Craft Demonstration – ParenThots Family Day

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Announcement, Art Crafts, Bookmark, Christmas Ideas, Christmas tree ornaments, Craft Foam, Crafts by Materials, Fridge Magnets, Ladybug, Origami | Posted on 29-11-2009 | 6,594 views

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Our craft demonstration during the ParenThots Family Day is finally over. Here are some pictures of the event. Enjoy πŸ™‚

The booth before the 'crafty' touch :)

The booth before the 'crafty' touch πŸ™‚

Crafters at work.

Crafters at work.

Ethan's artwork for display.

Ethan's artwork for display.

Our booth with the bunting, banner and artwork :)

Our booth with the bunting, banner and artwork πŸ™‚

Foam Christmas Tree and Ladybugs are the chosen crafts to be given away to visitors.

Foam Christmas Tree and Ladybugs are the chosen crafts to be given away to visitors.

The art and craft work on display.

The art and craft work on display.

Kids trying their hands on origami as I guide them along..

Kids trying their hands on origami as I guide them along..

The scorpion boy! :P

The scorpion boy! πŸ˜›

The origamis kids can come out with.. Simply amazing!

The origamis kids can come out with.. Simply amazing!

Kids having fun...

Kids having fun...

Visitors filling up the blog subscription form.

Visitors filling up the blog subscription form.

Finally, the people who made it possible that day. A million thankx go out to Kimmy and family, my parents and also my Darling husband for helping me out. I can't possibly make it without you guys. :D

Finally, the people who made it possible that day. A million thankx go out to Kimmy and family, my parents and also my Darling husband for helping me out. I can't possibly make it without you guys. πŸ˜€

Foam Christmas Tree Ornament

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Christmas Ideas, Christmas tree ornaments, Craft Foam, Crafts by Materials, Party Craft | Posted on 27-11-2009 | 10,309 views

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Christmas Tree Ornament

Christmas Tree Ornament

Christmas tree ornaments are getting rather expensive these days. Why not try making some on your own? Not only will it be more sentimental, it’ll not burn a hole in your pocket.

This foam Christmas tree ornament is extremely easy to do. Try it, you’ll love it.

Foam Christmas tree ornament.

Foam Christmas tree ornament.

Draw a Christmas tree on a green foam. If you have Christmas cookie cutters will be great. You may use the Christmas tree cookie cutter to draw an outline on the foam.

Draw a Christmas tree on a green foam. If you have Christmas cookie cutters will be great. You may use the Christmas tree cookie cutter to draw an outline on the foam.

Cut it out.

Cut it out.

Add glitters.

Add glitters.

Put a needle through it and tie a knot at the end of the thread. Your Christmas tree ornament is done. So simple. :)

Put a needle through it and tie a knot at the end of the thread. Your Christmas tree ornament is done. So simple. πŸ™‚

Pipe Cleaner Christmas Tree Ornament

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Christmas Ideas, Christmas tree ornaments, Crafts by Materials, Party Craft, Pipe Cleaner | Posted on 25-11-2009 | 13,239 views

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We can actually use basically anything to make a Christmas tree ornament. It need not be expensive. Here’s a simple idea of making a Christmas tree using pipe cleaner.

Pipe cleaner Christmas tree ornament

Pipe cleaner Christmas tree ornament

Get a green or white {or any colour as you wish} pipe cleaner. My boy finds it ticklish handling it for the very first time. :D

Get a green or white {or any colour as you wish} pipe cleaner. My boy finds it ticklish handling it for the very first time. πŸ˜€

Bend it to form the shape of a Christmas tree.

Bend it to form the shape of a Christmas tree.

Decorate it as you wish. Tie a thread at the very top and add a star to complete it.

Decorate it as you wish. Tie a thread at the very top and add a star to complete it.

Click here to learn how to fold and cut the perfect star to be used for the above Christmas tree.

If you love this and want to try doing it, do share your version of the Christmas tree with us by submitting your tree here. We learn and we share. πŸ˜€

Origami Owl

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Animal Crafts, Origami, Owl, Paper Crafts | Posted on 23-11-2009 | 17,444 views

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Boot boot… Any night owl around? Let’s do this extremely simple origami owl.

Origami Owl.

Origami Owl.

Fold a square paper half.

Fold a square paper half.

Fold a small flip down at the top.

Fold a small flip down at the top.

Fold the bottom to meet the top flip.

Fold the bottom to meet the top flip.

Your folds should be as shown above.

Your folds should be as shown above.

Fold both sides so that they meet in the middle.

Fold both sides so that they meet in the middle.

Your origami owl is almost done. Draw the eyes and wings and you are done!

