (or you can use highlighter strips).

DIY word search gift wrap

I created my word search using puzzlemaker.com. My grid contained 20 columns and 24 rows. This fills an A4 sheet. Make sure you only print the first page out though…the second page just contains the words you have added.

I also put each word into the wordsearch generator about 6 times (as some words appear backwards or aren’t in the right place after wrapping the present).

DIY word search gift wrap

Instead of wrap you could make some wide gift ribbon to wrap around a present. You could also make some nice cards, envelopes or small gift-bags!

After a quick google I found another DIY word search gift wrap tutorial here so you may wanna check that out for more tips.

DIY word search gift wrap

Happy word-searching ^_^

DIY word search gift wrap

DIY word search gift wrap


 

Mini paper medallions {hello 2013!}

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.

Mini paper medallions

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.

Mini paper medallions

Mini paper medallions

Mini paper medallions

YOU WILL NEED:
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+ A4 Paper
+ Scissors
+ Ruler
+ Needle (for scoring)
+ Thread
+ Double sided tape/glue
+ Printable templates (all files are at the bottom of the post)

HOW TO
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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.


 

Paper snowflakes (Yay! It’s nearly the holidays!)

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!

Paper Snowflakes

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 ^_^


 

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