Tutorial: Cardboard Roll Organizer + BIBPC # 4

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Today I have a little crafty tutorial for you, my friends. Bring out your scrapbook paper and that huge stash of cardboard rolls you have tucked away in the closet, and… um, read this tutorial! XD

We are going to make this handy-dandy organizer. It’s perfect for organizing those stray but important knickknacks, or showing off a collection.


What you’ll need:

  • Toilet paper rolls or similar cardboard rolls
  • Pretty scrapbook paper
  • Cutting tools: an X-acto knife and scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Hot glue gun (with hot glue, of course 😉 ), or super glue might also work
  • Pencil
  1. Cut the cardboard rolls into even lengths. It is quite tiring to measure each tube, so I found a much easier and faster way! First, make a template. You will have to measure this one: make marks all the way around the tube using a pencil and ruler, then connect the dots. 😀 I made my template roll about 2 inches long. The longer the knickknacks, the longer the template should be. (As you can see, most of my knickknacks are small, so a shallow organizer worked perfectly.) Use an X-acto knife (and scissors if need be) to cut around the line. Trim the top rough edge with a scissors, and cut a slit all the way down one side, like so:-Allison(cardboard roll shelf, Willow) 002 (1024x768)Ta-daa! You have made a template. Now slip it on to the tubes you want to cut, and simply trace around the top with a pencil. No measuring needed! -Allison(cardboard roll shelf, Willow) 001 (1024x768)-Allison(cardboard roll shelf, Willow) 003 (1024x768)I cut 10 lengths for my organizer, which used about 5 tubes (not counting the template tube).-Allison(cardboard roll shelf, Willow) 005 (1024x768)
  2. Cut strips of paper to cover the rolls. Choose a pretty pattern or color of scrapbook paper to decorate your organizer. Cut the strips as wide as your tubes are – if your tube lengths are 2 inches, cut 2-inch wide paper strips. (Yes, you’ll have to measure this time. 😦 ) Glue a strip around each tube and neatly cut off the excess if your strip is too long.-Allison(cardboard roll shelf, Willow) 006 (1024x768)-Allison(cardboard roll shelf, Willow) 007 (1024x768)
  3. Hot glue your paper-covered tubes into a pyramid shape. Arrange the tubes so the paper seams don’t show on the outside, and hot glue them. I think it works best to glue one row at a time – glue the bottom row of four tubes together first, etc., then glue the rows to each other. Also, don’t glue them vertically on top of each other like it shows here. 😉 You can stand it up like this after you’re done.-Allison(cardboard roll shelf, Willow) 022 (1024x768)
  4. Use it! You are done! Give yourself a pat on the back, then go put the organizer to good use. Congratulations on a craft well done!-Allison(cardboard roll shelf, Willow) 026 (1024x768)-Allisoncardboard_roll_shelf_Willow_027_1024x768.jpg

By the way, the little critters and food in the organizer are polymer clay miniatures made by my sister Megan and me. I made all of the miniatures except some in the last picture, where Megan added some of hers to help fill it up. Which knickknack is your favorite? Of mine I might like the peacock best, and of Megan’s I think I like the cute little crab. 🙂

I hope you enjoyed crafting along with me!

Oh, oops! I almost forgot the BIBPC photo. BIBPC is fun photo contest that my sister Megan is doing. (Read about it here.)The prompt this time was “Funny.” Here’s my entry!

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Story behind the picture: This is a hilarious photo of Diamond, my little sister’s rabbit. We sometimes bring our rabbits in the house for a bit, and here Diamond is just hangin’ out like a cool dude with sunglasses. XD You can see more funny bunny pictures in this post.


P. S. I made the white background of some of the photos with FotoFuze. It’s a really neat program! I made the poster with PicMonkey, which I also LOVE. 😀



Host an ATC Party (And Some of My ATC’s)

My friends and I got together and came up with the idea of an ATC party where you make and trade ATC’s, eat snacks, and have fun! (If you don’t know what ATC’s are, you can read more about them here, here, and here.)We put our plan into action and it was a great success! Here are some tips in case you would like to plan your own.

