Posted on March 13 2015We thought we'd share 5 quick and easy decorating ideas with some of our cute Easter themed washi tapes. Being removable and tearable, washi tape can be very versatile indeed! 1. Tear a small piece and add to stitched home-made treat bags for a simple approach. Plus you can also use the washi tape to seal your bags for extra cuteness. 2. For something a little different, create a rabbit silhouette using strips of washi tape. 3. Dress up your glasses with this cute Carrot design for your Easter celebrations. 4. If planning a seated table with beautiful linens, add some washi tape to your napkins and placemats for a bit of Easter themed decor. 5. Wrap your Easter gifts with natural kraft paper and add strips of washi tape and twine to make them pretty! You can also make mini washi tape bunting to match. We hope this gives you a few ideas for decorating this Easter! Featured washi tapes: Chubby Rabbit, Beth, Carrot, Botanic Garden, Farm
Posted on March 12 2015With Easter just over the horizon, it is time to get Easter bonnet making! And if you want to make something that the kids can re-use after Easter, Magdalena Franco's No-Sew Mad Hatter Easter Bonnet is just what you need! Inspired by the Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland, we think it is the perfect mix of quirk, colour and awesomeness that your kids will love. So after the Easter hat parade is done and dusted, transform your tea parties at home into magical, crazy Mad Hatter's tea parties and dress up with your colourful Mad Hatter bonnets! Click here for the step-by-step instructions and get crafting with the kids this weekend - just in time for the parade!
Posted on April 08 2014Is there anything lovelier than pretty florals mixed with paper feathers and tied together with a little bit of neon pink? I think not. Oh and did I mention dream catchers? Because they're pretty lovely too. Hello! I'm Rin the creative mess behind Papered Thoughts & I've created this pretty little tutorial just for you! Skill Level Beginner. Child friendly! You'll Need 1 x set of Fabric Stickers. I've used Haze but there are so many other pretty choices in the range. 1 x small ball of wool 5 x A4 sheets of Kraft cardboard. 1 x 30cm square of thick board. I used an old box. Masking tape Scissors Pen Double-sided tape Once you've got all the materials, you're all set! First you'll need to trace a circle onto your thick cardboard box card - I used a small dinner plate (about 23cm in diameter) Cut out the circle & then cut out the middle - leaving a thin circle outline (approximately 1.5cm thick) This will form the base of your dream catcher. This next step will take a little time, however I found it so therapeutic - turn on the TV, some music or an audio book & snuggle up somewhere comfy. You'll need your circle, wool & double sided tape. Begin by placing the tape at intervals around the circle (on both sides) - now we're going to wrap! Start over some double sided tape - wrapping the wool tight & close around the circle. The double sided tape will ensure that it doesn't unravel. Once you're all wrapped up (pun-riffic!) leave a long enough piece of string to loop and tie off - so you can hang it later. Next - those pretty feathers! The greatest thing I've found by far about the Dailylike Fabric Stickers is the fact that you can write, draw and sketch on the back. Making it so easy to cut the shapes you want! I used fabric stickers in Haze and drew out my feathers in a few different sizes on the back of each sheet of fabric sticker. I used 7 feathers in my design - 4 large and 3 small. They were drawn free-hand so they're all a bit different. If you're not confident though they're are tons of templates on Pinterest, just search for 'feather template' on Pinterest or Google. After you've cut out each feather you'll need to stick them to the A4 kraft card and cut them out again. If your feathers get a bit fiddly try using a smaller sharper pair of scissors. Once you have all your feathers cut - stuck and cut, take a moment to marvel at their pretty! and then it's time to have a play around with positioning and the design of your dream catcher. Once you're happy with the position of each of your feathers, we need to attach the wool to them so they're ready to hang. Use a strip of double sided tape down the centre of each feather to secure the wool to the back. I taped each piece of wool down with a little bit of washi too - just in case. Dailylike have a great range of coloured and patterned masking tapes that you can use! To tie each feather on I laid my dream catcher out on the floor and positioned the feathers, tying a simple knot around the base of the circle - double knotting & trimming off the tail. Just make sure when you tie them that the knot is at the back! Now all that's left to do is to hang your pretty creation (with washi tape of course!) and enjoy sweet sweet dreams! xo This project was created by Dailylike Design Team member Rin Dawson of Papered Thoughts.
