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Red Carousel Blog – Page 3 of 5 – Party and craft inspiration. Behind the scenes at Red Carousel.

Hello there! Excuse my haphazard blog posts…I’ve been buried in work – all types of work…the online shop, cake decorating classes, styling projects, cake and cookie orders etc. It feels pretty relentless at the moment. Not that I’m complaining! Business has been great, but I need an office assistant. Paper work is definitely my weakness! 

Now onto more lovely things…I recently organised and styled a party for my wee little girl Poppy. She turned two and we celebrated with a Milk and Cookies theme. We held the party at home (I moved a lot of furniture around) and it all worked out beautifully. More photos on Red Carousel’s facebook page. 

Dessert Table

Paper fans – tutorial here

Tassel Garland Kit available here The kids got crafty painting boxes which they later used to store cookies to take home.
Kid’s party bento boxes Stunning flowers by Fiona Treadwell

Cupcake toppers by Red Carousel. The most divine cupcakes by my friend Bob Pimmanas. The best I have ever eaten!

Amazing cookie by Colour it Sweet Chocolate milk bottles were a hit with the kids – homemade with just full cream milk and drinking chocolate. No sugar added! Cookies by Red Carousel Cake pops by Colour it Sweet Homemade cookies

Cake by Red Carousel – Hummingbird flavour Handmade decorations. 

{images via pinterest}

I have a thing for paper decorations. I have an even bigger thing for handmade paper decorations. How lovely do these paper fans look, especially for a party? Really easy too. They can be time consuming to make if you want to create a wall of them…but they’re so worth it! Of course, if you don’t have the time or inclination, you can hop on over to our shop and check out the tissue paper fans  we have there (we’re getting in different sizes and more colours very soon). 

I’m creating a whole bunch of fans for a party I’m styling next week, so I thought I would do a tutorial whilst I am at it. 

There’s a couple of ways to make these fans, but here I will show you how I make them. I will also show you some tools I use, to make the whole process quicker and easier. You don’t need to invest in the tools, but they do help if you plan to make a lot. 

What you will need: 

1. Paper: Scrapbook paper comes in mostly 12 inch x 12 inch, in a whole array of colours and patterns. For a small 6 inch fan, you will need one 12 inch x 12 inch piece of paper. For the larger 12 inch fans, you will need three pieces of paper. You will also need a small bit of paper for the centre.

2. Scoring board – optional. This one is by Martha Stewart, I love it! It makes folding the fans so easy. It’s also great for other things like making your own envelopes, invitations and gift boxes. 

3. Hot glue gun

4. Paper punch – optional. This is used to cut the centre of the fan. You could use this round shape or any other shape, such as scallop or butterfly etc. You can use scissors instead of a punch but it won’t be as precise. 

5. Scissors

6. Double sided sticky tape. Not necessary as you could use the hot glue gun but I find this a nice way to join the pieces of paper. 

7. Guillotine (with blade and scoring blade) or exacto knifeand self healing mat

Here is how to make the small 6 inch fan:

1. Place the 12 inch x 12 inch piece of paper on the scoring board. At the end of the paper there is a little excess which can be cut away (next image). I score in 1 inch intervals. If you don’t have the mat, you can either score with the guillotine scoring blade, or skip the scoring altogether and just fold. 

2. Cut the piece of paper in half and then half again (lengthwise). Therefore you should have four pieces of paper 4 inches x 12 inches. Make sure the scoring lines are running horizontal as shown. Note: To make the larger 12 inch fans, you would just slice three pieces of paper in half, giving you 6 pieces. 

3. Start folding in an accordion style. Fold the paper 1 inch (where you have scored the first line). Then turn the paper over and fold the next 1 inch. Keep folding in this manner until you reach the end. Fold all four strips of paper the same way. 

4. Use double sided sticky tape or the hot glue gun to connect the four strips together into a circle as shown.  5. Push down the fan flat. You need to try and keep it flat and tight whilst you glue the centre on. This can be a little tricky if you don’t have anyone else to help. I use a 6 inch cake pan to help keep the fan and in position. 

