Posts Tagged ‘ paper ’

Back-to-School: Fun notebook covers

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

Since we are on the topic of DIY book covers, I thought I’d share another technique that my family loves to do, both for back-to-school preparation and for personal journals.

Because I love the look of a handmade journal, but don’t want to bind one of my own, I bought this $1.09 marbled, hard covered composition notebook (the kind you can find in any office or school supply shop) and covered it with beautiful paper and punchy book binding tape.   I offer detailed, step-by-step instructions for how to make these colorful beauties here, on my blog.  It requires only a few supplies, most of which you probably already have on your craft supply shelf. Simple and satisfying! (I promise)

In addition to making the contents of your children’s backpacks feel more personalized, these also make nice gifts for giving to teachers and friends.  I love using them for my household journals where I keep track of menus, moments of parenting brilliance, things my children have said (quotable moments) , etc.

Happy Thursday!

Emily

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5 Bright Spots: Fun Flower Crafts

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

It is May and (for most of us) vibrant flowers are in full bloom.  For those of you with snow on the ground today, your flowers are coming soon, soon, soon!  Here is a sweet little round-up of beautiful flower crafts that are perfect for decorating and gifting!

1. willowday offers a tutorial for a gorgeous, simple, peony inspired Felt Flower Necklace.

2. Make punchy floral fabric covered terracotta pots with Christine!

3. Visit the Purl Bee where Molly offers a tutorial for making Felt Anemone Flower Magnets. Aren’t her color choices gorgeous?

4. This Paint Chip Hyacinth tutorial provides a creative way to use up all the extra paint chip samples you’ve collected.

5. Make bright and beautiful Paper Ranunculus Flowers with Sarah (free template included!).

Don’t forget to stop and smell the flowers.

Happy Friday!

-emily

 

 

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5 Bright Spots :: Earth Friendly!

Friday, April 26th, 2013

1. Jessica at scrumdilly-do posted a simple, creative, fun paint chip plant markers tutorial.  Not only does this reuse materials, but it also encourages children to plant some seeds!

2. These egg carton boats are adorable!  via crafty crow

3. I’m kind of obsessed with the thought of making these superhero hand cuffs for my daughters.  Made using toilet paper tubes, they are simply magnificent!

4. Mmmmmm. Chocolate Flowerpot Cakes! What a sweet way to celebrate the earth and its flowers!

5. Amy offers some artistic inspiration for making homemade wrapping paper out of painted newspaper.  Pretty!

Happy weekend!

xo emily

 

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Make :: Milkweed Pod Boats

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

As we wait for new, lush, green life to spring up around our home, my children have been collecting dried pods, seeds, and stalks from last year’s growth for observation and play.  One of their favorite things to collect are elegant milkweed pods. They happen to have the most beautiful, swooped shape and my two find that they make perfect fairy boats.

After collecting a handful, they brought them home and used paper, glue, glitter, and string to turn them into water worthy vessels.

This one is lined with a leaf of Lambs Ear (found on our walk) and has a pillow and a life preserver.

This one is a double decker!

They sailed their fleet in a puddle behind our house and in the creek at the end of our road. Each new boat was tested and re-designed and tested again until they floated majestically in the wind blown current.  We are all certain that the fairies who live behind our home will be so thankful to find new boats for their spring adventures.

xo emily

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5 Bright Spots

Friday, February 1st, 2013

1. Make your own Printing Stamps with Vicki. Printing is near and dear to my heart, and  Vicki’s project is just wonderful.

2. Jessica’s Wall of Paper Hearts installation.  Oh my!

3.  And, this Tree Heart Installation!

4. Make a Paper Flower Tree to brighten up your home.

5. A striped Watercolor Heart to give to someone you love.

 

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