Tutorial – Papier Mâché and Mod Podge Makeup Bag

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This fabulous simmering bag has been put together by combining Papier mâché with mod podge. Its base that started as a cardboard box in Hobbycraft has received some super restyling, resulting in this handy storage bag for makeup.

Here’s what I used

Paper Mâché Box Bag (Hobbycraft)
Black acrylic paint – PoundLand
Mod podge gloss – Hobbycraft
Dark blue course glitter – Baker Ross Ltd
4 x Lace sequinned embellishments ( the type used for clothing and upholsteries)
Vintage Black bead and silver necklace
Small glass embellishments – PoundLand
2x small black bows – PoundLand
Old vintage broken brooch
Bag charm attachment (minus the charm)
Thick black lace (about 20 cms)
Extra strong glue dots (strips covered by plastic) PoundLand
4 metal bag feet with connectors (available from craft stores)
Electric blue felt -Baker Ross ltd

Additional tools needed

Paint and glue brushes
Paper plate ( to mix paint and mod podge)
Jewellery crimpers
Scissors
Large screw
Cork hammer

First take a paper plate and mix 4 parts mod podge with 8 parts black paint. You can add more paint or Mod Podge if required! You don’t want the mixture to turn grey, so it is important to add double as much black paint to that of the mod podge.

Once you have the mixture as it should be (gloppy and black) add a generous amount off your glitter. Because the mixture is so dark making it hard to see the glitter when mixed does mean its difficult to judge how much glitter to add! I tend to only know I have enough glitter, once my mixture has formed a very gritty texture. At first your mixture may seem dull and not very shimmery. This is only because the mixture is still wet, as it dries the glitter will become much more sparkly.

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Now, prepare your box for painting by removing the current paper handles. Just cut these with scissors and discard off.

With a medium size paint brush, apply the mixture directly onto the box. (excluding the inside and bottom base). Leave to dry between 30-60 minutes dependent on room temperature. You will know your box has began to dry as the glitter will start to come through and twinkle. You will need to apply two coats of the mixture to the box.

Once dry you can now decorate.

Work on one side at a time starting with the 2 biggest sides!

Take 2 of your sequinned upholstery embellishments and decided how you would like these to be placed on one side of your box. Once you are sure how you want them placed, secure them to the box with mod podge covering both the top and bottom of each embellishment.

Add some small glass embellishments at the same time and sponge over with mod podge to secure.

Once dry cover the entire design with a second coat of Mod Podge Gloss.

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Once this side is complete and fully dried, you can now start on the opposite side.

Again place the remaining 2 sequinned embellishments how you want them before finally securing with mod podge as before.

Add your 2 black bows to your design and then cover these with mod podge to secure in place.

Lastly cover the entire design in a layer of Mod Podge Gloss.

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When your two main sides are completely dry, its time to start work on the two small sides of the box.

Add a strip of black thick lace so that it runs long ways, down the centre of each off your two sides. You should do this by securing with Mod Podge by adding it directly to the box and over the top of the lace. You can cut any excess lace from your box once it has dried (this is easier as the lace won’t slide about)!

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Now leave to dry.

While your box is drying, its time to start work on your handle.

First take the charmless bag charm attachment and your old vintage brooch. I was able to secure the old vintage brooch to the attachment as it had a metal loop attached to the back of it, allowing me to just attach it to the keyring part of the bag charm. If your charm has no loop to attach the bag charm attachment then you can either attach one using some jewellery finishings and a solder or attach to the front of the attachment with some super glue. Once done place to one side for later.

Next, take your old bead and metal necklace and carefully break this in two equal halves, ensuring you break it where the metal connectors are and not the beads.

Use some jewellery crimpers to open the metal loops of the the beaded necklace on each end of your 2 pieces.

Now place to one side with your finished bag charm. We will fit the handles as one of the last steps before finally completing the bag.

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Bring forward your box which should have dried after around 30 minutes or so. With a medium size paint brush paint the entire inner section of your box in black acrylic paint. Leave to dry for 30 minutes or so.

