Category Archives: Crafts

Flower Crafts: Simple Tissue Paper Flowers

Giving a bouquet of flowers to someone special is a really lovely thing to do, but they often fade within a few days which is a shame. A few years ago I made a huge bunch of tissue paper flowers for myself and they are still sat on my desk looking cheery. They’re so simple to make and a few of them in a little vase would make a lovely gift for Mother’s Day, Easter or a birthday.

Once you get the hang of them, they’re remarkably simple to make. You can put a flower together in a few minutes. You can mix different shades of tissue paper together to make a multi-coloured bloom, or stick to one colour if you prefer. The great thing about tissue paper flowers is they never need watering and they never die.

Flower Crafts: Simple Tissue Paper Flowers

How to make Simple Tissue Paper Flowers

You will need:

1 sheet of coloured tissue paper
Scissors
A green pipe cleaner

How to make Simple Tissue Paper Flowers:

Take your sheet of tissue paper and cut it into quarters. Make a pile of the quarters, fold them in half so it looks like a rectangle and cut along the fold. You should now have eight rectangles of tissue paper.

Flower Crafts: Simple Tissue Paper Flowers

Make them into a neat pile and fold them along the short edge in a concertina. The folds need to be about 1cm. Once you’ve folded the concertina along the full length of the rectangle; take the pipe cleaner and wrap it around the centre of the concertina.

Once the centre of the concertina is secured, fan out the tissue paper folds and start to pull them to the centre of the flower in individual layers. Take your time over this, make sure you separate every individual layer. Once you’ve done this, ruffle the flower up and put it in a vase. Make a few more flowers in this way until you’ve made as many as you need.

Tip: Use a minimum of six layers of tissue paper for each flower. I like to use eight as it gives a really full bloom.

If you don’t want to use a pipe cleaner, you could bind the centre of the concertina with some thread instead.

Who will you give your tissue paper flowers to?

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Flower Crafts: Simple Tissue Paper Flowers

 

FREE Printable: St Patrick’s Day Colouring Sheet

St Patrick’s Day is on the 17th March each year. In Ireland they have the Monday off as a Bank Holiday celebration. St Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland and his saints day is one of the most celebrated in the world.

The story goes that St Patrick came to Ireland to convert the pagan Irish to Christianity. Patrick’s efforts against the druids were eventually turned into an allegory in which he drove “snakes” out of Ireland. Ireland never really had any snakes but he’s well known for “driving the snakes out of Ireland” and is often pictured doing so.

St Patrick’s Day usually falls within the Lent period, which is known for fasting and abstinence. Traditionally, St Patrick’s Day was a day off from the Lenten fasting and is known for its boozy celebrations and general excess. St Patrick’s Day is celebrated all over the world and is perhaps the most celebrated Saints Day of all.

St Patrick’s Day is a day of celebration of all things Irish; with parades and festivals all across Ireland and beyond. For me, it’s a great excuse to bake some nice Irish style treats and to do some crafts with my boy. I’ve made this St Patrick’s Day colouring sheet for children to do. It’s free to download, so what are you waiting for?
FREE Printable: St Patrick's Day Colouring Sheet

Download your FREE St Patrick’s Day Colouring Sheet Here!

According to legend, St Patrick used the three-leaved shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity to Irish pagans; which is why the shamrock is one of the most well known symbols of Ireland. The St Patrick’s Day custom of “drowning the shamrock” or “wetting the shamrock” was popular many years ago. At the end of the days celebrations, a shamrock is put into the bottom of a cup, which is then filled with whiskey, beer, or cider. A toast is then drunk to St Patrick, Ireland, or those present.

Sásta Lá Fhéile Pádraig!

If you enjoyed this, you might also like to make this paper shamrock craft.

FREE Printable: St Patrick's Day Colouring Sheet

FREE Printable: Pokemon Reading Log

Help to motivate your little Pokemon fans to read with this handy reading log. Just colour in a Pokeball for every book they read, or for every 20 minutes they read for and reward them with a little treat for completing the sheet!

If you’re the parent of a primary school aged child you will probably be tasked with listening to them read each night. We love listening to our son read and we love reading to him too. We regard it as a special quiet time where we sit together and get transported to another world.

