Easter gift craft

With Easter just around the corner it’s time to start thinking about how you will celebrate and what gifts you may want to give to your friends and family. Easter eggs always tend to feature highly in most households at this time of year but it is so easy to just go to a shop, choose and buy an egg…it’s always nicer when there’s a little personal touch to things. So here’s a craft that children will love but for adults too – and once you have all the resources it’s super easy.

You Will Need:

  • Empty, clean jars of varying sizes
  • chalk paint
  • paintbrushes
  • ribbon
  • scissors
  • glue
  • Easter silhouette, vinyl, peelable glass/window stickers
  • various chocolate eggs

Method:

  1. Make sure your glass jars are clean and then choose the stickers you want to use.
  2. Put the stickers on the jars, move them around until you are happy with their position. 

    3. Now choose which colours you want to use; I went for pastel colours as I felt they were more Spring like. You will need a few coats, I started by going around the rims of the jar and then brushing down to cover the stickers and ensuring every part is coated evenly.

 

 

4. Leave to dry for around 10-15 between each coat.

5. Once dry, carefully peel off the vinyl stickers to reveal the silhouette on the jar!

 

 

6.  Fill each jar with your chosen chocolate eggs.

7. Then you can decorate as you please! I popped flowers on the lids and finished with some ribbon but you could do whatever you fancy really!

 

 

And there you have it, some beautiful little Easter jars to give as presents or use as a centrepiece for any Easter display.

Happy Friday!

#hairlesshannah

Pom Pom Painting

Well aren’t you lucky?! Two crafty activities in one week – I guess I’ve been feeling like exercising my teaching juices and actually really enjoyed it so I hope you do too! This one is really aimed at a younger audience but I actually found it was a relaxing activity for me so if you need a mindful time out that doesn’t cost much or take too long, this is perfect for you.

What you will need:

  • Two A3 sheets of paper (in different colours)
  • a pencil
  • a black felt tip
  • paintbrush
  • scissors
  • masking tape
  • variety of paint
  • different sized pom poms
  • pegs
  • something to cover your surface with i.e newspaper

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Method

1. Get you first piece of A3 paper and fold it in half, length ways. open it back up and fold it again across the middle. (Having this piece of paper in a different colour makes it easier when it comes to painting as it easily shows you where the stencil is.)

2. Now choose the word you want to display, I have chosen ‘love’ as it is Valentines week after all! I drew out my bubble letters in pencil first so I could rub out any mistakes.When you’re happy with it, trace over in black pen and carefully cut out the letters.

3. Now you need to get your second piece of A3 paper, I went for white so that my paint comes out brighter.

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4. Before sticking your letters down, place them on and make sure you’re happy with their placement.

5. When you’ve decided, carefully stick down the letters using masking tape. **Don’t use cello tape or any other strong tape because that will rip the paper when you peel them off. You need light tape so it’s easy to remove the letters when the time comes.**

 

6. Now your letters are stuck down, the fun bit starts! Ensure your surfaces are covered so you don’t get paint on your tables etc! I chose pink, red, yellow, blue and white paint for this poster and two sizes of pom pons – large and tiny!

7. Use pegs to secure the pom-poms and dip them into the paint before dotting it on to the paper around the letters. I used one pom-pom and one peg per colour so I didn’t have to keep swapping.

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8. Keep going until you’re happy with the coverage then let your poster completely dry before the last stage.

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9. Once dry, slowly and carefully peel off your letters. You will now be aware that there are masking tape marks left – this is when I used my mini pom-poms to carefully dot more paint so that the letters become complete.

10. Let the poster dry again before you can see the final piece of art! And voila!! Now you can display it however you want! Frame it, stick it to your wall, give it to your friends – whatever you want!

 

Remember that this craft is Valentines based but you could use any word you wanted to link with any occasion and choose any colours you wanted to as well. You may want to cut out shapes rather than letters as another option. You could do this on a smaller scale and make it the front of home-made cards which would be fun to do or if your child loves animals, dinosaurs, characters from films, just cut out silhouettes and follow the same process – let your imagination run wild and get creative!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this craft – please send me any pictures of what you create! See you tomorrow for the final daily blog for Valentines week!

Happy Thursday!

#hairlesshannah

Love heart bunting

Hello! So today’s treat is a crafty one, a lovey dovey heart filled craft of joy!  Good activity to do at home with children or for teachers to use at school. You can adapt it for any occasion by simply changing the shape of the cookie cutter – Christmas Trees, Easter bunnies, balloons – it’s a versatile, fun craft.

You will need:

  • 1 cup of PVA glue
  • 2 cups of cornflour
  • a heart cookie cutter, medium or large
  • rolling pin
  • greaseproof paper
  • tray
  • mixing bowl
  • paintbrush
  • colouring pencils, glitter pens – anything to want to use to decorate
  • string or ribbon, red if possible

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Method

1.  To start with you will need to measure out 2 cups of cornflour and add it to your mixing bowl. I got my ‘cup’ measurer from a shop called Tiger. I find so many recipes that use America cup measurements and it’s always a faff to work out the UK conversion. So if you can, find some cup measurers! Then add to the cornflour 1 cup of PVA glue.

2. You will then need to mix it together, I started by using a normal dessert spoon but then moved on to using my hands after a while to ensure it was all combined.

3. Now you need to heavily cover your surface and rolling pin with cornflour to avoid your dough from sticking.

4. Roll out your dough until it is around 1cm thick and as smooth as you can make it.

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5. Get your heart cookie cutter and start to cut out your shapes.

6. Before placing your hearts on your greaseproof paper lined tray, you will need to poke two holes into the top of each heart ready for stringing later. You can use a pencil or any other implement that creates a hole!

7. Use a paint brush or pastry brush to dust off any excess flour.

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8. Now lay the hearts on the tray and place somewhere warm to harden over night. I found the next morning that they had dried on the side facing up, but underneath the dough was still quite wet. I turned them over and within a few hours they were hard throughout.

9. Now comes the fun part of decorating. You can do what you want really – glitter pens, sparkles, stickers…I just went for colouring pencil! You can use sharpies but I found that the ink bled into the dough so pencils were better. You will achieve a rustic look because obviously the dough won’t be completely crinkle free but the effect is actually quite nice!

10. When the hearts are decorated you may find you need to gently poke through the holes again so they are easier to thread.

11. Thread your string or ribbon through the holes and hang your bunting wherever you want to make your house or classroom feel full of love!

 

Helpful Hint

Obviously you will be left with some gluey gunk to wash up at the end of this. Try to avoid washing it down the sink or popping it straight in the dishwasher because you will be left with glue stuck in, around and down the pipes – never a good thing! Use some kitchen roll to wipe away the majority of the residue before you wash up.

I hope you manage to have a go at this one, it’s simple, cheap and fun to make plus you can store it and use year after year at Valentines – winner!

See you tomorrow!

#hairlesshannah