Groovy Flower Packing Tape Bookmark
A cute little bookmark for you to make! The materials are mostly just office supplies, and the most important skill is a bit of patience! First the video version, or scroll down a bit for the still pictures and words version. Have fun!
You will need:
Card stock weight colored paper (I just used index cards)
Embroidery floss or ribbon (if desired)
Grab your paper and punch a bunch of holes! It's easiest if you have a little container to catch the dots.
Tear or cut a piece of packing tape, a little longer than about six inches. Or so. It's your bookmark, you can make it as long or short as you want! Place it on your work surface, sticky side up. Fold a bit of the sticky side down to secure it.
Using the tweezers, place the paper dots on the tape to make the grass and stem.
Now start making the flower! Start with the center, and then place the dots in circles around it
Continue adding dots in alternating colors.
Use green dots to add leaves. Cut another piece of packing tape and press it down on your flower and smooth it out. (I find it works best if you cut it a little bit longer than your base piece, and then try to match up the sides as close as you can manage. Pull up from your work surface and trim the top and bottom.
Punch a hole in the top and add a ribbon or other cord with a lark's head knot. All finished! Now go find a good book to read so you can use your new bookmark! My current favorites are the Newsflesh Trilogy by Mira Grant, The Hollow Ones and A Wizard's Guide to Defensive Baking by T. Kingfisher, Space Opera by Cat Valente, and the Brothers Sinister series by Courtney Milan. I've also revisited Mind of my Mind by Octavia Butler recently, and am planning to start in on Parable of the Sower soon!
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No-Sew Fashion Doll Tutu
How to make a fun tutu for your fashion dolls! You can easily adjust it to the doll, so this will work for different types and sizes! Video tutorial first, or scroll down for the still pictures with words version.
Step One: Cut a piece of elastic and tie it around the doll's waist in a loop with a square knot. Make sure it fits the doll snugly, but you can still take it off and put it on the doll. Put a dot of Fray Check or clear nail polish on the knot to secure it.
Step Two: Cut a bunch of strips of the tulle, about one inch wide. The length will depend on the length of the tutu you want and also the height of the doll. You want them about the right length for the tutu when folded in half. The amount of strips you need will also depend on the size of the doll, and how floofy you want the tutu to be! These do not have to be uniform in size, making them a bit different adds interest and texture to the tutu! (And you will be trimming them up in the last step, so it's better to make them a bit too long and then cut them shorter.)
Step Three: Tie the tulle strips to the elastic waist band using a lark's head knot.
Step Four: Continue tying tulle strips around elastic band until it is covered.
Step Five: Put tutu on the doll, trim and scrunch it until you are happy with the shape!
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Squish and squoosh and squeeze! Make some fun homemade kinetic sand! Video tutorial first, scroll down for the still pictures and words version.
Dump ingredients in bowl, stir until well mixed. Add more oil a little bit at a time if needed. This recipe can easily scaled up or down if you want more or less, it's basically one part flour to four parts sand, add oil a little at a time until you are happy with the texture and how much it holds together. Happy squishing!
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