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Woven paper gift topper

Woven paper gift topper
I‘m pretty chuffed with these woven paper gift toppers. They are a sinch to make and look really great with recycled newspaper wrap. The idea originated from this woven yarn gift topper which you can see at and from this image which comes from the book More Last Minute Knitted Gifts. How-to ♥ Cut some strips of colored paper. Mine were 0.5cm wide. They need to be long enough to wrap around your gift. I also made a rainbow gift topper….no surprise there then! Happy Monday everyone!

Woven gift-wrap // pastel edition ^_^ By Kate on August 8, 2012 I noticed that the woven gift-topper I made last year was doing the rounds again on Pinterest so I thought I would make an updated pastel version (pastels seem to be the new neon at the moment). I bought some quilling strips (0.5cm) to use this time which reduces the labour by about half (I’ve also been working on some more intricate woven ‘things’ for another project…more to come soon). Anyway check out the previous post if you want full instructions. Above: Mischevious hands – the unseen backdrop in all my photo’s ^_^ While I took photos today my boys were making their own presents by wrapping boxes in newspaper. Finally, the font used on these images is called soymilk and it’s free to download …yay!

Make a No Sew Felt Wine Bag / Wrap {An Inexpensive Hostess Gift} With the holiday season upon us and lots of fabulous parties to attend – here is a simple and quick way to dress up a bottle of wine for the hostess! {Seriously – you can make this in just a few minutes while ironing your party outfit and pick up a bottle of bubbly on your way to the get-together} No-Sew Felt Wine Wrap Materials Needed:FeltStitch WitcheryPinking Shears {or regular scissors}A Bottle of Wine, Champagne, etc. Double over a single cut of felt {so the crease is at the bottom} and cut a piece measuring 6 inches wide by 24 inches tall {you may need to adjust the measurements as wine bottles do vary in size}. I used pinking shears to give the edges a little design. Lay the bottle on top the felt {crease at the bottom} and measure one inch up from the top – lightly mark a guideline. Sit the bottle right side up and place in the center of the felt; the top edge of the bottle resting on the guideline – trace around the bottom of the bottle. The next step is to seam the sides.

Easter garland By Kate on March 26, 2012 This is my first ever Easter craft! A ‘miffy’ inspired rabbit garland. All you have to do it print, cut and attach to cotton. I printed the template onto pastel coloured card (175 gsm). You can download a template here if you want to try! Rolled Flower Gift Toppers Here is a quick and easy way to add a little charm to your gift packages. I know a lot of bloggers have extra book pages from all the fabulous paper projects floating around. Here is a way to use some of those scraps so that nothing goes to waste! You can also make these with scrapbook paper, cardstock, fabric and of course felt as shown above. You want to start with a square shape. Using a pencil or a light colored pen or crayon, you want to draw a spiral circle onto the square. Next you want to cut out all the lines that you have drawn continuing until you come to the center of the spiral leaving a small circle at the end. You’ll be left with a long paper snake! Starting with the outside of the spiral roll the paper inward in somewhat of a cone shape. Keep rolling until you get to the end. I gently rubbed some Tim Holtz Distressed Ink (Antique Linen) on the edges of each flower for a worn look. I followed the same process for the felt. Here is the end with the circle I was talking about.

DIY string-tie envelopes Hello! Sorry about the little break. My son has been off on his half-term holidays so I had a blog-free week! Now I am back, I just want to give a big shout out (and a big thank you) to my new sponsors, pi’ikea street and paper glitter….do check their sites out! I also wanted to say a massive thanks to all the people who have left comments lately (and to those who have sent me lovely emails). I do confess that I have always had a ‘thing’ about string-tie envelopes. These dinky little envelopes are great for all-sorts of things (storing paper ephemera, housing invitations/gift cards, storing seeds). By the way, now my kids are getting better at using scissors they have been really enjoying making their own envelopes using the template from my previous post. You will find a full tutorial and templates below! You will need: Paper Card String Glue stick Scissors Tiny brads/split pins (the heads of the brads I used were 3mm in diameter) How-to 1. 3. 5. Job done!

8-bit popup cards Hello! Remember that pixel heart card I made a while back? Well it has been one of my most popular tutorials to date so I thought I would add another few designs to the collection. Like the heart card, they are really minimal (which I just love) and easy to make once you have got the hang of it. You definitely need a craft knife (and a steady hand) to make these cards this project is only really suitable for adults or teenagers. If you want to have a go at making them you will find full instructions and downloadable templates after the jump. Suitable for: Teenagers & grown upsCard size: 8.5cm x 6.5cmEnvelope size: 9cm x 7cm You will need: ♥ Paper ♥ Craft knife ♥ Ruler (preferably a metal one) ♥ Cutting mat (optional) ♥ Needle (or compass point) for scoring 1. Then cut and score along the correct lines on the template (see diagrams below for more guidance). 2. If you are having problems with this step refer to the heart popup card tutorial for a more in-depth explanation. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Christmas pixel popup cards Firstly I just wanted to say a Happy Thanksgiving to all my American readers. Hope you all have a wonderful time ^_^ I have had quite a few requests for Christmas pixel popup cards. I tried lots of designs out. Speaking of which I am going to hang lego trees up in our Christmas tree this year. Text based designs work really well too. My reindeer was a flop! If you fancy making some you will find templates and a tutorial after the jump… …don’t forget to make some pixel snowflake confetti to go in your card ^_^ Click on the link below for full how-to! + A craft knife + Paper + Ruler + Needle (for scoring) + Double sided tape + Cutting mat (preferable) + Printable files (all files are at the bottom of the post) 1. 2. 3. 4. You should now be able to fold your car fully in half and the design should lie flat in the middle! 5. 6. 7. If you have any problems please leave a comment and I will get back to you ASAP! – Precision and patience is definitely the key to succeeding with these popup cards.

