Friday, October 30, 2015

Light up house

Matthew has been off school for a couple of days with a twisted ankle.  He decided to make this house and wanted to share it on Pinterest.  I explained it had to be on a website to share on Pinterest so he decided to write this webpage.


Cardboard box
Tissue paper
Battery candles

First you draw on the windows  and the doors. Then cut them out.


Then cut pieces of tissue paper big enough to  fit the windows.

Inside the box put glue round the edge of the windows.
then put tissue paper on the glue.
Cover all the windows on all sides.
Then put the battery candles inside.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Easy to sew kids lavender flower

Over the summer we saved some lavender from the garden and dried it.  We planned to make a lavender bag with it and had been looking for a simple idea that M could have a go at.  Shortly he will be seeing his Grandparents.  He has already made a bookmark for his Granddad so I thought this was a great idea to make for his Grandma.
For Christmas M had been given a great box of felt with all sorts of colours so he could have his choice.  I had a piece of extra thick felt that I thought would be good for this.
Voile fabric
Lavender (or other smelly filling)
We thought we would make a flower but you could do any shape.  I might even try some stars for Christmas and fill them with cloves.
To start with I made a flower template and then cut out two flowers.
In the middle of one of the flowers I cut a circle.

Once you have your flower you need some fabric to cover the centre.  I had some fabric cut off the bottom of my voile curtains, but you could use any thin fabric.  I cut mine a little larger than the flower to make sure that it fitted.
Then make a sandwich, with the solid shape at the back, then the voile and last the shape with the hole. 

Sew round the centre leaving a gap put in your lavender.  If you don't have lavender you could use a dried herb or small potpourri.  Once you have your gap fill the middle with your choice of filling and finish sewing to hold it all in.
Once I finished the centre, I then trimmed the thin fabric so that you don't see the edge of it.
If you want you could leave it just like this, but we decided to add a loop of ribbon.

To finish ours off we sewed all round the outside, but this depends how much sewing you want to do.  I'm sure it would be fine with only the middle sewn up.
If you would like to see more easy sewing projects that kids could do have a look at our Pinterest board Sewing projects for kids.  I'm looking forward to doing some of the fun Christmas ideas.
You might also like our Cross stitch for kids

Monday, March 9, 2015

Tissue Paper Flower Bowls

Via Pinterest I found a great idea for making bowls out of tissue paper, glue and balloons. 

These were made by Meri Cherry.  She has some great ideas for crafts over a range of ages worth a look.  They are really easy to make.

All you need is
a balloon
tissue paper
glue (we used wall paper paste)
 pressed flowers (optional)
cut out shapes (optional)

We had lots of white tissue paper left over from when we moved, so I decided to change things a bit and use this.

I stood the balloon in a flower pot to hold it.  You can use any type of container for this just what I had to hand.  If it makes things easier you could tape the balloon to the container. I decided not to blow the balloon up all the way to make it quicker to make.  Then covered the balloon in bits of tissue paper. We used wall paper paste as we had it handy it is also easy to work with.  We used the paint brush to paint the glue on the balloon and over the tissue paper to flatten it. Just go as far up the balloon as you want to. As tissue paper is thin it is a good idea to do a couple of layers. .

In our craft stash from last summer we had a container of pressed flowers.  I thought these might be nice to decorate the bowls.  So just like the tissue paper we glued some flowers on to the balloon.  It doesn't matter how even the edges are as you can trim these at the end if you want to.  We also did one decorated with flowers cut out of coloured tissue paper.

