Reused egg carton - Birdie ring boxes

December 20, 2008

I decided to make some silly rings for my friends as a Christmas gift, and came up with this idea for cute ring boxes. It's really, really easy and super fast, so if you still have a bunch of friends or colleagues on your list you could try this one. Also, it's so easy that kids could do it, too.

Ring boxes:

Ring boxes

Ring boxes

Owl ring box

Parrot ring box

Read the whole tutorial here: Recycled egg Styrofoam to birdie ring boxes.

Paper Ornaments And Gift Wrapping Tutorial

December 17, 2008

Yes, I have an exam tomorrow. And, yes, that's why this day is so perfect for crafting, for finally making all those things that caught my eyes on other blogs last few days. First I saw paper ornaments on Zakka life and on How About Orange again few days ago. Maybe just because of postponing the crafting my own paper ornaments I had a chance to get an idea to make a variation of earlier mentioned ones.

Here's what I've came up with:

Paper Ornament

Paper Ornament

Paper Ornament

Gift Wrapping Ribbon

Also, while making it I realized that if you do not finish the project to the end, but stop on one of the steps you can get a nice gift wrapping, as shown above.

And, here's the tutorial:
1. You'll need:
  • paper - I used two A4 papers of two different colours
  • ruler
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • glue
  • stapler (this should save your time) or thick needle and thread (but this would work too)

2. Draw your lines. I choose to have longer strips for pink one, and shorter for the vanilla one. My strips are 3,5 cm wide (about 1,4 inches).

3. Cut the strips. I got 6 pink strips, and 8 vanilla ones, but you must have the same number, so I used 6 of each.
4. Fold them into half:
5. Put the strips together in a way that you put one pink, one vanilla, one pink... :
This is how they should look:
6. Sew the strips together in the middle:
7. Glue the inner strip (if you click on the image you will see bigger one, and than you can clearly see where the glue should go):
8. Glue the outer strip (same as before):
9a. When you make just 2, 3 or 4 of them you may want to stop there, as now it makes a nice ribbon for gift wrapping:
9b. Or go all the way around until you glue them all and get this:
Final ornament is 13 cm (5 inches) in diameter.

I like how it looks different from different angles, and I'd love to play with it more, but right now I have to study :(
As soon as I get back to this, I'll post what else I've made using same technique.
I hope you liked it!

Book: Richard P. Feynman's "Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynman!"

December 16, 2008

This book is not what one usually thinks under the therm 'biography'; it's actually a collection of stories from Feynman's life as he told them. On the back cover there's a specific word used - self-portrait. Maybe that word describes the best what this book really is.

Reading about 'adventures of a curious character', told by the same funny, honest, intelligent and unpredictable person makes you feel like you're also falling into adventure with him, like you're getting to know and understand him. Finally, when I came to just four stories until the end I just stopped reading, and couldn't go any further. I couldn't just read through his entire life, close the book and say 'so, ok, that's it'. I want to, need to, have those few pages more, just to know that his story is not finished, that there's more, still.

For those who are not familiar with Richard Feynman lets say that he's a semiskilled Nobel laureate in physics. Whatever he touches he turns to gold, what ever interests him he investigates deeply and thoroughly. On one hand intelligent, innovative, hardworking, inquisitive, and on the other hand silly, honest, positive.

Possibly a great gift for persons who admire science, innovation, intelligence, good humor, and maybe even Feynman himself (you wouldn't think maybe, but there are many, big hug to ya all :).

The front cover :]

Recycled Christmas Ornaments

December 15, 2008

For this you'll need:
  • can top cover from an used can
  • something to make it nice and pretty: colors, papers, scissors, permanent markers...
  • ribbon

This is with what you begin with, and this is what you get:

You can do what ever you like to decorate your can top covers. What's cool about them is that they already have the little hook on the top, and that they're made of metal and already have nice white, golden or silver color.
I'm really not skilled in drawing or decorating, so I'm sure somebody else would do it much better.

Anyway, I hope you like it :)
If you decide to do your own I would be very happy to see them!
... And remember you've seen it first here!

You may also like to learn how to make a two-flower paper ornament:

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