Posted on March 27 2014
So your kid's annual Easter Bonnet Parade is coming up and you can't sew? Don't panic! We've got it sorted with this quirky no-sew Mad Hatter Easter Bonnet brought to you by the crafty Magdalena of The Craft Revival. You can even let the kiddies help out with the decorating. We think you'll love it! You'll need: 1 x Collecting Paper - Childhood 1 x Fabric Buttons - Alley 1 x Lace Trim Cardboard (poster board or empty cereal boxes) Newspaper / scrap paper (for paper mache) Scissors Bone folder / scorer Craft glue / hot glue gun / glue stick Sticky tape Skill level: Intermediate And here are the instructions... Draw a rectangle on a piece of cardboard with the following measurements: length (head circumference) x height (40cm) and cut it out. Draw a horizontal line parallel and 5cm from the top of your rectangle. Repeat with another line 5cm and parallel from the bottom of your rectangle. Repeat again with another line parallel and halfway between the top and bottom lines. Now using your ruler as a guide, draw lines vertically down the rectangle starting from the left and spacing the lines about 4-5 cm apart. See the diagram below. Score along the horizontal top and bottom lines with a bone folder or an old pen. This will create indentations which you’re going to fold along later. Cut along the vertical lines between the top of the rectangle and the horizontal halfway line, and also the vertical lines between the bottom of the rectangle and the score line along the bottom. See the diagram below. Then tape the two short ends of your piece of cardboard together so that they join up making a cylinder. On another piece of cardboard you’re going to draw two circles, one larger than the other to form a ring-shape which will become the brim of your hat. Work out the diameter of the inner circle using the circumference measurement you took earlier (use an online calculator to help you do this). The larger circle should be 5-10cm bigger than the smaller circle, depending on how small or big your subject's head is. Using a protractor, or if you don’t have one a small plate or a saucepan lid, draw the larger circle onto a piece of cardboard, then centre the smaller circle within it. Repeat another small and large circle onto another piece of cardboard as you will need matching cardboard rings for your brim. Cut them both out so that you’re left with two rings. Take one of your brim pieces and slip it over the body of the hat (the cylinder) so that it’s sitting just above the bottom score line of tabs. Bend all of your scored tabs up and using a hot glue gun or a glue stick, you’re going to attach the tabs to the ring one by one until they’re all attached. When the glue has set, you need to glue the other piece of brim to the bottom so that your tabs are sandwiched between the two brim pieces. This will give you a cleaner finish. At this point you should try the hat onto your subject to make sure that it fits. You can manipulate the brim a little to curl it up at the sides while it’s on. Draw a circle that’s larger than the smaller circle you used (for the inside of the brim) on another piece of cardboard and cut it out. Repeat to give you another matching sized circle. This is going to form the top of the hat. Bend the tabs at the top of the body of the hat in towards the centre. Insert one of the circles which you’ve just cut under the tabs and using a hot glue gun or a glue stick, attach the tabs one by one to the circle top. Once glue has set, attach the second circle to the top, sandwiching (and hiding) the tabs between the two circles. Set aside until glue has set. Now you can begin to apply paper mache to the hat by mixing craft glue with water at a ratio of 2:1 and applying strips of newspaper or other scrap paper to the hat to cover up the gaps between the tabs and ensure a sturdier base to work with. Make sure to let the hat dry between applying layers of paper mache. Depending on the type of paper you use, you should only need to apply a couple of layers. Once dry, you’re ready to start decorating your hat with the final layer, for this hat I have used the Collecting Paper set in the Childhood design. I chose to create a scrap quilt look by cutting squares in varying sizes from different patterned paper. Start at the base of the body near the brim and apply your paper squares by brushing on glue and ensuring you slightly overlap each square. Continue doing this until you reach the top of the hat. Any squares of paper which are going to wrap up and over the top of the hat, should have slits cut into the top side of the paper so that when they’re glued down they will hug the body of the hat rather than warping and bubbling. Continue attaching squares until you have covered the entire outside of the hat as well as the under-side of the brim. Trim any excess paper neatly around the inside of the brim. Use two strips of contrasting patterned paper glued end to end to create a ribbon around the base of the hat. Then using the lace, attach it to the top and bottom of your paper ribbon with a hot glue gun. This will hide any imperfections in the paper ribbon and add another interesting element. Attach the buttons using hot glue. You can also add any other embellishments such as fake flowers, origami ribbons or anything else. And ta-da! You're done! This project was created by Dailylike Design Team member Magdalena Franco of The Craft Revival.
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