Toilet Roll Goat

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Animal Crafts, Craft Foam, Craft from Recycled Materials, Crafts by Materials, Felt, Goat, Toilet Paper Roll | Posted on 28-01-2011 | 20,482 views

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Mek…. Mek…. My first time attempting a goat craft πŸ˜›

Toilet roll goat

Paint a toilet roll brown

Use cotton as the beard and foam and felt for the rest.

Mek Mek is done. I’d prefer the ears to be slimmer and eyes not too big though πŸ˜›

Red Packet Ancient Coin Lantern

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Chinese New Year, Festive Crafts | Posted on 26-01-2011 | 18,541 views

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We are making an auspicious Ancient Coin Lantern using red packets today πŸ™‚

Ang Pao Ancient Coin Lantern

You’ll need to fold 16 packets of ang paos as shown above – fold all four edges.

Staple them together to get 4 of the above

Staple them together to get the above

Arrange and staple them as shown above

Side view. Add tassel and your lantern is done πŸ˜€

If you still don’t get it, watch this video

Ang Pao Ball Lantern

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Chinese New Year, Festive Crafts, YouTube tutorial | Posted on 25-01-2011 | 26,290 views

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I made some beautiful ball lanterns and many have requested for me to share the steps here.

Red Packet Ball Lantern

Gold Packet Ball Lantern

I found it very difficult to explain it with pictures but I found this video instead.Β  Let’s watch this video and I’m sure you’ll be able to make your very own beautiful ball lantern using red packets πŸ˜€

A friend of mine requested me to make it round, like a ball without those spikes. What you need to do is just follow the steps shown in the video, and after you are done, just fold the spikes and staple them.

Staple as shown above. Your lantern will turn out lovely πŸ˜€

Egg Carton Sail Boat

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Corrugated Paper, Craft from Recycled Materials, Crafts by Materials, Egg Carton, Vehicle | Posted on 24-01-2011 | 10,475 views

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Let’s go sailing today πŸ™‚

Egg carton sail boat

We’ll need some colored corrugated papers, egg carton and wooden sticks

Draw a triangle on a drawing board and paint on both sides

Once dry, cut and paste on a wooden stick

Use a single hole punch and punch a hole in the middle of the egg carton

Paste corrugated paper to cover the egg carton

Place the wooden stick with the sail in the hole and sit two eggs in your sail boat πŸ™‚

We are ready to sail πŸ˜€

Hand and footprint Chicken

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Animal Crafts, Easter, Festive Crafts, Hand and Footprint Art, Paper Crafts, Rooster | Posted on 21-01-2011 | 8,520 views

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Oh Mac Donald had a farm,

E-I-E-I-O,

And on his farm he has some chickens,

E-I-E-I-O,

With the cluck, cluck here, cluck, cluck there…

Alright, let’s just get to business πŸ˜›

Hand and footprint Chicken

Trace your footprint on a piece of yellow paper

Trace your handprint on orange and red paper

Paste the footprint onto the handprints

Add eyes, beak and all and your chicken is done πŸ™‚

Toilet Paper Roll Rabbit

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Animal Crafts, Chinese New Year, Craft from Recycled Materials, Festive Crafts, Rabbit, Toilet Paper Roll | Posted on 18-01-2011 | 18,249 views

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To usher the New Year of the Rabbit, let’s make a cute rabbit today πŸ˜€

Toilet Paper Roll Rabbit

Cut three rings out of a toilet paper roll

Glue two rings together

Glue the 2 rings to the third ring

Cut two ears out of the envelope of your Chinese New Year card greetings (or you can simply use pink paper :P)

Paste the ears and cut two eyes out of white envelope. I’m trying to recycle all I can here πŸ˜€

Paste the eyes

Tie a gold string and hang. You may want to paint the toilet roll white before you start if you have the time πŸ˜€

Gold Packet Gold Fish

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Animal Crafts, Chinese New Year, Festive Crafts, Fish, Paper Crafts | Posted on 17-01-2011 | 19,240 views

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This Chinese New Year, let’s have beautiful goldfish accompanying us πŸ˜€ We’ll need only 6 red packets, oops, in this case, gold packets.

