Can you believe that we are almost half way through August? it feels like only a blink ago that we were celebrating Christmas and now we have our sights set on one of our favourite times of year; Halloween! Halloween is always so much fun and we just love to decorate the house ready for trick or treaters to pay a visit. We had a great time making these little paper plate Halloween ghosts and cant wait to hang them up in our conservatory when October hits!
Here’s what we used
White crepe paper
How to make our paper plate Halloween ghosts
Take the paper plate and cut a wavy line around 2cm from the bottom.
Cut out two mitten shaped hands from the card and glue one on either side of the ghost’s paper plate body.
Cut out two large eyes and a mouth then glue it onto the ghost.
Cut out several long strands of white crepe paper and glue them onto the back of the paper plate along the wavy edge. Optionally add some string for hanging and the paper plate ghost is finished!
How cute is this paper flower pot craft? We had so much fun making these to brighten up our living room! They look fab on display and make great handmade gifts for mothers day, valentines day, birthdays, teacher gifts and more!
Here’s what we used
2 Paper cups
Paint & paintbrush
How to make this cute paper flower pot craft
First start by painting one of the cups to make the plant pot. Then take the second cup and chop off a small section from the bottom. Paint this section the color you want your flower to be planted in; we used brown for soil. Then finally take your skewer and color it green to make the stem. pop them aside to dry – We used a small piece of polystyrene to stand our stem up in whilst it was drying.
Take the colored paper that you will be using for the flower head and cut it into 6-8 equal strips of paper. Glue your strips together at the center to form a sun shape as in the above picture.
Take the end of each strip and glue it down at the center
of the flower.
Continue this process with all of the strips and then glue down the button to make the center of the flower.
Attach your painted stem to the back of your the flower. Then cut out a strip of green paper and glue the two ends together to make a leaf. Glue the leaf onto the stem and repeat as desired.
Glue the end piece of cup down inside the plant pot cup so that the base is facing upwards. Pierce the flower stem through the upturned cup and then through the base of your plant pot cup so that it stands stiff. TIP: if your cup has a flat base rather than a raised base then a lump of blu tack in the bottom of the plant pot cup will give the stem something to stick in to. Add any extra decoration and once dry the flower is ready to display or gift!
This adorable hand print robin craft makes a lovely little keepsake and looks gorgeous on the front of a card!
Aren’t Robins just the cutest little birds? They always remind of my late Granny who was completely obsessed with them. She owned loads of different little Robin decorations and would sit in her chair by her French doors and watch them through the glass. They always seemed to bring her so much joy and now whenever I spot one out the window I think of her. My son never got to meet her as she passed away when i was in my teens at the good old age of 98! We talk about her from time to time though, when he see’s a picture of her or asks about the little robin that we put on the tree. He loves to hear all about his family and i love that he wants to know more!
Here’s what we used
White and Coloured Card
1) forward facing robin
Take your brown paper and cut out a round egg shape for the robin’s body. Draw around little one’s hands and if need be help them to cut them out. Glue the hands either side on the back of your egg shaped body.
Cut out a smaller egg shape for the Robin’s red belly and glue it at the bottom of the body. Now give your Robin a beak and some eyes – we just cut out two white circles and used a black marker to draw on the details.
Finish off this adorable hand print Robin craft by using your marker to draw on two little legs and feet!
2) Flying hand print robin
Cut out a round egg shape for the Robin’s body. Then draw around little ones hand and help them cut out the hand print if necessary. Glue the handprint to the back of the body on one side as you can see above.
Cut out a smaller egg shape for the Robin’s belly and glue it inline with the opposite side of the Robin’s belly. Then give your Robin an eye and a triangle beak.
Draw on two curved lines for the legs and some little lines for the feet and your hand print robin is finished!
I love sitting down with a festive movie and wrapping up the Christmas presents, Unfortunately I’m not very good at it. I always end up with random pieces left over here and there and no idea what to do with them. It makes me think of my late great gran who every year used to meticulously open her presents so she didn’t damage the Paper. She’d then iron it out and pop it in the cupboard to reuse the next year, waste not want not! Which is exactly what led us to making this super cute wrapping paper Christmas card design.
Here’s what we used
Wrapping paper offcuts
How to make this wrapping paper Christmas card
First start by making the shape of the card you want to make, for this one we folded an A5 peice of card and trimmed it into a square.
Take the wrapping paper and cut out the shape of the present, we chose a square to match the card. Glue it down on the front of your Christmas card.
Take two lengths of ribbon and cut one to the length of the wrapping paper and one to width of the wrapping paper. Glue the strips down centrally across the presents to make a plus sign.
Take another length of ribbon and tie it into a bow. I will be uploading some videos on how to tie bows but for now there are some excellent videos on YouTube if you need some help. Glue the bow in place at the top of the present, then add a special message if desired and the card is finished! Aren’t these cute? Such a fun way to use up old wrapping paper.
Winter is well on it’s way and the weather is certainly getting colder. The last couple of nights I’ve found myself waking up to put the heating on and wearing a pair of socks to bed! Some parts of the UK have even seen snow over the last few days. I do love snow, it looks beautiful and it’s so much fun to play in, we love snowball fights, building snowmen and tobogganing – there are some great hills around here. However, we live in a small village in the middle of nowhere so its not the most practical! My son is desperate for a white Christmas and with the weather being like it is at the moment it definitely seems like it could be possible. Maybe it’s time for us to stock up the food cupboards in case we get snowed in! All this talk about snow is what what inspired today’s craft, this wobbly paper plate melted snowman. Isn’t he fun?
To give the snowman that melted look, take a pair of scissors and trim around the edge of the paper plate to create a wavy pattern.
Cut out a circle for the snowman’s face (we cut ours from a second plate), then make a spring so that it can be attached. To make the spring all you need to do is cut out two equal strips of paper and glue them at a right angle. Take turns folding one strip over the other and once you reach the end glue the two loose ends together.
Give the snowman a face by gluing on two round eyes, a mouth and a carrot shaped nose.
Glue one end of the spring to the center of the paper plate and then the snowman head to the remaining end. Cut out two twiggy arms and glue one either side of the snowman’s head.
Finish off the adorable plate snowman by adding any extra melted decorations; we added a top hat, some buttons and some mittens. Leave to dry and your snowman is finished!