I did quite a bit of sewing these days. I made two felt fruit hairbands for Jen’s girls, a flattened felt lizard bookmark for SH and sewed two items which are going to be birthday gifts for a little friend. It’s fun learning new sewing techniques like different type of hand stitches, free style sewing etc through these little projects. The birthday presents will not be revealed until after the birthday, hoho, so here are photos of the fruit hairbands and felt lizard.
Hey! From now onwards, I’m going to share all my DIY tutorials at my new blog, ftashion. For our Autumn September theme, I made a bib necklace inspired by the beautiful autumn foliages. Here’s how it looks like:
Here’s a step-by-step tutorial for the fan flower (right in the photo)!
You will need the following materials:
P.S. The strip of coloured paper is approximately 8cm by 24cm. You can change the breadth of the strip if you prefer a bigger or smaller fan flower. The length should be 2 – 3 times longer than the breadth.
P.P.S. I didn’t use the small lime green felt flower eventually. It didn’t go well with the colour of the fan flower.
Step 1 (optional): Use a border craft punch to create the patterns along the longer sides of the paper. Alternatively, you can use a decorative edge scissors.
Step 2: Fold over and under, working your way down the length of the paper and leaving around 1.5cm between each fold. The result is an accordion-like pleat of folds.
Step 3: Fold the pleated strip of paper into half and join one end with double sided tape.
Step 4: Open up the fan into a circle and join the other end with double sided tape.
Step 5: Using a glue, stick a paper flower and an ivory button to the centre of the circular fan.
Step 6 – 7: Fold a small piece of green paper into half and draw a leaf on one side. Drawing a leafstalk will be helpful when attaching the leaf to the stick/stem later. Cut it out and when you open up the paper, you will get two leaves connected by the thin leafstalk in the centre.
Step 8: Place the stick on the leafstalk and then paste the two leaves together by folding them around the stick. TIP: Do not position the leaves too near the top end of the stick. The space should be bigger than your fan flower. Wrap the stick with floral tape.
Step 9 – 11: Fasten the stick to the back of the fan flower with tape. Cover the unsightly tape with a green circle. The fan paper flower is completed!
A final note:
- Avoid using thick papers for the fan flower. It will be really difficult to fold a thick strip of paper into pleats.
- Have fun creating different decorative borders, using papers of different colour and design and matching different buttons or paper flowers to your fan flower! I made some fan paper flowers for my friend and you can check out the post here for more ideas. =D
My Swedish friend, Åsa invited us to her place for dinner last night. Dinner was fabulous but I’m going to leave that for another post!
We didn’t know what to get as a gift and I thought maybe I could make something for her. So I made some fan paper flowers and arranged them together in a pot. Here’s the finished product!
I really like the vibrant colours of the flowers and they brighten up a room instantly. I hope my friend will like the gift!
Update: You can check out the tutorial for making the fan flower here!
I made some paper flowers some time back!
Alright, I confess, it’s two months back, to be that specific. Sometimes we have this lingering, nagging feeling on things we haven’t done (and when I really should do them). Yeah, so here I am now, blogging about this handicraft project after two months.
Fresh flowers simply don’t survive at my place and that was my inspiration for making these paper flowers! They will stay pretty all year round!
Step 1 – 2: Measure and draw out the shape in the picture. It’s made up of one equilateral triangle (length of each side is 5 cm) and 3 semi-circles (radius is 2.5 cm). You can change the size of the triangle and semi-circles to your preference. It will alter the size of your lantern flower. Cut out the shape.
Step 3-4: Using the cut-out shape as the stencil, duplicate it 13 times. Cut all of 13 pieces out. You will have 14 pieces of the shape in all. 14 is not a magic number! In fact, you can play around with the number of the cut-out pieces and this will alter the shape of the lantern flower.
Step 5 – 6: Fold along the sides of the triangle. Paste one semi-circle to another and repeat until they form a ball. There is no one right way to stick them together, so have fun experimenting with the shape of the flower.
Step 7 – 8: Fold a small piece of green paper into half and draw a leaf on one side. Drawing a leafstalk will be helpful when attaching the leaf to the stick/stem later. Cut it out and when you open up the paper, you will get two leaves connected by the thin leafstalk in the centre.
Step 9 – 10: Place the stick on the leafstalk and then paste the two leaves together by folding them around the stick. TIP: Do not position the leaves too near the top end of the stick. The space should be bigger than your lantern flower. Wrap the stick with floral tape. Lastly, put the stick through the lantern flower and it’s completed!
This lantern flower reminded me of the red packets chinese lantern I used to make in SG during Chinese New Year. Hope you guys will give this project a shot and let me know how it goes! I will be back for the tutorial for the fan flower.
Probably I’m excited that spring is coming and I decided to do a fresh spring makeover for my ikea mirror! I gave it a white base coat first and then coated it with olive green paint twice. Decorating the mirror is quick (just an hour) and here are the materials I used.
I lined the border of the mirror with the lace ribbon. Then I overlapped the paper petals randomly, added a button to each flower, arranged them at two corners of the mirror and finally fixed them with the glue. And ta-daa!
I’m pleased with how the mirror turned out: fresh but not too girlish and how it livens up my makeup corner. This can be a simple and fun project to do with your children at home. I’m going to do a mirror makeover with my friend and her 5 years old daughter. The mirror is going to be in the little girl’s room in SG. =D
I am going around saving all the furnitures that SH wants to throw away. LOL. This time, I saved an old shoe rack which was also left behind by the previous owner. It’s a pity that I cannot finish painting the rack though. I wanted the white parts of the rack (see picture) to be yellow. However, while painting the rack, I developed rashes all over my body (even my face!). It might be an allergy to old wood I guess and I had to stop painting it. So well, here’s the unfinished product:
I thought that painting the last chair would be a breeze. I mean it’s the third time I’m doing this right? On the contrary, it was the most challenging painting the last chair!
First, we couldn’t decide on the colour. Blue and orange were my initial choice, but I wasn’t really sure how the two colours will look together. To visualize the combination, I painted some parts of the chair blue and orange. But the colours didn’t turn out great and I painted the chair white again. Then I remembered I had some red paint left (they were meant for the second chair) so why not do a red, blue and white chair? I told SH about my new choice of colours and he gave me the idea of using the American flag as the inspiration! =D
The painting process was smooth until the last bit. As I removed the masking tapes, some of red and white paint came off with them. I had to do retouching for the red and white stripes which were the most difficult part of the chair to paint.
But having said all these, I felt the greatest sense of achievement when the chair is completed! Probably because it’s the last chair and the most challenging to paint of all. Here’s how the last chair looks like:
Which is your fav? The green, pink or blue chair?
SH is dying to throw the old shoe racks away. So I guess you will see my post on saving the shoe rack pretty soon! =D
It took me a much longer time to paint this second chair. The chair was painted in red and yellow initially. SH came home that night and commented that the chair reminded him of Macdonalds. Hehe I thought it looked more like a chair from some Chinese temple. I finally convinced myself that the red and yellow combination was really awful and I should repaint it. The red parts of the chair was painted pink. Here’s how the second chair looks like now:
The previous owner of our place left behind 3 wooden chairs. SH hated the colour and design and wanted to throw them away. Well I thought that they looked boring and old too. But I want to keep them as they are really useful when we have guests. So I made a deal with SH: Let me repaint the chairs. If they turn out better, we’ll keep them!
Here’s how the first chair turn out:
It took me around 8 hours to paint the chair and I had paint on my hands and hair. But I had fun! I think I convinced SH to keep the first chair and to join me in saving the second chair!