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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. 

Crafts: How to make a Clay Scrabble Tile Nameplate

I’ve been curious about clay crafts for a little while. A few months ago I bought myself a cheap packet to play about with and it’s sat in my craft cupboard ever since. I didn’t really know what to do with it, but with a poorly child to entertain, I thought we’d have a play and see what we came up with. We ended up making a rather lovely clay Scrabble tile nameplate.

I figured that the boy loves playdough, so I thought the clay might have similar appeal, thankfully I was right.

Crafts: How to make a Clay Scrabble Tile Nameplate

I got out my box of cookie cutter shapes and a rolling pin and we set to work. In my cookie cutter collection I found a box of scrabble tile cookie cutters, we thought they’d make really cool name plates and we think they do. Here’s how we did it.

How to make a Clay Scrabble Tile Nameplate

You will need:
A packet of air dry clay
A rolling pin
Some Scrabble Tile Cookie Cutters
A wooden toothpick
A length of jewellery wire
Some coloured paint, we used black
A fine paintbrush

Crafts: How to make a Clay Scrabble Tile Nameplate

How to make a Clay Scrabble Tile Nameplate:
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.

Crafts: How to make a Clay Scrabble Tile Nameplate

Taking your Scrabble tile cookie cutters, cut out the tile pieces you need. We were making a nameplate with the name BEN, so we cut out those letters with a few spares too. I made some holes with a toothpick so I could thread my wire through later. We left them to dry for 24 hours, though longer might be needed, depending on your clay.

Once the pieces were dry, I carefully threaded some jewellery wire through the holes and twisted the ends together. Then we took a fine paintbrush and a little bit of black paint and painted in the letters and left the paint to dry.

Crafts: How to make a Clay Scrabble Tile Nameplate

We were pretty pleased with our first clay craft, it’s a little bit rustic, but we think that adds to its charm. We feel quite inspired to try to make a few other things out of clay, so watch this space!

Crafts: How to make a Clay Scrabble Tile Nameplate

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Kids Craft: Super Easy Woolly Sheep Pencil Topper

One of my favourite sights in spring is new-born lambs, we often pay our local community farm a visit, just so we can take a turn feeding the orphan lambs. Recently we’ve been doing quite a lot of spring themed crafts, so it felt natural to make something a bit sheepish, so we made this really simple Woolly Sheep Pencil Topper. It’s so cute we might make a herd of them to top all the pencils in our pencil pot.

Kids Craft: Super Simple Woolly Sheep Pencil Topper

Like I said, they really are incredibly simple to make. All you need are a few bits and pieces and no more than ten minutes of your time. If you don’t have a circular cotton wool pad (the type usually used to remove make up) then you could use a circle of plain white card instead. I think the cotton wool makes the woolly sheep pencil topper extra woolly though.

How to make a Woolly Sheep Pencil Topper

You will need:
One circular cotton wool pad
A small piece of black card for the face
Two googly eyes
A pair of scissors
PVA glue
A pencil

Kids Craft: Super Simple Woolly Sheep Pencil Topper

To make your Woolly Sheep Pencil Topper:
Take your cotton wool pad and fold it in half. Cut a slit about a centimetre from the top and another one about a centimetre from the bottom. This is to thread your pencil through.

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. Again, leave this to dry before threading the pencil through. Your Woolly Sheep Pencil Topper is now complete. Ewe can now use your pencil topper with pride!

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Kids Craft: Super Simple Woolly Sheep Pencil Topper

Crafternoon Tea at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House

Here in Manchester we are lucky enough to have a large number of historic buildings and houses. Hidden in plain sight on one of the busiest roads leading to the city centre is Elizabeth Gaskell’s House. The house is the former home of the famous author and her family. Her novels include Mary Barton, Cranford, North and South, Ruth and Wives and Daughters. I went along to enjoy a “crafternoon tea” session in the Servant’s Hall. Craft, tea, cake and a beautiful historic house – what’s not to like?

