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Kids Crafts: Make a Popsicle Stick Scottish Thistle

Celebrate Burns Night or St Andrews Day with this simple popsicle stick Scottish thistle craft for kids!

Kids Crafts: Make a Popsicle Stick Scottish Thistle

Every year on 25th January the good people of Scotland (and beyond) celebrate Burns Night. Burns Night is the annual celebration of  the birth of  the famous Scottish poet, Robert Burns who was born in 1759.

Burns Night celebrations typically involve the eating of haggis, neeps and tatties; drinking drams of whisky and lots of speeches and singing. It’s also a good opportunity to do some crafts with the children and talk to them about his poetry.

This is a super-simple craft which is really great to do with kids. They might need a bit of help with the cutting out, but the result is really effective.

How to make a Popsicle Stick Scottish Thistle

You will need:

Some green paper or card, card is better
Green popsicle sticks or straws
Purple tissue paper
A glue stick
Two pegs (optional)
A pencil
Scissors

Kids Crafts: Make a Popsicle Stick Scottish Thistle

How to make your Popsicle Stick Scottish Thistle:

Using a pencil, draw the outline of your thistle leaves and thistle head on your green card and carefully cut it out. I drew one of each, cut them out and drew around them again as templates for the other side. An adult might want to help with this part.

Take a strip of the purple tissue paper about 10cm long and cut a fringe about 2/3 of the way down the width of the paper at regular intervals. Using the glue stick, glue along the edge which hasn’t been cut and carefully wrap this around the top of the popsicle stick.

Using the glue, stick the green thistle head at the top of the stick so it covers the base of the tissue paper, stick the other head on the other side. Put a peg on the head to press the green card into place.

Glue the thistle leaves in place about halfway down the stick and hold those in place with another peg. Leave the glue to dry for 15 minutes or so, remove the pegs and your Scottish thistle is ready to be admired. You don’t need the pegs if you don’t have them. I just find they’re good at holding things in place while the glue sets.

It’s as simple as that. They look great, we’ve made a few and stuck them around our kitchen. They’re a simple craft which you can do for Burns Night, St Andrews Day or for just celebrating Scotland!

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Kids Crafts: Make a Popsicle Stick Scottish Thistle

Crafts: Chinese New Year Red Envelopes

During Chinese New Year children are traditionally given red envelopes, or red packets containing money as a gift. The red envelopes are a symbol of good luck and the amount of money in your Chinese New Year Red Envelopes should end with an even number; though it’s important that the money should not be given in fours, or the number four should not appear in the amount, such as in 40, 400 and 444.

2019 is the Chinese Year of the Pig. Chinese New Year falls on 5th February and in Manchester there are already plans afoot for a parade and celebrations across Chinatown and beyond. Chinese New Year is a glorious, colourful celebration in what I think is the gloomiest month of the year.

Crafts: Chinese New Year Red Envelopes

To celebrate Chinese New Year, I’ve created this simple template to make your own Chinese Red Envelopes. You can decorate your envelope however you like; perhaps with some Chinese writing, or with gold glitter. I’ve kept it simple by creating a sheet with all the animals of the Chinese Zodiac so you can print them out and stick them to the envelopes.

Click here to download the envelope template.

Click here to download the Chinese Zodiac animals.

Crafts: Chinese New Year Red Envelopes

Make your own Chinese Red Envelopes

You will need:

Bostik Fine & Wide Glu Pen
Chinese Red Envelopes template printed on red paper
Scissors
Chinese Zodiac Animals print out

How to make your Chinese Red Envelopes:

Print your envelope templates out on red paper. Using a pair of scissors cut around the template.

Fold along the lines of the template and using the Bostik Fine & Wide Glu Pen, fold the two side flaps into the centre and glue them together. Fold the bottom flap up and glue that into place. Put your envelope under a book or something which will keep it flat while the glue dries.

