Are you ready for Halloween? Whether you’re ready or not, I can bet that your children are already planning what they are going to wear and how they want the house decorated ready for the many trick or treaters that will be knocking on your door.
Help your children collect their goodies in these spooky trick or treat bags. Which are also ideal to give out to any spooky guests that may turn up at your door
They are simple to make and a fun activity for the children to do over the half term
You will need:
Acrylic paints or felt pens
Black marker pen
First cut away the handle from the top of the bag
Then place your hand on top of the bag, in the middle with your fingertips touching the top and mark with a pencil either side of your fingers (little and pointing finger)
Now draw in your monsters mouth – this will be your new handle
Once your mouth in place you can then draw your monster. Be as spooky as you like
Why not draw a zombie monster or a spider?
Choose the colour and paint your monster, think bright colours like; orange, purple, green and red.
You can design both sides with different characters or just do one side.
Add sparkle in with some glitter, paint it with glow in the dark paint or even some googly eyes
Do you have lots of little moshlings scattered all over your bedroom floor?
Do you have lots of doubles of moshlings?
Why not make a moshling picture frame with them!
My son has lots of moshlings and normally keeps them in a little treasure box, but he found that he has lots of doubles from buying the blind bags and wanted to do something with the doubles so that he could keep them. His school gave him a recycling project for the Easter Holidays and he wanted to so something a little different. He decided on doing a Moshling picture frame.
You will need:
A picture frame with a wide frame
A tube of no-nails
A gaulk gun
Decide which moshlings to use on the picture frame
Insert the no-nails tube into the gaulk gun
Squeeze the lever until the glue comes out of the gun
Cover the wide frame completely with the glue
Place your moshlings in place, wherever you want them – My boy really enjoyed this part as he really thought about where he wanted to place the moshlings
Once covered, place to one side to allow the glue to set
You can add a little glitter to the glue
Once dry you could spray the whole frame one colour and add a little gold glitter dust. My boy wanted his to show the colours of the moshlings.
You now have a colourful moshling frame to place on the side board
My boy filled his frame with a picture of cherry bomb that he drew himself
My brother has recently moved into his new home and I wanted to give him a quirky home-made card; something that showed that I had put some thought into it, something that was little different to what you could buy in the shops, with a personal touch to it.
This is what I came up with
You will need:
Small Wooden Peg (I have attached a little wooden heart on to mine)
Patch Liner Relief Paint ( gel ink)
First I searched for the address using online Maps and I screenshot the page. I looked at a normal view and a satellite view.
From the screenshot, using photo editor, I cropped the area that I wanted to use and copied in onto a word document
I printed out the map images onto strong paper
Fold the coloured card into half to create a card
Making sure the road that the new house is on I drew out a puzzle piece onto one of the maps images and cut it out
I stuck the satellite image down onto the front of the card in the middle
I stuck the wooden peg into the top left corner of the card and pinching it open I placed the image puzzle piece in
I decorated the rest of the front with a single red button and wrote New Home
I loved how the card turned out, It has the personal touch and didn’t take much time to put together.
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.
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
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)
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.
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
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?
Mother’s Day isn’t far off! If your mum is like mine and she prefers the personal touch to a gift, why not try these hanging wooden hearts decorations.
Really easy to do and won’t break the bank either!
You will need:
A wooden heart with string attached to hang up (I bought mine from hobby craft for £1)
Buttons – I bought a pack of craft buttons from hobby craft which were different sizes and colours
A permanent pen to write on the wood
Gel pen to decorate the edge with
I found the little poem on google search so thanks to Hastings-crystal for the idea! I wrote my message on the heart and then glued on some red heart shaped buttons in place. I then decorated around the edge with a red gel pen, you can do any type of pattern, I went for little raised dots.
Have you ever sat down at the end of the year and tried to remember what you had done through out it? It’s easy to remember the biggies but what about the little ones that are not so important but are definitely worth writing about!
On New Years Eve last year we all wrote down 5 of our own memories that we all could remember and placed them in a little memory box, this was a lovely way to talk about we had done through out the year but i was sure that there was plenty more that we had just simply forgotten, so this year we are doing something different!
We are doing our own Memory Jar where we write down what we want to remember on a piece of paper and place it into a jar, then when it comes to the end of year we will all sit down and reminisce the happy times that we had experienced and there will be no remembering just reminding!
How I made our Jar:
I bought one jar with a screw lid which is a retro sweet jar with a plastic screw on lid.
I painted around the jar with glass paint and with special 3D foam pens i wrote words like yesterday, memories, remember and family on it.
Keep the Jar somewhere that can be within reach of everyone in the family, i keep mine on my livingroom sideboard as it doubles up as an ornament.
You could decorate your jar any way that you want to, why not add some sparkle with some glitter or even put your own finger prints on to it!
Jot down on small pieces of paper what has made you smile or laugh or something or someone who has made you proud. What about your child’s first word, date of their first step, the first book that they have read or maybe a day out that you really enjoyed. The fun of a memory jar is that anyone can contribute to it either in writing or by drawing something and at any tough time you are going through throughout the year just open up the jar and read a few good memories they will sure bring back a smile to your face.