Give Mum Something Special With This Paper Flower Mother’s Day Card

When I was a child every Mother’s day I would always make a card for my Mum, I knew that she cherished these cards a little bit more as she knew that time had been spent on them. In fact my Mum still has them stored away in a tin in a cupboard and we sometimes look at them together, I even showed my children them once and they loved looking at them.

This is something that I have encouraged my children to do too. I love that schools make cards with the children when it comes to a special occasion but I also like that they use their own initiative at home to do them too.

I have always made sure that the boys have the crafts so that they can create whatever they want without having to ask me for help. They have a drawer unit that is full of equipment that they call their Mr Maker Unit.

I know that it takes time to make cards at home and some people do struggle with doing crafts so I do actually like to use Moonpig to make them too, this is an online store that you can customise with your own words and give them a personal touch with added photos and names. These cards are also for keeps. My mum made me my 40th birthday card with them and I still have it up on my side, it shows pictures of me throughout the years.

Anyway, back to the Paper Flower card

The flowers do take some time and can get quite fiddly so if making with children i suggest making the flowers bigger.

You will need:

  • Coloured card
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • And time.

Method:

  • Cut your chosen coloured card into 8cm squares (go bigger if you want bigger flowers)
  • Fold in half from corner to corner to create a triangle, aligning up the edges 
  • Fold in half again to create another triangle, aligning up the edges
  • Open back up and fold the corner up along the centre fold line. Do this for both sides
  • Open back up and fold  the corner up to the fold that you just created. Do this for both sides
  • Open back up and you want to push up along the bottom edge of the triangle so that you create a diamond shape by folding it on the second fold
  • Then fold over the over hang from the diamond so that you have a clean straight edge. Do this on both sides
  • Fold up the bottom along the first crease on both sides
  • Then fold in half and glue down the sides
  • So now you should have created your petal. Once the glue has dried, press around the edge to open it up

I have created a video below of how to make a petal. In case my instructions are not easy to follow

Once you have at  least 8 petals you need to glue them all together to form the flower

I made 8 petals as mine were quite small but if you are making bigger petals then you may not need as many.

I made three flowers from different colours and then placed them on the front of a card. Once placed into position I then glued them down with a glue gun. I made the vase from a piece of paper but you can also draw this onto the front of the card.

I stuck it down creating a 3D effect.

You now have a 3D flower card ready to give to Mum on Mother’s Day

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Personalised Display Frame for Mini Lego Characters

We have tons of mini Lego figure characters all over the house. There isn’t a day that goes by where I am going round the house picking up the damn little blighter’s from the floor in the bid to save my precious little tootsies from stepping on them during the night.

My middle boy absolutely loves Lego and has been recently collecting the Harry Potter versions. He doesn’t have the full set yet as he is desperately wasting his money trying his best to get just two of them; Tina Goldstein and Percival Graves.

We are rapidly running out of sides to display his Lego sets and characters on. A few years ago I did make a hanging storage  for his Lego mini figures but that is now full. Cabinets and shelves in his room are full to the brim too. So, for Christmas I made him a special little gift, A Lego mini-figure frame.

It was easy to make and didn’t take long at all. I took a look online before making one and saw that companies were charging a small fortune for the frames. I had all of the craft things in my cupboard, all i needed to do was put it all together.

To make the storage frame you will need:

  • A box frame deep enough to fit in the characters. The size depends on how many figures you want to put on show. I used a 7″x 7″
  • Strong glue or a glue gun
  • Ruler and a pencil
  • Plain paper for the background
  • Mini Lego display bases
  • Lettered wooden tiles

Instructions:

Cut a piece of paper down to fit on the back of the frame. You can decorate this any way that you please. I did a simple picture of Hogwarts.

Make marks where you want the bases for the figures to be and measure out equal distances between them.

Once all the marks are on the background, stick it down into the frame

 

Using strong glue or a glue gun, stick down the mini figure base plates. I used two for each one, just to ensure that it was securely stuck to the background

All you have to do now is personalise it with a name using the wooden tiles. The tiles I used had a self adhesive dot on the back so it was easy to stick on the frame.

 

The frame is now ready to place the mini figures in

It really is such a cute way to display your favourite Lego Mini Figures and makes a brilliant gift to a huge Lego fan. I loved how it turned out and am already thinking about doing something similar on a larger scale for him.

 

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Do You Want To Build A Snowman? – A Cute Little Food Gift For The Children This Christmas

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I was searching through the internet trying to find a fun food gift to give to the children in school. I didn’t just want to give them chocolate, I wanted to give them something that they could do by themselves.

I found this fun marshmallow snowman on google images. What a great idea to give to the children at Christmas, which would also be ideal for birthday party treat too.

