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Create Your Own Name Masterpiece

children's name wall masterpieceThere was a bit of a space on our 6 year old’s bookshelf so we decided we may as well fill it. We had a hunt around to decide what masterpiece to create and what special materials we could use to do it. We happened upon our fabric basket and the solution to our empty space problem solution popped right out.

We skipped off to the Thursday town market and bought 3 8×6 photo frames. Then came home and got out our scissors, blue tack and fabric basket.

About an hour later, hey presto, where there once was a gap is now a pretty, patterned name masterpiece.

Fancy a go? Here’s our guide:

  1. Choose which fabrics to use for each background and each fabric letter. If you don’t have a fabric basket, you can usually get off cuts from a material shop or market – or take a look in charity shops for old curtains or flowery dresses. As an alternative, you could Continue reading
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Our Make Your Own Dreamcatcher, Nature Style

While at a local family festival last month we were lucky enough to be able to create our own nature dreamcatcher. Our 6 year old loves all things fairy and mystical so it was a fantastic craft session for her.

For those in the dark (so to speak), a dreamcatcher is hung above your bed to keep out bad dreams. Good dreams are flowing and clear so can easily find their way through the dreamcatcher to find their dreamer. Bad dreams are confused and confusing so get tangled in the web and are kept from turning a happy dreamer into a dreamer of nightmares. Who wouldn’t want one of those?

Fancy giving it a try?

We had some expert assistance from one of the lovely volunteers at the festival but with a little demonstration we were able to quickly get the hang of it. We’re sure you could make one yourself.

Firstly, go off on a little woodland walk somewhere near you to collect some treasures to decorate your dreamcatcher. Then you just need to Continue reading

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5, 4, 3, 2, 1…lift off – space is great

As you may know we’re big space fans at Dylan and Grace, so when Mister Maker did a spaceship minute make there was much excitement at the prospect of making our own version.

We had some leftover jubilee union jack plates and bowls and decided a union jack bottomed spaceship would be pretty special! We covered our spaceships in tin foil for a special space effect but you could decorate then however you fancy.

Once created there was a lot of fun had flying the spaceships around, spinning the wool to have spaceships that spin all by themselves and pretending to be aliens.

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Veggiefriends – Vegetable Fun

Barnado’s came into our 5 year old’s school this week and explained all the good work they do. To encourage the children to think about how Barnardo’s helps and look after children, we had to make a veggiefriend and look after it.

Although it’s easy to get carried away at the supermarket buying all sorts of exotic fruit and vegetables and spending 20 minutes getting ideas online (not mentioning any names 5 year old’s Daddy!), you can also have fun with whatever happens to be in your fruit bowl or vegetable basket. You can even cook it up afterwards if you’re allowed.

We made an aubergine penguin but there were all sorts of creations – potatoes with cress grown for hair, giraffes made from a potato for the body and carrots for the long neck and legs. There were lots of raisin eyes and cut out mouths. A nice display of imagination!

On top of all the fun, it was a great way to give our 5 year old a lesson in carefully using a sharp knife – extremely, extremely supervised. She really enjoyed having the responsibilty and loved feeling very grown up.

Get creative and give it a try. If you have fun doing it – why not thank Barnado’s with a couple of pounds for the idea.

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Creative Craft Idea – Homemade Jigsaws

As it was such a cold afternoon yesterday we had a little think about what we could do that was fun but didn’t involve going anywhere near our shoes and the back door. We decided on making our own jigsaw puzzles!

We all love jigsaw puzzles at Dylan and Grace and decided making our own could be fun.

We each spent a very enjoyable while carefully drawing a colourful picture on some thick card and then turned our masterpieces into fab little jigsaws.

Fancy making one of your own? It’s simple… Continue reading

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Christmas Craft Fun – Homemade Christmas Cards

homemade christmas cardsAnother advent afternoon, another afternoon of Christmas craft fun. This time, we were making the rather unexciting task of writing our Christmas cards exciting.

Last year we kept all our Christmas cards so we could have some craft fun this year – and the end results were pretty fab!

We got out our Christmas craft glitter, glue and pipe cleaners and got to work. With a little cutting skills, some skillful gluing and some hidden sellotape and blue tack we made some superb Christmas cards that the aunties, uncles, nannies and grandads will all love. A special homemade gift.

What you need:

  • Card – you can buy blank cards from stationery shops, we just folded in half some card we were lucky enough for Daddy to provide Continue reading
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Christmas Craft Fun – Pretty Paper Baubles

Christmas tissue paper baubleWe have spent the afternoon up to our elbows in tissue paper. We decided to try and make some pretty Christmas paper baubles to add a homemade touch to our tree, I have to admit it took a couple of attempts but the results are very rewarding. Opening out the bauble in all its beauty is a proud moment!

If you feel like having a go yourself there’s a little how-to below. A couple of pointers from us though:

  • We found glue sticks the best type of glue to use as they didn’t make the tissue paper soggy (our first attempt was about 60% OK, 40% soggy!)
  • Keep the glue dots quite small and as even as possible for a more even looking bauble

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Children’s Craft Idea – Papier Mache Pigs

paper craft papier mache pigMy 5 year old had a friend round for a few hours recently so I had a little think of what I could come up with to help them have some fun without the “What shall we do?”, “I don’t want to play that”, “I want to be the mummy, not the daddy” discussions.

What I came up with I have to say I slightly regretted part way through but the end results were worth it and they had a lot of fun – though we still had the “mine’s bigger than yours”, “I’ve done more layers than you”, “mine’s pinker than yours” talk!

What was my inspiration? Papier Mache Pigs.

We had some left over balloons from a birthday party that were starting to deflate so I thought it would help me in getting rid of  droopy balloons (something that 5 year olds don’t think is necesary). They each picked a balloon and we all sat down to make Continue reading

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