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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

My hands can do this --- DIY Pen Holders


My elder daughter has this salt and pepper in porcelain as shown below.  She told me to use it and throw the box already.  But I looked on the box and became curious of it because of the cute drawing of the frogs and the holes where the salt and pepper in porcelain was previously kept.  A purpose came up to mind, like a pen holder, because the box has already a pre-made holes.


King Frog Box with Salt / Pepper in Porcelain


DIY PEN HOLDER 



Materials:
(1) box King Frog Salt / Pepper Jar Porcelain
(1) pack 20’s popsicle sticks – plain jumbo size
(7) Wiggly eyes
      Scotch tape
      Elmer’s glue
      garden jute string
      big scissor
      rubber bands
      decorative item, any
      pencil
      permanent, colored markers (black & pink colors)
      gold pen
      glossy calendar (old)
      felt paper (any color) (leftovers)
      art paper (leftovers), green, light green, & pink colors
      carbon paper

Level of Difficulty – easy

Instructions:


1) There are 3 parts of the box, namely the outer cover, the inner part, and the box itself  as shown in picture (a) below.  Detach the movable inner part cover of the box showing with an arrow in picture (a) below.  Attach Scotch tape in all 4 corners of the inner part of the box, as well as, the box itself. Cut the excess of the foldable part up to the edge only as shown in picture (b) below.  Trim the excess to attach it to the same area and apply Elmer’s glue on both sides.  Attach Scotch tape to hold them together as shown in picture (c) below.


Parts of the Box
(picture a)


Excess Part
(picture b)


Attach Tape
(picture c)

2) Cut only the foldable area of the other movable inner part cover of the box showing with an arrow in picture (d) below.   Fold the cut portion into 2 and apply Elmer’s glue on both sides to attach it in the middle area as shown in picture (e) below.  Attach Scotch tape to hold them together.  Put it back on the box itself again. Spread Elmer’s glue on both long sides of the box itself.  Put it inside the outer cover.  



Foldable Area

Picture (d)


Middle Area
Picture (e)

3)For the top covering of the box, measure it on a felt paper.  Cut, apply Elmer’s glue, and attach it to neatly cover the top part of the box.  Poke the two center holes, make a slit, and fold the excess paper inside. 

4) For the bottom part, measure it on a glossy, white calendar and then cut.  Provide an inch allowance on all sides for folding.  Apply Elmer’s glue to attach it at the bottom.  Apply glue also inside the box on both ends.  Then fold the ends  to hold the bottom area firmly.   

5) Attach two rubber bands around the box to hold the sticks altogether when attached. Insert the popsicle sticks inside the rubber bands to determine the number of sticks needed to be cut as shown in picture (f).  Precut the popsicle sticks by 4 inches each with a big scissor. (Note: Save the excess portion of the sticks for later use.)  Apply Elmer’s glue on each stick and then attach them on the first long side of the box first.  After completing this first side, turn it on its side to fully attach them on the side and let them dry first. Do the same procedures on the other long side of the box.  Be sure that all the sticks are well-aligned to each other above and at the bottom.  There should be 8 jumbo popsicle sticks attached on both sides.


Popsicle Sticks with Rubber Bands
Picture (f)

6) On the short side of the box, there will be a little space left that is not enough to insert one whole stick.  Be sure the spacing between two sticks on this side is equal enough to cover the whole area.  Attach the sticks on both small sides of the box with Elmer’s glue.  Do the same procedures on the other short side. Be sure that all the sticks are well-aligned to each other above and at the bottom.  There should be 4 jumbo popsicle sticks attached on both sides.

7) Starting from the corner area of the small side at the lower portion, attach the garden jute string using Elmer’s glue.  Continue attaching the strings around 10X and then cut at the beginning corner area.  Choose the best area you want to be facing you. Attach the decorative item with Elmer’s glue. In this case, I used small, colored, round wood chips and made a design by attaching garden jute around each chips as shown in picture (g) below.  They are like tadpoles. Set the box aside. 


Decorated Side
Picture (g)

8) Measure the bottom part on a felt paper.  Cut, apply Elmer’s glue and attach it to neatly cover the bottom part.
9) Draw  a small frog, like a frog king in the box itself as pattern, in a thin white cardboard, followed by the queen and a commoner, too, as shown in  picture (h) below. (Note: I applied colored marker to make it a clear sample view of these frogs before they are to be applied on an art paper. Provide a length space for attaching it on the sticks.)  Invert showing the white area and fold a small area of the art paper (green color) into two. Using a carbon paper, trace the king frog,  queen frog, and 2 commoners on the white side area of the art paper.  Cut the art paper and invert it showing the green color back to back already to form as one frog image.  The image should measure 2 inches from head to bottom.  Make adjustments.  Apply Elmer’s glue to attach them together. 


Using an art paper (pink color), trace the small crown of queen frog  on an art paper (pink color).  Cut the art paper and apply Elmer’s glue to attach  the crown on the head of the queen frog.  

Using a gold pen, color the crown of the  king frog.  Using a black marker, mark the edges of these frogs.  Attach their respective wiggly eyes and mark their lips with pink color marker. Do the same procedures for the two commoner frogs.  Set them aside. 


 Drawing Pattern of Frogs
Picture (h)

10)Using the excess popsicle sticks as in Instruction #4, measure and precut 8 excess popsicle  sticks by 1 ½ inches.   Apply Elmer’s glue on upper portion of the first stick  and attach the king frog in front of it.  (Note: Be sure that the height of the king frog is elevated to show him  above the grass.)  Apply Elmer’s glue in front of the king frog (lower area only), as well as, the  whole area of the popsicle stick and then attach the second stick on top.  Let it dry well.  The  image of the king frog is between two popsicle sticks as shown in picture (i).   Do the same  procedures with the remaining frogs.  The outcome is shown below.


