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Make your Valentine’s Day cards stand out this year with Meyamo’s pom-pom creatures and card templates. Create a pom-pom heart, caterpillar, sheep or even an alien to gift on its own or together with our fun personalizable cards. The pom-poms are a great way to use up leftover yarn from knitting projects and get the kids involved.

Download Valentine’s pom-pom template.

Instructions to make the pom-pom:


Step 1: Cut two circles of cardstock to the size indicated on the template. Then, cut out the inner circle of each.
* To make a mouse, bunny or another animal with a head and body, make two pom-poms of different sizes.


Step 2: Put two same sized circles together and wrap with yarn as shown in the photo. If you run out of yarn before you finish wrapping, you can tie on a new piece and keep going.
* Using a yarn needle with a rounded point will make this process easier. The more yarn that you add, the fluffier your pom-pom will be. You can also try wrapping with more than one strand of yarn at a time to make the process go faster.

Step 3: Once you finish wrapping your circle with yarn completely, tie a knot. Then cut the yarn around the perimeter of the circle.

Step 4: Separate the cardstock circles at the inside of the pom-pom. Pass a string of yarn between them and tie a tight knot several times at the center of the pom-pom.

Step 5: Cut the cardstock circles to pull them out of the pom-pom.

Ready! Now you can add eyes, antennas, ears and other accessories to make your Valentine’s Day creature. Stick it onto a card or add one of our labels to make a gift.

Tips

– Bee: To make the bee, cover the cardstock circle completely once with yellow yarn. Then, use black yarn for the second time around. This will add the colored lines to your pom-pom to make the bee.

– Heart: To make the heart, make a regular pom-pom and then carefully trim the sides to form the shape of a heart.

Instructions to make the pom-pom cards:


Step 1: Print the template on white cardstock or regular paper. If you print it on regular paper, glue it onto cardstock later to make it more rigid to support the pom-pom.


Step 2: Choose the template that you like. Make a little hole in the center of the figure where you want to put the pom-pom.



Step 3: Have fun decorating the card with color or valentine messages.

Step 4: Tie a piece of yarn to the pom-pom. Then pass the thread through the hole in the card, making a knot on the reverse side to attach it.

Ready! Gift your personalized card on Valentine’s Day.


Christmas is coming! With all the craziness of the holiday season, Meyamo invites you to use what you have around the house and take a break to enjoy the season and make recycled paper ornaments with your kids. All you need is paper (magazines, newspapers, etc), water and a bit of creativity. Use our templates to make personalized ornaments for your holiday tree or as gifts for teachers, grandparents and friends.

Download Recycled Paper Holiday Ornament

Instructions to make the paper!

Step 1: Using magazines, newspapers and other papers you want to recycle, cut out pieces of the color you want for the base of your ornament. If you choose different colors, keep them separate.

Step 2: Choose a color and tear the paper into small pieces, ideally by hand to get a better effect.

Step 3: In a bowl, add water until the paper pieces are completely covered.

Step 4: Stir and move the paper in the bowl to form a paste. Once damp, the paper will be softer and easier to use. Set aside for a few minutes.
*You can also use an electric food chopper or juicer to make your paste.

Step 5: Strain the water without squeezing the paper.

Instructions to make the ornament!

Step 6: Print the templates on regular paper and put them on a cardboard surface or on a tray to be able to move them later.

Step 7: Take small handfuls of the paste and squeeze out the water. Use it to fill in the shape of the template, inserting a ribbon to be able to hang your ornament later. You can also fill cookie cutters with paste to form the shape of your ornament.

Step 8: Cut paper to decorate your ornaments and bring them to life! You can use the template to cut out the accessories on colored paper, letting them soak for 2-3 minutes in water. Once damp, the paper will be softer and stick better to the ornament.

Step 9: Once decorated, lay the ornaments in the sun or next to a heater or fireplace. Depending on the temperature, they can take a few hours or overnight to dry. Finally trim any excess material.

Time to decorate the tree!

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Back from vacation but don’t want the fun to end? Are your kids full of energy before school starts and need a fun activity?
Savor your family’s fun summer memories with easy to make frames using old CD cases.
Let them decorate Meyamo’s templates with bright colors or even summer keepsakes-shells, ticket stubs, or even sticks from camp.
You can also use Meyamo’s soft iron-on letters to really make the design stand out and let the memories live on!


Download CD Case Frame template (PDF)

Step 1: Print your favorite template on white or colored paper (cardstock works best).
*You can print on regular paper and then glue or trace onto cardstock to make the frame more rigid.

