Washi Tape Lanterns – Summer Crafts

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We continue to share our simple summer crafts. Today we decorate leftover glass jars and turn them into beautiful lanterns to use through the light summer night.

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We have used empty and clean glass jars, washi tape and scissors.

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Washi tape is a Japanese paper tape made of natural fiber. It feels and works a bit like masking tape, but the big difference is that washi tape comes in all sort of patterns and colors. It is ideal to decorate our glass jars with. It is also easy to tear, which makes it extra good when crafting with kids.

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“Too much is too much. Way too much is just right.”

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The colors and patterns of the washi tape really encourage creativity – regardless of age and crafting experience. This particular day we were four happy crafters, in age between 4-45, and we all had so much fun! Needless to say we were as proud as it gets when our lanterns were lit in the evening.

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Use as much tape as you like on the outside of the jar, just make sure the tape stays in the outside. The jar, and especially the edge, gets very hot when you light a candle in it. Also remember to never leave lit candles unattended.

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Washi tape is available at most craft stores, from our friends at Make & Create, and in some large department stores. It also make a great gift from creative crafters of all ages!

Pysselbolaget in the Swedish Trend Calendar

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Sometimes we get to participate in really fun things – as in this Swedish Trend Calendar!

“The Trend Calendar is design and function in one. A pattern with a purpose.
Each code will lead you to a unique blog on the theme of trends and inspiration.
Trend Calendar 2015-2016 with the aim to inspire.”

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I By scanning the QR code in the Trend Calendar with your phone or tablet you get introduced to a new blog every week! The QR app can be downloaded for free.

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The Trend Calendar contains QR codes to a great collection of trendy and creative blogs. I don’t want to reveal too much, but Pysselbolaget is in good company with fantastic Craft & Creativity and lovely Hildas Hem, among others.

More on the The Trend Calendar can be found here!

Doodles on rocks – Summer Crafts

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Welcome back! The schools in Sweden will soon begin, but we’d like to share some simple and fun craft we made in the summer. We only brought a few craft materials with us on vacation and today we want to show what we did with some nice smooth rocks we found.

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We have used smooth white rocks we found on the beach. We are also used Poster Hobby Marker from Make & Create. Stenar3

The summer weather in Sweden have not been that good this year, but for a few days we had brilliant sunshine from a clear blue sky. On a wooden deck in the sun our rocks got decorated with patterns, large and small – and plenty of color.

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Drawing on rocks is a suitable craft for crafty people of all ages. Little Miss N, almost 4, chose carefully among her favorite colors before she decorated her rocks. The rocks make a pretty summer memory when winter comes. If you like to place the rocks outside, in the garden or on a balcony, you should give the rocks a coat of varnish. Otherwise the paint might fade after a while

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Easy and fun – don’t you think! With rocks found on the beach and some poster markers we made happy summer memories to keep for long winter days.

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