Kids craft Sunday – gift tags and bows

How to turn your kids paintings into nice gift tags.

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You will need:

An old cereal box

A plain piece of paper (or scrap paper blank on one side)

A painting or picture

Glue stick

Darning needle

And some yarn, we used red eyelash yarn with a green and red picture to make Christmas tags.

Cut out one panel from your cereal box. Paste the kids picture on one side of the box, and the plain paper in the same spot on the other side. Trim the uncovered edges and them cut the cardboard into rectangles the size you want your gift tags to be, leaving a 5mm border allowance on each side.

At this point I usually poke holes around 5mm in from the edge and approx 5mm apart to make it easier for my daughter to sew, but you don’t have to do this. Then using the yarn go around the edges in blanket stitch, leaving a long tail to tie the gift tag to the present.

There is a great blanket stitch tutorial here http://www.holiday-crafts-and-creations.com/how-to-do-blanket-stitch.html

And with the 2 leftover pieces of paper from all the way back here https://cookcraftcope.wordpress.com/2012/09/16/kids-craft-sunday-splatter-painting/

We are making gift bows.

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To make these, we cut 1 cm strips across the short side of a printed A4 piece of paper. We folded the strips of paper into figure a of 8 using a push pin to hold them in place We cut the strips used to make the 3 figure of 8 shorter than the rest, and stuck a sequin on the folded out push pin.

I am not very good at explaining this one I am sorry, but there are some good tutorials out there and here is a link to one 🙂 http://howaboutorange.blogspot.com.au/2009/10/make-gift-bow-from-magazine-page.html

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Kids craft Sunday – Splatter painting

It is exactly what it sounds like, splatting paint to make a picture.

You will need:

One toothbrush per colour you want (We save our old brushes)

Acrylic paint

cardboard like an old cereal box

Container to hold your paint clean old yogurt containers are great

And some paper, or what ever else you would like to decorate.

Using your card board trace and then cut out stencils in the shapes you want to use.

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Mix your paint with a little water in your containers. The ratio will depend on your paint, you want it to be runny, but not too watery.

Lay your stencils over the paper then load up your toothbrush with paint. Holding the loaded toothbrush over the paper use your thumb to flick the bristles, splattering the paper with paint.

Repeat until you are happy with your picture, then carefully remove the stencils and leave your paper to dry.

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We also did some with stencils that allowed the shape to be splattered and the surrounds to stay white.

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And with our left over paint and 2 pieces of paper we did this:Image

But I will get back to those last 2 next week 🙂

Kids craft Sunday!

We are self confessed Christmas nuts here (except for hubby who has been nicknamed ‘scrooge’ my miss 8), and there is no such thing as too early for Christmas craft!

The kids have been wanting to paint for a while, and this year we have decided to do homemade cards and wrapping paper so today we got our potato on!

Yes our potato! This weeks kids craft is potato stamping, which is cheap, fun and looks great!

Materials needed:

Potatoes

A small bladed knife

acrylic paint

Paintbrushes

paper or card board

Optional:

cookie cutters

food dye and a toothpick

We started with three humble dirty potatoes (you can use more or less, each potato will make 2 stamps.)

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I peeled and washed my potatoes, you could always just wash your potatoes if you like.

Next I cut them in half across the middle. For most of the stamps I pressed cookie cutters into the flat surface on them and used it as a guide while I cut away the potato outside the cutter.

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I cut down about 1cm so the shape is distinct, but there is still a lot of potato to grip.

My gingerbread man cookie cutter was too big, so I used a toothpick dipped in food dye to draw a gingerbread man shape, and used it as a guide while I was cutting.

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(I really am not a great drawer but it got the job done)

And from there you just use them as you would regular stamps. You can either dip them into a puddle of paint and then stamp with them, or use a paint brush to paint the surface of the stamp like I did.

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The kids had a ball, and I got some great printed paper to use closer to Christmas.

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And envelopes for Christmas cards

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We sprinkled a little gold glitter on these ones.