PAPER CHRISTMAS STAR LANTERN

how to make a paper christmas star lanternHow to make a paper christmas star lantern using the Brother Scanncut Machine - Craft Hunter blog

Christmas is pretty much here guys! Always my busiest time of the year because, for this one month only, it’s perfectly acceptable to display 5000 crafted items around home and there isn’t a thing the boyfriend can do about it! Man we need more holidays like this throughout the year.

It’s the perfect time to have a go at making something special and sometimes all you need is a bit of paper and glue. Christmas is an ideal excuse for a crafter-noon with friends or family. Get some nibbles and drinks together and make a day of it!

This week I made this paper star lantern using my Brother ScanNCut machine (which I’m still obsessed with – if you are a keen paper crafter you NEED to look at getting one!) If you don’t have a ScanNCut you could still definitely make this by hand using my simpler template below. Keep your eyes peeled on social media shortly as Brother actually have an awesome competition coming up too!

SUPPLIES-BAR

  • White thick paper (mine was 280gsm)
  • Coloured cellophane
  • Gold card
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Super Glue
  • String
  • Hole punch
  • ScanNCut machine or scissors/craft knife

Star template:

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If you’re using a ScanNCut Machine, load one of the above SVG files into the Brother ScanNCut Online Canvas and you can play around with the designs inside the shape to your choosing. When it’s all done, save to a USB and plug into the machine.

Load your paper onto the cutting mat

Quick tip – I like to add a bit of washi tape to the edges like the below just to keep it extra secure

How to make paper christmas star

 

Load the mat in the machine. On the screen go to Pattern > Saved Data > USB. Select your template and start cutting.

Another quick tip – once the machine has cut around the outside of the shape, I like to add some extra washi tape to keep the paper extra secure while it cuts the small inner details. See the below example (helpful if your mat needs a nice clean like mine currently!)

Cut 5 of these templates in total.

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If you’re making this the old school way, simply print your template onto paper and cut it out by hand.

Next step is to add your gold card details to random areas of the star. Place your template on top of the back of your gold card and use a pencil to trace around the shape you wish to cover, then you’ll know how much to cut. Glue in place with a glue stick.

Now cut a piece of cellophane large enough to cover one whole side and glue in place with a glue stick. I just went with an aqua blue colour but you could mix it up with lots of different coloured pieces.

Repeat this with all of your 5 pieces. Make sure all of your template are facing the same way though! You want this extra tab which you can see below on the right hand side to always sit on the right.

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Next fold all of your dash marked edges so that it looks like the below

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Apply some super glue to the top of the side tab and place the template together and hold for 30 seconds until dry. Do this for all 5 pieces.

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Apply glue to one of the two top tabs and connect with another piece. Once one side is dry, apply glue to the 2nd top tab and repeat. Do this with all 5 pieces and your star will start to take shape like the below!

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When you’re all done, punch a small hole in the top of one point ready for hanging. Tie some string in a knot to secure it place.

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and you’re done!

Fiona x

 

Disclaimer: This DIY project has been sponsored by Brother. All opinions and content are my own and I only ever work with brands I feel are a fab fit for the blog. Thank you for supporting the brands that make my Craft Hunter journey possible!

PARTY GOODS GIVEAWAY FROM THE CHAOS CLUB!

the chaos club giveawayice cream gift taggold pretzel garland

Ok I’ve been right slack in sharing some new posts here lately. There’s been a whole lot going on behind the scenes which I can’t wait to share with you soon. I promise the craft nerd in me is still going strong making a million things a day and all will be revealed in good time but, for now, I think it’s only fair I give back to my lovely readers with a goodies giveaway!

For those of you who don’t already know, as well as this wee blog here, I’m also am the co-owner of paper party goods store The Chaos Club It’s all about bright and glorious paper items for parties and gift giving. We’ve just recently launched some awesome new ranges including these Gold Pretzel Garlands, 3D Watermelon Cupcake Toppers oh and ICE CREAMS! Oh god I love anything ice cream themed!

I’ve got 2 prize packs up for grabs for 2 lucky winners. Each pack contains:

 

  • 1 x Ice Cream Garland
  • 1 x Ice Cream Gift Tags (pk of 6)
  • 1 x Pretzel Garland
  • 1 x Strawberry Coasters (pk of 6)
  • 1 x Multi Fruit Gift Tags (pk of 6)

Prize value of over $50 – woo!

To enter:

  1. Follow @thechaosclub AND @crafthunter on Instagram

  2. and just comment on this blog post below, letting me know which range you like best from The Chaos Club. Is it the Watermelons? Maybe the Licorice Allsorts? (actually pumped to hear which is your fave!)

Entries close midday Friday 6th November Sydney time. Overseas entries welcome.

Winners will be picked at random and contacted via the email address used on the blog comment within 7 days. If I don’t hear back from you by 21st November we will re-draw the comp.

Good luck guys!