Your origami owl is almost done. Draw the eyes and wings and you are done!

Oh yeah, another thing. Fold a small flip down as the beak. You won't want your owl to be beak-less! :P

Oh yeah, another thing. Fold a small flip down as the beak. You won't want your owl to be beak-less! πŸ˜›

The very simple origami owl, even a two-year old can do it! :)

The very simple origami owl, even a two year old can do it! πŸ™‚

Toilet Paper Roll Santa

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Christmas Ideas, Cotton, Crafts by Materials, Party Craft | Posted on 20-11-2009 | 81,551 views

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I have always loved to have something nice to be placed on the corner table just to add some touch of cheerfulness this jolly season. Try this easy to make toilet paper roll Santa.

Toilet Paper Roll Santa.

Toilet Paper Roll Santa.

Spread some glue onto a pink paper.

Spread some glue onto a pink paper.

Wrap that paper along the toilet paper roll.

Wrap that paper along the toilet paper roll.

Put some glue onto the cotton balls.

Put some glue onto the cotton balls.

Paste the cotton balls onto the roll.

Paste the cotton balls onto the roll.

Paste all over leaving a small square for the face.

Paste all over leaving a small square for the face.

Paste a red felt as the Santa's hat. You may draw the eyes and nose or cut out a face from a magazine and paste it onto the roll.

Paste a red felt as the Santa’s hat. You may draw the eyes and nose or cut out a face from a magazine and paste it onto the roll.

If you have any great Christmas craft ideas and wish to share it with us, feel free to submit your craft here. Thank you.

Origami Candy Cane

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Bookmark, Christmas Ideas, Christmas tree ornaments, Origami, Paper Crafts, Party Craft | Posted on 18-11-2009 | 7,718 views

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This Christmas, let’s make an origami candy cane.

Origami candy cane.

Origami candy cane.

Fold as shown above and turn over.

Fold as shown above and turn over.

Roll up.

Roll up.

Roll all the way until you get this.

Roll all the way until you get this.

Fold forward.

Fold forward.

Fold backward and you are done.

Fold backward and you are done.

You may use this candy cane as a bookmark, Christmas tree ornament or anything to your fancy.

Have other Christmas ideas to share? Submit your crafts here and we’ll share it with the world this Christmas. πŸ™‚

Origami worm

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Origami, Paper Crafts | Posted on 16-11-2009 | 8,452 views

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Today, shall we do a worm?

Origami worm

Origami worm

Fold a square piece of paper half.

Fold a square piece of paper half.

Next, fold as shown above.

Next, fold as shown above.

Fold again as shown above.

Fold again as shown above.

You should have several folds like this.

You should have several folds like this.

Fold in half.

Fold in half.

Pocket fold the front portion for the head.

Pocket fold the front portion for the head.

Have other interesting origami to share? Submit your work here and we’ll link it back to you. πŸ™‚

Felt Hand and Footprint Reindeer

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Animal Crafts, Christmas Ideas, Felt, Hand and Footprint Art, Party Craft | Posted on 13-11-2009 | 12,360 views

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This Christmas, after all the attention spent on your Christmas tree, don’t forget your walls. They could use some cheering up too. Let’s make this cheerful ‘Rudolph’. πŸ™‚

Hand and foot print reindeer.

Hand and foot print reindeer.

Trace your footprint on a piece of felt.

Trace your footprint on a piece of felt.

Trace your handprints onto another felt of different colour.

Trace your handprints onto another felt of different colour.

Paste and decorate the reindeer.

Paste and decorate the reindeer.

Hand and foot print reindeer.

Hand and foot print reindeer.

Click here to see how to make the double bow ribbon used on the reindeer.

Have any nice Christmas craft to share? Share it with us by submitting your craft work here and we’ll link it back to you. πŸ™‚

Double bow ribbon

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Christmas Ideas, Ribbon | Posted on 11-11-2009 | 15,803 views

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This simple ribbon is suitable to be used for complementing your Christmas gift wrapping.

Double bow ribbon.

Double bow ribbon.

Make a loop.

Make a loop.

Make another loop, smaller than the previous loop.

Make another loop, smaller than the previous loop.

Wrap a short piece of ribbon around the middle of the two loops.

Wrap a short piece of ribbon around the middle of the two loops.

Make the tail and add it onto the loops.

Make the tail and add it onto the loops.

Arm Train

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Hand and Footprint Art, Paper Crafts, Vehicle | Posted on 09-11-2009 | 11,398 views

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Choo choo.. Let’s make a train today.

Arm train.

Arm train.

First, stretch your arm and draw the outline.

First, stretch your arm and draw the outline.