Once dry turn upside-down and paint the bottom of the boxes base in the same black acrylic paint. Leave to dry for 20 minutes plus.

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Once all paint is dry take some electric blue felt and cut slightly smaller then your base like so. Now apply to the base using ‘Tacky glue’ leave to dry for a bit before cutting another piece of the same felt to fit the inner base of your box. This will line the box and provide padding for its intended contents. This doesn’t need to be glue in place, it should just simply slot into place but before adding it, you should secure your feet in place.

To secure the feet in place I used a long nail and a cork hammer. Turning the box upside down I banged a hole in each of the bases 4 corners. You will need to apply some pressure as you need to penetrate the felt too. Now push a foot through each of the 4 prepared holes. The feet can be secured inside the box by opening the metal connectors and lying them flat against the box. Once you have done this for all 4 feet, add the blue felt you prepared for the inner section of your box so that it covers the feet connectors and provides some cushioning for your makeup.

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Now take one piece of your necklace and thread the metal through one of the holes in your bag, pushing it flat against the box. Now cover the metal directly over the top with 2 strong glue dots leaving on the plastic.

Thread the remaining end through the opposite hole (like that of the original handles) and connect in the same way with the glue dots.

Do the same for the remaining necklace and the remaining 2 holes.

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Now cut through the charms loop and tie this to the loop of your bags handle nearest the bags body. Tie a double knot before finally cutting off any excess thread.

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Your makeup bag is now ready to fill and display!

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Here’s mine in action!

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Tutorial – Decorated Polystyrene Eggs For Easter

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This month is going by extremely fast and before we know it, its gonna be Easter weekend.

Myself and the children always love getting the messy box out and this month we’ve been getting stuck into some fun Easter crafts.

Decorating eggs is a long loved tradition but it doesn’t always have to involve, hard boiling or blowing off eggs. Last year we showed you how to make great paper mâché eggs using coloured tissue paper and Polystyrene eggs. This year I want to show you some other easy and creative ways to decorate polystyrene eggs. These will give much quicker results than the paper mâché method but each will still look great and be good fun to make, especially with your little helpers on hand.

Below, I’ve included a number of different decorating ideas.

Each require different materials but these are all largely made up of polystyrene eggs, Large lolly sticks, paints, glitter, 3D Pic-Tixx, decorative tape, mod podge, strong glue dots, pink ribbon, Deco pens, egg stencils and an assortment of embellishments.

In terms of the tools required, these mainly consist of just paint and glue brushes.

All our eggs have been fitted to a large lolly stick. This is done by penetrating the flat bottom end of the egg with the stick so it sits securely in the centre of the egg making them easy to paint and decorate.

All eggs first receive two coats of paint (colour dependent on design) with each being given a drying time of 20 minutes in between coats.

Once eggs are complete and dry the final steps are to cover them in a layer of modge podge. It is when the mod podge has dried that we can remove our eggs from there sticks or if preferred you can display them with the sticks attached to avoid a visible hole (note… this is small and doesn’t pose a problem anyway).

Blue Metallic Glitter Eggs

Here are two different blue glitter eggs. The first has been given this foil effect that can be created on hard boiled egg shells using dye and foil pieces only we have created it with silver glitter and modge podge.

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To add this effect to your painted polystyrene egg, roll it in the silver glitter adding more glitter to some areas then others. The self adhesive stars are a pretty finishing touch.

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For the second egg we have gone for a striped design that has again been achieved by adding mod podge and rolling in glitter. Both eggs are painted in Metallic blue acrylic paint (see reference section for stockists).

Cute stencilled eggs

We have again created two eggs in this design set!

Metallic blue egg with yellow stencil

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This is very simple and required only minimal effort. A stencil is applied directly over the dried painted egg and a yellow deco pen has then been used to transfer the design onto the centre of the egg.

Pink and blue bunny egg

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The same method has been used on this pink egg. The only difference being is that to transfer the bunny stencil to the centre of this egg we used a small, thin paint brush and some acrylic paint (same blue used before).

