Wednesday, 25 May 2011 by Irene Hoofs
CD Case Labyrinth by Teri from Giddy Giddy
My girls and I often draw mazes for each other. So when I was purging some old cd's, the idea came instantly to make 3- dimensional mazes. I recalled those beautiful and large wooden labyrinth toys I've seen many times. This proved to be a great project for adults and kids alike!
*Fimo/sculpey bakeable clay
*Wax covered string called Bendaroos (found in craft stores)
*Recyled cd jewel cases
*Scissors & paper
Find a old unwanted CD case and remove the center CD holder.
Now you can take your bendaroos (wax covered strings) and cut and bend and create your maze The wax will stick to the plastic by pressing firmly.
You can then make tiny little round balls by rolling in your fingers. Then bake to harden. (follow instructions on the package)
I taped colored paper to back of the CD HOLDER.
Super fun AND super easy. It’s a great project for kids to make themselves and then afterwards, to play with their creations! It could be as easy or as challenging as you want. Use several balls in one maze to up the level of difficulty
.. Giddy Giddy..
Tuesday, 10 May 2011 by Irene Hoofs
Hot Air Balloon by Helen Bird from Curly Birds
Although this craft only lasts a day, it is well worth doing – it provides HOURS of fun and is really quite magical. By using a really big balloon and adding a weight (or toy) to the basket you are able to control the balloon so it rises ever so slowly and always comes back down. Even a slight wind will make this balloon take off on an adventure…
What You’ll Need:
*36” helium-filled balloon – available from party supply stores or on-line
*Netted bag – often used to package produce like onions, avocados or oranges
*Ribbon – 5 yards
Cut the handles off the basket.
Put the basket under your balloon. Anchor the balloon 6 or 7 inches above the basket by taping a string (tied to the balloon) to a table or floor.
Cut the netted bag to make as big of a rectangle as you can. Place on top of the balloon.
Thread the ribbon through a hole at the top of the basket and extend the ribbon to the nearest corner of the netting - tie to the netting. Repeat 5 more times to even distribute 6 lines around the balloon.
Experiment with light weight toys to see what weight balances the buoyancy of the balloon. You want the toy to be just heavy enough to make the balloon come down ever so slowly. Tape the toy to the bottom of the basket.
Cut the balloon’s string close to the floor or table.
Rotate the balloon so the knot points up and is in the middle of the netting. Use the balloon’s string to attach the balloon to the netting.
Let the fun begin!!
..Curly Birds etsy shop..
Tuesday, 3 May 2011 by Irene Hoofs
Twirly Toy by Teri from Giddy Giddy
A little experimentation with wire, one of my favorite mediums, had my children in awe. I've made a number of things for them, but this simple toy impresses them most because it is set in motion by a little nudge. This twirly toy is quite simple, but so magical for young kids to watch. I hope you and yours enjoy it as much as we did!
The materials you need are:
*wire (18 gauge is best but 19 gauge is easier for kids to work with because it is easier to bend)
(nail and hammer)
Wrap wire around a pencil. Two inches around the pencil is sufficient.
After you remove the spiral wire from the pencil, you can start to pull and stretch the wire so that each coil is about 1 cm apart. Although it is necessary to experiment with the distance in order to make it work for you.
Cut a piece of wire (approximately 3 1/2 inches long) and loop ends into small circles, then bend wire into a semicircle.
Insert the spiral into the looped ends of the newly formed semi-circle.
Insert one end of the spiral into a cork base. Tip: Create a pilot hole in cork with hammer and nail first.
Now you can create a little character out of paper to twirl around the spiral. I also thought of monkeys, acrobats or spacemen for this project. And then you use a glue gun to sandwich the semi-circle with your paper character.
Bring the character to the very top, give it a little nudge and watch it twirl down!
