This is a very simple premise, you have to draw lots of circles and come up with as many ideas of what those circles can be.It is very good for thinking outside the box. You could make it a competition of who can come up with the most ideas. Maybe a prize for the most inventive.
These ones are quite big cut out ones.
These ones are much smaller drawn on to the paper,I used the circle inside my cello tape.
These are the first four ideas that popped into my head. Just in case no one can work out what the grey one is …….it’s the moon!!For me the one that I like the most is the plate . After you do circles you can do squares and or triangles. I would love to hear in the comments what was the most inventive idea that you drew. Have a lovely day.
Paper Beads are so easy to do all you have to decide is how many strings of them to make, different sizes and what you might add. I think I got inspired by the necklaces Prue Leith wears on GBBO!!!!!! Big , bold and colourful.
Ok so let’s get started. You will need pages from magazines, scissors, string and glue. Also a pencil to make your beads on. You could use anything for this as long as you can thread the beads.
The sheets you choose will determine the colour of your beads.
I chose a sheet and on the back of it marked 2 cms along the top and on the bottom 1cm and then 2 cms along. So the point of your triangle is half way.So whatever size you choose the opposite end needs to be halfway. Try experimenting with different sizes wider, shorter ,longer etc.
So now you have lots of very long triangles ready to be made into beads.
Ok so now you are going to wrap the triangle around the pencil. Put some glue on the start and then start wrapping around.If you wrap too tight you might find it difficult to remove from pencil and if you are too loose they won’t hold their shape very well. As you wrap add a little glue here and there to keep it in place.
You are now at the end so glue last bit down. Gently remove from pencil.
So you now have your first bead!!!! yay!!! So now just repeat. Don’t forget when you are wrapping try to keep the bit you are wrapping central as much as possible.
So you have made lots of beads. Thread with string, thread, yarn etc. DON’T forget to tie the necklace or the beads will fall off. I have made this mistake before.You could make different lengths, make lots of them to make more volume. You can now add, if you want to, extra bits. I wanted to make a big statement so I needed a bit of cardboard ( pizza base) and some acrylic paint.
So I just splurged some paint down as I like abstract paintings.
I cut a shape out but felt still too big so I cut it down again.
I felt it needed something else so I scrunched up some Easter egg foil.
Thought about adding some bits of the magazine.
She is at it again!!!!!! ” Mine all mine” !!!!!
In the end I used the piece I had cut off as I liked the shape it made and glued it on top. So have fun making yours and even if you don’t want a necklace a grown up, a neighbour etc might love to get one as a gift. I would love to see your work. I am on Instagram readysteady_glue ( there is just 2 photos on there! ) so if you know how to put your images on that please do as I would love to see your work.
Last day of the week and the sun has come out for us. This is a paper plate dream catcher. There are hundreds of ‘How To’ but this is the one I did for a birthday a few years ago. Most of the mums ended up doing them with instructions of colour choices etc of the children!!
So here is one I made at a birthday with more time and no cat !!! So you can see how intricate it can be . I have added some stickers, beads and some paper shapes ( from the left over piece of the paper plate). You can embellish with paper feathers, pom moms, beads etc etc. Have fun and have a lovely weekend, hopefully crafting!!
In general I do choose books by their covers. When my son was small there was a great book scheme in Wales and every child was given a book at a certain age which was fantastic. We got ‘You Choose’ by Pippa Goodhart,I would never have chosen this book but my son loved it and would spend ages choosing his favourite picture in each section and wanting to talk about that choice etc. I would highly recommend this book for little ones.
This next book I did choose for the cover!!!! Wed Wabbit by Lissa Evans. We read this when it came out in PB last year. I found this book hilarious, totally original and has a good moral. The main character Fidge , who is not likeable and her equally unlikeable cousin are propelled into a crazy world . I don’t want to give anything away but if you have watched The Princess Bride, like the priest in that , there is a character who can’t pronounce the letter ‘r ‘. Plus there is rhyming going on!! We absolutely loved this book.
If you do buy books please support your local independent book store.My local bookstore is Griffin Books in Penarth and if you are local they are delivering free within Penarth ( £3 p+p beyond).If you do read ,or have read either books please let other people know what you think of them in the comments box.
Last year I had the amazing privilege of working on a project as a Creative Practitioner in a school in Swansea. The first thing I did with the children was play this game.I was very surprised that in a very large group hardly anyone had played this before.I have to say they loved seeing the finished results, there was a lot of laughing at some of the outcomes!
It is the Victorian parlour game ‘ Consequences’. Originally the paper would have been folded and passed around but I prefer to cut the sheet of paper into 3. This way you can swap them around if you do lots or can make into a flip book . If eventually you want to make a flip book you need to mark the neck and waist in the same place every time.
Actually it’s not that noisy!!! Morning Campers , it is a rubbish day outside though our plants will be happy. This is a beyond easy craft, we were shown how to make one several years ago and we then shared our knowledge as a craft on one of my son’s birthdays. Everybody loved making them and probably drove their parents crackers by the end of the day!! So let’s get started to make a Clacker.
You will need a beer bottle top, some string, a good sized bead and an elastic band.
Hello!!!!! Are you……at home…..not allowed out….wanting to do something creative? What a coincidence!!!! Me too!While we are indoors I will post Monday to Friday something creative for you to do . Hope you enjoy.
A BOARD GAME
My son’s school gives out Family projects once in a while and this one to make a board game was something we put a lot of effort into and still play. The one we did had to be based on something Victorian, so the game was based on a game called The victorian bicycle game. You will have all seen/ played a game like this as it’s a very simple premise. Roll the dice to get to the end but if you land on a certain place you could go back, forward etc just like snakes and ladders. Because it’s a simple style you can adapt it to any theme. As I said ours was Victorian books and so we did some research on that and added some info cards. So if there is a subject your child is interested in this is a great way of getting them to think about the info they want to research, draw, include etc. We made the moving pieces out off Fimo, but cardboard/paper pieces will work or anything else you can find.
I started this blog last year , I am not very savvy so I am afraid this is as simple as a blog can get !!! But hopefully you will find some creative things to do here and hopefully I will get better at the blog! It is aimed at children but there is no age limit to being creative and it is very good for your mental health.So hope you enjoy creating with me. Hope you are all safe x Emma
So let’s start. Here is the board game we made. I made the snake pattern and everything else my son did.Very much a collaboration.
When my son was little we went to a little girl’s birthday party. She received lots of lovely gifts but her mum said that the gift she played with and treasured the most was the peg doll I had made for her birthday card. Children love receiving and making peg dolls.
We have been going to a children’s festival for the last 6 years which has animal tribes. This year we were team frog again so bought my son some dark green jogging bottoms and zip up hoodie from H&M and ordered this flat cap which I then made some felt eyes to sew on to it and a felt bow tie to go with. Very simple but effective ( well I thought so!)
I don’t even remember how we found this series but we did and it is the only book my son has ever read on his way to school!! The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger.There are 6 books in the series.They are funny because Dwight’s friends are trying to work out if the origami yoda he is bringing to school is all knowledgeable! But it also covers quite a few upsetting issues ( I cried in the second book) like bullying and friendship so it was a great book to read with my son so we talked about the issues brought up while reading.Each book comes with a ‘how to’ origami figure,all Star Wars related which was brilliant fun. Tom Angleberger has a great website to check out in relation to the books. I loved this clever, funny,sad series .