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Coronavirus – 3 ideas to help you through the crisis

Coronavirus

If you are finding the Coronavirus dominating the news and beginning to seriously affect your daily life, here are some simple ideas to help you through the crisis.

3 ideas to help you through the Coronavirus crisis

1- Don’t send germs through the post!

All that licking and sticking when you send a card or letter? (Not that I’m totally sure that this is a method of transmission of the virus but why take the chance.)

Playful pigeon folded letters

Instead send a Pigeon Letter!

Pigeon letters need no licking and can be sealed with a self adhesive postage stamp. With lots of pretty patterns to choose from, Pigeon letters look great and will bring a smile to the face of anyone stuck in self-isolation. Write your letter on the inside, fold your Pigeon, seal with a self-adhesive stamp and send your Pigeon flying through the post. No germs included!

If you do want to send them ‘spit free’ use a Wax Seal Kit.

wax seal kit purple

Now is a great time to get yourself addicted to wax sealing your cards. Believe me, once you’ve started melting and stamping with a wax sealing kit you will want to put a seal on everything!

Which one will you choose? I recommend starting with a heart in an envelope as shown in the picture. But you also might like a smiley face, paw prints or maybe a cupcake.

2- No toilet roll left? No problem!

How about some pretty Tissue Paper?

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Tropical Tissue

Here you’ll find lots of tissue paper with pretty patterns and designs.

If you find the supermarkets and corner shops are bereft of loo roll then do not despair. You could have flamingos or tropical birds. Stars or stripes. Zig zags or polka dots.

Whatever your personal hygiene preference our tissue paper will brighten up any bathroom.

The only difficulty we can see is that you might find it too beautiful to use!

3 – Bored in self-isolation? Get creative!

Don’t go stir crazy. Instead get your creative juices flowing and encourage your mindfulness.

Sloth papercraft kit
Unicorn colour in tablecloth

Hang in there, it’s only a few days. How about making this gorgeous sloth to hang out with you in your solitude? Each of our papercraft kits will take several hours to complete so your time in limbo will seem like no time at all and you’ll have something to show for it at the end. If a sloth isn’t your thing, check out the flowers or some of the other animals available in our Paper Craft Kits.

If there are a few of you stuck for something to do then you need a Colour in Tablecloth.

Great for all ages, big enough to cover your table and with space for everyone to find their own bit. Work together to create a masterpiece. Brighten up your mealtimes (even if it is the 5th time you’ve had pasta this week because that’s all you have left in the cupboard).

All of our paper craft kits and colouring in will provide you with hours, if not days of creative mindfulness and relaxation.

So don’t let the Coronavirus get you down. Find something to create and fill the time. Send a germ free letter or card to brighten up someone’s day. And definitely don’t get caught short!

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Paper craft kits

paper craft kits
  1. sloth paper craft kits

Love sloths, pugs, flamingos or unicorns? Always wanted one of your very own? Well now you can with these fabulous new paper craft kits from Flamingo Paperie.

I made a couple of these kits, and they are fun, a lot bigger than you realise, really sturdy and I don’t think you need to be a paper craft expert!

Each kits contains everything you need to complete it, even a pair of scissors.

The models are big! For example the sloth is over 30cm long, so not far off life-size.*

The paper craft kits are presented in a 100% recyclable/biodegradable gift box. I think they’re great for a treat for some crafting me-time, a perfect gift for a friend and good news for the environment too.

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What’s inside the paper craft kits?

If you’re worried you aren’t experienced enough to complete a kit, then you needn’t be. There’s a picture for guidance on the front of each kit. On the bottom you’ll find some basic tips and instructions, with more instructions inside. All the tools you need are in the box, including glue, in an easy to apply tube with nozzle, scissors, scoring tool if required, cocktail sticks to help spread the glue into difficult to reach corners and sheets of card printed with the templates ready to cut, fold, score and stick.

Animal kits

There are 5 different animals to choose from, sloth, flamingo, unicorn, pug and t-rex. They have varying levels of ‘difficulty’ though it’s not so much a difficulty, rather a time required to complete each one. The quickest is the unicorn with an estimated 3 hour construction time, the longest is the t-rex with an estimated 18 hour construction time.

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Floral kits

Both sets of flowers look really stunning when complete and you don’t have to be an expert paper crafter to make them look good. The estimated construction time for each kit reflects the time required to complete it. It’s not a reflection of how experienced a crafter you need to be. Each peonie flower takes about 2.5 hours while each rose is estimated to take about 4 hours. There is enough in each kit for 6 flowers. These are fun projects to do alone but I recommend completing the flowers with friends. Have a crafting afternoon.

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Leaves and Feathers

The leaves and feathers kits is a set of templates for various leaves and feathers to be drawn round and cut out. The kit contains 10 sheets of different coloured card and 10 metres of twine so you can use them to embellish your gift wrapping. Alternatively they would make a beautiful forever wreath or table decoration.

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Who are the kits for?

The guidance on the box suggests that the kits are suitable for over 12 years old but that under 12 could complete with supervision. I made the peonies with my 11 year old daughter and she had no problem completing it (in fact her flower looked better than mine but don’t tell her I said that!).  I would say age 8 upwards with help. You don’t have to make the kits in one go so you can stagger the completion to suit the attention span of the child. Equally if you’re completing this on your own, you don’t need to set aside 18 hours in one sitting to complete the t-rex, you can do it in stages as fits your time.

I made the flamingo on my own but over a few days, doing a little bit here and there. It isn’t difficult. I did take care to line up the tabs carefully and to hold them in place while the glue set but I was really impressed with how quickly it stuck.

A few tips from my experience

The animals are made of thick card which keeps shape really well. The models are really sturdy once built.

The flowers are made of tissue paper. Mine travel about as I have them on display at fairs and I’ve inadvertently squashed them a few times, you wouldn’t know! I readjust them very easily, and quite often!

The glue takes a while to dry on the tissue paper on the flowers. The tissue goes a bit soggy if you stick too many petals together at once. Our other hint would be hold the peonies upside down to stick the petals on. This gave a better shape and was easier to stick the petals.

My biggest tip would be to do the flowers as a group. This was fun. Plenty tea and cake and chat while we cut and stuck.

If you have any questions about the kits then just drop me an email.

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*Three toed sloths are approximately 58cm long, at full stretch, according to LiveScience, our model is over 30cm and he’s not stretched out!

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Christmas already!

I have just been at our first Phoenix Trading Christmas roadshow. This is where all the Phoenix Traders get to see the Christmas range before it is launched in August. Of course it was great, and of course I can’t share any of the new releases with you just yet but I can share a little video of Phlicity (my flitter fairy) and I making a tissue paper pompom.

These are really easy to make and if you’ve never done one it’s a must, for adults and children alike. These are so versatile, can be used as decorations on their own or look superb added to a wrapped parcel.

Go on, give it a go!

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