Final tip: If character does not twirl down, slightly spread coils apart. If character slips down without twirling, slightly squeeze coils together
Tuesday, 19 April 2011 by Irene Hoofs
Fabric wall stickers by (me) Irene
My son loves dinosaurs and asked me several times whether he could stick stickers on the wall. I was not so excited about this idea so I searched the internet for a nice alternative. When I saw an example of wall stickers that I simply could iron on the wall, I knew that this was something for me. At the local quilt / embroidery shop, I found the steam-a-seam material, printed out two dinosaurs to use as templates and got some of favorite fabric: linen. I'm happy with the result, as it is perfectly solid and it looks like the real-deal to me...
The materials you will need:
* Steam-a-Seam (available in quilt shops, craft stores)
* Masking tape
Create your own image or use one of the many templates you can find on the Internet and print it out and cut it out on paper.
To make sure that the image you like looks good on the wall use some masking tape and see if size is good.
Place the fabric wrong side up and paste the adhesive side of the steam-a-seam material on the wrong side of fabric.
Now place the picture with the wrong side of the steam-a-seam paper glued to the fabric. (The image is flipped to the right side forward on the wall to have.)
Use a pencil to trace the image and cut it on the double layer of steam-a-seam and the fabric. Use a very sharp scissors to prevent fraying of the fabric.
Place the images in the right direction on the wall and use masking tape again to hold it.
Iron (without water) and set as the iron is hot, no steam function, gently iron over the image. You don't need to press too hard and not too long, it attaches very quickly. Of Course remove the masking tape during the ironing.
And that's all! You now have your own fabric Wall Stickers. I could easily take the stickers off again without damaging the wall. But for now I leave them, Lode really likes his new friends. (please note they can not be re-used)
..101 Woonideeen blog..
Tuesday, 5 April 2011 by Irene Hoofs
DIY mini stamp collecting book by Teri from Giddy Giddy
We needed a lovely display and storage solution for all the wonderful stamps we’ve been collecting. The criteria is something kid friendly and practical. But also beautiful and high quality enough that the collection can be passed down to my kids’ kids. After much experimentation, I have come up with an easy yet lovely mini book and wanted to share the process with you.
The materials you will need:
*2 paper maps
*White masking tape
*Rubber cement glue (acid free) ** It’s important that you do not use white glue as this will discolor the paper over time.
*Thin cord (leather, cotton or synthetic)
*Scissors or preferably a paper cutter.
Cut cardstock paper desired size.
For my example, I used 3 inches by 3 inches cardstock pages.
Cut map into long strips which will be used to cover the cardstock pages.
I used a paper cutter cut 3 inch strips the entire length of the map.
Tape pages together using white masking tape.
Brush rubber cement onto cardstock and adhere precut map onto the pages.
Now you can glue the glassine envelopes on each page using rubber cement. I cut the envelopes to size and then oriented them so that the envelope opening is facing the center binding.
Using a leather scrap, I cut a little jacket for my book and sewed long strap onto it.
Attach the jacket by wrapping cord around the center and knotting on the exterior.
Tuesday, 29 March 2011 by Irene Hoofs
Play Money by Helen Bird from Curly Birds
Kids will love playing shop, being the leaders of their own country, and learning numbers, with this set of personalized play money.
What You’ll Need:
*Digital photograph of your child
*Computer and Printer
*Stiffener (I used Pellon Décor Bond)
Size your photograph and numbers to the appropriate size and print on iron-on transfer sheet.
Cut 2 pieces of material 6” x 2.25” per note. Cut stiffener to the same size and iron onto the bottom material piece.
Follow the iron-on package directions to apply the photograph and numbers to the material.
Sew decorations onto note - you can also use fabric markers or fabric paint.
Place the decorated note on top of the stiffener and serge or zig-zag the pieces together.
What does paper money look like in your country? These notes can be decorated in so many ways – the possibilities are endless!
Thursday, 17 March 2011 by Irene Hoofs
Glass etching by Khali from Little. Lovely.
