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How to make paper dresses

It’s fun and simple to make your own paper dresses.


Start with a square of patterned paper.

Fold in half with the pattern on the outside.

Open the paper out again, and fold the edges in to meet at the centre.

Turn the paper over, and fold the creased edges into the centre.

Turn the paper over, and fold back approx 1/3 of the way from the top.

Fold back to create a Z shape. This forms the waist line of the dress.

To open up the skirt section, ease the side out and flatten.

Repeat for the other side.

To form the neckline, fold down the top of the bodice section on both sides.

Turn the dress over, and fold the neckline back on the crease lines you made in the previous step.

Flatten the folded sections to the back.

Fold the sides of the bodice only (not the skirt at this stage) back along the edge of the square sections.

Hold the last fold down, and fold the skirt section in a diagonal line from the waist line to a point at the hem.

Repeat for the other side.

Turn over, fold out the sleeves – and your paper dress is done and ready to decorate!

Add ribbon along the waist-band, or add embellishments to decorate. If you would like to add a patterned hem, use decorative scissors or punches along the bottom of the paper square before starting the paper dress folding.

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How To Make Homemade Playdough

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An easy to make and soft playdough that will keep for months.


  • ½ cup salt
  • 1 cup of plain flour
  • 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 tablespoon of oil
  • Food colouring


  1. Mix all ingredients together in a medium sized saucepan.
  2. Stir over a low heat until ingredients are pliable.
  3. Cool and store in an air tight container.

This recipe will make a good sized batch for two children to play with. When stored in an airtight container in the fridge will last at least six months.

Gluten-free playdough

Kids love putting things in their mouth so this gluten free recipe for play dough is perfect for children with an issue with gluten.


  • 1 cup rice flour
  • 1 cup corn flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 4 tspn cream of tartar
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 2 tspn vegetable oil
  • Food colouring


  1. Mix all ingredients in a saucepan over a low heat until all is combined well and a dough consistency is reached.
  2. Let it cool completely before giving it to your child to play with.
  3. Store in an airtight container or resealable bag.
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Handmade Cooperative 7th Birthday Giveaway

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TERMS & CONDITIONS. Handmade Cooperative 7th Birthday Giveaway is run by Handmade Cooperative operating as kaetoo textured notice boards ABN: 74 639 266 408. To enter, competitors must 1. follow @handmadecooperative on Instagram, 2. like the competition post on Instagram and 3. leave a comment on the competition post on Instagram stating which is their favourite birthday cake. Open to Australian residents only. Entries close 8pm AEDT 27 February 2017. $50 will be awarded to one recipient based on the quality of the answers provided. Winners will be contacted via Instagram by 8pm AEDT 28 Feb 2017. Winners must respond via email to to claim their prize by 8pm AEDT 3 Mar 2017. Prize is $50 to spend at any store of a current member of Handmade Cooperative. Unclaimed prizes will be redrawn. Cost of purchase at a Handmade Cooperative storefront will be refunded via direct debit or Paypal. Results will be published on Instagram. Prizes are not transferable or redeemable for cash. Should the agreed prize be unavailable for reasons beyond our control, we reserve the right to substitute a product of equal or greater value. This giveaway is in no way endorsed or associated with Instagram.



Back To School Muesli Bars

Now that the kids are back at school, the seemingly endless routine of school lunch making is on again. These homemade muesli bars are a fresh idea to add to your repertoire.


  • 1 1/2 cups muesli
  • 1/2 cup coconut
  • 1/2 cup plain flour
  • 1/3 cup sultanas
  • 1/3 cup chopped dates
  • 1/3 cup chopped dried apricots
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 egg
  • 125 g melted butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup dark choc chips


Preheat oven to 160 degrees. In a large bowl mix together all the dry ingredients. Add the egg, mix. Add the melted butter and honey, allow to cool slightly before adding the choc chips. Line a 18 x 28 cm tin with baking paper and press mixture FIRMLY into the tin with the back of a spoon. Bake for 20mins or until golden. Allow to cool completely before slicing into bars.

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Scrumptious Banana Pancakes

When my little family goes out for a cafe breakfast, there is always a race to call shotgun on pancakes if they are on the menu! (due to hubby’s strange rule about people not ordering the same thing). No one misses out and everyone is supremely happy, though, when these are on the breakfast menu at home.

Banana Pancakes (makes 20)


  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) milk
  • 1 cup mashed bananas
  • 1 cup self-raising flour (I use wholemeal or spelt for a little extra hidden goodness!)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons melted butter (or vegetable oil)


  1. Beat together the eggs, honey and milk.
  2. Add the mashed bananas and mix well.
  3. Sift the flour and salt into the banana mixture (to be honest, I usually forget this step and they still work.) Blend thoroughly.
  4. Stir in the melted butter (or vegetable oil).
  5. Set aside and allow to stand for at least an hour. (Or, if you’re impatient like me, ignore this step.)
  6. Pour two tablespoons of the batter onto a hot, lightly oiled frypan or griddle. Cook until bubbles appear and begin to break.
  7. Turn over and cook on the other side.

Enjoy with hazelnut spread or jam or loaded with natural yoghurt, nuts and seeds and fresh berries, with a drizzle of maple syrup. Thinking I’ll surprise my kindy-kid with some smaller ones in her lunchbox!!!

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