Crafts: Chinese New Year Red Envelopes

Once the glue is dry, cut out your Chinese Zodiac animal and glue that into place, slip some money into the envelope, tuck the top flap inside and it’s ready to gift for Chinese New Year.

Remember, you can decorate your Chinese New Year Red Envelopes however you want. My calligraphy isn’t great, but if yours is you could try your hand at writing some Chinese characters on the envelope. Gold glitter would also make this envelope look fabulous.

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Crafts: Chinese New Year Red Envelopes

I am a Bostik Craft Blogger and I was sent the materials to create this craft from Craft Merrily. I have not been compensated for this post. 

Kids Crafts: Simple Hand Print Christmas Wreath

I’m all about the Christmas wreaths at the moment and wanting to make a Hand Print Christmas Wreath before my son’s hands grow too big, this week we set our minds to making this lovely hand print wreath.

My son has just turned 8 years old and he’s growing so fast. A few days ago we were looking at some clay hand prints he did as a baby and we were marveling at how much he has grown. His hands are shaped like his father’s hands, square, stout and strong. In a year or two his hands will be the same size as mine. It’s going too fast, too fast.

Kids Crafts: Simple Hand Print Christmas Wreath

Wanting to preserve his hand print a little, this easy to make Hand Print Christmas Wreath is a lovely thing to do with children. Here’s what we did…

Make a Simple Hand Print Christmas Wreath

You will need:

A paper plate
A pencil
Scissors
Coloured paper, preferably two colours.
Glue, I used a Bostik Wide & Fine Glu Pen
Some ribbon

Kids Crafts: Simple Hand Print Christmas Wreath

How to make your Hand Print Christmas Wreath:

To begin with, take your paper plate and in the centre of the plate  draw around your child’s hand. Then carefully, making sure not to cut across the plate (because you’ll be making a ring out of it) cut out the hand shape, this will be your template.

Now carefully trim around the inner ring of the plate, so you have a nice ring to glue your hand prints too later. Cut a small slit in the top of the ring and thread a piece of ribbon through, knot the ribbon. This is how you will hang your wreath once it’s finished.

Kids Crafts: Simple Hand Print Christmas Wreath

Take your hand print template and draw around it on your coloured paper. I think I ended up using 8 pale hand prints and 22 darker hand prints, but the more you have, the better the effect I think.

When you’ve got all your hand shapes cut out, it’s time to sit down with the glue. Put a layer of glue all over the plate ring and then place your first hand print on it. Don’t press it down yet as you’ll have to slip another hand shape under it, and then under that.

Put a small dollop of glue on the palm of each hand shape and work around the ring layering the hands under each other. This will make sense when you’re doing it. If you’re using two colours of paper, make sure they are evenly distributed.

Once you’ve worked your way around the ring and the hand shapes are all overlapping each other pretty evenly, then you can press the shapes down onto the ring. Leave the glue to dry for a few hours. Once it’s dry it’s ready to be hung up. If you wanted you could add some embellishments, like little red pom poms or something.

Kids Crafts: Simple Hand Print Christmas Wreath

So there we have it, one very simple Hand Print Christmas Wreath – a great way to remember your children’s little hands. It’s a handmade Christmas decoration which will look great year after year.

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Kids Crafts: Simple Hand Print Christmas Wreath

Christmas Crafts: Paper Plate Holly Wreath

I love a good wreath at Christmas. We always buy a nice foliage one from our local Community Farm and have it on the front door. Inside the house we have a few more delicate wreaths on some of the internal doors, it just makes the place look more festive. I really enjoy making wreaths with my son. Once you’ve got your paper plate base sorted, you just let your imagination run wild. This week we’ve made a Paper Plate Holly Wreath and we’re really quite pleased with it.

