22 September 2016

Handmade Paper Mini Christmas Card and Envelope Tutorial

A lovely touch for Christmas is a handmade card. Mini cards are cute and can bed attached to a small present under the tree. This card and envelope has been made from handmade paper but any paper you like can be used, rice paper, scrapbook paper, sheet music or wrapping paper would also work well.

Mini envelope template
Copy paper
Glue stick
Handmade paper
Green paper scraps
Craft knife

Do an internet search and find a free mini envelope template you like. Print it and adhere it to some cardboard (a cereal box works well) and then cut it out.

Trace the template onto a piece of handmade paper using a pencil. Cut it out on the line.

Score the envelope flaps with a ruler.

Fold the envelope and glue the flaps down.

Cut a piece of handmade paper, which will be folded in half to make a card, mine was 7cm X 5cm. Make sure your measurements are slightly smaller than the size of your envelope.

Fold in half.

Draw a tree and use a craft knife to cut it out.

Cut a scrap of green paper to fit behind the tree cut out. Mine was 3cm x 4cm.

Place glue on the inside of the card, around the tree edges.
Attach the green paper.

A cute mini card and envelope.

3 July 2016

Mini Pincushion In A Lid

Recycle a plastic lid for this quick and cute scrap-buster!

Free tutorial from Hafticraft:

20 June 2016

Origami Pinwheel Card

Recycle an envelope to make this cute origami card

Recycle an envelope which has a pretty inside pattern. Cut a 10 cm square from the envelope.

Follow the diagrams to make a pinwheel.

Glue the pinwheel to a square of contrasting paper and adhere it to a blank card.

9 May 2016

DIY Halloween Invitations (with a swinging bat)

Make some great handmade invitations to set the scene for your spooky soiree.
The bat is sure to cause a scare when your friend opens their mail and it swings out at them!


Orange cardboard
Black cardboard
Black business-sized envelopes 
White copy paper


From the orange card, measure and cut out a rectangle which measures 41 cm x 10 cm (16 in x 4 in).

Measure 19 cm (7.4 in) from the left and score with your scissors. Measure a further 22 cm (8.6 in) in and score.

Fold along the scored lines.


Search for a free clip-art bat on the Internet. Print it out so it measures about 9 cm (3.5 in) across. Trace it onto black cardboard and cut it out. 

Also do a search for a free black cat clip-art on the internet. Print it out so it measures about 7 cm (3 in) across. Trace it onto black cardboard and cut it out.

Staple the smallest flap closed, as close to the bottom edge as possible.

Pierce a hole with a needle in the top left wing of your bat and attach a 10 cm (4 in) length of cotton thread with 3 knots. Pierce a hole through the centre-front of the invitation and thread the other end of the cotton through it. Knot it off several times on the front of the card. 

Design the written part of your invitation on the computer. Use some free clip art if you like. Print it on a sheet of white copy paper. Trim it to 9 cm (3.5 in) x 16 cm (6 in). Paste it to the bottom half of the inner card.


It might be scary,
It might be a fright,
But it’s sure to be fun,
This Halloween night!

You are invited to a
Halloween costume party
On October 31st

At our haunted house

Please bring a plate of festering fare,
For the other witches and ghouls to share.

RSVP by 17th October
Phone number

Stick your black cat onto the front of your card to cover the hole. 

Print out your friend's name on copy paper and cut and paste it above the cat.

Place your invitation in the black envelope with an orange address label on the front. Happy Haunting!

Melbourne Discount Art and Craft Supplies

If you want cheap art and craft supplies, shop at warehouses and factory outlets! Here is a list of some great bargain stores in Melbourne, Australia.

The Art Shed

Riot Art and Crafts

Kaisercraft Outlet

GJs Discount Fabrics

Rathdown Fabrics

Yarn Barn

Bendigo Woollen Mills

Auroma Essential Oils

There is a comprehensive list of bargain fabric outlets in this post

3 May 2016

A Quick Mother's Day DIY

Make your Mum a bookmark for Mother's Day. It makes a great gift, paired with a book.

Get your free printable bookmark from By Dawn Nicole:

Colour it in, mount it on some coordinating cardboard. Laminate it or cover it in contact paper.

Your Mum will love it!

9 December 2015

Mini Crocheted Christmas Wreath Brooch

This is an easy Christmas gift you can make in about 15 minutes. The crochet techniques we will be using are a slip knot, slip stitch and single crochet (double crochet in UK terms). Easy enough for a beginner!

3.5 mm crochet hook
1 cm jump ring
Yarn needle
DMC embroidery thread, red and green
Stitch marker 
Small safety pin

Slip knot.
Insert hook and pull to secure.
Insert hook into jump ring. Yarn over. Pull through. Yarn over. Pull through.

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Round 1
9 single crochet into the ring. Slip stitch to join.

Round 2:
Chain 1. 
Insert a stitch marker into the top of this chain.
2 single crochet into each chain around. 
Join with a slip stitch where you inserted a stitch marker.

Trim yarn, leaving a 5cm (2 inch) tail and fasten off.

Weave in the ends on the back of your wreath.

Take 30 cm of your red thread. Using the yarn needle, weave in and out of the second round of your wreath, leaving 2cm hanging down a where you begin and end.

Tie a knot.
Tie another knot.
Tie a bow.

Trim the ends to make them even.

Sew your small safety pin to the back of your brooch and give it to a friend!