You will need:

  • Three marshmallows (I found Halal ones for the children that was Halal)
  • Two iced eyes
  • Three mini coloured chocolate Smarties for the buttons
  • A Matchmaker stick for the twig arms broke into to two pieces
  • An Iced carrot for the nose
  • A strawberry lace for the scarf
  • A couple of white chocolate buttons to use to glue it all together

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Now all you have to do is construct it and build your snowman!

To present the snowman I bought some cellophane treat bags from Hobbycraft and made up a little label on word and then stuck it onto some card. Finally I stapled the label to the bag. As an added little gift I sellotaped a packet of fake snow on the back (I did emphasise to the children that the packet of snow wasn’t food and that they must show their adult first)

These fun little treats would be a cute little gift to find inside a stocking. I handed them out to the children in school and they loved them. Our elf on a shelf brought them to the boys and they immediately wanted to build their own snowman. It kept them occupied for a few minutes and they got to eat their little creation after

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Fancy trying one yourself? Download the lable below

The snowman was not my idea, I found a picture online and adapted it to my own version. 

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Make your own Moving Fish for Chinese New Year

Celebrate the year of the rooster this year by making a fish. Yes I said fish, a fish that moves. Not a real fish, a fish made from paper.

There are many outdoor celebrations to join in on in Central London this weekend, including parades and dragon dancing. The festivities will start on the 28th January. If you can’t get up there why not join in on the festivities in the comfort of your own home and do some crafts with the children.

We found a cute little paper craft on youtube.

You will need:

  • Coloured paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue Stick
  • Marker pen/ felt tips

Method:

  • You will need a square piece of paper. If using an A4 piece of paper, fold over from the corner and cut off the access.

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  • Open up and fold the corners into the central line, like making an aeroplane
  • Open up again and then fold on the central line.
  • Make the fish head by cutting a curve from the folded line to the second fold line
  • Using the scissors, snip up to the fold line, starting from the narrow end and working your way along. Cut each snip about 0.5cm away from each other. Do not snip over the fold line. Leave a gap at the end as this is the head of the fish. We cut about 3/4 of the way across
  • Now glue the side together to form a prism shape. Place glue on one side and fold over to the other side
  • Now using another colour paper, cut out two fins and a tale. You can do them any shape you want. Once cut out, draw some lines on them or colour some scales and then stick them on to the fish’s’ body
  • Using the same colour of the fish body, cut out the bottom of the mouth, glue it to the bottom
  • Draw on some eyes or you could use googly eyes for a better effect

Hold the tale and move your fish about.

This activity is quick and fun. It helps the children with their fine motor skills, snipping the paper and folding the lines.

The whole craft took about 10 minutes. Grab the colouring pencils and put a design on your fish before you cut it up.

Thank you for reading. Hope you enjoy the activity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Craft Project – No Sew Dicky Bow Tie

My younger boys love to dorn a dicky bow tie when they are getting dressed up. The middle boy, who is 9 years old has so many different bow ties in all sorts of designs and colours. He is always wearing one.

They are cheaper enough to buy but I thought I would attempt to make one with some off cut material that I recently bought. In the package was a certain piece of fabric that made me think straight away that it would make a lovely bow tie. As soon as I saw the material I knew what I was going to do with it.

This Dicky Bow is ideal to make if you’re not that comfortable using a needle and thread. It also takes no time at all, so quick to knock up for a last minute outfit choice.

To make a Dicky Bow Tie You will need:

  • A piece of material
  • A glue gun or fabric glue
  • Scissors
  • Elastic
  • Measuring tape

Instructions:

  • Take a piece of material and depending on who you are making it for roughly judge how big you want the bow tie to be. I cut a piece of material to be 19cm in length and 10cm wide. You will also need a smaller piece of material for the piece that wraps around the middle of the bow tie. This piece 8cm in length and 3cm wide

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  • Make some fold lines to follow. Fold the larger piece in half. Top to bottom and left to right. The material needs to be right side down.
  • Working lengthways. Place some glue along the middle of material to one side of the fold and fold the edge to the middle, pressing down on the glue. Repeat this with the top edge folding it to the middle and securing in place with glue.

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  • Now you need to fold the left and right edges into the middle of the fabric. Secure in place with the glue
  • Keeping the fabric the wrong side up, fold the length ways in towards the middle again. Only place a little bit of glue in the middle to hold it down

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  • Turn the bow tie over so you have the front of it in front of you. Pinch in the middle and secure with a little glue

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Looking good eh!

  • Measure the neck of the person you are making the bow tie for and cut some elastic of that length. Glue the ends together and then glue on to the back of the bow tie

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  • Take the small piece of material that you cut out and fold the longer edges in to the middle and secure with the glue. Just like you did with the bow tie. Now wrap it around the middle of the bow tie starting at the back where the elastic is.

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Watch your fingers if you are using a glue gun as the glue becomes very hot!

You are now ready to wear your dicky bow

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Doesn’t it look good? I am pretty chuffed with the outcome and I didn’t even have to get out a needle or the sewing machine.

 

 

 

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