Archive for the ‘Handmade Gifts’ Category

Make an Egg Basket from Newspaper

July 25th, 2011 by zoe 2 Comments

We love cooking up our homegrown fresh eggs in morning. The children head out to the hen-house with a basket and collect them, most of them even make it back into the house without getting broken. During the Spring and Summer months our lady’s lay more than we can eat. It’s great fun to be able to share fresh eggs with our friends. Often times it’s hard to find a good container to put them into – it takes dedication to always have traditional egg cartons on hand & I rarely do!

The eggs are so perfect with their smooth shells and oblong shape,beautiful even, somehow piling them into a plastic shopping bag always seems wrong.

I got fascinated my the idea that I would be able to make an origami bundle for them out of newspaper. I spent a good chunk of last night practicing different origami patterns to find a few that would work – here is what I came up with.

The most glamorous is the most difficult (there’s a joke in there somewhere).

This is called a “Fishing Basket”, I made it with three sheets of newspaper.

You can find the video tutorial I used to make it here. It’s a bit advanced, but if your like the challenge of origami I would totally recommend it, super cute for eggs.

Traditionally origami never uses tape but there are 12 eggs in there – the handle needed some tape!

The next one I made is more realistic for whipping up – kind of an egg bowl with an envelope style top

It’s super simple and holds a dozen eggs quite well. This is the most wonderful tutorial done by a 6-year-old

here! Adorable, right?

I did mine just a bit different and used three sheets of paper.

We used masking tape to seal the flaps closed and wrote messages on the tape.

It also helps to pinch the bottom down just bit to make the bowl more stable on the bottom.

Click the instructions and print to make your very own newspaper origami egg basket!


Nature Hunters

June 29th, 2011 by zoe 1 Comment

We live at the edge of a big woods.  There are a lot of trails that snake and wind right out the back door.  Essentially, for the boys, the wild of nature is everywhere. Lately we have been turning our walks into nature hunts, we find clues and research what we find. The boy’s head out the door with their little tools and we see what we can measure, draw and document. It makes for lots of good questions – who ate here, who’s scat is that, what animal was this, and whoa look at that mushroom!

Here are some of this weeks findings ….

A dear friend turned 4 this week and we thought he might like a Bug Hunter Kit of his own. I sewed up a little messenger bag  loosely based on this tutorial from Fish Stick and Fries and filled it with tools of the bug hunting trade.

On another bug hunting note unfortunately the ticks seems awfully bad this year and we have to be extra careful to check ourselves after our woodsy expeditions.  Thankfully we rarely get bit. If someone does, I always write the date of the bite and location on the body on our calendar, then I write the same information a month later. That way we don’t forget to watch for fevers, rashes or other symptoms of Lyme disease during that time. That way this forgetful Mama doesn’t have to stress out trying to remember when that dreadful tick bite happened!



Recycled T-Shirt Baby Hat

June 23rd, 2011 by zoe 20 Comments

This sweet little baby hat makes a charming gift and can be stitched from simple stuff found around the house. All you need are a couple of old t-shirts, some dental floss, straight pins, a needle and an hour of time to spare. This Alabama Stitch Book inspired cap fits 4 to 18 months.

Click pattern, save to file, print, and start stitching to make your own hand sewn baby cap.