  1. First, know how many people are coming. About 15 people came to our party, and mostly they were friends from church who make them.
  2. Cut out blank ATC’s ahead of time, or have your guests each bring a few. We used on average from 5-10 cards per person. It kind of varied.
  3. Set out a bunch of supplies. We also had a painting table and a drawing/gluing/etc. table. Here is a list of some supplies you can set out:
  • Sequins
  • Colored scrap paper
  • Glitter
  • Buttons
  • Magazine pages
  • Pretty tape
  • Stamps and stamp pads
  • Fabric scraps

And of course the basics:

  • Markers
  • Crayons
  • Colored pencils
  • Scissors
  • Glue/ fabric glue/ tape/ glue stick

So yeah, it was a lot of fun. (But it did take quite some cleaning afterwards! 🙂 ) It’s a good idea to put a scrap piece of paper down at each person’s place, and maybe a tablecloth on the table.

And now for my ATC’s. These are some of my favorites:

Top: Mushroomscape

Bottom: Toadstools. Get it? The toads are sitting on the mushrooms?


Top: Whimsical Landscape

Bottom: And…


Top: Cute as a Button

Bottom: A Full Heart


Top: Transformation (I kind of forget the title, actually. 🙂 ) I made this one by folding a paper in thirds, gluing the middle fold to the ATC, and cutting the two edge folds into three sections.

Bottom: Rainbow Hedgie I got the idea for this from Pinterest


Top: Scallops

Bottom: Crayon Resist This one I made by drawing with crayon first, then painting with watercolor over top. The paint doesn’t stick to the crayon lines, but it does stick to the paper.


Top: Coat Pocket Made out of fabric, marker, button tape, and sequins

Bottom: Herringbone I made the prints from scratching the pattern in Styrofoam, and using it like a stamp with a stamp pad.


Top: Oodles of Doodles

Bottom: Connect-the-Dots This one was a lot of fun to do. I just drew lines through the white dots on the paper to make a picture.


Top: Bubbles

Bottom: I’ve Got My Eye on You


Uh… Top and Bottom: Fall Collage


Whew, that was a lot of “favorites!” Do you like making ATC’s? It would be fun to see your ATC’s too!


DIY Paper Pennant Banner

I made this banner as a present for one of my cousins for her birthday. It was actually pretty easy, although it did take some time. It turned out to be a beautiful, approximately 6 foot long banner. You probably have most if not all the supplies need for this pretty lil’ garland –

  • Pretty scrapbook paper in 5 different patterns (I used two pinks and three neutral colors)
  • Cardstock paper or something stiff for triangle template
  • Jute twine or similar string for hanging
  • Single-hole puncher
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  1. First you need to make your template. Don’t get freaked out here but… it does involve a little bit of math. Just a tiny bit. And it’s really easy. This is what I did for my template: Mark a line 5 inches long. Make another mark in the middle of that line. (Here comes the math, guys: 2.5 is half of 5, so make a dot 2.5 inches from the end of the 5 inch line.) Now make a line 5 inches down from the middle-mark. Connect the dots from each end of the top horizontal line to the bottom of the vertical line. Like so:030
  2. Cut out the template.
  3. Using the template, trace three triangles on the back of each of the five sheets of scrapbook paper. Cut out the triangles.
  4. Use a hole punch to punch to holes in the two top corners of each triangle.031 It works well to do the first triangle, then put another triangle behind it, line it up, and punch through the holes you just made so all the holes will line up. Now you can arrange them in whatever pattern you like. 032
  5. Time to string them all up! You can string them two ways, so choose the one that looks best to you. Leave about 10 inches of string extra on the front and end of the banner for tying.034
  6. To tie the knots, bring the end of the string back through the nearest hole, making a loop.035 Turn the triangle over and just tie a knot around the loop to make this:036
  7. And you are done!

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Spirograph Envelopes

I made these a long time ago but never posted about it, so here they are now! You know those Spirograph machines? You can’t do much with the finished spirographs except hang them on the refrigerator, right? Wrong. You can use them (or any other circular piece of paper, really) to make a beautiful envelope to hold, say, a gift card. They are very simple to make.

First, take a finished spirograph…-Allison (Nov. snow, hidden pictures) 007… and fold it in half.-Allison (Nov. snow, hidden pictures) 008Open it up and fold the two sides to meet the center crease. (I used scrap paper; that’s why there’s a random picture of a man on the inside of the envelope. I recommend using plain paper. ☻)

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Now fold one end of the of the spirograph a little less than halfway up.

