Paper Flower Fun For Everyone #BostikBlogger.

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While April showers are supposed to bring May flowers – and we’ve certainly had a wet start to the month in Norfolk – we couldn’t wait that long so we’ve made our own.

It was actually a very happy coincidence that ‘flowers’ was the theme of this month’s Bostik Blogger craft box because Mark’s hay fever has flared already so I’ve had to re-home my beautiful Mother’s Day hyacinth, which was adding to his misery.

A quick Pinterest search revealed lots of different paper flowers to make of varying difficulties so we did some test runs and picked the best three.

Easy Daisies.

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We used:

Card (white, yellow and patterned).

Bostik Blu Stick.

Scissors.

Bostik Glu Dots.

Chopsticks or flower wire.

Step one.

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We cut the card into thin strips.

Step two.

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Freya popped some glue at one end of a strip and then attached the other end to it to make a petal. While the glue is blue to help you see where you’ve pasted, it magically dries white (this blew our minds).

Step three.

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We cut out a circle (and also used a flower shape for another of the daisies) to stick the petals to. We tried this with the glue stick but found glu dots held better.

Step four.

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I attached it to a chopstick with a glu dot (as it was a bit fiddly) while Freya decorated a jam jar to keep them in.

Simple rose bud.

We used:

Card (pink).

Pencil.

Scissors.

Bostik Tape Discs.

Wire.

Step one.

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We cut a small square (about 10cm by 10cm) out of a piece of card.

Step two.

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Freya really enjoyed this bit. I drew a swirly pattern on the card (she had a go too) and then she cut it out. The joy of it is, it doesn’t matter if you don’t stick to the lines because it makes it look more petal-like.

Step three.

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I then rolled the card into a fairly tight ball.

Step four.

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I used a tape disc to hold it together and then attached some wire for the stem (the bud was tight enough that it stayed on the wire without anything to stick it).

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Slightly more complicated roses.

I loved making the daisies and the simple rose buds with Freya but, while she was at school, I had a go at making some slightly more complicated roses – and fell in love.

I used:

Card (pink, patterned and cream).

Bostik Tape Discs.

Bostik Glu Dots.

Clear tape.

Scissors.

Green tape (I had some florists tape so used that).

Bostik Blu Tack.

Chopsticks (painted green)

Step one.

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Using a scrap piece of card, I roughly drew a flower shape like this. This is about 11cms wide.

Step two.

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I stacked four pieces of card and cut around the shape. It doesn’t have to be exact.

Step three.

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I poked a small hole in the middle of each card. I then folded each petal, as above, and bent the odd petal at the top too.

Step four.

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What I should have done here was get the stick and wrap the paper around it. However, I didn’t think of that until afterwards. Instead, I got one card and folded the first petal in half, I stuck it with a disc and then folded the next petal over it. I kept doing this until all five petals were together. I then taped around the bottom half of the bud to hold them in place.

Step five.

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I attached a glu dot to either side of the rose and then stuck the next layer on using the same method as above. I added the next two layers in this way, adding glue dots as needed, until my rose was formed.

Step six.

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As I said, this is better done at the start but at this point I poked the chopstick through the hole in the bottom so about 2cms was inside. I then wraped blu tack around the base to keep it in place and covered it with green tape.

I’m really pleased with the result. I sprayed an old jam jar white and then had a play with ribbon to see which looked best. I’m going to get some different card and have a go at making my favourite yellow roses too.

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With the rosebuds mixed in.
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With the daisies.
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Matching my living room.

Freya was thrilled with them when she came home from school (and insisted on pretending to be a bride, complete with her favourite dress).

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Mark was also happy not to be constantly sneezing and itching his eyes while indoors (I can’t do much to help him outside).

What are your favourite flowers? Have you ever made them from paper?

* Please note: We receive a craft box from Craft Merrily free of charge, as part of our role as Tots 100 Bostik Bloggers, in return for this post. 

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Make Your Own Lolly Stick Bird Feeder #BostikBlogger

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Our latest craft box could not have arrived at a better time; not only were we looking for things to do during several snow days but this month’s theme is “birds” – and they have definitely needed a helping hand over the last week.