Christmas Crafts: Paper Plate Holly Wreath

I had the idea for this Paper Plate Holly Wreath, but I knew that I’d probably be the one who would be spending some time cutting out the individual holly leaves and my son (with direction) would be doing much of the sticking. I sat down with a giant mug of tea and Say Yes to the Dress on TV and got cutting. I’ve no idea how many holly leaves I cut out, but it was about two A4 sheets worth.

Now that I’ve seen the finished Paper Plate Holly Wreath, I am really pleased with it. I think it looks really effective and I’ll be pleased to have it hanging in my kitchen this Christmas.

How to make a Paper Plate Holly Wreath

You will need:

A paper plate
Scissors
Green paint
Paint brush
A pencil
Ribbon
3 or 4 different kinds of green card or foam
Bostik Glu Dots
Red embellishments – mini pom poms, beads, paper shapes etc

Christmas Crafts: Paper Plate Holly Wreath

How to make your Paper Plate Holly Wreath:

With a pair of scissors, cut the middle out of your paper plate so it looks like a ring. Near the top of your wreath, cut a small slit where you can thread your ribbon through later.

Paint the wreath all over, front and back with green paint and leave it to dry. If you’re impatient like me, you can use a hairdryer to speed up the process. Your ring might need a second coat of paint on the front if you think it’s a bit patchy looking. This process does take a bit of time, so factor that in if you’re crafting with slightly impatient kids.

While your paint is drying, take the piece of cardboard which you cut out of the paper plate and draw a holly leaf on it. It needs to be about 5cm long, but you can make your leaves as big or small as you want really. Cut out your leaf shape, this is now your template.

I found whatever green card I had in my craft cupboard, which was a nice piece of corrugated card, some shiny card and some glittery card. I also found a piece of glittery foam. Using the pencil I then drew around my holly leaf template all over the back of each piece of card. Try and do this so you get minimal waste when you cut them out.

Once you’ve drawn all your holly leaves, you need to cut them out. This takes a little bit of time, so do factor that in.

Christmas Crafts: Paper Plate Holly Wreath

Once you’ve got a bit pile of leaves, it’s time to stick them onto your wreath. Before you start sticking, thread your piece of ribbon through the slit you cut earlier and tie a knot in the ends securely.

Take a Bostik Glu Dot and stick it to the back of each leaf, towards one end if you can. Then stick your leaves however you like all over your wreath. We chose to stick the corrugated leaves all around the outside of the wreath. I suggested he try to stick them in pairs, like holly leaves often are and I think he did a good job.

With the other types of holly leaf, we arranged them in an attractive way around the inner circle of the wreath. Ben then stuck them in place. All the holly wreath needed now was berries. Using the red embellishments; mini pom poms, paper shapes and stick on gems, we decorated some of the leaves with red “berries”. I find stick on gems a bit tricky, so I always use a glu dot on them to make sure they stick.

Your wreath is now complete. It looks pretty impressive yes?

Christmas Crafts: Paper Plate Holly Wreath

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I am a Bostik Craft Blogger and I was sent the materials to create this craft from Craft Merrily. I have not been compensated for this post. 

Crafts: Make your own Space Themed Felt Busy Box

Over the summer holidays my son turned into the snack king. He seemed to be constantly hungry and as a result, we went through an awful lot of fruit, bread sticks and little pieces of cheese (he grew an inch over the summer, so we know where all those snacks went). I was throwing another empty box of cheese triangles into the recycling bin when I wondered if there might be a better use for this handy little box, so I put it to one side and got thinking. A few days later I’d hatched a plan to make a Space themed felt busy box.

A busy box is a box with a lid which you put together for children to play with when they’re out and about. Big fun in a little box if you will. Busy boxes usually have felt inside, with felt figures, shapes or characters to play with. I knew my son with his space themed bedroom, love of the night sky and slight obsession with Tim Peake would enjoy a space themed busy box. If I’m honest, I enjoyed making it for him too.

