Mexican Paper Flowers

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What a week it has been. I am most certainly ready for the weekend, and I couldn’t be more grateful for Monday being a bank holiday. I spent today at a high school in Lancaster teaching a Maths and Science session as part of a Summer School for the new students starting in September. I always find working in schools good fun, but dear Lord am I tired. The kids seemed to enjoy it though so that’s the main thing.

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In other news, today’s post is a super easy DIY for you all. As some of you may know, I’m currently in the midst of planning my 21st birthday celebrations. It turns out that I love party planning- who knew? I guess it’s no suprise, I am an avid list maker and organiser. I know it sounds really boring for those of you who aren’t that way inclined, but what can I say, I do love a good list.

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So, onto today’s project. These Mexican paper flowers were sooo easy to make and I love how bright and colourful they are; they’re going to make perfect decorations for my party.

Here’s how I made them:

You will need:

  • Crepe paper or tissue paper, assorted bright colours.
  • Pipe cleaners.
  • Scissors.

Method:

  1. Cut your crepe paper into squares, about 4″ wide. You will need about 6-8 sheets of paper per flower. P1240636
  2. Place your square sheets of paper on top of each other and fold them together in a concertina style, as though you were making a fan.P1240638.jpg
  3. Wrap a pipe cleaner around the centre of the folded paper and twist the two loose ends together to secure. P1240642.jpg
  4. Use scissors to round out the edges as shown.P1240643.jpg
  5. Carefully peel your paper up, one layer at a time, until you create your desired flower shape.
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    Front view

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    Back view

  6. Use your flowers to decorate your home, garden, or wherever else you fancy!

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There we have it! I hope you enjoyed this post guys, have you ever tried making paper flowers? What have you been up to this week? Let me know in the comments!

 

Trying out Modelling Clay- Dinky Dino!

Find out my first impressions of FIMO modelling clay when I tried making this super cute dinky dinosaur!

Hey guys!

Only a short post from me today- I just wanted to show you all this little modelling clay dinosaur that I’ve made and tell you a little bit about him! Would some clay modelling DIYs be something that you would be interested in seeing? Let me know in the comments! 

So for Christmas this year I received some FIMO professional modelling clay. It’s worth noting that ‘professional’ is simply in the title of the product, and I myself am definitely NOT a professional standard clay modeller (incase you all couldn’t already tell that from the little guy featured above).

Like most things, life got in the way and prevented me from having the chance to open up the clay and give some clay modelling a go, until yesterday evening, that is. The result of forty minutes playing around with the green and yellow clay lead to this little guy, my dinky dinosaur.

This guy is so tiny! But I actually am pretty pleased with how he turned out. Plus his size makes him super cute. I didn’t have any special tools or anything so I had to make him all just using my fingers; this made it kind of tricky, especially because I have such long nails (you can see some little indentations made on his stomach and leg where I accidentally caught him with my thumb nail, oops!) If I were to decide to take up clay modelling as a business, I’d sure as hell invest in some quality tools, but seeing as I was just making this little guy for fun I wouldn’t say they were necessary.

I’m thinking of making a few little dinosaurs as pencil toppers and writing a DIY for the blog- is that something you guys would be interested in seeing? 

How about a review of FIMO clay once I have played with it a bit more? 

Let me know in the comments! 

Best wishes,

Maddie x

 

Super Easy Christmas Craft Ideas

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Hey guys! It’s official, I’m in full on Christmas mode. Following a weekend of tree decorating, Christmas films and winter crafts, it’s safe to say I’m feeling incredibly festive. It’s less than two weeks now until I come home for Christmas and I cannot wait!

As some of you many know, I travelled home from university this weekend to spend it with my family and Jason. I always have the BEST time at home, so I’m always a little sad when I return to my student halls on the Sunday night. But I have to say, with all the Christmas cheer, crafting and baking that’s saturating my Instagram feed, I’m finding it hard to stay sad for long. My social media at this time of year is absolutely bursting with festive DIYs, gift ideas, bakes and makeup looks. I should probably be fed up of it by now, but instead I’m just becoming more and more inspired to share my own Christmas themed blog posts with you all!

So I do apologise if you’re totally over all the Christmas fever already. I will try and get some travel posts up over the next few weeks to keep you guys entertained too! 

As luck would have it, this weekend my sister, Hannah, was tasked with making some Christmas items that could be sold at her place of work, with the proceeds going towards charity. She wanted to make something easy and quick, but something that would still get people into the festive spirit and help raise money for a good cause. And y’all know that I LOVE a quick and easy craft idea. And since becoming a student, ‘frugal’ has become my middle name. So what great timing that I would be home and able to help with the process!

Super cute Christmas tree decoration idea! Really cheap and really easy, perfect for the kids to help with.

Between Hannah, my mum and I, we managed to create plenty of Christmas makes that were sure to earn some money at work! First up are these super cute Christmas tree decorations! How lovely are these? I think these would certainly make an adorable addition to anyone’s christmas tree. And even better, they were ridiculously easy to make, meaning Hannah could whip up a good few to sell.

To make these, you will need:

  • Sticks/ twigs
  • Scraps of ribbon
  • String
  • Pompoms
  • Glue

To make these, Hannah began by gathering some sticks from outside before double knotting different lengths of ribbon around the stick to create a ‘branch’ effect. To make a small Christmas tree decoration like we did, you want your stick to be about 5″ long, and your first piece of ribbon for the top branch to measure around 4″, with each piece of ribbon below that getting gradually longer. Once you have tied all your ribbons on, you can use scissors to trim the edges to create a neater, triangular tree shape as shown here. Once you have attached all your ‘branches’, tie a loop of string to the top of your tree, so you can hang it as a decoration! Add a pompom on top if desired, or maybe a little star!

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I absolutely loved how these turned out. I think it’s especially great that you can choose your ribbon to go with whatever colour scheme or vibe you want for your Christmas decorations. Hannah chose a bright and colourful colour scheme for her ribbon, as we like our Christmas decor to be full of colour in our household!

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Next up, my mum and I also made these adorable hot chocolate reindeer bags! My mum came up with the idea for these and I love how they turned out! My mum is really great at coming up with creative ideas, she’s inspired many of my craft projects over the years, and these were no exception. Again, these were super easy to make and it took no time at all to create ten of them for selling.

To make these, you will need:

  • Clear, disposable piping bags.
  • Red pompoms
  • Googly eyes
  • Glue
  • Hot chocolate mix
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Pipe cleaners

We began by gluing a set of googly eyes and a pompom on each of the piping bags, before letting the glue dry completely. Once it had done so, all we needed to do was fill each of the piping bags with instant hot chocolate mix (we used approximately enough for one mug) and top off with some mini marshmallows. After we had filled our bags, we twirled some pipe cleaners around to fasten them and give the effect of antlers! Told you it was easy!

I think that these hot chocolate bags were a great idea, and would make a great gift for kid’s friends at school. You could also fill them with oats and glitter instead of hot chocolate mix, and gift them as bags of reindeer food!

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We made some other bits of bobs for selling too, but I don’t want this post to be too long. And besides, I’m sure you’re just itching to try out these cute new craft ideas, am I right? 😉 So I’m leaving it here for today, do let me know in the comments if you would like to see what else we made though! I would be happy to share it with you in a future post!

Very best wishes to you all for the month of December, I’ll be back next week with another Christmas themed post for you all!

Maddie x

Cardboard tube bats!

Hello you lovely people! Today we have a spooky halloween DIY. Say hello to my cardboard tube bats!

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Ok, so they’re not that spooky…they’re actually pretty cute in fact, I love their little faces! I’ve named them Bert and Eric; I feel that suits them.

Now would you believe me if I told you that Bert and Eric started life as toilet roll tubes? Well, you probably would judging off the title of this post, but still, they look pretty good for some recycled cardboard tubes!

Fancy making your own bats?

You will need:

  • Cardboard toilet roll tubes (as many for however many bats you wish to make!)
  • Black or dark grey acrylic paint
  • White acrylic paint
  • A black marker pen
  • Black card
  • Wire
  • A glue gun (though regular PVA or a glue stick would work too!)

Method:

  1. Paint your toilet roll tubes using your black or grey paint- I used a dark grey colour. Leave to dry.
  2. Once your toilet roll tubes have dried, fold the top of your tube in on itself to create the bat ear shape as shown. Do the same with the bottom of your tube.
  3. Paint two white circles on your tube for your bats eyes, and two small triangles for fangs. Once your white paint has dried, draw pupils and a line for the mouth of your bat using the marker pen.
  4. Cut out your wings. Fold a piece of card in half and cut out a wing shape, when you open your card out you will have a perfectly symmetrical set of wings! Do this for however many bats you are making.P1230515.jpg
  5. Glue your wings to the back of your bat. I used  glue gun for this, but PVA glue should work fine too.
  6. Glue two pieces of thin wire to the bottom of your bat for its legs! Curl the bottom of the wire over to allow your bats to hang upside down from things around your house! (Eric and Bert have been living quite happily on a lamp shade for the past month! 😉 ).

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I absolutely love how these little guys turned out, and they really were so simple to make, a perfect DIY for the kids to help with!

I think these look especially great hanging from the fancy light we have in our snug at home; super creepy right?

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That’s all from me today guys, and also my last Halloween DIY for the year! I hope you’ve enjoyed all of my posts leading up to Halloween, and if you’re looking for some inspiration over the weekend why not check them out?

Related posts:

DIY Witches Cauldron, DIY Halloween Party TreatsDIY Halloween Candles.

Best wishes to you all,

Maddie x

DIY Halloween cauldron sweet holder!

Get spooky with this Halloween DIY cauldron! A project for the kids to get involved with!

Hey guys! It’s finally Friday, and my word am I ready for it! This week has been my first week back at university, and I. Am. Exhausted. It’s been hard work, and involved a fair bit more stress than I would’ve liked; but now it’s Friday evening, my lectures have finished and I’m looking forward to a bit of a lie in tomorrow!

And seeing as it’s Friday the 13th today, what better than a spooky DIY for you all, in preparation of Halloween! I have been absolutely loving creating my Halloween blog posts for you guys this month, it’s been super fun! Plus, I have a very exciting Halloween post coming up on the 22nd for you all…

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But now to what this post is actually about… my DIY Halloween sweet cauldron! I had so much fun creating this DIY for you… perhaps more fun than a 20 year old should have when using paper mache… but still, it was so fun! Creating this cauldron really took me back to when I was little; there’s something so inherently childlike about using paper mache! Plus I love the finished result, its perfect for keeping by the door and storing all of your trick or treat sweets in. It also just makes a great table decoration for Halloween!

So let’s get started!

You will need:

  • A balloon
  • Paper mache paste and scrap newspaper or paper. Find my DIY paper mache paste here!
  • A glue gun (this is optional, but I really like the effect it gives).
  • Acrylic paints

Method:

  1. Begin by blowing up your balloon. Place your balloon upside down, so the tied end is facing into your work surface. You can stand your balloon on a toilet roll tube or something similar to help with this.
  2. Begin to paper mache the balloon. Once you have covered enough of your balloon so that you have got a large enough cauldron, add another few layers of paper mache on top of this base layer. I did three total layers for my cauldron.
  3. Roll up some bits of newspaper to create the lip at the top of the cauldron. Glue these around the top of the cauldron using your paper mache paste. Once you have added a lip all the way around the cauldron, cover it with one layer of newspaper to help make it smooth and easier to paint later on.P1230528
  4. Leave your cauldron the dry over night. Once the paper mache is totally dry, pop your balloon using a pin or similar. You now have your basic cauldron shape!
  5. Now for the optional glue gun bit. If you have a glue gun, write some spooky wording on your cauldron, and add a few drips around the top! I chose to write ‘Witch’s Brew’ on mine, I love how it turned out!P1230558
  6. Now you are ready to start painting your cauldron. I used a very dark purple for my cauldron, using bits of black to add depth. I painted the top a bright green colour, to give the illusion of my witch’s brew oozing over the top of the cauldron! I then added some white to my writing, to help make it more prominent.
  7. Paint the inside of your cauldron whatever colour you like, or do what I did and add some green tissue paper to make your Witch’s Brew look extra spooky!

I’m really happy with how this DIY turned out, I think this’ll look great holding lots of sweet treats this Halloween season!

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What did you think of this DIY? Have you been trying any Halloween related crafts recently? Let me know!

A very spooky best wishes to you all,

Maddie x

 

DIY paper storage- decoupage cereal box!

Check out this DIY paper storage box! Super cute AND super practical, a great craft project for the kids to get involved in.

Hi guys! HAPPY MONDAY! -I decided to put that in capitals because today marks the start of my birthday week! I turn 20 on Friday- yay!

If, however, you’re not feeling too happy about the fact it’s Monday and would much rather be crawling under your duvet instead of facing the week ahead, I’ve got a lovely little DIY project to get you feeling inspired!

Today I bring you my DIY paper storage. As you may have seen in my recent Paperchase post, I have a love for stationary. However, what I failed to mention in that post was that my love for stationary extends to all things paper related. We’re talking pretty folders, cutely decorated storage boxes; you get the idea.

I love to feel organised and on top of my paper work, and being a Physics student, I have a lot of paper work.

Which brings us to today’s post, my how to DIY paper storage box!

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For this DIY you will need:

  • A cereal box
  • Scissors
  • Paper mache paste and paper (Find my DIY paper mache paste here!)
  • A pen
  • A ruler
  • Decoupage paper or other patterned paper
  • Glue (You can buy specific glue and varnish for decoupage purposes here, or at similar craft stores including Hobbycraft.)
  • Washi tape

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I use the brand Decopatch for all of my decoupage supplies; they offer an amazing range of bright and colourful papers with a variety of awesome designs on, as well as glue and varnish specific to decoupage purposes.

What to do:

  1. Draw a straight line from the centre top of the cereal box to approximately three quarters up the side of the cereal box. Do this on both sides of the cereal box and then cut along both lines to create the shape of your paper storage box.
  2. Cover your box in paper mache. If you’d like instructions on how to do this, check out my post! Leave to dry over night. This will help make the box sturdy and strong enough to hold all your papers! 🙂
  3. Once your paper mache has dried, you can cover your box in pieces of paper! Tear your paper up into small pieces and apply them to your box using the glue, one at a time. Layer them up ensuring there are I used decoupage papers from the brand decopatch. I really like the contrast between the red and the blue paper on my box, but you can cover your box however you like!
  4. Paint the inside of your box, or decoupage the inside in a contrasting paper! I used a really cool pink design I’d found at Bents Garden Centre.
  5. Leave your box to dry over night again, before applying washi tape along the edges to cover up any messy bits!
  6. Ta da! Congratulations on your new storage box!

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I love this idea, it’s a great craft idea for kids to get involved in! It was really fun to make and I love the unique finish of this box. 🙂

I hope you guys enjoyed this simple DIY and maybe it inspired you to get crafty. What have you been making recently? Let me know in the comments, I would love to check it out.  🙂

Maddie.

 

 

DIY paper mache paste

 

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Hi guys! A super quick and easy blog post today- my DIY paper mache paste! I’m sure a few of my readers already know how to make their own paper mache paste, but for those who don’t, this is for you lovely people! 🙂 I also thought I’d include some short instructions on how to paper mache, too.

Paper mache (or papier-mâché) is a need to know technique for aspiring crafters. Fun fact: ‘papier-mâché’ is actually French for ‘chewed paper’!

Paper mache is a composite material consisting of pieces of paper and some sort of paste or glue. It is sooooo versatile, and can be used for a multitude of craft projects. I used the  particular paper mache paste featured in this post for an upcoming blog project- so keep your eyes peeled!

So, how do you make your own paper mache paste?

You will need:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup water

Method:

  1. Combine the flour and the water in a bowl… and that’s it! Told you it was super easy.

How do you paper mache?

  1. Tear up sheets newspaper or similar into strips. Dunk your first strip of paper into your paste, ensuring it is thoroughly coated. Remove from the paste, take any excess off the paper strip by running it between your thumb and finger. (I never said it wasn’t messy!)
  2. Place your first strip onto the object you wish to paper mache, and stick down with an old paint brush. Repeat this process until all of the object has been covered.
  3. Leave to dry over night.

So there you have it, how to make your own paper mache paste. I hope some of you found it useful, and maybe it even inspired you to get making! The possibilities of paper mache are endless.

Before I go, we’ve got some great blog posts coming up this week: homemade bunting being just one of them! I’m so excited to share them with you, I hope you’re looking forward to it too.

Best wishes to you all for the week ahead.

Maddie x