Pink feather egg

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This is a bit of a messy one despite the addition of a stick! Mod podge and pink feathers have been used bit by bit, one by one, to cover a painted pink egg. While egg is wet it has received a trim and a sprinkle of pink /purple glitter.

3D Pic-Tixx Glitter Eggs

Runny Egg

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This is so simple yet totally effective. Just use silver Pic-Tixx 3D glitter on the top centre point of a painted black egg. This is to create a running effect. The Pic-Tixx is thick and would naturally not run well, so you manually create the effect with the easy to use Pic-Tixx applicator pen.

Dark Pink glitter egg

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Again this is an incredible simple look to create. Although we are using 3D Pic-Tixx pens this egg doesn’t require a 3D design. Instead I applied pink Pic-Tixx glitter to that of a metallic pink painted egg and used the tip of my finger to blend the glitter over the entire egg. Note: A finger tip is messy but doesn’t leave the strokes that a brush leaves, therefore creating a better finish.

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As a finishing touch, use some pretty ribbon to tie a bow around the centre of the pink glittered egg once it has dried.

Eggs created with adhesives and tapes

Black & Gold Spotty Egg

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To create this affect randomly add strong glue dots to the body of a black painted egg. Dispense some gold glitter onto a clean surface or paper plate and carefully role the glue dots in the glitter

Metallic Purple Heart Egg

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For this final egg you will need to add some decorative tape around the centre body of a metallic purple painted egg. Then finish off by securing a self adhesive sequinned pink heart to the centre of the egg, in the middle of the tape.

And that’s you done people!

Hope we gave you some polystyrene egg decoration inspiration…

Have any ideas of your own? I’d love to hear them so feel free to comment if desired.

Reference section
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href=”http://www.poundland.co.uk/product-range/a-z/12-polystyrene-easter-eggs/”>”>Polystyrene eggs (12pk) PoundLand
Metallic paints – Baker Ross Ltd
Egg stencils (6pk) PoundLand
Deco pens – Baker Ross Ltd
Pic Tixx 3D Glitter – Baker Ross Ltd

Kids Easter Crafts – Egg Puppets

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Me and the children have had a great deal of fun making fab little egg puppets.

You may be thinking ‘What is this crazy lady talking about, who makes puppets out of eggs?’

These are actually made from Polystyrene eggs so there won’t be any messy accidents involved (well, if you don’t include the gloppy mod podge and paint mixture, that is)!

The puppets are great to make with kids. There are endless possibilities when creating these. With the magic of their imagination these puppets can be created in a variety of designs! This is a real great alternative to traditional Easter crafts and one we’ve enjoyed immensely.

To make these you will need…

Polystyrene eggs, 1 per puppet Make as many as you desire. (PoundLand 12pk)
Pink acrylic paint
White acrylic paint
Black paint
Deco Art pens or markers (black & red)
Glitter
Mod podge
Sticky eyes (Baker Ross ltd)
White bow embellishment
Glue dot
Sticks (i’ve used some long white lolly sticks, which are ideal as they don’t have sharp points)

Any other items you want to jazz up your puppets (beads for earrings, bows as hair accessories etc)

I’m going to simply demonstrate how to create a rather basic egg puppet. You can jazz these up how you wish, change the colour of the hair and skin with different paints etc.

First I took one of my sticks and pieced the centre bottom of the egg (the flattest end).

Then I painted the egg in pink paint. I mixed around 4 parts white to 2 parts pink to create the desired shade for my puppets skin tone. The stick also makes the process much easier and less messy which is why I’d advise inserting your sticks into your eggs as a first step. Give egg two thin coats being careful to avoid drips.

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Once dry (within 20 minutes) I was then ready to apply my puppets hair. For this I mixed some mod podge gloss, some dark blue course glitter and black paint. (I roughly used 3 parts glue to 6 parts paint) this is to ensure the mixture remained black and didn’t turn grey.

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I them painted the mixture onto my egg to create the hair of my puppet. The added glue makes the mixture dry really glossy and the glitter not only gives it subtle hints of sparkle but a good course texture too.

