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Project #115: Fan hanger, garland, necklace….

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Fan hanger garland by Véronique from Pichouline


Cut, fold and thread!

what you'll need:
*wire
*needle
*punch
*paper or ricepaper

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Step 1:
Cut out the paper as a rectangular. One size needs to be the half of the other size.
Start folding the paper, at the smallest size, as an accordeon.


Step 2:
Fold the fan in two.
Punch a little hole at both ends, you can perforate it more to create some more magic.
Glue the middle to each other.

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Step 3:
Thread the wire through the holes. Take the two ends and tie them together with a knot.


Let your imagination work, you can make a garland, necklace, ornament….! Have fun!

 

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Project #114: Clown party poppers

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Clown party poppers by Véronique from Pichouline

what you'll need:
*Cardboard inner from a toilet or kitchen roll
*white and/or coloured crepe paper
*masking tape - tape
*cord
*stickers or paper figures
*glue
*coloured paper
*candy

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Step 1 – for the body:
Cut the cardboard of a kitchen roll in small tubes (height +/-5cm).
Cut a square out of the crepe paper of 20 x 20cm.
Wrap the white crepe paper around the cardboard roll and close it on one side with a cord.
Fill up with candy.
Close the other side with a cord so the candy can’t fall out.

Step 2 – for the ruff
Cut a rectangular out of the crepe paper of 20 x +/- 50cm.
Fold the rectangular crepe paper in 2, the top has to be smaller (+/-9cm). Finish the bord of the crepe paper with masking tape.
Put a long cord between the opening of the folded paper, wrinkle the crepe paper along the cord.

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Step 3 – for the face
Use stickers or paper figures and glue them on the body. You can also use pencils to draw the face.
Use your imagination, you can also make animals, etc.

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Step 4 – for the hat
Cut a square paper of 10 x 10cm. Draw a curve on the paper to make the hat, the most easy way is to use a compasse. If you don’t have this, you can make your own with a pencil with a string tied to it. Hold the end of the string on the corner of the paper and use the pencil to draw a curve on the paper. Cut out.  Roll it into a cone and use tape to seal. Decorate the cone if you want to.

Put the hat onto the top.

Let’s party , pull and Have Fun!

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Project #113: DIY message wall sticker

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DIY message wall sticker by Véronique from Pichouline


Instead of having black walls I tought to make figures out of the magnetic/chalkboard wallpaper.


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What you'll need:
*wall paper – I used magnetic-chalkboard wallpaper
*double sided tape
*chalk
*cord
*silk paper
*balloon template - or choose your own template
*scissors

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Step 1:
Make a template of any figure you like, I made a balloon. Go around the template with chalk or pencil on your wallpaper.
Step 2:
Cut the template out.
Step 3:
To make the fluffy bows, cut 3 strips (width +/- 4cm  - length +/- 15cm). Fold the paper like an accordeon at the end fix it with a cord. Unfold the silk paper strips until you get a fluffy bow. Repeat it just as many bows you want.
Step 4:
Put some double sided tape on the back of your template, stick it onto your wall, to make sure you can easily remove it use not to strong double sided tape.
Put a cord behind the template and attach the bows to it.
Step 5:
Write any message to your beloved ones on your template or put messages,  pictures….with magnets on it.

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ps. I also made a jewelry-messagehanger for the grown-ups which you can find over at BloesemLiving.

 
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Project #112: Secret Message with Decoder

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Secret Message with Decoder by Jennifer Kirk from Ambrosia Creative

Inspired by birthday party invites from a friend of mine created a while back, this hidden message along with a DIY decoder is sure to surprise your recipient (ours was a treat for grandpa). Most of the materials were items we already had on hand, making this project extra quick and easy.

You will need:
* Kraft paper box with lid. Any shape is fine.
* Medium to large plastic lid or food packaging (ours was a lid to a plastic container of animal crackers)
* Red permanent marker
* Patterned tape such as washi or printed fabric
* Clear double-sided tape
* Paint and brushes
* Blue colored pencil or crayon
* Red colored pencil or crayon

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To Make the Decoder Box
Step 1: Cut out a circle from the box lid.
Step 2: Decorate the lid however you like. We painted it then added patterned tape around the edge. While you can decorate the box itself, we kept ours blank.
Step 3: With red permanent marker, color an area roughly the same size as the lid. Mom or dad may want to do this part.
Step 4: After the link has dried, cut the colored plastic so it is just a bit smaller than your box lid. Using double-sided tape, affix to underside. This is the secret message decoder. To use, make sure the outside of the lid is face down on the paper.

