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Friday, January 13, 2012

Weekend D.I.Y Projects!

Happy Friday! It is time to start planning fun activities for the weekend! If you are looking for D.I.Y projects, here are a couple simple projects which you could try!

We love these Nepali ceiling hangings by Oh Happy Day!   We love how they remind us of bright and happy kites!

Firstly you will need to gather the following materials:

Tissue paper scissors, glue gun or double-sided tape, ruler, string, cardboard, stanley knife

Step 1. Cut cardboard in equilateral triangles (same length on each side). The ones shown here are 16cm on each side.

Step 2: Glue the triangle to the tissue paper leaving about 3 1/2″ of extra tissue for the fringe.

Step 3: Do the same to the other side of the cardboard.

Step 4: Cut around the triangle leaving 3 1/2″ all the way around. For the corners cut a wedge so that the paper will fall down flat on each side.

Step 5: Create a crease in the tissue so the fringe lays flat.

Step 6: With the stanley knife, cut a whole in the triangle in one corner.

Step 7: From the corner draw an imaginary line to the center of the opposite side and create another hole.

Step 8: Cut two strings of equal length. Give yourself enough room depending on where you want to place it.

Step 9: Create a knot large enough so the end won’t slip through the holes then slide them through.

Step 10: Now, measure the length of the string according to where you want to place the next triangle. I measured the spacing at 15cm, slightly smaller than the size of the triangle. Double knot it.

Step 11: Slide the next triangle onto the string but make sure you alternate stringing from the corner and flat edge of the cut holes.

Step 12: String all the triangles on until you’ve reached your desired height.

And there you have it! A beautiful decoration to hang inside your home, or use for a special event!

Or why not try this beautiful idea of dip dying biodegradable paper cups like this project we found on the Design Spounge blog?

Materials you need:
Coloured dye in your favourite colours, biodegradable paper cups in different shapes and sizes ( you can buy these from your local health food shop)

Step 1. Set up a dipping station with your different coloured dyes, line up the bowls of dye and start playing!

Here are a couple dipping technique tips: the dry creep and the wet grade. For the dry creep, dip a cup deep into the bowl of dye and let it sit a few minutes. Wait until it has achieved it’s nice first colour,then take it out and let most of the excess liquid drip off. Then set it on a tarp on the opposite side as you dipped it (if you dipped the bottom of the cup into the bowl, flip it so the opening is face down of the table or vice versa). Let it dry completely. You should get an uneven line that is slightly darker on the edge and that looks like a little landscape. Then re-dip the cup into another color, not as deep into the bowl as the first. Repeat the drying process until you have the layers you like. For the wet grade, the process is similar, just don’t let the layers dry between dipping. The wetter the cup is when you re-dip, the more fluid the color gradation will be. Once the cups are dry, they need to be sealed so the dye doesn’t run. Coat the inside and outside of our cups with a clear hairspray.

Once dry you are ready to start filling your beautiful cups with flowers!