Making Popsicle Stick Crafts to Boost Creativity

Each one of us has unique abilities and creativity. One of them is making crafts. There are lots of people who enjoy making crafts, ranging from children to adults. Selling crafts can even make extra income. One of the crafts that can be created easily is by using Popsicle sticks.

If you enjoy eating delicious popsicles on a hot day, do not throw away the sticks. These Popsicle sticks can be made into beautiful crafts. Other than being fun to make, Popsicle stick crafts can also be utilized for our daily activities, such as decorations, phone stand, coin bank, et cetera. Some crafts made using Popsicle sticks are so magnificent that you won’t believe they are made of Popsicle sticks.

Popsicle sticks are very cheap and adaptable. You can use Popsicle sticks for virtually anything. Whether you want to make a frame for your photos or a birdhouse to place on the tree outside of your house, the possibilities are endless. All you need to do is play with your imagination and creativity.

Arranging Popsicle sticks to make Popsicle stick crafts is not too challenging. The only things you need are creativity, precision, patience, glue, and of course some Popsicle sticks. You might need several more things in the process, but it will not add any difficulty.

The stuff you can make from Popsicle sticks are listed below, with some fun descriptions about each one of them.

Popsicle stick house

One of the first things you tried to make when you first started making crafts from Popsicle sticks is probably the Popsicle stick house. If you frequently make crafts from Popsicle sticks, chances are this one is not that hard for you. You only need to be patient and precise in making a Popsicle stick house.

After you finish making the Popsicle stick house, you will feel satisfied with the result because if you make this miniature with precision, the result will be sophisticated. If you want a tutorial for this one, search for it on YouTube.

Mini Swing

This adorable miniature swing will remind you of your childhood. If you like cute things, you will like this one. Try placing it in your pet hamster’s cage (but it might be gone in a week or so).

A Bridge

The bridge is one of the Popsicle stick crafts that require more artistry and mastery compared to the others. You can put this Popsicle stick craft as an ornament and people will be astonished at what you can make.

Popsicle Stick Fan

If you frequently use the traditional bamboo fan you get as wedding souvenirs, you will be glad to know that you can make it from Popsicle sticks. Just cross two Popsicle sticks and glue it in a position that resembles a fan, and put a folded piece of paper between the sticks.

Popsicle Stick Vase Decoration

To make this one, there is one extra step you have to do before shaping the Popsicle sticks. Before putting the sticks inside a clear flower vase, you have to soften them by boiling them in water. After they are soft enough, arrange them in your clear vase.

Be sure not to wait too long before arranging the sticks, because they will harden again. when they harden, it will be impossible to arrange them nicely in the vase. But in case this happens, just boil them again.

Popsicle Stick Hut

Wanting a cute hut-shaped decoration, but can’t get it anywhere? Just make it yourself using Popsicle sticks! It is way easier to do than you imagine. I will include a short tutorial here.

To make a hut, the first thing you need to do is make the roof. To make the roof, cut 8-10 Popsicle sticks in half (be sure to cut them equally) and attach the edges together until they form a roof.

Next, make the foundation of the hut. To make the foundation, use three pieces of Popsicle sticks to form the letter “H”. Make two of it, one for each side of the hut. After the foundation is done, make a floor for your hut. Cut your Popsicle sticks according to the distance of the two foundations. Attach them together.

The last step is making mini fences for your hut. This step does not provide any additional support to your hut, but it surely adds cuteness. To make fences, cut small pieces of Popsicle sticks and arrange them until they form fences.

A flower pot made of popsicle sticks

Are you considering buying a flower pot, but flower pots with high quality are too expensive for you? Just create your very own beautiful flower pot using Popsicle sticks. This is one of the most useful Popsicle stick crafts.

To make this flower pot, arrange the Popsicle sticks in a circular shape. Stick them together with super glue. Another option is to stick them around a clear plastic cup or a plastic bottle cut-out. The latter option is easier. Whichever way you make this flower pot, you will love the result.

Are Popsicle Stick Crafts Only For Kids?

Of course not! Do not ever be afraid to be creative. If you are proficient enough in making Popsicle stick crafts, you can even make money by selling them in art shops or souvenir shops. That way, people will not see your hobby as a childish, useless thing to do. Actually, there are so many people in this era who utilize their creativity to make anything from “worthless” everyday stuff.

Other than using Popsicle sticks, people are also using other materials such as plastic bottles, newspaper, cardboard, used straws, and anything else. Nearly all of the materials around us can be made into crafts if we are creative enough.

The stuff mentioned above are only a few examples of Popsicle stick crafts. There are still many things to explore, because the possibilities are endless. Good luck in trying to make these stuff! Always remember than any waste can be useful if they are processed with much care and creativity, just like the Popsicle sticks.






Making Beautiful Variations of Origami Flower

Origami, derived from the Japanese words Oru (fold) and Kami (paper) is a traditional art that has been around for thousands of years. There are countless designs of origami around the world. Each design was either created from the beginning of the origami history, or recently created by younger generations. Some designs, including origami flower, ranges from the simplest to the most complex.

Most of us were introduced to origami during our preschool or kindergarten years. The shapes we tried to fold at that time were the simpler ones, such as pinwheels and boats. Of course, origami might not feel interesting to all of us. Some people see origami as boring and time-wasting. However, origami actually stimulates our creativity and trains our fine motor skills.

Origami requires precision, persistence, and patience. We can create any shapes we want using the basic or advanced techniques of origami. Origami enthusiasts are not only youngsters, but also adults and elders who need relaxation.

It is not surprising that origami is one of the most prized forms of art in the world, because other than seeing the beauty in the results, we can also enjoy the process of making origami. Apart from the aesthetic aspects, origami has so many benefits.

Introducing origami starting from a young age is recommended because it has many benefits. But even if you did not start making origami as a kid, you will still get the benefits. There are at least ten benefits of origami.

The benefits you get from origami are: enhanced fine motor skills of hands, enhanced creativity, improved intellectual ability, balanced right and left brain activity, improved concentration and focus, better imagination, enhanced memory, more patience, a better understanding of aesthetics, and makes you able to appreciate works of art.

After reading a brief history of origami and knowing its benefits, I bet you are now excited to start learning some origami shapes. In this tutorial, I will show you how to make some variations of origami flower, the cherry blossom (sakura) and the tulip.

Making Cherry Blossom Origami Flower

We will start with the simplest flower to make, which is the cherry blossom or called Sakura in Japanese. To make the cherry blossom, you will need at least five pieces of square shaped paper and scissors.

The first step you have to make is folding the paper in half vertically. Next, choose one bottom edge and fold it to make a small triangle.

Then, repeat what you have just done on the reverse side. Cut a small triangle on the bottom right corner (your paper should have an opening on the left side now). Do not throw away the small triangle you just cut because we will use it later.

The last step to finish making one of the petals is cutting a curved edge on the left side, cutting through all layers. Repeat all the steps we have gone through on four more papers to make a total of five petals.

When you have five petals, combine them altogether and press the petals so they stick to one another. To finish the cherry blossom, stick the small triangles you cut earlier on the centre of your flower. Your cherry blossom origami flower is now done.

Making Tulip Origami Flower

The tulip origami design has two parts, the flower and the stem. In this tutorial, we will make the flower first. Prepare a square origami paper.

First, fold your paper diagonally; making the corners meet so it forms a right triangle. Fold it the other way too. Now open the folds and you’ll see that you have two intersecting diagonal lines.

Push the sides of the paper inwards so it becomes a triangle-shaped pocket. Fold each corner upward, meeting the upper corner of the triangle.

Now you should have a diamond-shaped paper in front of you. Fold the outer corner inward, so you’re left with an inverted kite shape.

To finish the tulip flower, hold your paper so there is a hole facing downwards. You’ll see that there’s a layer of “petals”. Peel off those “petals” like how you would peel a banana. Remember to do it slowly so you don’t rip your origami flower. When you finish this step, you’re done with the flower! Now it’s time to make the stem.

The first step to make the stem is folding your paper diagonally; folding the side and making them meet so you have a kite shape. Next, fold the upper corners following the crease you made earlier. Now you have a narrow diamond shape.

Then, flip the paper vertically to the folds are facing downward. Fold the paper in half, making the bottom and upper edges meet. Now fold it in half horizontally. Open the outer layer so it resembles a leaf.

To finish making this tulip, insert the stem to the tulip’s hole. Now you have a beautiful 3D tulip, your first three-dimensional origami flower. Congratulations!

What Are the Functions of Origami Flower?

Origami flowers do not have much other than creative and aesthetic purposes. But apart from that, the process of making an origami flower is really beneficial for the makers.

The two selected tutorials earlier in this article can show you how simple origami can be. However, some origami designs are much more difficult than them and require you to possess adequate skills in order to succeed making them.

In our daily lives, origami flowers are often used for decorations. Other than decorations, smaller versions of origami flowers can also be used on invitations, place cards, name tags, et cetera. Origami flowers are still chosen by many people to add a sweet accent to their goods.

I Have Never Tried to Make Any Origami, but I Want to Try Making an Origami Flower. Where Should I Start?

If you are completely blind about the basics of origami, you should follow some pictorials (tutorials with pictures) or video tutorials. That way, you can learn the origami designs with more ease because you are simply imitating the tutor’s steps in making the origami.

When you start learning how to fold origami flower, make sure you already know the basics like mountain creases and valley creases. Understanding terms like those will help you in following more tutorials in the future.

Stunning and Amazing Design Gift Card

Nowadays, there are so many unique designs ofgift cardthat you can meet on store. Those cardshave unordinary design which make you want to grab and purchase them. They are made to attract the attention of people, so the corporation can enhance the sales significantly. Do you know what kind of design which can attract person’s attention.

3D Pop UpGift Card Design

Everyone who still alive today live in 21st century. If you have business in this segment, you can’t only sell the ordinary style. If you do that, you may not survive due to bloody competition in this segment. The keys of success in business are being different, explore something new, and keeping on learning about your segment.

If you live in this century, you have to know that people already bored with only simply design of 2D. You have to offer the 3D design that we can called it pop up design. It is named 3D pop up design, because it has mechanism of 3D when you open the card. When you combine the card with the great cartoon or amazing picture it will become the greatest card for everyone.

You will amaze everyone by only one single touching. This 3D pop up design never fails to catch attention from everyone. You only require creativity to make a good design. When you have a good skill at origami, you can create better design that will make everybody happy. The examples of stunning 3D Pop Up design:

1. 3D Pop Up Design for Birthday

When you have good friends and your friends have birthday, you may think to give the best gift that you can provide. Don’t think to only buy the ordinarygift card for your special friends. You can procure 3D pop design that you can get in bookstore around your city. Even, you can’t find the good one, you can try to search from your laptop and try to look for the birthday card that has pop up design.

You may find that there are so many 3D pop up designs for birthday. When it is closed, it maybe looks like common card. When you open it, you may see a piece of birthday cake that stands out completed with its candle. That is only one example of the 3D pop up design for birthday.

Another example of pop up design for birthday is bunch of presents that stand out when you open the card. It will look like miracle for everyone and your friend will ask how it can stand out. Then, you can see that your friend feels happy from the smile.

2. 3D Pop Up Design for Wedding

You found that your friend or family will get married. You may think what kind of card I can give to them. The answer is so simple. You only have to purchase 3D pop up design for wedding. This kind of card, when you open it, there will be a couple picture that stand out.

When you want to give better card, you can try to demand from thegift card company that accept the personal request. You can also design based on your opinion and idea. You will find that the reaction from your friend or family will make you also smile. You will know the feeling of happiness when you someone smile because of you.

3. 3D Pop Up Design for Happy Mom Day

When you still have your mom alive, you really have to grateful to your God. You can try to give her surprise or make her happy every day. When she grows to become older day by day, someday she needs not only money, but also your attention. Even for a small thing, you can give her attention such as give her good message every day and cook for her.

Another activity that can make your mom happy is congratulating her happy mom day through agift card. You can say thank you for everything, thanks because of you want to make you born in this world safely, or thanks to your mom to take care of you when you still a kid. Maybe you can also make a poem for them. That would be perfect.

You can try to searc for 3D pop up design with the topic of happy mom day at bookstore. You can try to buy it and open it. You will find that there are bunch of flowers stand out from the card.

Flat Design to Attract Attention

Nowadays, the most popular design is flat design. If you are not familiar to the design world, you will ask what that is flat design. This is a minimalist design that themed by using pastel or bright colors, 2D image, simple, and clean space.

It is very popular and has been used in human interface of Microsoft also. Even power point, magazine, and book’s cover design have this flat design.  This flat design uses icon-like illustration rather than real-world object.

Although flat design is minimalist design, it does not mean less attractive. It can decrease the picture disturbance from the user or customer experience. In other words, it can eliminate the unimportant variable in illustration. Flat design can also catch attention easily and grab the costumer’s eye.

Another advantage of flat design is quick to be grasped compared to detailed design. It can deliver the message quicker and easy to be understand by everone. The design of this segment is judged by how amazing it looks like.

Different Basic Shape

The shape of this card does not necessarily square-shaped because of it will be so bored to see this shape again and again. There will be variations of the shape such as apple, cake-like, ribbon, and so on. This design can grab customer’s eye easily rather than using common square-shaped.

The most important to get attention to increase sale is becoming different. It is why there are so many creativity productions to create new things about this segment. When, the corporations combine these three variables about pop up, flat design, and basic shape that will be the greatest design you have ever seen.




