When fish are too much trouble....
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The mini-aquarium is a fun project that can be made using acetate and 8.5"x11" cardstock. The lid holds lights to brighten up your evening.
It is a little over 7" tall, 8" wide and 6" deep. The included assembly notes contains the list of supplies and some instructions,
You can download the cut file for this zinnia here. Some construction notes: I used pink cardstock and used a bleach and water solution to fade out the petals outside area. NOTE: some papers do not bleach well. Test yours. You can also just use an acrylic paint in a much lighter color than your petals. Or leave them solid. Before assembling, I used ball tools to cup and curl the petals . The last layer or two (the largest petals) were cupped to bend downward. I also bent the two largest sets (medium large and large) at the edges with a bamboo skewer to add interest. This was the same technique that Leo showed in his "Gorgeous Gardenias" on Dreaming Tree ( 3dsvg.com ) --check them out if you have not yet done so. There are some terrific designs there.
Shaping and bending the petals is the most time consuming part of this. To assemble, place the dark stamens on wire first, the yellow "split" stamens around them. then layer the petals, staggered, in size smallest to largest. Add the sepal and use florist tape to add the leaves.
This aster was inspired by having done some projects over at Dreaming Tree (check out the wonderful designs there: 3dsvg.com ) I wanted to try my hand at designing some additional flowers, and to share them.
Here's a nice little gift box for yur sports fans. I used it for a Jewish occasion, but you can put whatever you want on the front. (I used vinyl for the "logo")
Materials: 4 sheets of cardstock. 1 pen to color the "stitches"
To build the box, download the file, unzip and load the svg into Design Space (or whatever software you use).
You will need to attach the score lines, and set the blue lines to "draw" the seam stitches.
Copy the cap segment so you have 8 of these.
Keep the small octagon that is cut out of the larger octogon with the tab. Glue this to the hat base to help strengthen it.
Assemble the 8 pieces into a half-sphere. Attach the open octagon with the single tab to the bottom to strengthen it.
Assemble the two rectangular strips end to end and form a octagon. Glue the octogon with the small tabs inside it to form the "box"
Glue the cap top to the large octagon using the single tab.
Glue the box to the large octagon, centering it, and making sure it closes nicely.
Glue the hat top assembly to the hat base, lining up the large octagon to the octagon part of the base.
Glue on the brim.
Attach the "dot" at the top of the cap, if desired.
Add any logos either after assembly or before gluing the hat top pieces together.
I found it took about 30 minutes to assemble. If you cut two at a time, they will fit on 6 sheets of 12x12 cardstock.