Crafts: Make your own Space Themed Felt Busy Box

Make your own Space Themed Felt Busy Box

You will need:
An empty cheese triangle box
Black paint
Bostik White Glu
Black felt
Coloured felt
Bostik Glu Dots
Scissors
Blu Tack Glitter Pens

How to make your own Space Themed Felt Busy Box:
Take your empty cheese triangle box. I used a large one which had a double layer of triangles in. Paint the box inside and out with black paint, leave to dry. You might want to give it a second coat if you think it needs it.

Crafts: Make your own Space Themed Felt Busy Box

Once dry, use a pencil to draw around the box base and lid on the black felt and cut out your black circles. Check they fit in the box, you might need to trim them a little. Using the Bostik White Glu, glue one circle in the lid and another in the base, press in place and leave them until the glue is dry.

Crafts: Make your own Space Themed Felt Busy Box

Meanwhile, with the coloured felt, cut out some space themed shapes. I made an astronaut with a visor which I stuck in with a Bostik Glu Dot. Then I cut out some planets and stars. I did all of this freehand which you can probably tell from the shape of my stars. I used some Blu Tack Glitter Pens to decorate some of the felt shapes. Put these aside and leave them to dry.

Crafts: Make your own Space Themed Felt Busy Box

I decorated the lid with a piece of shimmery card and a silver glitter pen. You could leave your lid plain black or you could stick on some paper stars, or whatever you want to do. The only limit is your imagination.

A busy box is a great way to entertain children on journeys or waiting for appointments, or if they just want or need a little focused quiet time. It can be good for developing their fine motor skills, it’s a great little sensory learning tool and can help develop their language and storytelling skills. It’s also great for sparking their imaginations. We really enjoy this kind of play and busy boxes can be made in all kinds of different themes.

Crafts: Make your own Space Themed Felt Busy Box

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I am a Bostik Craft Blogger and I was sent the materials to create this craft from Craft Merrily. I have not been compensated for this post. 

Kids Craft: Make a Rainbow Lolly Stick Pen Pot

Summer is here and I’m busy tidying, decluttering and reorganising my house. Since the schools broke up for summer I feel like I’ve been living in chaos. My desk area and office leave a lot to be desired and I need to have a really good sort out. 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 tidier. This week, in an effort to make my desk a brighter, cheerier space, we made a rainbow lolly stick pen pot.

Kids Craft: How to make a rainbow Lolly Stick Pen Pot

It’s a really simple craft, made from a washed out tin can and a handful of colourful lolly sticks (or popsicle sticks if you prefer). It looks really cheery on my desk, and knowing that my helpful son has had a hand in creating my new pen pot, it makes it extra special for me.

You can’t beat a good pen pot, we have them all over the house and it’s just handy to have a few spots around the place where you know you’ll be able to find a pen when you need one. The boy is moving into year 3 shortly, so he’s starting to want and need his own dedicated work-space. I can see us needing to make a few more of these lovely pen pots for his stationery supplies too.

How to make a rainbow Lolly Stick Pen Pot

You will need:
One clean tin can
A handful of colourful lolly sticks
Bostik Foam Pads

Kids Craft: How to make a rainbow Lolly Stick Pen Pot

How to make a rainbow Lolly Stick Pen Pot:
Take a lolly stick and stick two small foam pads near the bottom of a lolly stick and two foam pads near the top. Peel off the backing tape and press the stick onto the tin can; making sure that the bottom of the lolly stick isn’t longer than the bottom of the tin can.

Kids Craft: How to make a rainbow Lolly Stick Pen Pot

Repeat this process until the whole of your tin can is covered in vertical lolly sticks. Press the sticks firmly into place and your colourful rainbow lolly stick pen pot is complete and ready for action.

Just make sure you’ve washed your tin out properly before you use it; or all of your pens and pencils will smell a bit like baked beans or dog food.

Check out my other craft tutorials here!

Kids Craft: How to make a rainbow Lolly Stick Pen Pot

I am a Bostik Craft Blogger and I was sent the materials to create this craft from Craft Merrily. I have not been compensated for this post. 

