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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A beautiful Mothers Day!

Firstly, apologies for not posting in a while! We were all struck down with what can only be described as a truly vile bug! It zapped all energy levels as well as making me feel awfully ill so I was pretty useless for several days. We are all feeling much better and I can finally write again! (Hooray)!

I hope you all had a lovely Mothers Day? I think it is a lovely way to say thank you to our Mums for being so wonderful and for always being there. It is nice to show our mums how appreciated they are. A few of my friends have lost their mums and they are always at the forefront of my mind on special days and celebrations. I think our Mothers day celebrations remind us of how important our mums are!

One of my favourite things about Mothering Sunday is receiving lovely home made treats from my little ones. The sheer joy on their faces when they hand you their little treasures makes my heart melt! So thoughtful and kind. I received a beautiful bunch of flowers from my two little ones (thanks Daddy!) and some gorgeous home made cards. We all spent the day together at home as we were too poorly for anything else! Nevertheless it was a lovely family day – my favourite type of day!

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Mothers Day Vase!

This craft is one of the sweetest for Mothers Day and is sure to bring a smile to any Mums face on Mothering Sunday! After originally spotting something similar on Pinterest, I adapted it slightly for the kids I was making it with and loved the end result! I have done these cute vases for a few years now and it is my absolute favourite Mothers Day craft. It is a super simple craft which doesn’t need many materials so is pretty cheap to make.

To make your Mothers Day Vase you will need – Paper cup, plain paper, paints in different colours, lollipop sticks (green if you have them), glue, cellophane or coloured paper and things to decorate vase with (eg – sequins, paper, glitter, etc).

Begin by painting your hand in the colour of your choice and printing it down onto plain paper.

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Then choose a different colour and print another hand print onto the paper. Repeat with different colours until you have four hand prints. (You can use the same colour but I think it looks prettier with the different colours). These hand prints will be the flowers!

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Whilst the hand prints are drying begin making your vase. Take your paper cup (we chose a pink one), and decorate it with anything you like! We chose coloured paper, cellophane, sequins, feathers and foam shapes.

Leave the paper cup to dry with the hand prints. Once the hand prints are dry, cut each one of them out. Then cut four small circles out of a piece of yellow or orange paper which will be the centre of the flowers. If you don’t have coloured paper just crayon some plain paper and do it that way instead. Glue the circles into the centre of each hand, then mount each hand print onto a lollipop stick. (Green sticks work best as they will be the flower stems, but I had ran out so I just coloured a plain stick in with a green crayon).

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Next put some scrunched up cellophane or paper into your paper cup vase. (This will help hold your flowers in place).

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Next put some glue on both sides of the bottom of the flower lollipop stick and place into the cup, by pushing it into a fold of the cellophane. Repeat with all of the flowers!

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I think these wonderful little flower vases make a beautiful Mothers Day Craft and will rival any bunch of ‘real’ flowers that Mum may receive! A very sweet craft for the little ones to make!

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Collage nature pictures!

A little while ago myself and the kids decided to make some collage nature pictures. These pictures are such good fun and really get kids using their imagination to create their very own pictures!

We went for a little walk and collected up some different natural objects including fallen leaves, grass, fallen petals etc. We pretty much collected anything which we thought would make a good material to make our collage pictures with! Just make sure you aren’t picking anything toxic up! (This activity provides a good opportunity to talk to your kids about things that are safe to pick up and things that aren’t). I also encourage my little ones to only take things that have fallen, and not still growing.

Once we had our collection we headed home and sat outside to create our art work! All you need extra is a little glue and some paper.

Using your glue, stick down the different things where you would like them – it is a good idea to have a play around first to see what you want to create!

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The kids love making these beautiful nature collages. I think they look wonderful and make a nice change to the usual paintings! I love that depending on the time of the year that you make them, you will be able to use different items, so will get different looking pictures each time! We can’t wait for Summer to get out and about and make some more pretty collage pictures!

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