There are lots of different bird feeders available to make, depending on how crafty you want to get but we stuck with a simple lolly stick design (you can find loads here).

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We used:

String.

Bostik White Glu.

35 (I think) wooden lolly sticks.

Bird seed.

Step one.

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We started by making the base by lining up all the sticks vertically and then gluing two more sticks horizontally across them. I tried not to worry too much about them being level (see, parenthood has chilled me out no end).

Step two.

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We then started layering the sticks. Freya seemed to really enjoy this bit and I think she would have built a tower-like feeder if I’d let her (and we had enough sticks). Before it gets too high you might want to add two sticks for the perch. We didn’t and doing it at the end was a bit more difficult. I left it all to dry overnight with a heavy book placed on the top.

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Step three.

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We tied string to each corner and then brought them together in the middle to make a knot.

Step four.

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Fill it with seed. If you have a four-year-old helping you, I would recommend doing this on a tray (note, no tray in this photo).

Step five.

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Find a nice tree to hang it from. We have lots of cats in our area so we wanted it up fairly high. Thank you to Mark for venturing out with our ladder in the snow. I would have done it but someone needed to take the photo.

We haven’t seen any birds use it as yet but hopefully they will once word gets out that our garden is the place to eat. As we didn’t spot any, Freya made her own paper plate bird.

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When it carried on snowing, I was a bit worried about how our feeder would hold up against The Beast From The East and so we also made some seed cakes using yoghurt pots as a mould to hang up with them.

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Luckily everything has survived and now the snow has gone – although there’s talk that it might come back later this month.

* Please note: We receive a craft box from Craft Merrily free of charge, as part of our role as Tots 100 Bostik Bloggers, in return for this post. 

Two Egg-citing And Easy Easter Crafts #BostikBlogger

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When I was trying to think of Easter crafts it was like I had some sort of mental block. The only word to enter my head over and over again was – I’m sure can you guess – chocolate (and I’m saying that the same way Homer Simpson says “donuts”).

Thankfully, when our craft box arrived it was chock full (sorry!) of egg-cellent (that’s the last, promise!) Eastery/spring things and I soon had plenty of cracking (can I get away with that one?) ideas of what we could make.

As well as painting foam eggs various shades of pink for a little egg hunt in the garden (I’ll leave you to imagine them), we made a button egg card to send to Freya’s great grandma and also had a first go with fabric paint to create a simple tulip cloth bag. Freya has now added fashion designer to her long, long list of future careers (she’s going to be a busy girl). We will definitely be doing some more fabric painting in the future.

To make the button card we used:

A card.

Buttons.

Bostik Fine & Wide Glu Pen.

Step one.

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I used the fine end of the Glu pen to draw an egg shape and then let Freya use the wide end to fill it in.

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Step two.

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When I was small my mum had a box full of buttons I used to play with. I actually remember the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana being on tele in 1981 (showing my age now!) and I was sat at the table recreating it in buttons. I told Freya this story and she said: “Didn’t you have dolls in the olden days?”

While she didn’t want to play with them, she did enjoy picking which ones went where – and the good thing about the Glu is that you can move them about quite easily.

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Once the Glu has set the buttons are firmly stuck on  (I shook the card a couple of times and everything stayed in place). Hopefully Freya’s great grandma will enjoy it.

To make the tulip bag we used:

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Purple Tulip Pearl Dimensional Fabric Paint.

Small cloth bag.

Tulip (or egg) shape for a template.

Green ribbon for the stem.

Blue glitter glue for the outline.

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Freya and I (excuse my plaster, I accidentally stabbed myself with a kitchen knife) used the tulip as a template to draw around.

Step two.

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I blobbed some more paint in the middle and then gave Freya a paint brush to colour it all in. As she went over the line in places I thought I’d outline it with glitter glue to make it a bit neater but what I hadn’t realised was that the fabric paint actually dries up hard so you can use that to outline. (Note to self for next time.)

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Step three.

We left it to dry flat near the radiator overnight and then added a small piece of green ribbon for the stalk, stuck on with normal glue.

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Freya loves bags and has been taking this one out with us everywhere.

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* Please note: We receive a craft box from Craft Merrily free of charge, as part of our role as Tots 100 Bostik Bloggers, in return for this post.