6 Paper Crafting Activities For Kids

Want to do a DIY project with your child but don’t have a lot of materials at home? No problem. You can go a long way if you have paper, scissors, and a pencil. Want to know what you can do with paper? Here are some fun things you can make with paper. These creative projects are suitable for toddlers, preschoolers, and older children.

1) Make Cards

Making cards is great fun and doesn’t require much. A simple card will do, or you can cut an A4 size card in half and fold it. This way, children can use their creativity to the fullest. For example, they can cut out newspaper clippings or photos from magazines and paste them on, or use paint, pencils, markers, or glitter to make beautiful cards. Making your own cards for Christmas and New Year’s can be fun. Make Christmas cards with your children and send unique cards to relatives and friends. It is also fun to make your own invitations for children’s parties.

2) Make Original Masks

A lot of fun: making paper masks. You can make them from scratch or use templates found online. For instance, you can search for “mask templates” or “mask models” of animals, superheroes, etc. If you print them out, your child can decorate them themselves with paints, markers, pencils, and glitter. If you use sturdy paper or cardboard, the masks will last longer. Decorate the masks, cut them out, and tie rubber bands on each side so they can be fastened behind the ears. This is a fun tip for young and old alike.

3) Make Paper Flowers

Ready for a new bouquet at home? Let your children create the most beautiful paper flowers. All you need is paper and straw, pipe cleaner, or a stick that will be the flower’s stem. For example, picture a tulip, draw it on paper and cut it out. Then, glue the flowers to the stems, and you have a beautiful paper flower. Prepare several templates of flowers and cut them out. This way, everyone can make a large bouquet. After all, it is wonderful to create something beautiful on the kitchen table on those dark days of the year.

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4) Cut And Paste With Paper

Cutting and pasting with paper is a great activity, especially for toddlers and preschoolers (for practice). For example, you can use a simple coloring book page (preferably one with a large section) and have children paste it with pieces of paper. You can cut them out yourself (with children’s scissors) or tear them out and then glue them on. For example, you can cut out small circles or shapes from paper and have the children glue colorful shapes on top of them to create a unique craft.

5) Coloured Heart

All you need for this colorful creation is glue, scissors, and paper. Use a strip of paper as the heart in the center. Glue it to a piece of white A4 paper. Cut out enough different colored paper strips and roll them up as desired. Be sure to roll them all differently to make the heart explode. Glue all around the large heart, and your work is done.

6) Paper Kites

Make colorful paper kites together. You do not need much. As soon as you’re ready and the weather clears up, you can do a test flight.

You will need:

  • Origami paper
  • Glue
  • Black sign pen
  • Rope
  • Plastic eyes
  • 1 pair of scissors

Instructions

  • Fold one piece of origami paper in half to form a triangle.
  • Open the origami again and fold one point toward the center. Do the same for the opposite point.
  • Now cut the string, put glue between the newly folded corners and glue the string in the middle.
  • Glue the corners to the string and let dry for a while.
  • To make the ribbon, cut the new folded paper in half and fold one half lengthwise again.
  • Now cut the paper half lengthwise and cut corners at an angle.
  • Open the corners to get the bow. Cut as many pieces as you like and stick them to the kite.
  • Next, glue two plastic eyes to the kite and draw a nose and mouth with a black marker.

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Let us know if the kids enjoyed these paper crafting activities in the comments below!

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5 Cocktails You Can Make At Home (Part 3)

I’m a social drinker and smoker; I only drink and smoke in social settings and don’t usually drink alone. I love myself a good cocktail or cocktails (depending on the nights); it is the best part of going out, aside from being with my loved ones. In the first two parts of this blog series, we learned how to make some of our favorite cocktails that you can make at home. In this part, we will dive deeper into the subject and learn about 5 more cocktails that you can make at home.

However, drinking out can cost you a pretty penny and can break the bank if you go out too much. This is why you need to learn to make your favorite cocktails at home. Not only will this save you a lot of money, but this can also be your new party trick. So, without further ado, let’s dive further into this blog and learn how to make some of your favorite cocktails at home.

1. Black Russian

 

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The black Russian is a simple, easy, and delicious drink that anyone can make with just a couple of things. It is one of the best cocktails to make, especially if you are on a tight budget. All you need to make this simple and delicious drink is vodka and coffee liqueur.

