Giova

10.12.13

Christmas DIY with polymer clay

Polymer clay DIY
Considering that Christmas is quite a hectic month for everyone (especially moms). I’ve decided to take the simple and easy route (again).

I’ve never played with polymer clay before, and since it is my son’s favorite material to work with, I decided to give it a chance.

For this project you’ll need:

• Polymer clay

• Cookie cutters in your favorite shapes

• Something to cut, like a dull knife

• Roller pin or something similar

• Backing tray and parchment paper

Polymer clay DIY
Polymer clay is much harder than play-doh so you’ll have to work it a bit.

Then simply roll and use the cookie cutters for the shapes. Here are a few ideas.
Polymer clay DIY
And don’t forget to cut a little hole (which is where you’ll be hanging it from).

Polymer clay DIY
Follow the instructions on the packaging to set temperature and oven time.

Polymer clay DIY
Use your new polymer clay ornaments to decorate your Christmas presents or Christmas tree.

Polymer clay DIY
Or simply use them to decorate your dinner setting and let each guest take theirs home.

To all Paul & Paula readers, I wish you a wonderful Christmas, and a very crafty 2014.

Giova

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05.11.13

Making brooches with your children’s clothes {DIY}

brooches DIY
Today I’m doing a very simple project but with a lot of memories in mind.

I didn’t keep any of my first child’s clothing (he is 12 now) and I wish I did.

At that time I thought the good thing was to give them away. After all, there are plenty of less fortunate people around, and because I move so much, I didn’t see the point in keeping any of his clothes.

I still give almost everything away, but this time I keep some of my favorite shirts (not in case I’ll have another kid), but because I like the memories each piece holds.

brooches DIY
So with that in mind, I thought I could make something that I would actually wear, get to see and enjoy.

This is what you’ll need:
• Any piece of clothing you love, or maybe don’t love it so much since it will be cut
• Favorite buttons
• Needle and thread
• Oh, and an iron would be nice – to flatten the pieces

brooches DIY
Then simply cut some pieces of the shirts or whatever you are using, mine are 12 x 2 cms.

brooches DIY
Iron, and fold to make a sort of bias.

brooches DIY
Then just make a rosette using whatever pieces of fabric you prefer, and attach the button.

brooches DIY
You can also embroider little initials or embellish anyway you want.

I hope you feel inspired to rescue those pieces that have been lying in a box for a long time.

Have a wonderful day.

Giova

http://www.pauletpaula.com/

27.08.13

Wooden bead necklace {DIY}

DIY necklace
The best presents we can receive are handmade things, especially if they were made by your own kids.
I have a necklace that my now 12 year old son made for me when he was 5. I remember his sweet little face, so proud of what he had done, and even prouder face when he saw me actually wearing it. I wore it (A LOT).

DIY necklace
I have always treasured and loved this necklace.

So I was thinking that with all the rage of painted wooden beads out there, wouldn’t it be nice to paint some with your kids to give to aunts, cousins, friends??

What you will need:

• Wooden balls – sold at most craft stores

• Any paint in your preferred color – I used acrylic

• Paintbrush

• String or thread

• Blue tack or play-doh for placing the beads to dry
DIY necklace

If you have little kids check out this very cute idea to help them with the painting of the wooden balls.

DIY necklace
My little helper was my older son, so there was no need for sticks to help him with the painting. We just covered what he didn’t wanted to paint with washitape, and it was perfect to hold the ball from the tape.

DIY necklace
Paint two coats for a stronger color and leave to dry.

DIY necklace
DIY necklace

Then just string the thread, and…
Wear it, or give them as gifts. I think I’m keeping one for me!

DIY necklace

DIY necklace
DIY necklace
Making a small pouch to put the necklace in adds another dose of cuteness to the gift, especially if it is personalized.

I hope you have lots of fun doing this.

Giova

http://www.pauletpaula.com/

24.07.13

Summer kites {DIY}

summer kites
Summer Kites

For my first post as a contributor I wanted to make something simple, easy and for everyone to be able to enjoy.
But guess who ended up running with a kite behind them?
summer kites
Yes, that is us. Maybe times have changed? Maybe I have two kids with the wrong ages for this activity? But the kites looked so pretty it seemed such a shame to not enjoy them.
In case you happen to like kites as much as I do, and have kids in the appropriate age, then read along.

They are quite easy to make and I’ll bet you have everything that you’ll need for this in your home.
What you’ll need:

Tissue paper
Crepe paper
Thing string and twine
Barbeque sticks
Glue stick

summer kites
summer kites

Instructions:
Cut the sticks in the desired size.
Tie them in the middle.

With a long piece of string make a square. Tie it on each end.

Cut the piece of tissue paper in the size of the square, and fold over the string. Do it on each side, make sure the paper is a bit tight.

Tie the twine on three ends like shown, this is where the long piece or handle will tie to.

And don’t forget the tail. Make bows with the crepe paper, or just tie long pieces of tissue paper.

summer kites
summer kites

Then just go to the park and watch how nice they look.
summer kites
They also look quite nice on the wall.

summer kites
Or you can make really small ones and give them as favors at your next party.

Have a great and crafty summer.

Until next time.
Giova

http://www.pauletpaula.com/

24.07.13

Hello Giova

I met Giova via an after The Hive small Amsterdam coffee meet up. These coffees became a bit more regular and one day we met for breakfast. Breakfast dates became regular and we just talked about everything and occupied “our corner” at Le Pain Quotidien for some time these mornings…

Giova writes a blog where she shares her love for crafts and small nice shops, some traveling and more. And us moving away I thought it would be lovely to have Giova here on Paul & Paula as a contributor – bringing you some nice crafty ideas.

Of course it is a bit selfish too, because like this we will keep in touch because I will miss these breakfasts with her… a lot!

Her first post for Paul & Paula will be published shortly…

One Bunting Away

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