Hello there. I seem to be stuck in a geometric-paper-model rut at the moment! I promise this will be the last one for a while! (I have just white-washed a lot of the walls in our home so I have been looking to make some colourful objects to hang up…these are just the job).
Making stellated dodecahedrons is fairly time consuming and requires a light-touch and a fair bit of patience…so teenagers/adults only! (I would say that each one takes about 2 hours to make…but you can do most of it with your feet up in front of the telly). They look fantastic and you will be super-chuffed when you have made one so don’t be put off. Greater effort = great satisfaction (hope you agree?!).
As usual there is a how-to below…along with printable templates.
It’s ‘summer’ here in the UK but it hasn’t stopped raining for months (or so it seems). Hope you are having less dissapointing weather wherever you are!
You will need
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// Paper (or thin card)
// Double sided tape (I also made one using a gluestick but the tape yielded much better results)
// Needle…or similar sharp point for scoring the paper
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1. Download the template here (there is also a template with darker lines here as some people have had problems printing the lighter template). You will need 5 ‘shapes’ and there are two ‘shapes’ on the template…so you will need to print the template 3 times! Cut out each of the shapes as shown. Using a ruler and needle score along all the lines (the scoring is probably the most time consuming part of this project and accuracy is essential).
2. You then need to join the five ‘shapes’ together. Locate one of the little circle on one of the shapes and glue to the next shape.
3&4. Keep going until all five are stuck together.
5&6. Then you need to start creating the triangular points. To do this fold along the lines you previously scored and fold and glue….it looks complicated and perhaps a little confusing but I promise it will fall into place once you make a start.
*If you run into problems then do leave a comment below and I will get back to you ASAP*
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!!
I‘m always losing my keys so I was super-thrilled to find this idea at technabob over the weekend.
I couldn’t bring myself to drill through a lego piece (!) but after raiding my sons lego box I found the perfect bit to attach the key to (lego part number 3176). (I’ve just ordered six more of these bits through ebay so my sons and I can make a key holder for my hubby for fathers day ^_^).
You can have fun customising this keyholder in any way you want. We stuck a stormtrooper minifig on the top of ours…he is the new guardian of the key…which means I don’t have to accept responsibly for lost keys any more…yay!
Sparkle and Spin have been sponsoring minieco for a while now and have signed up to sponsor my site for a whole year which is very cool of them.
Sparkle and Spin’s owner, Stine, has written a little overview about their clothing collection below. He is also offering minieco readers a 25% discount for the next month….yay! The Code is SPIN25! Happy reading/browsing/shopping!
This season at Sparkle & Spin it’s all about smart shopping and cool capsule collections. We know that times are tight, the kids keep growing and they always need new clothes. So with that in mind we are trying to help you buy quality not quantity and style it well.
Here are our top five tips:
1. Jeans- one pair is all you need. Choose a classic denim or mix it up this season with a candy coloured pair from uber cool brand ESP No 1.
2. Buy better basics. We love Danish brand Milibe’s soft cotton basics that will look great wash after wash and can be handed down or passed to your best friend’s scamps.
3. Layer, Layer, Layer. Buy high quality knits and sweatshirts to wear over short sleeves and don’t forget to layer those long sleeve basics underneath when the weather is not so good.
4. Party Piece – Buy one fun and funky dress that will be perfect for parties but can work for everyday wear too. Don’t buy clothes that you will be precious over – if they don’t wear it now it won’t fit!
5. Accessorise – We all know accessories can make or break an outfit so use bags, scarves, fun tights and hair clips to brighten up and complete your little one’s look. Think of them as the icing on the cake or maybe the cherry on the top
It’s been a hectic week and I haven’t got as much done as I wanted (in the way of craft!). I thought I would get these paper gem templates up and then maybe you could make something with them if you fancied?
I had lots of really great suggestions as to what to do with them so thanks for the input (see comments section in previous post). I started making a garland as you can see…it looks cool! I do think they would make great stencils though…and lovely gift toppers.
You could make a cool jubilee garland too…just switch the colours to red/white/blue…(everyone in the UK is getting ready to celebrate the Queen’s diamond jubilee this weekend….I’ve never as much bunting in my entire life!).
Anyway, here are the templates. Happy chopping. (If you do use them I would love to see some pictures ^_^)
A huge thanks to all those who entered the giveaway. I was genuinely gob-smacked by the amount of comments ^_^
Anyway, without further ado, the winners are Victoria Leedham, Debbie Reed, Sarah Prescod, VJ, Ang Campbell, bmerry, Gates, Pam (Pamela B), Caroline S & Fran Light. The lovely Liam from Enviroco will have already emailed you. If you haven’t heard anything yet then do contact me.
(For all of those interested I used a wordpress plugin called “and the winner is…” to draw the winners).
Apologies to all those that didn’t win this time. I genuinely wish I had a copy to send to everyone. If you still fancy taking a peek at my book you can see details about retailers in this post…otherwise you can enquire at your local library.
I have been working on some simple paper-cut gems this week…I’m still trying to decide what to do with them…I’ll report back next week with a proper tutorial! Do comment if you have any ideas!
Happy Wednesday all x
If you wish to enter the giveaway just leave a comment below…it really is that easy!
This giveaway is open to everyone, but remember, only one entry per person. Entries close 10pm 22nd May (GMT). Good luck everyone!
A huge thanks to Enviroco for sponsoring such a generous giveaway.
Thank you so much for all the entries (and all the wonderful comments)! This giveaway is now closed…I’ll announce the winners tomorrow!
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