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Fold the other end down so it overlaps the bottom of the envelope, tuck your card or gift card inside, and seal with a sticker.

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Ta-daaa! Here are the backs of two finished envelopes.

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DIY Memo Board/Bulletin Board

One of the presents I made for my sister Megan’s birthday this year was a bulletin board set that included pretty clothespins and a little hedgehog drawing.  The board itself is made of foam board and scrapbook paper, and the clothespins have thumbtacks in the back so you can hang pictures without damaging them.

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Today I will show you how to make the board, the clothespins, and I’ll include a link to show you the original drawing that I looked off of for the hedgehog picture. To start with…

You will need:

For the board:

  • a large piece of foam board
  • scrapbook paper
  • a glue stick
  • tape
  • scissors

For the clothespins:

  • wooden clothespins (Not the one-piece kind with a slit down the middle, but the kind you pinch to open.)
  • scrapbook paper
  • hot glue
  • glue stick
  • scissors
  • thumbtack (the kind with a flat top)

I used to have more step-by-step pictures, but unfortunately I accidentally clicked “delete all images” on my camera instead of deleting just a few images.  😦  Anyway, I took some pictures of the finished product that should help, even if they’re not step-by-step.


  1. Cut your foam board into a square. It’s nice to arrange your scrapbook paper on the foam board before you cut it, so you will know how big to make the square.

2. Glue 4 squares of scrapbook paper in a checkered pattern on the board, leaving a little extra paper sticking out around the edge of the board.  Optional: cut a smaller square from a different patterned paper and rotate it to make a diamond for the middle.  Now the board should look something like this, except with paper sticking out around the edges.


3. Turn the board over.  Fold down the extra paper from the sides and tape in place.


4. Now for the clothespins.  They are really easy, but look amazing!  Place a clothespin upside-down on patterned paper, trace around it, and cut it out. Glue in place on top of the clothespin.


5.  Hot glue a thumbtack to the back of the clothespin, about at its middle.  And you’re done!


You can give this as a gift with something already pinned on, like a card or a picture.  Oh, and here is the link to that adorable hedgie art if you don’t want to draw your own: https://wanelo.com/p/5420153/fun-little-rainbow-hedgehog-art-print-drawing .

Until next time!



Woodland Birthday Party

My sister Megan’s birthday was yesterday!  She chose to have a woodland themed party with hedgehogs as the “life of the party.” (Hee-hee!)  I thought I’d go through the decorations for the party and how we made a few of them.  (Megan didn’t especially want to do all the decorations, so I got to make most of them – hooray!)

The colors of the theme were green and brown.  For the decorations, I hung up twirled green and brown streamers and green balloons.

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I also drew and cut out some forest floor type things like toadstools, grasses, and pebbles.  It would have been better to make the toadstools out of red paper, but we didn’t have any. 🙂


Meet Mr. Hedgehog, the gift guy.  I designed him; Megan painted him.  Megan also had the great idea to use him to show the guests where to put gifts.

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The table was really fun to decorate.  We got the tablecloth, plates, napkins, and cups at Party City (which was FUN, by the way!).  My mom made the cute cake, I made the hedgehogs, and Megan made the labels for the “Dew Drops” (water) and “Twigs” (pretzel sticks).  I found the ideas for twigs, dew drops (which was originally named “Morning Dew”), and hedgehogs from Pinterest.

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Here’s a tutorial on how to make this cute little hedgehog for snacking on. (Poor guy!)

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For one hedgehog you will need


A pear

Whole, black olives



Whole cloves


First, peel the top of the pear for the hedgehog’s head.

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You can try sticking a whole olive on the tip of the pear, but it worked best for me to cut the olive in half.

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Stick two whole cloves above the nose for eyes.

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Now make him prickly!  Skewer a grape onto a toothpick, then stick the toothpick into the unpeeled part of the pear.  I put the skewered grapes on in rows.  I started with a row next to the head, then progressed all the way back to give him the proper rounded shape.

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Such a prickly little guy!

Now for the party favors.  I like to make things out of polymer clay, so I made clay hedgehogs for favors, along with little bags to put them in.  At the end of the party, the guests each got to “adopt a hedgehog.”