Attaching Image on Popsicle Stick
Picture (i)


Attached Frogs on Popsicle Sticks

11)Using a light green art paper, measure and cut 2 inches (L) X 11 inches (W ). To make a grass pattern, fold the art paper several times and then make many diagonal cuts up to its half of the paper only as shown in picture (j).  Apply Elmer’s glue in between the precut art paper.  (Note: Application of Elmer’s glue is done after the precutting in order to create a shade of white and curly effect  on the grass pattern.  Don’t worry if the paper doesn’t aligned well.) Apply Elmer’s glue to attach them around the back of the popsicle.  It should be leveled around the top of the box.  If it is not enough to cover the whole area with grass made, do the same procedures of measuring and cutting the art paper to make another grass pattern.  Apply Elmer’s glue to attach the additional grass pattern around.      

Using a dark green art paper, measure and cut 2 ¼ inches (L) X 11 inches (W).  Do the same procedures of making a grass pattern.  Do not glue it yet.  Set it aside.   


Grass Pattern
Picture (j)

12)Turn the box sideward and position the king frog, queen frog, and the two commoner frogs on the front side of the box with equal spacing.  Apply Elmer’s glue on the popsicle sticks of each frog. Let it dry well.

13)As in Instruction #9, apply Elmer’s glue on the dark green grass pattern and attach it around the popsicle sticks for final covering of the area. 

Here comes His Majesty, the King Frog and his Queen Frog in their little kingdom with their baby tadpoles (-.-)



His Majesty
King Frog and Queen Frog


Frog Kingdom
with
Salt & Pepper in Porcelain


Remember, I have an article written about the frogs in Wonders of Nature.  They look funny to me (-.-) and probably this is the reason the TV show, Sesame Street, created a character named, Kermit, the frog.


Birthday Girl

Today is the birthday of my granddaughter, Zoe.  I surprised her by giving her two kinds of gifts.  She turns 9 years old today.  How time flies when she was just a baby being cuddled by her mother shown in an article I wrote, “A Short Tale of Motherhood.”  I also made pouches and named after her – Zoe Pouches.


Birthday Gift #1

While I was doing this project,  my granddaughter was happily looking at it and asked me this, “Mama, do you have somebody to give that?”  I answered her, “None.”  Her facial expression became sad because she was expecting me to say, “Yes, you can have this.”  I knew that she likes what I was doing because she came closer to me and stood by my side. She pretended to making something by getting the pieces of art paper I cut and pasted them together.  Afterwards, she said, “Look, mama, I’m also making something, like ampaper doll,” and I responded, “Very good, you’re really creative.”  While doing that, her eyes were focused on what I was doing.  But she didn’t know that I was going to surprise her by giving her this project.  I bought 9 plastic bags of gummy bear which are her favorites and arranged them inside this project.  Look how happy she is!!!

I also have a birthday gift #2 for her – Crocheted Ms. Piggy Bank.



Korean Ginseng Extract in Jar with Wooden Box

I found this Korean ginseng in the refrigerator of my elder daughter.  It was about to be thrown away, but I asked for it.  I looked at it and found an empty cute, mini jar that we thought there was still the ginseng extract in it.  It was funny that this small wooden box with the mini jar was kept in her refrigerator for many months already.  She forgot all about it and told me it belongs to her father.  I got interested in the cute, mini jar and thought of how I could transform the wooden box into something that is useful.   



 DIY PEN HOLDER (2)

II-Materials:
(1) Korean Ginseng Extract in Jar with Wooden Box  
      Elmer’s glue
      pencil
      ruler
      glossy calendar with art design (old)
      felt paper (any color) (leftovers)

Level of Difficulty – easy

Instructions:

1)  Measure the width of the box around and double its height for inner side covering.  Apply the measurement in the glossy calendar and then cut it.  Apply Elmer’s glue on one side of the main box and attach evenly the glossy calendar starting from the bottom edge of the box going upward.  Do the same procedure for the other sides.  Make a slit on every corner of the excess cover.  Fold one excess cover of first side for a trial first.  Unfold to apply Elmer’s glue on the same side. Fold again the same excess cover to evenly attach it on the side.  Do the same procedures for the other sides.  The outcome is shown below:



Covering the Sides of Main Box

2) Measure the bottom part of the wooden box and apply the measurement in the same glossy calendar and then cut it.  Apply  Elmer’s glue on the center of the wooden box and evenly center the cover. 

3)  Precut a ¼ inch of felt paper as additional side cover at the bottom area of the wooden box.  Apply Elmer’s glue and attach it evenly at the edge.  Precut two 2 ¼ inch x 2 ¼ inch of same felt paper as bottom cover.  Apply Elmer’s glue on the bottom area and attach it evenly at the bottom area.   Apply Elmer’s glue on the wooden cover of the main box and attach the other felt paper as bottom cover.  Apply Elmer’s glue on the top edge of the wooden cover of box to attach it to the bottom area of the main wooden box.  (Note:  The wooden cover of the main box provides additional height and style to the main box.)

Precut ¾ inch of same felt paper as side cover and evenly attach it on its side at the edge as shown below.  Make a slit on every corner for folding. 


Covering the Bottom Sides


DIY Stuff Holder
This same project can also be used for other purpose like, holding other small stuff or manicure / pedicure set as shown above.  You can easily grab a piece of your stuff conveniently without the hassle anytime.  This is also one way of organizing small things at the same time.  Don't forget to take notice of the cute, mini jar also (-.-)





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