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!

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Hand print fishes!

Now that the school holidays are well under way we have been doing lots of art and crafts, including the ever faithful hand printing! Hand printing always goes down well and is pretty versatile. We decided to make some hand print fish pictures the other day as a nod to the summer!

You will need – paper, paint, crepe paper, card and glue.

Begin by painting your hand in whichever colour you like. My kids chose to do multi coloured stripes like a rainbow!

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Print down onto your paper.

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Leave your prints to dry, then turn them into fish by adding a mouth and eyes.

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Then cut out your fish and stick them down onto some card. We also added green crepe paper seaweed and blue bubbles!

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The kids loved their finished hand print pictures! You could also add glitter and other sea creatures! A fab, simple art activity for the summer holidays!

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We hope you all have a very crafty, fun filled week!

 

Water Balloon printing!

This type of printing is one of my kids utter favourites and we have spent many hours experimenting with different colours to create some fantastic art work! Balloon printing gives such unique and individual results each time and is sure to be a big hit! (Adult supervision is required otherwise you may have quite a bit of water on your hands – and not in the balloon)!!!

To balloon print you will need – water balloons, paper and paints.

1 – Begin by filling your water balloons and setting out your different coloured paints. (I use disposable take away food trays which I wash and re-use for paint activities).

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2 – Gently dip your balloon into your paint and print gently onto your paper. (Gently does it)!

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3 – Build up your pattern or create a picture using the circle prints.

We had lots of fun using the balloons to create different pictures and different patterns! This is a perfect activity for kids who love printing in a slightly different way to the usual! It is also a lovely sensory activity as the balloons do feel fab for little hands.

We made lots of different pictures and patterns with the balloons! A simple, different way to create some lovely artwork!

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Our very first make under doll!

I am so excited to share mine and my daughters latest project with you! It is something that my daughter has wanted to do for a long long time but I have been putting it off as I wasn’t sure how it would go and I really didn’t want her to be disappointed!

A few months ago I came across an article on my facebook feed about a lady called Sonia Singh who gives old, unwanted Bratz dolls a new lease of life by giving them a make-under and calling them Tree Change dolls. I was so impressed! I am not a huge fan of Bratz dolls – my daughter has them but I have never understood why they needed such copious amounts of make up – not the best message to be sending out to our children! I much preferred Sonia’s more natural looking dolls! As I was browsing through her website I found some DIY tutorial videos where she encourages parents to give it a go themselves. I showed my daughter and she instantly fell in love with the changed dolls (and then instantly asked if we could make under one of her dolls together)….. I can honestly say I was not sure at all! Don’t get me wrong I love creating and crafting but I doubted if I could make my daughters doll look anywhere near as lovely as Sonia’s creations!

After endless nagging pleading from my daughter I eventually gave in and we started work on the make under! She chose a doll that had been given to her by a friend which was in desperate need of a little love!

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As you can see the doll looks wonderful – complete with what looks like extra felt tip eye make up!

We started by using nail varnish remover and cotton pads to remove all of the make up from the face. Try not to scour the face as it can scratch it, instead firmly rub! The glitter lipstick was pretty tough to get off and needed quite a bit of time.

Once all of the make up was removed from the face we started painting her new face with acrylic paints. We looked at lots of Sonia’s creations online for inspiration and then took the plunge! (I must admit I was pretty scared I was going to mess it up – I was in charge of the lovely dolls eyes – eeek)! My daughter painted the lips and we both painted her eyebrows. I had to mix up a little skin coloured paint to paint over a biro mark and I was really pleased with how it covered the pen mark up. We also added freckles!

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Once she was finished my daughter was ecstatic and I was pretty pleased myself! I don’t think she turned out too bad considering it was our very first attempt. My daughter has already picked out more dolls to make under!

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The doll (renamed Daisy!) has not left my daughters side since being finished and is even heading to a sleepover with her tonight at my sisters house!

We really hope you like our make under doll! I would definitely recommend giving it a go yourself. It was a lot of fun and not nearly as difficult as I thought it was going to be!

Happy Friday guys!

Fathers Day cards – (bath puff required)!

Fathers Day is tomorrow here in the UK and my kids love nothing more than making cards for their Dad to let him know how much they love him. I wanted to share with you how they have made these brilliant cards with some paint and an old bath puff! (Yep you read that right! Bath puffs are brilliant for printing with, simple to use and give amazing pattern results)!

To make your Fathers day card you will need – paint, an old bath puff, card and glue.

1 – Begin by squirting some different coloured paints onto a plate. (We used a paper plate but any old plate is fine).

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2 – Use your bath puff to push down into the paint and print onto your paper.

