Summer holidays, you either love them or hate them. I am never sure about which camp I am in. I love spending time with the children but do worry about the cost of summer activities. I relish not having to get up each morning and giving up the school routine, but I don’t like hearing the words “I’m Bored” That is why I came up with the bored jar (about four years ago).
If you are anything like me that you do not throw anything way and I have a box full of felt scraps. Felt is such a beautiful material and perfect for making things with as it doesn’t fray. After using some of our felt scraps to make our Kandinsky inspired trees I decided to come up with some other ideas for using scraps of felt. teens and adults including simple sewing. Felt is such a flexible craft material.
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When I think of Spring, I think of bunnies, lambs and chicks and these pop-up spoon chicks are perfect for this time of year. They are perfect for Spring or Easter and are a super cute DIY craft. These were inspired by some fabulous chick placeholders that I saw a few years ago on Crafts by Amanda and the fact that I found a large pack of plastic spoons in our garage. Pop-up Spoon Chicks Materials Paper or wooden spoons Acrylic paint Sharpies Card Washi tape Scissors How to make Pop-up Spoon Chicks We painted our spoons with acrylic paint. This means that we didn’t need to sand the spoons. If you more »
In our hall we have a basket which is filled with hats and other things depending on the season and this week I took all the winter hats, gloves and scarfs and swapped them for the summer caps and hats and I was left with two odd gloves, that were missing their mates. So I decided to upcycle them and make some glove monsters. And yes, I know that it is June and I am only putting away the winter stuff, but it has been a really odd Spring in the UK this year and we have had hail in May!
I adore colouring in. Finally, someone has acknowledged that colouring in is great for adults as well as children and I no longer have to use the kids colouring books. We love family colouring and have had some great evenings colouring in on a super piece of fabric I got from Ikea with fabric pens and now we can all do colouring-in as a fab relaxing screen-free activity. So I have free adult coloring pages to share with you that I love.
Part of our Spring tradition is making an Easter Bonnet for the Kids Easter Party. I used to be one of those parents that wanted it all to be perfect and symmetrical, but over the years I have learnt to sit on my hands and let the boys take over. In my humble opinion, my boys Easter Bonnets might not look perfect, but they are kid made.
I love Easter. It really is a wonderful time of the year. A time of renewal, a time for rejoicing and also new beginnings. I love to decorate our home with the changes of seasons and Easter is no exception. I also love how our decorations are building up and being added to over the years. Most of them are homemade and hold lots of memories and none of them were expensive. My top tip is to buy them after Easter is over in the sales and put them away for next year, just remember where you have stored them!
My kids love recycled art projects, they are a great way of using up our household recycling and repurposing it into something amazing and it seems like we are not the only ones. At last weeks Fabulously Frugal Linky we had some amazing recycled art projects and activities linked up. Recycled Art Projects
Here’s an easy poppy craft, which is a great Remembrance Day activity for children. We have made a display of poppies and a paper plate poppy wreath, but you can use the same technique to make a poppy brooch by added a pin on the rear or a display of poppies for your home, church or school. The mini mad’s will be taking the poppies to my mum’s grave in remembrance of her. These poppies were inspired by the fab wax paper flowers at Homegrown Friends. How to make melted wax poppies with KidsMaterials: