Inspiration often strikes when we have a billion tonnes of recycling to use up! After so many trips to IKEA recently, we have a serious surplus of cardboard. Whilst we always recycle, it seemed like a shame for these huge canvases to be immediately consigned to the yellow bin.
With another baby on the way, I’m not as up for massive messy projects (literally really, since I can no longer hoist myself off of the floor!) so we made use of the dining room table to make ourselves a zoo. This project was inspired byDiscovery Table Week 8: Zoo! Continue reading We built a zoo…
Stuck for creative projects this Easter? Myself and 19 of my creative sisters are here to help you out! Thanks to the wonderful Little Button Diaries, we took part in the world-wide craft project named hopFEST!
Here’s our contribution: a springtime daffodil wreath. You can find out how to make it by clicking here.
Here’s the hopFEST round-up…
All you need to do is click on the links to get tutorials on each project. Thanks to Bonnie from Make it Your Own for collating all of the projects!
Do you remember all the way back to December when we did Craftmas? Well this is kinda the same and kinda different because now it’s all about Easter and springtime fun! There’s an awesome crew of kick-ass craft ladies involved again, you can find links to the Instagram feed at the end of this post.
We’re Welsh and as daffodils are basically the national flower of Wales AND a springtime flower, we decided to make this beautiful bouquet for you. Being heavily pregnant (at the time of writing this) meant that a simple craft was an absolute necessity this time around. I was also really keen to use recycling as they key element. Something about having another child makes me hyper aware of environmental issues, so we’re really striving to reduce, reuse and recycle materials wherever possible!
So here’s what we made: egg carton daffodils that can be made into a bouquet or presented as a wreath, as shown here:
You will need:
An egg carton (ideally for a dozen eggs)
Hues of non-toxic acrylics in yellow
Green chenille sticks/ pipe cleaners
Glue gun and approximately 3 glue cartridges.
Embroidery hoop or cardboard
Step 1: Paint your egg carton
Paint the egg carton in its entirety as you will using all of it to make the daffodils! We decided to paint the whole thing first and then cut out the sections. Afterwards, we added details to the individual cartons.
Step 2: Glue guns at the ready!
Grab the larger ‘egg cups’ (seriously, my pregnant brain is struggling to describe these!) and glue green chenille sticks to the underneath of each. Unless you have an older kiddo around, this is best left as an ‘adult job.’ Harrison (aged 8) helped with this part.
Step 3: Assemble your daffodil
I cannot tell you how seriously tempting it is to just write ‘glue the smaller thingy into the larger thingy.’ Thank goodness for photographs! Okay so, place a blob of glue onto the end of the smaller cone shaped sections and place in the middle of the egg cups. You might need to hold them in place for a little while until dry.
Step 4: Arrange prettily
Place in a vase and use as a center-piece on Easter Sunday or give someone special a bunch of ever-lasting Springtime flowers.
Go the full distance and turn the daffodil bouquet into a springtime wreath.
For this part, we simply wrapped the stems of the daffodils around the hoop, then glued the flower head in place. To cover over any wooden gaps, we used strips of green felt for petals and pompoms as extra decoration – because when isn’t there a good excuse to use pompoms?
I hope the ramblings of a heavily pregnant lady weren’t too off-putting! If you want more ideas please check out the following links:
Do you ever just get inspiration from totally random objects? This is exactly what happened here!
With a surplus of cardboard thanks to a recent IKEA binge, I had been desperately wracking my brains on how to use it. Then I noticed the fish themed ice cube tray lying on the draining board, waiting to be refilled and the idea sparked. So here is our fish pond…
In total, it took us a few days to complete as each layer needed to dry first but it did make for a brilliant ‘end of the school holidays’ project that both children could join in with. Here’s how we did it:
You will need:
acrylic paint in sea-themed colours (we always use non-toxic paints)
green or coral themed acrylics
orange or other fish themed acrylic colours
large piece of cardboard
‘fish’ ice-cube tray or alternative (e.g. foam/ sponge cut into fish shapes)
1. Paint Scrape Water
Start off with blobs of sea-themed acrylics on a piece of cardboard:
Spread the acrylics out using a paint scraper of two:
Leave to ocean to dry (!) overnight before carrying on with the next step.
2. Bubble Wrap Coral
Cut bubble wrap into pointy strips to print around the outside of the cardboard canvas. We decided to use flourescent green for our coral reef but any bright colours you have would look striking:
Again, it’s best to leave this part to dry for a few hours before continuing with the fish…
3. Fish Prints
Put a blob of orange paint onto an old plastic plate or paint tray, then dip the underside of the fish ice-cube tray into the paint. Print across the whole section of the blue canvas – we decided that our fish should swim in different directions!
Big balloon, big balloon Bigger than the sun and moon. Flying high In the sky Fly, fly and fly and fly!
I’m pretty sure that all parents know the Peppa Pig song, right? If not, I promise that as soon as you listen to it, it’ll be stuck in your head for an eternity! It was well and truly on rotation after a trip to the Canberra Balloon Festival, which takes place every March.
After an early start on Canberra Day, we decided to get our craft on. The original idea was to do a paper mache hot air balloon, but after failing to find a single balloon in the house, we went for option B instead.
You will need:
Paper lanterns -ideally in white, but we just used what we had!
Paint brushes and sponges
Disposable coffee cups
Sticky tape or pins
Step 1: Set up an invitation to create
With four of us crafting, I set up the large dining room table with an assortment of paints and brushes.
Step 2: Get busy with the paint!
The beauty of this craft is that you can get a range of age groups involved. We had Zoey (2) crafting side by side with her Nana. The key is to make sure you are using non-toxic paints!
Harrison went for a blue and red ‘Japanese’ theme (he loves his Japanese lessons at school) whilst I created random splodges with a sponge.
Step 3 – Leave to dry
Our balloons took most of the day to dry. Afterwards, we punched holes into the tops of disposable coffee cups then attached chenille sticks so that they hung from the lanterns:
Finally – display your craft!
This is the kind of craft that could potentially take up a lot of room in the house, so we made it part of our new play space instead. Because the lanterns are so light, we were able to use white thread attached with sellotape.