Step 2: Let your kids have fun decorating the templates with phrases and colors that remind them of their fun summer adventures.
*If you are decorating with paper or fabric, you can include fun phrases or words with Meyamo’s iron on letters. They are easy to apply with soft textures and different designs. Find them at www.meyamo.com.

Step 3: Cut on the dotted link of the template to leave a hole in the center and create the frame for the photo.

Step 4: Take the CD case and flip it inside out.

Step 5: Place the photo on the inside of the clear cover of the CD case. You can also glue or tape it directly to the case.
*Trim any extra as necessary so that the photo fits in the cover of the case.

Step 6: Slide the decorated frame over the photo using the clips on the CD case to hold it in place. Then fold the top border of the frame over the top of the CD case to keep the frame from sliding.

Continue decorating: After you slide your frame, into the case, you can continue decorating. Try adding shells, twigs or stones from your vacation to add even more interest.


Remember the last 4th of July party? Little Jack almost burnt down the neighbor’s house with his homemade fireworks and everyone forgot about little Emma until a tired but good-willed Uncle Sam chased her back from the other end of the parade. This year keep your kids happy and entertained by helping them create their own 4th of July pinwheels.
They can use recycled gift-wrap, print their own designs using potato stamps or use Meyamo’s 4th of July inspired patterns. The long wait for the fireworks will be a whirl!


Download 4th of July Pinwheel template (PDF)


Step 1: Print the pinwheel template you want to use. You can print it or trace it using newspaper, magazines or used wrapping paper*. You can also draw and paint over a blank template or print Meyamos’s 4th of July inspired patterned templates.

*Do not use card stock or heavy paper stock because your pinwheel might not turn so well.


Step 2: If you use recycled paper, place the pinwheel template on the recycled paper and cut together along the dotted line. If you use one of Meyamos’s 4th of July inspired patterned templates, just cut along the dotted line.


Step 3: Take the outer points of the template (5 all together) and glue them to the center of the pinwheel one at a time (best results when using a glue stick).


Step 4: Stick a pin through the center of the pinwheel to make a hole, making sure it goes through all five points. Roll the pin around in little circles to enlarge the hole a little. This is to make sure your pinwheel spins freely.


Step 5. Assemble the pinwheel: First stick a pin* or thin wire through a button, piece of paper or small seed, then stick it through the hole at the center of the pinwheel, then through 2 or 3 buttons (or seeds or anything that will separate the pinwheel from the stick), and finally attach it to a wooden stick, skewer or straw.
*If you use a pin you need to make sure to bend the sharp end with a pair of pliers.


Other decorating ideas:


1. Give your pinwheel a comet’s tail: Cut a rectangle-shaped paper into ¼ inch-wide strips, stopping just short of the top. Next, fold the paper in half and then attach it to the back of the pinwheel’s stick.


2. Decorate your pinwheel using a potato stamp: Cut a potato in half and draw a star, or any shape you like, on its flat side. Carve out the excess shape around the star with a sharp knife (adults only!). You can now dip the potato in paint* and stamp as many stars as you like.

*Thick paint works best, runny paint might wrinkle the paper.


3. Decorate the wooden stick with a ribbon: Attach the ribbon to the back of the assembled pinwheel, then roll and glue it down until you get to the end of the stick.


Happy 4th of July.
 Have a whirl!

Create your own summer safari with Meyamo’s fun and easy paper fold-up animals. Just print, decorate and cut these cute animal patterns. Then, take the animals outside to create a wild safari in your own backyard!

Download Fold-up Animals Template (PDF)


Step 1: Print the animal templates on white or colored paper (cardstock works best).


Step 2: Let your kids get creative and decorate the animals with fun colors and prints.


* They can also use recycled bits of scrap paper or gift-wrap to create a mix and match collage.


Step 3: Cut out each animal by following along the dotted lines.


Step 4: Fold the animals in half following the solid fold line. Follow the instructions below to give each jungle animal its special finishing touches.


Toucan: Cut along the outline of each wing and fold them away from the body. You can also glue both sides of the beak together.


Elephant: Insert the elephant’s ears on the slot on the elephant’s head. You can also glue both sides of the trunk together.


Crocodile: You can open the big crocodile’s mouth with a pair of jigsaw edger scissors to make the teeth. You can also glue both sides of the snout together.


Monkey: This wild monkey can hang from almost anywhere, fold and unfold it and practice hanging it from the arms and tail.