Write and Deliver Secret Message
Step1: On a piece of paper (we cut ours into wedges so that it would open up into a circle), write your message in blue.
Step 2: In red, scribble over, around, and across your message that is in blue. Try to obscure the blue message as much as possible. We found that loops worked much better than hash strokes. Write a few more messages (or drawings, even) if you like.
Step 3: Package up message(s) along with some treats. Wrap this printable band around the box as the final touch.


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Project #111: Paper flower ball

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Paper flower ball by Véronique from Pichouline


What you'll need:

*coloured paper and round punch or coloured round paper
*glue stick
*cord
*needle

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Step 1:
Use 20 round papers or use a round punch to make 20 round papers.

You need to make an equilateral triangle on the circle (three points equidistant from each other). To do this fold the round paper in half and again vertical so you get a cross. Fold the bottom half up to the intersection of the cross.

The top edge where the fold is and the lower two fold points make up an equilateral triangle.
 
Step 2:
To create the flower ball you’ll need to fold 20 triangles, with the edges up. Glue the edges to each other, so that at each top 5 triangles come together. The easiest way to form the ball is to glue 2 sides (of 5 triangles) to each other and then fill up the other sides with the triangles so at each top 5 triangles come together.

Step 3:
Take a needle and make a small hole in 2 triangles so you can put a cord through.


With this flower balls you can make mobiles, garlands,.....be creative and have fun!

  Paper-ball

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Project #110: Bouncy Bugs

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Bouncy Bugs by by Jennifer Kirk from Ambrosia Creative

A paper insect comes to life when it is attached to some flexible wire and bounces from a stick. This toy can be assembled in just a few steps and is made easy with a printable coloring page. My kids enjoyed "bugging" one another with their insects, so you may want to take the finished product outdoors!

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You will need:
*printout or drawing of insect
*long wooden dowl
*washi or other colored tape
*copper jewelry wire, medium/light thickness
*clear tape
*popsicle stick
*spray paint (optional)

Link for downloads:
Butterfly (PDF)
Dragonfly (PDF)

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Step 1:
Draw a favorite insect (butterfly, dragonfly, ladybug, etc.) or print out from template. Color and cut out.
Optional step:
Spray paint dowl and let dry. I used a lime green color.
Step 2:
Cut off an 18" piece of wire.
Step 3:
Poke a small hole about 1/4" down from the top of the butterfly/dragonfly head. Thread wire through hole and tape down.
Step 4:
Tape a popsicle stick to the backside of paper insect to weigh it down. The butterfly body is shorter, so using scissors, cut off a 1.5" piece from a popsicle stick and tape to backside. Fold insect wings up along popsicle stick. Adjust the wire by bending it where it meets the top of insect.
Step 5:
Wrap wire end near the end tip of dowl and secure with washi tape. Your bug is now ready to "fly"!

Bouncybug

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Project #109 : Mini viewer

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Mini viewer by by Véronique from Pichouline

What you'll need:
*matchbox or small cardboard box
*pictures of your kids, family, friends, favourite animals, flowers…anything you want
*pencil
*straw or wooden stick
*punch, awl or sharp pencil
*scissors or knife
*coloured paper, craft paint or stamps and stamp pad
*tape or masking tape – double-sided tape or glue

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Step 1:
Make a paper strip with pictures using a computer program,  print it out.
The height of the strip has to be smaller than the matchbox.

Step 2:
Decorate the front and/or back and sides of the box with paper, paint, stamps or masking tape. Draw a display with a pencil on the front of the box. Cut it out. Make one size open you’ll need it to put the straws with paper strip into the box.

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Step 3:
Make 4 holes in the box. Two at each side, opposite each other. You also need to make the holes at the box inside. The holes have to be the same (or little bit larger) than the diameter of your straw or wooden stick. Using a punch is the most easy way to make the hole.

Step 4:
Cut the paper straws, the length has to be bigger than the box.
Roll the paper strip onto the straw, when your at the end you tape the end on the second straw. Close the box.

Let’s turn around the straws and you can see your own movie. Have Fun!

