Make your own Minion!!

Yes, you read that right! Finally, I have put together another crafting tutorial for you guys, and this time I’m going to be showing you how to needle felt your very own little minion! :)

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Now I explained what the art of needle felting is in my previous post, but if you missed it, check it out here. The explanation is at the bottom.

Let’s get to work~

Materials you’ll need:

– Needle felting needles (Yes, those are different from the ones you use to sew)
– Wool batting in colors Yellow, Dark+Light Blue, Grey, Black, Brown and White
– Foam or Styrofoam mat
– Lots of patience as this takes up some time, but it is so much fun!

Let’s get to the lab work! ;)

Step #1

Using your yellow wool, cut your desired length and with your hand, shape it into an oval-ish potato shape, like that of a minion. Then, proceed to stab it with your needle (a lot) until it holds its shape. It MUST be firm and look like the picture below, because what you’re actually doing is tangling the wool until it’s so tangled you won’t be able to alter it’s shape afterwards.

If you want your minion to be big (size of your palm for example) make sure you cut a big piece of wool, otherwise, if you start small, you’ll end up with an even smaller figure, because the wool shrinks a lot during the process.

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Step #2

Once you get the hang of “needle felting”, the rest of the steps are basically easier than easy. I’m a beginner myself, and if I managed to do it, then so can you! Shape two smaller oval shapes with your dark blue wool and stab them for a while until they’re nice and firm. Then, stick them on your minion, but not with glue of course. All you have to do to attach them is stab them continuously in your desired spot, making sure you stab vertically and on around the sides of the “oval feet” to make sure they’re really in place and won’t fall off easy. Make them a little smaller as we will add their shoes, and their overall feet are very small.

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Step #3

Now it’s time to dress him up in overalls! This time, we’re not making shapes, we’re layering the wool onto an existing shape, which is the minion we have now. Take your dark blue wool again, and spread it over the bottom quarter or so of your minion, leaving space for the short sleeves and the front pocket. Then stab your way around it’s body until the blue wool is stuck firmly and you cannot pull it out with your fingers. If by the stabbing you’ve noticed the blue goes deeper inside and yellow is revealed, don’t fret! Add some more layers until you’re satisfied :)

I then added the front pocket and the sleeves. Basically just eye-ball where you would place his hands in the next step, and just add the sleeves around that area.

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Step #4

Next, roll out some long yellow wool, needle felt it and attach it to your minion. I know it might seem like my minion’s arms are long, but minions’ arms go down to their feet :P Make them just a smidge bit shorter because we’re adding black parts in the end as their gloves.

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Step #5

Here, I skipped a few steps because I’ve already explained the basics on how to do them during those first few steps. Just add his details, black pieces for shoes and gloves, a cute little smile and of course, his signature goggles.

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If I’m not mistaken, I think I made myself a Dave, because of his weird looking six pieces of hair on his head :P Dave and Kevin are my favourites tbh! xD

And that’s it, you’re done! Here’s what my minion looks like :D

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Our bananas are green lol!

You can even make him follow you everywhere by making him into a minion pin! Just stick any ordinary safety pin through his bottom (If you want him to sit on your shoulder like the first picture at the top) or back (if you want him to stick like a brooch), then onto your piece of clothing! Honestly he compliments my Abaya so much <3 :D

Thank you guys so much for reading and I hope this tutorial motivated or inspired you to make your own little minion. If you did, always feel free to share your creations with me :) I love knowing people benefit from my tutorials!

Until next time, have a good weekend everyone!

- Reem AlHashmi

Customise your frame!

Yes, you read that right! Today’s post will be about “customising your own frame” to fit whatever theme you have in mind. I wont be able to demonstrate every kind of design of course, but I’ll give you some ideas.

In my case, I got a deep black rimmed frame. It’s basically one of the kinds where it gives you to option to be even more creative with your customisation! You can insert just about anything behind the glass to recreate a scene or enhance your photos while displaying them! I googled some examples…

Only ones I could dig up, but you get the idea.

Alright let’s get started! I’m gonna be displaying one of my graduation pictures with my friend, so that will be my theme. Blurring it out to respect her privacy :P Since this is a very optional type of tutorial, I’ll be showing you what I did instead of telling you what to or not to do.

Materials you’ll need:

1) A deep frame. I got mine from Ikea.
2) Patterned paper, or use paint to use on normal white paper.
3) Polymer Clay or anything you can find or think of that you’d like to insert into the frame.

How to do it:

1) Since my frame already came with a layout, I cut up some of this pretty patterned paper and stuck it on to replace the plain white stuff.

2) Next, I added another smaller background to go under my picture as it was a little smaller than the square cutout above. To make it look more fancy, I painted a strip of gold paint on some paper and cut it up into thin strips for borders.