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So there are a few ideas for a woodland party.  I hope I’ve given you some inspiration!  (And thanks for letting me decorate for you Megan!)


Tutorial: Personalized Name Photo Card

Today I will show you how to make a name-letter-photography-accordion-card-thingy.  Umm, let’s try that again.  Today I will show you how to make a personalized name photo card.  Much better.  See, it’s this neat card that you accordion-fold, then paste pictures of letters onto it so… *sigh* this isn’t going too well.  I guess I’ll have to show you a picture.

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Ahh, there we go.  That is what we’ll be making today.  If you want to make another name or word besides “Grandaddy,” you may have to fold and assemble more or accordion folds, depending on the number of letters in the word.  As you can see, “grandaddy” has nine letters (I know right, I can count all the way up to nine!) so I needed nine blank rectangular sections of paper – one for each letter.

Let’s get started!

You will need:

Paper – if you have any long, stiff paper like brown craft paper or thick wrapping paper, you could use that, but I will show you how to make this out of just plain cardstock.

• A camera

• A printer (or some method of getting your photos on paper)

Scissors or a papercutter

Tape or a glue stick

Colored pencils, markers, etc. if you want to decorate or write on the front of the card

Now then, here’s how to make it.

  1. Take pictures of things that look like letters.  I found my “n” on an inside wall of a barn, the “a” from the lower half of a pair of vicegrips, and the “g” from a bungee cord.  For some of the letters I used a beach towel for the background.  (Please don’t use my actual pictures, but I certainly don’t mind if you use them for inspiration.  If you have any questions, feel free to ask me in the comments.)
  2. Turn the pictures black and white. Black and white or sepia tones just make the pictures more uniform, and lets you focus on the letter instead of the background.  I turned mine black and white on my camera, but you can use a photo editing program if you want.
  3. Print and cut out your pictures.  I pasted my pictures onto a Microsoft Word document.  Then for each picture I right clicked on the photo, clicked “size and position” on the pop-up, changed the height to 2 inches, and pressed enter.  And hopefully you already know how to cut out pictures.-Allison(name picture card, game) 001
  4. Prepare your card.  For this step I cut a sheet of cardstock into 3 equal pieces, and accordion folded each piece into 3 equal sections, with a little extra tab on the end.-Allison(name picture card, game) 002
  5. Assemble your card.  Put tape on the little tab at the end of two of the accordion folded sections, and cut the tab off of the last one.  Use the taped tabs to connect all of the folded sections into one long piece.  Now tape or glue the letter pictures onto each blank rectangle on one side of the paper strip.
  6. Decorate your card.  Using whatever materials you wish, decorate the other side of the card.  The front of the card, the part that you see when you fold it up, will be on the back of the first letter (in my case on the back of the “g”).-Allison(name picture card, game) 005
  7. Put on the finishing touches!  Fold the card so the message is the first thing you see (like in the picture above), with all the letters following in order when you open it up.  And you’re done!

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This is a great gift for anyone, and you could even do the words of a bible verse, random words like “family,” “I love my cat Snuffles,” whatever!  It would also be neat to take pictures for all the letters in the alphabet (which would be super hard) and leave the letter that begins your name colored instead of black and white.  Have fun with this!


A New Take on the Paper Chain Countdown

Here is an updated version of the classic paper chain.

Cut out a long strip from a piece of colored paper.

Fold it in half.

On the outside, top of the halved paper, write how many days there is left until ____ (whatever you using the chain for.)


On the inside, write a fun fact about _____, draw something, or write a joke.

Make the folded strips into the classic chain shape, and start the countdown!


We are going on vacation tomorrow (!!!), so that’s what I used the chain for.  I’ll see you in about 2 weeks!


Square Doodles

This is really fun to do because you can use a bunch of different kinds of doodles and they all come together to make a really nice piece of wall art.  You could do a color scheme like I did, or make a colorful, rainbow square-doodle paper.  I colored this with purple, blue, and green gel pens. I got some doodle ideas and I think even the whole square-doodle paper idea from this doodling blog: https://doodleaddicted.wordpress.com/

The hardest part about making this is making the squares to put the doodles in.  You might be able to print off a template for this somewhere, but I just did it by hand by measuring it off.

You could also do this in random circles across the page or put the doodles in outlines of hearts or whatever you want.

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