Ketupat Inspired Hari Raya Paper Craft

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Festive Crafts, Hari Raya | Posted on 14-03-2021 | 1,387 views

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Today we will be learning to make this KETUPAT inspired DIY Hari Raya greeting card. We need two different coloured paper for this project and the skill needed is weaving to get the ketupat finish.

Watch this tutorial video to see how it is done:

Easy Valentine’s Day Heart Craft Idea

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Paper Crafts, Valentine's Day | Posted on 12-02-2021 | 1,049 views

Valentine’s Day is just a couple of days away. Let’s get our kids to celebrate this day of love with this simple paper craft. All we need is some craft pipe cleaners, colour paper, a pair of scissors and glue. 

Watch this tutorial video to see how to make this fun and easy Valentine’s Day craft that you can make together with your children. 

Chinese New Year Plum Blossom Art

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Chinese New Year | Posted on 07-02-2021 | 970 views

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Today, we are going to share this simple yet amazingly beautiful Chinese New Year Plum Blossom art.

All we need is a piece of paper, some paint, a paintbrush, a toothbrush and a straw.

First, drop some black paint or ink on the paper. Use the straw to blow the ink to form branches.

Use a toothbrush to sprinkle some colour onto the paper.

You may touch up the branch that is covered by the paint splatters.

Use the back of a brush to dot petals of plum blossoms randomly on the branches.

The result is this beautiful Plum Blossom art piece that you can frame and hang on an auspicious corner of your house.

Watch this video to see how easily Little Ayden made this art. He had so much fun painting this:

30 DIY Chinese New Year Angpow Decor Ideas

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Chinese New Year, Festive Crafts, Paper Crafts | Posted on 19-01-2021 | 2,057 views

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We will be celebrating Chinese New Year of the OX in 2021. It may be a little early but here we are sharing video tutorials on how to DIY OX from CNY lucky red packets. They are really simple to make so do try it out yourselves:

ORIGAMI OX HEAD

DIY ANGPOW OX / COW

DIY CNY OX ANGPOW ORIGAMI

DIY YEAR OF THE OX ANGPOW ENVELOPE

DIY YEAR OF THE OX WALL DECOR

A whole fish is a staple for Chinese New Year celebrations as it is intended to welcome prosperity for the entire year ahead. This is the reason fish is widely used in making Chinese New Year decorations. Here are 7 tutorial videos on how to make FISH decor out of lucky red packets:

DIY ANGPOW KOI FISH ORIGAMI

DIY CNY FISH ORIGAMI

DIY ANGPOW FISH WALL DECOR

DIY ANGPOW FISH HANGING DECOR

DIY ANGPOW FISH TREE ORNAMENT

DIY 3D ANGPOW KOI FISH

DIY ANGPOW GOLDFISH

Besides fish, flowers is also a popular element in making Chinese New Year angpow decor. Here are several video tutorials on how to make red packet flowers.

DIY ANGPOW FLOWER BALL LANTERN

DIY ANGPOW FLOWER LANTERN

DIY ANGPOW FLOWER TABLE DECOR

DIY ANGPOW FLOWER LANTERN

And here are several other videos on beautiful lanterns and tree ornaments made from lucky red packets:

DIY ANGPOW LUCKY MONEY BAG ORIGAMI

DIY EASY ANGPOW LANTERN

DIY EASY ANGPOW LANTERN

DIY ANGPOW LANTERN

DIY ANGPOW LANTERN

DIY ANGPOW HOPE LANTERN

DIY ANGPOW LANTERN TREE ORNAMENT

DIY ANGPOW LANTERN TREE ORNAMENT ORIGAMI

DIY EASY ANGPOW LANTERN TREE ORNAMENT

DIY ANGPOW STAR LANTERN

DIY CNY FIRE CRACKER DECOR

DIY ANGPOW FAN

DIY ANGPOW BASKET

DIY ANGPOW ANCIENT COIN LANTERN

Snowman / Snowball Christmas Cookies

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Christmas Ideas, Festive Crafts, Snowman, YouTube tutorial | Posted on 09-12-2020 | 1,127 views

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DO YOU WANT TO BUILD A SNOWMAN?

Christmas is fast approaching. Due to the pandemic that is affecting everyone globally, some of us would not be able to get a white Christmas where we are at. Desperate times call for desperate measures. If we can’t go to a white Christmas, let’s MAKE a white Christmas!

Here’s an easy recipe to get our kids in the mood. Let them build a snowman with some snowballs and eat it too.

This is one of the simplest and delicious cookies to make for Christmas. No mixer required.

Ingredients:
1 cup plain flour
1 cup assorted nuts (Pecan, Walnut, Almond)
1/2 cup salted butter
3 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Powdered sugar

Method:

Combine flour, nuts, butter, sugar and vanilla extract
Press them together and knead until it they form a soft dough
Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes
Shape into balls and bake at 170C for 20 minutes
Roll the balls in powdered sugar while they are still warm
Let them cool for 15 minutes and roll in sugar again
To make a snowman, use condensed milk to stick chocolate chips as the eyes, carrot as the nose and chocolate rice as the mouth

Watch this tutorial video to see how simple it is to make a Snowman and Snowballs cookies:

Ghost Lollipops

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Festive Crafts, Halloween, YouTube tutorial | Posted on 30-10-2017 | 11,926 views

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It’s Halloween! Happy Halloween to all. 