Handmade geometric stamps for Handmade Living By Kate on January 11, 2012 I‘ve tried to make my own rubber stamps on many occasions but never really got the hang of it. I think half the reason is that it’s impossible to buy the proper carving blocks here in the UK. So…I put an article together for this months issue of Handmade Living on easy rubber stamps. These stamps are made from erasers, using a craft knife and ruler. If you want to see how hand carved stamps are done the proper way then check out this ace tutorial at Geninne’s Art Blog. Hama bead weaving tutorial on its way early next week! You can pick up a copy of Handmade Living from Morrisons, Asda, Sainsburys, Martins, WH Smiths, Hobbycraft plus a number of independent shops and newsagents.

{macramé: half knot spiral} washer & wingnut bracelet By Kate on October 25, 2011 Hello there! I finally got around to posting after a hectic few weeks. I’m hoping to post another Halloween craft in the next day or so. It’s comprised of a’half knot spiral’ (and is even easier than the square knot bracelet I showed you previously). A few people left comments about the last bracelet saying it looked like it may take too long to make. By the way thanks to all you lovely people who ‘liked’ my facebook page. Full tutorial after the jump! How-to Please note: I have used different colored cord in the tutorial so that it’s easier for you to figure out whats going on! 1. 2. 3. Note: You fasten this bracelet as you would a friendship bracelet.

Cut + fold paper stars This post is sponsored by The Loctite Repair Network I love these stars. I wanted to do a cut-and-fold version of origami lucky stars. You can make them in different sizes and you can hang them on yours Christmas tree or make a garland from them. They look great alongside all the other paper decorations I’ve been making lately. If you fancy having a go you will find the templates and instructions at the foot of the post as usual. I hope all your Christmas plans are coming along well. YOU WILL NEED: – – – – – – – – – – + Good quality A4 paper (in whatever colours you fancy) + Scissors + Ruler + Loctite All Purpose Adhesive 20ml + Thread + Sticky tape 1. 2. 3. 4 & 5. 6. Handy hint: You can also use Loctite Power Easy as an alternative to the All Purpose glue. 7. 8. Small paper star (measures approximately 4.5cm in diameter)Medium paper star (measures approximately 6.5cm in diameter)Large paper star (measures approximately 8.5cm in diameter)

Christmas cracker templates By Kate on December 10, 2011 I can’t imagine tucking into a Christmas dinner without pulling a cracker first. I love the naff hats, the cringe-worthy jokes (and just the tradition of it all). Crackers are so easy to make…and if you don’t fancy making some for the table you can make some miniature ones to hang in the tree. I’ve put some templates together if you wanna try. Here’s how: 1) Download the pdf and print onto thin card. 3) Score along all the dotted lines. 5) Fold along all the vertical lines. 6) Fold along horizontal lines as shown. 7) Bring ends together and join using a glue stick or double sided tape. 8) Tie one end with a length of cotton/ribbon/string* 9) Wrap a gift/sweets/hat/joke/confetti* in some tissue paper 10) Pop inside cracker and tie the other end with cotton/ribbon/string* * delete where appropriate!! Job done!! Hope all your Christmas or Hanukkah crafts/preparations/plans are coming along a treat.

Geeky weaves! By Kate on June 29, 2011 I really liked the woven gift-topper I made a few weeks ago and thought it looked really pixely! Just perfect for space invaders… I think it would make a cool little project for big kids and grown-ups! All you need are strips of paper and some sticky tape. You could use them as gift-toppers, or make a card from them or stick them in a frame. If you want a ‘how-to’ then click on the ‘more’ link below. If you fancy a change from rainbow then neon works well too! Have you worked on a project lately that you are pleased with…if so, tell me about it (leave a comment below)! Off topic: Thanks for all your comments/emails regarding Macrame. How-to I used multicoloured strips for the horizontal weaves and white for the vertical ones*. 1) Cut out lots of paper strips. 2) I lay all my white strips on a table top and put a length of sticky tape at the top of the strips to keep them secure. 3) Weave away If you need a hand, leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you asap

{Valentines day} pixelated popup card I‘ve been scratching my head trying to come up with a card for my hubby {AKA the non-romantic type}. I finally decided to make this pixely popup heart card! They are really minimal (which I love) and take about 20 minutes to make (that includes the card, insert and envelope). You can even make some pixely confetti to put inside the card (if you are a big kid like me!). Full instructions and printable templates below! (BTW I remember seeing something similar in a popup book years ago. How to 1. (If you have a cutting machine then see note at end of post!) Cut along the black lines and score the grey lines. 3. 5. 7. Edited to add: The lovely Kayla from saynotsweetanne has send me a .dfx file of the card which you can use if you have a cutting machine.

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