6. Use the paper punch to punch out a centre for your fan.  7. Apply the hot glue to the back of the circle. 

8. Glue the circle to the fan, postioning it in the centre. Turn over the fan and do the same to the other side, as this will make the fan much more stable. 

9. Optional step. You may like to make your fans more decorative by using a lace edge paper punch. After Step 2, punch the lace pattern in the paper as shown. Then proceed as normal.  You may like to decorate the centre of your fans with buttons, doilies, paper flowers etc. Happy crafting! 

Hi there! It’s been a little while since I logged in. Things have been rather hectic! I’ve been busy with the shop and also very busy making parties pretty!

I just received the photos back from a recent party and dessert table I styled. It was my first job for a customer. Payal approached me months ago, before I even started Red Carousel. She had seen what I did with my daughters’ parties last year and dreamt of having a similar dessert table for her own daughter. After a brief discussion, we came up with a theme (bird house/garden) and off I went! I had a lot of fun putting this girly party together – from the custom designed invitation to the party decor, to the desserts. Payal and her husband were thrilled with the results,  which makes me really happy!!! I pulled it off, phew

Just got word from the wonderful people over at The Party Pail  that we received the “Best Decorations” award! How sweet! Thank you guys, much appreciated. Glad you like Red Carousel’s work.

When I first arrived in Singapore (pregnant), Young Parents magazine was one of the first magazines I read. I was hooked from the start and I still buy it now. It’s a great read with lots of eye candy too.

So, imagine how exciting it is for me to see my work in the August edition – on the shelves right now. I have a 6 page spread with 3 cakes and recipes/instructions for each one. 

I had a lot of fun working on this project with the Young Parents team. The brief was quite specific, which was challenging – in a good way. Coincidentally, the magazine requested for a carousel cake! Some products from the Red Carousel store also made it into the shots.

Hope you enjoy the article. Do let me know if you try out one of the recipes! 

We love paper punches here at Red Carousel! They make party crafting that much easier and neater! We have the circle punch in two sizes – 2.25 inches and 2.5 inches – and the scallop circle punch in 2.5 inches. 

The circle punches are very useful. They allow you to make beautiful garlands in no time! Also great for cutting out our printable cupcake toppers. Here are some ideas and tutorials.

1. Hambly Screen Prints

2. You are my fave

3. Maie Dae

4. Hey Gorgeous Events

5. Cricut

6. Red Carousel

I tried my hand at making a pinata this week, for Ivy’s 6th birthday party. Not a bad effort, right?

I followed the tutorial from here. But instead of using a balloon, I used a rice paper lantern from our shop. I wrapped the lantern all over with glue and strips of newspaper, as per the paper mache tutorial. The top was left open, so that I could remove the wire once the glue dried. Then I covered the opening, painted pinata with acrylic red paint, decorated with tissue paper and strung it up with the metal hooks already there. The leaf is made of paper and the branch is made of felt (both contain a bit of wire inside to hold them up).

Looking forward to filling the pinata up with goodies for the kids. My daughter loves them!

My daughter, Ivy, is turning 6 and her birthday party is scheduled for some time in Septembe.  We have decided on the theme Little Red Riding Hood. There is a plethora of inspiration out there for this fun theme, so I have started a Pinterest board here. Check it out if you’re interested in ideas. 

I have started Ivy’s outfit and of course, first up is the red hood! I used the pattern from here. It’s a great pattern, really easy to follow and quick to make. 

I also decorated a wooden apple with paint and matching polka dot fabric. Not sure where this will go yet – perhaps the dessert table…watch this space for more updates!

Hi there! I’ve been quite busy in the last week with shop orders – lots of fun party supplies and printables sent to different parts of the world. I also completed two cakes, which I loved working on! Next week my friends and I are doing a one day Stephanie Wee cake course at Artistiq – I’m hoping to learn how to achieve those beautiful sharp edges you see from the top cake makers. I have a full schedule up until the last week of this month, before our family go on a vacation to Phuket. Hubbie and I are looking forward to a lot of rest!