Once you have put enough layers and decorations on the bowl leave it to dry.  When the bowl is totally dry pop the balloon.  Don't worry the bowl will wrinkle up with the balloon but then it will go back to shape.  When I popped the pressed flower one (that I thought was dry) the inside under the flowers was still wet so leave this one longer to dry.
After making the pressed flower bowl I thought that I could have varnished it to protect the flowers.  This would be easiest to do when it is totally dry but before popping the balloon.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Easy Spring Plants

I love using Pinterest to find activities from great Blogs.  Especially when I find a couple of different ones I like and mix them together into one activity.  This one used the basic idea of a Bouquet of flowers and some free flower printables by First Grade Bloomabilities.  We also used our own twist by printing the flowers onto photo paper as we did in our Drawing on Photo Paper.
I printed out a couple of sheets of small flowers onto photo paper and then got M to colour them in.
Once they were coloured and cut out we move onto making the plant. 
We took an A3 piece of thick paper and put glue along the long side and then folded it over.  Don't press down the folded side you want it to stay rounded.
Then you want to cut strips from the rounded side towards the side you glued together.  Don't go all the way.

Once you have cut strips all the way along roll the paper along the glued edge into a tube.  Then fluff out the leaves.
You can then stick on your flowers.
This idea was originally a bouquet of flowers.  We decided to stick a strip of brown paper around the bottom on the stems to make a pot turning it into a plant.

Afterwards we also decided to make another one and stick on daffodils for more of a spring look or you could draw your own flowers.

Here is my Spring Activities board where I've saved lots more spring activities that look fun to have a go at.


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Cross Stitch for Kids

During the rare occasions I get to do something for myself while M is home I normally do a craft of some kind or a Jigsaw.  The only problem is that If I am doing a craft M often wants to have a go at the same time.  One of my favourite crafts is cross stitch.  I get this out for just a short time without to much mess to clear up.  For a long time M has been wanting to have a go at this as well.  I had plenty of spare material but I work with very small holes.  I'd thought of plastic canvas but couldn't find any in our local shops.  Recently I was browsing a fabric store.  They had normal fabric Aida but with bigger holes.  I still had my doubts so I bought the smallest length of fabric possible.  I got my sewing out today and straight away M was next to me wanting a go.  Ok I thought here goes nothing.

We browsed Pinterest for something simple he could have a go at.  Everything he was interested in was way to hard.  So I suggested trying an M, but no he wanted to do his whole name.
In the cupboard I had a pad of paper with squares on.  So we designed a very simple Matthew that he could do in cross stitch.  Each coloured square meant a cross had to be stitched in that square on the fabric.
He decided he wanted to do each letter in a different colour.  So he got my boxes of threads out and chose his first colour.  I thought this would be something that would frustrate him and end in him getting annoyed with it.  But no he did really well and had soon completed his name.  We had a frame that held the fabric which made things a lot easier.
Half way though the M he decided he was an expert and up to my standard.  This made us both laugh.
While sewing his name he decided to make it into a book mark.  So next he is going to sew a pattern around it and then we will mount it onto some felt.
Here is a very basic alphabet if anyone wants to have a go.
I've saved some ideas of simple pictures in my Pinterest folder Kids Cross Stitch
You can also use Perler or Hama bead patterns as long as they are done on a square base (not round) Perler Bead Patterns

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Drawing on Photo Paper


While browsing Pinterest the other day I found a lovely picture that I thought would be fun to have a go at.  With the bright vibrant colours I wondered what it would look like on glossy photo paper.
Being shinny paper I thought I would have a go with permanent markers.  I started off drawing some circles for the middle and lines going out from them.  Gradually I filled the gaps with various patterns and started to colour them in.  The pens worked really well and didn't smudge.  The paper and pens together gave a really nice shinny finish.
Seeing how well the permanent markers worked, I tried normal felt tips.  To my surprise these worked just as well, which was good as we had a wider range of colours.  Now I knew this worked I thought I would get M to have a go when he needed some quiet time.  Ok he was tired so after a while lost interest and just wanted the tele but he loved working out new patterns to use.
I loved the pictures but as mine were then just going to sit around I wondered what else I could do with them.  I decided to get a piece of black paper and cut shapes out. 
This was then placed over the original picture to see what effect it gave. 
I liked this but thought something was missing.  I decided to try outlining the shames with a white pencil.  I thought this just finished them off.

  My Pinterest boards that may be of interest.