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Free Nautical Printables

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Free Nautical Printables

After recently moved into a new house I was looking for some nautical inspired prints to fill up my walls. I came across some brilliant vintage images on a site called Graphics Fairy.

There are a number of vintage etchings and drawings to choose from so I decided on nine images as I wanted a nice symmetry.

These images can be printed on A4 or resized to any size. I used some inexpensive 10 x 8 white frames from Kmart for $6 each (bargain) and found that an A4 size fits in these with relatively little trimming, make sure your actual image opening size is 10 x 8.

Be sure to use a good quality paper, I used a watercolour A4 sized paper 180gsm. Normal photocopy paper wont give as nice a finish as a thicker paper.

I chose to change my print colour to Navy blue. This can easily be done in Windows live photo gallery. The attached download is in black as most people love black ūüôā

Instructions below and download at the end of post x

Remove the frame stand from the back of the frame as this will allow the frame to sit flush against the wall when hanging.

Remove the frame stand from the back of the frame as this will allow the frame to sit flush against the wall when hanging.

Use the cardboard template from inside the frame as a guide to trim your print.

Use the cardboard template from inside the frame as a guide to trim your print.

Fit print and replace backing of frame.

Fit print and replace backing of frame.

Check your layout and spacing on the floor and when your happy with the arrangement hang your prints.

Check your layout and spacing on the floor and when your happy with the arrangement hang your prints.

Measure out and hang your prints using 3M adhesive picture hangers. These are easily removed if you need to adjust your print.

Measure out and hang your prints using 3M adhesive picture hangers. These are easily removed if you need to adjust your print.

The finished prints

The finished prints

Download images here:

Nautical Printables

Kids Frozen Party ideas

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Kids Frozen Party ideas

As a parent of a Disney Frozen obsessed child I came across some great ideas from Martha Stewart for a Frozen themed party. Check them out….

 

Scandinavian princess cake

Scandinavian princess cake

Ice blue frosting and doily/snowflake topper, recipe from Martha Stewart here http://www.marthastewart.com/342413/scandinavian-princess-cake

snowflake lights

Snowflake light Garland

Make these gorgeous lights from paper doily’s and white string lights to decorate your ice castle.

svens carrots

Sven’s Carrots

Instead of the traditional lolly bag try wrapping trinkets and surprises in coloured crepe paper ‘carrots” just watch out for hungry reindeer’s.

snowman cupcakes

snowman cupcakes

Do you want to build a snowman? why not give pre made cupcake’s to your guests and have them decorate them into mini Olaf’s with white icing, marshmallows and lollies.

Snow globes

Snow globes

Set off your own eternal winter with these easy snow globes. Prep the jars first and then let the kids decide on which figurine they would like to use. Best to do this activity at the start of the party to allow for glue drying time and finish off just before the party ends.

Sand the inside of the lid until the surface is rough. With clear fast-drying glue, adhere the figurine to the inside of the lid, and let the glue dry.

Fill the jar almost to the top with distilled water; add a pinch of glitter and a dash of glycerin to keep the glitter from falling too quickly. Don’t add too much, or the glitter will stick to the bottom of the jar when it’s flipped. Screw on the lid tightly, being careful not to dislodge the figurine. Turn the jar over and back again — and let it snow.

Snowman pencils

Snowman pencils

Styrofoam balls skewered onto pencils make cute snowman favors for your party guests.

Braid Bar

Braid Bar

Enlist the help of a friend that is good at braiding and set up a braid bar and let guests choose whether they want the “Anna” or the “Elsa.” For Elsa’s ice-queen look, do a single classic braid down the back. For Anna’s, make two low braids, pigtail-style.

Halloween Draco-Lanterns

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MATERIALS

  • For vampire pumpkin: Thumbtack or pin
  • Small white¬†pumpkin (For a big bite, choose a small pumpkin so the plastic vampire teeth seem huge)
  • Plastic vampire teeth
  • Mouth template
  • For bat: Black construction¬†paper
  • Small white¬†pumpkin
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Wing template

STEPS

  1. STEP 1

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    Print mouth template. Lay template on pumpkin, and poke thumbtack through, all along outline, to transfer design. Cut out with saw; remove excess flesh.

  2. STEP 2

    Wedge teeth into hole.

  3. STEP 3

    For eyes, pin map tacks onto pumpkin.

  4. STEP 4

    Print wing template

  5. STEP 5

    Trace onto construction paper and cut out.

  6. STEP 6

    Fold down flat ends of wings 1/4 inch, and attach folded edge to pumpkin with hot glue.

Australian Christmas Cocktails

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Christmas Cocktail Drinks

Christmas Cocktail Drinks

I thought twice about posting this (for purely selfish reasons), as this is an amazing gift idea for friends and family and one I’m really keen to try at Christmas and relatively inexpensive.

Follow the links to print out labels for your bottles.

MATERIALS

Ingredients for cocktail of choice (see mixer tags, above)

Decorative bottle
Hole punch
Scissors
Glue stick
Ribbon or twine

STEPS

  1. STEP 1

    Prepare cocktail according to tag instructions.

  2. STEP 2

    Decant into decorative bottle. Print label with recipe and storage instructions, and assemble as indicated on tag. Fasten to top of bottle using ribbon or twine.

  3. STEP 3

    Store, refrigerated, for up to one week.

 

Source: Martha Stewart

Halloween Decorating Ideas

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Halloween in Australia is getting bigger every year. Plan early this year with some of these easy ideas.

Check out some of the great inspiration below from Martha Stewart for some really easy craft ideas for Halloween. The kids are sure to love it.

I haven’t included the instructions because all of these are quite easy to make and further details can be found on marthastewart.com

pumpkin balloons

pumpkin balloons

Witch cupcakes

Witch cupcakes

Balloon-skeletons

Balloon-skeletons

pumpkin drinks cooler

pumpkin drinks cooler

paper bats

paper bats

Easter Ideas – Paper Napkin Eggs

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Paper Napkin Eggs

Brighten a clutch of undyed eggs with stylized patterns from paper napkins.

No need for meticulous cutting: A loose trim around the designs will do, as the napkins’ edges will blend into the eggshells.

Chipboard baskets, packed with the colourful creations and holiday sweets, are decorated with coordinating tags.

Blow Out Eggs
1. Pierce both ends of a raw egg using the tip of a sharp craft knife. Twist knife gently in holes to widen them slightly, with bottom hole a bit larger.

2. Poke a straightened paper clip into the larger hole; pierce yolk, and stir.

3. Hold egg, larger hole down, over a bowl. Insert the tip of a rubber ear syringe (available at chemists) into smaller hole. Blow air into egg to expel its contents. Rinse egg with warm water; drain. Blow air into egg again. Let dry.

Paper-Napkin Decoupage How-To
1. Trim loosely around the designs on a white napkin using small scissors. Separate printed top layer; discard lower sheets.

2. Coat part of a blown-out white egg (or a white paper tag) with Mod Podge using a small brush. Apply 1 cut out design to egg (or tag); smooth with brush. Let dry. Repeat, adding designs as desired.

3. Apply Mod Podge with a medium brush to entire egg (or tag). Let dry.

 

Source: Martha Stewart.com