Letterfu - Letter-writing without envelopes, cutting or glue Laurel Roth 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. 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.
CayceZavaglia Hand Embroidered Cards Look what I found in my desk drawer! 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. 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! I just used a back stitch for my whole design, but you could get really creative here with different stitches. 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. 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. 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.
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! 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'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!
DIY: Tiny envelope template to download – for little things! | Yiskah Knits I’ve always gift wrapped my smaller jewellery items in dinky 7 x 10 cm brown envelopes, which I found in our local newsagents. They’re perfect, but I thought recently they could do with a bit more colour. That’s when I remembered I had some gorgeous floral paper stashed away in a cupboard; not too many minutes later I got to work and created a template and thought I’d share it this week. Just click the link to to download and start making your own tiny, pretty envelopes. In addition to the template, printed on card, you’ll need: Pretty paper of your choice.Scalpel, ruler and cutting mat (scissors will be ok too)Pritt stick gluePencil Start by cutting out your template, I like to use a scalpel here for precision, but scissors are fine if you don’t have one. With the scalpel, cut around the solid lines and score through the dashed lines lightly.
michael ann made.: woven friendship bracelet tutorial i love the summer friendship bracelet trend that i keep seeing in blog land, so i thought it would be fun to share with you another way to weave a friendship bracelet. one of the parents at work showed me this technique of using a circular cardboard loom and i love how quick it goes, you can easily finish a bracelet in one sitting. - cardboard - something small and circular (like a teacup or ramekin) - scissors, ruler, pen - embroidery thread in pretty colors , thin yarn, or ribbon trace a circle onto your cardboard, and use a ruler to draw 8 lines cut a small ways into each line, between 1/2 an inch to an inch and make a hole in the middle of the circle where all the lines intersect. cut 7 strands of embroidery floss, about 24 inches long and tie them together with a slip knot. pull your thread bundle through the hole in your cardboard with the knot right up next to the hole and use a little piece of tape to hold it in place while you start. now for the fun part!
headband tutorial What you need: -Flower petal template- located HERE-Sheer fabric-Felt-Permanent fabric glue-Headband (wide bands work best)-Scissors-Cardstock What to do: -Print the template on cardstock and cut out -Trace template onto fabric: 12 Large, 20 Medium, 3 Small To make the large flower: -Fold in half. -Fold in half again. -Make a few quick stitches to hold in place. -Cut a small circle of felt. -Sew the folded petals to the edge of the felt circle. -Sew 8 petals around the edge and 4 in the center, then fluff. Repeat steps to make the medium flower. This is a diagram of how I assembled the petals on the headband. Use small dots of permanent fabric glue to attach the large flower to the side of the headband. Attach the medium size flower above the larger flower, towards the center. Now all you have to do is attach petals down the sides.
DIY Pinhole Cards : The Proper Pinwheel When I think back, most of my favorite crafts were learned in grade school. Using crayons over watercolor, making art from paper towels, and nap time. Those are some of my fave elementary memories. One of the best skills I learned (and I still use it to this day!), is pricking paper with a pin and creating stationery. Pinhole stationary has to be one of the best ways to dress up some regular old paper. To make your own you’ll need: cardstock in assorted colorsscissorstapesafety pinmirrored image or text To mirror your text, copy from Word and paste into Paint. Watch some TV while you poke all of the little holes. Bada-bing. Play around with a few fonts and see what you like! Write a message on the inside. Who are you rooting for in 2012?