All you need to make this drink is to stir 1 ½ ounce of vodka and ¾ ounce of coffee liqueur in a chilled glass. This is also another delicious drink if you love coffee like me and is a definite must-have, and you can easily make it at home.

2. Gin Rickey

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This is another simple gin cocktail in our list of easy drinks that you can make at home. A gin Rickey is a relatively simple drink with only 3 ingredients. It has 2 ounces of gin. ½ ounces of freshly squeezed lime juice and 4 ounces of club soda. You just have to mix it in a shaker and serve it in a chilled highball glass. 

This is a simple drink that you can make on any weekday and enjoy after a hard day at work. This is also one of the favorite cocktails of many gin lovers out there. You can just change the liquor to make one of the drinks of the famous Collins family, and you can swap the gin with whiskey, vodka, or nearly any other spirits out there. The world is your oyster when it comes to cocktail making. 

3. Royal Tea

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If you are a tea lover, this is the perfect cocktail for you; it mixes alcohol and liquor. Tea is an economical ingredient and is also a versatile ingredient that everyone ought to have in their pantry. A royal-tea cocktail is an incredible drink that mixes Earl Grey, lemon, simple syrup, and gin. 

Tea works with a plethora of liquors, and you can mix vodka with your favorite tea to make a tea tini. To make a Jalisco ice tea, all you have to do is swap the gin for tequila in your mixture. You can make it in a pitcher as if you are making your favorite iced tea, and you can serve it to your guests like that, and it is a refreshing drink that everyone will thank you for.

4. Cafe Caribbean

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As someone who can’t start my day without coffee, this is one of my favorite dessert cocktails out there. If the previous drink is perfect for any tea lover, then this one is the perfect drink for coffee lovers. The cafe Caribbeans are the perfect cocktail that shows you how easy it is to spice up your coffee, and it is the perfect drink to have and unwind after a hard day at work.

All you need to make your own cafe Caribbean at home is espresso, rum, amaretto, whip cream, and shaved almonds. You just have to mix 6 ounces of hot black coffee, one ounce of rum, and ½ ounce of amaretto liqueur and serve in a glass and top it with whipped cream and shaved sliced almonds. This drink is the perfect dessert cocktail and hits the spot, as we mentioned earlier.

5. Highball

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Though this drink might have a really fancy name, it is a rather simple drink that you can make at home. All you need to make this drink is ginger ale and whiskey. You just have to mix 2 ounces of whiskey and 4 to 6 ounces (this is according to taste, of course) of ginger ale or club soda. This is also a rather simple drink to make at home, and depending on the whiskey you use, this drink can cost as cheap as 1 dollar.

Final thoughts

Granted, buying alcohol isn’t cheap, but buying the bottle is cheaper than buying individual cocktails at bars. But, I would be lying if I told you that I only drank cocktails at home; my friends and I love bar hopping, and this is our way to spend a Friday afternoon, and it is one of our favorite bonding experiences. So, relax and have a drink (unless you are sober)!!

If you make any of these cocktails, tag us in the comments and show us a picture of your craft. Sound off in the comments section below and tell us what you want to read next and if you want to read more about how to make your cocktail at home.

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Become A Budding Handyman By Getting The Right Tools

Currently, more and more people are starting to do-it-yourself. It is already a passion for some, but for others, it is rather to save money. It will save you money, but it will also give you something to do. Indeed, you are not always going to call a professional for a floor that comes loose, a broken light switch, or replace the bathroom mirror.

It may also make you want to do some minor work to give your bathroom or garden a makeover. Moreover, don’t forget that when you do an activity, whatever it is, it allows you to change your mind and to de-stress. So, get the right tools and try your hand at DIY. You’ll see how much good it will do you.

What tools should you buy to start DIY?

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DIY is not just about fixing broken things in your home. You can also get into it to make garden furniture or toys for your kids. Moreover, you don’t need to spend money to get the materials. You just have to use old objects, boxes, bottles, etc. This way, you will reduce your ecological footprint and throw away less waste and garbage.

But for this, you need to have some DIY tools. They require a small budget but will be very useful for many years. Moreover, if you opt for good-quality tools like those you can find at a professional, they will not break easily. Anyway, you will need:

    • A tape measure will be essential whatever the work you are going to do. Choose one with a length of 3 or 5 meters.
    • A cutter that is very practical for sewing, gardening, etc. There are different models: electric, rotary, classic or circular.
    • A spirit level is a measuring instrument very much used in masonry work. However, you can use it when you install shelves.
    • A hammer, which also comes in different models. However, opt for the nail puller since you will only need it for DIY work.
    • A saw that you could use to cut wood or metal.
    • Wrenches: open-end wrench, pipe wrench, Allen wrench, etc. There is a whole range of them.
    • A screwdriver.
    • To avoid dragging your tools around and losing them, it is best to store them in a box, preferably metal. Large boxes with several compartments are very practical for storing your tools.

