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Crafts: Make Your Own Ladybird Flower Pot

This summer has been an absolute belter. We have loved having some actual summer for a change, but it hasn’t been that great for the garden. My lawn is brown and my plants are looking a bit sorry for themselves. We’ve been trying to keep them watered as well as we can using waste water from the bath and shower, but they could do with a really good drink. We’ve been doing a few garden crafts, such as these pretty cupcake case flowers and we’ve been painting some pots for inside the house, like this Ladybird Flower Pot.

Crafts: Make Your Own Ladybird Flower Pot

The ladybird flower pot does take a couple of craft sessions to do, mainly so paint can dry properly in between coats, but it’s worth it, it’s a very pretty pot and would make a nice gift with a little plant in it.

How to make a Ladybird Flower Pot

You will need – 
A small terracotta pot
Red paint
Black paint
A paintbrush
A pencil with a rubber on the top
Bostik White Glu
Bostik Glu Dots
A black foam circle
Googly eyes
A black pipecleaner
Sticky tape

How to make your ladybird flower pot:
Firstly, paint the outside of your plant pot all over with red paint, leave it to dry. It might need a few coats of red paint, so make sure you leave time for the coats to dry.

Crafts: Make Your Own Ladybird Flower Pot

Once the red paint is dry, take a fine paintbrush and paint a black line from the top to the bottom as neat as you can. Taking the pencil with the rubber top, dip the rubber into the black paint and carefully dab spots around the pot. Do as many or as few as you want. Leave the pot to dry, the black spots may take a little while to dry off.

Once all the paint is dry, paint the whole pot with PVA glue, this will stop the paint from running off if the pot gets wet. It won’t make it 100% waterproof, but it will be splash-proof at least.

Crafts: Make Your Own Ladybird Flower Pot

Once the glue has dried, make a pair of ladybird antennae out of your pipecleaner. Fix your googly eyes onto the circle of black foam with a glu dot, this will be your ladybird’s face. Stick the antennae to the back of the foam face with sticky tape and then stick the face onto the plant pot with some of the white glu. Leave it to dry.

Crafts: Make Your Own Ladybird Flower Pot

Once it’s all dry you can put a little plant in your pot. What a lovely, cheery little gift to give someone, or to keep for yourself.

If you enjoyed this, you might also like these bee and butterfly crafts.

Crafts: Make Your Own Ladybird Flower Pot

Disclosure: We are Tots100 Bostik Bloggers and we were sent a box of craft items to use to create this post.

Easy Crafts: How to Make Simple Cupcake Case Flowers

Cupcake cases have so many more uses other than for being used to bake delicious cakes. I use them a lot in crafts, the delicate paper cases make excellent petals for flowers. Whilst I loved the pretty little daffodil flowers I made a few months back, I thought it was about time to make a summery change to the paper flowers in my kitchen. I made these pretty cupcake case flowers and they’re so pretty in a little vase, they’re really made my day.

I spotted some colourful mini muffin cases when I was shopping in Booths a while ago. They’re just the thing to make these pretty flowers with. I also used some regular sized cupcake cases and together they made a many petaled wonder.

Easy Crafts: How to Make Simple Cupcake Case Flowers

How to make Simple Cupcake Case Flowers

You will need:
Two regular sized cupcake cases
Two coloured mini muffin cases
A button
Green lolly sticks or straws
Bostik Fine & Wide Glu Pen
Sellotape

Easy Crafts: How to Make Simple Cupcake Case Flowers

How to make your cupcake case flowers:
Take your two regular sized cupcake cases and turn one inside out. Put a dab of glue on the white side of one of the cases and press the white sides together, leaving the patterned or coloured sides on the outside. Leave that to one side to dry, you might want to weight them down with something so they stay pressed together while the glue sets.

Meanwhile take the smaller cupcake cases and do the same to them. Turn one of them inside out and glue them together. Put a dab of glue on the inside of the small case and glue your button, you could also use a little pom-pom or another embellishment of your choice.

Using more of the glue, glue the large and the small cases together and leave the whole thing to set for an hour or so. I pressed mine down using my little button tub.

Easy Crafts: How to Make Simple Cupcake Case Flowers

Once the whole thing is dry, take some sellotape and stick the lolly stick or straw to the back of the flower. Carefully tease the cupcake cases into a pleasing petal shape. I shaped the innermost case to make it look pretty. What do you think?

