Kids Crafts – What We Made For National Recycling Week

With it being national recycling week we were set a challenge, to make something for this little cutie…

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The Canimals (currently showing on CiTV) are all about turning something ordinary into something extra-ordinary and we (meaning myself and the toddler) took this into account while doing a little brainstorming. Well, eventually the toddler decided on making a play zone for his canimal with an empty cardboard box.

Harley loves playing with his car mat and this is where the idea came from. The only materials required were that of the cardboard box that we opened out and some child friendly poster paints… Oh and our canimal of course!

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Having painted on a bendy white road under the instructions of my three year old, he then got to work turning our canimal play zone into a brightly coloured adventure zone.

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Given it was a warm evening the activity was done in the garden where Harley had loads of room to express his creative flair.

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He had great fun painting on a river, grass bank and loads of pretty colourful flowers.

The whether was nice so his masterpiece took little time to dry. This was great news as it meant his cute little canimal could enjoy their purpose built play zone in no time at all.

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Kids Crafts – Painting A BirdHouse

We love a delivery from Baker Ross! Our last delivery was one packed with fantastic products all of which the children really enjoyed getting creative with.

Crafting, is a great way to amuse the kids during the school half term. We have so far had no boredom set in, despite the rainy weather we have experienced here in london these past few days! Why? Because the children have been busy painting and decorating their very own birdhouse.

The suppliers (all provided from Baker Ross Ltd) were as follows…
Box of cardboard readymade Bird Houses, selection of 8 Grotto acrylic paints (designed specifically for children), PVA glue and some fantastic and EZ Stones (that I’ll explain a little more about later within this post).

The toddler age 3 and my daughter Alice Sara 10, Had a fabulous time painting their birdhouses.These cute little houses come ready-made and all that is required is your child’s colourful imagination and some child friendly grotto paint. Grotto acrylic paints are specifically designed to be used by children, they come in 8 colour shades, are supplied in their own carry case, and are all water based and 100% safe to use.

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Alice Sara used the paints to decorate her birdhouse in a Multi coloured stripy fashion. She then used sponge stamps to decorate various areas of her birdhouse. Harley also went for a Multi coloured design and enjoyed mixing and swirling his paints all over his house… And mine!

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The children gave their birdhouses an hours drying time before applying PVA glue to the roof and then covering the glue in crystal EZ stones. These colourful vibrant crushed natural stones add a Three-dimensional effect, giving it that something. a great alternative to glitter. textured, sparkling effects. 6 assorted colours, 150g per colour.

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This is the very first time myself and the children have come across EZ stones but already we love them! They really help to make a craft project that little bit different. The natural stones have been finely crushed making them easy to work with. They are available in an array of fantastic colours and can be added to almost any surface whether its a painting on standard paper or a huge playhouse made of cardboard boxes and toilet roll tubes. I’ll be honest! These stones can leave a little mess around the table/floor but that’s easily sorted with a clean dust pan and brush (you can then sweep them back into their original containers and seal).

Now, back to the project at hand! Once the glue was completely dried and the stones firmly stuck in place, the kids painted a few layers of Mod Podge as to give it a seal and protect the kids lovely art work.

So… Here are the finished birdhouses!

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I love these cute colourful birdhouses and think the kids did a fantastic job. I know that if I were a bird I’d definitely fancy popping in for a quick bite to eat! Wouldn’t you?

If you think your little ones would love to get creative in this way, then just pop over to the Baker Ross ltd online store where all of the listed materials can be easily found. The great news is that Baker Ross Ltd don’t charge the earth for these materials and whats more they can even be brought in bulk which saves you even more money (fantastic for schools and community groups ect).

Well, thanks for reading! We (myself and the children) hope this project has inspired you to get crafty.

Christmas Crafts With Baker Ross Ltd

Its no secret how much I love Baker Ross, a truly wonderful craft supplier who simply have everything for ones crafting needs. Whether its gloppy glue, sequins or 3d paint your after, then you’ll find they have all these and more at their online store.

Baker Ross also supply a huge range of craft kits which are fantastic for kids. Better still they are really reasonably priced. For each season or holiday Baker Ross Ltd bring out some fabulous seasonal craft kits and one we recently tried was the 3D Reindeer and Sleigh Foam Kit that you can buy in packs of 2 for £2.50 or 10 for £11.00.

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What’s really great about this kit is that each one is individually packed so these could be added to party bags or shared between friends etc… The kit itself consists of a number of foam parts that require popping out and slotting together. The googly eyes, reindeer nose and the stars that decorate the sleigh are all self adhesive so no glue is required.

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Everything you need to construct this 3D Reindeer and Sleigh is in the kit. Its simple to construct and Alice-Sara made one easily. These look great dotted around the house as decoration or like the toddler you can sit playing with them for hours.

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Check out the many Pre-prepared craft kits and more over at Baker Ross Ltd online

How Too Make Batty Hanging Glowing Bats

Yes, you do still have time to make a batty bat. Yes the paint takes a while to dry but it can dry as it hangs.

What you will need…

2 A5 Self Adhesive Black Foam Sheets
Bag Black Sequins (mixed sizes)
Baker Ross Luminous Paint ( best tried)
2 Tiny Googly Eyes
Fishing Line Thread
Glue Dots

Tools…

Scissors
Precision tool
Pencil

Here it goes…

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Your done… Now hang and wait for the darkness to see you bat glow.

