I have postponed this craft for over a year. I wanted t do this last year but never gotten around to it. so when I was busy unpacking my craft box I came across the burlap stocking I bought last year at the R5 store. I liked the burlap idea as it is not a common material you see stocking made in. but didn’t like the tree so much so that had to go. At the time I was still pregnant. and bought 2 because I wanted to do this for both my daughters. But like I said I just never gotten around to it.
I found an idea I liked and decided to do it before I forget.
What you need:
- Craft glue
- circle shapes
I first tore off the Christmas tree on the stocking. it came off quite easily. Then looked for the perfect size shape in my kitchen. took some trial and error. I drew circles on a piece of paper of different objects. Cut them out and placed them on the stocking. and my cookie cutters seem to be the perfect sizes. I also used a bottle cap for the smallest size.
then I traced the shape onto the pieces of left over felt I had. I needed three circles of each size. All in all I had 18 circles of different sizes to make 6 flowers.
and cut them all out.
I then stacked them in 3′s to cut out little “V” to resemble flower petals. when cutting I placed the smaller circle on top to see how deep I have to cut the “V”.
Next step was to assemble the flower. I glued the smaller circle ontop of the larger one in alternating the colours.
When the glue dried I glued them onto the burlap stocking. I choose different styles as I wanted the kids to be able to differentiate between their stockings.
(only after taking this picture I realized it would look better without the red string.)
Spring is here and the birds are here in full swing. we even have a birdie every day come peak into the house a couple of times a day. This sparked my excitement to make something for the birds this weekend. we did 2 projects.
- Bird seed holder
This was a really nice little project as my diva loved it.
what you need
- a base (I used a blank coaster from a previous project)
- Ice-cream sticks
- craft glue ( the kind that dries clear is preferable)
- 4 pieces of Twine/string
Start by gluing the sticks to make a square on top of base.
My diva made her own bowl. I just placed the glue and she added the sticks
then left it to dry.
I tied a piece of twine at each corner as this proved to be more stabilizing when it is hung. I then breaded the twine to make it look neat. then we had to hang it.
- Gelatin bird seed shapes
I was actually contemplating if I should really posts this as this was such a huge flop. but learnt a few things as I got it kinda right at try number 3.
what you need
- Bird seeds
- cookie cutters ( smallish simple shapes works best
I wont bore you with all my trail and error so will just write what worked. Mix the gelatin as directed on your packed. Add your bird seed let it stand for a while in the fridge till it start to set. I found scooping it on the shapes with lots of gelatin helps bind it. Scoop half way and add twine or string in the middle and the fill up the rest of the cookie cutter. Also the bigger shapes didn’t hold well at all when it was hung. as it slipped of the twine so stick to small simple shapes. let it set for a few hours. I did mine early the morning so we could hang it by 4pm.
Once it is set gently take it out of the cookie cutter and let it stand out to dry abit as the bottom side of the shape would be a bit wet.
(side note the butterfly was too big and heavy and didn’t even last 1 minute on the tree and tore in half where the string was :-( )
Now to see if the birdies will enjoy our hard work.
My little diva has gotten very interactive and I started looking for activities to do so came across the sensory box idea. I got all the scraps from my craft box
I got pom poms, lettering ( to spell my divas name) a wooden heart, different texture material flowers, piece of a face cloth, a cut out of a butterfly made out of cardboard, a piece of ribbon a rock from the garden ( I gave it a good scrub) and a piece of foil from a chips packed.
I paste these with craft glue and let dry for almost a whole day to ensure the glue has dried properly and wont come off during play.
then the true test to see if my little diva will like it.
and its a hit she was fascinated with all the textures. she sat occupied with it long enough for me to do the dishes
My diva had a heart garland hanging on her bed that has seen better days. so I decided we must make a new one.
What you need:
- I’m making 4 butterflies so 4 thick paper stock
- acrylic paint ( in your desired colour )
- butterfly templates
- One eager toddler
it was such a stunning day outside that we did this craft out side. I gave my diva the paint. she choose which colours and which betterfly must have which colour.
once painted we waited for it to get dry. and I cut out the butterflies.
then I punched holes on either sides thread through the ribbon and hanged it.
As i recently did some craft with chalkboard paint i thought why not try it on a cup and surprise my diva with random drawings. Not that i’m any piccasso.
I took a normal plastic drinking cup and marked out a block with some masking tape. and painted the marked off space with the chalkboard paint.
My diva loves the shapes i draw for her.
P.S this is not meant for dishwasher. It will hold up with light handwashing.
I have wanted to revamp my dd cupboard since we moved in. The colours were too bold for my liking.
This project took me a long time to finish mainly coz I couldn’t find the right shade of purple for the chalkboard. I also did it in stages. Then this week I still couldn’t find it I bought a pink chalkboard paint and seeing as I had already bought paint colourant in pink and purple I decided to add the purple to the pink and finally got a very nice purple colour.
So I started by painting over the bold colours and the frame. It took about 2-3coats to get rid of the bold colours.
Then as I didn’t want to buy a small tin of pink and purple I took the white paint we had and threw the pink and purple colourant in separate tins and mixed till I got the desired colours. It took about 2 coats till it was the perfect shade. I used masking tape between the chalkboard and the other paint to have a straightline. and so the colours do not bleed into each other.
PS. This was the first time I did painting so I used a brush to apply the white paint. and it was painstakingly long method. I read that with chalkboard paint it has a smoother finish with a roller brush. I then used it to apply the colours and it was 100 times better at applying paint. so never will I use a paint brush again
Its been a long while since i’ve blogged. baby is keeping me extremely busy. Thought second time around woul be easier but diva² showed me the error of my ways. She has her own little personality which is becoming stronger every day. just the cutest little thing.
I’m starting a family photo wall in my house and sadly I realised that since diva² has been born we do not have 1 family photo to put on our family wall. So Yesterday was a holiday here by us and i told dh to get ready we will be doing a family photo shoot. The weather was devine as spring seems to be here in full force now. I rounded up the kids, dh, granny and tripod and we had our own family shoot.
I have to say it was so much easier doing the family shoot than the selfportraits. As focus is always the key in self portraits i cant focus on my self while setting it up. And having other people in the photo made it so much easier as i could focus on them while setting it up and then use the remote and just click away. Sometimes i got so caught up in the moment that i forgot to hide the remote.