We made Ghosts out of lollipops today. 

Lollipop ghosts makes a great Halloween treats. 

Here is the tutorial video on how to make this super simple Lollipop Ghosts. 

Chinese New Year Ang Pow Fish

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Animal Crafts, Chinese New Year, Festive Crafts, Fish | Posted on 03-02-2016 | 9,211 views

Remember our Ang Pow Fish decor we made back in 2010? Well, we improved it recently by adding a tail to it and it is now so much nicer.

Ang Pow Fish

Draw as shown above.

Cut accordingly.

Cut out the tail from another ang pow packet.

Paste it onto the fish.

Add googly eyes and tie a string on it and it is ready to welcome the Lunar New Year 🙂

Angpow Origami Monkey

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Animal Crafts, Chinese New Year, Festive Crafts, Monkey, Origami, Paper Crafts | Posted on 08-01-2016 | 7,546 views

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Chinese New Year is just a month away and we will be welcoming the Fire Monkey this year.

Let’s make this cute origami monkey to welcome the year of the Monkey.

Cute Angpow Origami Monkey.

For more details, please click here.

Hari Raya Greeting Card

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Festive Crafts, Hari Raya | Posted on 01-07-2015 | 6,939 views

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I just realized we have not been updating this blog since late last year. That is what Motherhood does to me. I hardly have time to craft with my kids but as the little one will be turning TWO next month, I’m sure we’ll be updating frequently as he is at the best age to be crafting with his little fingers 😀

For today, I’ll just be sharing a greeting card my elder boy did in school for the upcoming Hari Raya festival. Hari Raya AidilFitri is an important celebration by Muslims. 

DIY Hari Raya Card for kids

He made a ‘ketupat’ using crepe paper on the front of his card.

Hari Raya Craft

And wrote some festival greetings on the inside. 

Red Packet Lantern

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Chinese New Year, Festive Crafts, Toilet Paper Roll | Posted on 29-12-2014 | 11,145 views

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Chinese New Year is just one and a half month away so let’s start making CNY decorations using red packets.
red packet lantern

For this Red Packet lantern, we’ll be needing TP Rolls too for the core.

angpow lantern

Wrap the TP Roll with red craft paper.

angpow lantern diy

Using only the front part of the red packet wrapper, cut lines down leaving a cm uncut on the top and bottom part.

making own angpow lantern

Paste it on the TP Roll and decorate with dangling ornament.

red packet lantern

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

1) Red packet Ball Lantern

2) Red Packet Ancient Coin Lantern

3) Ang Bao Gold Fish

4) Lucky Star Lantern

5) Red Packet Toilet Paper Roll Fire Cracker

6) Chinese Paper Cut – SPRING

7) Fortune Cookie Fridge Magnet

8 ) Red Packet Sea Shell Tree Ornament

9) Red Packet Fish Lantern

10) Red Packet Fan Tree Ornament

11) Red Packet Fish Tree Ornament

12) Fingerprint Cherry Blossom

13) Toilet Paper Roll Orange

14) 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) Angpow Flower Lantern

Bottle Pencil Case

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Bottles, Paper Mache, Papier Mache, Teacher's Day, Vehicle | Posted on 30-05-2013 | 28,067 views

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This is a great school holiday crafts for kids. Today we will be transforming a simple plastic bottle into a cool Airplane Pencil Case.
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Papier Mache Airplane Pencil Case

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– Slit open an empty plastic bottle.
– Cut wings and tail out of old carton boxes and tape them onto the bottle
– Cut strips of old newspaper into small pieces and soak them in water
– Glue paper all over the entire bottle with the last layer being plain white paper.
– Let dry overnight

Papier Mache Aeroplane Pencil Case_3

Paint the airplane and glue a 20cm zipper around the opening.

Papier Mache Aeroplane Pencil Case_4

The Papier Mache Airplane Pencil Case is ready for your kids to show off to friends when school reopens ^_^

Yarn bowl

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Festive Crafts | Posted on 07-11-2012 | 14,517 views

The year end is coming and that only means lots and lots of celebrating and partying coming up. It’s nice to have a DIY bowl sitting on the table with some candies in it, isn’t it? Let’s make one today.

Yarn bowl

Wrap the bowl with plastic.

Dip yarn in white glue and arrange onto the bowl.

Keep repeating until you have covered almost 90% of the bowl.

Let dry, preferably overnight.

Remove plastic and the yarn bowl is ready 🙂

Halloween Paper Pumpkin

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Halloween, Paper Crafts | Posted on 30-10-2012 | 17,615 views

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Halloween is fast approaching and we hope it’s not to late to share this creation, Halloween Paper Pumpkin.

It’s a great way to decorate your house with these cute little pumpkins. Full tutorial here.

Happy Halloween!