It’s as simple as that. They look great, we’ve made a few and put them in a little vase in my kitchen. They’re a cheery summery flower that is so simple and fun to make too.

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Easy Crafts: How to Make Simple Cupcake Case Flowers

Crafts: Make Your Own Hessian Monogram Letter

A few weeks ago I went to my friend Lucy’s house for one of our informal craft nights. We all bring cake and wine and the host sorts out a craft for us all to do; so I can’t claim this idea as mine but the creation is mine. Lucy bought some cardboard letters, some hessian strips and some embellishments and we set to work, each making our own hessian monogram letter.

During the evening we all worked on our own letters. We all had the same materials to work with, but we all produced quite different things.

Hessian is a strong, coarse fabric made from hemp or jute and is used for sacks and upholstery. It’s also commonly known as jute or burlap. It’s also really cheap.

Crafts: Make Your Own Hessian Monogram Letter

Make Your Own Hessian Monogram Letter

You will need:
A cardboard mache letter
Natural jute fabric roll, you will need 2 rolls per letter
A hot glue gun and glue sticks
Embellishments – buttons, sequins, beads, whatever you fancy
Scissors

How to make your hessian monogram letter:
To begin with, it’s best to work on top of a craft mat or a large-ish piece of cardboard. This can get messy and I sometimes find the glue from the glue gun gets everywhere.

You need to wrap your jute fabric strips around your letter, so think about how best to do this and where you think it would be best to start. It’s better to slightly overlap the layers if you can. I was covering the letter “A” so I decided to start with the hardest bit, which for me was working my way around the hole in the middle.

Using the glue gun, glue as you go, carefully pressing the jute into place taking care not to burn your fingers. This will take some time to finish, but it’s nice to zone out and concentrate on the task in hand. I decided once I’d finished to add an extra strip of fabric down one side of the A just to break up the look a little bit.

Crafts: Make Your Own Hessian Monogram Letter

Once you’ve covered your letter, set out the embellishments you want to use. Play about with what you’re going to use and where you are going to stick them. Once you’re happy with what it looks like, start gluing the embellishments to the letter.

I knew my letter would be propped up on the mantelpiece. If you wanted to hang it on a wall you could attach a loop or hook to the back and use that to hang it up.

This Hessian Monogram Letter craft is really quite easy to do. Wrapping the hessian around the letter is the time-consuming bit, but I’m pleased with how it turned out and it looks good on my mantelpiece.

If you enjoyed this, you might also like to make an Autumnal Alphabet Wreath.

Crafts: Make Your Own Hessian Monogram Letter

Kids Crafts: Disney Pixar Cars 3 Aquabeads Playset

Despite the recent sunshine, we have had a couple of rainy days. Over half term we had a rainy afternoon and decided to spend it doing some crafts. I had put aside Disney Pixar Cars 3 Aquabeads Playset for a rainy day, so we decided to crack it open and make our own Lightning McQueen!

Kids Crafts: Disney Pixar Cars 3 Aquabeads Playset

The Disney Pixar Cars 3 Aquabeads Playset contains a table tray, a bead palette, four templates, a sprayer, a bead peeler and 7 different colours of beads. The set is suitable for ages 4+ and it was just the thing for my 7 year old. Aquabeads (and any bead craft) can be quite fiddly for little fingers, but this is what makes them excellent for fine tuning hand-eye co-ordination and working their fine motor skills.

Kids Crafts: Disney Pixar Cars 3 Aquabeads Playset

There are four templates to follow in the set; Lightning McQueen, Cruz Ramirez, Mack and Jackson Storm. The templates each show two sections of car, one is the main body and the other is a section which you make separately and then stick on with water once they’re both dry. This makes them into 3D characters.

Kids Crafts: Disney Pixar Cars 3 Aquabeads Playset

The boy look his time making Lightning McQueen. He struggled a bit to put the individual beads on the board, so I lent him my rainbow bead pen from my Aquabeads Deluxe Studio set and then he just rocketed through. He spent around 40 minutes carefully putting all the beads on the board with the template underneath. Then he sprayed it with water and we left it to dry for the afternoon.

Kids Crafts: Disney Pixar Cars 3 Aquabeads Playset

The instructions say that you can peel the beads from the board after ten minutes; but we find if you leave them for longer, then they set a little better. Once they were dry and peeled from the board we then sprayed Lightning McQueen all over and fixed the 3D part to his front; then we left him to dry a little longer.

