24/06/2015

Diy Origami Bow.

I've fallen in love with these Diy Origami Bows. They would make the perfect gift topper or garland. There's no glue needed although you do need to make a couple of cuts with a pair of scissors.

Let's get started.

WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE YOUR OWN DIY ORIGAMI BOWS:

Origami paper (I used the papers out of this set) and a pair of scissors.


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How to make Diy Origami Bows
1. Start with your paper pattern side down. Fold in half and crease well. The pattern should be on the inside.

2. Fold in half again and crease.

3. Open your paper out and flip it over. Fold it in half this time diagonally with the pattern on the outside. Open it out, turn it 90 degrees and fold in half again diagonally.

4. Collapse your paper along the folded lines pattern side in. Press flat and fold the tip down 1 to 2 cm. Crease well.

5. Open your paper out. You should now have a small square in the centre of your paper.

6. Recrease along the sides of the square to make mountain folds. Fold the paper back in on itself, the square should collapse in as you fold.

7. Fold the top layer down to meet in the middle. Flip your folded paper over and repeat on the other side.

8. Carefully open your paper back up. You should be able to see a square forming in the centre. Press flat making sure all the folds stay in place.

9. Turn your paper over so the patterned side is down. To being making the bow shape you need to make 4 cuts along the folds (highlighted in green) to make 2 flaps.

10. Fold the first flap down to reveal the top of the bow. Fold down the top to form 2 triangles like in the 2nd picture down. Fold both flaps up and repeat to form the bottom of the bow.

11. Fold both flaps back down to make the tails of the bow. Fold the sides in before cutting up the centre of the tails. Take the sides you've just cut and fold them in.

12. Flip the bow over.

13. To finish the bow fold the tips into the centre and tuck them under the square. Press flat or leave as it is for a 3D bow.

Diy Origami Bows
P.S. You can find more of my projects over on my diy/crafts page.

12/06/2015

Diy Stamped Clay Pots.

Diy Stamped Clay Pots
The one thing I can't say no to is stationary. I love it. I probably have far too much but whenever I spot a new colour of washi tape or a pretty design on a notebook I can't help but buy it.

You might remember the other month when I mentioned I'd fallen in love with all those diy clay plant pots that were popping up all over the internet. I don't have much use for tiny plant pots. I only have two houseplants and they're both quite large but the one thing I can always use is more storage for my ever growing stationary collection so I grabbed my favourite stamps, some left over air dry clay I had from making these and got to work making these Diy Stamped Clay Pots. I hope you like them as much as I do.

HERE'S WHAT YOU'LL  NEED TO MAKE YOUR OWN DIY STAMPED CLAY POTS:

Air dry clay, some stamps (these are the ones I used) a rolling pin, a glass, a knife and some sandpaper.

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Make Diy Stamped Clay Pots
1. The first things you need to do is make some clay slip. Slip is watered down clay you can use to glue your clay pieces together. Break off a few small pieces of clay into a bowl and cover with water. Leave for about 30 minutes to dissolve.

Remember, the smaller the pieces of clay the faster it will break down. You might need to give it a stir now and again.

2. Take some air dry clay and knead it until it is soft and pliable.

3. Roll out the clay to about 3 mm thick. If you find the clay is sticking to your work surface try rolling it out on some greaseproof paper first.

4. Stamp your design onto the clay.

5. To make the sides of your pot use a knife to cut a rectangle out of the clay. You can use a template if you want but I just cut mine free hand as I don't mind the wobbly edges. For the base of the pot cut around a glass to make a circle.

As the air dry clay isn't food safe I used a disposable plastic knife so I wasn't using anything that would later come into contact with food.

Make Diy Stamped Clay Pots
6. To help the clay stick together you need to score the edges first. This gives the clay something to grip on.

Flip your clay rectangle over so the stamped side is on the table and score a cross-hatch pattern about 1 cm in on any edges where the clay will touch. In this case I scored along the bottom edge and the right hand side.

7. Apply a layer of slip to the parts you've just scored to help glue your pieces together.

8. Now comes the tricky part. You need to wrap your clay around the circle base and overlap the sides. Make sure the part you've scored is on the outside and the unscored clay is on the inside.

The taller you make your pot the more trouble you can have with this part. My pots were around 8 cm tall and I did have a bit of a problem with them bending and buckling. If you want to make your pots taller you may need to experiment with thicker clay.

9. Carefully turn your pot upside down and blend the edges of the clay sides and base together. You can use some more slip or water to help.

10. Leave to dry. It's quite warm here at the moment so mine only took a couple of days to dry. You may need to allow more drying time depending on the weather where you live.

Remember if you've used slip or water on the base of your pot you may need to leave it upside down to begin with. You don't want the clay drying and gluing itself to your table. I've done this before and trust me it wasn't fun to remove.

11. To finish sand away any rough edges.

As I've said before I really like the matte white finish you get with this clay so I decided to leave mine as they were but you could paint them or varnish them any way you like.

Diy Stamped Clay Pots
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