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I left to dry for a least an hour before using a red deco art paint pen to add my puppets mouth.

The nose was added with a black deco pen which I also used to outline the lips.

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One of the final details was the eyes in which I used sticky eyes that I got from baker Ross (excellent as they have so many designs to add character to your puppets).

I left it for a while to ensure the paint was properly set before giving my entire egg puppet a coat of mod podge. Sometimes traces of paint end up on your brush once mod podge is applied, however this isn’t a problem so don’t worry about it.

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Lastly, add a glue dot to the head where the hair parts and securing a white bow embellishment in place.

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And that’s it! You can make allsorts of great egg puppets. These include people, animals, princesses and kings… Make plain old simple ones like that above or fancy ones like some of these below…

MR Duck:

Made with yellow paint, sponge, sticky eyes and feathers

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MR Alien (Glow in the dark egg puppet)

Made simply using Green & black paint, glow in the dark paint, Yellow Deco pen, sticky eyes and a piece of fur.

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Then all that’s left to do is have fun playing with your egg puppets. We have a great little puppet studio, the perfect place to put on a show.

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And finally here’s a super quick round up off some other great Easter Crafts for kids I’ve found online…

Right at the top we have the ever fabulous Naturestore with her fab Easter Potato Printing

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One of my all time favourite blogs for fun kids activity and crafts, ‘Mummy Mummy Mum‘ shows us how to make funky, dingy little hats for our eggs.

Over on the Blog ‘Me and My Shadow‘ you can find out how to create the most simplistic, yet super cute bunny cards.

Domestic Goddess demonstrates how to put together a cute fluffy bunny wreath…

While Mama Owl shares some great ideas from tissue paper eggs to the most delicious looking Easter cake.

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How to organise A slumber Party On A Budget (Part 1)

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My daughter turned 10 yesterday and because her birthday fell on a Tuesday we decided she could do something special last weekend.

I guess I thought she’d just want to have a party… Ok its a load of tidying up and a little preparation but I didn’t mind… Honest!

She did opt for a party but one of a different kind… Sleepover AKA… slumber party. I had a little think about it and decided that yes she could, but she was only having a maximum of 5 friends stay over the night.

In the end she opted for just 4 of her friends and as one couldn’t make it just 3 came! Nonetheless, 4 girls in total was actually more than enough… Girls can be bitchy to one another, even sweet little ten year olds ( or so I discovered).

So, they received an invite that stated “Please bring Your Sleeping Bags” and Alice excitedly awaited the weekend.

Me, I wanted my “Not” so little girl to enjoy herself but I still wanted to stay sane during the process, especially given I’d be parenting a demanding 3 year old toddler and a melt down prone almost teenage boy with Aspergers Syndrome on the side. With this I sat down with Alice and we brainstormed on things they could do to make the sleep over exciting and fun but also in a cost efficient way (its January not one of my best months for money).

Here’s a few ideas we came up with…

Home made girly bunting & other decorations for the bedroom
Tattoo bar (temporary of cause)
Nail bar (again temporary)
Hair Bar
Face Painting
Girly chick flicks accompanied by a hot chocolate bar and popcorn cups
Monster High Cupcakes
Few little gifts on the night
Personalised girly gift bags (for when they leave)
Board Games
Karaoke
And more besides… She made a reasonable size list!

We came up with an agreement that was …

Alice could have the sleep over, mum (that’s me) would make the decorations and cakes and bags with Alice’s help. On the night Alice would be provided with all the supplies to have an awesome time but she would then need to use them as she wished… example being that she would not once tell me she was bored! She would organise her hair and nail bar and create her own schedule for the nights event. The only rule being was that all these things were done by 10 pm and then it was time to settle down with hot chocolate and watch the movies provided. I would also be making dinner at a set time so she would need to organise her fun around this time too.

The party Shop…

I decided a trip to PoundLand was in order. It was the perfect place to grab some materials for the nights events.
It was here that I stocked up on treats like crisps, marshmallows, sweets etc. I also grabbed a 20 flag bunting in all different colours as well as balloons, pretty cupcake cases and cake toppers, cupcake stand and decorative tags. Plus I found some pretty little wire butterflies and flowers that I felt would be perfect decorations for the bags. I think I spent around £15, so not to bad at all.