It’s not all sitting on a magic carpet happily listening to a child read; sometimes it’s a bit harder to get him to read, especially if he’s not interested in the books he’s been sent home with. In those situations we usually promise the reading of a favourite book once the less exciting school reading has been finished. That way we get the best of both worlds.FREE Printable: Pokemon Reading Log

Download your FREE Pokemon Reading Log here!

Our son is very motivated by rewards, it doesn’t have to be big; a sticker or 20p for his jar is very well received. He loves Pokemon so I devised this Pokemon reading log for him. If he reads for 20 minutes he gets to colour a Pokeball in. Or if he finishes a book within those 20 minutes he colours one in too.

Once he’s completed a sheet he gets a treat. Again it’s nothing huge; he might get to choose a Netflix film for us to watch with some popcorn, or he might get a trip out to his favourite local museum.

We’ve found that this Pokemon reading log really does help to motivate and encourage him to read. He’s obsessed with anything with Pokemon on, so this reading log is a real winner!

If you enjoyed this, you might also like this simple children’s book review template.

FREE Printable: Pokemon Reading Log

St Patrick’s Day Craft: How to make Paper Shamrocks

These Paper Shamrocks are so easy and really fun to make. We spent Saturday afternoon making all kinds of crafts and these were our favourite. They’re pretty quick to make, especially if you use a stapler and it wouldn’t take any time at all to rustle up enough to really decorate a room for St Patrick’s Day.

The idea is very similar to the paper heart wreath I made for Valentine’s Day. The 3D hearts are very simple to make with a strip of paper and look really effective when put together into a wreath or shamrock.

St Patrick’s Day Craft: How to make Paper Shamrocks

HOW TO MAKE A PAPER Shamrock

You will need
Green paper or card, A4 size
Scissors
A ruler and pencil
Stapler with staples
A length of ribbon if you’re hanging your shamrock

How to make your Paper Shamrock

Using a ruler measure the long side of your piece of paper and divide that length by five. Measure out five equal widths of paper and carefully cut into strips using a pair of scissors. If you’re doing this with children then you may want to be in charge of this bit.

Fold four of the strips in half, make sure you’ve got a neat, crisp fold here, this will be the pointy bottom of your heart shape. Bend the edges together to create the heart shape and staple the ends together. Do this with all four strips of paper to make hearts.

St Patrick’s Day Craft: How to make Paper Shamrocks

With the fifth strip (see the picture) you want to fold it into a very tall triangle shape with a flat bottom. Staple the ends together.

Lay the heart shapes out with the pointy triangle in the middle. It’s easier to visualise how to put the paper shamrock together. I found it easier to line up the bottom two hearts with the top of the triangle stem and staple them together. Before you staple the other hearts to the top of the paper shamrock shape, make a loop with your ribbon and staple it in place, then staple the other hearts together and your paper shamrock is done.

Hang up your Paper Shamrocks wherever you like and celebrate St Patrick’s Day with pride!

St Patrick’s Day Craft: How to make Paper Shamrocks

FREE Printable: Bookmarks for Adult Colouring

If you’re an avid reader, how do you keep track of where you are up to? Do you leave your book open at the page? Do you fold a corner over, or do you use some kind of bookmark? Have you ever thought of making your own bookmarks?

A nice bookmark can take pride of place between the pages of your book. There’s something really lovely about a good bookmark. In the past I’ve used everything from bus tickets to post it notes to mark where I’m up to in a book, but that’s usually a temporary solution. To solve the problem, I have designed four very different bookmarks to print and colour myself.

They’re really simple to do. Just print them out on card, colour them in however you like; cut them out and they’re ready to go. If you’re feeling fancy you can punch a hole in the top and thread through some ribbon or a tassel to give your bookmarks a bit of finesse. To make your coloured bookmarks last forever, you could cut them out and laminate them.

Modern bookmarks are available in a wide variety of materials in a range of designs and styles. Many are made of card, but you can also find bookmarks made from paper, ribbon, fabric, felt or plastic.

Some bookmarks can be very ornate and expensively made, some people use bus tickets, post-it notes or scraps of paper to mark where they are up to in a book. If you know someone who uses an old bus ticket, why not make them a pretty bookmark they can treasure and enjoy using forever. Sharing is caring and all that!FREE Printable: Bookmarks for Adult Colouring

Download your FREE Bookmarks for Adult Colouring here.

There are four really different designs to colour in. Which is your favourite?