Crafternoon Tea at Elizabeth Gaskell's House, Manchester

Elizabeth Gaskell’s House have been running Crafternoon Tea sessions for the last few months. I’ve really wanted to go to them but I was a bit worried that my sewing skills were not good enough; but I need not have worried. I went along to try my hand at some Victorian Crazy Patchwork; a craft I’ve never heard of  before but one which is ideal for people like me who have fairly basic sewing skills.

The Crafternoon Tea sessions are run by talented volunteers. The Victorian Crazy Patchwork class was run by Margot, a very experienced and helpful teacher who provided everything we needed to create our own crazy patchwork. Margot began by talking us through, step by step through the process. One of the best things about Victorian Crazy Patchwork is if your sewing isn’t especially neat, it doesn’t matter because the stitching is covered by the fabric, making it ideal for beginners.

Crafternoon Tea at Elizabeth Gaskell's House, Manchester

Victorian Crazy Patchwork, Margot explained, was a style of patchwork which fine Victorian ladies would do to occupy themselves. They usually used scraps of silk from old dresses or from dressmaking to create colourful patchworks. I remember my husband’s Grandma having what I now know to be a Victorian Crazy Patchwork cushion.

Margot gave us all a pack including a template, a piece of calico and a notebook we could cover with our patchwork. There was a large bag of silk pieces on the table and we all selected a few pieces for our patchwork. We cut out our hexagon shaped centre pieces and stitched them onto our calico; then we cut pieces of contrasting silk and stitched them on. Sewing them so the stitches are underneath (this is hard to explain but hopefully you can get the idea from the photo below).

Crafternoon Tea at Elizabeth Gaskell's House, Manchester

Around half way through the session we stopped and made our way into the tea room for a pot of tea and a slice of really good cake. The tea room is a lovely airy space with the original stone floors from Elizabeth Gaskell’s days at the house. It was the hottest day of the year so far and it was the perfect place for some cool respite from the temperature outside.

Crafternoon Tea at Elizabeth Gaskell's House, Manchester

After we’d been fueled by tea and cake, we returned to the Servants Hall to carry on with our crazy patchwork. It soon became clear that despite my best efforts, I wouldn’t be able to finish it in the two and a half hour craft session. Thankfully Margot let me take everything I needed to finish it at home. In fairness, it was ambitious of me to try to finish within the time. But I left armed with the skills and knowledge to finish off my work at home.

The Crafternoon Tea at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House costs £19 and includes everything you need to create your craft as well as a hot drink and cake. Keep an eye on their website for more craft and literary events. I do know they have a few limited places left on their Crochet Afghan Squares Crafternoon Tea on 17th May and Paisley Woodblock Printing Crafternoon Tea on 21st June 2018.

Crafternoon Tea at Elizabeth Gaskell's House, Manchester

My not quite finished Victorian Crazy Patchwork.

I had the most lovely relaxing afternoon. Even though I went by myself, the rest of the crafters around the table were all very nice and chatty. It was lovely to switch off and concentrate on sewing the patchwork and enjoy the peaceful and historic surroundings of Elizabeth Gaskell’s House.

Elizabeth Gaskell’s House is located at 84 Plymouth Grove, Manchester, M13 9LW

Kids Crafts: How to make Tulip Handprint Cards

This month Craft Merrily have set the Bostik Bloggers the task of creating a flower craft. We decided we would make tulip handprint cards. They’re really simple to make and would make a lovely card to give for a lot of different occasions such as Easter, Mother’s Day or for a birthday. The handprint adds a lovely personal touch too.

Kids Crafts: How to make Tulip Handprint Cards

We went away with some friends for a week, so I planned a few crafts for us to entertain the kids with while we were away. These tulip handprint cards were one of them. The children were all so pleased with their cards and I like to think the recipients were too.