Crafts: Make Your Own Cupcake Case Prize Rosette

I’ve just got home from watching my son take part in school sports day. At our school sports day they try to have a range of activities so everyone has a chance to shine. Inevitably there are always children who win lots of the events and a few who don’t do quite so well. You don’t win a prize or rosette at our school sports day, but each team wins points which go towards the house total for the year.

Crafts: Make Your Own Cupcake Case Prize Rosette

My son is very prize focussed, so I thought it would be nice to make him a rosette to wear when he gets home from school later. The rosette is really easy to make and used a few craft items I had in my craft box, mostly cupcake cases and Bostik Glu Dots. You can make rosettes for all kinds of different occasions; from sports days, parties, birthdays or you could even do your own dog show and give them out to the prize winning pooches!

Make Your Own Cupcake Case Prize Rosette

You will need:
3 coloured cupcake cases
A safety pin
Some sticky tape
Two foam circles
Bostik Glu Dots
Some craft foam
Coloured sticky paper

Crafts: Make Your Own Cupcake Case Prize Rosette

To Make Your Own Cupcake Case Prize Rosettes:
Begin by sticking your cupcake cases together. I flattened mine out and glued them together with glu dots, so that the coloured side was facing up.

Take one of your foam circles and stick this to the back of the rosette, my foam circles were self adhesive, but use glue if yours aren’t. Using some sticky tape, tape the safety pin to the foam circle.

Crafts: Make Your Own Cupcake Case Prize Rosette

Take your craft foam and carefully cut two lengths of the foam to act as the rosette “ribbon”. Cut a V in the bottom of each one. Use sticky tape to fix this on the back of the rosette.

Turn your rosette over, you can start to decorate the front of it now. Take your last foam circle and stick this in the middle of the cupcake case. I then cut a number 1 out of sticky backed paper and stuck this to the foam circle. My rosette was now complete. All I needed was a sports day superstar to pin it to.

Crafts: Make Your Own Cupcake Case Prize Rosette

This is a very sweet little craft. It’s quick and easy with minimal mess and great for kids to make too. You can mix it up and use any colours or patterns you like!

If you enjoyed this craft, you might also enjoy making a bicycle card or making a clay thumbprint keepsake (which looks a bit like a medal).

Make Your Own Cupcake Case Prize Rosette

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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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 Crafts: How to make a cheery Daffodil flower

With the first signs of spring slowly making an appearance, and with St David’s Day around the corner, what better craft to make than a cheery daffodil or two. This lovely daffodil craft is perfect for toddlers and small children to make. It’s very simple to make and little ones will be as pleased as punch with their efforts.

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 St David’s Day was made popular by the Victorians, in Wales it is also known as “Peter’s leek” and its Welsh name is “Cenhinen Bedr”.

Kids Crafts: How to make a cheery Daffodil flower

Daffodils are a lovely, bright, cheery spring flower, they’re hard to find at other times of the year. Bring a bit of sunshine in with this cheery daffodil craft!

How to make a cheery Daffodil

You will need:
Some yellow paper or card, card is better
Green lolly sticks or straws
Some yellow or orange mini muffin cases
Bostik Glu Dots

Kids Crafts: How to make a cheery Daffodil flower

How to make your daffodil:

Using a pencil, draw the outline of your flower on your yellow card and carefully cut it out. An adult might want to help with this part.

Using the Glu Dots, stick the green lolly stick or straw to the back of the flower.

Kids Crafts: How to make a cheery Daffodil flower

Using another Glu Dot, stick the mini muffin case in the middle of the flower. Now admire your pretty daffodil!

It’s as simple as that. They look great, we’ve made a few and stuck them around our kitchen. They’re a cheery reminder that spring is nearly sprung and that winter will soon be behind us for another year.

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Kids Crafts: How to make a cheery Daffodil flower