He was pleased with how his Lightning McQueen turned out. He was easy to make and Aquabeads are a really lovely rainy-day craft for both kids and adults alike.

The Disney Pixar Cars 3 Aquabeads Playset costs around £20 and is available from a wide range of retailers including Hobbycraft.

Disclosure: We were sent the Disney Pixar Cars 3 Aquabeads Playset to craft with in exchange for this blog post. All images and opinions are our own.

Crafts: Make a Tour de France inspired Bicycle Card

This year’s Tour de France takes place from Saturday July 7th to Sunday July 29th 2018. This is the 105th Tour de France and it is made up of 21 stages, covering a total distance of 3,351 kilometres. The Tour de France is a real spectacle, especially for fans of cycling. One of the sponsors of this year’s event is Bostik, and as a Bostik Craft Blogger I’ve been asked to put together a craft to mark the 2018 Tour de France!

I admit to being a bit out of my depth talking about the Tour de France. I know very little about cycling, other than how to ride a bike. But I do know how to stick some buttons onto some card, so I will play to my strengths and tell you how I made this Tour de France inspired bicycle card.

Crafts: Make a Tour de France inspired Bicycle Card

How to make a Tour de France inspired Bicycle Card

You will need:
A blank greetings card and envelope
Two large buttons and one small one
Some coloured card
Some small coloured foam pieces
Bostik Foam Pads
Bostik White Glu
A pair of scissors

Crafts: Make a Tour de France inspired Bicycle Card

To make your Tour de France inspired Bicycle Card:

Decide where best to stick your two large buttons on the card. These will be the wheels of your bike. I fixed mine on with four little foam pads. Take the smaller button and stick that on where the chain goes, again using a foam pad.

Carefully using some scissors, cut out some thin lengths of card for the frame of the bike. It will take a few minutes to get the measurements and angles right. Glue the coloured card onto your greetings card with the Bostick White Glu. Press the edges down and leave the card to dry a little while. You could also make the frame out of pipecleaners if you’d like.

While the coloured card is drying, carefully cut out the shape of a pair of handlebars and a cycling seat out of the coloured foam. Glue these pieces into position and leave the card to dry. Your card is now ready to write and send off to anyone who is mad about bikes.

Unless, unless when you’ve finished it and put all your craft stuff away you realise you’ve forgotten the pedals. In which case you can either deem them non-essential, or you can draw them on with a pen. Failing that you could unpack all of your craft stuff and stick on a couple of small rectangular foam pieces where the pedals should be. I’ve left them off because my bike is fine without them. Obviously.

Crafts: Make a Tour de France inspired Bicycle Card

If you enjoyed this, you might also like these tulip handprint cards.
Disclosure: We are Bostik Bloggers and we were sent a box of craft items to use to create this post.

Father’s Day Craft: Make a Clay Thumbprint Keepsake

Lately we’ve been playing about with clay and really enjoying it. We’ve been using air dry clay, which is easy to use and you don’t need to bake it in the oven or anything like that. This makes it ideal for kid’s crafts. We thought we’d make a little something for Father’s Day. It was the boy’s idea, so the credit goes to him. He made this lovely Clay Thumbprint Keepsake for Father’s Day. Isn’t it sweet?

Crafts: Make a Clay Thumbprint Keepsake for Father's Day

Make a Clay Thumbprint Keepsake

You will need:
A packet of air dry clay
A rolling pin
Some cookie cookers
A wooden toothpick
Some coloured paint, we used gold
A fine paintbrush
A length of ribbon

How to make a Clay Thumbprint Keepsake :
Take a piece of clay and work it in your hands for a few minutes until it is pliable. Roll it out on a surface you don’t mind getting clay on, we used a plastic chopping board that could be put in the dishwasher afterwards. The pieces need to be about half a centimetre thick.

Crafts: How to make a Clay Scrabble Tile Nameplate

Taking your cookie cutters, cut out a few shapes. You might want to make a few of these in one go to give as little gifts to other family members. Once he was happy with the shape, he pressed his thumb into the middle to make the thumbprint. He chose to write his name on it with a toothpick too.

Once he was happy with it, I took the toothpick and made a good sized hole near the top so that when it’s dry you can thread the ribbon through.

Crafts: Make a Clay Thumbprint Keepsake for Father's Day

We left them to dry for 24 hours, though longer might be needed, depending on your clay. Once the pieces were dry, we painted the thumbprint keepsake with some gold paint and left that to dry. Then I carefully threaded some ribbon through, made a knot and now it’s ready to hang up.

