What I made
886
days ago

Four wonky cut out paper dice with illustrated numbers

Four wonky cut out paper dice

1) Four flavours of dice, all charmingly wonky!

Wonky cut out paper dice with funky hand drawn numbers

2) Spelling it out…

Wonky cut out paper dice with hand drawn roman numerals

3) Roman style…

Wonky cut out paper dice with hand drawn dots and stripes

4) Dots and stripes…

Wonky cut out paper dice with hand drawn sweets

5) Sweet tooth…

I’m really enjoying ‘wonkiness’ at the moment. I think it’s a reaction to having so many Apple products in my life – an iPhone, an iPad, a MacBook Pro – they are all exquisitely designed, but perhaps a bit too perfect. Instead, I’ve found myself rejoicing in flaws – I was even recently heard saying that it was OK that my kids had drawn on the dining room table because it gave it the ‘worn look’!

Now, of course, there’s a fine line between what’s rustic, and what’s bad workmanship, so I hope I’ve got the balance right with these ‘wonky’ cut out paper dice. They were all created freehand, without rulers, and therefore have lots of gaps and cracks, they are even assembled crudely using sticky tape. The idea came from having to quickly make a paper dice for my son – I used the same technique described below, and found the finished result to be quite charming.

How to make your own wonky cut out paper dice

I’ve provided printable artwork for all the designs shown above. Just click the download link and follow the simple folding plan outlined in the instructions below. Have fun.

Easy to follow instructions for making wonky hand drawn paper dice

Download printables and instructions›

Includes:
1) Colour versions of artwork – just start folding
2) Collectable instructions – stick them on the fridge
383 downloads so far, thanks everyone!

I thought it might be fun to gauge your love of a little wonkiness with this simple poll. Let me know which way you swing, perfect or wonky, and I’ll dedicate a project to the winning category.

What I made
1034
days ago

Self-balancing toilet roll robot with moving arms

Self-balancing toilet roll robot with moving arms -shown with features labeled

1) I wonder if he knows he’s made from two toilet rolls…

Self-balancing toilet roll robot with moving arms - shown with arms in upward position

2) …and an old plastic deodorant bottle!

Self-balancing toilet roll robot with moving arms - shown balancing on edge of a ruler

3) Wow… he’s light on his feet (or should I say foot)!

This Steampunk inspired toilet roll robot is so agile it can balance on the edge of a ruler, so strong its heart is made of steel, so clever its brain is made of cogs… and so cheap he’s made from trash!

A couple of cool additional features are the see-through head, made from the lid of a can of shaving gel and the arms that rotate up and down, revealing the robot’s steel heart. It was produced for Craft: (as part of their Summer craft series) and is the perfect project if you are looking to keep your kids busy.

How to make your own self-balancing toilet roll robot with moving arms

I have provided full instructions below, but feel free to improvise, you can create your Steampunk inspired robot from almost anything. In fact, I’d love to see how you give your robot an individual twist, so why not send me a photo!

Hand drawn instructions for making a self-balancing toilet roll robot with moving arms

Download project files›

Includes:
1) Collectable instructions – print them out & put them in a folder!
163 downloads so far, thanks everyone!

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If you’re interested in seeing me giving my 5-word speech at the Webby Award ceremony in New York please visit my Facebook Page (but don’t let me know what you think – ha ha!).

What I made
1103
days ago

DIY tin can pen holder for the time pressed parent!

Psychedelic DIY tin can pen holder

1) How could something so warped and twisted…

Psychedelic DIY tin can pen holder - closeup

2) …be so cool?!

I love it when my boys draw, but I don’t love tidying up their felt-tip pens afterwards (most of which are normally on the floor). This week’s 5 minute craft project, a rather psychedelic looking DIY tin can pen holder, will hopefully encourage them to tidy up their own pens – I can live in hope!

As you can see, from the photos above, I was trying to give the impression that the bottom of the pens had warped and twisted. I’m not sure how obvious that illusion is, but I think the design is still striking in its own right. In fact, I like it so much I’ve been toying with idea of printing it onto a mug, stay tuned!

How to make your own psychedelic DIY tin can pen holder

If you’d like to make one, I have made the artwork available for download (link below). All you’ll need to do is print it out and wrap it around an old tin can. You may want to add a false bottom to lift the pens a little higher, it helps with the illusion, just follow the instructions below!

Easy to follow hand drawn instructions for making a DIY tin can pen holder

Download printables and instructions›

Includes:
1) Collectable instructions – useful and they look good
2) Colour artwork – just print it out and stick it on
543 downloads so far, thanks everyone!

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I’d like to say a big thank you to Sister Diane from Craftypod – she ran this very flattering post a few weeks ago. Diane has been a tremendous support over the years, a sort of blogging mentor. You must go check out her website, she offers awesome advice to crafty bloggers!

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