Personalised Board Games

This is a great little craft project to do with children – create your own personalised board game. You can select any game, I opted for traditional snakes and ladders board and made one for my nephews using family photos of them and their parents. You start by marking up a board on some sturdy board – 100 squares. Next paint the board with colours … Continue reading Personalised Board Games

World National Nursery Rhyme Week

The event is open to people who have or works with children under the age of 7.   They challenge people to teach a different nursery rhyme each day for the full week and provide activity packs as support – http://www.musicbugs.co.uk/world-nursery-rhyme-week/ And this year they have selected one of my favourite rhymes – Bobby Shafto’s Gone to Sea   Bobby Shafto’s gone to sea, Silver buckles … Continue reading World National Nursery Rhyme Week

Easy to Make Halloween Bookmark

If you’re looking for a kids craft idea here’s a really easy to make paper folding bookmark.  I’ve gone for Halloween themed designs but you could transform these into any characters. You start with a square of paper, I cut mine from A4.  Start by folding the square in half diagonally. Open up your paper into a square and then fold in half the opposite … Continue reading Easy to Make Halloween Bookmark

Easy to Make Halloween Bags

In preparation for Halloween I thought I’d try my hand at making some treat bags for children. All you need is some coloured paper, scissors, sticky tape and some string.  You start with a basic template.  If you want bags around A5 size just print this image out on A3 paper. Cut out the template in a variety of coloured papers and fold along the … Continue reading Easy to Make Halloween Bags

Easy to Make Hallloween Cards

With the witching hour approaching I thought I’d make some Halloween cards. The cut outs are really easy to make.  All you need to do is create two images that are identical in size and sit flush back-to-back.  The skeleton head is the easiest as this is a circle, the pumkin is the same image in reverse.  Cut a larger circle out of your card, … Continue reading Easy to Make Hallloween Cards

Celebrating Giacometti Part 5

Ok so today is Giacometti’s birth day so an appropriate time to finish my figure. Your plaster figure should now be completely dry and sturdy. For this stage you will need some Plaster of Paris powder again you can get this in any good craft store.  Measure out some powder, you generally need about 1.5 powder for every part water although you should pour the … Continue reading Celebrating Giacometti Part 5

Celebrating Giacometti Part 4

Your figure should now be dry and quite sturdy to work with. To make the base for your figure to stand on take a box, punch holes in the top and feed the wire attached to the feet through the holes.  Fill the box with something heavy to add weight as this will balance the figure when complete.  I used some broken terracotta pieces from … Continue reading Celebrating Giacometti Part 4

Celebrating Giacometti Part 3

Now for the messy bit. I started with plaster bandage as it is easy to fix to the foil than the paste.  You can buy this at any craft store.  I’d suggest covering your work surface with plastic as it is messy even before you start using water.  Cut the bandage into manageable strips when dry and fill a pot with some water.   Dip … Continue reading Celebrating Giacometti Part 3

Celebrating Giacometti Part 2

I started with a wire base which is exactly the same technique that I used when I created the wire figures earlier this year – Click here. You start by molding a basic stick man shape from wire, I used the thicker garden wire for this as it gives a sturdy base to start from. Next taking some chicken wire build out the slightly thicker … Continue reading Celebrating Giacometti Part 2