Sharpie Coasters

Sharpie Alcohol Coasters, these are a few of my favourite things! This is a super easy craft for your Little Feet to do. Great for a home accessory or present to family. All you need are Sharpie’s, ceramic tiles, rubbing alcohol and sealant spray or an oven!

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Roll Your Own HeArt Wrapping Paper

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This is a how-to create your own homemade wrapping paper with either an empty wrapping paper roll or even just empty loo rolls. There are so many things one can make with these items and this is a really fun and versatile one. I have a tendency to be quite picky with what wrapping I buy in shops. I love giving and part of that is giving a beautifully wrapped present too. It's just part of the excitement for both parties isn't it? My sister and I are of an ikle that occasionally will squirrel away wrapping paper that we couldn't bear to throw away or even specifically buy a sheet of beautiful wrapping paper just because we loved the print and wanted to be able to stare at it some more. We wouldn't dream of using that for actually wrapping a present! And if on the occasion it is used, well, guaranteed we must really, reeeeally love you. Especially to have to watch you rip the paper open like, well me devouring a slice of chocolate cake perhaps...

Our haul

Our haul

All you need to create your own wrapping paper is big sheets of white paper or even better a roll of kraft paper that you can buy at your local post office or Poundshop, some paint, a pair of scissors, some foam sticker back sheets or even better ready made foam stickers, an empty wrapping paper roll/loo roll and paint roller/paint brush.  

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All you need:

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  1. Empty tube of wrapping paper
  2. Sheets of foam stickers
  3. Paint
  4. Paintbrush 
  5. Paint palette 
  6. White paper or Kraft paper
  7. Scissors
  8. Pen

Instructions: 

  1. Decide what shapes you would like your wrapping paper to be decorated in. Make them fairly simple as you will have to cut them all out. On the back of your foam sticker sheet, draw lots your chosen shapes. Then with your scissors cut them out carefully. 
  2. Unstick the backing and stick them sporadically all over your empty wrapping paper roll. Make sure they are on all sides. Make sure you leave each end of the roll empty so they become handles for your hands when you roll. 
  3. Lay out as much kraft paper or white paper you need and cut to size. 
  4. Using the paint brush and paint paint the foam shapes facing up at your and the ones closest to you. Put the paint brush down and hold on to the ends of your roll. Place it carefully at the edge of your paper and gently roll as if you were rolling dough out. Once you have rolled the foam bits with paint one stop. Pick up the paintbrush and paint the next foam bits. Then roll these out. Repeat this process until the whole sheet is stamped. Leave to dry. 
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We also used white paper and the colours really popped. 

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Though we have used empty wrapping rolls for this, we also did it on empty loo rolls and this is just as effective. It is just a bit more labourious as the loo roll is smaller and therefore more printing needs to be done to finish the whole bit of paper. 

If you are interested in making your pattern more complicated you can create another wrapping roll with another shape on them. Follow the same process from 1-4.

This process is how handmade block textile printing happens. We are just doing it on paper.

Perhaps ask your kids as they do this if they have you ever thought about fabric or wallpaper being a piece of art? Someone has spent time creating that pattern, it is a creative process, just like painting on a canvas or sketchbook.  

 

 

 

The video below shows you the age old process. 

Art around the world can help inspire us to do crafts at home with our children. They will learn about cultures and their art, their geography and the different arts and crafts that their countries are famous for. Art is such a powerful tool for learning about our world!

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His & Hers

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Why not help your children make something for their Mummy and, or Daddys for Heart Day/Valentine's Day? Daddys, uncles, older siblings, aunts, grandparents this is an easy craft that will keep for years to come and be used everyday. All you need is some air dry clay, I'd suggest white as you can decorate them more easily, a cookie cutter, round ideally, though heart or star shapes would work, a bowl or icing rests, a rolling pin and mat, letter stamps or permanent markers and paints if you wish. We will be making jewellery bowls. Not to just be restricted to jewellery though, they can also be used for keys, spare change or any other miscellaneous items that need to be located quickly. 

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What you will need: 

  • Air drying clay (places like Amazon, Hobbycraft and The Works all sell them) 
  • Cookie cutters, round ideally, though heart shapes will work also. 
  • Rolling pin 
  • Mat to roll on
  • Letter stamps and or Permanent markers
  • Paint (optional)
  • Fondant flower shaping bowls or a small bowl will do
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Instructions: 

  1. Roll out your clay onto your mat, to about the depth of a £1 coin. 
  2. With your cookie cutters cut four shapes out. Remove them from the rest of the clay. You may need to gently smooth the sides with your finger. 
  3. Lay them on your mat. Decide if you would like to have writing on them or decorative patterns. If you have decided to paint or use permanent pen instead of stamps then move straight to Instruction 4. If you are using letter stamps for a phrase then gently press out what you'd like them to say onto the clay. I would suggest trialling each on two of the circles for positioning purposes. Once you are happy then repeat on the other two.
  4. Gently lift your cut outs and either place them on an upturned bowl or on to your fondant icing flower bowl and leave for 48 hours to dry. As they dry, they will dry into the shape they are drying on so to create a bowl. PLEASE NOTE: Do not leave air dry clay to dry directly on a wooden surface. As it dries it will leave a water stain on the wood that will be extremely difficult to remove. 
  5. When they are completely dry it is up to your littlies whether they would like to decorate them with paint or add writing in permanent marker. If you have used letter stamps, you might want to paint the letters in, or paint the whole bowl a different colour even. Leave to dry. 
  6. Wrap up and give as presents!
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We used some ink letter stamps that we had in the house and then just left the clay it's white colour. 

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See above, how they have dried as bowls? 

So there you have it, an easy, but visually effective craft and present to make your loved ones. Just a little way to show your love for them and how thankful you are for them. 

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