Dip the toothbrush bristles into colours of your choice.

Dip the toothbrush bristles into colour of your choice.

Scrape the bristles against the comb.

Scrape the bristles against the comb.

Repeat using other colours.

Repeat using other colours.

Paste the 'arm' onto a piece of paper, forming a train.

Paste the 'arm' onto a piece of paper, forming a train.

Draw windows, tracks and smoke. Your train is ready. :)

Draw windows, tracks and smoke. Your train is ready. πŸ™‚

Any idea on what else can we create from our arm?Β  Let’s share here.

Craft Demonstration – ParenThots Family Day

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Announcement, General | Posted on 05-11-2009 | 7,211 views

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I’ve been invited by ParenThots (the Star’s parenting website) toΒ doΒ some demonstrations on myΒ craft works on their Family Day. Full detailsΒ here:Β 

ParenThots Family Day

Date: Nov 28 (Saturday)
Time: 9am-noon
Venue: Kelab Kilat, Bangsar, KL (it’s opposite Pantai Hospital)
Entrance: FREE

Description
There are good old fashioned games:
– Buzz wire
– Throw the ball at a pyramid of cans
– Throw a ring over the bottles
– Darts
– Penalty shootout

There are races:
– Three-legged race
– Egg in spoon race

Events:
– Hula hoop contest
– Currypuff-eating contest

There is free sampling:
– Cupcakes
– Baby food

There are demonstrations:
– Crafts (That’s ME, yes ME! Come! Come and meet me LIVE in person! :P)
– First aid for children

There are other stuff:
– Clowns
– Inflatables for your kids to bounce on for 3 hours (if they want to!)
– Face-painting

Prize sponsors:
– MPH
– Kidz Spot (in Tropicana City Mall, PJ)
– Scholastic Books

Most importantly:
– It’s a fun outing with the kids
– It’s a chance to mingle with other parents
– It’s a chance to meet ParenThots
– It’s a chance for ParenThots to meet you
– It’s the BEST fun you’ll have this November
– There is free food and prizes to be won
– Entrance is FREE!!

What do you have to do?
Register attendance by emailing parenthots@thestar.com.my. Give us your full name, IC number and how many adults and children will be attending.

The first 100 to register will receive a SURPRISE GIFT on the day.

Woven Heart Basket

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Christmas Ideas, Christmas tree ornaments, Festive Crafts, Paper Crafts, Party Craft, Shapes, Valentine's Day | Posted on 04-11-2009 | 10,435 views

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This nice little paper basket can be used to place little gifts for the little ones.

Woven Heart Basket.

Woven Heart Basket.

You'll need two different colours of papers. Fold and cut so that each piece has 3 loops.

You'll need two different colours of papers. Fold and cut so that each piece has 3 loops.

Starting with the bottom 1/3 loop of the green piece, weave it through the first red loop, insert the second red loop through this green piece and weave this green piece through the 3rd red loop again.

Starting with the bottom 1/3 loop of the green piece, weave it through the first red loop, insert the second red loop through this green piece and weave this green piece through the 3rd red loop again.

Do the opposite way for the middle loop of the green piece. First weave the right red loop through this green loop, then weave this middle green loop through the middle red loop and then weave the red loop through this green loop again.

Do the opposite way for the middle loop of the green piece. First weave the right red loop through this green loop, then weave this middle green loop through the middle red loop and then weave the red loop through this green loop again.

If done correctly, your basket should be able to open this way.

If done correctly, your basket should be able to open this way.

Using a craft scissors, cut a red strip and weave a green strip through it as the handle of the basket.

Using a craft scissors, cut a red strip and weave a green strip through it as the handle of the basket.

The beautiful paper heart basket.

The beautiful paper heart basket.

12 hour cuties – Clock

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Crafty Crafted Friends | Posted on 02-11-2009 | 5,180 views

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A Crafty-Crafted Friend's submission of a clock of cuties.

A Crafty-Crafted Friend's submission of a clock of cuties.

Craft submitted by Ayie of http://jifphotojournal.blogspot.com/

Ayie said,

I found this clock in the thrift store and right away I thought of making a clock with my cutie niece’s photos. That’s why I called it 12 hr cuties. We’ve been apart since I left and at least having that clock here at home makes me see her all the time.

Instructions:

~ get clock interior measurement for the face

~ gather photos for layouting (edited in photoshop)

~ disassemble clock, replace with the printed new face

~ assemble back to pieces and there you have it!

{Thank you Ayie for sharing this with us. I’ve personally requested her to share this with us here as I’ve loved this clock from the moment I laid eyes on it – Merryn-}

You too can share your craft with us. Submit your craft here.