Fabulous Gift Box for Prodigious Person

You ever heard the term about don’t judge people from the cover. Then, it may be true for people characters or to looks for their inner beauty, but the corporations can’t do that. Cover or packaging of product is the most important thing and they suppose do, so they can appeal interest from customer.

It also necessary in gift business to produce good cover for the gift especiallygift box. The more precious person is required to be given better quality of gift and its cover. In other words, this box can be used to present how spectacular brand that you made. The more elegant the cover can make people happy and interested to open what is inside.

Nowadays, there are so many kind of DIY cover gift made from scrapbook paper with variation designs. The more catchy and fancy design, the higher the price to obtain it. There will be always economical rule in every product in this world.

When you want to send a gift to someone, don’t forget to provide a good give to your special people. There will be so many kind ofgift box design. You should find the fit design for fit moment.

Ordinary Box

Everyone already knows about this thing. Similar to its name, ordinary box is only box to cover present. You can give everything inside as you present and give it to someone special for you. This kind of box has been used so long time ago by citizen.

ScrapbookGift Box Design

The idea for this cover gift is make a box that has shape like a book. From the outside, you may look it as a book, but it will become a box inside of that book. The would be any kind of design such as dairy book, detective box, cute book completed with its ribbon and so on.

That is the reason why you called it scrapbook box. You can use it to cover your present to your special person. If you don’t have someone to be given, you can also use it to store your jewelry. The problem here is that it is a little bit hard to find this kind of book at the offline store. Sometimes you need to demand it from the online store.

When you try to order scrapbook box, you can choose which one you like. The shape of the box itself has to be matched for the situation of the person you want to give. You have to remember that a suitable box has power to strengthen the relationship between you and someone special for you.

Maybe you will become worry when you are really creative and want to design the box by yourself, but you don’t have proper skill. Don’t give up. There is a way when there is a will. You can try to search for from internet about online shop that take care of the personal offering.That kind of online shop will fulfill your demand and do design like what you want.

Anyway, when you give this to person, they will spontaneously say that the design is so cute. Maybe for the first time, they will think that you give them a book. After they open it, they will know that it is box with a cute design. Everyone loves good surprise right.

3D Pop UpGift Box Design

Don’t you ever hear about 3D pop up present box design. If you still don’t know, you have to know right now. In this century, the common design such as two dimensions has become out of date. That is not cool anymore especially for young generation.

The outstanding box phenomenon is 3D pop design. This 3D pop design possesses mathematical mechanism that you have to calculate well to get the outstanding 3D shape. From the outside, you may see that is only the common or ordinary box.

The miracle will happen when you open the box. There will be illustration or 3D shape thing comes out from inside. It requires high skill to make it. Sometimes, there will be placed to put your gift inside, but the size and place are depending on the design itself.

It is why don’t become very surprised by its price. It is more expensive than only ordinary box. There will be a lot of design depend on what you need. When you have family’s birthday moment, you can try to forage 3D pop up birthday box. When you open it, there will be a 3D cake which comes out from inside the box.

If you buy that kind of box, you can place your gift such as brooch, hairpin, and everything that has small size due to less place for gift. In other words, this box will not appropriate to cover large gift.

Natural LookGift Box Design

This box is not always made from cardboard and paper, but it can be created from plastic and wood. The box can be equipped with the lock and key also to make it look mysterious. There will be decorations for the outer of the box.

For the natural wood without paint is the best to be matched together with the plastic flower and the design will become so cute. The unpainted wood box will give impression about nature and look fresh. This kind of box only could be given to girl or woman.

To get this type of box, you can ask to carpenter or maybe go to DIY or handicraft store. Sometimes, the store is providing only in plain form without any decoration at all. You can use your creativity here to flourish it by using mini plastic flowers.

You can also find the mini plastic flowers inside that store. You can try to purchase more than one variation of the flower and mix match it. You can try to use flowers that has pastel colors, so every color can match each other well.

The most important thing is that don’t forget to buy the present before you buy the box. You have to fit between the gift and the box.


What to Know About Creating DIY Paper Craft for Nursery

Most parents block their nursery walls with cute wallpapers while other parents decide to paint nursery walls with soft colors. DIY paper craft actually is a beautiful ornament to embellish nursery and a lovely alternative for wallpaper. Before preparing materials to create do-it-yourself paper craft, you should know types of paper to make paper crafts so you won’t get wrong paper to beautify your nursery.

