I have to say that as a couple MadDad and I have never really been in to celebrating Valentines Day. Mainly due to the fact that it is our wedding anniversary in March and we tend to celebrate that much more than Valentines, however, since having the boys things have changed. It seems that they more »
Whether you are teaching your children to tell the time or just want a great craft activity, a paper plate clock is an excellent way to get talking about time as you make one. Both my boys have watches and use them too. The Watch Hut has some great childrens watches that are perfect for telling the more »
If you children are anything like mine then they will always return form an outing with some sort of treasure. We are lucky to live five minutes from a beach and I have to check the boys pockets each time we come home as they always have stones in them. Stones or beach pebbles are more »
We are big readers in The Mad House and love books. So when Bostik invited us to be part of their craft club and come up with something with a selection of craft things they sent us we decided to make heart bookmarks in celebration of reading and valentines. Simple glued Bookmark This bookmark is more »
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I love this time of year, It makes me feel all crafty so the boys and I decided to make some vintage spool christmas decorations to combine my love of sewing and their of making things for Christmas. They love looking back at the decorations they have made in previous years. Materials Vintage spools or empty cotton reels Ribbon more »
Every year we make salt dough or corn flour ornaments and unfortunately they got damp in storage and they were ruined, so this got me thinking about using air drying clay for a more permanent christmas decoration.
Initially I made three from some left over clay we had and decorated them myself with out the boys involvement and was really pleased with the way they turned out. So I decided to have a go with the boys.
Air drying clay
Plastic roller (i used the boys old playdough one!
Silicon cooking mat
Clear sealant or modge podge
decorations (we used buttons and felt)
Glue (we used a craft glue gun)
I would recommend that you make your ornaments a couple of days in advance to decorating them.
Firstly work the air drying clay well in your hands until it becomes more supple and easier to roil.
Roll out an amount on the silicone mat (4mm) is an idea depth.
Using a cookie cutter cut out your decoration shapes.
Remove the decorations from the mat on to a board to dry.
Using a straw make a hole in the top to thread your ribbon.
Also smooth the sides of your ornaments to make for smoother edges.
Allow to dry (do not dry over a heat source or they will crack.
Once dry take the nail file and smooth any rough edges.
Then apply a clear sealant or modge podge (PVA). I did this with my first set of ornaments.
Decorate and attach the ribbon.
The second set I did with the boys are a lot more rough and ready, but then they do like to take over and so they should. They decided to decorate them before we even sealed them. However, they look great and I am really pleased with them