Zebra: Cut the ears outline and fold them away from the body. You can also glue both sides of the mouth together.


Giraffe: Cut the dashed lines on the back of the neck to create the giraffe’s hair. You can also glue both sides of the tail together.


With your safari animals cut out and decorated, now it is time to play! Take the animals outside to create a wild safari in your own backyard!

This year Meyamo decide to inspire Easter egg hunters across the globe with these recipes for handmade, natural paints made from your favorite fruits and vegetables! The directions below show you how to easily extract concentrated colors from red cabbage, beat, spinach, carrots and other produce, mix them with powder sugar to create delightful shades of beautiful pastel colors. Perfect for the organic Easter Bunny. And not to worry, if your child likes to nibble on their paintbrush – the strawberry sugar paint is delicious!


Step 1: Empty the eggs you want to decorate
– First shake the egg to break the yolk
– Then, using a large sewing needle, carefully make a hole on each end of the egg
– Blow through one of the holes until everything comes out


Step 2: Create your own fruit and vegetable based paints!


For specific instructions on how to create each color download the PDF


Here is an example on how to make a beautiful orange paint color from carrots.
Ingredients:
– 1 cup of shredded carrots
– 6 tablespoons of powder sugar
Pour 2 tablespoons of boiling water over the shredded carrots and let the carrots stand for 5-10 minutes.
Press and smash the shredded carrots with the back of a spoon. Strain the juice from the shredded carrots. Mix one tablespoon of the concentrated carrot juice with 6 teaspoons of powder sugar.
Tip: You can also mix the juice with egg yolk for a paint with greater consistency. Please note: this makes the paint inedible.


Use these natural paint recipes to create your own edible play dough.
Just mix one teaspoon of your concentrated fruit or vegetable extract with 9 teaspoons of powder sugar.


Step 3: Decorate and play!
Tips:
– Dip your brush lightly in water to prevent the paint from drying.
– You can prop the egg in a long wooden stick so you don’t get it messy while you paint.
– You can also place the egg on the stick to dry on the egg carton.

Santa brought so many earth-conscious gifts this holiday season, but he forgot to mention what to do with all the wrapping paper and ribbons! Before you toss them out here’s an opportunity for you and your kids to use them to build some fun cereal box organizers.


Download the Cereal Box Organizer Template (PDF)

Instructions:

Step 1: Save a large empty cereal box and cut the top right corner to transform it into a magazine file. You can use one of the shapes from the Meyamo DIY template as a guideline. Select scraps of wrapping paper, fabric or ribbon to decorate it.

Step 2: Cut out the different papers and fabric scraps and glue them all over the box to create a fun collage.

Step 3: Cover the entire cereal box with the designs. Cut out any pieces of paper or fabric that stick out beyond the edges of the box.

Step 4: Print out the patterns and designs from Meyamo’s template and use them to decorate the box. To create a silly jungle look, cut out the different animal shapes and place your kids portraits behind them.

Robot Box: For a retro-cyber box, cover the box with a robot-inspired wrapping paper. Then print and cut out the robots in the pdf to decorate it. Let kids add the finishing touches by painting over the graphics.

Ribbons and Fabric: Here’s a perfect opportunity to use all those holiday leftover ribbons and fabric scraps.

Patchwork: Mix and match leftover wrapping papers into a fun design. Print and cut the different labels and designs in the Meyamo template and glue them to the box. Write and paint over them for a custom look.

Congratulations! You have just created a fun, recycled storage box. Now it’s easy to motivate your kids to organize their school projects, artwork, photos and keepsakes.

Visit www.holidaystockings.org to learn more about this organization.

Download Stocking Pattern and Instructions (PDF)
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Step 1: Print the pattern at full size. Tape or glue stocking Part 1 over /// Stocking Part 2

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Step 2-3: Place the stocking pattern over a folded piece of fabric. Cut out the pattern, together with the folded fabric, along the outer line.

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Use the “Stocking top” pattern to cut 2 pieces of felt (both 8 1/2″ x 3 1/4″)

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Step 4: Sew the felt pieces to the top of the stocking pieces

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Step 5: Sew the stocking together, from the inside, leaving a 1/4″ seam allowance

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Step 6: Turn your stocking inside out.

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Congratulations!
You just created a beautiful 8” x 16” holiday stocking!
Ship your stocking to Holiday Stocking for Homeless Children and help to spread the joy to a child this holiday season.
Address: Holiday Stockings for Homeless Children
P.O. Box 6392
Bellevue, WA 98008-0392

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