Halloween Eye Patch

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Festive Crafts, Halloween | Posted on 17-10-2012 | 8,436 views

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We are making Halloween eye patch today.

Halloween eye patch

We’ll need a long rubber band, a white round circle, a medium blue (or any other color of your choice) and a small black circle.

Paste the blue circle onto the white circle. Then, paste the black circle onto the blue circle.

Use a fine red ink pen and draw lines on the white part of the eye.

Cut the rubber band and staple it onto a circle hard board.

Paste another round hard board to cover the staples. Paste the eye on the other side.

The Halloween Eye Patch is now ready! Boo! 😀

DIY Halloween Trick or Treat Bag

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Animal Crafts, Cat, Festive Crafts, Halloween, Paper Crafts | Posted on 16-10-2012 | 7,461 views

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Halloween is just around the corner. Let’s start preparing for ‘Trick or Treat’.

We don’t need to burn a hole in our pocket this festive season. Just DIY what we can. For this Halloween Goodie Bag, all we need is brown paper bag and black sugar paper.

DIY Halloween Trick or Treat Bag

First, draw any creepy Halloween features on the black sugar paper. Let your child cut it out. You may need to assist him/her if they are not ready to handle the scissors yet.

Apply glue to one side of the sugar paper.

Paste onto the brown bag. Decorate as you wish.

The Halloween Goodie bag is ready. You may also use brown bags with handles.

Halloween Treats: Edible SPIDER

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Halloween | Posted on 09-10-2012 | 5,823 views

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Oh yummy, yummy. It’s been a while since we last ate SPIDERS! Spiders are simply delicious come Halloween don’t you agree?

Ingredients used are Oreo biscuits, chocolate sticks and strawberry chips.

There! Delicious SPIDER for Trick or Treating! Read the step-by-step on how to make this SPIDER treats here.

Koi fish painting for kids

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Animal Crafts, Chinese New Year, Fish | Posted on 08-07-2012 | 17,449 views

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The kids painted koi fish today in the Studio. It’s super easy even a toddler can do it! 😀

Koi fish (Japanese carp) painting

I drew and cut out two templates (as shown above) for each of the kids.

Get the kids to paint the entire drawing block blue using sponge. My kid insists to paint it green as he said the water in the pond is always green!

Place the first template and start dabbing white paint over the holes in the template. Let dry.

Place the second template over the white paint and dab orange paint.

Repeat the process if you wish to have more than one fish.

Craft foam picture frame

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Craft Foam, Crafts by Materials, Father's Day, Ladybug, Mother's Day, Teacher's Day | Posted on 18-06-2012 | 7,940 views

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It’s Father’s Day today. The kids did a foam picture frame to present to their father (or mother as it is after all Parents’ Month this month)

DIY Foam Picture Frame.

You’ll need half an A4 size of coloured craft foam. Place a smaller rectangle paper in the middle of that craft foam and draw a line along it.

Cut according to the line.

Paste a sheet of plastic over the cut out hole. Stick using cellophane tape.

Paste a coloured construction paper on a piece of rectangle hard board card. Paste double layered tape as shown above.

Paste the rectangle craft foam over the hard board card. Punch two holes on the hardboard card and tie ribbon.

Decorate as you wish. I’ve always loved ladybug as I believe it brings good luck. Refer here for the foam ladybug tutorial.

The DIY foam picture frame is done!

Felt Bunny

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Animal Crafts, Crafts by Materials, Crafty Crafted Friends, Easter, Felt, Festive Crafts, Rabbit | Posted on 14-05-2012 | 5,605 views

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Michael Ann of Michael Ann Made shared with us this cute little bunny felt craft. This could be a fun craft to do with your kids who want to learn to sew by enlarging the pattern a few percent on a copy machine, and using yarn and a yarn sewing needle to stitch it together. The full tutorial and pattern can be found here.

This craft requires adult’s supervision as the use of needle is needed.

Thank you Michael Ann for this lovely sharing.

You too can share your art and craft work with us. Just click here to submit. Thank you

Crepe Paper Pencil Holder

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Animal Crafts, Bee, Craft from Recycled Materials, Crafts by Materials, Crepe Paper, Mother's Day, Toilet Paper Roll | Posted on 29-04-2012 | 9,899 views

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I’ve always loved the fine art of pottery. I wish to try pottery with the students but I can’t find a good enough clay yet.

In the meantime, remember the kids’ paper twisting project previously? Refer to it here. Let’s get them to train their ‘pottery’ skills using crepe paper instead 🙂

We will need a large toilet paper roll. Glue a cardboard at the base and let dry.

We’ll need lots of strips of crepe paper.

Twisting crepe paper is good to train the little kids’ motor skills and coordination.

Apply glue on the toilet paper roll and paste the twisted crepe paper, rolling and repeating with new strips of paper until you’ve covered the entire roll.

The kids busy with their masterpiece.

The completed crepe paper pencil holder.

The kiddo decorated it to be a colourful alien bunny ^_^

Another kid did this creative BEE!

Aren’t they beautiful? I’d be very proud to have them on my working station 🙂