If you enjoyed this, I have quite a wide and varied selection of printables here, including these Valentine’s bookmarks for children.

FREE Printable: Bookmarks for Adult Colouring

FREE Printables: St David’s Day Colouring Sheets

St David’s Day is on 1st March and is a day of celebration of both St David’s life and the Welsh people and their culture. St David is the patron saint of Wales and on 1st March it is traditional for Welsh people to wear daffodils or leeks, both of these are the symbols of Wales. The wearing of a daffodil on 1st March, St David’s Day was made popular by the Victorians. In Wales the daffodil is also known as “Peter’s leek” and its Welsh name is “Cenhinen Bedr”.

St David was born in Wales and he founded a Celtic monastic community at Glyn Rhosyn. The monastery was located on the western headland of Pembrokeshire at the site where St David’s Cathedral stands today. The son of an aristocratic family; St David has been credited with many miracles; not least of which was his ability to survive on a diet almost exclusively made up of leeks and water. This is perhaps one of the reasons why leeks are one of the national symbols of Wales.

FREE Printables: St David's Day Colouring

On this special day, Welsh people celebrate with parades, eisteddfods and meals of leek soup and Welsh lamb. Some people like to dress in traditional Welsh costume; which consists of a long wool skirt, apron, white blouse, woollen shawl and a Welsh hat.

Click here to download your FREE Welsh Dragon colouring sheet.
Click here to download your FREE Daffodil colouring sheet.

If you are marking St David’s Day, I’ve made some FREE colouring printables which your family might enjoy. From a lovely Welsh dragon, to a proud looking daffodil; these free printables will help your family celebrate St David’s Day.

If you enjoyed this post, you might want to try your hand at making this lovely cheery popsicle stick daffodil flower or maybe this egg box dragon.

Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Hapus!

FREE Printables: St David's Day Colouring

FREE Valentine’s Bookmark Colouring Printable

Express yourself and your love of reading this Valentine’s Day with this FREE Valentine’s Bookmark Colouring Printable for children.

Children often like to give little tokens of affection to the important people in their lives. My son is always writing me sweet little notes and bringing home pretty leaves and pebbles he’s found. On special occasions he likes to make his own cards. He’s a creative kid and it’s a very lovely thing and only to be encouraged.

He’s now part of a junior book group with some of his friends from school, they’re all avid readers and what to avid readers need? Book marks! I’ve put together a Valentine’s Bookmark Colouring Printable for those who just love to read.FREE Valentine's Bookmark Colouring Printable

Download your FREE Valentine’s Bookmark Colouring Printable here.

Print them out onto card, colour them in, cut them out and give them to the special people in your life. If you’re feeling fancy you can punch a hole in the top and thread through some ribbon to give your bookmarks a bit of finesse.

Modern bookmarks are available in a wide variety of materials in a range of designs and styles. Many are made of card, but you can also find bookmarks made from paper, ribbon, fabric, felt or plastic.

Some bookmarks can be very ornate and expensively made, some people use bus tickets, post-it notes or scraps of paper to mark where they are up to in a book. If you know someone who uses an old bus ticket, why not make them a pretty bookmark they can treasure and enjoy using forever.

To make your coloured bookmarks last forever, you could cut them out and laminate them. They really do make lovely little gifts and sweet tokens of affection for keen readers.

Check out my other Valentine’s Day crafts here –

FREE Valentine's Bookmark Colouring Printable

Crafts: Celery Rose Print Valentine’s Cards

Make hearts flutter this Valentine’s Day with these Celery Rose Print Valentine’s Cards and gift wrap!

Crafts: Celery Rose Print Valentine's Cards

The first Valentine’s cards were sent in the 18th century. These were handmade cards, covered in romantic symbols of the age, such as flowers and love knots. The cards often included riddles and poetry. Cards were slipped secretly under the door of your beloved.

These days, although cards and poetry are often emailed to those who have made your heart flutter, a handmade card is still a lovely thing to give and to receive and in so many way, infinitely more preferable.

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we had a weekend of painting and experimenting with printing with various things. I’d seen people printing roses with celery stalks on Pinterest and decided to give it a try – it really works!

