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DIY Paper Fan Tutorial

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Feelin' hot hot hot!  We are all super hot stuff at this time of the year as Britain reaches the highest temperature of the year. Record breaking heat and the mercury is set to rise tomorrow again too. Heat wave ahoy! No matter how hot we are in this sweltering heat, there are moments we want to still be in our coolest. To cool down from this heat, let's make some paper fans to chill out or use them to fan your biggest fans.

This easy to do tutorial is also perfect to be done together with children during the summer holidays.

Here's how to make them:

MATERIALS (For each fan)

  • A4 Paper

  • Printer to print the fans templates on

  • Fan pattern templates are downloadable by clicking the following links : Sunny Chips, Watermelon, Forest Palm

  • A4 backing card to stick the fan template on (for a more powerful fan you will want to glue the fan template onto a piece of backing card). We have spare cards lying around in the studio which we recycled from other paper projects. To purchase we suggest these A4 Canford white cards from Paperchase. Alternatively, our preferred option is to recycle wherever possible, any empty cereal / any clean cardboard packaging will be great.

  • Wooden popsicle / lolly sticks. This could be easily purchased from craft shops / also cooking shops. We got ours from here, with the extras will be perfect to make ice lollipops too!

TOOLS

  • scissors

  • glue

METHOD

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  1. Download and print the template. We have 3 template to choose from Watermelon (inspired by our watermelon card), Forest Palm or Sunny Chips

  2. Paste the A4 template onto your backing card.

  3. Once the glue is dried, cut around the patterned shapes. 2 patterned shapes would be resulted.

  4. Apply glue all around the non patterned side of the paper.

  5. Mark around 3cm from the top of the popsicle stick and apply glue to both sides of the stick.

  6. Place popsicle stick near the centre edge of one side of the patterned paper. (glue side facing up) Sandwich both sheets of paper together with the popsicle stick and press around the seams to make sure everything is glued together.

  7. Leave the fan to dry.

Once everything is dried, start fanning! This summer, this could be your one cool fan to make!

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Japanese Way Of Saying Thanks With Origami

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When simple chopsticks wrappers are transformed into beautiful objects, or animals through folding and creasing in the form of origami, it makes a lovely reciprocal way to say thank you to a restaurant. A form of "silent" but simple and elegant communication method between the customers and the restaurant to say thank you. 

"Japanese Tip" is a project by Yuki Tatsumi, that just does precisely that. Tip not in the way of monetary form, but of origami objects that have been created and folded by patrons of restaurants from chopstick wrappers that have visited restaurants from different parts of Japan. Restaurants including sushi, izakaya, cafes etc. A heart warming collection of objects that will make you smile. Over 8,000 of "tip objects" have been collected. 

Photos courtesy of Japanese Tip.

Valentine's Galentine's Stay In Date DIY (Part 1)

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Whether it is Valentine's or a Galentine's that you are celebrating this weekend, if your plan is to stay at home, have some fun and snuggle in for some tv and movies we have the perfect stay in food and soda pop DIY project for it. Yay! Eyes see love, so let's celebrate L-O-V-E πŸ’˜πŸ˜

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This DIY post will be a 2 part blog post. Part 1 we will run through how to make our "Eyes See Love, Snacks Cones". Yes! We are in love with eye patterns - we have illustrated some googly eyes and hearts πŸ‘€β€οΈ for this paper cone pattern - C-U-T-E-ness. Part 2 of the tutorial, we will be making some matching "SODArling , SODAteable SODA pop" DIY fizzy drinks labels. So, love, here we go!

1. Tools and Ingredients

  • Scissors
  • Prepared snacks such as microwave pop corn ( we chose pop corn, other alternative snacks such as fries, nuts, crisps, fish fingers, chicken nuggets are all good alternatives too - #nom 🍿🍟πŸͺπŸ«πŸ˜‹ )
  • Stapler
  • A4 paper to print "Eyes See Love Snack Cones" sheet which can be downloaded via this link 
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2. Print "Eyes See Love Snack Cones" sheet from the downloaded file. Each sheet yields 2 cones. However, if you decide to "supersize me" it, it's also possible to upsize and use one sheet per cone. 

3. Trim away the white boarders, and fold the sheet in half.  

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4. Using the scissors, cut the sheets to 2 equal halves.

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5. Roll sheet up to form a paper cone. 

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6. Staple to close the edge of the folds to form a cone.

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7. Repeat step 5-6 to make more paper cones.

8. Fill the paper cones with your prepared snacks.

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9. Tickety boo! Food done βœ”οΈ. The snack cones are now ready to roll with the stay-in date.

As it is a stay in date, ( we love stay in dates especially during the cold winters ) so that we can be in our pjs and completely be in the most chilled out state.  We definitely love to have a movie on πŸ€“πŸŽ¬ here's our top picks for this Valentine's / Galentine's :

  • Leap Year  ( this year is a leap year so may be an apt film to watch )
  • The Artist
  • While You Were Sleeping
  • P.S. I love you
  • Zoolander
  • I Give it A Year
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Ta-ra for now. More tomorrow , on Part 2 of this blog post for the soda pop for this weekend's Valentine's / Galentine's stay in date. πŸ˜ŠπŸ’•πŸŽ‰

Origami Cicada Bug

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The studio has been bugged by a strong infection that doesn't seem to heal. Hopefully back in shape soon, apologies for the slow replies.  πŸ€’πŸ˜·πŸ›

An origami bug folded using paper from our latest "Have it your way Notepad" , soon to be released, to reflect our #currentmood

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