How to make Tulip Handprint Cards

You will need:
1 piece of A4 card, I used pale blue
2 pieces of different coloured paper, I used yellow and pink
1 green pipecleaner
Bostik White Glu
A pencil
An envelope which will fit your A5 card

Kids Crafts: How to make Tulip Handprint Cards

How to make Tulip Handprint Cards
Fold your A4 piece of card in half. Cut out a large rectangle of coloured paper (we used yellow) and stick it onto one side of your card with Bostik White Glu.

Take a pencil and draw around a child’s hand, carefully cut out the hand shape. A grown up might need to help with any cutting out, especially the trickily shaped handprint. Stick this near the top of the rectangle.

Shape your green pipecleaner into the shape of a flower stem, you could make a loop about half way to make it look like a leaf if you want. Glue it on the card below the flower.

I sandwiched it under a glass dish and left the glue to dry overnight. I’ve no idea why I used a glass dish, it was just close to hand I guess. It worked though.

Kids Crafts: How to make Tulip Handprint Cards

Once the glue is dry, write your card and put it in the envelope ready to delight the lucky recipient!

It’s pretty cute isn’t it?

Check out my other craft tutorials here!

Kids Crafts: How to make Tulip Handprint Cards

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

Kids Crafts: Quick and Easy Earth Day Craft

Every year we celebrate Earth Day on 22nd April. Earth Day is all about loving our planet and doing what we can to protect and care for it. It’s a good excuse for us to talk about things such as recycling, reducing our energy usage and what we can do to lower our personal impact on the planet. We will be doing a few things at home to mark Earth Day, such as reading some books about the environment, learning more about recycling and doing some Earth Day craft.

Kids Crafts: Quick and Easy Earth Day Craft

To start us thinking about Earth Day, we began with a really simple but quite effective Earth Day craft. We painted a little globe, glittered it up and wrote a little message underneath. It’s easy to do and would be great to do with your child, or a group of children.

Easy Earth Day Craft

You will need:
One piece of blue card
Green poster paint
A pencil
A side plate to draw around
The hand of a small child
Some white card
A pair of scissors
Green glitter or a glitter pen
Glue

Kids Crafts: Quick and Easy Earth Day Craft

How to make your Earth Day craft:
Take your side plate and put it on the blue piece of card, draw around it with your pencil. Liberally paint the palm of the hand of a small child with the green poster paint and press it in the middle of your circle. Wash the hand of the small child before it touches your walls (this part is very important).

Kids Crafts: Quick and Easy Earth Day Craft

Hand the paintbrush over to the newly clean handed small child and get them to paint a few islands and continents on your globe. When this has been done to everyone’s satisfaction, either sprinkle green glitter over the hand-print or leave the paint to dry and then decorate with glitter pens.

Kids Crafts: Quick and Easy Earth Day Craft

While the masterpiece dries, take a piece of white card and cut it down to size. Get the small child to write a suitable statement on the card, we went for “I love Planet Earth”. Which seemed like a suitable catch-all. Stick the writing on the blue card below the planet. I used Bostik glu dots, but use what you have, a glue stick or PVA or whatever. Your Earth Day craft is now complete.

Don’t forget to recycle it when you’ve finished with it!

If you want to learn more about Earth Day or explore the topic of recycling with your child, there are some free to download worksheets here.

If you enjoyed this, you might also like to make some cool egg and cress heads.

Kids Crafts: Quick and Easy Earth Day Craft

Easter Crafts: 3 Ideas for Eggcellent Painted Eggs

When I got an email from school reminding me that entries for the Easter Egg Painting competition needed to be handed in this week, I went into a slight panic. Although we love doing crafts together, he can be a bit easily distracted if something isn’t done and dusted in one session. We chatted about what we could do and between us we came up with three easy ideas for painted eggs.

This was very much a two-day job. We needed to paint our hard-boiled eggs a few days in advance so they could dry properly, then finish them off another day.

We had decided to make ladybird, a strawberry and a flowering cactus painted eggs. We’ve painted stones and ladybirds and strawberries before, so I knew we could probably do them easily.

I hard-boiled three eggs and left them to cool overnight. The next day the boy painted two of them red and one green; we left them to dry overnight. I’d left them in the little painting bowls we used, so I needed to turn them so they’d dry evenly.

