|Posted on March 13, 2015 at 9:25 AM||comments (0)|
I almost forgot that St. Patrick's Day falls on March 17 just one day after the beginning of March Break (in Ottawa). I don't know how parents manage to keep all these holidays and breaks straight - must be difficult at times. Any road, here's an idea that was inspired by some St. Patrick Day hats I spotted for sale at our local dollar store. Why buy, when you can make, no? It's easy because I'm too discombobulated to do anything difficult. Last time I tried, I cut my finger with an Xacto knife!
How to Make a St. Patrick's Party Hat
What you will need
- Cardboard roll (Toilet paper. gift wrap, or paper towel cardboard rolls - should be 4" tall)
- Plate (4-1/2" inch diameter)
- White craft glue
- Cardboard (recycled from a food package, etc.)
- Pencil and scissors
- Green craft paint and brush
- Bit of ribbon and shamrock (or make a ribbon and shamrock from paper)
- Elastic thread (recycled from a party hat)
What you need to do
- Take the plate and the cardboard roll and trace circles from both on the cardboard (see photo).
- Cut out the circles.
- Dribble some glue onto the plate and dip one end of the cardboard roll in the glue.
- Press this end of the roll into the centre the larger circle and let dry.
- When dry, dip the other end of the roll in the glue and attach to the top of the toilet roll.
- Let dry.
- Insert the elastic thread (I used an embroidery thread needle) on both sides of the hat where it is glued to the circle. Glue the ends to the hat so the elastic doesn't pop off.
- Paint the hat and when dry add the ribbon and shamrock.
|Posted on March 3, 2015 at 2:25 PM||comments (0)|
If you're gobsmacked by this little cardboard city as much as I am, I'm not surprised. It's the creation of Evgeny Kudryavtsev (aka Cardboard Dad) an architect and the father of a little girl, Ira, for whom he invent toys made from recycled cardboard and scrap materials. He crafted this mouse-sized cardboard city as part of a commission for German publisher Fordevind. The bright colours and graphic details that he added to his city makes it irresistable to any mouse or child (even a few adults). It just shows you what you can do with something as common as cardboard.
Take a wander through his blog (it's in Russian) and you’ll be tempted to break out the cardboard and create a city with, and for, your little ones. To view Evgeny's blog and his mouse-sized city landscape, click here.
Evgeny has an online shop selling his own designs. His current DIY kits include a cardboard house and a rocket, both customizable. To check out his wares, go here.
|Posted on March 2, 2015 at 7:55 PM||comments (0)|
Okay, now that you've got your glue and paint ready, it's time to gather up the kids and start creating. Cardboard tubes from your recycling bin are a great material for all kinds of projects. In no time at all, your kids can create rocket ships, castles, even a forest. The following projects are easy and quick to make. Once assembled with a little help from you, let the kids go ahead with the decorating and painting.
Cardboard Tube Rocket Ships
What kid doesn't love the idea of flying high up to the moon and back? Lisa over at her blog Lizon shows you how to make this tall rocket ship. Her blog is in Russian but her excellent photographs are easy to follow. For Lisa's rocket ship, click here.
Cardboard Tube Castles
We all love the idea of living in our very own castle. The MollyMoo craft blog has a very easy-to-make castle made from a cardboard box and toilet paper rolls. Quick and very simple to make. The how-tos can be found here.
Also very easy is this castle from Incy Wincy Art Club team. The castle is easily put together with a variety of toilet and kitchen roll tubes, all held together with craft glue.
Any little girl or boy will tell you that every castle needs a forest where fairies, unicorns, and other mystical creatures frolic. Here's one from Maija's Finnish blog, Ukkonooa, that is quite charming - bright and cheerful. The instructions are in Finnish but, again, the photographs are very easy to follow. To create this magical forest, click here.
There are thousands of sites that show you how to recycle cardboard tubes; these were among my favourites. I like them because they are quick, easy and so inexpensive to make.
|Posted on October 18, 2014 at 1:35 PM||comments (0)|
I did promise you a few ideas for making your own DIY Christmas houses, didn't I? I think they're called Putz houses, a tradition handed down to us from the Christmas heritage of the Moravian Protestants. Anyway, I find that our lady Martha's Christmas village templates are still the best as these can be easily reinvented and decorated in any way you want. I usually make a master template from the printout by glueing the cutouts on stiff cardboard and then use this master to cut out the houses, trees, and church from cereal and other cardboard packet containers.
The above pictured little house is from the webside All Things Paper. It gives you all the instructions to make this wee house.
You can also head over to our lady Martha's site for her little house templates to make as is into Christmas tree ornaments or you can increase the size of the templates to create buildings, etc. for a village vignette. As always, Martha's instructions are very clear and easy to follow. You can find the templates and instructions for making the houses, etc. here.
Martha also has simpler templates for her little pinecone houses and you may prefer these. Find the templates here.
Here are a few decorated Christmas houses to inspire you:
These cute little houses were made from cards and book pages and then strung into a garland. The site is French but you get the idea.
Okay, if you've got the time and the twigs this would be a sensational display for your home at Christmas. The site is flogging the little tree lights but I am sure that you could create these using Martha's templates and glue the twigs on. Me - I just like looking at the picture.
Design Mom offers both little houses and school house gift box templates already coloured with the design on. Great if you don't have a lot of time to find cardboard.
No templates needed. Just use up all those cereal and food packet boxes that are cluttering up the recycle bins. An easy one for your kids to make and decorate.
There are 1000s of Christmas houses online that you will fall in love with. Just remember to keep it simple and you will actually enjoy making these.
Ciao for now.
|Posted on May 4, 2013 at 10:00 AM||comments (0)|
I've been doing a lot of cleaning out the cupboards lately and came across a pile of cereal boxes and leftover wrapping paper so I thought I would see what I could find to reuse or upcycle these two items for Mother's Day. If you and the kids are still stuck for ideas, here are a few I found to recycle those empty cereal boxes and wrapping paper (or any kind of paper you have on hand). Any of these projects would be perfect for Mom and can be made without breaking the bank (she doesn't have to know about the recycling bit). All of these were designed and made by some very talented gals. Your Mom is sure to love any one of these.
Cereal Box Mini Notebooks
From Natalie over at Crème de la craft, here’s a easy-to-make, eco-friendly idea that kids can make (with a little help from an adult) for Mom made from (ta-dah!) empty cereal boxes. For complete (and easy-to-follow) instructions, go here.
Mini Magazine Notebook DIY
No-sew Desk Organizer
If you’re looking to help Mom bet more organized, here’s a project from Katy, at The Non Consumer Advocate, also made from recycling cereal boxes, and left-over wrapping paper. Here's where to go for instructions.
Note: For any of these projects, a responsible adult needs to be supervising the little ones.
|Posted on March 15, 2013 at 9:25 AM||comments (0)|