The electric screwdriver

It is invaluable if you need to screw repeatedly and tediously, for example, when assembling a piece of kit furniture. An electric screwdriver is equipped with a speed sensor to adapt the force of the screw to the task at hand, and with interchangeable heads, it is cordless for easy handling. It’s best to choose one with a dual battery, so you don’t have to wait for a recharge if you’re doing a long job. You will also find more basic models called “cordless screwdrivers”, less powerful and very practical.

Is there any training to become a handyman?

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Not everyone is born with a talent for DIY. If you get used to doing small repairs and odds and ends at home, you can become a good handyman over time. In addition, there are currently DIY courses that allow you to become a real pro at handiwork. However, just because you’re too clumsy doesn’t mean you can’t do DIY.

The training includes basic techniques for carpentry work, mechanics, etc. But you can also learn for free on the internet or by watching artisans’ work. The latter requires a lot of patience and perseverance, but all your efforts will be rewarded. Some DIY stores also offer free DIY classes when they launch new products. They will teach you how to handle them and for which jobs.

Sound off in the comments section below and tell us what you want to read next and if you want to read more about tools to have as a handyman.

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5 More Cocktails You Can Make At Home (Part 2)

I’m a social drinker and smoker; I only drink and smoke in social settings and don’t usually drink alone. I love myself a good cocktail; it is the best part of going out, aside from being with my loved ones. In the first part of this blog series, we learnt how to make some of our favorite cocktails that you can make at home. In this part, we will dive deeper into the subject and learn about 5 more cocktails that you can make at home.

However, drinking out can cost you a pretty penny and can break the bank if you go out too much. This is why you need to learn to make your favorite cocktails at home. Not only will this save you a lot of money, but this can also be your new party trick. So, without further ado, let’s dive further into this blog and learn how to make some of your favorite cocktails at home.

1. Cape codder

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This used to be my go-to drink when I went clubbing or bar hopping when I was younger. You might have never heard the name cape codder, but you’ve definitely tasted it before. It’s your simple Vodka cranberry (yes, Cape codder is its true name). It’s a simple and refreshing drink that anyone can make at home, and you should definitely give it a try.

To make a cape codder, all you need is vodka and cranberry juice, and it’s as simple as mixing it in a glass and serve on ice. You can have fun with it and replace the cranberry juice with juice that you like or have on hand. Add pineapple juice, and you have a bay breeze; if you add grapefruit, then it transforms the drink into a sea breeze, but my favorite is a madras where you swap the cranberry juice with OJ.

2. Daiquiri

In the first part of this blog series, we confess our love for Margarita, and in this one, we will gush about the versatile daiquiri. All you need to make a daiquiri is 2 ounces of light rum, 1 ounce of lime juice, ¾ once of simple syrup, and a lime twist for garnish because aesthetics matters. You need to shake it in a cup of ice, double strain it, and serve it in a chilled martini or specialty cocktail glass.

You can have a lot of fun with a daiquiri, and it is an extremely customizable drink. You can add your twist to it and make it your own according to your liking. Strawberry daiquiris are one of many peoples’ favorites, and you have to add frozen strawberries in a blender alongside the drink, and voila, you have the perfect frozen drink.

3. Shandy

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This is one of the simplest and most straightforward cocktails on our list, and it is also the perfect summer drink. This is the perfect cocktail to sip in front of the pools during a hot summer day. This drink requires only 2 ingredients, and though it is not that famous, it is beloved by a niche fan base.

All you need to make a Shandy is lemonade and your favorite beer. Add your beer to your glass first and top it off with ice-cold lemonade (you can make it yourself or buy it in a store). Give this drink a try, you won’t regret it, and you will thank us later for this. Give the Shandy the love it deserves.

4. Kir

If you love wine, you might want to give this drink a try next. This cocktail is the perfect way to spruce up a cheap bottle of white wine, and the end result is nothing less than divine. All you need to make Kir at home is a bottle of crème de cassis (a dark red liqueur made with blackcurrants) and dry white wine. This is a simple 2 ingredient wine cocktail and is a party favorite of all my wine lovers out there. 

