Random Paper Craft

Alright, so, the other night (about two weeks ago) Chris and I watched Big Brother (obviously) and then Rookie Blue came on… which Chris loves, and I am jsut getting into now that it comes on after Big Brother and it’s on the T.V. I had that late night-prebedtime energy rush and my eyes shifted from the T.V. down to the ugly Kinect box that we have been using as a stand for the Kinect and I decided to do something about it…

I went into the spare-room immediately and pulled out my dollar store package of craft paper. Then came the scissors, glue, and tape. I didn’t know what I was going to do exactly but I had the necessary tools to do it.

I started by wraping the front half of the box with black paper, which proved much more difficult than I thought it would be because of the way that the box opens. Then I cut a bunch of colours into strips and weaved them, then attached it to the front…. It’s not as long as the box, but I don’t really care, this make-shift stand is jsut until I find something a bit more sound. 

This is how it turned out, pretty cute for a last second – late night – 10 minute project. I must say.

While the paper and glue were still out I tackled one of the things on my “List of things to do this Summer”… and made a paper garland. I would LOVE to give credit where it is due and tell you the blog I found this on, but I can’t remember what it is… and if you google Paper garland, you get 1,910,000 results. Sorry!

I actually love the crappy dollarstore coloured paper for this, I think it looks kinda nice all faded like.

This is how I have it on my media stand right now, next to the Kinect box I covered.

Then, one last thing I did with some scrap paper before going to bed was make this paper ring. I learnt this a long time ago, in girl guides or something, I think in the fifth grade…

Here is a website with good, clear instructions on how to make your own. I suggest using better paper than construction paper, since it gets pretty difficult to fold if you use construction paper. I remember making them out of old wrapping paper. Maybe it was sixth grade? I don’t remember.

Well, that was my hour of craftyness. But it did spark something in my mind to get on top of my list of things do to this summer, since summer is almost over.

By the way… For anyone living in Toronto, or the surrounding area… Next weekend at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre is Fan Expo Canada from August 25-28th. It’s the first time that Fan Expo has been four days in Toronto- since last year was SO successful, and people were lined up around 2 blocks to get in, they extended it. I HIGLY suggest that EVERYONE go, and come see the Blockheadz stand, we are going to be located right by the DC area of FanExpo. Say that you came to see Veronica and I’ll give you a deal.

Blockheadz are personalized 3D charicatures. Get yourself, your friends or family made into Blockheadz for birthdays or christmas. PicK up one of our MANY Fan Art collectable pieces, or order your favorite character.

Check out Fan Expo Canada’s Website: http://www.fanexpocanada.com/

OR, even better, Check out Blockheadz website: http://www.ghotigod.com/
OR EVEN BETTER THAN THAT, ‘Like’ Blockheadz on Facebook at ‘Are you a Blockhead… I am’… go, do it… NOW.

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DIY Bow Belt

Obviously this is not food, which means it must be something from my list of things to do this summer. I made this almost 2 weeks ago, and am just getting to posting it now… I am really behind on blogging for mulitple reasons, work, placement, a trip to visit home, and now (even though I am dieing from a sore throat) I have decided to try and catch up. One benefit to catching up, I didn;t make many cool meals or do anything worthy of being blogged so this should go pretty quickly.

Sooooo, the other week I made a bow belt from scratch. I got the instructions from ‘Momtastic: Canada”, which I found on craftgawker- foodgawker and craftgawker have become two of my favorite websites.

Want to make your own Bow Belt? Follow this link to find really clear easy-to-follow instructions: http://www.momtastic.com/home-and-living/features/113787-diy-bow-belt

This should have taken me 20 minutes max, but OH YEAH, I had to do it by hand because my sewing machine is not working right now…. so it took quite a bit longer than that. Also, doing it by hand meant that the sewing lines weren’t very straight, so the end product is not as clean and nice as I wanted it to be, but my my first time I’m proud of it,

I did something pretty silly while making the belt. I put the first snap on backwards, but didn’t realize until I was at this point^^ so I had to undo everything to flip the first clasp. THEN, after undoing it fixing the snap nad redoing it all, I put the second snap on the WRONG SIDE OF THE BELT! At this point, I was tired and sick of sewing by hand, so I went to bed. The next morning I redid the second clasp, put it on the right side, and finished the first piece of the belt.

