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.
Next cut some straws into small pieces. My daughter used different coloured straws to add some colour to her garland!
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!
Keep threading and leave a small gap at the end to tie your garland together!
My daughter loves making these pretty, bright garlands and they look super cute!
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!
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!
Print down onto your paper.
Leave your prints to dry, then turn them into fish by adding a mouth and eyes.
Then cut out your fish and stick them down onto some card. We also added green crepe paper seaweed and blue bubbles!
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!
We hope you all have a very crafty, fun filled week!
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).
2 – Gently dip your balloon into your paint and print gently onto your paper. (Gently does it)!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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 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).
2 – Use your bath puff to push down into the paint and print onto your paper.
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!
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!
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.
We did quite a few fork print pictures so we ended up with quite a collection! Here are a few of the kids pictures –
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!
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!!!
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!
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!
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!
Summer is finally on its way! The sunshine has been out and my daughter wanted to do a summer themed activity this weekend. One of her favourite craft themes is the Ocean so she opted to make a paper plate porthole. Paper plate portholes are a lovely simple craft which look really effective, and can be adapted to make with a wide age range of children.
To make your paper plate porthole you will need – 2 paper plates, paint, glue, coloured paper and pens.
Begin by cutting out the centre of one of your paper plates.
Next paint the other (complete) paper plate blue – this will be your ocean water.
Now paint the back of the other plate (with the centre cut out). You can choose whichever colours you like. My daughter chose purple with gold and silver spots!
Pop the plates to one side to dry. Make your ocean creatures using paper and pens. We made fish, an octopus and seaweed.
When your plates are dry, glue down your ocean creatures where you would like them on the blue plate! You can add other features like air bubbles with a pen.
Finally stick down your top plate to finish off your porthole.
My daughter loved making her paper plate porthole! You can add whatever you like to your ocean scene – my little boy loves adding sharks to his ocean!
Have a wonderful Sunday everyone!
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)!
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!
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!