How to make Celery Rose Print Valentine’s Cards

You will need:

Some blank cards
The root end off a bunch of celery
Red paint
Blue paint
A nice black pen
A plastic plate, or somewhere to blob your paint

Crafts: Celery Rose Print Valentine's Cards

How to make your Celery Rose Print Valentine’s Cards:

Tidy the end of your celery with a sharp knife so that it’s flat. Put a dollop of red paint on your plastic plate, dunk your celery in it, scrape off any excess paint on the edge of the plate and practice printing your roses on some scrap paper until you get the right effect. I found not having too much paint on my celery was best.

Once you’re happy with your printing, take your blank greetings cards and print your roses on them. I did two designs, a bouquet of roses on one; and a roses are red, violets are blue on the other. To print the violets I get my son to dip one of his fingers in blue paint and showed him where to press his fingers to make petal shapes.

Crafts: Celery Rose Print Valentine's Cards

We hung the cards up to dry for a few hours, whilst they were drying we took some brown packing paper and he set to work printing roses and violets in a repeating pattern until the paper was covered. The effect is really very good, and ideal for wrapping Valentine’s gifts. Leave your gift wrap for a few hours to dry, when it’s dry you can wrap your gifts.

Once the cards were dry, I grabbed a nice inky pen and drew thorny stems and embellished the violets with leaves and a stamen. All that was left to do was for us to write romantic messages to the people we secretly, or not so secretly admire.

If you enjoyed this, you might also like to try these other Valentine’s Crafts:

Crafts: Celery Rose Print Valentine's Cards

FREE Snow Day Colouring Printables

When we woke up this morning, outside was strangely silent. I peered outside and the road was covered in a few inches of snow. We live 5 minutes walk from school, but I had a feeling we’d be getting an email to say it would be closed for the day. With an 8 year old to entertain, I started thinking about what we could do, apart from build a giant snowman!

I decided we would probably do some baking, maybe do some crafts and I’d try to get him to do some homework. But I knew I’d need a bit of quiet time to get on with a few of my own things. So I quickly put together some snow day colouring sheets for him to do.

It’s always nice to share, so here are three snow themed colouring sheets to print off and colour in. It’ll keep the kids occupied for a little while at least!

Download your FREE Snow Day Colouring Sheets here!

What kind of things can you do on a snow day to entertain the kids?
  • Build a snowman
  • Go sledging
  • Have a snowball fight
  • Make snow angels
  • Do some baking
  • Do some crafts
  • Read a book
  • Build a den
  • Have an indoor picnic

What else could you do on a snow day?

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FREE Snow Day Colouring Printables

50 Themes to Inspire Craft Bloggers

If like me, you regularly write craft blog posts and tutorials it can sometimes be hard to come up with a topic. I write a craft post every Thursday, so I need about 50 new ideas each year. To help inspire me and to help me plan ahead, I’ve put together a list of general themes for Craft Bloggers.

I blog about all different kinds of crafts, as I write this I’m really into paper crafts, but the beauty of a list like this is that you can just us it as a general prompt and create whatever crafts you’re into. Where events and occasions are fixed I’ve included the date, but many vary from year to year.

50 Themes to Inspire Craft Bloggers

50 Themes to Inspire Craft Bloggers

New Year – 1st January
Burns Night
Chinese New Year
Valentine’s Day – 14th February
St David’s Day – 1st March
Shrove Tuesday
St Patrick’s Day – 17th March
Mothering Sunday
April Fools Day – 1st April
Easter
St George’s Day – 23rd April
Shakespeare Day – 23rd April
May Day
Father’s Day
American Independence Day – 4th July
Bastille Day – 14th July
Halloween – 31st October
Bonfire Night – 5th November
Remembrance Day – 11th November
Thanksgiving
St Andrews Day – 30th November
Christmas – 25th December
Mardi Gras
Eid
Ramadan
Diwali
Hanukkah
Spring
Summer
Autumn
Winter
Gardening
Harvest
Space
Pirates
Mermaids
Teacher presents
Animals
Insects
Castles
Weddings
Handprint crafts
Diwali
Unicorns
Dinosaurs
Seaside
Back to School
Robots
Crafts inspired by stories and books
Sports (football, tennis, cycling, rugby etc)

Craft Bloggers, have I missed anything major? Do let me know in the comments if there’s anything I should add.

I’ve added a few links to some of my craft posts and tutorials on some of these subjects. I know I’ll be dipping in and out of my list as the year goes along for inspiration and ideas. I hope you too will find this list useful. Happy crafting!

50 Themes to Inspire Craft Bloggers