Fiona x

SPRING PICNIC TIPS

I’m really excited to have partnered with Woolworths this week to bring you some spring time inspiration. It’s the perfect season to try something new and take your entertaining up a notch!

One of my all time fave things to do when the sun returns after winter is to rally the troops together for a picnic in the sun. Beers, snacks, good company and sunshine – does it get any better?

An awesome picnic doesn’t have to mean spending a lot of money (or time) though, I’ve got a few nifty ideas up my sleeve which will help to make your next picnic even better.

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MY TIPS:

  • Picnic rugs are often way too small, so instead try using a table cloth. They’re usually at least 2m long and often waterproof so will keep you up off the damp ground. If you’re using a fabric table cloth, just place a basic plastic one underneath.

  • Use a tray to keep your drinks sturdy. Now you’ll have 2 hands to get stuck into the food!

  • Preparing all the food from scratch can be a boil, so mix it up with some pre-made fresh food. Woolworths actually have an awesome range of things ready to go like rice paper rolls, baguettes and sushi (who knew?!) Your friends wont be the wiser.

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  • For a pretty touch, wrap your sandwiches and drink bottles in matching gift wrap and add little name tags. (ohh the instagram opportunities!)

Spring picnic tips - DIY sandwich wrap and tag

  • Bring a couple of cushions and a throw blanket, it makes all the difference when you’re spending hours on the ground.

  • Bringing your fury friends? Be sure to pack a fold away table to keep the food up off the ground.

Spring picnic tips - DIY drink bottle tags

Some of my fave snacks to bring along which are crowd-pleasers (and also happen to look rather pretty) are things like donuts, cookies, easy-to-eat fruit like berries, grapes and cherries, cheese platters, filled baguettes and also soft drinks in individual sized glass bottles always make an impact.

Hope I’ve inspired you to amp up your picnic festivities this spring!

Do you have some tips and tricks that make your picnics awesome? Comment below I want to hear!

Fiona x

Spring picnic tips - jam donuts!

Photos and video by Esperanza Creative

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Woolworths. I only promote brands and products that I truly think are awesome. Thank you for supporting the brands who make this Craft Hunter journey possible!

HOW TO MAKE THE ULTIMATE CHEESE PLATTER

Can you believe spring has sprung here in Aus? Bring on the gorgeous weather!

To get you inspired to try something new this spring, I’m really excited to have partnered with the guys at Woolworths to bring you a week of fun entertaining tips and ideas! I’ve also tried my hand at video content for the first time on Craft Hunter and I hope you’ll love it.

First up, I am sharing my pointers for the ultimate cheese platter.  A topic close to my heart!

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Cheese platters are absolutely the best go-to when you have guests to entertain. They’re easy to pull together, look impressive and, I mean, who doesn’t love cheese?!

The perfect cheese platter is all about a good mix of cheese, fresh fruit and savoury nibbles.  If you’re not on the fruit and cheese bandwagon yet – you need to give it a go and I think you’ll find your life will be forever changed! Try a bit of sliced pear, fig, grapes, and add some tasty fruit paste or quince – they work really well with strong cheeses and create a magical balance of flavours.

Nibbles like pretzels, nuts, olives and dips are always a great idea too. The perfect cheese platter needs to stay moreish and the best way to do that is with a mix of delicious options.

These fruits and nibbles will make the platter extra special, but we all know that the heart of a good cheese plater is the cheeeese! My biggest tip – go for a variety. I always include at least:

  • 1 blue cheese (I recommend the Stilton Blue from the Woolies Gold range which is the one in these pics)
  • 1 hard cheese like a cheddar (try the Oak Smoked Cheddar from the Woolies Gold range too – so good)
  • 1 soft cheese like camembert or brie

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Don’t keep your guests guessing what they’re about to eat. Adding little name flags to your cheeses is a fun touch and will take you less than 5 minutes. Print out the cheese names on some plain paper, cut into mini banner shapes and just sticky tape to some toothpicks. Instantly takes your cheese platter to pro status!

 

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If your friends love cheese as much as mine, more is more, so don’t take up precious platter room with your crackers. Instead serve them on the side so your guests have plenty of room to get stuck into the goodness. I love slicing up a fresh baguette on the side too – nothing beats a big piece of cheese on fresh bread – yum!

 

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Hope these tips have left your mouth watering and you’re keen to experiment a little with your next platter.

What do you love to put on your cheese platters?

Fiona x

Images and video by Esperanza Creative
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Woolworths. I only work with brands and products that I personally think are truly awesome, so thanks for supporting the companies who make my Craft Hunter journey possible!

HOMES+ MAGAZINE SPRING DIY’S

Yesterday I squealed in the supermarket like a frenzied little girl. The latest issue of Homes+ Magazine is out and the DIY projects I put together for them look INCREDIBLE after Jackie Brown worked her styling magic on them. Feeling an urgent desperation to buy a bunch of lovely blue things for my house now.

