Fridge Magnet : Dragon

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Animal Crafts, Chinese New Year, Festive Crafts, Fridge Magnets | Posted on 16-01-2012 | 25,359 views

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Let’s make a Dragon art today πŸ™‚

Dragon fridge magnet.Β 

Super simple and a fun craft to make. Print out a dragon head and a tail. I got the dragon head and tail template from here.

Paint them and cut when dry.

Cut a strip of paper and paste three magnets along it. Paste the strip of paper to the Dragon’s head and tail and the fridge magnet is done πŸ˜€

Gong Xi Fa Cai!

If you are looking for more simple DIY Chinese New Year decor, click hereΒ for lots and lots of Ang Pow decor tutorial.

Toilet Paper Roll Bird

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Animal Crafts, Bird, Craft from Recycled Materials, Easter, Toilet Paper Roll | Posted on 01-11-2011 | 17,972 views

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Let’s make a bird today. Not an angry bird but a cute one πŸ˜€

Toilet Paper Roll Bird

Paint a toilet paper roll any colour to your liking.

Paint your thumb white and stamp as the white eye. Paint your pointer black and stamp again as the eyeball πŸ˜€

Cut two triangles out of orange construction paper for the beak

Spread PVA glue all over the toilet roll

Now it’s the fun part – Sticking feathers onto the bird.

Instead of buying feathers from craft store, I bought a brand new feather duster and stripped the feathers from it instead. It’s much cheaper that way!

The kids with their bird πŸ˜€

Toilet Paper Roll Halloween Bat

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Animal Crafts, Bat, Craft from Recycled Materials, Festive Crafts, Halloween, Party Craft, Toilet Paper Roll | Posted on 18-10-2011 | 12,794 views

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Halloween is around the corner and it’s time to make some creepy crafts πŸ˜€

Toilet Paper Roll Halloween Bats

Cut a line through a toilet paper roll to open it.

Cut wings and two ears out of another toilet paper roll

There, the bat is already forming. Now all we need to do is paint it black.

Paint the toilet paper roll, wings and ears black

Paint your thumb white

Stamp your painted thumb on the toilet paper roll as the eyes. Paint your pointer black and stamp as the eyeball.

Glue the wings and ears

Toilet Paper Roll Halloween Bat πŸ™‚

Hungry Ghost

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Halloween, Paper Plate Crafts | Posted on 11-08-2011 | 6,877 views

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The Ghost Festival, also known as the Hungry Ghost Festival is a traditional Chinese festival celebrated by Chinese in many countries. According to the Chinese Calendar, the Hungry Ghost Festival falls on the 15th night of the seventh lunar month. It is believed, ghosts and spirits, including those of the deceased ancestors, come out from the lower realm on this day.

Are you afraid of GHOST? Taken from my Horror in Singapore Night Safari post

Keeping up with the ghostly season, we did a Hungry Ghost craft today.

I cut the edges of a paper plate so that it has sharp teeth all over

Cut a construction paper and paste the paper plate teeth on it.

Add eyes and the ghost is ready! I wanted to add splashes of red paint to make the ghost a very gory one but decided against it as I don’t wanna cause nightmares to the kids!

Toilet Paper Roll Oil Lamp

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Craft from Recycled Materials, Deepavali, Festive Crafts, Hari Raya, Toilet Paper Roll | Posted on 28-07-2011 | 15,163 views

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We are in the festive spirit and will be making oil lamp today πŸ™‚

Toilet Paper Roll Oil Lamp

Cut half a large toilet paper roll

Cut a triangle out of small toilet paper roll

Paste onto the larger toilet paper roll

Cut ‘flames’ out of coloured construction paper.

Paint the toilet paper roll inside out

Use hair dryer to expedite the drying process.Β  Click here for more of craft tips and tricks.

Paste the flame and the oil lamp is done πŸ™‚

Best Father’s Day Gift

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Cards, Father's Day, Festive Crafts, Shapes | Posted on 19-06-2011 | 6,824 views

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Ethan did a card for his Daddy today based on our Father’s Day Handprint Card.

Father’s Day Card

He drew his hand print

Paste the handprint and the heart. He wrote a message by himself.. aww…

Daddy is happy. Fully written by himself, my boy, turning four next month πŸ˜€

 

Happy Father’s Day to all daddies out there! πŸ™‚

Zippers Pencil Case

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Festive Crafts, Teacher's Day | Posted on 24-05-2011 | 7,630 views

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I received an amazing gift for Teacher’s Day recently. I was speechless when I saw it as it was simply awesome! What did I get? I got a handmade zippers pencil case.

Zippers Pencil Case (Front)

Back. The pencil case is made up of only zips sewn together!

It can be opened from any zips I like πŸ˜€

I can choose to open it from the middle too πŸ™‚

Beautiful and simply amazing! The best gift I received ever!

