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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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Hanging Hearts Decoration!

You will need:
– 2 x A4 paper (any color)
– Scissors
– 1 metre of string
– Stapler
– Push pin

Start by cutting the paper into strips of about 2cm wide (there should be 9 strips). Cut three of the strips in half, so you have 6 long strips and 3 short strips. Like so:

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Next, fold all the all of the strips in half and unfold.
Using the push pin, poke a hole through the middle of each strip of paper. Now, put a piece of string through the holes of each strip – but do it so each strip faces ‘up’, and alternating between short strips and long strips, with a long strip at the top. Like so:

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Next, use the stapler to staple the string to the paper, half a cm up from the centre crease. Like so:

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Repeat this for all the strips of paper, then tie a knot under the bottom strip so it doesn’t slide off.
Now, starting from the bottom strips, bend one half of a long strip, and one half of a short strip (on the same side of the string) out and down towards the string below it. Then, hold it there while you do the same for the other side. Staple it in place, like so:

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Now repeat for the rest of the hearts, and pin the string to the wall!

Ta-da!

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