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. 

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Three Fun And Easy Valentine’s Crafts #BostikBlogger

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Once again this year, I have pushed home the idea that Valentine’s Day is about celebrating all sorts of love and not just romantic love – although, aged four, Freya has already decided who is she going to marry and seems quite determined.

Anyway, we’ve gone a bit craft crazy because when she started thinking about all the people she loves, it was quite a list!

Here are three more fun and easy Valentine’s Day crafts, which we will be sending to various family members and friends.

Hearts and flowers card.

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We used:

Pretty card

Green card.

Red card.

Ribbon.

Our monthly craft box, which we receive from Craft Merrily as part of our role as a Tots 100 Bostik Blogger, had lots of beautiful patterned paper and card in it this month, which we thought would be perfect for flowers.

We drew around a heart shape we already had and then cut them out. We folded them to make them look a bit more 3D (although not sure it actually makes much difference).

The stalks are made from green card and we positioned them on the red card first before sticking on the heart blooms. We then stuck on the pink ribbon to make it look like one of those hand-tied expensive bouquets.

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String heart.

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We used:

String.

Bostik White Glu.

Mini paper roses.

Baking paper.

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I’d say this was by far Freya’s favourite craft because she got to get her hands messy.

We started by drawing a heart on the baking paper and then dumping the string in a pot of glu (I diluted it the first time but it didn’t dry very well so we made the next ones with pure glu).

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Once is was well covered, we then bended it to made the shape on the baking paper and left it to dry over night.

It was really quite solid. I thought it looked a bit bare on its own so I wrapped a couple of the little paper roses around it.

It works well as a hanging decoration, stuck on a flower put or on a card (I think so, anyway).

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Salt dough hearts.

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Salt dough is an old favourite in our house – and we made these on a day Freya was home from school poorly.

Our tried and tested recipe is a cup of plain flour, a cup of salt and half a cup of warm water. This rolls out well and holds the shape. I know you can oven dry them but, as we’ve had the heating on recently, I just put them on a baking tray on top of the radiator for a few days (I turned them over when the top turned lighter) and job done.

Freya wants to write her name on the back but I also thought you could write a nice message on card and stick it on, in case it’s hard writing directly on to the salt dough.

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Please note: We were sent a box of craft materials for free in return for this blog post.

A “Tea-rrific” Valentine’s Gift For Teachers #Bostikblogger

IMG_5449Ever since she went back after the Christmas holiday, Freya hasn’t liked school.

When we talk to her about what’s wrong there’s a different problem every day – “she hasn’t got any friends”, “the work is too hard”, “a boy pushed her”, “she can’t do maths’.

We’ve had tears and tantrums (and that’s just me) but once she gets there she’s absolutely fine – I often don’t even get a proper goodbye. Throughout it all her teachers have been brilliant; addressing her concerns as well as reassuring me that they are keeping an eye on her. As a result, I thought it would be nice to show our appreciation with a small thank you.

A quick search of Pinterest gave me a “tea-rrific” idea and, using the contents of our latest craft box, sent to us from Craft Merrily as part of our role as a Tots100 Bostik Blogger, we set to work.

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We used:

Foam hearts.

Corrugated card.

Ribbon.

Glu Dots.

Mini-pegs.

Heart doilies.

Assorted heart decorations.

Teabags (we later switched to individually wrapped for hygiene purposes, which was Mark’s idea.)

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I let Freya decorate the front of the hearts first. While I thought she would just stick on as many hearts as possible, she surprised me by carefully selecting each one (my baby is growing up!).

Step 2.

Using a Glu Dot, we stuck a heart on to the peg (so cute) and then the peg on to the ribbon. We then checked placement in relation to how big the teabag is (I didn’t want it to show from the front) and stuck the ribbon on accordingly.

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Step 3.

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After writing out ‘You’re tea-rrific” on five pieces of card (making sure to explain to Freya that it’s not actually how you spell terrific), I then asked her to sign her name on each before we stuck them on. Freya then decorated the back with stickers.

Step 4.

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We cut the ribbon to size and then stuck another heart at the top (if they want to put them up they can stick Blu Tack on the back).

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I think they look really pretty, I’m tempted to keep them!

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Our love-fest doesn’t end here either. We’ve got some more Valentine’s crafts coming up next week.

Please note: We were sent a box of craft materials for free in return for this post.