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Masquerade Mask!

In this post, I’ll teach you how to make your own masquerade mask! I’m going to a Venetian masquerade ball in a few days time, so I thought I’d make my own mask! Its so hard to find affordable masks that look just right with your dress/suit.

You will need:
– A white paper mask
– Paint (in the color you want your mask to be)
– Paintbrush
– Sequins (if you can find some in a string already, they’re best)
– Superglue
– Sellotape
– A thin metal/wooden rod
– A selection of beads
– Two large feathers in the color of your choice

Firstly, cut the mask so its the right shape for your face, then paint both sides of the mask. Once the paint has dried, carefully superglue the sequins all around the edges of the mask (including around the eyes). Where the loop ends, add extra superglue to ensure it doesn’t unravel.

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Now, superglue the two feathers on one side of the mask. Like so:

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Grab the thin metal/wooden rod and place a bead on one end. Put a blob of superglue on the end to make sure the bead stays in place. Once the glue has dried, continue filling the rod up with beads until an inch from the end. Now, superglue or tape the rod to the bottom of the mask. If you tape it on, make sure you paint over it so it doesn’t look ugly.

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Now you’re done! Easy, huh? You can paint designs on the front if you like, but I decided to keep mine simple.

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Yin Yang booklet!

This booklet is two halves of a Yin Yang symbol, and they fit together like a puzzle!

You will need:
– 3 pieces of black paper (A4)
– 3 pieces of white paper (A4)
– Scissors
– Pencil
– Stapler and glue

Firstly, fold all the pages in half and cut out 6 black circles, and 6 white circles. Make sure they’re all exactly the same size. Keep the rest of the paper to one side.
Then, draw an s-like shape down the middle of each circle, like so:

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Cut along the lines you’ve just drawn. Now, sort the shapes into piles of black and white. Each bit of paper should look like a distorted teardrop.
Now, staple or glue each bit of the same color paper along the side of its bulge. Like so:

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Next, cut out two small rectangles out of paper (one of each color). Glue them inside one of the opposite colored pieces of paper, and vice versa. Like so:

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Lastly, glue a white circle on each side of the black ‘teardrop’, and a black circle on each side of the white ‘teardrop’

Ta da!

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Rose Pen!

This rose pen is adorable! Perfect for a mother’s day gift, or just a unique way to pimp your stationary!

You will need:
– 1 pen (preferably a plastic one, or a bic one)
– 1 fake flower with a stem of 5cm or more
– black tape

Start by placing the end of the tape on the bottom of the pen at a slight angle, like so:

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Next, wrap the tape around the pen until you reach a stem’s length from the end (e.g, my flower’s stem is 7cm, so I’ll stop that far from the top). Like so:

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Then, hold the stem against the pen, and continue taping all the way up to the top. This will hold the flower in place, like so:

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Ta da! Thats it! You’re done.

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Paper Plane Hanging Decoration!

In this post I’ll teach you how to make a paper plane hanging decoration!

You will need:
– 12 pieces of A4 paper (If you don’t have that much, or if you want to make a mini version, grab three pieces and cut them into quarters.)
– Scissors
– String or transparent fishing line
– Needle or sharp object to poke a hole through the paper with
– Space to hang it up!

Firstly, fold the pieces of paper into 12 separate paper planes.
Instructions below:

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Then, cut the string to the length you want your hanging decoration to be (my mini version is a metre).

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Divide the paper planes into groups of four, and lie one of the groups out in front of you (leave the rest aside for now).

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Thread the needle.
Grab one of the paper planes, turn it over so its facing bottom up, and push the threaded needle in about 1cm from the end.

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Pull the string through until there’s a ‘tail’ of about 20cm hanging off the end.
Next, push the needle in about 1cm from the other end of the paper plane, and pull the string taut.

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Do this with the other three planes, and then take the needle off the end of the string. You should now have a trail of paper planes!

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Now you need to do the same thing twice more (one for each set of four). You should end up with three rows of paper planes, like this:

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Now all you need to do is hang them! You can either tie the ends of the string to push pins and pin them to the wall, or you can use lots of blu-tack like me (a great idea if you’re only renting your house!).

Ta da!

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