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Ribbon roses

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This craft may be already known by some people. I learned how to make it using the ribbon I wore when I was at school =)

We can use either fabric or paper ribbon, although the last one is harder to shape and can break at some point.

The sequence of pictures shows how to make ribbon roses. The length of the ribbon will depend on how complex we want to make our rose look, and the width will depend on how big we want the final result to be.

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To finish the flower we must fix both ends of the ribbon. We can either sew them, glue them, or make a knot.

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A different lamp

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I made this craft six years ago. I was about to leave my parents’ home to start university, and I wanted something to decorate my new room. I had some weird idea that after talking to the family’s handyman started looking more feasible. It took several days of work and we had to solve some unexpected problems, but the result was pretty similar to the original idea:

Lámpara papel maché

I used the following materials:
1) An old plastic mug (one that you don’t like too much…)
2) Wire
3) Newspapers, kitchen paper, liquid glue, water, a brush and a container (for making papier mache)
4) A glass sphere or similar element (the idea started when I saw the egg-shaped glass globe at home). As our handyman said, this was the bulb of a lamp from a street lamp post, something that can be found at waste recycling centers. First, we’ll have to remove the metallic base using an emery, and then carefully remove the white powder that covers the inner side of the globe.
5) Glass paint, and tempera or acrylics.
6) A bulb and some electric cables.

First of all, we remove the mug handle. Then we use the wire around the mug to shape the arms and legs of the lamp. We use newspaper balls to add volume to the wire structure. After that, we make the papier mache mix and start applying it with pieces of newspaper to the structure. At this step it may all seem chaotic and about to collapse, but don’t lose hope!

This step requires some patience, and we may need some days to apply several layers of papier mache, since each layer should be dry before applying a new one. We should keep an eye on the shape of the arms that will hold the glass globe, since they may go out of shape. To avoid that, we can try periodically to fit the glass globe in the structure and thus correct any deformation before it turns permanent. When working with papier mache, I always start using newspaper that is a tough material and makes the structure strong, and finish using kitchen or toilet paper that is soft and allows making little details and getting a smooth finishing touch.

While the papier mache is drying, we can dye the glass globe. We decided to do it in the inside to make it easier to clean the lamp once it was finished. To get an even result we can put some paint inside the globe and start spinning it so the paint can cover all the surface. If there’s too much paint we can just let the excess drop out of the globe. We let it dry and repeat the process several times, since the paint is quite light.

When the papier mache is dry, we can paint and decorate it.

Now if we are not very skilled on electrical works we can ask (as I did) for some help to install the bulb and the electric cables. It is important to choose an energy-efficient (we want our lamp to be as “green” as possible) long light bulb, so that it fits in the base of the glass globe.

And finally, we only need to find a nice place for our new lamp. Maybe we won’t be able to use it for reading at bed, but it will provide a soft light that will make our room look very cozy =)

Lámpara 2 @

Unfortunately, and even using a special packaging for it, after five years of using and moving it to different homes the glass globe cracked. We took it to the emergency room and now it seems healthy, although it cannot travel any more. We’ll keep it well protected and stored until we find a definitive place for it.

Paper wallets

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This craft was in fashion some years ago. I remember making little purses out of plastified comic pages, sewing them with coloured cotton thread. We sold it at school to get some money for our study travel =)

Here I show one of the wallets I have been making since I learned the technique. Sometimes we look for something that fits in our pocket, that is not very thick…the best solution: DIY!
The wallet is made using images downloaded from the Internet. For the inside I have used both printed frames and newspaper. This time I did not include a purse for the coins, since the wallet was only intended for holding cards and bills. If we’d like to include a purse, we’d just put the card holders in one side, and sew a little bag with a cover that can be held close with velcro in the other side. In the inside of the card “pockets” we can cut a little window that allows us to see easily what is in the inside.

Cartera walle cerrada @

Cartera walle abierta @

As a big version of the idea I made some classifying folders for my notes. The first one had plastic bags, and the second one cardboard sheets to separate compartments. They look pretty old now but still work nicely. And since they were designed by me, they are unique =)

Dardo awards

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Last week I received a message from a blogger that said she liked my blog and she had decided to give me a “Dardo” award. Me and 14 more blogs were given that award. It was a great piece of news, and now I have the responsibility of giving 15 more Dardo awards.

What does a winner have to do when receiving this prize? See the steps below:

1st) Put the image of the awards on a visible place in his/her own blog:

2nd) Name and put the link of the blog that gave the award to you. In my case, she was Lena, the author of the following blog:  http://sweetartesania.wordpress.com/

3rd) Award 15 blogs you find creative and original. This can be a tough choice; in fact it took me one week to take a look to my favorite blogs and decide. Finally, here are the links to the ones I chose. Everybody should take a look at them, they are really nice. Most of them are Spanish blogs, as I am Spaniard and was given the prize by a Spanish blog, but I decided to give the award to four non-Spanish blogs because I really find them nice and interesting, and I’m sure you will enjoy them =)
http://elesconditedelaarana.blogspot.com.es/
http://teaonthemoon.blogspot.com.es/
http://decoradecora.blogspot.com.es/
http://brisareutiliza.blogspot.com.es/
http://decolores-orquidea.blogspot.com.es/
http://www.zapaburu.com/
http://www.x4duros.com/
http://readapta2.blogspot.com.es/
http://amigurumies.blogspot.com.es/
http://elmundodelreciclaje.blogspot.com.es/
http://mygurumi.blogspot.com.es/
http://goodknits.com/blog/
http://colormekatie.blogspot.com.es/
http://bluevelvetchair.blogspot.com.es/
http://yellowpinkandsparkly.blogspot.com.es/
Congratulations to all the winners!!! I hope you enjoy the “Dardo experience” as much as I did.
Best wishes,
Nelumbonita.

Foam rubber brooch

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We describe here an example of an easy craft you can make with some of those material leftovers that usually end up in a drawer waiting for a new opportunity 😉

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In this case we need:
– White (or other color) foam rubber. We can find sheets of different sizes of this material in stationery stores.
– Butterfly stickers, or some other contrasting color foam rubber piece, that we can cut into the desired shape.
Glitter glue. The final outcome will depend on the surface where we apply it. It’s very important to let it dry for at least 4 or 5 hours.
– Small bells. You can find them in a dollar-store/pound shop. They are really useful for adding a touch of color into different crafts.
– Brooch base.
– Sewing thread, for joining the brooch and the brooch base together.

A good tip when doing this craft is to use the butterfly sticker to hide the joint of the brooch and the base.

The one we show here is just a model, but it also works very well in other colors!

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