Floral garlands!

This year the British Summer hasn’t really gotten started, so to brighten up our days my daughter decided to make some lovely floral garlands for everyone! These garlands are super pretty and super simple! They use minimum materials so are really cheap to make too!

To make your garland you will need – coloured paper, straws, scissors and thread/wool.

Begin by cutting out some flower shapes from different coloured paper. My daughter finds it easier to draw her flower shapes first.

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Next cut some straws into small pieces. My daughter used different coloured straws to add some colour to her garland!

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Make a small hole in the centre of each flower and thread them and the straws onto your thread / wool. My daughter chose a pattern of flower, straw, flower, straw, but you can choose to place them however you like. Other shapes look really effective on the garland too!

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Keep threading and leave a small gap at the end to tie your garland together!

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My daughter loves making these pretty, bright garlands and they look super cute!

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We hope you like our floral garlands! A simple craft for the kids to have a go at which will bring a little sunshine!

We hope you are all having a wonderful Wednesday!

Nature faces!

My daughter was off school sick the other day with a pretty nasty head cold. We decided to go out in the garden in the afternoon to get a little fresh air as she was starting to feel a little better. Whilst sitting there she decided she wanted to make a ‘nature face’.

Nature faces are a lovely simple activity to do outdoors. They are adapted from our nature pictures, and are a firm family favourite. They always produce individual unique results and you can make them as serious or silly as you like! All you need is a piece of paper and a pen…..everything else is found from Mother Nature!

Start by drawing a head and neck onto a piece of paper. Next go exploring to see what you can use for hair and facial features. Adult guidance will be needed to make sure everything is safe to pick up (and to stop anything being eaten)!

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My daughter used grass and daisies for her nature girl’s hair, dandelion flowers for the eyes and mouth, and a leaf for the nose!

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We had great fun making different faces and it certainly cheered up a poorly little girl for a while! You can use glue to stick the face down if you want to, or simply wipe everything off and make a new face!

I hope you all have a lovely Saturday!

Paper plate crab!

We love making things from paper plates as they are so versatile and hold endless craft opportunities! One of my favourite things to make with the little ones are paper plate crabs. They look so cute and the paper plate works really well with this craft. My kids love making these simple little crabs and I think they are a lovely craft to make now the sun is starting to shine a little more!

To make your crab you will need – paper plate, paint, felt pens and coloured paper.

Start by painting your paper plate. My daughter chose orange for her paper plate crab.

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Leave the paper plate to dry. Cut out two circles from coloured paper and draw on the eyes with a felt pen.

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Next fold a strip of paper (to make a concertina effect), then glue it to the back of one of the eyes. This will make the eyes pop out, giving a 3d effect! Repeat with the other eye.

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Once the paper plate is dry stick the eyes on with glue and draw the crab’s mouth on with a pen. Next cut out some legs and pincers from coloured paper then glue onto your crab!

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My little ones love their paper plate crabs and they are a wonderful simple activity to do. The kids even took theirs outside and played in the sunshine with them! For more animal craft ideas please take a peek here!

 

Paper plate chicks!

Today my daughter decided to make an Easter themed craft for her Dad to say Happy Easter. She didn’t want to do another Easter card so decided to make a paper plate chick. She made this craft in school a couple of years ago and she has revisited it lots of times since. I think she loves how simple and cute the chick looks! This craft is super easy and doesn’t require many materials so is very cheap to make!

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To make your chick you will need – paper plate, yellow paint, orange card (or paper coloured if you have none), googly eyes, glue, paper and orange paint.

1 -Begin by painting your paper plate yellow. This will form your chicks body. Next paint your hands orange and print down onto a piece of plain paper.

2 – Whilst these are drying make a beak by cutting out a triangle on a folded piece of orange card so that it opens like a beak. We used paper which my daughter coloured in orange as we have ran out of orange card!

3 – When your paper plate and hand prints are dry cut out your hand prints and glue them on either side of your paper plate. (I stick onto the back of the plate so that it looks neater). Next stick on some googly eyes and your beak.

4 – Make your chicks legs by cutting out two strips from your orange card (or coloured paper) and fold them to form a concertina effect. Attach to the back of the plate using glue or sticky tape.

A wonderful, simple craft to make over the Easter weekend! I hope you all have a lovely Easter!

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Happy Easter everyone!

Easter egg decorating!

I wanted to share a picture of the decorated eggs my little ones made for their school Easter competition. They love decorating their hard boiled eggs and thinking about what they would like to turn their eggs into each year! Last year they made these gorgeous eggs!

This year my 8 year old daughter wanted to make the Easter bunny again (she is completely rabbit obsessed so any excuse is a good one!), and my 5 year old son wanted to make the Gruffalo. We hard boiled some eggs and let them cool completely before painting them. (We use acrylic paints as I find they hold better and tend not to slip off and drip as much as other paints). Once the base paint was dry they added extra details using felt tips. Ears and horns were made using paper and then glued on, and they used googly eyes for a more 3D effect! My daughter also stuck a cotton wool tail on her bunny! The holders were made with strips of coloured card stapled together.