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3 – Once you are happy with your print, leave to dry. Once dry, you can cut out whichever shape you like. We used tie shapes for our cards! Mount onto card and ta – dah! My kids decided to add stickers to their cards too for some extra sparkle!

 

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This is a lovely, simple way to print and make some slightly different Fathers Day cards! We really hope you like them.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Fork printing!

As a lot of my regular followers will know, me and my little ones love experimenting with different ways to paint. Don’t get me wrong paintbrushes are fantastic but we also love using other items! Fork printing is a super way to paint and kids love experimenting with different ways to use the prints in their art work.

To fork print you will need – paint, paper and forks (that’s it)!

Begin by dipping the back of your fork into the coloured paint of your choice and pressing down onto your paper ( you may need to roll it slightly to get the full fork print). My daughter decided to make a sunflower picture so she used a yellow then dipped the tips in brown paint to form the sunflower seeds. She also used a paintbrush to paint her leaves.

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We did quite a few fork print pictures so we ended up with quite a collection! Here are a few of the kids pictures –

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We really enjoy printing with forks. My son used to get a little frustrated with this as it can take a little practice to roll the fork, but now he loves it! My kids love mixing the fork prints with brush painting to make their art. We hope you like our pictures!

Happy Thursday!

 

I want to be……

I really wanted to share with you our latest activity as the kids have loved it so much! They have enjoyed every part of this and I have loved watching them working on it too! They have each been busy making what we call an “I want to be….” self portrait.

You will need – large paper (old wallpaper or lining paper works really well), pencils and paint.

Begin by cutting a piece of large paper which is large enough for you to draw around your little one! We used old wallpaper. Lining paper works brilliantly too and it is super cheap! Next get your little one to lie down on the paper and carefully draw around them – be warned this usually results in fits of giggles and can take a while!!!

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Once you have your outline discuss with your child what they would like to paint themselves as. This time we decided to think about what they would like to be when they grow up. My son chose a policeman and my daughter chose a vet (no surprise there)! The opportunities here are huge. You could think about jobs, storybook characters, imaginary people, superheroes etc!

Next draw the details they want to put on their outline. Younger kids will need extra help with this part. We looked on the internet for the different uniforms which their chosen vocations used. This also helped with colours needed. Next comes paint! We also used chalks, felts and crayons. Lots of different materials!

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Once finished leave to dry and then cut out. My kids loved the fact that they had turned themselves into what they wanted to be! They now have pride of place on their bedroom walls!

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We hope you like our “I want to be…..” portraits. I highly recommend giving them a go! Huge amounts of fun and giggles go into these portraits, not to mention the thought, creativity, imagination and fine motor skills!

A lovely activity to get their imaginations fired up!

 

 

 

 

 

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”!

 

Paper craft penguin!

My kids love paper craft at home and as they are getting older they are trying their hands at more intricate and detailed paper craft. (I will post some of these crafts for older children at a future date)!

The other day however I wanted to do some paper craft with my 2 year old nephew. He is becoming super creative recently, so I turned to Pinterest for some inspiration on a more basic paper craft which he could turn his own little hands too. I found a cute penguin craft which I thought he would enjoy and which looked simple for him to do on his own after some initial preparation and adaptation by me.

To make your paper craft penguin you will need – Black paper, white paper, orange paper, scissors and glue. (Card will also work if you are out of coloured paper).

To begin I cut out the paper into the shapes we needed – a white heart to be the tummy, black oval to be the body, two small orange hearts to be the feet, one 3D triangle to be the beak (cut the triangle from a piece of folded paper and cut on the actual folded line), and two small white circles to be the eyes. (I drew some smaller dots on them to make them look more like eyes).

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Next pop some glue onto your black oval body shape.

 

Stick on your white heart tummy shape, heart feet, beak and eyes!

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I always let the kids create their art in their own way. I don’t push tiny fingers to places which are ‘deemed’ to be the correct place to stick down a certain part. (It is a huge pet hate of mine, to see children being ‘guided’ so strongly that it is no longer the child’s own individual art, but instead becomes the art of the adult ‘helper’)! I love seeing the art work of young kids when you can see that they have created it their self (even if it is with slightly crazy looking eyes)! I really think it adds to the sweetness and cuteness!

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Pop your penguin to dry and ta – da!

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We gave my nephews paper craft penguin to his mum who loved it! I think this would look really sweet on a valentines card with the little heart shapes we used! You could adapt this craft for any animal you like. Heart shaped scales on a fish paper craft would look brilliant, or a bunny using heart shapes….the options are pretty endless. No doubt we will be doing more of these paper crafts with our own ideas, as Valentines Day is just around the corner!