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Glowing Batty Bat…

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A craft project – Glass Painting

I love working with glass, it’s such a delicate material to craft with, but one that almost always produces brilliant results.

This last month, I’ve been feeling very crafty! I’ve had a bit of an obsession with my Deco and Porcelain paint pens as well as that of Pic-Tixx 3D Glitter.

Both myself and the kids have been busy creating a whole host of stuff. A few weeks ago we designed our own porcelain plates, then we went on to create some porcelain mugs to match. More recently I’ve been using Deco paint pens and Pic-Tixx 3D Glitter to add my own unique stamp to items such as t-shirts and I’m currently in the process of making some boring leggings into some groovy ones!

Apart from the leggings, I’ve been busy jazzing up some glass lanterns for the garden.These, I brought in a really funky shop called ‘Tiger’ it’s kinda like the ikea market place but better.They sell all kinds of stuff from vintage inspired puppets to masquerade masks. I often buy funky bits of stationary and pretty plane glass jars which I use to create pretty gifts for family ( I’m planing on demonstrating how I do this next week).

The glass lanterns have thin metal handles so they can be hung as well as placed on a table. I have brought loads over the summer and at both £1 and £2 (depending on size and colour) they are a great find and I love them.

However despite their already prettiness, I really wanted to put my own stamp on them.This was perfect as I could do almost any funky design without worrying about them matching the decor as these are intended for the garden. I’m a big lover of vintage pastels and French inspired furniture. I’m currently in the processes of restoring furniture to give it that slightly worn shabby chic look.The pastels and French cottage theme is being carried out right throughout the house, so, I’ve decided to bring bright funky colours to the garden… I love glitter but used within the home, unless it’s Christmas, is in my opinion a tad tacky… That’s why I’m glitzing up the back yard instead.

So far I’ve been customising green and pink tinted glass lanterns as well as some clear ones.

I hadn’t created any design or plan! In fact, I’m sure I didn’t even have one in my head… Nope, I had no ideas whatsoever. So, I just went with the flow, putting pen to glass and just doing whatever came into my head right then and now.

What I used:
Deco Paint Pens: These write like a thick felt tip pen, the colour is released from the pen onto almost any service, and it’s only then you can tell its actually acrylic paint your using.

Porcelain Paint pens: These work like those above, except when it comes to porcelain these are much more striking. So, when working with porcelain I’ll be honest when stating… if given the choice out the two I’d go for the porcelain paint pens when using on plates and cups but equally the deco pens when, like now, I’m decorating glass.

Pic-Tixx 3D Glitter: This is absolutely amazing stuff, I love it! It works well on almost any surface, wood, glass, porcelain, china, plastic and even fabric (wash garments at 30’c but be sure to set the glitter on your design with an iron before hand). I’ve found these work amazingly on glass, though there is one colour in my packet of 6 that is much runner than the rest, meaning it isn’t very 3D either.

Glass Lanterns: My pretty garden candle lanterns in pink & green stained glass, as well as my clear glass lanterns were brought from a shop locally to me called ‘Tiger’ unsure if these are online. Each is priced between £1-£2 and they are the perfect size for decorating.

If you can’t find this kind of glassware, clean jam jars and existing votive holders are all possibilities worth considering.

Paint pens and glitter I use can be picked up for a good price at Baker Ross.

I don’t need to give you a step-by-step guide, as it’s as simple as drawing your own design directly onto the glass. However, here is a few tips if your using Deco paint pens or 3D Pic-Tixx.

1) Decorate one side and leave to dry for a good few hours before finally completing the remaining side.

2) If using Deco-Pens as well as Pic-Tixx then opt for darker more striking colours. This works better with the glitter.

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3) Don’t attempt to use Pic-Tixx while Deco paint is still drying! It just gets messy.

4) if any mistakes are made, quickly wipe away with a slightly wet cotton pad and a wet cotton bud for the smaller harder to reach mistakes.

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This is a dead simple but very effective way to create a glass masterpiece or simply jazz up items already found around the home.

Whatever you decided to do… Be sure to have fun while releasing the creativeness from within!

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I hope you feel inspired to give it ago!

A one off design

Armed with a white t-shirt, Deco pens and some Pic Tixx glitter pens, I decided to express some creative flair.

It was simple!

All I did was draw my design on the t-shirt first with pencil and once I was happy with it, I drew over the pencil with black Deco pen.

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Then I added the details… Hair, tattoos, bracelet etc.

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I used Pic Tixx glitter pens to add some sparkle. I especially love the silver that I added to the bracelet and the red strikes of glitter in her hair!

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I did smudge a little of the red! As I went to hang the t-shirt over the door to dry it, I must have accidentally knocked it. Given the Pic Tixx works so well I couldn’t remove it! I therefore plan to add some funky backdrop later on.

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The Pic Tixx Glitter and Deco pens (pack of 6) are from Baker Ross. They are really reasonably priced, £10.99 for the pens and £9.99 for the glitter. They can be used on almost any surface and last a good length of time.

The t-shirt I used was just a plain white tee from ASOS that I’ve had sat in the draw for donkeys years.

So, there you have it! A true one off tee designed by me! Why don’t you get crafty and give it a go!