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The kids loved their finished eggs and they now have pride of place in the centre of our table. I think they did a wonderful job and my daughters egg came second place in her school competition and my sons placed third! They were both super proud!

A fantastic activity to try over the Easter holidays!

Paper cup chick Easter basket!

I wanted to share with you an Easter craft I did earlier today as I think it is super sweet and very cute! There are lots of ideas for simple Easter baskets on Pinterest so taking some inspiration we made some using  paper cups. I used a patterned paper cup to make it look extra special but this craft would work well with any coloured or even white cups.

To make your paper cup basket you will need – paper cup, tissue paper -shredded, yellow card, orange card, coloured card, glue, googly eyes and feathers.

1 – Begin by cutting out a circle from card. This will be your chicks head. Next glue on googly eyes and a beak. Make the beak by cutting out a triangle from a folded piece of orange card – cut on the fold so that the beak opens. Next glue down the chicks head onto the front of your paper cup.

2 – Decorate the cup with feathers and attach a handle using a strip of card.

3 – Once the cup is dry put shredded tissue paper inside. Add some chocolate eggs for a sweet surprise if you wish!

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I love how simple this Easter craft is and it looks super cute! The kids loved making them and filling their baskets afterwards with the chocolate! A fantastic activity to do over the Easter holidays with the little ones.

You can adapt this craft to have whatever decoration you like on the front. You could make a lamb or an Easter egg and use sequins / glitter etc to decorate. The possibilities are vast!

For more Easter ideas please take a peek at my Easter page!

I hope you all have a wonderful Easter!

Paper craft dinosaur!

As lots of you know, one of our favourite crafts to do are paper crafts. The kids love to make things with paper and glue, and use their own ideas in their craft work to express their individuality. If you are looking for some more paper craft ideas please check out my paper craft posts!

My five year old son wanted to do some paper craft the other day and I thought he would like to make a dinosaur as they are one of his big interests at the moment. He was super excited to make his paper craft dinosaur!

To make your paper craft dinosaur you will need – coloured paper of your choice (we chose blue), glue, scissors and felt tip pens.

Begin by cutting out the shapes you will need to form your dinosaur. We cut out a body shape, four legs, a long neck, a head and a tail.

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Next arrange your pieces where you would like them to be before sticking them down. My son finds this easier so that he can decide where to put the shapes before he sticks them down with glue. Once you know where you would like the different pieces use the glue to stick them down.

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Once your dinosaur is dry, you can add features with your felt tip pens. My son drew on spots and a face!

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My little boy loves his special dinosaur craft and is super proud that he made it himself! I love seeing the pride in kids faces when they see what they have made.

Dinosaur now has pride of place in my sons room, “keeping a lookout for any bad dinosaurs who may enter my room mum”!

 

Fantastic fish paper craft!

We have been doing quite a bit of paper craft recently in our home as the weather has been pretty awful so we have been indoors a lot! Paper craft is always a brilliant craft as it is super simple and you can make anything you like with a little imagination.

The other day I made a fruity fish snack for my little boy and it triggered my daughter’s creative spark, who then decided to make a paper craft fish for him too! She loves paper crafting, and is using her own ideas so much these days to work out shapes that work and will fit well with what she is going to create.

To make your paper craft fish you will need – coloured paper of your choice in two colours (we used red and orange), blue card, glue and a pen.

Begin by cutting out the fish scale shapes from a piece of coloured card. My daughter decided to use heart shapes for her fish scales. Circles would also work really well. Make sure you also have a shape to use as a tail for your fish. My daughter cut out a larger heart to use as her fish tail!

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Next work out the shape your fish is going to be. My daughter finds it easier to place an outline of her shapes onto the blue backing card, before she glues any scales down.

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Once you have decided on the placement of your shapes, stick them down. It works really well to slightly overlap your scale shapes to look a bit more fishy!

My daughter then added a mouth using a red card heart, an eye and some bubbles and waves to look like her fish is swimming in the ocean.

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Her little brother loved his fishy picture! A very cute paper craft for your kiddies to try!

I hope you all have a super Friday!

Valentines bunny – paper craft!

Each year my kids make their dad a Valentines card or craft to tell him how much they love him. This year my daughter decided to make him a Valentines bunny. Bunnies are her favourite animal at the moment, therefore everyone receives a picture or a beautiful bunny craft on a frequent basis! She decided to make a paper craft bunny for her Valentines craft this year.

To make your paper craft bunny you will need – white paper, coloured card of your choice, scissors, glue and a pen. 

Start by cutting out the shapes you will need from white paper for the bunnies body. We used a large heart for the tummy, a circle for the head, four smaller hearts for the paws and two ear shapes.

 

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Next use glue to stick down your paper shapes where you would like them, to form your Valentines bunny.

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Draw on the bunnies face and add your Valentines message! You can also add a coloured heart to the bunnies tummy. My daughter added a red cellophane heart to hers to decorate!

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A very cute Valentines picture using paper craft which could easily be popped onto a card to make a home-made Valentines Day card. My daughter can’t wait to give her Valentines bunny to her Dad on Sunday!

Hope you all have a wonderful Valentines Day spent with the ones you love!