Monthly Archives: May 2014

Minifab, la suite!

Few months ago I told you about this very exciting project : Minifab  (previous post)
In addition of distributing the Seedling and Stuck on You products , Minifab is  organizing birthday parties for kids. I helped them to design few panels in order to decorate the room according different themes.
Here are some pictures of their first events, it’s so nice to see the project going live !

If you are looking for an inspiring place to celebrate your little one’s birthday party, do not hesitate to contact them at info@minifab.com.hk
Thanks again Minifab for sending us these pics, looks like kidos had a lot of fun !

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DIY – Birdhouse

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Here is a DIY project with recycled material!
Last month, we celebrated my son’s 4th birthday. As kids start to enjoy crafting at this age, each kid received a birdhouse to decorate and bring home as a gift.
I’ve always enjoyed decorating children’s rooms with birdhouses; if you have a closer look at my projects, you will often see a small birdhouse somewhere. It gives the wall more life and volume.  Also, I find them much more joyful than birdcages, which always sadden me a little.

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The birdhouses are super easy to do; all you need is:
- cardboard boxes (not too thick)
– some nice paper sheets (you can use Japanese origami paper or any paper not to thick that you like and want to recycle; sometimes I simply print patterns on my laser printer on a 80gr paper)
– some white glue and pencils
– scissors, a cutter, a ruler, set square, strong glue
– ideally a circular cutter for the house door, or a compass + cutter if you don’t have one

STEP 1, traces
Here is the pattern to draw on your cardboard

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>> Tips:
– Once you have drawn and cut the first house, just use the outline of the pattern to cut the other houses , it will save you a lot of time
– This version is without bottom, but if you add one, you can use the cage as a goody bag.

STEP 2, cutting:
-  Cut the outline of the base and the roof,
- And  then cut the circular opening with your circular compass .

STEP 3, folding and assembly

- To have a clean folding, run the box cutter on the folding lines (green lines in the figure) . Be careful not to cut through the cardboard, just cut the upper layer.
- Assemble the house, roof and base with the glue .

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STEP 4, decoration:
This is where your little ones get involved !
- Apply white glue on the surface you are decorating, stick the piece of decorative paper and apply more glue on top to both fix and polish it.
- Repeat this step to cover the whole house with different decorative papers
- Apply a final layer of glue to secure the assembly.

>> Tips:
- I noticed that it was easier for children to have small pieces of pre-cut decorative papers.
- You can of course change the dimensions and proportions of the cabin, but always make sure the roof is 1 to 2 cm wider than the walls of the birdhouse for a nicer effect.
- To hang it on the wall,  do a small hole on the back to insert a screw or simply use double-faced adhesive tape/velcro.

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STEP 5, the perch
- Make a hole (size of a straw) under the opening with a sharp knife or cutter
- Cut a piece of straw and insert it in the hole.
Have fun!

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In love with…

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1. Note books – from HK$80 - über tunique
2&3 . Ecological paint (100ml) – HK$80 , Ref Dragibus color - 513 paint shop
4. Neon sign sold per letter – HK$398 per letter (+ HK$650 for the 12letters transformer / HK$320 for the 3 letters transformer) – Mr Blacksmith
5. Wrapping paper 57x44cm – HK$20 über tunique
6. Red pendant light (available in green color too) – HK$720 - Homeless
7. Black rubber bucket for storage, painting… – HK$8 !!! - local paint shop on Lee Chung street, Chai Wan

 


DIY – tone on tone frame wall

Here is a Do-It-Yourself wall project that I thought I would share with you guys. This tone on tone frame wall will have lots of impact on walls located in hallways, staircases and entrances. It is easy to achieve and personalize.

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I actually made it in my workshop because I wanted to create a display to showcase our latest products and inspirations. Because it was mounted on a wall located by a window, I did not hesitate to use a rich color, the well-named “flamingo” by Dulux.

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I like to mix and match frames of different sizes and shapes. Another fun trick is to integrate objects to add volume to the mural. And the secret to a lively composition is to overflow the frames and vary the media. In addition to or instead of using pictures, you could showcase drawings, papers, or pieces of fabric.
For more inspiration, visit our pinterest board “FRAMES”.

In order to do this project, you will need:
- Paint (for a similar wall, count 1 liter)

– Brushes of different sizes and a paint roller
– Primer to hide any small imperfections
– Frames (here an Ikea frame Söndrum 26x35cm)
- Wooden board (here 40x50cm) and a drawing clip

– A compass for the round poster
– A silicone gun + silicone
– Nails, screws, drill
– A pack of white modeling clay  to make the flowers
– Primer paint to paint the frames and decor items

STEP 1, Prep work
- Protect your floors, baseboards and surrounding walls with a plastic tarp and masking tape.
- Apply primer to damaged areas of the wall if necessary.
- Trace the contour of the frames with a pencil on the wall to make sure your display works well in the space.
- Use a black marker to identify the spots where you will place your nails/screws.
- Shape the flowers (here we made peonies) with the modeling clay  and let them dry for a night.

TIPS: To arrange your display, you can set up all your different elements on the floor and play with different combinations until you find the one that you like best. Another way to do this is to cut out the contours of the frames on kraft paper. You can then tape the different pieces on the wall and switch them around easily!
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STEP 2, Painting
- Start by painting the 4 edges of the wall with a paint brush.
- Then you can use the paint roller to fill the inside of the wall (2-3 layers will be necessary).
- Don’t forget to keep marking the spots where you’ll place your nails in between layers of paint so they won’t disappear.
- Paint the frames and decor elements in the same color as the wall.

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TIPS: Apply a coat of primer on your frames and decor elements to ensure a better adherence of the paint and long-lasting results.

STEP 3, The assembly
- Create a finishing contrast by adding a glossy and transparent sticker to the background (available in our e-boutique). The contrast with the matte paint will bring light and volume to the wall while the use of tone on tone ensures the homogeneity of the overall look of this display of various shapes, media and finishing touches.
- Now it’s time to raise your hammers, drills and guns and place the different elements on the wall.

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TIPS:

- Add a piece of double-sided adhesive tape to the center of the flower and then surround it by a layer of silicone. The tape will maintain the flower on the wall while the silicone dries out, which typically takes a few hours.
– Wait 24 to 48 hours in-between the painting and the installation of the glossy sticker.

STEP 4, Final touches
- Add touches of paint around the nails, screws and the silicone for a cleaner look.
- And for those not afraid to try, make your drawings spill out of their frames by scribbling on the wall!
And there you go ^^
Over to you and don’t forget to send us pictures of your display!

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Photo sources: Marguerite & Gribouilli – centsationalgirl.com via pinterest


In a fairy mood

To end the week gently, I welcome you into Marguerite&Gribouilli’s enchanted fairy world.You probably already met our first Angels, launched almost seven years ago. It was therefore about time to introduce you to their new siblings. The Angels stickers are a great addition to children’s room. They somehow make the room feel dreamy and cosy.

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>> petite angelette   (re-edition)           >> la fée à l’oiseau (new design)

We have been working in the past weeks on several projects, which is why we have not posted as regularly as we used to. We should be back to our regular rhythm very soon to share with you some new products, DIY tutorials as well as new design ideas.
Have a great week end!