Paper Fan Christmas Decorations

Paper fan decorations

Today we’re making things with comic book pages again! We think that the comic book colors works really well for Christmas, but you can use paper of your own choice.

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You need paper, scissors, glue and buttons.

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rst cut an oblong piece of paper. The paper should be at least twice as long as it is wide. Fold the paper in the length of the paper. Pinch the folded pack in the middle and fold it in half. Glue the short sides together. Cut a circle in any paper and paste it and a button on top of the paper fan. Once the glue has dried, turn the fan over and paste a paper circle and a button on the other side as well.

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Paper fans can also be used to decorate Christmas gifts with. Our paper fan Christmas decorations will be hanging on our Christmas tree along with the woven paper hearts we made last week. We hope you like our comic book decorations! Next week there will be more.

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Washi Tape Candle Holder

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If you visit a flea market in Sweden you are very likely to find a Guldkroken candle holder. Cheap. We bought one for a handful of coins, and we love it. It’s pretty the way it is, but we want to give it a little color.

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We use a candle holder in porcelain, scissors and washi tape. We also use three metal candle cases and contact glue.

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Washi tape is a Japanese paper tape made of natural fiber. It’s a bit like masking tape, but the big difference is the range of designs and colors. We have chosen to work with red and pink colors this time. Freja cuts triangles and attaches them to the candle holder.

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The holes for the candles on our candle holder are full of stains from previous candles and we can’t remove all the paint residues. We cover the holes with metal candle cases.

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The candle case also gives the candle holder be a tougher look, don’t you think? If you, for any reason, want to change your design the washi tape is really easy to remove. If you instead want to keep your design forever you must conceal the tape with a lacquer. We’re sure we want to make a new design next year. Our candle holder is now done.

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The winter darkness has Sweden in a firm grip. We make the most of the season and light candles every night. Visit Helena at the Craft & Creativity if you want more tips on how to decorate a similar flea market find.

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Spray Paint with kids

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Those of you who follow us know that we use spray paint on a regular basis. Using spray paint is an easy way to turn old and worn things into new and useful. Spray paint is easy to use and covers most surfaces but the regular spray paint is also dangerous, both for those using it and for the environment. Protective mask is recommended because the vapors can cause headache, fatigue, dizziness and nausea. Gloves are recommended since the contact with the skin color may cause redness, irritation and dry skin. But even the cans are dangerous. They are classified as extremely flammable and can explode in case of a fire – and yet we use it…

We use spray paint is because it’s outstanding when it comes to transforming old to new. I want to encourage my children to keep and redo, to reduce and recycle. A coat of spray paint and old toys, cans and furniture are like new again.

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I am therefore excited to see new water based spray paints on the market. Finally. On Highlights I found a favorite, Montana, in the new water based version. I have also seen other brands in other stores, and it makes me happy.

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We are still cautious when we use spray paint. We always read the instructions carefully, and encourage you to do the same, and we always use the paint outdoors. Remember that the even the water based paint is difficult to remove once it’s dry, but fresh stains can be removed with just soap and water during the first 20 – 25 minutes. Our painted goods are still left to dry and ventilate outside before we take them in, but the water based paint is it’s virtually odor less! Love it!

Here are some of the successful projects we have made using spray paint. Many of them are in use on a daily basis. Recycling at its best, don’t you think?

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Toy lamp / Tooth Fariy Jars / One more toy lamp / Animal rack / Sweet jars

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