These cute toilet roll magic wands are inexpensive to make and provide hours of fun too!
My kids really loved the toilet roll flowers we made to decorate their rooms. They are forever playing with them and today they were using them as magic wands to turn each other into frogs and whatnot. I thought this was a fab idea and it gave us the inspiration to make these cute little toilet roll wands – I just love them! The kids have played with them for hours, they’re great for imaginative play and provide just as much fun as any store bought toy too. They need a lot of glue gun usage so require an adult to make.
Here’s what we used
Coloured paint and paintbrush
Wooden skewer (pointy end removed!)
Something for the middle (pom pom, button etc)
How to make these toilet roll magic wands
Start by taking some paint and colouring the TP rolls and optionally the wand stick too. For this wand we used one blue roll, one white roll and a painted blue skewer (pointy end chopped off for safety!)
Once dry, take the tp roll that you will be using for the main part of the wand and chop it into five equal rings.
Use the hot glue gun to attach two rings both together and to the stick.
Finish adding the rest of the rings to make a star shape. for stability you will need to make sure they are glued to the rings on either side.
Take the secondary colour tp roll and cut it into 8 strips. Take two of your strips and fold them in half. Glue one of the strips inside the other as above and the repeat this three more times until you have four of these shapes.
Glue your shapes into the empty spaces between the rings of the wand as above. Then add a pom pom, a button or similar to the centre of the wand.
Add any finishing touches such as ribbon or sparkles and the magic wand is finished. These are great for imaginative play!
When is it considered acceptable to put up the Christmas decorations? With everything that’s been going on this year with covid and for us personally with loved ones being unwell, it just feels as if it’s about time the kids had something nice. Obviously we have no idea what the situation is going to be in December but I personally think that it’s looking likely that we won’t be able to have our big family Christmas. It sucks but at the end of the day if it does come to that we will just have to do what’s best for everyone. Even if this Christmas isn’t the same there is always something really warm and comforting about Christmas decorations and I know this year my house is going to be going full Santa’s grotto, hence why were making these cute little pinecone fairy Christmas decorations at the beginning of November!
This cute little craft definitely requires grown up aid if using a glue gun but it’s just too sweet to not share!
Heres what we used
Mini craft sticks
How to make these festive fairy decorations
Take the pine cone and paint it in your chosen color before putting it aside to to dry.
Once your pine cone is dry, use your glue gun to attach a pom pom centrally on the bottom of the pine cone.
Take a length of pipecleaner and twist it centrally around the base of the pom pom until secure. This will make the fairy’s two arms, we then used a small dollop of glue to secure the fairy’s arms in position on the pine cone.
Make the wings by twisting the ends of a pipe cleaner together at the middle to make a figure of 8. Then take some cord and tie it into a loop. Glue the wings and loop securely on to the back of your pine cone.
Finish off by making a little wand for your pine cone fairy Christmas decoration. To make ours we used a mini crafting stick and a festive sequin! Once you have your wand twist it into the end of one of arms so that it looks as if she is holding it. Once dry your festive fairies are ready to hang on the tree or gift to a loved one!
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How adorable are these little yarn tassel doll charms? They were actually inspired by our yarn ghost charms that we made. I noticed how much the tassels looked like dresses and out sprung the idea for this little craft. My son has really enjoyed making these to gift to his nan and aunties, he found them a bit tricky at the start but soon picked it up. He’s also made one to gift to his cousin to go on her school bag – such a cute idea!
(small objects can be choking hazards, this activity is best suited to older children and children should be supervised at all times)
How to make a tassel doll keyring
First you’ll need to cut out a rectangle from your cardboard, it doesn’t need to be anything fancy – you can see here that were using a battered up piece of cereal box! You’ll need to make sure the height of the rectangle matches the length you want your tassel to be.
Starting at the bottom side, take your yarn and begin wrapping it around your cardboard. Make sure it’s secure but not so tight that it buckles your cardboard. Continue wrapping it around and then once you have reached your desired thickness cut it off at the bottom side where you first started.
Cut off a length of yarn and fold it in half. Then, tie a loop at the centre fold.
Using the two loose ends, tie your loop tightly around the centre of your yarn.
Slip your yarn off of your cardboard. Turn it inside out so that the loop is outside and on top as you can see above.
Place your scissors through the loops and then gently snip them open. I find that the best way to ensure that the ends are snipped evenly is to pull downwards as I snip to ensure I’m snipping the bottom center of each loop.
Now cut two lengths of yarn. Tie one just below the top of your tassel to create the dress shape and the other onto the loop just above your tassel to create arms.
Take your wooden bead and draw your dolls face on to it before threading it onto your loop. Finish off by adding a keying onto the top of your loop. Don’t these yarn tassel doll charms look adorable?
With all the beautiful weather that we’ve been having lately weve been trying to get outdoors as much as we possibly can. The other day we took a short drive out to a local lake and went for a walk around it. It was such a lovely day and the views were just amazing. On the way back around my little guy came across these really cool pinecones and it inspired us to come up with another pinecone craft. Ted came up with the idea to make this little DIY pinecone fairy craft and even decided how we would make the arms and head too. We think they look fab and plan to glue on a string loop so that we can display them in our kitchen!
Here’s what we used
Pinecone Coloured paints Pom Pom Pipecleaners Glue gun (pva glue can be used but is a lot more fiddly) Scissors
Take your pinecone and paint the end of your pines in your chosen colour before putting it aside to dry.
Once your pine cone has dried, take your pom pom and glue it in the center of the flat base of your pine cone. Then cut two equal lengths of pipe cleaner and glue one either side of the pom pom to make the arms. Curl the end of the pipe cleaners slightly to make the hands.
To make the wings take a pipe cleaner and bring both ends in to meet in the center. Twist the ends around the center of the pipe cleaner to create the shape of a number 8. Then glue your wings on and pinch them into a wing shape. Why not add a loop of ribbon so that you can hang your fairies up? They look adorable!
For todays craft we decided it was time to use up some of our mountainous pile of tissue paper. We’d recently made some cute rainbow suncatchers and decided it would be nice to add some more colours to our windows. My son decided that we should make some stars. I find stars a pain to draw (I can never get them equal), so we made our star template on the computer and have also added it below to make our cute magic star suncatcher craft that little bit easier for anyone else who has the same problem! I think these suncatcher crafts are loads of fun and hopefully we will have some more to share soon!
First you will need to make your star shape outline. To do this you can either free hand draw a star and then draw another star inside at a 1-2cm gap or you can print, cut out and draw around our star shape. Once you have drawn your star you’ll need to cut it out.
Place your double sided tape around the edges of your star. Then cut out some strips of tissue paper, stretch and stick them tightly across the centre of your star.
Trim around your star to remove any excess.
Then, cut out some long coloured crepe paper strips and using double sided tape secure them to the bottom of your star so that they hang freely.
Your cute magic star suncatcher craft is finished! Dont they just look adorable in the windows!