Salt Dough Santa Handprint Decoration

Do you like making your own christmas decorations at home?

Why not try this Santa hand print made from salt dough.

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If you’re like me then you may have tons of home-made christmas decorations in the loft that have been made by the children at home or in their classroom at school, I have paper ones, felt ones and card ones but i do not have any salt dough ones. I don’t like to throw any of the decorations that the boys bring home as most of the time they have a photograph of them on it, a piece of writing or a handprint. Every year along with the shop bough decorations out come the home-made ones too, I love looking back and remembering when they brought them home with a big smile on their face, proudly showing me what they have made.

I have never used salt dough before (we are big fans of play dough) so after scrolling through the internet i found a recipe from Red Ted Art, she has a page set up of 30+ salt dough crafts for christmas.

RECIPE:

  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1 cup of salt
  • 1 cup of water
  • I added glitter into my dough, but it’s not needed

Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl, if you want to add colouring add it into the water as you mix it into the flour and salt. Add the water a little at a time as you may not need it all.

Now you are ready to create some masterpieces!

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The boys made many tree decorations but the one that we are going to share today is the hand print santa. I found out about this idea whilst roaming through the internet and thought that it was really cute and would make lovely gift ideas to the Grandparents/family

  • Roll out your dough to about 0.5 mm thick
  • Make sure that is big enough to place your hand onto
  • Press your hand firmly down onto the dough, so that there is a clear hand impression
  • Cut around the hand print, leaving a 0.5mm border all the way round
  • Make a hole at the bottom of the hand so that you can thread through some cotton once its hardened
  • Place into an oven to bake for about 1-2 hours on a low heat, 100 farenheit. Keep checking on the decorations, making sure they don’t burn.
  • Take out of the oven and leave to cool.
  • Once cooled, your santa is now ready to paint
  • Paint the whole of the decoration with white paint, leave to dry. Use some good quality paint as i found using the cheaper option paint, it flaked on the dough.
  • Paint the face pink
  • Using a black marker pen, draw in the outline of the santa hat and face, Write down the year and name of the child’s hand print
  • I used red felt pen to colour in the hat and nose
  • Now you can thread through some cotton or lace.

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Your personalised santa christmas tree decoration is ready to be proudly placed onto the tree.

 

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Creating bubbles with a sock

Do you have lots of odd socks laying around the house?

Want to do something with them instead of just throwing them away?

Why not make a Bubble Sock Blower! What child doesn’t like chasing bubbles

I promise you that this simple and quick activity will keep the children amused for hours.

You will need:
-A plastic drinks bottle
-A sock
-Scissors
-A plate or Tupperware tub
-Washing up liquid
-A little water
-Food dye

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1. Cut off the bottom of the plastic bottle (be careful)

2. Stretch an old sock over the bottom of the bottle that you have just cut away. Use an elastic band to secure it in place if need to!

3. Squirt some washing up liquid (or bubble solution) onto the plate or tub and mix with a little bit of water

4. If you want coloured bubbles add some food dye to the bottom of the sock

5. Dip the sock into the soap liquid, swirling it around making sure that it gets a good soaking

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6. Now your ready to blow.

7. Blow through the bottle cap (where you normally drink from) don’t suck in as you may end up getting soap in your mouth.

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The boys loved there bubble sock blowers and spent a lob time outside, playing together, creating bubbles and having lots of fun. Even the two year old got to play with one

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Make your own cute little Snack Bag

Do your children have a pack lunch bag? Or are you just looking for somewhere to put your little snacks into?

Why not make your own little snack bag!

It is similar to the Tote lunch bag that I shared with you a couple of weeks ago but obviously smaller and a lot cuter.

You will need:

  • PVC covered material
  • Sewing machine, cotton and scissors
  • Measuring tape, ruler
  • Velcro

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  • Cut out four pieces of your material measuring 8″ x 8″, two pieces are for the outer of the snack bag and the other two are from material that you want for the lining
  • At the bottom of all of the pieces mark out a square on each corner 1″ x 1″, cut out each square

 

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  • Put the two outer pieces together with the right sides touching each other and stitch down the sides DO NOT stitch around the cut out piece and then stitch along the bottom.

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  • On the inner lining mark along the bottom, in between the two notches, 1″ in on either side. Stitch together the sides, leave the cut out notch and then stitch from the edge of the notch to the mark and then from the mark to the edge of the notch, so that there will be a gap in the middle ( This will be where you pull the material of the bag through once finished)

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Pinch the unsewn fabric together making sure that the seams meet up and stitch the edges together

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On the inner lining attach the velcro in place about 0.5cm away from the edge, I used a very sticky velcro so just glued it into place

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Turn the outer lining the right way round and place it inside of the inner lining, line up the seams and stitch the two edges together

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Once sewn together you need to pull through the outer shell through the hole that was left at the bottom of the lining

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You will be left with a little snack bag looking pretty much like this

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It is the perfect size for little hands and ideal to store away snacks in when out and about town, Oliver takes his every day to his childminder and won’t eat his grapes from anything other than his snack bag now. It fits perfectly into any lunch bag/changing bag/handbag and the velcro keeps the snack secured away safely.

