Showing posts with label Decorations made out of cardboard. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Decorations made out of cardboard. Show all posts

Monday, 12 August 2013

Waste into Art School Project


Last Friday I spent a lovely morning at my daughter Poppy’s school, helping the children with their project for our local ‘Waste into Art’ competition. We have a total of 10 students at the school, and they are ALL wonderful little people.

I had to come up with a project that would allow each student to do something individual, yet would work together as a ‘whole’ project. The competition (as the name says) only allows the use of rubbish or recycled material.

So we made a ‘Modern Cardboard Quilt’ for some wall art using cardboard from old boxes and discarded stockfeed bags.

It was very simple! And fun! Firstly I cut 10 rectangles out of some old boxes. I had to join a few together with masking tape to get them the right size.

Then I painted each one a different colour, making sure that all the colours worked when the rectangles were placed together.
Each child was then given a painted cardboard rectangle, a large piece of stock feed bag, a pair of scissors and HEAPS of glue.
I gave the children some examples of designs to use… and then I let them go for it!

We all had a great time, and one of the most fun things for the children was getting to use the vacuum cleaner at the end to clean up all our mess!!

Once it’s dry, I’m going to join the rectangles at the back with masking tape, and then hang them up, probably just with blue-tac.

Enjoy your week and I hope you fit something creative into it!


Monday, 8 July 2013

Cardboard Wall Dots For Simple Party Decorations


This weekend we had my daughter Poppy’s 6th birthday party at our lovely local Memorial Hall. Our Hall is very large and consists of several rooms, so I had to find some cheap and easy ways to decorate it (nicely!) for the party. I decided to focus on decorating a couple of key areas for maximum impact, which led me to my idea for my Cardboard Wall Dots.

I also made up some new No-Sew Bunting to go with my Wall Dots, which looked very nice.

My Cardboard Wall Dots were very simple to make! They also hardly took any time to do. The only materials you’ll need are:

-          Fabric
-          Cardboard boxes
-          Serrated knife for cutting out the shapes
-          Spray glue

Firstly, cut (“slice”, I suppose I really mean) your shapes out of the cardboard with your serrated knife. 

Then place the dots on your fabric and cut around them. Leave a bit of material right around the dot, so that you’ve got enough to fold over once you’ve applied your spray glue.

Give your dots a quick iron to get rid of any creases. 

Then spray the wrong side of the material with spray glue, and place your cardboard dot in the middle of each piece of material. 

Give it a while to become sticky. Then fold the edges over the cardboard and give them a little while to dry.

Then simply stick them up on the wall with blu-tack. They will look terrific.

If you decide to try this project, I hope you enjoy it!


Monday, 14 November 2011

Mini Christmas Mobile to Decorate a Small Space


The idea behind this mini mobile design was to make something simple and decorative for Christmas that wouldn't take up too much room! And of course it has cost me next to nothing!

I used a side of a box for the cardboard, traced around some of the more Christmas-themed cookie cutters that I also used last week (see Simple Christmas Decorations for Hanging using Biscuit/Cookie Cutters), and then cut them out with scissors.

I then used a skewer to make a few holes in each. Then I threaded some jute string through the holes (putting a bit of sticky tape around the end tightly helps with the threading too!), tied knots at each end...... and it was finished!

It hangs nicely on a cupboard handle in my kitchen!
The possibilities are endless with this mini mobile... or you could even use the little cut-outs for gift tags... all sorts of things.

Happy making!