Next stop was Primark… Yes seriously! I was there buying myself some PJs when I noticed the big discount basket that was full off stick on nails. They had these great sparkly metallic gold leopard print design and were reduced to a fab-Tastic 50p each. That was another £2 spent.

Next up was eBay… No queues or heavy bags here. This time I was shopping from the sofa. Here I did very well. I won a bid for a bulk load of 30 girly party bag items. There was 6 different items 5 of each. These include… Temporary tattoo packs, wooden bangles, friendship bands, sticker sheets, packs of 4 hair accessories and mascaras (that they didn’t get). I won the bid at £2.20 with £1.50 postage. The stuff is of excellent quality so I was super happy.

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I also brought a bag of 100 acrylic Alphabet beads (£1.40 free postage) 20 funky plastic rings £1 with 85p postage and 10 heart mobile phone charms (that can also be used on iPods, hand gaming consoles and more) these were 99p with £1.99 postage.

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The last two items I got from eBay were a pack of pretty girly cellophane flower design bags and a pack of 20 monster high rice paper cupcake toppers both items were £2 each with free postage.

Prep…

Given the bunting was rather plain (just brightly coloured flags on a string, we decided to cheer them up with stuff from the craft cupboard.

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We used…

Different size decorative tapes in 5 different designs (pink lace, stripy, Love, skull and cupcake)
Self adhesive buttons
Self adhesive hearts
Mod podge gloss

We cut the 20 flag strip in two halfs of 10.

We used the different tapes in various ways to decorate each flag. Some had multiple strips where others just received a boarder along the top.

We used the different embellishments to decorate. Buttons were applied directly to the tape or in the middle or bottom of our flags. The hearts were sometimes gathered in groups of 2 or 3 giving a bold and girly design.

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The skull tap did look a little pirate theme but we then added a strip of Pink Love tape along with a heart to make it stand out in a girly fashion.

The last step was to apply one coat of mod podge to each flag. Now although the flags and some of the tapes were already ultra glossy due to the material they were made from, I decided to do this as to make the bunting stronger and to give the embellishments and other bits that same glossy look.

Mod Podge applied to this material dries in minutes. Our bunting took less then 20 minutes to make which does include drying time. It was therefore up on the wall in no time.

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Other decorations we made together, were some very pretty hanging butterflies that would not only be fab decorations for a slumber party but a great addition to her bedrooms decor like that of the butterfly canvas we recently created and showed you here on the blog. With this I’ve decided to show you these in a later post (that will include a little tutorial). We also made paper chains from decorative papers and pompom garlands. All items apart from the flag bunting were already housed in our crafts cupboard, so the costs were kept very low

As for the party bags (for when they leave to go home) we created these with the following items…

Clear cellophane bags with flower design.
Wire ties (came with bags)
Self adhesive wire flowers and butterflies
Ribbon (different colours)
Decorative tags
Decorative paper and a balloon and heart craft punch (to make sequins)
Party Bag Contents (the items from eBay, including the rings and mobile charms)

These, were simple to create but the end results were very pretty, much better than your bog standard party bag that normally involves little themed bags that kids tip all over the floor just so they can find what it is they are looking for.

I wanted the bags to be see-through hence the cellophane bags. This allows kids to see whats inside without even opening them. Nonetheless, I still wanted them to be really pretty and girly so opted for the flower design I’ve mentioned above.

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Each bag was filled with the treats mentioned and there was no inclusion of any sweets. I hate it when my kids bring home bags of sticky sweets following a party. 1- They may have siblings (and we all know how kids like to share their sweets) and 2- Sugar highs are not welcomed by all parents. I also decided to hold back the mascaras. I didn’t fancy parents calling me up asking why the hell their 10 year olds were stood in front of the mirror poking themselves in the eye as they stood applying mascara! The contents were however really fun and girlie and included all the other little bits I mentioned earlier within this post.

