Monday, January 14, 2008

Always prepared to craft!

I have learnt, over the years, to keep a craft kitty handy. It's very simple and can be a savior when you need to put something together on short notice! All you need is a large box and you just start filling it with anything interesting. This list will help you get started -
  • glue stick/strong glue
  • scissors/patterned scissors
  • markers, paints, crayons, coloured pencils, etc
  • scraps of coloured, patterned paper - these could be store bought or just recycled
  • beads, baubles, sequins
  • lace, ribbon, trimmings, etc
  • paper punches in various designs
  • stickers
  • card stock
  • wool/raffia
  • assorted boxes, bottles, etc - anything recycled

The list is just need to have an eye for it! Go on, buy the big box and create your craft kit right away!

Monday, January 7, 2008

Dots 'n' Spots Tray

I had bought a packet of apples and used the Styrofoam packaging to make this 'dots 'n' spots tray'. I use it to hold little knick-knacks.

You need -
  • Styrofoam tray (the ones you get with veggies or fruits)
  • paints & paintbrush
  • clear varnish
  1. Paint the tray with a thick coat of purple and allow it to dry.
  2. Next, paint big pink spots.
  3. Finish by highlighting with bright yellow dots and applying an even coat of clear varnish.

As simple as that! Of course you can try different colours and patterns. A word of caution though - styrofoam is quite fragile, so you need to be careful with it!

Saturday, January 5, 2008

A rainy day, lots of craft supplies, a hot cup of coffee, and a burst of creativity - my idea of a perfect afternoon! I'll be back with more craft project ideas!

Here are a few more fun ways to re-use your greeting cards...

  1. If you have very special greeting cards and you want to keep them with the writing inside, you could get them laminated (keeping the card opened out). These can be used as table mats, however, take care not to put very hot things on them.
  2. You can make paper bags. These work very well for all those gifts that are hard to pack.
  3. Old greeting cards can also be used to make gift tags. Just cut them out into mini cards and attach them to your gifts.
  4. Another easy project is to make bookmarks from them. Make best use of the design/picture on the card. Stick the front and back together for more strength. Cut into a rectangle, punch the top of the bookmark and attach a bow/ribbon.
  5. This is an interesting one - make a mini booklet. Attach some pages to the card, you can either glue the pages or stitch them. This mini booklet can be used to hold photos or other memorabilia.
  6. Last, but not the least - cut out the pictures and words carefully and make a new greeting card! Alternatively, you can use the cutouts in your scrapbooking layouts as well!

I hope I've inspired you to give your old greeting cards a new lease of life! Have fun!

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Make this cute box from an old greeting card

I always like to personalise my gifts. This handmade box is one of my favourites. It's perfect for cute 'n' tiny gifts like trinkets. Simply line the box with some coloured tissue, cotton or shredded paper and pop in your gift! Finish with a matching satin ribbon and a tag, if you wish, for a professional touch.

You need -

  • an old greeting card
  • a pair of scissors
  • glue
  • a ruler
  1. Start by cutting the greeting card into two - cut on the fold. These will make the lid and the base. (The front of the card, with the picture/design, will make the lid.)
  2. To make the lid - on the blank side of the lid piece, draw margins of 2cms on all four sides.
  3. On two opposite sides, cut along the line until the point where the margins intersect.
  4. Fold the card inwards along the margins.
  5. Fold the two cut-out tabs inward and glue them to make the sides of the box.
  6. Repeat on the other side.
  7. For the base, margins need to be 1.5cms (so that the lid can fit over it snugly). Repeat the rest of the instructions.
  8. Your box is now ready!

The shape of the box depends on the shape of the greeting card. As most greeting cards are rectangle, your box will also be rectangle. If you want a square box, cut your card into a square before you start. Also, the depth of the box will depend on the margins - the bigger the margins, the deeper the box. You can try different measurements and have fun with the results!

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

There are so many fun ways to reuse all your old greeting cards - look for them and be ready! Will be with you soon with my ideas...