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Giftwrap // Paper Donut!

Happy new year everyone. Hope you all had a lovely time. Sorry it’s taken me so long to get a post up (I win the prize for being the least consistent blogger!).

Giftwrap // Paper donut // Free template!

Just before Christmas I had an email from a reader requesting a donut template. I am a huge fan of donuts so here we are. It’s a pretty fun template and would make a cute giftbox.

(If you happen to love donuts as much as I do then check out studiodiy.com for lots of other donut related crafts!)

Giftwrap // Paper donut // Free template!

By the way MiniEco turned 4 last week! (I wonder how old that is in blog years?!)

Giftwrap // Paper donut // Free template!

Valentine projects on the way…

Giftwrap // Paper donut // Free template!

Giftwrap // Paper donut // Free template!

YOU WILL NEED:
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+ Printable template [PDF]
+ Thin white card
+ Scissors
+ Ruler
+ Glue

HOW TO
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1. Print out the PDF. Set your printing preferences to ‘photo’ or ‘best photo’. Cut around the outside of the template.

2. Score along the white lines using a ruler and pointy object (such as compass or needle). Fold along each of these lines.

3. Glue the ‘donut hole’ together and stick onto the main template. Stick the tabs down on one side of the template but remember to leave one tab open if you want to use it as a giftbox. Glue the lid down.

4. Cram with little goodies. Job done!

Giftwrap // Paper donut // Free template!

Cut + fold paper stars

This post is sponsored by The Loctite Repair Network

I love these stars. I wanted to do a cut-and-fold version of origami lucky stars. You can make them in different sizes and you can hang them on yours Christmas tree or make a garland from them. I also saw some similar stars being used as gift boxes.

Paper stars // MiniEco

Paper stars // MiniEco

Paper stars // MiniEco

They look great alongside all the other paper decorations I’ve been making lately.

Paper stars // MiniEco

If you fancy having a go you will find the templates and instructions at the foot of the post as usual.

Paper stars // MiniEco

I hope all your Christmas plans are coming along well. I can’t believe it’s nearly Christmas (I start to panic when I think of all the things that need to be done in the next week).

Paper stars // MiniEco

Paper stars // MiniEco

Paper stars // MiniEco

YOU WILL NEED:
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+ Good quality A4 paper (in whatever colours you fancy)
+ Scissors
+ Ruler
+ Loctite All Purpose Adhesive 20ml
+ Thread
+ Sticky tape

Paper stars // MiniEco

HOW TO
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1. Print out the templates (see section below). There is a large medium and small version. (Make sure you set your printing preferences to ‘photo’ or ‘text and image’). Cut around the outside of the template using a pair of scissors.

2. If you want to incorporate your stars into a string of LED lights then you will need to punch a hole in the star at this stage. If you want to hang them on your tree then attach a loop of cotton instead. If you just want to thread your stars onto some string then you can do that after making the stars so skip this stage entirely!

3. Now, score along all the lines using a ruler and pointy object (such as compass or needle).

4 & 5. Fold along each of the lines you have just scored.

6. Apply a small amount of Loctite All Purpose Adhesive to on of the tabs and stick together.

Handy hint: You can also use Loctite Power Easy as an alternative to the All Purpose glue. It is a Super Glue, so works quicker and is stronger but doesn’t stick for around 30 seconds, which gives you some time for re-positioning. It is also a gel formula, so won’t soak through your paper.

7. Continue for the remaining three tabs.

8. Job done – Yay!

TEMPLATES
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Small paper star (measures approximately 4.5cm in diameter)
Medium paper star (measures approximately 6.5cm in diameter)
Large paper star (measures approximately 8.5cm in diameter)


 

Lego snowglobes

This post is sponsored by Loctite Repair Network

I am a bit of a Lego fan (as you know) and have been making these glitter globes from Lego mini-figures and old jars.

It’s a great Christmas craft for the kids and something you could do in the holidays to keep your little ones occupied before Santa comes!

Lego snowglobes

YOU WILL NEED
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A jar
Lego figure and blocks
Glitter
Loctite Super Glue
Glycerine (optional)
Bathroom sealer (optional)

Lego snowglobes

HOW TO
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1. Build your Lego scene. Make sure that it will fit in your jar!

2. Soak the label off your jar and give it a good clean.

3. Sprinkle a teaspoon of glitter into the bottom of the jar. Make sure it’s not the super-fine glitter as this will just float on the top of the water.

4. Apply Loctite Power Easy Gel to the bottom of your first piece of Lego (please help your children with this step). I really liked the gel because it was non-drip so stayed in place when I turned my Lego piece over. It also had a longer drying time so means that the Lego pieces are easy to re-position.

Please note: because your snow globe is submerged in water, the bond may become loose over time.

5. Press the Lego block firmly to the underside of the jar lid. Allow to dry.

6. Fill your jar with water right to the brim (you want as little air as possible in your jar). Screw the lid tightly onto the jar. Yay! Job done!

Lego snowglobes

Lego snowglobes

TOP TIPS:

++ Once you have glued the Lego block into place using Loctite Super Glue you can run waterproof sealer around the rim of the jar if you want to. This will help keep the lid in place and also help create a waterproof seal.

++ You can add about a tablespoon of glycerin to the water inside your jar. This will thicken the water so the bits of glitter float more slowly to the bottom.

++ For some reason (that I can’t explain) I found using cooled boiled water was a lot better than using water straight from the tap. If I used water from the tap (hot or cold) I found that the glitter clung to the lego pieces. Using cooled boiled water prevented this from happening!

++ If you are making these with under 3′s then use plastic jars instead.

Lego snowglobes

Lego snowglobes

Lego snowglobes

Paper Gems: New Templates

Hello there! My book finally came out this week! As a little present I am giving you the templates for the paper gems that are shown in the book. They are an improved version of the ‘old‘ gems on my site. They include two new designs (including a simple diamond) and all the gems are available in large or small template form.

Paper gems // New templates (large & small!)

I hope you have fun with them…they will work really well as Christmas tree decorations. Marta from muffins in my backpack also made a great advent calendar from my original gems two years ago. Check it out here.

If you fancy makng some then you will find the PDF’s at the bottom of the page.

Paper gems // New templates (large & small!)

Paper gems // New templates (large & small!)

Paper gems // New templates (large & small!)

Paper gems // New templates (large & small!)

You can order a copy of ‘MiniEco: A Craft Book‘ from The Book Depository, Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk. It would make a great gift for Christmas *^_^* If you don’t fancy buying one then you can always borrow a copy from your local library.

MiniEco: A Craft Book

YOU WILL NEED:
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+ Good quality A4 paper (in whatever colours you fancy)
+ Scissors
+ Ruler
+ Glue
+ Thread
+ Sticky tape

HOW TO
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1. Print out the gems. Set your printing preferences to ‘photo’ or ‘text and image’. Cut around the outside of your gem.

2. Score along the dotted lines using a ruler and pointy object (such as compass or needle). Fold along each of these lines.

3. If you want to hang your model up then make sure you stick a loop of thread inside the model before gluing the model together.

4. Glue your model together flap by flap. I use ‘loctite all purpose’ glue for all my paper projects nowadays. Its a bit smelly and can come out of the tube very quickly so not recommended for kids. If kids are making these models then a standard glue stick will do the job well.

TEMPLATES
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Small Gem A
Small Gem B
Small Gem C
Small Gem D
Small Gem E
Large Gem A
Large Gem B
Large Gem C
Large Gem D
Large Gem E


 

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!


 

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