Monday, 2 March 2015

30 minute craft challenge

Hello all this is my 30 minute craft challenge! the idea is that each day over March I will post a craft that takes under 30 minutes to complete.  The idea behind this is to find at least 30 minutes in our day to stop, turn off the TV and be creative with our children. 

With a new baby in our household (Lil' sis) there is an increased need for me to ensure that I am setting aside some time for myself and Little Boo so that she does not feel left out.  Hence, the 30 minute activities as I hope that this amount of time many people can find in their day. 

I will be posting the activities everyday and hope that people can join me on Facebook as I have created this as an event. Feel free to post pictures of your creations.

Todays first 30 minute activity is paper dolls :) so simple yet great fun

This is a simple activity that does not cost a lot of money at all. You need 1 or 2 pieces of paper (depending on how many paper dolls you want) fold in a concertina fashion.  Then draw one side of the paper doll, cut this out, then decorate :) hope you enjoy.  

If you wanted to extend the activity you could also look at the book Paper dolls by Julia Donaldson. We really like it.

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Homemade spray paint

Today I have made my own spray paints. All you need to put the paint in is some spray bottles. Luckily, I had a few empty ones to hand so used these. 

All I put in the bottle was a squeeze of Acrylic paint and a bit of water. I then shook this to mix it and it was ready to use. 

I have used stencils with it and sprayed and let the paint drip down here are a few examples 

I hope that you like the idea :)

Friday, 27 February 2015

Red Nose Day biscuits

Just a short post today to give people an idea of what to sell to raise money for Red Nose Day or bake for fun! After watching bake off this week I was inspired to bake shortbread with little boo. Just like in bake off we made ours into Victoria sponge short bread :) (minus the jam as I forgot to pick it up from the shop) here is the basic idea 

We made 2 shortbread biscuits then sandwiched them together with buttercream and what should of been jam. The idea is the jam comes through the top hole to make the nose however, due to lack of jam we used red icing :) hope you like the idea. 

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Making a junk journal with one page.

Today I have made 2 junk journals to use over the holidays for myself and little boo. They were made from packing paper which I ironed to get rid of any creases. Here is what the books looked like once folded and before they were decorated. 

To make them from one sheet this is how I folded the paper. 

I then cut along the line indicated with a solid line on the picture. 

Then fold the paper in half and squash it together as shown in the picture. 

You then have a journal/book. You could use this for many ideas maybe making a book, a photo book or art journal? You need to secure the pages as there will be openings. However, I use these openings for tags. They can be secured on one side by stitching as we did in little boos book. 

Of course little boo decided to have elsa on the front of her book! She made this herself using her new blopens which are really good. 

Mine is not quite finished yet but I used a new technique (to me) with alminium foil to make the cover look distressed. Will share this with you tomorrow when complete.  

Sunday, 1 February 2015

A prompt for today

I know we all may need help some days with getting inspired so I have decided to put in a little prompt for today.

 After reading my book today called simple abundance I have been inspired to go out and be creative. The page is entitled creative excursions. So today I am going out with my family and my camera and taking some photos which may help to influence a journal page. 

So there you have it enjoy the prompt. Any pictures please feel free to put them on my Facebook page (click link on the right of page) 

Here is the page that has influenced today :) 

The book is Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach 

Homemade texture paste

Today I made some texture paste it is so easy! All you need is gesso, talc and white glue. I used a cup full of gesso and a cup and a half of talc and half cup of white glue to get the consistency I wanted then placed it in a jar a had spare.

Texture paste is great to add dimension and texture. You can use it through stencils and mix colour to it for coloured texture.  You can also stamp into it just let it half dry first.

Here are my results ...

Friday, 30 January 2015

Upcycle roll on containers

I am really pleased I found this out today. A great way to upcycle your roll on deodorant! 

When you have used all the deodorant, get a butter knife and pop off the ball. Clean inside the container. Then fill with a mix of paint and a bit of water. Pop the ball back on then you have made your own roll paint. 

This is great if you do not want the kids to get in too much mess painting. I am collecting my containers from now on!!