Paper Snowflake

Hey guys,

I realize that it has been a while since I last posted.  Schoolwork has left me with almost no time to craft and bake, much less post about it, so I’ve decided to post when I can, but it will be far from regular.  Hopefully, I will be able to do some Christmas posts in the next few days!

Okay, so for today, I made some cool snowflakes.  There is a good tutorial on The Other Side of Neutral, but I wanted to try my own.

Supplies:

  • Paper: You can use any size.
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Paper Cutter: Scissors work fine, but using a paper cutter makes sure they are straight and is much faster.
  • Glue: You can use a glue stick or bottle.

Directions:

  1.  Cut 12 strips of paper.  I made mine 1/2 an inch thick.
  2.  Take 4 of the strips and fold each of them in half.
  3. Glue two of the four together to make an ‘x’.  Make sure they are perpendicular to each other.  Mine don’t look like they are in the picture.  Glue the other two the same way.IMG_3688.JPG
  4.  Set one ‘x’ aside, then flip the other one over.  *Make sure you flip it over!  It really does matter.*
  5.  Take two more strips of paper and glue them like this.img_3689
  6.  Do the same to the one you set aside.
  7.  Flip it over again, and turn it so that the three strips are vertical.
  8.  Glue your next two strips down.  I put two blue glue dots to show where to stick the paper.
  9.  Do the same thing to the other one.
  10.  Next, switch strips that I’ve highlighted in blue and pink so that the blue is on the bottom and the pink is on top.  Do that to all four corners so it has a ‘weaved’ look.imageedit_2_8445385403img_3693
  11.  Again, do it to the other one.
  12.  Take the same strips from the steps above and glue the ends together like this.img_3696
  13.  Do that to all the corners on both pieces.

Now you have two pieces that look like this:IMG_3698.JPG

14.  Flip one of the pieces over and place it on top of the other, so that each of the corners line up with one of the strips.

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Ignore the lens cap that got in the picture.  😉

15.  Thread the strips through the middle of the point.IMG_3703.JPG

15.  Glue the ends of each of the strips to the points of the snowflake, like this.

You’re done!

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I hope you like it; if you have any questions, leave them in the comments!

~Joy

Plastic Cup Planter

Hey all,

This is a cute and easy fix to a problem I had for a little bit.  A while ago, in my post on a macramé plant hanger, I mentioned that I’ve attempted a little gardening.  Well, my flowers outgrew their cute little jar, and I had to find something bigger to plant them in.  So for a little bit, I just had them in a plastic cup.  But of course, I wanted to make it cute.  I think it turned out well, and it wasn’t to hard!

Supplies

Plastic Cup

Mod Podge

Scrap Fabric

Directions

Cut the top of the cup down a bit so you don’t have the rim.

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Cut a piece of fabric big enough to cover the entire cup.  Since the cup is bigger at the top than it is the bottom, the pattern of you fabric may end up crooked, so I recommend not choosing a fabric with stripes of something that will look weird when it’s crooked.

Use Mod Podge to glue it down.

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imageAnd plant a flower!  The flower I have in there now is still in its cup from before, which is a little taller so you can see the blue sticking out at the top.  🙂  I hope you guys like it!

~Joy

 

Another Notebook

Hi,

And a third notebook.   The idea for this one came from one that had pictures instead of different patterned paper, but I’m not sure which I like better.  I guess the one with the pictures would be more personalized, but this one is kinda fun because it reminds me of spring with all the different colors and patterns!

 

Cover the front and back of your notebook with card stock so you don’t see the pattern of the notebook underneath.  I also take the black paper off of the binding.

Once you get the shape of your triangle figured out, this one’s easy.  Just cut out a bunch of them from different paper…

And glue them onto the front of the notebook.  I covered the binding with washi tape, and you are done!


There you go!

~Joy

Macrame Plant Hanger

Hey guys,

So, I’ve gotten into a little gardening lately, and I found a macrame plant hanger I made in an art class a few years ago.  It wasn’t super cute, more of an outside thing.  So I made a cute one…  Here’s  what I did, but it’s probably worth looking up some other tutorials.
1 .  Cut eight pieces of string that are longer than you think you need.  YOU DON’T WANT TO RUN OUT.

2.  Tie your strings together in a knot at the top.

3.  Seperate the pieces into four groups of two.

4.  Figure out how far down you want your pot to hang.

5.  Tie the two strands of each group together in a double knot.  Tie them at the spot you want the top of your pot to hang.

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6.  Once you have done that to all four groups, spread each string out.

7.  Take two strings next to each other and tie those in a double knot.  The two strings have to be from different groups.  I think I did mine about a half inch down from my first knot.

8.  You will have one string on the outside on both sides.  Tie those in a knot so it is now circular.

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9.  Continue with steps 6 and 7 until it is big enough for your pot.  You can kind of measure it as you go.

10.  Tie the ends in a knot at the bottom


Ok, now that I’ve gone over how to tie the knots, I’m going to tell you how I finally managed to make mine.  I had to do it upright, so I taped the knot at the top to the ceiling.


That way, I was able to see how it would look when it was hanging.  Whatever you prefer…

 Well, I hope you actually understood most of that, and let me know if you have any questions or comments!

~Joy

Airplane Notebook

Hi,

I just did this super cute notebook, and it turned out really well.  After I made this sheet music covered notebook, I have been wanting to try a new one, so here it is…

I copied the drawing from this one on Etsy, but changed the binding.   To start, all I did was take the black paper off the binding and covered the front and back with brown construction paper.  Then I traced out the drawing with pencil and went over it with a pen.

For the white, I used a white colored pencil.

Turquoise washi tape on the edge,


And some cute stripy stuff, too!
All done!  Hope you guys like it!

~Joy