To add sparkle and that something extra, myself and daughter sat for what felt like ages punching out balloon and heart shapes from decorative papers with the craft punches. We then added a handful of these shapes to each bag before finally tying them shut with the plastic wire ties followed by pretty ribbon tied into a bow.

The last few steps were to apply the self adhesive wire flower and butterfly shapes to the centre of each tied bag (one for each). Finally we used a small piece of our pretty “Love” print tape to attach the pretty decorative tags that we hand wrote the names of each child attending.

Stunning don’t you think…

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So… to find out what food we created, cakes we made and special little gifts we gave, be sure to return to read our second instalment of “How to organise A slumber Party On A Budget” I’ll be sharing tips on how to create fun party food on little money, cocktails appropriate for 10 year old little ladies and an update on just how well Alice’s slumber party played out… Warning Paracetamol intake involved.

Easy Personalised Art Work For Children’s Bedroom (Tutorial)

Sometimes you realise that a room could do with a bit of a cheer up. Not that you need to redecorate, painting the walls a new colour… Sometimes the addition of a little art work is all that’s needed to make a boring wall a magical one.

My daughters bedroom walls were looking a tad boring so with this in mind I decided to make some simple artwork to cheer it up a little

What I used to create this easy flower and butterfly picture.

Thick Card Square (measuring 30 by 23 centimetres)
Blue Metallic Acrylic Paint
Green Pic-Tixx 3D Glitter
3 Handcrafted Butterflies
5 Yellow Buttons
Pain & Glitter Flower Pre-Cut Shapes
Deco Pen (light green)
Glittered Card Letters
Mod Podge (clear gloss finish)

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Tools
Glue Dots
2 Medium Size Paint Brushes (for glue and paint)

Optional… Box Frame To Display Art

How to Make…

1) Paint your piece of card with the blue metallic paint. Leave to dry then paint a second coat.

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2) Once both coats have been applied and your card is fully dry, use your green deco paint pen to draw the flower stalks onto the card like so…

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3) Use the green Pic-Tixx pen to randomly add some sparkly leafs to the flower steams. Leave to dry for a least an hour.

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4) Once dry use glue dots to add the flower shapes to the ends of the flower steams. Layer these up and use the yellow buttons to finish of the bigger flowers. Be creative, mixing sizes and colours for different effects.

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5) Once all your Flowers have been added use a thick brush to cover the picture in a layer of mod podge. Sponge around the flowers as glue tends to sit within these areas. Now leave to dry.

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6) Once dry add your glittery letters along the bottom of your picture. Cover these in a thin layer of mod podge using a sponge. Leave to dry for 45 minutes.

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7) Once dry add glue dots to the backs of your 3 butterflies (2 each to the bodies). Add to your picture by pressing and holding down firmly.

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Add your picture to a frame, a box frame is best as it allows room for the butterflies.

Mine is yet to be placed in a frame but it looks pretty great wouldn’t you agree?

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Resources…
Handcrafted Butterflies (£1 pack of 4 from PoundLand)
Paint, Deco pen and Pic-Tixx (Baker Ross Ltd)
Mod Podge (Hobbycraft)
Flower Shapes (PoundLand)
Letters (eBay)

Mod Podge Christmas decorations

This is a really simple idea for making decorations for your tree.

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You will need

Some glittery flower embellishments in bright colours (these are currently in PoundLand)

White foam glittery flowers (PoundLand)

Selection of ribbon

Glue dots

Gold simmer mod podge (Hobbycraft)

Tacky glue (Baker Ross Ltd)

Small glue brush

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This is so simple its scary. Just layer your bright flowers on top of one another, starting with the biggest first. Use glue dots to secure your embellishments in place.

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Once you have stuck down your second flower, take a white foam embellishment and stick on top of the second flower.

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Now take one of your smaller flower embellishments in the same colour as the first one you used and stick this to the white foam embellishment, only this time use the tacky glue.

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Now turn the layered flower over to reveal its non glittery side.