It’s a very sweet little gift my son can give to his Dad this Father’s Day.

Crafts: Make a Clay Thumbprint Keepsake

Kids Crafts: How to make a Washi Tape Pen Pot

Spring is here and I’m busy tidying, decluttering and reorganising my house. My desk area and office need a really good sort out and my stacks of filing need to be dealt with. One thing I always have on my desk is a pen pot. Or rather, I have one for pens, one for pencils and one for felt tips too. That alone makes my often cluttered desk space look and feel a bit more organised. This week, in an effort to make my desk a brighter, cheerier space, we made a Washi Tape Pen Pot.

Kids Craft: How to make a Washi Tape Pen Pot

I’ve had a little collection of washi tapes in my craft drawer for a little while now. I’ve used them for a few small things, but I thought they’d be great to decorate a tin can ready to turn it into a pen pot. Recycling at its best!

Make sure you really wash out your tin before you use it. I gave mine a scrub then just to make sure I ran it through the dishwasher. If you don’t do this you might find that your pens and pencils smell a bit like baked beans or dog food.

How to make a Washi Tape Pen Pot

You will need:
One clean tin can
Two or more rolls of washi tape

Kids Craft: How to make a Washi Tape Pen Pot

How to make a Washi Tape Pen Pot

This is so simple. Carefully tape around the tin can in stripes, making sure you’re being really neat. Build up the lines until you’re near the top of the tin can.

Once you get to the top, you can either leave the rim of the metal tin can exposed or cover it with tape. I chose to cover it with tape. I carefully wrapped it around the top of the can. Then I pushed the overhanging tape over the rim of the can and tucked it neatly in place.

Kids Craft: How to make a Washi Tape Pen Pot

My Washi Tape Pen Pot was finished and ready to be put to good use on my desk. You can use whatever colours of washi tape you want, go wild, go crazy, or stay sensible. It’s entirely up to you.

Check out my other craft tutorials here!

Kids Craft: How to make a Washi Tape Pen Pot

Kids Craft: Make a Super Simple Woolly Sheep Card

A few weeks ago we made a really cute Woolly Sheep Pencil Topper and we were bitten by the sheep crafting bug. This Woolly Sheep Card is really simple to put together and looks very effective. You could send this card for all kinds of occasions, everyone loves a homemade card don’t they?

Our family have a particular affinity with sheep, my name before I married was Woolley and we’ve always had woolly sheep as our unofficial family mascot. This card will be perfect to send to my Woolley relatives!

Kids Craft: Make a Super Simple Woolly Sheep Card

How to make a Super Simple Woolly Sheep Card

You will need:
1 A4 piece of card, whatever colour you want
4 circular cotton wool pads
A small piece of black card for the face
Two googly eyes
A pair of scissors
PVA glue
A black felt tip pen

Kids Craft: Make a Super Simple Woolly Sheep Card

How to make your woolly sheep card:
Fold your coloured piece of card in half. Decide how best to arrange and overlap your cotton wool pads in order to make the body of a cuddly sheep and then using the PVA glue, glue the cotton wool pads onto the card. Leave the glue to dry for a little while.

While the glue is drying, take your black card and draw the shape of a sheep’s head on it. Carefully cut it out. Using glue, stick the googly eyes into place, leave to dry if need be. Using more glue, stick the sheep’s head onto the cotton wool pad body.

Then using the black felt tip pen, draw on two legs below the body of the sheep. Your card is now complete, though you might want to leave the glue to dry before you write your card and pop it in the post!

Who will you send your woolly sheep card to?

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Kids Craft: Make a Super Simple Woolly Sheep Card

Kids Crafts: Aquabeads Hanging Decorations

A few weeks ago we were sent an Aquabeads Deluxe Studio to craft with. As you know I love crafting. I was interested to see what the Aquabeads would be like to craft with. I’m a firm believer in getting to grips with the basics of a craft before letting my imagination run wild with things; so I sat down and followed the instructions faithfully. I made some lovely Aquabeads hanging decorations using the templates in the Aquabeads Deluxe Studio.

Kids Crafts: Aquabeads Hanging Decorations

The Aquabeads Deluxe Studio costs £29.99 and contains everything you need to get started with Aquabeads crafts including 1300 jewel and solid beads in 24 colours. The set includes a tool case with bead palette; 1 bead peeler, 5 easy trays in a range of shapes, a rainbow bead pen so you can arrange your beads easily and a sprayer to set them. The instruction booklet is really useful and worth reading a couple of times before you get started.