If you feel a bit adventurous, then add sparkling wine instead of your dry wine, and this will give the drink a lively twist. If you swap the white wine for red wine, you have the perfect cardinal cocktail, and we recommend you to try both and find your favorite. You just have to mix equal parts of both and serve in a wine glass.

5. Moscow mule

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This is another refreshing drink on our list and is also pretty straightforward to make. Some people are afraid of beer cocktails, but the Moscow mule and the Shandy are a sure way to change your mind. Beer is an excellent mixer and has a lot of potential, and makes fabulous cocktails. 

To make a Moscow mule, all you have to do is add vodka, lime juice, and beer to your glass and garnish with a sprig of mint. Trust us; this drink hits the spot, especially on those hot summer days. It will leave you asking for more, and you can’t blame yourself for that. 

The Moscow mule is super drinkable, and it is also very easy to make. So, make this for your friends next time you hand it out, and they will be impressed by your mixology abilities. You can also mix things up by adding ginger beer for a Christmas mule or add cider and enjoy an apple-cinnamon mule.

Final thoughts

Granted, buying alcohol isn’t cheap, but it is cheaper to buy the bottle than to buy individual cocktails at bars. But, I would be lying if I told you that I only drank cocktails at home; my friends and I love bar hopping, and this is our way to spend a Friday afternoon, and it is one of our favorite bonding experiences. So, relax and have a drink (unless you are sober)!!

If you make any one of these cocktails, be sure to tag us in the comments and show us a picture of your craft. Sound off in the comments section below and tell us what you want to read next and if you want to read more about how to make your own cocktail at home.

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Simple Craft Projects to Try With Kids

For this year’s Easter, the kids and I made some pretty good DIY decorations. They were super easy to make too.

If you are looking for fun and creative ways to keep your kids entertained, help them try the following crafty stuff.

Cherry Blossom Tree Craft

Cherry Blossom Tree CraftMaterials you’ll need:

  • A pair of scissors
  • Glue
  • Brown construction paper
  • Tissue paper (white or pink)

Instructions on how to make cherry blossom tree craft:

Stage 1: You can start by asking to make a fold and use it as a cutting guide by folding the brown construction paper in half lengthwise. With the scissors, cut strips into the paper, right along the long edge, and stop at the folded line. If your kid’s lines are not perfectly straight, don’t worry; instead, that will add to the charm of the tree and will actually look like the craft of a kid.

Stage 2: Now, your kid needs to roll the paper to obtain the tree shape. The glue should be added to the short edge up to the fold. Continue rolling and start pressing the edge to glue shut. You can also pinch and hold the bottom for a bit of the glue to stick properly.

Stage 3:

You should bend and curl the large stripes of paper to make them look more like the branches of a tree.

Stage 4:

You can start adding dots of glue on the “branches.” Next, prune off small pieces of the tissue paper, pinch and scrunch them up (to make them look like cherry flowers) and add them to the glue dots. And let the glue dry.

Stage 5:

Once the glue has dried off, your cherry blossom craft is ready for display.

Easter Egg Sun Catchers Craft

Easter Egg Sun Catchers CraftMaterials you’ll need:

  • A crayon sharpener
  • A few colorful crayons
  • Wax paper
  • Invisible thread
  • An iron
  • Old towels
  • A small hole punch

Instructions on how to make the Easter egg sun catchers craft

Stage 1:

The starting point is the choice of colors. Let your kids decide if they want a brighter or darker color palette. Once the choice is made, peel the back end of the crayon and sharpen it onto a piece of wax paper (that should be placed on top of old towels because the crayon wax can permeate completely through the wax paper). If your kid is also going to sharpen the back end of the crayon, it’s going to take more time, but it will certainly give you more shavings.

Stage 2:

Do not try to rearrange the shavings; instead let them fall evenly on the wax paper. It is up to you, or rather up to your kid, if he wants to separate the colors or blend them.

Stage 3:

If your kid is satisfied with the result, place another sheet of wax paper over the top (of course, repeating the step again with an old towel). Then, iron slowly over the layers. You’ll find that the crayon wax will be melting. If there’s any need to re-heat any particular area, go ahead.

However, if your kid was not happy at the beginning with his shavings piles, then give him another chance to re-create the shavings.

Stage 4:

Set the paper aside and let it cool down. It won’t take much time, but once it’s done, hold it up to the light to see the results of your kid’s hard work.

