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Chain of Cranes decoration!!

Need a new phone charm, wall decoration, or even earrings? Then this is for you!

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You will need:
– Squares of paper
– Scissors
– Thin cardboard

Start off by folding all your squares of paper into paper cranes. Then, cut your piece of cardboard into quite thin strips.
Now, using your scissors, poke them through the hole at the base of one of the cranes, and all the way through to the other side to form a ‘tunnel’.
Next, fold one strip of cardboard in half. At one end is a loop, and the other is two separated ends. Fold each end in a different direction, like so:

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Now, poke the end with a loop into the base of the crane, and pull it through. Repeat this step with the rest of the cranes.

And thats it! You’re done! A chain of cranes, ready to be hung up anywhere you’d like.

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Poetry Paper Cranes!

Me and two of my friends decided to give each other easter presents every year, because we always had great ideas for gifts, and birthdays couldnt come around fast enough! The only condition is that they have to be homemade, not bought.
This year, one of my friends gave me a bunch of paper cranes with poetry and quotes written on them! Its quite a simple concept, yet they look totally cool! So I decided to share the idea with you guys – but my friend thought of it first!

You will need:
– Squares of paper about 10cmx10cm (the amount doesn’t matter, it just depends on how many you want to make)
– A nice pen to write on them with
– Knowledge on how to make a paper crane

Firstly, write the quotes/poems on both sides of each square of paper. Then, simply fold them into paper cranes! Easy, really.

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Cute, aren’t they?

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5 Fun Projects!

I’ve put together a few projects for you guys to try, which aren’t long enough for a whole post to themselves ;P

Project One – Whiteboard Words

You will need:
– Scissors
– Thin magnets with words on them
– A magnetic surface to stick them on

Want to write a message to yourself, but don’t want to have to buy a whiteboard marker? All you need to do is cut up thin magnets into individual letters or words, and put them on your magnetic surface! Easy!

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Project Two – Wall Quotes

You will need:
– Scissors
– Lots of black paper OR paper and a black vivid to color in with
– Blue-tack
– Space on your wall

What you do, is count the number of each letter is in your quote (I.e 5 u’s, 3 t’s, 4 s’s, etc) and draw one of each of them on the paper. Then, if you have multiple of one letter, fold the paper until you have the same number of layers as the number of each letter there is (e.g, if there are 3 t’s, there should be 3 layers of paper). This means you don’t need to cut out 3 separate t’s – you only need to cut it out once to get 3! Then, blue-tack each letter to the wall in the right order!

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Project Three – Flower Phonebook Pencil Holder!

You will need:
– Hot glue gun
– Old phonebook
– Craft knife/scissors
– Paint (if you prefer)
– A piece of cardboard (around 30cmx30cm)

I find this project simply amazing! Admittedly, its not mine (though I wish it was!!!) so here’s a link to the project!
http://www.chicaandjo.com/2009/02/24/recycle-phone-book-into-pen-organizer/

Project Four – Butterfly-style Wall Hearts

You will need:
– A variety of colored paper
– Scissors
– Pencil/pen
– Blue-tack

This is such a cute idea (if I do say so myself)!
All you need to do is cut out many many hearts from different colors of paper, fold them in half, then blue-tack them to the wall! Also, you can put layers of paper on top of each other to save cutting time, and cut small hearts out of the remaining paper to save trees!

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Project Five – Paper Crane Window Decoration

You will need:
– Square colored paper
– Needle
– Transparent string (like nylon or fishing line stuff)
– A pin or something to attach it to the window

All you need to do is fold a few paper cranes, push the needle (with string tied on) through the body of the crane (twice – otherwise the cranes will all slide down), and attach the end to the window! Simple.

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Hope you enjoy making these 5 fun projects!

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