Like most families, we’re trying to live a greener life. One of our steps towards becoming more environmentally conscious is to limit the plastic we use. That means Hunter and Charlotte don’t use plastic drinking cups. To make plain glasses more interesting to little eyes, I created designs using a glass etching cream. These cups have now become the favourites in our household.
* Contact paper
* Glass etching cream (available from craft supply stores)
* Paint brush
* Scissors or craft knife
Measure the circumference and height of your glass.
Cut a piece of contact to be the length of the circumference and height of your glass.
Draw a design onto the piece of contact, keeping in mind it will be the mirror image when it is transferred to your glass.
Cut out your designs with scissors or a craft knife.
Peel the backing off your contact paper and attach it to your glass. An easy way to do this is to lay the contact on a flat surface, line up the glass on one edge and then roll the glass over the contact paper.
Apply a very thick coat of glass etching cream to the areas not covered by contact paper and leave to set. (Note: Most creams will suggest waiting five minutes before washing your surface. I found better results were achieved by leaving the cream on for substantially longer – at least half an hour.)
Rinse cream of glass surface, remove contact paper and wash glass thoroughly in soapy water before use.
.. Little. Lovely...
Wednesday, 2 March 2011 by Irene Hoofs
Fashion paper dolls by Teri from Giddy Giddy
What You’ll Need:
*Card stock paper
*Scissors or xacto knive
Step 1: 8x12 white card stock paper. (60 pound to 90 pound paper works just fine) Fold paper in half.
Step 2: Draw the silhouette of a fully dressed doll/girl on 1/2 of the paper. The idea is to create a dress that is large enough to serve as a blank canvas. (paper dolls samples)
Step 3: Now using xacto knife (or scissors) cut out the dress, legs, shoes and even hair.
Step 4: Next, find patterns and colors in a magazine that can then be chopped into squares, rectangles and strips. ( Fashion magazines and photography magazines are a great source for interesting patterns. )
Step 5: Now experiment and start to arrange the bits of paper inside your new DIY fashion plate and see what incredible fashion ideas you can create!
..Giddy Giddy blog..
Tuesday, 22 February 2011 by Irene Hoofs
Story Dice by Helen Bird from Curly Birds
Once upon a time…roll these dice and create a story based on the pretty pictures that you see.
What You’ll Need:
*Pretty Card and Paper (stickers, stamps if preferred)
*Glue and brush
Step 1: To construct a cube, draw 6 squares (2”x2”) in a cross formation on the reverse side of cardstock. Include tabs for fitting the cube together.
Step 2: Cut out the cube, and on the reverse side of cardstock score all the internal lines.
Step 3: Using pretty paper, draw and cut out simple story subjects. Glue onto the cube. If preferred, use stickers, stamps, or magazine pictures for the images.
Step 4: Glue the cube together.
Step 5: Roll the dice and unite the pictures into a story.
Tuesday, 15 February 2011 by Irene Hoofs
The Long-Reach Gizmo by Teri from Giddy Giddy
This is a fairly easy project with household materials. And little engineers can get hands on experience with the concept of leverage and fulcrum...have fun.
What you will need:
*Scissors or x-acto knife
I cut cardboard into 8”x2” strips and poked 3 holes in each strip. For hole placements, put one in the center and the other 2 on each outer side.
To spark ideas for how to transform our extendable arm into something fantastic, we started brainstorming toothy animal, robotic arm, and animal claws.
We ultimately turned our “gizmo” into a crocodile and an angler fish by re-fashioning the upper and lower strips into the animal’s head. To do this, I sketched the upper and lower jaws on paper and cut them out first.
I had to refine the design until the upper jaw and lower jaw fit together nicely when you pivot the two pieces from the center fulcrum. The final drawing of the animal’s head was traced onto cardboard and then cut with the x-acto knife.
Next, I painted on both sides of the cardboard. Finally, I assembled “x” shapes together and fastened each cardboard strip with metal brads.
..Giddy Giddy blog..