3) I set that aside and started with the items that’ll go inside the frame. Using white and red polymer clay, I created a certificate/scroll first. I rolled some of the white and trimmed it into a thin rectangle. Then I rolled that to make it look like some rolled paper. I curved and played with the edges a little to give it a realistic look to it :)

Then I grabbed a little piece of red clay and flattened it out. Using my cutting knife, I pushed the tip of it on the outer border of the circle to make it look like those old melted candles that are stamped on scrolls or letters in the olden days :P My beautiful assistant May is demonstrating this for you!

Initially thought of making a ribbon, but this looks way better, don’t you think? ;) Added two red strings to “dangle” under the “stamp” and stuck it on the certificate.

5) Now it wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t include a graduation cap now would it! To do this, roll a long strip of rectangle out of your black clay to make the base of your cap, and then join the ends together like this. Kinda like you’re shaping a cylinder. Mine looked like a leech worm, but you should make sure to keep your edges straight xD

Then for the top of the cap, make a square shape and be sure to keep it proportional to your base. It should be a square, not a rectangle. Place it on your base and make sure the tip of the square (any one of the four) is facing front. That’s how graduation caps look like :)

For the yellow tassel above, I used some yellow clay and rolled it into a string, then pressed on one tip to place in the middle of the cap. I rolled another short piece of string (a little thicker than the first) and stuck it to my string’s end, and using a cutting knife, sliced smaller pieces like so for extra detail!

Almost done!! I stuck both figures into the oven for a couple minutes to bake and harden and then glued them on my frame. Tadaa~

And here’s the final result…

Simple, but so pretty and easy to make! :) You don’t have to use polymer clay, as you can use flowers or dried rose petals, sea shells, or fill it with sand even! That’s why I love deep frames, because it’s all up to you!
So let me know what you think, and I hope you guys enjoyed this small DIY tutorial :>

Until next time,

- Reem AlHashmi

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DIY: DJ Cat Scratching Deck

Hello friends!

I’m back with an all new DIY tutorial :D So excited about this one because it turned out so great! To all the crafty cat owners out there, I’m going to be showing you how to make your own DJ Cat Scratching Deck from scratch! :) I’ve seen this one various times over the internet and wanted to get my hands on one for Tiny for so long but it was too expensive for a cardboard scratching post :( So I made my own, and now you can too! Let’s get started!

Materials you’ll need:

The good thing about this thing is that it is entirely made out of recycled materials that you can find around the house. If you can’t, you can easily substitute them with anything that’s available. Here’s what I used.

  1. One square cardboard box or box’s cover/lid (This is going to be the deck)
  2. Cardboard cut-outs (one large or multiple pieces of cardboard you can trim into pieces)
  3. Glue gun + lots of the glue sticks
  4. Cutting knife
  5. Bottle caps
  6. Pencil
  7. Pen cap
  8. Paint

So here’s how to do it:

  1. Draw a circle to approximate where the “CD” would go, and then a smaller circle marking where the needle would sit. You can use anything circular lying around to help you. I used my trash can.

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  2. Start cutting out your cardboard. Measure how much you want the CD to stand up and how long you want your cut-outs to be. The shorter (length) the better, since you’ll use them to shape a circle. Otherwise you’ll end up with a pentagon. Your measurements won’t necessarily be like mine since we’re not using the same boxes for the decks, but my CD stands at about 3.5 cm high and the lengths of them varied as I moved on. I’ll explain more in the next step. IMG_2031Make sure that the wiggly side of the cardboard (The one that looks like waves) is the one facing up like so, because that will be the scratching material for your cat :)IMG_2024
  3. Glue on your cut-outs. The more you glue and the deeper you fill in the circle, you’ll need to trim the lengths of them to avoid any gaps, or you can bend them a little, but avoid bending too much or you’ll ruin the “waves”.IMG_2033IMG_2038IMG_2040IMG_2044
  4. Time to assemble the needle. I’m not a DJ, so I don’t know what it’s called :P I stacked up some bottle caps, glued them together, then glued the tip of a pencil into the pen cap and stuck it on the bottle caps and the CD.IMG_2048
  5. Now the fun part begins: Painting! You’re practically done at this point. Just paint the CD corners black and play around with the rest. I wanted mine to look semi-realistic, so I kept the deck’s colors grey, but it’s all up to you.IMG_2063 IMG_2064 IMG_2065 IMG_2066
  6. Decorate it! You can use stickers, print-outs or even paint stuff on to make it look nice!
  7. And Tada! You have yourself a DJ Cat Scratching Deck :DIMG_2067
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Doesn’t it look just lovely? If you guys get to make your own, send me some of your creations, I’d love to see ‘em!
That’s all for today, stay tuned for more updates!

Until next time,

– Reem AlHashmi

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