Stage 5:

You can use a heavy cardstock to create an egg template and then trace the shape onto the wax paper. Based on the positioning, try to fit in as many eggs as you can. You’ll see how many beautiful eggs you’ll have.

Stage 6:

In the top of each egg, punch a small hole ad tie the invisible thread through it. Once you are done, you can hang the egg collection anywhere – be it on the top of a window frame or in your kid’s bedroom.

 

 

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Top 3 Crafts To Consider For Your Well-being

Crafts are super fun and something that more of us should get into. We all live stressful lives, whether you are a student, a parent, or are working. Life is stressful, and after the rough past 2 years, I think all of us should start a craft or leisure activity that allows us to forget our problems, no matter how mundane they are.

You should take time for yourself to do something creative, and this is a pleasant way to de-stress after a hard day of work or at school. So, without further ado, let’s dive further into this blog and learn more about some of the crafts you might want to consider starting for your well-being.

1. Knitting

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knitting as a craft

Okay, I can guess what you are going to say, and no, knitting isn’t just for grandmas. I learned it from my late grandma, and it is a way for me to remember her and also a way to relax, especially when I have a hard day at work. It allows you to use your fingers and is especially useful for people who are jittery like me; it gives me something to do with my hands when I am stressed.

For me, it is a coll way to create homemade gifts for your loved ones, and you can create a plethora of things with this, from jumpers to scarves to room decorations. It is also relatively cheap; all you need to start out is 2 knitting needles and some yarn; knitting primarily uses two long needles, but you can also do it with machines to with a loom.

However, if you want to get into macramé, you need something to tie onto, and there is no needle required for crochet. You need a singular crochet hook. Knitting for me is a fantastic way to relax, and on top of that, I can have clothes to wear. It is a win-win situation if you ask me.

2. Drawing

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Let your imagination go wild here and draw whatever you want on your preferred medium (paper or digital). Okay, if I can be honest for a minute, this is one of those skills I wish I had, but I can’t draw to save my life, and this bums me out.

Drawing is an excellent way to express yourself, and you can draw the scenery, an object, a person, or something that is entirely fictional or from your imagination. The world is your oyster when it comes to drawing. Do whatever makes you happy, and don’t stifle your artistic expression just to fit in a box; it is a way to relax and go ahead and draw, no matter how talented you are.

If you don’t want to start this alone, then you might want to challenge a friend to a 30-day drawing challenge, you can divide the days and decide on a prompt for each day. It is a perfect way to spend time with your friends and have fun at the same time. Whatever you decide to do, have fun and enjoy yourself.

3. Embroidery

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Upcycling old clothes and how to make embroidery become your craft

This is also a leisure and a fantastic way to up-cycle old clothes as it allows you to give them a new life thanks to your artistic vision. Is their a hole in your favorite shirt, then you can revitalize it with embroidery, and it can decorate any article of clothing that you have in your closet and make them look more stylish and cooler.

This is also a relatively cheap hobby as you will use your needle and thread for more than more embroidery projects, and this is why we can’t stop but recommend it. It uses a few different kinds of stitches, and these are often in different colors to create a pattern or picture on the fabric.

To start, you have to stretch the fabric you want and an embroidery hoop over it. After you’ve placed the hoop, you have to trace your pattern one, this will be your guide on what you are stitching on your fabric, and it will help you out in this process. You will find a lot of free patterns online, and there are plenty of tutorials and guides out there.

Sound off in the comments section below and tell us what you want to read next and if you want to read more about doing crafts for your well-being.

How to Use a Sander

How to Use a Sander

How to Use a Sander

 

Contents

– Some helpful information about sanders

– The vibrating sander

– The circular or disc sander

– The belt sander

– The angle sander

– The mini sander

– The giraffe sander

– Choosing a sander according to the material to be sanded

Nowadays, sanders are much lighter than they were a decade ago. Using a sander is, therefore, relatively simple.

Whether they are belt, vibrating, eccentric (circular, disc), or triangular (angle or corner), sanders are pretty affordable (starting at $20) and are also available for rent. Suctioned or not, these sanders can be used by any DIY enthusiast.

Some helpful information about sanders

All sanders can be purchased or rented from rental stores or home improvement stores.

Most sanders are equipped with self-gripping plates on which a velcro system glues the sanding paper. Concerning the belt sander, the sanding paper will be fixed after opening the plate and inserted inside it.

