Monthly Archives: January 2014

TBC Crafters 45 – Buttons Valentine

Although it is still a bit early, I want to play with my buttons after a little while. This is a very simple and easy piece, possibly the most easiest and simplest ever since I started this art & craft blog. In fact, little kids can do that with assistance from adults.

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Ingredients:

Buttons – lots of buttons! Look for different sizes which can create a better result

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Glue for sticking buttons on the card

A greeting card – I cut out a piece of 6″ H x 12″ W paperstock

A stripe of ribbon – 3/8″ in width, you can use wider or narrower and whatever texture, I used grosgrain ribbon here

How to make?

1) Fold the paperstock in half.

2) Lay down the buttons to form a heart shape. You may want to mix and match buttons of different sizes and colors. The heart does not need to be perfect.

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3) Glue the buttons on the greeting card. Tie a ribbon in the middle and form a bow.

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TBC Crafters 44 – Handmade Paper Feather

I saw a picture in a Facebook papercraft group. That woman made a card featuring 2 feathers. I think that it is good for making greeting cards, scrapbooking and making paper Indian headbands. The original version is 2 pieces of white “feathers” but I tried variations of using ink to make them colorful. The ingredients are very simple and will be available in one’s home. The feather can be ready in no time.

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Ingredients:

White paper & pencil

A pair of scissors

Ink for coloring the feathers

Step by step instructions:

1) Draw an outline of a feather on a piece of paper or you can download from the internet. There should be many templates that you can use. I drew mine and intentionally made it imperfect. On one side of the feather, draw some parallel lines from the bottom to the top of the feather, the more the detailed the feather will be.

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2) Fold in half in the middle and use a pair of scissors to cut both side at one time.

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3) Open the feather after finishing cutting and a feather is finished.

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4) If you want a color feather, use the color ink to add color on the feather. I have tried multiple colors in one feather and color on the top part of the feather.

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TBC Crafters 43 – Rubber Band Bracelet without a kit

If you have a daughter, very likely you have heard of it. If you have a son, possibly you have heard of it too. It is called “Rainbow Loom” which was created by a dad who is an engineer and wished to share the fun with his 2 daughters using rubber bands to weave bracelets. Who knows, he has sold 3 million Rainbow loom kits already and really impressed his 2 girls. His name is Choon Ng who migrated from Malaysia to Michigan, USA in 1991. Sure, with the success of this toy of the year, there are copycats, a lot…. you can easily find counterfeits online or in local stores. And also, there are many similar kits with slightly different names. As a mom, I concern about safety. Ng’s kit contains latex-free rubber bands and is tested with the safety toy standards of many countries.

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My daughter is still too young to understand how to weave with the loom. She received a Rainbow Loom kit from my sister-in-law this year. Thanks my sister-in-law to gift her this kit and she is so nice to include 2 extra bags of rubber bands. My daughter was begging me to teach her how to make bracelets and necklaces. The operation using the loom is kind of complicated to her. Instead, I taught her every simple double chain bracelets. She can use her fingers and she has made a lot of bracelets and necklaces already. When I was a little kid, I used the similar technique to make jump rope and played with my classmates during recess time.

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Ingredients: –

Rubber bands of the same size, I used 18 yellow and 18 pink ones plus 2 green ones. You can adjust the numbers based on the length you would like to make.

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1 S-clip or C-clip

Steps: –

1) Wrap 2 yellow rubber bands around 1 green one and pull out through the green band. The green band is now cling on one end.

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2) Repeat the above by using 2 pink bands wrap and pull through the 2 yellow bands. Repeat the same steps by using yellow and pink bands alternatively until all the yellow and pink bands are used up.

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3) Use the last piece of green rubber band to wrap and pull the last 2 bands. Then pull the green band out and hook the 2 green bands with a S-clip or C-clip.

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This is the official Rainbow Loom site with a lot of instructions to make different patterns of bracelets. http://www.rainbowloom.com/instructions

P.S. These are my personal opinions. I am not paid to write the product reviews or endorsements.

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