If you have been following our blog for any length of time then you will know that we LOVE recycling glass jars and turning them into tealight holders. I love being able to bring them out each season and use them to decorate our home and the boys love giving them as gifts. Now that Halloween is over and we haven’t yet decorated for Christmas we had a need for something to fill the gap and we came up with a winter snowflake jar luminary.
What child doesn’t love a snow globe? My boys are obsessed with them and no matter where we go they shake them, which leaves me fearful of the dropping them as glass, water and my boys is not a great mixture. Anyway a plastic bowl snow globe is super fun to make and there is no glass involved.
We love giving gifts and every year we make our own homemade gift wrap. We often use kraft paper or the big rolls of paper that you can get from Ikea. However this time we decided to use a large roll of black paper we had and that our homemade gift wrap would be gold stars and trees potato printed on to it.
As you have probably guessed we LOVE advent and Christmas here in The Mad House. Last year we provided you with two sets of advent acts of kindness free printables. One Christmas tree shaped and the other in a tag style. This year we have a real treat for you with our advent acts of kindness free printables.
Does anyone else get stressed over the festive period? I try hard not to and it has been proven that colouring for adults is great to helping us to switch off and wind down. So here I am with some exclusive free Christmas colouring pages for adults.
Last year we visited the poppy installation at the Tower of London, which really got the boys interested in Poppies and their significance. Also Maxi has been studying the first world war in topic this term, so poppy crafts for remembrance have been at the forefront of our mind.
With Halloween getting bigger and bigger each year, bonfire night just creeps up on me. This year I am prepared and have a round up of some super fireworks crafts and treats to get you in the mood. There is something wonderful about coloured art on black paper and beautiful colours against the night sky that makes fireworks so spectacular for both children and adults alike.
We love Bonfire night and fireworks and I need little excuse to get the paint out! So we have had a go at pipe cleaner printing and making fireworks on black paper as they look so effective. These Pipe cleaner firework prints are easy to do and look great too.
We love making flowers here in The Mad House and at this time of the year our minds turn to the poppy and remembrance. I love to use the time that we craft as a family to talk about things and making a poppy craft with the boys always gives me the opportunity to discuss the need for remembrance day and the this year Maxi has been studying world war one, so was really interested. We really enjoyed making these DIY recycled plastic bottle poppy flowers.
I really do not need any excuse to craft, but if you are looking for one it can not have escaped your attention that it is nearly Halloween. For me it is a great reason to get making and baking with the boys and we start to decorate the Mad House with all our home made decorations from early October! If you are looking for inspiration, then I have this super roundup for you of our Halloween crafts for kids. These are the Halloween things that we have made over the years, so there will be something for all ages and abilities.
Are you feeling all autumnal yet? We certainly are. We picked the last two butternut squash from our garden this week and are enjoying lots of pumpkin soup. We are also still in the mood for pumpkin craft and I had some orange yarn left over from our pumpkin paper plate lacing craft, so we came up with a variation on our Sunflower paper plate weaving, Pumpkin paper plate weaving.
You must all know by now that I LOVE colouring. I find it really therapeutic and it enables me to switch off whilst spending time with the hubby. I just can not sit and watch TV and not do anything with my hands! With Halloween coming, I was inspired to put together a list of free Halloween colouring pages for adults and teens.
I love decorating seasonally and also with the dark nights, I am a big fan of using light to decorate too. Last year we made some super simple jar lanterns for Halloween and we decided to add to them this year. These Halloween lanterns are really easy to make Look great too and are a fantastic way to reuse any old jars that you may have.
Do you love fireworks? I have such fond memories of the annual firework displays that used to take place on the stray each November 5th when I was growing up. Cold toes, hot chocolate from the flask and sparklers in gloved hands. I remember looking at the sky in awe at the beautiful bright bursts of colour and them making the fact that I was cold so worthwhile. We loved making these zip tie (cable tie) firework sculptures, just look how beautiful they are and they were super fun to make too.
One of the great things about children is their imagination. How stones become treasure, dandelion clocks are fairy wishes and every rainbow has a pot of cold at the end. So we decided to make some craft stick fairy doors to welcome the fairies in to our garden this summer.
I love creating and decorating seasonally and I also like a little of the unexpected in my home. So I have created this fab toilet monster for halloween.
We are making the most of the good weather at the moment and trying to make things that we can use in the garden and this bubble snake maker is so fun and easy to make from things that you will already have in your home, all you need to do is add a sprinkle of imagination.
Can you feel the change of season in the air. Autumn is certainly upon us and this fab pumpkin paper plate lacing craft is a great way to celebrate the season and decorate for Halloween too. A craft like this is perfect for working on fine motor skills.
We love glue resist art projects, one of our favorites was the watercolor leaf garland we made last Autumn and this year we decided to try a variation using black paper for our glue resist pumpkins.
We love decorating for Halloween and this super simple clay ghost tealight is a fun craft activity perfect for kids to make.