Hope you like it ­čÖé

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Stitching up a new Lunch Tote Bag

I’ve not used my sewing machine for a while now and the poor little thing has been gathering dust in the cupboard for far too long, so whilst I have had a few days off of work and due to the weather not being too good over these Christmas Holidays I decided to get a bit crafty and make something out of the oilcloth material that I bought a while back.

After searching the internet I found a pattern to follow on sewmamasew website

I cut out four pieces of square material measuring 12″ x 12″, two pieces are for the outer of the lunch bag and the other two are for the inner lining

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I used the same material for both on this particular project.

At the bottom of all of the pieces cut out the corners 2″ x 2″

Put the two outer pieces together with the right sides touching each other and stitch down the sides, Do Not stitch the cut out piece! Then stitch the along the bottom.

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On the inner lining put a mark along the bottom about 2″ on either side

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(excuse the ruler lol)

Stitch together the sides, leave the cut out notch and then stitch from the edge to the mark and then from the second mark to the edge, the gap in the middle will be used later to pull through the bag and turn it the right way. Do this to all of the corners, your bag will start to show some shape.

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Mark the corners of the notches with a dot on all of the pieces. (The square piece cut out) Pinch the dots and pull the fabric apart, line up the seams and stitch the edges together, Sorry this is hard to explain without showing you, but hopefully the photo will make sense.

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Turn the outer lining the right way round and mark in 3″ on both sides from the edge, this will be where you will sew your straps on. Make a mark with a pencil at the middle of both sides, this will be where your button will go.

Cut out two strips of material, measuring about 15″ long and 2″ width, fold it twice and then stitch together all the way down the middle NB: this will only work if your material does not fray

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Line the straps up with the marks on the bag and stitch them in place with the straps meeting the edge of the bag , keep the nice side of the strap facing downwards.

Place the outer of the bag inside the lining

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Pin the edges together making sure that the seams line up with each other.

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If you are going to apply a button to seal the bag then a thin hair bobble will work as the connector. Pin it in place at the mark that you put into the centre of the back of the bag earlier. Stitch both the bags together around the top.

Once sewn together you need to pull through the outer bag through the hole that was left at the bottom of the inner lining.

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Stitch up the hole of the lining and place it all bag into place so it looks like this

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To finish it off sew all around the top of the bag to give it an edging and add a button of your choice to the front of the bag.

I have made two so far using different materials, one owl and one bunting.

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I have used oilcloth material for both and even for the lining as it is wipeable and strong. Depending on the type of oilcloth you use, it can become quite sticky under the foot of the sewing machine so at some points of making the bag i had to cover the material in tissue paper and stitch it together with it on, so it could go through the foot of the machine easily.

What do you think?

I am off to make a snack bag for the little one to use with his lunch bag and I have orders from my Mum and Aunt to make a shopping bag and wash bag ­čÖé

My instructions may not be clear

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Make your own IGGY Moshling Cushion

Do you have a Moshi Monster fan in your family?

Why not make them this IGGY cushion, It’s simple and easy and your fan will be very happy with it.

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You will need:

Purple fleece fabric about 1m

Pins

Cotton and needle / sewing machine

Polyester Stuffing ( i bought about 500g and still have lots left)

White, black and Purple felt

Extra Strong Glue

  • Draw an outline of IGGY on to the purple fabric, however big you want the cushion to be, draw another outline about an inch and a half away from the first one.

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  • Making sure that you have doubled the fabric, cut around the outer outline
  • Pin the two pieces together and stitch around the inner outline, remember to leave a gap so you can put the stuffing in
  • Remove the pins and now stuff in the stuffing, using your hands to push it into the shape, once done stitch up the gap.

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  • Using the white and purple felt, draw big two circle for IGGYS eyes (The purple circle should be just a little bit bigger than the white one) stick the white circle on top of the purple felt circle and then glue into place on the pillow
  • Using the black and purple felt, make the inner of the cutting out a cresent shape. Stick them into place on the White circle
  • Cut out a small tick shape for the mouth from the red felt and stick on the cushion
  • Snip the fringe at about 2cm apart, be careful not to snip into your stitching

Please make sure you are handling the glue extra carefully as strong glue does stick anything together, I should know! Silly me, got my two fingers stuck together and had to run them under the tap to release them.

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I hope you enjoy making this IGGY Moshling

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Glowing Spooky Eyes

Looking for a quick and easy Halloween craft to do with the children?

Scare your unwanted guests on Halloween Night with these simple but brilliant Glow in the Dark Spooky Eyes.

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Use the inner cardboard tubes from the toilet or kitchen roll to make these fabulous spooky eyes

You will need;
Cardboard tubes
Glow in the dark sticks
Scissors
String to hang

Cut out the shape of your eyes on the cardboard tube.
Place some string through the tube so you can it from a branch on a tree or on your porch
Place a glow in the dark stick inside the tube and watch your eyes glow!

