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Project #119: Winter Forrest Diorama


 An easy craft to make with a cardboard box, duct tape and washi tape.  

  What you'll need: 

* Scissors

* Exacto Knife

* Paper (any color)

* Washi Tapes

* Duct Tape

* Cardboad box or shoe box

* Toys ...example wood animals



Step 1: Pick out a cardboard box for the forrest scene and a thinner box (I used a shoe box) for the trees and other wooded accessories.  

Step 2: Cut the cardboard into any scene you would like, I chose to make a snowy mountainous forrest scene.

Step 3: Cover the front and back of the cardboard diarama in white duct tape.

Step 4: Cut out and cover the trees and the mushrooms in washi tape (you could make flowers and animals too).  I left little tabs at the bottoms of the trees and mushrooms so that I could attach them to the diorama. 

Step 5:   Decorate the forrest diorama however you would like with duct tape, washi tape, and paper.  I used washi tape to make snow caps and a pond.  Attach the trees and mushrooms with small strips of duct tape.  I also used small strips of duct tape to fasten the trees to the mountain.  You're finished!


My children had so much fun playing with the diorama and it makes a great home for all of our wooded forrest animals.  This will make a great holiday decoration too. 


..One More Mushroom

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Project #118: Christmas Splatter cards and paper ornaments


Christmas Splatter cards and paper ornaments by Véronique from Pichouline

what you'll need:
*craft paint
*punch or scissors


Step 1:
This is a dirty job, the best is to do it outside. Make sure you protect your clothes and table with table cloth or a large piece of paper.
Step 2:
Cut out a simple shape or punch it. Put the template on your paper that you want to splatter.
Step 3:
Put some paint and a little bit of water in a plate.
Step 4:
Dip your toothbrush in the paint. Scrape your knife, towards you, over the toothbrush.
A rain of paint will splatter over your paper. Let the paper dry, take another colour and repeat step 3-4.


This technique is lovely to make your own Christmas decoration and wrapping paper….

Have fun! ~Veronique

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Project #119: Raindrop Pillow


Raindrop pillow by Mereta from One More Mushroom

This Raindrop pillow is a fun way to reuse an old sweater. You can shape it any form you like.

What you'll need:

*an old sweater
*butcher paper
*a fat quarter of fabric (I used black polka dot fabric)
*small piece of black felt
*black embroidery floss
*coral embroidery floss


Step 1: Draw a rain drop on the butcher paper leaving 1/4 seam allowance.

Step 2: Pin the template to the sweater and cut the raindrop shape out of the sweater.  

Step 3: Cut the raindrop shape out of the polka dot fabric.

Step 4: Put the two raindrop pieces together right sides together and sew with a 1/4 seam allowance.  Leave a 3 inch opening at the bottom.  

Step 5: With the black felt cut four legs leaving 1/4 seam allowance.  Sew the legs together and turn right side in (you might need to use a chopstick).  Stuff the legs.

 Step 6: Attach the legs onto the raindrop.

Step 7: Sew on the eyes and mouth and you're finished!


..One More Mushroom

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Project #118: Fortune Stars Calendar


Fortune Stars Calender by Véronique from Pichouline

Surprise your loved ones with a treat a day with this star calendar for the holidays! 


What you'll need:

* White paper

* template of a star

* white and colored thread

* sharp needle or punch

* small sweet, treats or fortunes


Step 1: 

Begin by printing or trace the template of the star on your white paper. Cut out your stars, you need a front and a back so 48 stars to make 24 fortune stars for your advent calendar.

Stamp, print or write the numbers 1 - 24 on the front.

Click here to Download a Free star template.

Step 2:

Take 2 stars together and make holes along the edge of your star, so you can sew the star.

Step 3:

Start sewing, tuck the fortune into the open side of your star, finish sewing.

I’ve used a white thread for most of the stars and some coloured to make the countdown more exciting.

Step 4:

Make a loop at the end so you can easily hang up your fortune star.

Happy X-mas!


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