Please refer to the instruction manual for each sander when you buy or rent it. These may vary from one sander to another, depending on the manufacturer.

Finally, when handling a sander, whatever its type, it is important to connect the plug of the sander to an extension cord to work with ease while moving around the part to be sanded (door, furniture, shutter…).

The vibrating sander

The vibrating sander is used on soft materials such as plasterboard or softwood. It will be perfect for finishing on solid parts (like a door, for example).

For this type of sander, it is easier to use fine-grain sandpaper.

With a low output, the plate of vibrating sanders does not “roll” or “rotate”, making it possible to remain on the same part of the wood without digging it.

The circular or disc sander

How to Use a Sander

The circular sander is mainly used for rough and finished sanding on large surfaces (such as a wall). It can also be used for sanding paint, metal, or hardwood.

Relatively robust, this sander must be held firmly. Sanding is done with regular, circular motions so that the circular sander does not dig into soft materials such as wood or plaster.

The belt sander

The belt sander can be used on all types of materials. Handle it with smooth, even strokes, regardless of the sanded material. Please do not leave the belt sander in one place, but keep it moving. This will prevent damage to the surface from being sanded.

The belt on this sander rolls to provide rough and finish sanding on solid surfaces.

The angle sander

This is the ideal sander for finishing. It has a triangular plate (hence its name) which allows, by its points, to reach the smallest places (such as blinds and moldings …).

The angle sander is used for all types of materials.

It is easy to handle from left to right or from top to bottom, thanks to its small size.

The mini sander

The mini sander is often forgotten. However, the mini sander allows the sanding of small inaccessible areas, even with a triangular sander (such as complicated moldings).

The mini sander can be used for all types of materials.

This type of sander is equipped with a rod system with an abrasive paper tip that sands the smallest surfaces by rotation.

The giraffe sander

The giraffe sander is used for sanding large surfaces such as parquet or ceiling. It is equipped with a telescopic arm and allows easy sanding in areas where the position could be uncomfortable.

This sander is placed on a cart that facilitates its movement in most cases.

Connected to a vacuum system, it allows removing a maximum of dust during sanding.

Choosing the sander according to the material to be sanded

To sand, a floor with a large surface area, use a large sander, which you can rent.

When sanding concrete, use an electric concrete sander.

If you want to sand wood (whether it’s furniture, stairs, beams, tables, doors, or any other piece of wood), use a belt, disc, or angle sanders.

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5 Cocktails You Can Make At Home

I love myself a good cocktail; for me, it is the best part of going out, aside from being with my loved ones. I’m a social drinker and smoker; that is, I only drink and smoke in social settings and don’t usually drink alone. However, drinking out can cost you a pretty penny and can break the bank if you go out too much.

This is why you need to learn to make your favorite cocktails at home. Not only will this save you a lot of money, but this can also be your new party trick. So, without further ado, let’s dive further into this blog and learn how to make some of your favorite cocktails at home.

1. Sex on the beach

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This is one of those cocktails we all love to order just because of its name. Sex on the beach is a mixture of peach schnapps, Vodka, cranberry juice, and orange juice. It is the ideal fruit-based cocktail for those with a sweet tooth. It is also pretty straightforward to make.

In a shaker filled with ice, add 1 1/3 oz cranberry, 1 1/3 oz Vodka, 1 1/3 oz Orange juice, and 2/3 oz Peach schnapps. You have to strain the cocktail into a highball glass and garnish it with 3 cherries and an orange wedge. From there, you have to combine them by shaking them, and voila, you have the perfect sex on the beach to enjoy on those hot summer days.

2. Mojito

This is one of those refreshing drinks that we all need, especially during those hot summer days. For me, this is a cocktail that literally screams summer and is one of those drinks that everyone should try at least once in their life. This simple cocktail is rather simple to make and has only 5 ingredients.

The ingredients that make up this drink are white rum, sugar, soda water, fresh lime juice, and leaves of mint. If you want to make this cocktail, you have to muddle (crush or mix up) the mint leaves and lemon wedges. Then add your white rum, some lime juice, and soda water. Try this on a hot summer’s day and thank us later.

3. Margarita

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Not to be biassed or anything but this is the best cocktail out there, and it is my current favorite to have whenever I go out. If you want to get trashed on margaritas, we recommend you visit an Applebee’s, they have bottomless margaritas, and they are the best thing you can have there. You will get tanked the first time you go there, trust me on this one.