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You can also leave the spooky eyes in hedges or bushes ­čÖé

Happy Halloween!

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DIY Moshi Monster Glitter Globe

If your mad about Moshi Monsters this is a fabulous little craft activity to do which is quick and easy and you have a product at the end that you can keep forever.

These snow globes make lovely little gifts for your children for the run up to Christmas.

Joseph recently saw the idea in a magazine of his and has been bugging me for ages to do it so we collected up the items that we would need and set to it.

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Items you will need:

  • 1 small jar with a screw on lid, we found that the perfect size was a baby food jar
  • 1 Moshi Moshling
  • Coloured glitter of your choice – white or silver would give the effect of snow
  • Extra strong glue (Only for adult use only)
  • A spare bottle lid ( water bottle) or some foam cut up small enough to fit onto the jar lid
  • Water

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Instructions:

  • First you will need to choose your moshling that you want to use, once you have decided on one from your many stashed away in your bedroom, you will need to get the foam or bottle lid and glue it to the lid from the jar, I found it hard to glue shiny plastic to plastic so i found that foam worked just as well. Cut you foam into small square shapes, just the right size to fit into the jar lid, making a little mountain out of them by stacking them together and glueing them all together. Once dried stick the foam onto the inside of the jar lid and them glue your moshling on to the foam. This will raise him up so you will be able to see him in the jar. Wait to dry. The sticking should only be done by a sensible adult as the glue is very strong and you can glue your fingers together (I am not a sensible adult nor is Daddy lol)

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  • Now fill your jar with water leaving a little gap about a centimeter at the top, add in your glitter. Keeping your jar upright screw on your lid with the moshling attached. Make sure it is nice and tight, you can secure the lid with a bit of glue if preferred
  • You now are ready to turn it upside down and shake away.

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This activity can be done with any small toy or object, children love them. Our one sits proudly on the livingroom side along with the snow globe that the boys got at christmas

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Potato Stamping

I introduced Oliver to potato stamping yesterday and he absolutely loved it!

He spent ages moving the paint around the paper first with the potato but soon realised he could make marks by stamping the potato down onto the paper.

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The potato stamps are easy to make

  • Cut a spud in half
  • Carve the shape, letter or number into the potato cutting down about half a┬ácentimeter
  • Cut around the sides of the potato near the top removing the part of the spud that isn’t needed to reveal the letter or shape
  • Place some paint onto a plate
  • You are now ready to stamp away and create masterpieces

We used child friendly paint and soft potatoes, the carving needs to be done by an adult.

Oliver learnt quickly on how to place the potato into the paint and then put it down onto the paper, he did say ‘Eat!’ a couple of times but i just said ‘yukky’.

A cheap activity out of old potatoes!

 

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Recycle your glass and get crafting!

Why not recycle some of your glass bottles and make your own candle holder or vase!

I made my own candle holder from an empty glass appletizer bottle, the bottle is a lovely shape for holding a candle or even a single flower as it is quite narrow and tall,

I bought some glass paints from hobbycraft and thought of a design to put on it, if you buy a package it will come with a sheet of paper with design ideas already on it

  • First I used some relief paint to draw the outline, you have to be careful as it can come out quite quickly. You don’t want it the lines to be too thick and if you are going to paint inside the shape then you need to leave enough room to colour it in
  • Once the outlines were dry, I chose the paints I wanted to use and started to colour it in, the paints are very oily so be sure not to drop it on to anything valuable.
  • On some of the leaves I sprinkled on some glitter while the paint was still wet, just to give it a sparkling look

Glass painting really is easy and its fun to do

What do you think of my first attempt at glass painting?

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DIY Mothers Day Gift

I love to make my own gifts for my mum and Mother’s Day is the perfect time to do so!

Ever since I was a little girl I can always remember making my own cards and gifts which was probably made out of scrap pieces of paper but whatever they were my mummy loved them! She always found a special place to exhibit my creations, on the fire surround or on the kitchen side where everyone would see them.

My mum loves to receive home made cards or gifts as she says they have that special touch and are more thoughtful!

I think Jak takes after me as he is always making me things, last year I received a purse made out of paper and a card in the shape of a mug with a T-Bag in it. This year he tells me that he is going to make me a cake and I can’t wait as he is turning out to be quite a little sous chef and I am sure it will be very tasty.

I posted out earlier in the week an DIY hanging wooden heart decoration that I have made for my mum, well today I added to her gifts and made another hanging creation.

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I bought the wooden weaved heart from Morrisons for ┬ú2 and the yellow foam flowers are from Hobbycraft (can’t remember how much, probably ┬ú3).
The flowers come with wire attached to them so it easy to twine them around things to attach them.

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A really simple DIY gift, cheap but I think really effective.

I just hope mummy likes it ­čÖé

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