DIY Triangle Cushions in Homes+ MagazineDIY Leather woven baskets and plywood pegboard shelves

I’ve wanted to try my hand at some triangle shaped cushions for a while so was glad to finally get that one out of my system.

The wooden plant stand, leather woven baskets and pegboard shelves were all inspired by homeware items I’ve seen for sale elsewhere and thought “I could totally make that”… and this is where probably where 90% of my tutorial ideas actually come from! You should try thinking this way too – next time you spot a nice item in store, think about how it was made and if it would be easy to replicate at home. I think you’ll be surprised how many expensive-looking things are easy to pull together if you just have a go. Then you’ll have a beautiful item at home that you can look at with pride knowing that you made that with your own blood sweat and tears (..ok maybe not tears…probably just sweat).

For the full step by step tutorials of these pretties and more, pick up the September issue of Homes+ mag in shops now or you can buy it online at  Zinio (my new fave site for reading online).

Also if you download the Viewa app on your smartphone, you can scan the magazine’s page to load to the how-to video where you can see my crafty hands in action.

Fiona x

(All images from Homes+ magazine. Photographed by Andrew Finlayson and James Henry)
 

DIY wooden plant holder

 

2 MINUTE GUIDE TO MYKONOS

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Mykonos was by far one of my fave places from my recent big trip to Europe. Aside from the obvious sun, sand and cocktails that make any holiday a blast, there is something really majestic and completely captivating about the Greek Islands. The hundreds of perfect white buildings scattered across gorgeous shorelines with bright blue doors and bougainvillea for days – it’s unlike anything you’ll see anywhere else in the world.

Despite it’s reputation, Mykonos is definitely not just a party island, nor is it designated for the gay community. My boyfriend and I spent 5 days in this beautiful place and had the most amazing time, barely touching a beach club or cocktail.

Here’s a few recommendations from me on where to stay and what to do while in this magnificent part of the planet.

 

WHAT TO DO:

1. Explore the Old Town (also known as Mykonos Town and Chora). Never will you find a place so photogenic in your life. Be prepared to spend here too, there are endless little boutiques jammed with treasures.

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2.  Hire yourself a scooter or quad bike and get exploring. There are so many incredible beaches and road-side pit stops to be found. My fave beaches were Ornos and Nammos (the “it” beach where you will most likely spot celebs – be prepared to spend a lot here though)

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3. Spend (at least) one day embracing cocktails in the sun.

I recommend checking out Kalua beach club at Paraga Beach. Also Super Paradise Beach (below) if you’re up for a bit more action  (it is predominantly gay men, but you’ll know you’re up for a fun dance!) If you’re more of a spring chicken, you’ll probably love Tropicana Beach Club at Paradise Beach.

Super Paradise Beach Club

4. Eat a Gyros. Once per day if possible.

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5. Watch the sun go down over dinner at Little Venice. I highly recommend this below little joint called Nice n Easy which is located around from Little Venice, at the bottom of the hill at the windmills. Deliciously healthy food and prime view.

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6. Go beach hopping along the southern coast. There is a ferry which leaves hourly from Ornos and Platis Yialos, and visits each of the southern beaches and then back again. Perfect way to visit a few beaches in a day, especially as the drive via bus or scooter is actually quite lengthy due to there being no coastal road. The views are obviously amazing too – cheapest scenic cruise you’ll ever go on!

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7. Get yourself an ice cream from Davinci Gelato in Mykonos Town. Trust me!

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WHERE TO STAY:

Personally I would recommend staying by one of the bigger beaches, so that after dark you can easily head out for a bite to eat and go for an easy swim first thing in the morning. There are hotels right in Mykonos Town too, which would be cool as another option, but personally I prefer to stay by the beach and travel the 10 minutes to town for just a few visits.

If you’re heading in peak time, which is around July/August, make sure you book well in advance if you want to nab one of the great hotels, they book up fast!

 

GETTING AROUND:

Hiring a scooter or quad bike is definitely the easiest form of transport and gives you the freedom to visit anywhere anytime. If you are getting a quad bike I recommend trying to get one with a storage compartment on the back – makes life so much easier!

From each of the main beaches there are buses that run up to Mykonos Town every half an hour, so don’t feel pressured to hire a scooter or quad bike if you don’t want to.

 

If you’re wondering about the recent Greek banks crisis, we didn’t notice a thing while there. All ATMs were up and running, everyone was beyond friendly and local businesses were booming. Just bring smaller notes when you go shopping in case stores don’t have change for you.

Let me know down below if you have any other pointers for a Mykonos holiday! I’d love to hear what treasures you found.

Fiona x

PS For those interested, I tried out the Olympus Pen E-P5 for majority of these pics. I didn’t feel like lugging around my big camera so this little guy was perfect – highly recommend! The only recommendation I have would be to opt for a lens with zoom capabilities, I went with a 17mm f1.8 lens which was still awesome, but sometimes you want to zoom in to the good stuff, ya know?

Olympus Pen E-p5