But if you are feeling fancy and want to make your margarita at home, then don’t worry. We’ll help you out. It only has 3 ingredients: Cointreau, Tequila, and lime juice. It is served in a margarita glass and usually has a salt rim. Because of its taste and cost, it is easily one of the most well-known tequila drinks out there.

4. Tequila Sunrise

This is a close contender for the most popular tequila drink out there. It is also another one of my favorites; what can I say? I’m a tequila person. Just like a margarita, a tequila sunrise also has only 3 ingredients. It is 3 parts tequila, 3 parts orange juice, and one part grenadine syrup. It is one of the tastiest and prettiest drinks out there in my book.

It is also pretty straightforward to make. Add equal parts orange juice and Vodka in a highball glass filled with ice and stir this. Then slowly pour 1 part grenadine syrup into the glass over the back of a spoon or if you are lazy, drizzle it down the side of the glass.

Then, you have to garnish it with a maraschino cherry and an orange wedge. This ’70s beauty will make you look fun and classy just by having it in your hands. You can enjoy this at any party, but you can also sip it while reading your favorite book, which is the way I enjoy mine.

5. Long Island Iced Tea

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This is one of those drinks that will get you wasted in no time, and you will for sure wake up with a hangover if you have more than 3 of them. This is because it is one of those drinks that contain a ton of alcohol. It has a mixture of not 1, not 2, not 3, but 5 different liquors, and this is why you usually advise not to go overboard with them, but who are we to stop you from having a good time?

Your traditional Long Island Ice Tea is made up of Vodka, tequila, triple sec, white rum, gin, and a splash of cola. This is one of those drinks that has a higher level of alcohol concentration than most highball drinks due to its relatively small amount of mixer. It is the cola that gives its this dark ice tea color; thus, its namesake.

 Some of the most popular rifts of a long island ice tea are the Adios MotherF***er (which subs the triple sec with blue Curaçao and the cola with lemon-lime soda), the Grateful Dead or Purple Rain which substitutes the Triple Sec with a shot of Chambord and the Hawaiian Ice Tea which subs the cola for pineapple juice. These are only some of the popular alternatives for a Long Island Ice Tea.

Sound off in the comments section below and tell us what your favorite cocktails are and if you want to read more about DIY like this one.

The ABCs of Sewing on a Machine

The ABCs of Sewing on a Machine

The ABCs of Sewing on a Machine

Contents

    – Sewing on a machine: the ABCs

    – Machine sewing: the good habits of the seamstress

    – How to sew straight on a machine: some tips

    – Machine sewing: read the instructions

Sewing on a machine: how to use your sewing machine?

You have a sewing machine, but you haven’t used it, or not much.

Here are a few tips to keep sewing from becoming an ordeal.

Sewing on a machine: the ABCs

The equipment and the working position are two essential elements of a good job.

Adopt the correct position for machine sewing

Those who have spent several hours behind their sewing machine can testify to this: a good position is essential if you want to preserve your eyes and your back!

It would help if you, therefore, adopt the proper position from the start:

    – sit at the right height: special chairs are available, but you can also raise your seat with a cushion,

    – Place yourself in front of the needle: if you sit more to the left or the right of it, you could very quickly get a stiff neck,

    – place the rheostat under your foot: the heel should not come off the ground. Only the tip of the foot should be in contact with the pedal.

Basic sewing accessories

Owning a sewing machine is not enough: you will need to acquire some basic accessories essential for your needlework:

    – a measuring tape,

    – a speed cutter,

    – a thimble,

    – needles,

    – an iron,

    – a pair of scissors, left or right-handed,

    – pins,

    – chalk or self-erasing markers.

Sewing machine: the good reflexes of the seamstress

Certain gestures should become automatic and will help avoid specific difficulties:

    – hold the fabric with both hands, the left hand near the presser foot to hold the fabric in place and the right hand to guide it

    – do not pull on the fabric in any way: it moves forward on its own, dragged by the claws:

        ◦ if the fabric is heavy or thick, however, you can help it move forward by pushing it rather than pulling it,

        ◦ if the fabric is, on the contrary, too thin, hold it back so that it does not “run” too fast and lead to sloppy stitches.

Knowing how to sew straight on the machine: some tips

The ABCs of Sewing on a Machine

Straight sewing is the basis of all sewing work.

Don’t hesitate to practice on scraps before you start:

    – don’t try to go too fast: speed is rarely synonymous with precision!