Handprint Heart

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Hand and Footprint Art, Mother's Day, Shapes | Posted on 15-05-2011 | 5,464 views

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The picture of a HEART is synonym to LOVE. Let’s make a handprint heart today πŸ™‚

Handprint Heart

Paint your palm red

Stamp your painted palm onto a piece of paper

Paint the other palm red

And stamp to form a heart shape

Outline the heart shape

Paint the tip of your finger with any color you like

Dot to form the letter ‘I’

He simply loves finger or hand painting πŸ˜€

Continue dotting the letter ‘U’

I <3 U πŸ˜€

Outline the ‘I’ and ‘U’

The handprint heart artwork is done πŸ˜€

St. Patrick’s Four Leaf Clover

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Craft from Recycled Materials, Crafts by Materials, Crepe Paper, Festive Crafts, Toilet Paper Roll | Posted on 17-03-2011 | 9,424 views

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It’s St. Patrick’s today and let’s celebrate by making a four leaf clover out of toilet paper roll πŸ™‚

Four Leaf Clover

You’ll need to cut the toilet paper rolls into rings. You’ll need four rings

Press and shape them until you get 4 heart rings

Paint the heart rings green

It can get pretty messy on the fingers πŸ™‚

Cut green crepe paper and paste onto a paper plate

Once the four heart rings dry, paste them onto the paper plate too.
Happy St. Patrick’s to all craftiers out there πŸ˜€

Heart Egg

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Father's Day, Festive Crafts, Food craft, Mother's Day, Shapes, Valentine's Day | Posted on 16-02-2011 | 4,561 views

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No.. not talking about heart ACHE here… but Heart Egg πŸ˜€

Heart Egg

Heat a pan and place a silicon heart mould on it

Crack an egg into the mould

Pour some water into the pan

Cover it

Remove the silicon mould and decorate as you wish πŸ˜€

We decorated ours with lots of ketchup! πŸ˜€

Toilet Paper Roll Cupid

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Craft Foam, Craft from Recycled Materials, Crafts by Materials, Festive Crafts, Pipe Cleaner, Toilet Paper Roll, Valentine's Day | Posted on 14-02-2011 | 16,124 views

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It’s Valentine’s Day today and we are making a cute cupid out of toilet paper roll πŸ™‚

Toilet Paper Roll Cupid

Paint a toilet paper roll pink

Paste eyes onto the roll. Alternatively you may dip your finger into white paint and print it as the eyes, paint black for the eyeball.

Draw the mouth

You’ll need some aluminium foil

Twist the foil until you get a strip and shape it into a wing. Repeat until you get a pair of wings

Use cellophane tape to tape the wings into place

Cut a strip of white paper and paste onto the cupid. Get some cotton and paste it too as the hair

Use pipe cleaner and craft foam and make the bow and arrow.

Glue the arrow and bow onto the cupid and you are done!

Happy Valentine’s Day y’all πŸ˜€

Valentine’s Heart Mobile

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Festive Crafts, Paper Crafts, Shapes, Valentine's Day | Posted on 09-02-2011 | 9,309 views

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Let’s make a super simple heart mobile today πŸ™‚

Valentine’s Heart Mobile

Refer to our post here and cut two hearts out of coloured construction paper. I prefer to use papers of different colours.

Cut a slit to the centre of the heart, one slit on the bottom half of the heart and the other heart on the upper half.

Slide the hearts together, top to bottom.

Tie a string or you may cut a strip of paper using craft scissors.

Valentine’s Heart Stand

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Festive Crafts, Paper Crafts, Shapes, Valentine's Day | Posted on 09-02-2011 | 10,075 views

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Let’s make a lovely heart stand today πŸ˜€

Valentine’s Heart Stand

We’ll need two hard construction paper

Cut a circle out of each construction paper. Cut a slit through in the middle end on both the paper.

Slide the paper together, top to bottom.

Cut a heart shape out of white paper. Refer to our previous post here on how to cut symmetrical paper heart.

Use crayon and colour the heart shape.

You may choose to iron the heart shape.

You’ll get stained glass effect after ironing.

Stick a thread onto the heart and glue it onto the paper stand and you’ll get a lovely Valentine’s heart stand πŸ˜€

Rabbits to usher the Chinese New Year

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Animal Crafts, Chinese New Year, Festive Crafts, Rabbit | Posted on 01-02-2011 | 11,568 views

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Chinese New Year will be celebrated on the 3rd February 2011, just a couple of days away πŸ˜€

We are getting really excited and let’s have a look at the kids making rabbit art to usher the New Year of Rabbit!

A couple of rabbits to usher the New Year of Rabbit

Look for a rabbit, preferably from your Chinese New Year greeting cards or any where and cut it out.

We got ours from Craft Haven.

Draw the outline on a drawing block

Cut out the rabbit.

Place the rabbit template onto another drawing block. Secure with masking tape.

Paint the insides of the template

Repeat on the other side or as many times according to how many rabbits you wish to have

Let dry and your rabbits are done.

You may want to finger print some cherry blossoms too.

Nice? πŸ˜€

We hung the rabbit art up at our car porch together with the lanterns πŸ˜€

Gong Xi Fa Chai to you and family πŸ˜€

Here are the list of Chinese New Year crafts we have done:
1) Red packet ancient coin lantern

2) Red packet ball lantern

3) Ang Pao Goldfish

4) Red Packet Star Lantern

5) Toilet paper roll rabbit

6) Toilet paper roll orange

7) Chinese Paper Cut – SPRING

‘8) Fingerprint Cherry Blossoms

9) Ang Pao Toilet Paper Roll Cracker

10) Red Packet Sea Shell Ornament

11) Red Packet Fish Lantern

12) Red Packet Fan Ornament

13) Red Packet Fish Ornament

14) Fortune Cookie Fridge Magnet

Red Packet Ancient Coin Lantern

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Posted by Merryn | Posted in Chinese New Year, Festive Crafts | Posted on 26-01-2011 | 21,155 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 | 29,002 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˜€

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 | 10,346 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 | 32,790 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 | 22,845 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 | 33,870 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