Tutorial - Workshop Wreath Making DIY

Posted on September 28, 2016 at 9:10 AM Comments comments (0)

My Halloween workshops all went well and, if I can find the time, I will try to squeeze another one in before Halloween even though right now my mind is focusing on Christmas workshops.

Meanwhile, for those of you who couldn't come to my workshops and want to know how we did what we did, I will be posting DIYs so you can create your own versions of these Halloween decor ideas, if you're so inclined.

Halloween Wreath How To

Up first is the Halloween wreath we made. Because time was limited, we couldn't create a large wreath so I limited my materials to a paper plate as the backing for the paperback book pages.

First you will need to cut out the centre of the paper plate, then set the it aside for now. Next make the 'leaves' of the wreath.

The paperback pages were folded as shown above - sort of an S-shape and the stapled at the bottom. Make a whole pile (it's really quick) of these and then start creating the wreath.

Next, staple each of the folded page leaves to the paper plate in rows. 

When you get to the last row, tuck the edge of the 'leaves' under as shown above and then staple in place. Then decorate with anything you've got that's disgusting and weird. I cut out a few old crows, insects and snakes and also later added a cheesecloth spider's web.

Easy, no? And very quick. If you want to make a larger version, you will need to cut out a circle from cardboard. Just ensure that the doughnut formed is at least 2 inches around the sides.

St. Patrick's Day Project - Recycle Cardboard Rolls into Hats

Posted on March 13, 2015 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (0)

I almost forgot that St. Patrick's Day falls on March 17 just one day after the beginning of March Break (in Ottawa). I don't know how parents manage to keep all these holidays and breaks straight - must be difficult at times. Any road, here's an idea that was inspired by some St. Patrick Day hats I spotted for sale at our local dollar store. Why buy, when you can make, no? It's easy because I'm too discombobulated to do anything difficult. Last time I tried, I cut my finger with an Xacto knife!

How to Make a St. Patrick's Party Hat

What you will need

  • Cardboard roll (Toilet paper. gift wrap, or paper towel cardboard rolls - should be 4" tall)
  • Plate (4-1/2" inch diameter)
  • White craft glue
  • Cardboard (recycled from a food package, etc.)
  • Pencil and scissors
  • Green craft paint and brush
  • Bit of ribbon and shamrock (or make a ribbon and shamrock from paper) 
  • Elastic thread (recycled from a party hat)

What you need to do

  1. Take the plate and the cardboard roll and trace circles from both on the cardboard (see photo).
  2. Cut out the circles.
  3. Dribble some glue onto the plate and dip one end of the cardboard roll in the glue. 
  4. Press this end of the roll into the centre the larger circle and let dry.
  5. When dry, dip the other end of the roll in the glue and attach to the top of the toilet roll.
  6. Let dry. 
  7. Insert the elastic thread (I used an embroidery thread needle) on both sides of the hat where it is glued to the circle. Glue the ends to the hat so the elastic doesn't pop off.
  8. Paint the hat and when dry add the ribbon and shamrock.

NOTE: If you don't have green paint, use green construction paper, and glue on before joining the different bits of cardboard.

Happy St. Patrick's Day to you!


Update - DIY Paper Bowls

Posted on July 22, 2013 at 5:40 AM Comments comments (2)

When I first created this little paper bowl, it was quite a hit and I saw it everywhere. Originally I made it for Father's Day using a file folder. It's cheap and easy to make and requires only paper (cardstock weight), pencil, scissors and ruler. As you can see, I've gone a little further for this post.

I've been experimenting with different paper and different sizes to see what works best. This example is actually created using the cover of a craft magazine and works just fine. Sorry I can't remember the name of the mag - Make and Craft magazine, I think.

As you can see, you can get a different look depending on what kind of paper you use. As for size, depending on the paper weight, the best sizes seem to be between 12 to 28 cm (5" to 11"/approx 12cm to 27cm). Also the thickness or weight of the paper matters; be sure that it's not too flimsy (such as magazine pages) or too heavy (like thick cardboard) or it doesn't work. 

For the above examples, I used some leftover scrapbook paper that a friend gave me. Although this bowl is fragile (you can't pick it up if there is some heavy like keys or candy in it), it would be a great table decoration or favour at weddings, parties, showers, etc. and, I'm sure, a best seller at craft shows and fairs. Pages from a calendar will also work if the paper is heavy enough.

Send me pictures if you make one. Here's the tutorial to make it.

Tutorial: Halloween Recycling Cereal Boxes & Magazines

Posted on October 9, 2012 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Now that Thanksgiving is behind us (here in Canada at least) and I've recovered from all that eating (thanks Neva and Sean for a lovely feast!!), I'm ready for Halloween (my second favourite holiday after Christmas). And I get to reuse two of my favourite materials - cardboard and - ta da - magazines. I made these easy-to-make Halloween cones today. I'll be giving these out to any goblins and ghoulies that come calling on Halloween night!

Here's what you will need:

  • Cereal boxes (empty, of course)
  • Used magazines (with Halloween pictures, articles, etc.)
  • Party hat (cone-shaped)
  • Scissors, pencil
  • Glue or stapler
  • Optional: hole punch)
  • Ribbon (black, orange, or white and preferably leftover from last year)
  • Napkins (black, orange, or white - whatever you have)


Here's how to do it:

  1. Gather up all your supplies. 
  2. Go through your magazines to find pictures you can use. 
  3. Open and flatten the cereal boxes and then cut off sides, top and bottom and put aside for other projects. Keep front and back.
  4. Open the party hat and flatten. This will be your cone template. 
  5. Place this template on top of the cardboard and then draw the shape. Cut with scissors. 
  6. Now place this cutout piece on top of your selected page. Don't worry if the cutout overlaps the magazine page, it'll look okay when you're done because it will be at the back where nobody looks.
  7. Cut out the magazine page, fit it on top of the cutout and then glue it on. 
  8. Shape into a cone and then glue or staple the cone at the back.
  9. Optional: Punch holes about 1/2 inch apart (1 cm) around the top of the cone and then thread ribbon through the holes. Tie ends together at the back or front of the cone.
  10. Unfold the napkin and put treats into the centre.
  11. Scrunch up the napkin at the ends, tie with ribbon, and then stick into the cone. Voila - you're done!