Art Craft Ideas

Arts and Crafts Ideas for Kids and Adults

Art Craft Ideas - Arts and Crafts Ideas for Kids and Adults

DIY Fabric Storage Boxes

Create DIY storage boxes with a few simple ideas, a little time, and a whole lot less money than you would spend at the store!

There are many creative ways of reusing cardboard, toys, cat’s cubbies, photo backgrounds and more, but this time I will show you how to make a storage box with just a piece of fabric and some glue (not only it’ll look awesome but also be stiffer and more resistant).

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You would have probably said: because it lasts longer, and it is easier to clean, and you’d be right. Even though it is so, I personally prefer using as many recycled stuff as I can. The more natural something is the happier I am. Actually there are some pros of cardboard boxes being so fragile and easy to break, namely you can have newly designed storage box each and every month!

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What you need are a pair of Scissors, Buttons, Brushes, Glue, Sewing pins, paper cutting knife, Needle and thread or a sewing machine. Get a cardboard box of an average size and a piece fabric that you’d like to cover your box with if you want to.

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Make two holes in the lid for the loop. Use a revolving punch, a hand punch or make the holes with a thick needle or awl. Thread elastic cord through the holes and tie a knot on the inside. Make the loop an inch or so, depending on how far down on the box you intend to place your button.

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Measure where you want the button to be and make two holes in the front of your box. Sew the button in place with a piece of elastic cord (or thread). Tie a knot on the inside of the box to attach the button. Put the lid on top of the box, thread the loop over the button and “lock” the box. Mix and match patterned papers and buttons as you wish. My boxes kept a theme – graphic patterns in black and white.

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DIY Paper Tassel Garland

Making party garlands & buntings is a simple pleasure of mine. Such an easy, crafty project with instant gratification (yay!) and can easily be added to your party kit for years of use. I usually have a dozen different garlands in my party kit made in a variety of colors, sizes and materials. I add a couple new garlands a year and toss the ones they are too used/crinkled.

p5Fabric garlands are perhaps the most durable but may take a bit longer to make (and require a sewing machine). Another option is felt, such as the felt “paper chain” garland above that was made using felt & a glue gun.

A gorgeous idea for an outdoor party, wedding or draped around the house any time just because. Made from a mixture of tissue paper and regular green paper. Tassel garlands are a huge party trend. It’s easy to make your own with some tissue paper or sparkling mylar, scissors and string.

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To make one, fold a piece of tissue paper in half and in half the other way. Cut strips towards the fold to create fringe, leaving about 1 inch uncut at the fold line. Once all strips are cut, unfold the tissue and cut in half so you have 2 sheets with fringe (to make 2 tassels). Unfold tissue paper. Begin rolling tightly down the middle crease. Continue rolling, fold in half and then twist to create a loop for hanging.

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DIY Handmade Cellophane / Glass Paper Lantern

Chinese Moon Festival is traditionally celebrated on the fifteenth day of the eighth lunisolar month (see Mid-Autumn Festival Dates). The Mid-autumn festival is the second most important festival after the Spring Festival to Chinese people. Every year, when the festival comes people go home from every corner of the country and the world to meet their family and have dinner with them, admire the full moon and eat mooncakes.

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Chinese people believe a full moon is a symbol of peace, prosperity, and family reunion. On Mid-Autumn Festival night the moon is supposed to be the brightest and fullest, which is why the festival is also known as the”Day of Reunion” and the “Moon Festival”It is Mid-Autumn Festival and a nice activity to do with the children is to make your own lantern. One of my fondest childhood memories were of coloured lanterns during the Mid-Autumn Festival.

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To make the lantern, what you will need would be craft wire to make the frame, coloured cellophane paper, glue, scissors, acrylic paint and brushes.  You can bend the wires according to your desired pattern.

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Handmade Cellophane / Glass Paper Lantern is a sunset industry due to the tediousness and the skill needed to produce it. Not many youngsters are interested to learn and inherit the skill because it can’t make them a living.

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