Kids Crafts: Aquabeads Hanging Decorations

I began by unpacking the whole set and filling the bead tray with the beads included. You can buy extra beads if you need to, but there are plenty of beads included to get you started. It’s quite simple to use, it’s be designed to be used by children, so it should be within my capabilities.

I decided to start with the star shaped easy tray, which I just filled with coloured beads using the rainbow bead pen. This was really quick and easy to use and I completed the star within a couple of minutes. I sprayed it liberally with water and left it to set and dry. The instructions say to leave it for an hour to set. It was still a bit sticky so I left it a while longer before removing it from the tray.

Kids Crafts: Aquabeads Hanging Decorations

I then used one of the templates to make a crown, which seemed quite topical since it’s the Royal Wedding this coming weekend. I used some of the jewel beads in the crown and they’re lovely. The light shines through them and they’d be perfect to use in sun-catchers and Christmas crafts. The easy peeler makes it so easy to remove the beads from the board.

Kids Crafts: Aquabeads Hanging Decorations

I wasn’t sure what to do with my finished creations; but I liked the way the light shone through the jewel beads, so I decided to make them into Aquabeads hanging decorations. This is really simple to do, all you need is a needle and thread. The beads don’t all melt together and there are small gaps between them where you can thread a fine needle through.

To turn my Aquabeads creations into hanging decorations, all I did was thread a needle and cotton through the topmost gap and knot the ends of the thread together. It’s as simple as that really.

Kids Crafts: Aquabeads Hanging Decorations

I enjoyed playing about with the Aquabeads Deluxe Studio set and getting to grips with it. I will definitely be putting together some more Aquabeads crafts, so watch this space!

Kids Crafts: Simple Aquabeads Hanging Decorations

If you enjoyed this, you might also like to try making these button decorations.

Disclosure: We were sent the Aquabeads Deluxe Studio to craft with in exchange for this blog post. All images and opinions are our own.

Crafts: How to make an Egg Box Dragon

This month Craft Merrily have set the Bostik Bloggers the task of creating a craft based on a mythical creature, we chose to make a dragon. Egg boxes have long been used for all kinds of kids crafts. They lend themselves to so many things, so this month we’ve turned one into an egg box dragon.

Dragons are our favourite mythical creatures. In our world they’re mostly friendly and none of them need slaying. Of course dragons have been figures in fiction for hundreds of years but only recently they’ve developed a friendlier reputation. We’re very fond of our bright green dragon, we’ve called him Dave and he’s a bit sparkly.

Crafts: How to make an Egg box Dragon

Our egg box dragon took a couple of craft sessions to make. We painted him first and left him to dry overnight. The next day we decorated him and made him look all fierce and fancy.

How to make an egg box dragon

You will need:
One egg box
Green, red or orange paint
String or wool
Googly eyes
Sequins
Pipecleaners
Blu Tack Glitter Pens or glitter
Bostik Glu Dots
Red and yellow card
Black felt tip

Crafts: How to make an Egg box Dragon

How to make your egg box dragon:
Using whichever coloured paint you choose, paint your egg box, making sure it’s well covered with paint. Put the box to one side to dry, preferably overnight.

Once dry, cut the egg box up. we cut our six egg box into thirds, so each section had two egg spaces. You can do them individually if you prefer. Using a skewer carefully poke through holes where you want to thread your sting through and tie your dragon parts together. We also poked some holes through to thread pipecleaner horns and a ridge on it’s back. A grown up will probably need to help with the tricky cutting, poking and threading.

Crafts: How to make an Egg box Dragon

Thread the string though the holes and tie the ends together. Thread through your pipecleaner horns and using the glu dots, stick on the dragon’s eyes. Then you can go crazy decorating it. We added sparkles and sequins along its body and dabs of glitter from the glitter pens. I can’t sing the praises of glitter pens enough, all the sparkle of glitter but without the mess!

Crafts: How to make an Egg box Dragon

Draw on some details with your black felt tip, I added a snout detail on his face and leave the glitter to dry. While your glitter is drying, cut out some red and yellow flames and stick them to your egg box so it looks like your dragon is breathing fire. Your dragon is now ready for some dragon action.

If you enjoyed this blog post, you might also like to try some jelly bean architecture.

I am a Bostik Craft Blogger and I was sent the materials to create this craft from Craft Merrily.