Category Archives: Art

Thrifty Storage Solution for the Home

Ever wonder what to do with all those wrapping paper and amazon boxes gathered during Christmas? Why not turn them into a storage solution for your home? My little boy started crawling and loves exploring around the house, including the CDs and DVDs, so I thought of keeping things tidy in a storage box to prevent him from messing it up.

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What you need
Scissors
Used wrapping paper
Boxes
Glue
Cellophane tape

Easy Step by Step Instruction
1) Gather what you need.
2) Wrap up your box as if you are wrapping a present, omitting the opening of the box.
3) Fold in the top part of the wrapping paper into the inside of the box.
4) Tape/ glue in some more wrapping paper on the inside of the box.
5) Make sure everything is taped or glued properly.
6) Now get storing!

My entry to Appliances Online Craft Kids competition
For more information on entering the competition, click on The Mummy Blogger site.

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Homemade Santa Mask

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Here is a Christmas craft that is super easy to make, even a toddler could do it with a little help from their elder siblings. I have forgotten to post this up before Christmas but it could be an idea for next year.

What you need
Paper plate
Glue
Glue brush
Scissors
Cotton balls
Red nose (from any hobby/ craft shop)
Red colour card

Easy steps
1) Cut a semi circle off the middle of a paper plate.
2) Apply glue all over one side of the paper plate.
3) Get sticking the cotton balls.
4) Stick the red nose in the middle.
5) Cut out a triangle and apply glue on top and at the bottom.
6) Glue a cotton ball on the top of the triangle; and glue the bottom of the triangle to the top of the paper plate.

Waala!

Homemade Potpourri Heart

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What you need
Unwanted or leftover fabric
Mesh fabric
Hard paper/ Old Christmas Cards
Potpourri
Lace (to go around the heart shape)
Ribbon
Adhesive spray
Glue
Scissors
and some patience

Instructions
1) Draw two heart shape on a card and cut them out.
2) Spray each side of the card with adhesive spray and stick them on a fabric as shown above.
3) Cut the fabric into a heart shape, making sure the edge is at at least 2 cm from the card.
4) Snip the fabric on the edge, apply glue and fold the fabric edge onto the card.
5) Now, glue the mesh fabric to the heart to make a pocket, then fill it with potpourri, and seal the mesh pocket using more glue.
6) Glue lace around the heart shape.
7) Glue ribbon on top of the heart shape.
8) Glue two sides of the hearts together with the potpourri facing the outside (make sure the sides not completely covered with fabric are glued facing together on the inside).

Note: Please leave a few minute to wait for the glue to dry so that the fabric sticks to the card.

Tots100 Experience Days Competition

Monday fun

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We have been away to Oxwich Bay in Gower, Wales during the weekend. Halloween is over and to inject some Monday fun, we did an impromptu robot baby & mummy shoot.

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I got my robot mask from Mr. Printables’ Blog for free and it costed me 24p per print mask or maybe less as it was not a full colour printed page.

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Trying to take the photo quickly before baby take the mask off.

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Peek-a-Boo!

This is also to enter the #homemadehalloween competition by http://www.moneysupermarket.com.

How to create a Halloween Fridge

Printers are life savers for times when you need last minute deco without stepping out of the house. Not only that, having a printer at home saves me from walking to the library and queuing for my turn to print my assignment in Uni. Now I am a mum, I use it for printing out last minute travel bookings which are normally cheaper. If I could print a ticket for anything it has to be a round-the-world trip for the family! Oh, and one day when 3D printer becomes household appliances I will be printing my own designers jewellery, handbags and shoes. I don’t think any women could be living without a printer by then, could you?

This year’s Halloween, I have used a wig, a skull, fake blood tainted gloves and egg carton as well as lots of printable to create a horror scene for my fridge.

I got my bat, black cat mask and bones printable from Mr. Printable. You can also find lots of masks, figures and bunting from Kodak Halloween Printable . They are all free to download for personal use!

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Printing nightmares does happen. Have you ever taken forever to connect the printer? After finding the right cable and everything, checked the printer’s on, paper’s in and ink’s been replaced recently, only to find there is no print for your last minute ticket because your husband accidentally pressed print 1000 instead of 10 copies yesterday!

Here are my printing tips:
– Do not leave your tea or coffee anywhere near your printer.
– Use genuine cartridges so your printer won’t spoil.
– I know it can be expensive to replace colour cartridges so choose a printer with a lower cost cartridge, but whichever cartridges you need *Cartridge Save has them.
– Consider a WiFi printer (e.g. Kodak Hero) so you do not have to worry about the cables and connections.
– Lastly, no husband allowed near printer.

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