    – Use your presser foot or a marker of some kind to sew straight; the presser foot should follow the edge of the fabric for a few millimeters and not shift,

    – The use of a work table or sewing machine stand can be helpful: it will give you stability and flexibility in your work.

Consider marking your work with chalk:

    – fabric chalk or tailor chalk is sold at all haberdashers and specialty stores,

    – You can also use classic blackboard chalk.

Sewing on a machine: read the instructions

Each machine has different settings and options.

Refer regularly to the instruction manual that came with your machine.

If you have purchased a used sewing machine and do not have the manual, type in your Internet search engine the references that refer to it: there is often a copy of the user’s manuals, sometimes in PDF format.

Stay posted! Our subsequent publication will be on how to use your sewing machine properly. In the meantime, don’t forget to share your experience in the comments below.

makeup remover

How to Make Your Makeup Remover

How to Make Your Makeup Remover

Contents

– Recipe 1: make an express makeup remover with aloe vera gel

– Recipe 2: make a two-phase makeup remover with cucumber

– Recipe 3: make a two-phase makeup remover for sensitive eyes

Makeup removal is an essential step in your daily beauty ritual. It removes makeup, which is concentrated in chemical products that irritate the skin, and traces of pollution, sebum, and other impurities accumulated throughout the day.

Here are some simple recipes to make your makeup remover.

Recipe 1: make an express makeup remover with aloe vera gel

Aloe vera gel is a natural elixir for internal and external use in the body. Ultra-moisturizing and regenerating, it has a tightening effect on the skin, making it a natural ingredient of choice for mature skin.

Here is a recipe for an express makeup remover to prepare before use.

– Mix 1 teaspoon of aloe vera gel with the equivalent of sweet almond oil.

Using a cotton ball, apply gentle upward motions to the eyes.

– Apply the rest of the mixture to the face and neck.

– Use circular motions with fingertips to emulsify.

– Rinse with clean water to remove any remaining makeup remover.

Good to know: aloe vera gel can be stored in the refrigerator. It will bring a touch of freshness to your makeup remover.

Recipe 2: make a two-phase makeup remover with cucumber

Cucumber is very popular in beauty care, Tolerated by all skin types, especially for its refreshing side.

The less well-known cucumber seed oil has the same properties and can easily be incorporated into homemade cosmetic recipes.

Gather the necessary ingredients to make your cucumber makeup remover:

– 25 ml of cucumber seed vegetable oil;

– 25 ml of hydrosol of your choice:

◦ lemon bedew hydrosol: purifies oily skin,

◦ cornflower hydrosol: soothes tired eyes and tones the skin,

◦ lime hydrosol: soothes sensitive skin.

– 10 drops of grapefruit seed extract: natural preservative for cosmetics that contain an aqueous phase.

Recipe for cucumber makeup remover

– Sterilize a bowl and a bottle by immersing them for 5 minutes in boiling water.

– Mix the cucumber seed oil, hydrosol, and grapefruit seed extract.

– Pour into the bottle.

– Label the bottle with the ingredients and the date of manufacture.

Use your cucumber bi-phase makeup remover

– Gently shake the bottle to mix the 2 phases of the makeup remover.

– Soak a cotton pad with the makeup remover.

– Rinse with clear water.

– Pass the cotton on the face and the eyes.

Thanks to the grapefruit seed extract, you can keep this homemade makeup remover for 1 month at room temperature.

Recipe 3: Make a two-phase makeup remover for sensitive eyes

makeup remover

Castor oil has many virtues for the skin and eyes:

– It is purifying.

– It is known to look after irritated eyes.

– It helps to strengthen the lashes.

Gather the necessary ingredients to make your makeup remover

– 10 ml of castor oil;

– 15 ml of camellia vegetable oil, used for centuries by Japanese women in facial care;

– 25 ml of cornflower hydrolate, which soothes sensitive eyes;

– 10 drops of grapefruit seed extract to keep your makeup remover fresh for up to a month.

Prepare your two-phase makeup remover for sensitive eyes

– Sterilize your bowl and bottle for 5 minutes in boiling water.

– Mix the ingredients.

– Pour the mixture into your bottle.

– Stick a label on the bottle indicating the ingredients and the date of manufacture.

Materials needed to make your makeup remover

Bowl

Cotton

Grapefruit seed extract

Spray bottle

Vegetable oil

Towel