Sharing some really cute treats to make and give this holiday season!
Snow Globe Cookie
These three dimensional snow globe cookies are my most fav holiday cookie finds!
With three different 3D printers around, it was about time that I give it a try. Using TinkerCAD, a free software for designing 3D objects, I designed my first miniature house for printing. The software was very easy to use but it took about 2.5 hours to print the design. Despite the wait time, I'm quite impressed with the print quality and completely hooked on making more houses now!
I've started collecting tree branches on walks with my 5 year old lately and been looking for ways to use them. There's something whimsy about working with organic materials and my favorite so far are branches and moss.
While playing with different materials for the peg doll body, I thought it'd be fun to use the branches I've been gathering. What started as a simple idea became one of my most favorite creations. Never in a million years would I've thought moss can look so beautiful as a dress!
Create a light box to decorate the walls, open a child’s imagination or tell a story! See how you can easily incorporate LED lights into a shadow box without dealing with complicated wiring.
PreP the Box
In this tutorial, we’re using a paper mache box (about 3 x 5 in) found in local craft stores. Alternatively, you can cut out panels from used cardboard boxes to create your own box shape and size.
Before you begin, brainstorm a theme and think about the colors and design you’d like to incorporate. The exterior walls will be covered with decorative cardstock paper to hide the tape wiring. You can choose to paint the interior or apply cardstock paper using double sided tape. For this project, we painted the interior with black acrylic paint to produce a night scene.
Step 2 (The Interior) : Apply acrylic paint and brush in even strokes across the box, from side to side and top to bottom. Since we’re covering the exterior with cardstock paper, it’s ok to go over the edges slightly.
Step 3: Use a blow dryer to quickly dry the surfaces for next steps. Make sure all the edges are covered with paint for a clean finish. If you’re painting it black and find spots unpainted after drying, you can touch up with a permanent black marker.
Step 1: Pull a strip of copper tape and cut a length long enough to stretch across the box ceiling and to the bottom of the backside. Then holding the copper tape strip, cut through the middle to produce two thinner pieces.
Step 6: Using double-sided tape, cover along the sides of the box while leaving the rooftop open. Take the cardstock paper you prepared earlier and line it along the edges to tape in place. Please keep in mind that the bottom two flaps will need to be folded in first and apply another layer of double-sided tape over the flaps to secure the bottom panel in place.
Now you should have a box with just the roof uncovered. Finish adding your lights and if you wish to apply effects to the LED lights, such as the Blink sticker for blinking effects, you can stick it on top of the copper strips. (Position the effect sticker slanted so only one tape is coming out of the triangular signal pad shown below) Give it a test again to make sure everything is functioning properly.
Make Battery Holder
To make the coin battery holder, you’ll need a rectangular strip (about ½ inch) and two pieces of round cutouts, slightly larger than the coin battery.
Step 1: Cut small slits along the edges of the strip leaving about ½ centimeter of space in the middle. You can fold against a coin battery and make a crease to use as a guide. Note that it’s better to have tighter spaces between the two round panels so the copper tape can be in closer contact with battery. Once you have enough to cover 2/3 of the circle, trim off the excess.
Step 2: Apply glue on decorative side of the slits and wrap along the edges of the round cutout. Test to make sure opening is large enough for coin battery to be inserted. Glue on the second circular cutout to finish the battery holder. Let it dry for a minute and insert coin battery again to make sure it still fits through the opening.
Step 3: Glue battery holder to the back of the box with opening towards the top. It is important to make sure the position of the holder is close enough to the rooftop to allow the copper tapes to be inserted but not too close for ease of inserting and removing battery and tape. This is especially important if you're adding a cover roof top on top of your box.
Step 4: Fold the ends of the copper tape a few times to thicken them for better contact with battery when inserted.
Now Decorate Away!
Here's where the real fun begins. We tinkered a bit with nature and turned the box into a forest schoolhouse by adding a roof, branches and leaves and miniature objects. We kept the objects removable to keep it flexible as a room decoration, mood box or a stage set for teaching stop motion videos. Let your imagination run wild by turning it into a story box, miniature dollhouse or gallery. The possibilities are endless!
Tip: Use glue dots to station objects in place so you can move them around without damaging the interior.
Thanks to Amazon France, I was able to find and purchase this amazing book by Rebecca Dautremer. The illustration and intricate details are amazing!
The book arrived in a week from ordering and I wish I knew French to actually read it.
In the past few months, I've spent a lot of time reading, practicing and researching about creativity and design thinking. The process has been an invaluable experience as it allowed me to discover core elements and characteristics of teaching methods that foster creative thinking and development of passion. It took me out of the education system that have strapped us to the core of what the society would like us to learn versus developing individuality and achievements that will lead to a more fulfilled and happier life. Below are some of my findings and revelations and I hope to hear what you might add or differ:
(Disclosure: Some ideas in the article are learnings from other sources that I realized through my own encountering. Without any recording of all the pieces I've read, I apologize in advance if I overlooked any areas where credit is due.)
We've been tinkering with circuit ideas at the studio for the past week and made our first light up car using coin battery and LED. All the tutorials on the web uses copper tape and metal clip for paper circuits but I wanted something a bit more streamlined and flexible. I had some copper wire from making the homopolar motor so decided to use it for this project. The wires worked perfectly and I created a battery pack in the back so I can turn on and off the light by inserting / removing the battery.
While observing, my five year old wanted to light up her car, too, so she created her version of the circuit using LittleBits without any help. When I placed them together, thought her little box car turned out cuter than mine. What do you think?
A life observer and maker passionate about inspiring you to live out your creative self.