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Selected your ribbon and cut down to size (this depends how you want them to hang, I prefer them short rather than long). Now loop the ribbon securing both ends to the centre of the flower with some glue dots.

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Select a flower embellishment that is the same size as your first, only ensure its a different colour. Add a glue dot to its non glittery side and lining it with your first large flower. Stick it in place therefore hiding where you have stuck down your ribbon.

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Now do the same as what you did for the other side. Don’t forget that following your second flower the third should be a white foam flower and the last should be the smallest embellishment that is the same colour as that of the first.

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Now all that’s left to do is cover the decoration in Mod Podge.

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Once you have covered one entire side hang and let dry. Once dry (around 30 minutes) turn over and cover the other side in the same way.

Leave for a few hours to ensure the finished decorations have fully dried before hanging from the Christmas tree.

You can have loads of fun mixing up your colours. I know that myself and daughter enjoyed making these together.

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Homemade Tree Decorations

I’ve been making lots of Christmas decorations (which you have probably worked out already) but I can’t help it, I just love getting crafty this time of year.

I brought a whole bag of Decopatch paper mâché decorations ready to decorate and I’ve already shared some of the decorations we have made using them. If you haven’t checked these out out already, please do! I have made twinkly stars for the tree and some shabby chic Christmas hearts.

Today I want to share these pretty hanging tree decorations decorated with both paints and Decopatch.

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Here’s what you will need to make your own…

2x Decopatch hanging Christmas trees
Pearlised acrylic green paint
Sparkly green tissue paper
Green glitter
Decopatch glossy vanish glue
Sticky gems (large and small)

Tools needed…
Scissors
Paint and glue brushes

For the painted tree decoration

First give your paper mâché tree to coats of pearlised acrylic green paint on either side.

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Once dry paint on 4 stripes with glue then cover in green glitter. Shake of excess glitter and leave to dry before repeating on the other side.

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Once the glitter is completely dry on both sides, decorate between the glitter with sticky gems. Do this for both sides.

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That’s it your finished.

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For the second tree I simply cut the tissue paper into small pieces and layered onto the paper mâché tree with Decopatch glossy glue (adding glue to both the tree and over the top of the tissue paper). This was left to dry for around 3 hours.

I then covered the whole thing in decopatch glue before covering it in glitter.

I finally added one more layer of the Decopatch glossy vanish glue over the top of the glitter. Don’t worry this does dry clear allowing your glitter to sparkle.

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REFERENCE SECTION

Pearlised Acrylic Paint: Baker Ross Ltd
Sticky Gems: Baker Ross Ltd
Decopatch Decs: eBay (but you can get some from the Decopatch Place)
Glitter: Hobbycraft
Decopatch Glue/Vanish: Decopatch place
Tissue Paper: PoundLand

KIDS CRAFTS – MAKE PERSONALISED BIRTHDAY CARDS

Boden UK ran a competition recently to celebrate their 21st Birthday. You had to design a birthday card and then email it to them. I’m unsure if the competition winners have yet been drawn so I can’t point you in their direction but I can share with you all Alice-Sara’s entry which I thought was fantastically creative.

Her design consists of two models dressed in their party focks. Alice started by drawing the outline of her two models onto white folded card. She then used scraps of material and sparkly gems for one of their outfits and a number of flower embellishments for the other.

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She then covered some large card in some birthday paper before mounting the white folded card on top. She decorated with different embellishments, glitter and stick on sparkly gems.

Alice then painted her models in ELC glow in the dark paint (just so her entry couldn’t be missed)

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Having waited for her design to dry she finished it off like all cards… With a big happy birthday message inside.

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I’m pretty sure the winners have been notified already and although Alice-Sara wasn’t one of them, her card is a winning design in my eyes and i’m very proud of her artistic flair.

What we used

Craft Papers: (free with a crafting magazine but available at all good craft shops)
Sparkly Gems: PoundLand
Scrapbook embellishments: TK Maxx
Glitter (can’t remember I have so much of the stuff)
Glow In The Dark Paint: Early Learning Centre (ELC)