Miniview

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Project #108 : Hand Drum

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Hand drum by Véronique from Pichouline

What you'll need:
*small cardboard box
*craft paint
*pencil
*cord – I used a cotton cord
*wooden beads
*wooden stick
*awl or you can use a very sharp needle
*scissors
*stamps and stamp pad
*masking tape – double-sided tape

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Step 1:
Make 3 holes in the box. One in the bottom of the box, this will be used for the wooden stick. 2 holes on the left and right of the box, opposite each other, these will be used for the cords.
Step 2:
Use the masking tape to decorate the wooden stick, you can choose the colours and pattern yourself.
Step 3:
Paint the wooden beads, allow them to dry for a couple of minutes.
Step 4:
Decorate the front and the back of the box using different stamps.
Step 5:
Cut 2 cords. Make sure the beads will touch the side of your box when twisting the hand drum around. Put the cord through the hole and finish with a knot.
Thread the bead on the cord and finish with a knot.
Step 6:
Secure the bottom and the cover of the box using double-sided tape.
Put the wooden stick through the hole, you can put some glue around the hole.

 
To play the drum, twist your hand around and see and hear what happens!

Have fun!

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Project #107: Colored Easter eggs

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Colored Easter eggs by Irene Hoofs from Bloesem

Here's perhaps the easiest craft project you can think of. But my 3 year old son loved it. When it comes to Holidays I am pretty old-fashioned and coloring of eggs with Easter is a simple must in my family :) I remember growing up and doing this with my mom and no w I am happy to do it wiht my sons.. It doesn't matter whether the eggs are not evenly colored... most important is let your kids do it and let them have fun playing with the colors.

what you'll need:

*eggs
*food coloring powder in different colors
*white wine vinegar
*water
* bowls, spoons
*butter

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Step 1:
boil eggs for about 10 minutes
Step 2:
add vinegar, water and food coloring powder in a small bowl
Step 3:
place the luke-warm eggs into the bowl
Step 4:
turn over and over or porr the coloring over the eggs with a small spoon.
Step 5:
let them dry on a seperate tray or plate
Step 6:
once dry grease them with a little bit of butter for a nicer shine.

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Project #106: April Fool's Jack in the Box

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April Fool's Jack in the Box by Jennifer Kirk from Ambrosia Creative

In celebration of April Fools day, one my family's favorite days of the year, I’m happy to share this jack-in-the-box craft. Under the guise of a gift, a simple spring pops out confetti onto the unsuspecting. The kids and I worked together on this little prank for dad!

You will need:
* Small box with lid
* Colorful paper
* Colorful tissue paper
* Clear tape
* Washi tape
* Hole punch
* Picture of your child (his or her face should be about 1")
* Craft knife

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Step 1:
Choose two colors to use for the paper spring. Cut two strips from each color paper (lengthwise) so you have four strips total. I chose blue and yellow, so I had two blue and two yellow strips. Make sure strips are at least 1/4 inch narrower than the inside of the box -- you want to make sure the spring will freely pop out of the box. Tape together the ends of two strips of the same color paper so you end up with two long strips (one long yellow and one long blue in my case).
Step 2:
Lay the two strips perpendicular to each other forming a large L and tape the edges together. Starting with the strip on the bottom (blue in my example), fold it up and over the top strip at a nice right angle. The fold needs to be flush against the top (yellow) strip. Then fold the yellow strip (now on the bottom) up and over the blue strip. Repeat the folds over the entire length of the strip forming an accordion. At the end, tape together the loose edges so the spring will not unravel.
Step 3:
From colored and tissue paper, use the hole puncher to create confetti. I used a 1" diameter hole punch because larger confetti means an easier cleanup!
Step 4: (Optional)
With a craft knife, cut out three of the four sides of the box lid. This isn't necessary, but I thought a clamshell-type lid helped the spring pop out of the box more nicely. Secure the lid back onto the box. I used a piece of washi tape on the lid edge to gussy it up a bit.
Step 5: Stretch out spring a bit by gently pulling the ends in opposite directions. Then, compress into box and close lid. Test the spring to make sure it clears the box. When I did a test, there was some remnant paper around the lid I had to cut away. I also noticed the spring popped out differently depending on its orientation. When you're happy with the configuration, tape a picture of your child's face to the top of the spring.
Step 6: To set up the box to give, compress the spring back into the box, place confetti on the very top, then close the lid and secure with washi tape. A friendly, harmless, happy April Fool's surprise for some lucky person!

Aprilfools

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