Gold Packet Gold Fish

We’ll only need two folding methods. 3 packets for each fold.

Fold both edges, leaving a small gap in the middle.

On the opposite end, fold both edges, leaving no gap in the middle.

You’ll need to fold 3 packets according to the above folding method.

Pick the part with the gap and staple so all three are attached to each other.

It should look like this.

Turn them out

See the fold line? You’ll need to cut the triangle out but do not cut on the line. Leave a little space.

Cut only one side. Leave the other untouched. Do not throw away the small triangle as you’ll need it later for the fins.

Cut the second packet. Cut only on one side too.

Cut the third packet. This time, cut both sides. You’ll now have 4 little triangles.

Fold the remaining 3 packets into half

Fold as shown above

Fold again as shown above and repeat on the other side

Fold all three packets using the above folding method.

Staple them side by side together

Place the tail in between the two packets.

Staple on one side

Staple on the other side too

Take 2 triangles

And staple as the fin

Staple the body shut

Staple as shown above

Insert your finger to puff up the fish

Take another small triangle and staple

Repeat on the other side

Staple it totally shut

Open up the tail

Cut two eyes out of white paper and draw the black eye and paste

I like to use this glass stone purchased from IKEA for the ‘fish eye’ effect.

Simply glue the glass stone onto the eyes and you are done πŸ˜€

You may also use red packets (ang bao) if you do not have gold packets πŸ™‚

Still don’t get it? Watch this video πŸ˜€

Red Packet Lucky Star Lantern

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Chinese New Year, Festive Crafts, Paper Crafts, Shapes | Posted on 15-01-2011 | 29,929 views

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We are going to make a Star out of red packets today πŸ˜€

Red Packet Lucky Star Lantern

Fold ten red packets as shown above.

It should look like a diamond from the back

Staple five diamond shape red packets to form a star.

Make two sets.

Staple the two sets together and you’ll get a lovely LUCKY star lantern.

An auspicious decor for Chinese New Year πŸ˜€ Tie a gold string so you can hang it.

Add a beautiful tassle to make your star a lovely one πŸ™‚

Ang Pow Lucky Star lantern

Origami Snake

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Animal Crafts, Origami, Paper Crafts, Snake | Posted on 14-01-2011 | 8,943 views

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Let’s make a snake today πŸ˜€


Origami Snake



Fold a square paper half



Fold half again and open.



Fold two ends to meet in the middle.



Fold again.



Open up the previous folds. With the lines as a guide, fold as shown in the picture.



Fold down.



Fold up again.



Do the same for the top.



Fold them together and you'll get your origami snake πŸ™‚


Toilet Paper Roll Orange

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Chinese New Year, Craft from Recycled Materials, Festive Crafts, Toilet Paper Roll | Posted on 12-01-2011 | 37,221 views

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Toilet Paper Roll Oranges

Cut a toilet paper roll into rings

Cut a circle out of a paper plate and paste onto the ring

Paint it orange

We did three oranges πŸ™‚

Cut a leaf out of green felt and paste on the oranges

Frame them up and they’ll be a nice wall decor this Chinese New Year πŸ˜€

Check out the rest of our Chinese New Year decor collections:

1)Β Red packet Ball Lantern

2)Β Red Packet Ancient Coin Lantern

3)Β Ang Bao Gold Fish

4)Β Lucky Star Lantern

5)Β Red Packet Toilet Paper Roll Fire Cracker

6)Β Chinese Paper Cut – SPRING

7)Β Fortune Cookie Fridge Magnet

8 )Β Red Packet Sea Shell Tree Ornament

9)Β CNY Angpow Lantern

10)Β Red Packet Fan Tree Ornament

11)Β Red Packet Fish Tree Ornament

12)Β Fingerprint Cherry Blossom

13)Β Toilet Paper Roll Orange

14)Β Chinese New Year Fan

15) Angry Bird Ang Pow Wheel of Fortune

16) Ang Pow Koi Fish

17) Personalised Ang Pow Packet

18) Angpow Carousel Lantern

19) 12pcs Angpow Lantern

20) Angpow Flower Lantern

Craft Stick Stationery Holder

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Craft Foam, Craft from Recycled Materials, Craft Stick, Crafts by Materials, Insect crafts, Ladybug, Toilet Paper Roll | Posted on 10-01-2011 | 16,039 views

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We need to eat a lot of popsicles to do this πŸ˜€

Craft stick stationery holder

Get a toilet paper roll tube, the bigger the better.

Draw a circle on a hardboard box, cut and paste.

Spread some glue

Put an elastic band in the middle and insert the craft sticks.

The band is to hold the sticks in place.

Glue the craft stick all around the toilet paper roll tube.

Tie a string around it.

And you are done. You may also add some little bugs as deco.

Chinese Paper Cut – SPRING

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Chinese New Year, Festive Crafts, Paper Crafts | Posted on 05-01-2011 | 62,975 views

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Chinese New Year is around the corner so let’s do some paper cuts today. Let’s start with the word SPRING πŸ˜€

Spring has arrived

Get a square paper

Fold half

Fold half again

Write the character Spring on the paper as shown above

Cut. Cut a small hole at the top and tie a thread through it.

We should use red or gold thread but I did the above in my working place

and so happen to be running out on those two so I made do with white πŸ™

Check out the rest of our Chinese New Year decor collections:

1)Β Red packet Ball Lantern

2)Β Red Packet Ancient Coin Lantern

3)Β Ang Bao Gold Fish

4)Β Lucky Star Lantern

5)Β Red Packet Toilet Paper Roll Fire Cracker

6)Β Chinese Paper Cut – SPRING

7)Β Fortune Cookie Fridge Magnet

8 )Β Red Packet Sea Shell Tree Ornament

9)Β Red Packet Fish Lantern

10)Β Red Packet Fan Tree Ornament

11)Β Red Packet Fish Tree Ornament

12)Β Fingerprint Cherry Blossom

13)Β Toilet Paper Roll Orange

14)Β Chinese New Year Fan

15) Angry Bird Ang Pow Wheel of Fortune

16) Ang Pow Koi Fish

17) Personalised Ang Pow Packet

18) Angpow Carousel Lantern

19) Red Packet Lantern

20) Angpow Flower Lantern

21) 12pcs Angpow Lantern

Handprint Octopus

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Animal Crafts, Fingerprint Art, Hand and Footprint Art, Octopus | Posted on 03-01-2011 | 12,911 views

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Let’s do handprinting again πŸ™‚ Remember the Octopus we did?Β  Since we are in the mood for octopus, let’s make a handprint Octopus πŸ™‚

Handprint Octopus

Paint four fingers and your palm. Stamp on a piece of paper. Paint again and stamp again so that your octopus has 8 tentacles.

Paint your fingertip white and stamp as the eyes.

Use a black marker to draw the eye balls and mouth and the octopus is done πŸ™‚

Beads – Cars

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Beads, Vehicle | Posted on 01-01-2011 | 7,571 views

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Still in the beads mood, Ethan requested for a car for each of us. That means I have to make 3 cars! OK, here goes…
Pyssla beads nicely arranged. Now all it needs is some ironing πŸ˜€
My pink car and Ethan’s blue car. Nice? πŸ˜›
He loves his brand new car. Wait till you see what I got for Darling πŸ˜€
Tah-dah!
A brand new open top Maserati! Haha… πŸ˜›
I Love U πŸ˜€