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A bit of green

This is a quick post to share a (not so quick) DIY I did a while ago for Alex, a snow globe made from an empty light bulb. I have a soft heart for snow globes, among chocolate, cats and various other things, and I figured it would be awesome if I managed to make one myself! I should tell you from the start, however, that this is one of the most tricky crafts I have done so far and also the only one that failed after one year of use: the tricky part it to perfectly seal the light bulb, which, apparently, I wasn’t able to do… but perhaps you will! Posted by Kynthia on December 1st 2013 in arts :: crafts This post has been sitting on our WordPress shelves for quite a while!

Don’t get intimidated from the length of the instructions, it’s really easy once you’ve read it. Posted by Kynthia on November 24th 2012 in arts :: crafts Hi there! Lastly, since I love the tradition of filling a sock with presents for Christmas, I thought it’s a pity to have only one sock to fill! Plastic Cup Lamp. Now that my university is closed for winter holidays, I finally have more free time to do all the crafty things I’ve been wanting to.

Plastic Cup Lamp

One of these is a lamp made from plastic cups I’ve seen at taf, the art foundation, in the Monastiraki region in the center of Athens. When I first saw it at taf, I was amazed; I looked closely and I couldn’t believe my eyes! The object itself is so peculiar, modern and alien-like it could be in any design exhibition. With my best friend’s birthday coming up, I decided to make it myself and give it to her as a gift. It turns out it was the easiest craft I’ve even done, the epitome of DIY objects! Disclaimer: There have been some concerns about the safety of this construction (see the comment of user “when” below for example). I only needed a couple of things: 200-250 large plastic cups (recyclable, at least )600-700 staplesa staplera lamp socket, lamp cord and plug – mine came from a broken IKEA lamp!

That’s all you will need. …to this! You might also like: COTTONMONSTER.COM. How to make gift bags from newspaper. When I bought something at a store recently, the clerk handed me my purchase in a bag made from a newspaper.

How to make gift bags from newspaper

I liked it very much and had to make some more—thus today's DIY recycled newspaper project: gift bags made from the Wall Street Journal. You can vary the dimensions, of course, but here's what I used to create a bag that's 5" tall, 4.5" wide, and 3" deep. Stack two sheets of newspaper on top of each other. This will be a two-ply bag for extra sturdiness. Cut out a rectangle that's 15.5" wide and 8.25" tall. Fold a flap 1.25" down from the top. Cut two pieces of cardstock or chipboard to 4.25" x 1", then glue them on the widest two panels just under the top fold.

Put glue on the outside of the 0.5" tab and bring the left-most panel over to form the body of the bag, aligning the cut edge of the panel with the folded edge of the flap. Upend the bag so the 2" flap is now up. Put glue on both flaps and fold them inward to form the bottom of the bag. Marble magnets. I finally gave in and made marble magnets.

marble magnets

Not surprisingly they are quite fun, smooshing the glue out to make a perfect little magnified image is very satisfying. Here, in order of appearance, are the places I referenced: paper candy instructions with pictures (this is the first place I saw this project) dogmestic with instructions and pictures photogeek pictures ugly green chair cute ladybug magnets – pictures with packaging threads at Glitter:onetwothree I bought all of these supplies at Michael’s, including the glue I went back for since I got the wrong kind to start with. I bought 1/2″ and 3/4″ round (strong) magnets (in with the frames, near the corks); 1/2″ and 3/4″ clear flat glass marbles (in the fake flowers aisle, check the mosaics section too); silicon sealer made by the Crazy Glue people (in the glue aisle). These are great packaged in those Altoid-sized tins, I’ve seen them in office/gift shops like that.