Tuesday, 26 May 2015 by Irene Hoofs
DIY Summer Vases by Wimke
Next month it's there: summer! Another perfect season with flipflops, ice-cream, summer-holiday, living in the garden, swimming and flowers in our hair. An easy craft project which you can make (and put) outside. Inside the house I have lots of little vases with small flowers, but why not place freshly picked flowers on your porch or at the garden table. Collect empty glass jars, balloons and flowers and make these summers vases within 15 minutes.
What you'll need:
* glass jars
* self-picked flowers
Steps: Get the best results when you use clean jars. Take a balloon and blow them up. Cut the spout of the balloon and a small half circle of the top. Pull the balloon over the bottom of the jar and that's the first one done! Make as many as you like.. - Wimke
Thank you Wimke! We're ready to party this summer..
Tuesday, 19 May 2015 by Irene Hoofs
DIY Felt Ice Cream Cones by Laura Murray
When I was a kid, one of my most favourite toys was play-food. I used to love playing kitchens and restaurants and had a pretty extensive collection of plastic food. I had plastic donuts, pizzas and even bacon slices but none were as cute at these quick and easy felt ice cream cones! These little beauties are so easy to make - all you need is felt, pom-poms and glue. And kids will love deciding the different 'flavours' and decorating with button and bead sprinkles!
What you'll need:
* Cone coloured felt (beige or light brown)
* Large coloured pom poms
* Glue (a hot glue gun works really well and speeds up the process! Otherwise, craft glue or PVA would work well)
* Cute buttons, beads and sequins to decorate
Step1: Start by cutting a circle from your felt. The size of the circle depends on the size of your pom-poms, but a 10cm diameter circle should do the trick. Now cut the circle in half and roll it on itself, making a cone shape. Then secure by sticking the exposed edge to the cone with a line of glue.
Step2: Next, simply run some glue along the inside of the cone and pop the pom-pom inside. Now you're free to decorate with buttons, beads and maybe a little cherry on top!
Craft contributed by: Laura Murray
Tuesday, 12 May 2015 by Irene Hoofs
DIY Skittles by Emma of Showpony
In the West Coast of Scotland we get way more than our fair share of rainy days, so I like to think of ways to bring outdoor games inside. Rather than recycle our juice bottles like a normal family, we’ve been stashing ours for a few weeks so that we could make a set of indoor skittles.
What you'll need:
* 6 empty, and clean plastic bottles.
* White acrylic paint
* White poster paint – or ordinary children’s paint
* Coloured paper
* Paint brush
* PVA Glue
* A blob of old mixed up play dough
Step1: To paint the bottles white you will need to use acrylic paint first – this sticks to the plastic and can then be painted over with cheaper white paint. To make it easier for little people to paint the bottles and (hopefully) minimise the amount of paint that gets splattered around the place, we secured the bottles to the table with a blob of old play dough.
Step2: Once the bottles have had a couple of coats of paint its time to decorate. Cut out shapes from your coloured papers, we made rectangles, circles and triangles. If your little ones are helping keep the shapes fairly large so it isn’t too fiddly for them.
Step3: Then using the PVA glue stick them on, brushing a layer of PVA over the whole bottle once you’re finished to keep them well and truly stuck.
Step4: Once they are dry, just pop the lids on.
The skittles are really light so will easily be knocked over with a nice soft ball. All you need to do now is set them up and start playing.
I hope these help pass a rainy day in your house. - Emma
Craft contributed by the lovely Emma of Showpony!