Unique Papers for Assorted DIY Paper Craft

First paper used to create do-it-yourself paper craft for nursery is gold foil paper. Compared to other types of paper, gold foil is thicker and has glossier surface. To make paper craft from gold foil paper, you need to cut the paper first. Be really careful in folding gold foil paper since any crease you make will leave a trace. You will never fix the trace left by crease.

Washi is another paper parents can use to make paper craft. Washi is Japanese origami paper that’s totally different from gold foil paper. Washi is extremely thin and its surface is a bit rough. Yet, washi has awesome quality and it comes in unique colors. Typically, washi is used to make washi dolls. Since washi is handmade, no wonder that it is expensive and rare.

There’s also corrugated paper or pleated paper that was found around 19th century. At first people used corrugated paper to make hat. Since pleated paper has pads that are able to prevent impacts from, people started using pleated paper to wrap fragile stuffs like glass and lightbulbs. Today parents can use pleated paper as material of do-it-yourself paper craft like scrapbook and greeting cards.

Gallery Wall from DIY Paper Craft

Paper allows us to create many things, including photo frame. Photo frames from paper are brilliant ideas for nursery since those frames won’t harm baby when they fall from the wall or desk over the baby. Main material for paper photo frames is thick paper and/or doubled paper. Use doubled paper or thick paper as the back part of photo frame that holds baby’s photo.

For the front part of paper photo frame, stick small paper rolls around baby’s photo. Before sticking small paper rolls, you must adjust both displayer and paper rolls with the frame you want to make. For the rolls, use colorful decorative papers that help creating gorgeous paper photo frame. Get the other materials like cardboard, scissor, glue, knife or cutter, and photo. Cut the cardboard first.

Cut two pieces of cardboard with 5 centimeters extra widths around the photo of your baby. Then cut a piece of cardboard right in the middle where you’ll display the photo. Make sure it fits for your baby’s photo. Next, stick the photo between both pieces of cardboard. Make a photo buffer also from cardboard (if it belongs to a desk). Now, prepare the colorful paper rolls.

Roll up your colorful decorative papers in exactly same small rolls but in assorted lengths. Stick those small rolls to the cardboard around your baby’s photo by the help of glue. Make some other paper photo frames then hang some on nursery wall and place the rest on the table in your nursery. When your baby becomes toddler, teach her/him to make do-it-yourself paper photo frame and be creative.

Fabulous Flower Vase DIY Paper Craft

Making flower vase from papers is not so complicated. Prepare a plastic bottle, rope, decorative papers, scrap paper, glue, scissor, and cutter first. Then use cutter to cut plastic bottle right in the middle. Roll your scrap papers then leave them but keep them rolled up. Now rub the glue to the outside of plastic bottle. Stick the rolled scrap papers on your plastic bottle.

When you’re done covering half of plastic bottle with rolled scrap paper continue cutting the excess paper according to the height of the bottle. Then continue covering plastic bottle using the rest rolled scrap paper. Make your flower vase looks more fabulous by covering the rolled scrap paper with rolled decorative paper. Use a rope as the final ornament surrounding your decorative papers.

Fill the flower vase with artificial flowers if you don’t want fresh plant destroying your flower vase which is full of paper. You can also make paper flowers from colorful flowers then put them inside your paper flower vase. This combination turns to safe and sophisticated decoration for nursery. Since the nursery has flowers – even though just paper flowers – let us bring in the butterflies.

DIY Paper Craft Perching on the Wall

Lovely butterflies are not only good to complement gift wrapper, photo frame, and diary but also excellent to beautify nursery walls. Get some origamis in assorted colors, pencil, ruler, scissor, rope, and ribbons in various colors first. Next, draw the butterflies using ruler and pencil on the origamis as much as you want. Then cut the origamis following the butterfly pattern you draw.

Now, fold the origami forward and backward. Then tie the center of origami tightly using a strong rope so that it won’t be detached. Spread the wings of butterflies from the fold or crease. When you’re done creating all butterflies from the entire origami you’ve prepared, stick them to the walls of nursery. When you let the window opened and the wind comes in, the butterflies will look real.

Though flowers and butterflies are identical with girls, those do-it-yourself paper craft ideas are awesome decoration for nursery where your baby boy spends most time in it. Besides, those decorations are made from papers that are safe for both baby girl and boy. Instead of purchasing pricey nursery decoration, you should try making your own paper craft that beautifies nursery without hurting your baby.

Do-it-yourself paper craft in more manly options like birds, stars, and hot air balloon hung on nursery ceiling is perfect for both baby boy and girl. Try to make assorted paper crafts using colorful papers for desk, ceiling, and walls of nursery. They’ll add colors to the room and make the room feels more alive.