Make a Cute Cardboard Clock

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We have made cardboard clocks on the blog before, check out our houses, balloons and clouds if you like. Making clock with cardboard faces is both fun and easy. Today we’re making a super cute clock for a little friend who loves dogs.

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You need cardboard, a picture, clockwork, scissors, glue.

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1. First, choose up a good picture of the clock face. We picked a picture we found online. There are a lot of sites that offer images to download for personal use. Cut out the picture.

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2. Put the picture on the cardboard and draw around it. Then cut the cardboard. Cardboard can be difficult to cut. The edges easily get bit scrubby. If you first cut the cardboard and then paste the image on it, the scrubby edges can be concealed.

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3. Now it’s time to mount the clockwork. Simple clockwork can be found in hobby and hardware stores and is both cheap and easy to use. Make a hole in the clock face with a sharp scissors or knife. Mount the clockwork according to the instructions provided.

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Done! You’ve now made the cutest clock ever!

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Origami advent calendar

Origami advent calendar 1 Remember our Santa calendar from last year? The templates can still be downloaded here. This year we make an advent calendar based on origami boxes.

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You need 24 origami paper or paper cut into 15×15 cm pieces. Our origami paper is from the online stores Canvas and Make & Create. You also need two paper bags, scissors and glue.

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1. First we fold the lid to the box of origami paper. The base of the box is made of 14,5×14,5 large pieces of paper bags. Paper bags are a bit heavier than origami paper and gives the box stability. The base also got a sticker as decoration. If you never folded a box before you can follow our images below…

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2. Next the boxes needs numbers. Freja drew the numbers on paper and I got to cut them out. We stuck them to the boxes with glue.

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It takes a while to get all boxes done but they turn out great, don’t you think! They are like pieces of candy on the shelf. You can keep them as they are, but we decided we wanted to put them on a piece of cardboard. We glued base to the cardboard, filled them och then added the lids.

All the boxes are nowfilled with small treasures, awaiting the first of december. Have a great weekend!

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Wooden Bead Keychain

Wood bead keyrings PB 2014Wooden beads are so much fun to work with! Today we’re making cool keychains, inspired by Helena on the blog Craft & Creativity.

Wood bead keyrings PB 2014 2You need wooden beads of various sizes, acrylic paint, elastic cord, a brush, metal rings and masking tape. If you like the wooden beads to be more durable, you also need varnish.

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1. Prepare the wooden beads by taping the parts not to be painted. Then paint with acrylic paint. The beads can be tricky to paint. Thread them on a barbecue sticks or thin chopsticks.

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2. We let our beads dry on a little homemade drying rack. Smart, don’t you think! Add a layer of varnish when the paint dries.

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3. Last, thread the beads on to the elastic cord. Our cord is thick and it was difficult to thread the beads. By using a thinner thread we managed to trick the cord through the beads. Finish the keychains off with a metal ring.

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You know you have had fun when you end ut with this many keychains!

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Everyone in the family can have their own cool keychains. Check out Helena’s pretty keychains here. More painted wooden beads can be found at JenLovesKev, Curly Birds and Willowday.