Painted Eggs – A Strawberry

We started off with the strawberry which he had painted red. While he used a black marker pen to draw dots on for seeds, I cut out some green tissue paper for the leaves and made a pipecleaner stem which I bent at the bottom. Using a glue gun I glued the leaves and stem to the top of the strawberry and left it to dry. To present it, we nestled it in an egg try on top of some shredded yellow paper for straw.

Easter Crafts: Three Ideas for Eggcellent Painted Eggs

Painted Eggs – A Flowering Cactus

Next we moved on to our flowering cactus. This was quite simple. While I made a pink flower out of a couple of scraps of pink tissue paper, he drew X’s all over to look like cactus prickles. Once he’d finished, I used the hot glue gun to stick the tissue paper on top. Then we turned an empty cardboard kitchen roll tube into a plant pot for the cactus. We cut it down and taped up the bottom so the egg wouldn’t fall out. We then filled the pot with tissue paper and then nestled the cactus on top.

Easter Crafts: Three Ideas for Eggcellent Painted Eggs

Painted Eggs – A Ladybird

Finally we painted up the ladybird. I drew the line down its back and made a circle for its face, he coloured the face in black and added the spots. Then I used the hot glue gun to fix some googly eyes to its face and it was done.

Easter Crafts: Three Ideas for Eggcellent Painted Eggs

I think these are really simple to do and they look great too. My son and I enjoyed working on them together. I could probably have easily used PVA glue instead of the glue gun; but it was quicker and the glue dries much faster. Plus I wanted to try out my new toy (I have the burnt fingers to show for it too)!

If you enjoyed this, you might also like these other Easter Crafts:

Easter Crafts: 3 Ideas for Eggcellent Painted Eggs

Crafts: How to make a Packing Peanut Flower Garland

These days we’re increasingly mindful of what we throw away. Disposing of plastic and packaging responsibly is something we’re really trying to do, although not always successfully. I often get boxes, packages and deliveries and where I can I recycle or re-use the packaging, but sometimes I need to get creative. When a box arrived filled with packing peanuts my heart sunk. What was I going to do with all these? The answer was simple, crafts. On this occasion I thought I’d make a Packing Peanut Flower Garland to pretty up my freshly painted living room.

Crafts: How to make a Packing Peanut Flower Garland

I hadn’t realised this until now, but most packing peanuts are made from cornstarch, so if you get them wet they just dissolve into a sticky mess. I thought they were made from a plastic foam which wouldn’t biodegrade, but I was wrong. If you can find no other use for them, you can happily throw them in your compost bin and think no more about it, but I had plans for my packing peanuts!

The Packing Peanut Flower Garland is a simple craft which I happily sat and sewed while I was watching my current guilty pleasure – Say Yes to the Dress! It doesn’t require any great skill with sewing – because I have none really, but it’s a lovely little garland which costs pennies to make and would brighten up any space!

make a Packing Peanut Flower Garland

You will need –
Packing peanuts – 5 or 6 per flower
Needle and thread
Buttons
A long piece of ribbon

Method –
Flatten your packing peanuts. I used a rolling pin but you can squash them flat with your hands if you want.

Take 5 or 6 flattened peanuts and arrange them in a flower shape. Using a needle and thread, sew them together in the centre of the flower. Once they’re secure, take your button and sew it on to the centre of the flower. Then place your flower where you want to sew it on the ribbon and stitch it in place through the button.

Crafts: How to make a Packing Peanut Flower Garland

Keep sewing flowers and adding them to the garland until you’re happy with how many flowers you’ve got. Tie a small loop at each end of your ribbon and hang up wherever you think best. It doesn’t matter where, as long as it’s dry!

I’m really quite pleased with my Packing Peanut Flower Garland. It’s so simple and costs very little to make, it’s the prefect frugal craft for those who hate waste!

If you enjoyed this, you might also like some of my other craft posts.

Crafts: How to make a Packing Peanut Flower Garland