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Pop-up PAPER FLOWER INSTRUCTIONS

I made this worksheet for our local independent cinema, Depot, to accompany their summer exhibition which has a flower theme.

I was very fortunate to be given a small collection of Indian paper toys made by a famous toy maker, Vinod Kumar Sharma, who exhibited at the Delhi handicraft museum. One of them happened to be a paper flower. After a little examination and research I managed to put together a worksheet to show you how to make one.

I will be making a film to make it more clear. In the mean time you can download the worksheet here.

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TIE - ON POCKET INSTRUCTIONS

I decided to make a pocket, based on pockets women used to wear before sewn-in pockets were a thing. Here is a link to a pocket pattern and instructions incase you'd like to make one for yourself.

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FINGER PUPPET
INSTRUCTIONS

If you'd like to turn my Giant Jam Sandwich tea towel into finger puppets and a pouch to keep them in you can get the instructions here. You can buy the tea towel here.

EASTER ORIGAMI

This is my favourite Easter origami. Rehearse it and then surprise your friends with this egg laying hen!

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YOU TOO CAN MAKE A HEN

Last week I decided to make a hen cushion, after I discovered a book by Erica Wilson called Fun With Crewel Embroidery. I have a feeling it's meant for children and that's probably why I like it. I chose a hen after reading this fascinating piece about elderly women who paint their walls. I especially liked Polina Raïko's house, the painted cockerels are by her. Thinking about patterns to include, I remembered my willow and tissue birds that I made a few years ago (you can learn how to make willow and tissue things here).

If you'd like to make your own hen you can download a pattern and stitch guide here. The pattern is on two A4 sheets that you can stick together.

I'd love to see how your hen turns out. If you post it on Instagram and tag me @emmacarlow or use the hashtag #haveagoathome I'll get to see it.

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PICK A CAROL, ANY CAROL

Squabbling over which carol to sing next? Let the Carol Picker decide. Print your carol picker on A4 paper, follow the instructions and your carol cares will be sorted.

Download you Carol Picker here.

Here is a link to a playlist on Spotify that matches the numbers on the picker.

LET'S MAKE SOME NOISE!

Here is my latest zine 'How to Make a Spin Drum'. You can download it here or if you'd like me to print and fold it for you yo can buy one in my shop.

Let's all make one and make some noise!

how to make christmas angel

I love to make these angels using just withies and wet strength tissue paper, both available from https://www.musgrovewillows.co.uk/

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PERUVIAN bull pattern

This little bull was inspired by a bull pitcher like the ones that Peruvians place on the roof for good luck, fertility (of crops and livestock) and to bring prosperity, a tradition that pre-dates the arrival of the Spanish. Originally they would have been llamas to honour Pachamama, the Inca earth goddess. Read more here.

You can download a pattern for the bull here. Mine is pincushion size, although that is too crueller fate for a bull. You could enlarge him. He'd make a good door stop, filled with sand.

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How to make a bird on a perch

Print out your own little zine of instructions on how to make a cardboard version of a traditional Vietnamese bird on a perch.

Get your zine print out here.

Set your paper size to A4 borderless when you print out the design

See the zine folding instruction video below 

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How to make a cardboard frame

Print out your own little zine of instructions on how to make a cardboard version of a traditional Mexican souvenir, a framed picture of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Get your zine print out here.

Set your paper size to A4 borderless when you print out the design

See the zine folding instruction video below 

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How to make a cardboard fan

Here is a little zine of instructions on how to make a cardboard version of a traditional Japanese fan (Uchiwa), inspired by the fans that my mum brought me when she lived in Japan.

Get your zine print out here.

Set your paper size to A4 borderless when you print out the design

See the zine folding instruction video below 

zine folding instruction video

Watch this video to see how to fold a zine. It's easy!

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Instructions

Print out the design, setting your paper size to A4 borderless or, if you don't have an edge to edge printer, set the size to 'fit to page'. Back Phoenix and her shoe stand with card so that she stands up straight. Snip the dotted lines at the bottom of the legs and the top of the shoes so that they slot together. Bend the shoe stand along the dotted line in the middle of the stand and slot the shoes into the bottom of the legs. Cut out the clothes and dress Phoenix, using the tabs to hold the clothes in place. Why not design some clothes yourself? Post your pictures on Instagram with the #phoenixshellmadine. Have fun!

Ms shellmadine

This is Phoenix Shellmadine. She loves vintage clothes that she buys from The Saturday Dress which is owned by Kate O'Donnell. In fact Phoenix is named after Kate's favourite primary school teacher, Miss Shellmadine. Kate remember's how sad she was when Miss Shellmadine got married and changed her name to Mrs Black. All of Phoenix's clothes are real. My favourite is the yellow Mod dress, designed by Gerald McCann.

Click here to download your own Phoenix. 

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POP PICKER

Are you and your friends or family arguing about what to play on Spotify during isolation? Here is the answer! Print out this Pop Picker, setting your paper size to A4 borderless or, if you don't have an edge to edge printer, set the size to 'fit to page', follow the folding instructions and all your problems are over. Musical harmony reigns.

Click here to download your Pop Picker

 

Here is a link to the playlist on Spotify that matches the numbers on the picker.