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FIESTA mini flags. DIY, Crafts and ideas with Paper. Crate Paper. Do you have a favorite spot in your home?

Crate Paper

Mine is definitely my craftroom. I live with my husband, son and male kitty, so the rest of the house reflects our male dominated culture here. But, my scraproom is my 'girl cave'. It's aqua, has a very feminine feel to it and makes me happy. I enjoy creating shabby creations to hang there. I had gotten the shelf a while back at a thrift/antique store, but I've seen them in other shops, too. I knew that the Style Board collection would be perfect for this project. I knew that I wanted to have clothespins integrated into the design so that they could hold the bits and bobs that I would be collecting on the board, but I didn't want to leave them plain. The little badges made for a perfect embellishment on top the clothepins. Here is a set of them. My next step was to decide how and where the clothespins would be used. I chose elements that I thought were pretty or that reflected the soft shabby feel that I was trying to create in my room. Pouch: recycled paper gift bows.

I found this simple tutorial for gift bows on Craftster It's a great way to make some pretty additions to your presents this Christmas and because they use recycled paper, they are ecofriendly and thrifty too!

Pouch: recycled paper gift bows

These are my first attempt, I'm pretty pleased with how they turned out. I think they differ from the ones on the tutorial as I used thinner strips and made the loops looser. All you need is some scissors, paper of your choice and shiny brads to hold them together. I used some sheets of music from a vintage book and the coloured ones are made from the glossy outer pages of magazines. I'm going to have another attempt and try and make some exactly like the tutorial ones, I think I need to cut the strips thicker! These are simple to make and a good relaxing-in-front-of-the-television activity, but be warned, they are very addictive once you start making them!

Hand Embroidered Cards. Look what I found in my desk drawer!

Hand Embroidered Cards

I made these embroidered cards so long ago and then just tucked them away in a drawer to be forgotten about. What a shame! I thought these cards would make a great DIY for the blog because they're easy and fun to make, and you probably have all the supplies on hand already. If you're anything like me you have waaaaay too many colors of embroidery floss tucked away somewhere. What you'll need: Pencil for drawing your designPiece of thick cardboardEmbroidery flossSheets of blank paperEmbroidery needle and a pin with a headBlank Card Start by drawing out your design on a piece of thin blank paper. When I made my fruit cards, I actually used an iron-on transfer from Sublime Stitching, which is a really great book that you should all run out and buy right this very second.

Now you can start poking holes along the lines using the pin with a head. Now comes the fun part! Once you're done, admire your work! Make a gift bow from a magazine page. In gift wrap emergencies when you've got the present but need some wrapping, here's an idea for turning a magazine page into a bow.

Make a gift bow from a magazine page

There may be better ways to stick this thing together, but I used what I had on hand: staples and adhesive glue dots. Double stick tape or brads should work, too. Cut a magazine page lengthwise into 9 strips, 3/4" wide. Leave 3 of the strips full length. Cut one inch off 3 of the strips. If you're using a magazine that's 10 1/2" tall, you'll end up with: 3 strips, 10 1/2" x 3/4" 3 strips, 9 1/2" x 3/4" 2 strips, 8 1/2" x 3/4" 1 strip, 3 1/2" x 3/4" Twist each strip to form a loop at both ends and staple it in the center.

Layer the three longest pieces on top of each other, spacing them evenly and securing each with a glue dot. Use other papers, like a map of your city. Make a garland from woven paper balls. I love paper Christmas decorations, so when I bumped into The Cheese Thief's woven paper ball tutorial, I had to give it a try.

Make a garland from woven paper balls

They're curiously addicting. Maybe I should carry some supplies with me to pass the time in long check-out lines, boring holiday parties, or during that weird Choreography number in White Christmas. These are made out of paper and one piece of tape. You can cut your own strips (mine are 1/2" wide and 11" long, which yields a ball that's about 1 1/4" in diameter) or use shiny paper ribbon. Hang them individually or glue them onto a wreath form. Faceted Paper Lamp. Do you remember making folded paper fortune tellers when you were in grade school?

Faceted Paper Lamp

They were quite the fad for a while, and my pals and I had a lot of fun inventing fortunes to write inside each little point. Now... an example of fortune tellers all grown up! Allison Patrick covered a simple paper lantern with the cootie catchers (as they are also called, ick and ha!) To great effect. The design reminds me of a beautiful origami tessellation, such as the one Ilan Garibi created for his Cube Lamp. If folding zillions of the eye-catching triangles doesn't sound like a good time to you, Allison sells the lamp in her Etsy shop, Zipper 8 Lighting. Vintage + modern design for kids and moms. DIY: Paper Ornaments.