Fruit printables

 

I don’t often share the work of others on this blog. But now and then I stumble across something that I can’t resist sharing with you, this is one of those things!

I haven’t made these paper pieces of fruit… yet. Primarily because Munchkin still has a habit of making papier mâché out of everything she can get her hands on. But they’re splendid!

I can’t help but think they’d make fabulous presents filled with candy, or put in a fruit bowl as a table decoration. I only wish I’d thought of the idea! Honestly, though, Mr Printables do some splendid work I’m exceedingly envious of. Go check them out here
 

mrprintables-play-fruit-templates-1
mrprintables-play-fruit-strawberries
mrprintables-watermelon-pineapple
mrprintables-watermelon-template
mrprintables-apple-pear-templates

 

Download the templates here

Dots and doilies

 

Dots and Doilies

 

We’re currently holidaying in South-West France. Enjoying some sunshine, sea air and the relaxed surfing culture that Hossegor provides. I’ve just commenced the third trimester and Munchkin is growing quickly! For this reason we are in the mood for a low key holiday. Lots of relaxing by the pool and beach, drives up and down the coast and attempting to eat our bodyweight in fresh seafood are on the agenda.

 

Dots and Doilies

 

But before I left I put together a couple of posts that I’ll be sharing with you whilst we’re away. One of them is this cute envelope template! I love the coral and mint colours this season and have a bit of an addiction to paper doilies. So combining them all was something of a given. I love the results. They could be fabulous for letters, invitations, birth announcements, birthday cards or thank you notes… anything that requires a pretty envelope!

 

Dots and Doilies

 

They’re really easy to put together. Just print out on A3 paper and print the inside pattern of your choice on the reverse side. Cut out and follow the instructions on the template to score and glue.

 

Dots and Doilies

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Diamond shaped gift box packaging

 

Diamond shaped packaging/ gift box
Diamond shaped packaging/ gift box

 

I’ve been having some fun of late creating packaging and gift boxes. This diamond shaped one is one of my favourites (second only to my tea cups). They’d make really cute packaging for party favours, for small gifts or just as decoration.

 

Diamond shaped packaging/ gift box
Diamond shaped packaging/ gift box

 

They’re really easy to put together once you know how and can be printed on a standard A4 piece of card stock. I’ve left the template blank so that you can customise and decorate it to your hearts content! Following is the tutorial. click on the images for a larger view. Read more

Hexagonal gift boxes

 

Hexagonal Gift boxes

 

If you live in Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Peru, Switzerland, Canada, Belgium or Brazil (along with a host of other countries) it’s coming up to Mothers Day. Stumped as to a gift idea? Why not make or bake your mum something sweet and nestle it in a cute hexagon gift box?

 I’ve had a bit of fun messing around with watercolour splodges and have come up with a couple of templates for you to download and make up. Or you can download the blank template and decorate as you wish!

Hexagonal Gift boxes

 

For this project you’ll need:
Adhesive or double-sided tape
The thickest A4 card stock you can put through your printer (mine takes 200gsm, but check your printer for details)
Scissors, scalpel or exacto knife
Some decorative ribbon (I’ve marked cutouts to allow for 10mm wide ribbon)
Some paints, crayons, pencils or other decorative materials (if working with the blank template)

 

Hexagonal Gift boxes

 

The templates make up 2 sized boxes 72mm wide in diameter (point to point) x 60mm high
and 90mm wide in diameter (point to point) x 43mm high

 You could easily scale them up and print on A3 card if you required them to be larger.

 

Hexagonal Gift boxes

 

For the ones above I did some quick watercolour scribbles and added handwritten notes in white pencil (white charcoal pencil to be exact). But the sky is the limit. You could bedazzle, embroider, paint, draw… whatever you’d like! This would be rather a lovely project to work on with a small child as you could cut it out and they could decorate the box as they wish and with a little help from you, assemble it.

 

Hexagonal Gift boxes

 

Print and cut out your desired template. I cut my templates out using my Graphtec cutter/ plotter but it’s not a difficult template to cut out by hand.

 

Hexagonal Gift boxes

 

If you’ve printed out the plain template, now is the time to get scribbling and decorating to your hearts content!

 

Hexagonal Gift boxes

 

Fold along each of the dotted lines and glue the edge tab to the underside of the opposing panel to create the hexagonal shape.

 

Hexagonal Gift boxes

 

If you need a ‘base’ in your gift box for heavier gifts, glue one set of the top tabs and gift box lids together for extra support as shown (I used strong double-sided tape).

 

Hexagonal Gift boxes

 

To attach the ribbon, glue the ribbon to the underside of the tab shown and thread through the ribbon slot as shown.

 

Hexagonal Gift boxes
Hexagonal Gift boxes

 

Then thread through the corresponding ribbon slot in the lid, pulling though and aligning the lid and tabs. Repeat on both sides and tie into a pretty bow.

 

Hexagonal Gift boxes

 

And there you have it. Pretty hexagonal gift boxes ready for your gift!

 

Hexagonal Gift boxes

 

Download the 72 x 60 patterned gift box here (67mb)
Download the 72 x 60 plain gift box here (67mb)
Download the 90 x 43 patterned gift box here (112mb)
Download the 90 x 43 plain gift box here (112mb)

Apologies for the large size files and so slow load times. I am still trying to find a way to reduce them further.

 


My templates and tutorials are free for personal use only.

Hexagonal Gift boxes

 

Origami Easter Bunny Basket

Origami Easter Bunny Basket

 

It’s been a tough couple of months. Pregnancy for me has been a bit of a trial. It’s meant that I’ve been unable to do much more than vegetate on the couch. There is now a Nicola shaped impression permanently pressed into the couch cushions. But I’ve just ticked over to 14 weeks and the nausea and chronic illness have started to abate. I’m now able to eat small meals and my energy levels have slowly increased. The munchkin is in good health and according to the ultrasounds he/she is having a fabulous time doing somersaults and jazz hands, not affected by my lethargy at all! All of which have made me happy.

But something that truly made my day on Tuesday was opening my post box parcel shelf to discover this gorgeous little Easter gift! My friend Sandra had made my husband and I an origami easter bunny basket and filled it with delicious little chocolate Easter eggs! It was such a sweet little gift to leave and positively made my day!

I did a bit of googling and found a fabulous video tutorial that shows you how to make them, so you can have a go at making them too. It’s the wonderful work of Leyla Torres. Enjoy!
 

 

Paper Tea Cups #1

Paper Tea Cup 1

I’ve been messing around with paper. I’m not sure exactly why I decided to make paper tea cups, but inspiration hit over the holidays and I couldn’t find one online. Hence the gauntlet was thrown down! I had to make one. It took me a lot longer than I anticipated. But I’m ecstatic with the results! This is by far and away my favourite template/ tutorial so far. AND I’ve got another version of it almost ready to upload next week.

These would be perfect as use for cupcakes, biscuits, little presents, used as gift boxes or just as gorgeous packaging. Paint them, embroider them, bedazzle them… The options are endless! I created a lid template so it becomes a very usable gift box but I had a lightening bolt moment last night and I’m now sure I’ve worked out how to make a lid that sits inside the cup so that the pretty outer lines of the tea cup aren’t ruined. I’ll include it with the other version of the tea cup that I’ll upload next week.

 

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Foldify…

Ok, so it’s not often that I see an iPad app that has me bouncing in my seat with excitement. But this one did!

Foldify is an awesome app currently going through the Apple approval process that allows you to create your own paper toys on your iPad, print them out and make them *cue riotous happy dances here*.

This is going to keep me very entertained over Christmas! My robot army may have quite a few new members soon!

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