DIY Circle Punch Portrait.

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We long planed to do something pretty to hang on the kids walls. We wanted to use old photos of them but we didn’t want a regular collage. The inspiration was found, as so many times before, on Pinterest. Inspired by Mermag’s Circle Punch Art we made our very own circle punch portraits.

We used a circle punch, photos of the kids, patterned paper and pretty magazine pictures. We also used a white sheet of paper and glue.

1. We begun by punching out photos of the kids. To make sure we got their faces punched out we had to turn our circle punch up side down.


2. We wanted the finished picture to have certain colors. To get a good mix of color we also punched out circles of pretty paper and magazines pictures.

3. Freja placed out the circles on a sheet of paper. It took a while before she was completely satisfied. Then we glued the circles on to the paper. Our punch is well used and it gets a bit unsharp from time to time. To sharpen it we punch holes in aluminum foil. Works like a charm!

Our portraits are up on the wall and we’re very pleased with them! They will be framed eventually, but we find them adorable to look at even now.


This is unfortunately our last post on the Southern Institute. We’ll continue to post tutorials for kids and parents on from time to time, but we need to cut back on the time spent on blogging. Thank you so much, Jenny, for giving us the opportunity to share our crafts and ideas on you blog. We have enjoyed it a lot!

Papier Mache Piggies

Papier Mache is really easy to do, not very expensive – but a bit messy. Way back when I went to school we did piggy banks using a large balloon as moulds. I remember loving to mess with glue and paper scraps. As an adult I’m not too keen on the messy part but I had to let my daughter try it. Check out our mini piggies!


You need a small balloon, corks from wine and plastic bottles, newspaper scraps and wallpaper glue. If you have small children you might want to make your own papier mache paste, in case they put their fingers in their mouths. There are several recipes on the net.


1. First turn the balloon into a piggy mould. Cut the wine corks to the size of your choice and attach them as legs to the bottom of the balloon. We used double-sided tape to attach ours. Also tape the plastic cork on to the front as a snout. It’s already cute, isn’t it!


2. Make sure you cover your work surface, this is going to be messy! Then tear the newspaper into strips and dip them in glue. Place the stripes one at a time over the balloon and corks. The piggy should be covered. Make sure to remove air bubbles as you go along.

3. Make the first layer thin and let it dry completely. Then add another layer and let it dry. Our piggies have three layers but you can add as many layers as you like. When all the layers have dried, we painted our piggies using hobby paint.


This one got a heart as well! The ears are made of a bit of felt and it also got a twisted little tail.


Our piggies are too small to be piggy banks but we cherish them never the less. They where messy to make but we had a lot of fun. And in the end it’s all that counts, don’t you think!

Smiling, Happy, Paper Faces

I can’t resist buying paper when I’m I craft supply stores. Flowers, polka dots, origami, or just solid color papers – I love them all! Today we brighten up pictures of us with pieces of beautiful paper. We’re inspired by Joaquima Casas adorable paper dolls on canvas, but we choose to use our own portraits.  A bit crazy, I know, but it certainly made us smile!


You need a picture of you, patterned and solid color papers, scissors and glue. We’ve also added sequins to our portraits to make them sparkle.


1. Cut out the face of your portrait and glue it to a white paper. It looks a bit funny, doesn’t it!


2. Then cut a bunch flowers, hearts or other shapes of the patterned papers and place it around your portrait. Make sure you have lots of shapes to play around with.

3. Attach the shapes and the sequins to your portrait with glue and your smiling happy face is done! I hope it makes you smile, too!


Karin & Freja,