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DIY of the Week – Paper Snowflakes

Thursday, December 12th, 2019

It’s almost Christmas, it’s definitely December, but cold weather doesn’t even seem to be on the calendar. Those of us in Mumbai are caught in heat, with an extra special dose of heightened humidity (WHY??). So we’re going to be a bit rebellious and just make our own snow to help put us in the mood. Don’t worry, we’re not at the “stick our head inside our refrigerators” stage (yet). We’re talking about paper snowflakes, of course. Of course. So let’s get started.

 

What You Need:

1. Paper (white, if you’re going for the pure snow look, or whatever else from wrapping paper, handmade paper, to even newspaper, if you’re going for a different vibe)

2. Scissors (small craft scissors would be better for intricate design cuts)

 

What To Do:

Step 1

Take your paper and fold over a corner to help you mark out an exact square, then cut off the extra paper, if any.

Image Source - Martha Stewart

Image Source – Martha Stewart

 

Step 2

Take the folded square, and fold over again, creating a smaller triangle.

Image Source - FirstPalette.com

Image Source – FirstPalette.com

 

Step 3

Imagine the twice-folded paper being in thirds, and fold one third to the front across the middle third, and the other end across the back of the middle third as shown in the picture below.

Image Source - Old Farmer's Almanac

Image Source – Old Farmer’s Almanac

 

Step 4

Trim the extra edges across the top of the folds. You can cut it straight across, at an angle, or in a circular cut, each type giving you a different general shape for your snowflake.

Image Source - FirstPalette.com

Image Source – FirstPalette.com

 

Step 5

Now comes the part for your creativity. Snip out little cuts here and there, creating your own design. Just make sure not to cut entire across. (To make it easier, you can trace out a design onto the paper before you cut, especially if you’re doing it for the first few times).

Image Source - FirstPalette.com

Image Source – FirstPalette.com

 

Step 6

Open open the paper folds to reveal your snowflake design. You’ll probably need to keep the opened snowflake under a heavy book initially to press out the fold, but once that’s done, you’re good to go.

Image Source - FirstPalette.com

Image Source – FirstPalette.com

 

These are great for decorating on windows and walls, or you could even hang them on floss string with a bit of glue at the tip. And they’re great alternatives to bows on your Christmas gifts too!

 

Happy Decorating!

DIY of the Week – Map Magnets

Tuesday, February 5th, 2019

We’re back to start your week with a great DIY project, and the great news is that this is probably one of the easiest ones yet! Honestly, the hardest part of this will be shopping for the pieces you need. But once you have them and start, discounting the drying time, this is less than 10 minutes of your time, for some cool, personalized magnets for your home fridge or office wall!

So let’s get started.

 

What You Need:

1. Glass rocks (you can find them at most aquarium stores, floral stores, or even novelty stores)

2. A map that you can cut up

3. Scissors and pencil

4. Mod Podge

5. Hot glue gun

6. Strong magnets (ideally just slightly smaller in size than the glass rocks)

Image Source - The Happy Housie

Image Source – The Happy Housie

 

What To Do:

Step 1

Place the glass rocks over sections or cities you like on the map and trace around with the pencil. Then cut up the traced sections.

Image Source - Pinterest

Image Source – Pinterest

 

Step 2

Apply a layer of Mod Podge to the back (flat surface) of the glass rock, place the cut piece of the map facing towards the Mod Podge, center it, then follow with another layer of Mod Podge on the back of the map piece to seal it in place. Allow to dry.

Image Source - OFriendly

Image Source – OFriendly

Image Source - 2 Bees in a Pod

Image Source – 2 Bees in a Pod

 

Step 3

Using the hot glue gun, glue the magnet onto the dried back of the map.

Image Source - The Happy Housie

Image Source – The Happy Housie

 

And voila! It’s as simple and easy as 1, 2, 3! Now all you have to do is put them up on display on your fridge.

Image Source - Riss Home Design

Image Source – Riss Home Design

 

PRO TIP:

You can make these in plenty of other variants too. Anything from old family photos, to designer paper, to parts of old books, to even company logos. The only limitation you have is your imagination! (And of course the size of the glass rocks :D)

Image Source - The Creative Place

Image Source – The Creative Place

Image Source - Hometalk

Image Source – Hometalk

 

Happy Crafting!

DIY of the Week – Upcycled Mobile Charger Holder (Method 1)

Monday, September 24th, 2018

Isn’t it an awkward struggle to hunt for a table or some other such surface near a plug point every time you want to charge your phone? You can’t possibly leave your phone just hanging off the charger wire, can you? Well, of course not. But instead of constantly searching for supporting furniture, wouldn’t it be great if your charger itself could hold your mobile up? Ah yes, the stuff dreams are made of.

But wait. What if we told you that not only was it possible, it was also completely doable from upcycling stuff you probably have lying around the house? Don’t believe us? Too good to be true? No, no. We’re very serious. This week’s DIY (and next week’s too) is on how to make a mobile charger holder meant to hang on to your phone while it charges. The first method, which we’re doing this week, show’s you how to do from a regular plastic shampoo or bath wash bottle. And it’s super simple too!

 

Method 1 – Plastic Shampoo Bottle

Image source - Easy Life Hacks

Image source – Easy Life Hacks

 

What you need:

1. Old, wide plastic bottle (shampoo or large hand wash works fine)

2. Scissors

3. Marker

4. Washi tape (or whatever other method you want to use to decorate it)

 

What to do:

Step 1

Take the selected bottle and remove the sticker from both sides, then ensure that it is completely washed and dried out.

 

Step 2

Take the marker and create a horizontal line across the width of the bottle about three-fourths of the way up the bottle. Then, create an extra handle-like protrusion on one of the wider sides, above the line you just drew.

Image source - Fab How

Image source – Fab How

 

Step 3

Take your scissors and carefully cut along the line you just drew. Now placing your charger base against the extra protrusion, mark out its size. Cut along (from the inside) of this section.

Image source - wikiHow

Image source – wikiHow

 

Step 4

All that’s left now is to cover the bottle with washi tape (or wrapping paper, or colored paper, paint, markers, or whichever way you want to decorate it). And there you have it! You’re all set with your brand new mobile charger holder.

Image source - So Creative Things

Image source – So Creative Things

 

Come back next Monday to see the second easy method to make your very own upcycled mobile phone charger holder. Hint Hint – Whether crafting is in your genes or not, it can definitely be in your jeans!