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No-No Box!

My friends and I always love to be honest with each other – that’s why they gave me a no-no box.
A no-no box is just a normal box (or container) that you put things (or pictures of them if they’re too big) you aren’t allowed in. For example, an envelope of money (you could keep adding money if you’re saving up for something), a picture of a bar of chocolate, or something else you want to give up. Alternatively, if you’re a parent, you could even use it as some sort of disciplinary system for your kid/s.
All you need to do is get a box, about the size of a shoebox, and put it somewhere you won’t see it every day.

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In my no-no box I have a lighter, my pen collection (I’m not allowed to waste the ink – they’re for special occasions), and a few angry/emotional letters to people that I’ll never give them.
What’s even better, is if you get a box that can be locked, and give the key to one of your friends!
Resisting temptation can be hard, but with a no-no box, it can be easy. That’s what friends are for…right?

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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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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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