The second and third pieces of the belt (which make the bow) took me about 30 minutes, would have been 5 minutes if I had a sewing machine, and the belt was finished!!

I have since taking these pictures, tightened the material that is the middle of the bow so it looks more defined. I haven’t had a chance to actually wear the belt, but it looks really cute in my closet 🙂 ❤

Origami Stars

I have been slacking on posting, I know, but hopefully I can get back on track now.

One of the things on my list for the summer was to make an origami star table topper- so that is what I did last week. It didn’t take as long as I thought it would. I split it up, I made about 30 stars one day, 30 the next day, and about 50 the last day. I only had to make them for about an hour a day (including getting everything together, cutting the strips out, folding them all, and popping them into stars)

These are the strips and three different stages: the first tie in the paper, the middle of wrapping it, and the un-popped star.

These are some of the stars all finished.

This is kind-of the finished project… not all the stars are there, I made about 50 more stars so the bowl is much more full.

I am not using this as a table topper… I just stuck it on the shelving unit in the bathroom 🙂 It brings some colour to the room.

One of the best things about this project- it was CHEAP! The glass bowl I got at Walmart for $1.97 (CNDN- obviously), and the stars are made out of 10 sheets of construction paper… which came from a 200 pack of construction paper I got for a dollar at the dollar store =D

Paper Bead Necklace

This is a post about one of my ‘Things to do this summer’… Make a Paper Bead Necklace. I found the instructions at http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/2HtnEx/au.lifestyle.yahoo.com/better-homes-gardens/better-blogs/article/-/6949252/make-your-own-paper-bead-jewellery

HOLY TIME CONSUMING! I made my list of things to do this summer in order to keep myself busy in the small town of Copper Cliff, and this one really stuck to that… it took a long time!

It took about an hour and a half to cut all of these out. I was originally going to 6 colours, finished my first piece of paper and decided against that right away! My hand was killing by the end of the second colour, and by the end of the third I wanted nothing to do with it anymore, so I let them sit over night.

When I cared enough to give the paper beads any attention, mainly just to get them off my media table, I set up a work station in the middle of the living room so that I could still see the Food Network. Pretty much the only thing I ever have on TV- I have it on right now, Iron Chef 🙂

The beginnings of the beads, I eventually got into a groove and finished all of the beads in an hour.

These are just some of the beads in a bowl. It was at about this time that I realized the paper I was using to make my beads was too thin. The beads all looked the same because the paper was too thin to form into various shapes, even though I had spent so long cutting out the different shapes. I am not letting this bug me as much as it wants to… I still have a cute necklace, and that`s what matters 🙂

This is the finished product wrapped around my wrist a few times as a bracelet. I did not spray them with the gloss varnish spray… but because the paper is so thin, they have stayed together with the glue.

Finito. All finished, check this off my list and move on… This week I am making origami stars and and bow belt.

My attempt at Professional Photography

This in one of the things on my list of Things To Do This Summer. I’v been chosing which ones to do by using a random number generator… and this is one of the one’s that came up for this week 🙂

I came across this method of taking professional pictures on Stumble Upon, but it’s actually from the blog ‘Handmadeology’

My pictures didn’t turn out as well as they do on the original blog, but meh- I tried.

In the instructions they said to put the paper on a window and push a table up to the window… I live in a half underground apartment, so tables don’t reach windows. I improvized, pretty clever eh?

My pictures didn’t work out so well. But, it was a fun little project. I chose my perfume and body spray because they were small enough that I didn’t get pictures of the edge of the stool. I think they would have turned out better if I could get a better reflection of the light from the piece of tin foil/cardboard paper I was using… but oh well!

The PINK body spray made better pictures, but still not as good as I would have liked them.

I’m not sure if I’ll try this again, but it was fun playing around with the items, angles, and lighting for a while 🙂