I do not know how it is with you, but in our house pencils, scissors and glue sticks lay in many different places. We have made small pen jars before, but a need for something bigger and more practical has emerged. We decided to try and make a large and luxurious organizer in a material most people have at home – milk cartons!
You need 5 milk cartons, scissors, glue, a fancy paper to cover the cartons in and a piece of ribbon to make a handle. Some clothespins can also be good to have at hand.
1. First finish off the milk and wash the cartons out properly. Cut the top of four of the cartons, but let one panel of each package remain higher.
2. Glue the high sides two and two together and then glue them together with each other. To make the organizer stable, also cut a long piece of the last carton, fold it in half and glue it straight over the high rear. Cover the organizer in a fancy paper.
3 The last, when all the glue has dried, we make two holes in the top. Use a hole punch if you have, or a sharp pair of scissors. We thread a fine ribbon through the holes and our organizer deluxe is ready to put in use!
The organizer is big enough to fit both pens and other things. The fact that it is easy to carry is a great advantage. We are very satisfied. The luxurious paper we used is Lisa Bengtsson’s pretty wallpaper ”Tillsammans blå” and the amazing coloring book is made by photographer Jenny Brandt and her husband, and it’s available here.
We continue with our series of basic tutorials. A while ago, we posted a tutorial on how to fold a fortune teller. Today it’s time to make a Pom Pom the old-fashioned way, without the help of a Pom Pom Maker. Like last time, it’s all in photos.
Easy peasy, right!
Now a question – what would you like to see next? What techniques do you want to learn and what materials do you like to see us work with? Drop us a line and we promise to do our best to fulfill your wishes.
A week ago I and I Freja got hang to with Slöjdklubben (a craft club for kids) at a family party in Hågelbyparken in Botkyrka. During the day you could ride on ponies, meet firefighters, listen to Sean Banan and Panetoz, dance, do graffiti and much, much more.
In our tent the table was set for a crafting feast and all the children got to do things that rattle and flutter, which is useful when listening to Sean Banan and Panetoz. One of the things we did was a maracas out of paper plates. It’s so easy to make and so fun to use that Freja and her friends decided to do a few more when we got home. Check it out!
You need paper plates, acrylic paint and a brush or other things to decorate with, a stapler and something to fill you with maracas. We have used pumpkin seeds, but rice or dried beans works as well. We have also used a hole punch and scraps of yarn.
1. Start by decorating your maracas. Each maracas need two plates and the girls paint theirs using acrylic paint.
2. Let the paint dry.
3. Once the paint has dried staple the plates together using the stapler. Do not forget to fill your maracas before closing it completely. You can also make holes around the plates with a punch. Then tie on scraps of yarn for extra flutter!
And now – turn on the music and the dancing! Have fun!