Kids Easter Crafts – Pom-Pom Eggs

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Just a quick one to share a cute little Easter craft the children have been engaging in.

What you’ll need..

Various Size Pom-Poms
Egg Template (or make your own from card)
Card
Tacky Glue
Hole Punch
Thick & Thin Ribbon
Scissors
Pencil
Eraser/Rubber

The children loved this activity. Both Alice who is 10 and the toddler of 3 enjoyed the craft equally. Yes, it can get a little messy, especially when your a toddler, but nothing a little soapy water cannot fix.

Its simple, take a pencil and some card and draw around your egg template. Do this for how ever many egg decorations you want to make. Now cut this out and then rub away any visible pencil marks with an eraser (you may have to create the egg shapes for smaller children as I did for the toddler).

Next step is to use a hole punch to make a hole at the top of each egg.

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Now take some really sloppy tacky white glue and begin to work section by section. Spread glue and then layer Pom-Poms on top side by side.

Push the Pom-Poms as close together as you can, filling any gaps with smaller Pom-Poms. Once completely covered, leave to dry.

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Once the egg has dried, tread through your thick ribbon and tie into a knot ready for hanging.

You can turn the egg over on the reverse side and decorate in the same way so both sides are completely covered. Completely optional, it may depend on how patient the children are being and their overall level of engagement by this stage.

If your not doing both sides then now is the time to place your thin ribbon around the centre of your egg, finishing off with a pretty bow.

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These can also be decorated with other materials such as sequins and gems, felt or paint… Let their imaginations run wild.

All thats left to do is to hang and proudly display… These look great hung from natural tree brunches that have been placed in a soiled pot. They even look great hanging at the window so passers by can admire. I have a bus stop outside my window so the children’s decorations have been admired by many (even the bus drivers lol).

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Kids crafts – Easy Easter Felt Art

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This is really easy and great fun for pre-schoolers.

The idea is for you to create the felt shapes and then for your toddler to use them to create and decorate an Easter egg.

What’s great about this craft idea is that your child will require nothing other than that of the felt to create his egg. There is no sticking, cutting or mess to be made by your child! Once they have designed their egg, they can simply remove the felt pieces and do it all again! The kit can then be stored away and played with again at a later date.

All you will need to create this kit for your pre-schooler is that of the following….

An egg template (or make one with card)
A pencil
Various coloured felt
Scissors and craft knife
A3 coloured card
A4 card any colour
A4 foam sheet
A5 self Adhesive foam sheet
Glue dots
Mounting tape

Here’s what to do (Note – This is so easy you could do it in as little as ten minutes.)

Firstly use an egg template like mine below and with a pencil transfer the shape onto some felt. Do this by drawing around the shape. Once you have finished, cut out the felt egg shape with a craft knife and leave to one side for later.

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Next use different pieces of contrasting coloured felt to cut out various shapes in various sizes. You could cut out felt strips, hearts, triangles, squares, circles, zig zags and much more besides.

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Once you have cut out all your shapes your felt art is almost ready to play with.

First though, take the A4 card line it with glue dots making sure all the corners are also covered and lay your foam of the same size on top.

Now your card and foam are attached, again with glue dots attach the green felt sandwiching the foam in the middle.

Now cut the sandwiched piece of board in half and trim down excess if needed (my felt slightly overlapped the card base).

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Once you have two halves , put one half to one side and cut the other in half again. Place the two halves to one side.

Now Bring back your bigger halve and stick it to your thick self adhesive foam making sure you stick it down on the card side (not felt).

Trim down any excess if needed. By placing my egg in the centre of the felt, it allowed me to see how much I wanted to cut off. My felt base finally resembled the base of a standard birthday card.

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I then brought forward my large coloured card, folded it in half like a birthday card and stuck my felt board onto one side of the centres fold with double sided mounting tape .

I now had the two smaller halves I cut earlier on left. I got rid of one ( this isn’t needed) and stuck the other halve long ways up on the opposite side of my cards centre fold with mounting tape.

Lastly, bring forward your felt egg that you prepared as one of your first steps and use mounting tape to stick it to the centre of the large green felt board.

The card should now be able to close like a book with the felt being on the inner side.

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How to use…

The felt board on one half of the card would be the place for your toddler to get creative and decorate his/her egg. The felt stripe alongside it (opposite halve) would line the pieces of felt that are not currently in use.

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Now that you’ve completed the felt kit, simply give it to your child and watch as they get creative, letting their imaginations run wild.

The best bit for me is the lack of mess involved! Felt sticks to felt really well without being hard for little ones to remove it! Its heaven not having to mop up after him, he can easily pack this away himself once his finished playing with it. Harley honestly thinks that felt is magical, especially considering his so used to using gloppy glue.

When your felt game isn’t in use, close it like a book, keeping the felt and all its pieces inside and store in a plastic zip bag, tin or ice cream container ready to play with again on another day.

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Here’s some ideas for your kits…

Make additional cards for different occasions like Christmas and Chinese New Year.

Use the cards to help your child’s recognition of the various seasons, events and celebrations.

Use the felt game to help your child grasp the various different shapes and colours contained within the kit.

Create new cards together as your child grows and develops new interests.

Add new shapes when existing shapes begin to age, or just add new shapes every now and then to keep the game fun and exciting.

This is a lovely craft idea that is in a sense very educational too. Felt play will benefit your child’s development both physically (fine motor skills) and academically (shape, colour recognition, creative art).

So why not have a go? I’m sure your little ones will be mighty impressed!

How Too Make A Vintage Layered Jewellery Stand

For sometime now I’ve been collecting pretty little vintage saucers in an array of colours and sizes. As mentioned on here before, there has been a reason for my forming collection and here it is…

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This idea came to me from a lovely book called “Home Made Gifts Vintage Style” that was given to me as a gift from the lovely people at ‘Smart Shoppers’ back in the summer. I’d already collected a few pretty vintage saucers by this time, though I had no idea what I wanted to do with them.

This particular jewellery stand only requires 3 saucers, so with those I have remaining, I’m planning on making a pretty vintage cake stand.

So, to make one of these pretty shabby chic jewellery stands you will need…

3 Vintage saucers in graduating sizes
2 Little sherry glasses or small crystal vases
Some strong clear drying adhesive ( I’ve used fast drying Copydex)!
A small glue brush.

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The method is really rather simple…

First take your largest saucer and glue the base of the glass to the middle of the saucer.

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Next you need to take the slightly smaller saucer and glue the bottom middle section to the glasses brim.

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You then take your second glass and glue its bottom to the second saucer.

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The last step is to simply glue the bottom of your smallest saucer to the brim of the second glass.

You should have now created a tiered stand that graduates in size.

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For such a simple idea that’s easy to create, it really is rather effective!

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Especially once its been loaded with sparkle.

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Anyone else created one of these pretty stands or anything similar? I’d love to hear what you’ve been creating. If not, why not give it a try yourself? It really is an easy project to undertake.

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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How Too Make A Tissue Paper Googly Eye Wreath

So here’s our second Halloween craft project of the day.

As promised these are last minute craft ideas that don’t cost very much money to create. 🙂

This spooky tissue paper googly eye wreath took less than 30 minutes to make.

You will need…
Large Polystyrene Ring
4 Large Sheets (Orange Tissue Paper)
4 Large Sheets (Green Tissue Paper)
Dress Pins
Small Sheet Felt (spooky design)
Pack of Googly Eyes (self adhesive)
Pack of Sticky Gems (Small, Self adhesive)
2m Satin Orange Ribbon

Tools…

Just Scissors

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All done… I think it looks pretty spook-Tastic for a load of tissue paper, how about you?

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How Too Make Spooky Tableware Window Display

Today is Halloween and I’m in a hurry to post some awesome last minute crafts, myself and the kids have been creating early this morning.

This spooky tableware (Champagne style glasses) are great for this project. I saw these plain yellow plastic glasses being sold in a charity shop yesterday. I brought all 3 for £1.

I wanted to make a window display but you can use these spooky glasses at your Halloween party and you still have time as they only take minutes to make.

You will need…

Any plastic glasses (Champagne style look fantastic)
Super sticky gem stones
Porcelain pens (black & red) or any waterproof paint.

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That’s it all done… Display on a glass plate with some spooky sequins for added effect.

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How Too Make A Spooky Halloween Door Sign

You will need…
2X A4 Foam in choice of colours
1X Strong Card (Any Colour)
1x Door Handle Template (can make 1)
A5 Black Self Adhesive Foam
A5 White Self Adhesive Foam
Sticky Gems Small and Large
Black, White & Red Deco Pen (paint or felt tip is Ok)
Halloween Spider & Bat Sequins
Halloween Ghost Seqin

Tools Needed
Dark Pencil
Bostik Sticki Pen (or other glue stick)
Sharp Scissors

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Kids Halloween Crafts – Spooky Bookmarks

These funky spooky bookmarks are awesome and a great addition to the Halloween treat bags featured here a few days back.

These really are simple to make and kids will have lots of fun designing and making bookmarks for those who come trick or treating.

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You Will Need

1 x Orange Coloured Foam Sheet
1x Small Piece of Black Card
Scissors
Glue Dots
Ruler
Pencil
Permanent Black Marker
3D Pic-Tixx Glitter (Green + Colour of your Choice)

How To Make A Spooky Pumpkin Bookmark…

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Step 1: Take your foam sheet and place your ruler along the edge of the foam drawing a line from the top to the bottom.

Step 2: Cut along the line and then at each end with a ruler make a small mark 3cms in.

Step 3: Now on each end of your foam you can create the tassel effect by just snipping up to the 3cm mark you made. Do this all the way along at both ends.

Step 4: Draw a pumpkin shape on a section of the remaining orange foam. Use your foam strip as a guide placing it on the foam then making two marks either side. This will ensure your pumpkin will fit on your spooky bookmark.

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Step 5: Cut out and then use a craft knife to cut out the pumpkins eyes nose and mouth (of course its best you do the cutting not the child)!

Step 6: Cut out a slightly smaller circle from the black piece of card ensuring that when the pumpkin is placed on top of it no card can be seen from the sides. Stick the black card with the use of glue dots to the middle of the orange foam strip… Aka bookmark!

Step 7: Now in the same way stick the pumpkin on top of the black card so that the pumpkin now has black eyes, nose and mouth.

Step 7: In pencil to start with, add detail to the pumpkin and decorate your bookmark like I have (pencil means mistakes can be rubbed out)! Once happy with design go over in black marker.

Step 8: Use Pic-Tixx 3D Glitter to add sparkle. I’ve used the green for the pumpkin’s vine and some gold for the message and tassels.

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Step 9: Now just leave to dry and be sure to check no pencil makes can be seen! If so this are easily rubbed away with the use of a standard rubber.

So… there you have it… Simple!

You can make all sorts of designs like this really girly pink ghost bookmark that has a white foam ghost that has been detailed using black marker and and blue Deco paint for the eyes.

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Hope you enjoyed and you’ve left the blog with some Halloween inspiration!