Easy Crafts – 2018 Seasons Calendar #BostikBlogger

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I found myself longing for summer this week as Freya and I practically skated to school on paths of ice.

Winter is not my favourite season but it does have some good elements (awesome sunrises, for example). Freya and I were chatting about what we liked about each season before we started our latest craft project – a simple 2018 calendar.

I asked her what colour she associated with each. She picked pink for spring, yellow for summer, orange for autumn and white (not that we’ve had more than a dusting of snow in Norwich) for winter. I then asked her what she remembered about each season. We’ve done quite a lot of crafting around this topic, including our sun catcher window you can see above, which we have added to as the year has gone on, so she had plenty to say.

We then set to work making a seasons calendar using items from our monthly craft box, which we receive from Craft Merrily as part of our role as a Tots100 Bostik Blogger.

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We used:

Five pieces of coloured card.

A small calendar.

Brown and green paint.

Pink tissue paper.

Red buttons.

Cottonwool.

Pretty tape.

Flower shapes

Bostik Foam Pads.

Glittery sticky card.

Rainbow wire to hang it from (although a ribbon would work just as well).

Tape measure.

Bostik White Glu.

A small doily to make snowflakes.

Tape.

Step 1.

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Now, as you probably know, I’m a big fan of the guesstimate but I thought we’d actually measure the base card this time and work out how big our season cards needed to be before cutting them to size.

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Step 2.

With all the cards cut it was time to hand print the trees. Freya is a big fan of painting herself so that wasn’t a problem.

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Step 3.

Once they were dry we attached them to the base card using the foam pads so they stuck out a bit and then I popped the calendar in the middle.

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Step 4.

When I asked Freya about the seasons she said things such as blossom for spring, flowers for summer, golden leaves for autumn and snow (she’s hoping) for winter so we set about trying to make each season using the bits and bobs from the box.

Step 5.

The final thing to do was tape the pretty wire to the back and make sure it could hold the weight, which thankfully it did.

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We made this for Freya’s great grandma so I hope she likes it.

Do you have a favourite season? I think mine has to be summer, although I do like autumn too.

Note: We were sent a box of craft items for free in return for this post.

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Make Your Own Masquerade Masks for New Year #BostikBlogger

IMG_8246My memories from the last time I went out on New Year’s Eve are vague – not because I was worse for wear but more because it was so long ago.

Overcrowded, over-priced clubs or pubs were never my cup of tea but after having Freya the logistics involved in going out, especially as we don’t have anyone nearby who could watch her, are just too complicated.

Normally we just go to bed and wake up on January 1st (unless the neighbours wake us before) but I thought this year, as Freya is much more aware of what’s going on, we’d have a little mini-party, just the three of us (although we will probably all be in bed by 10pm).

As New Year is the theme of our latest craft box from Craft Merrily, which we receive as part of our role as a Tots100 Bostik Blogger, I thought we could make ourselves some fun masquerade masks to wear as we welcome 2018.

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To make your own masks, you will need.

Card (ideally glittery or sparkly).

Decorations (we used sequins, feathers and flowers).

Chop sticks (or something to hold the masks).

Pipecleaners.

Card to make a template.

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Step 1.

To get an idea of what to make I Googled “mask silhouette” and all sorts of pretty examples came up. Freya already had a cardboard owl mask so we drew around that first of all and then I adapted it for the different designs we wanted.

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Step 2.

Once you have cut out your template, transfer it to the card, making as many as you need.

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Step 2.

Once you have cut them out, the fun really starts. I basically put a box of decorations in front of Freya and said “go for it”. I was really surprised when I turned back from decorating my own mask to find she had picked all the flowers out. This was all her own work (apart from some help with the tape).

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I decorated this one.

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And the last one we did together.

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Step 3.

I twisted the pipe cleaners around the chopsticks, just to make things a bit more colourful and then stuck them on.

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You can tell Mark is loving every minute.

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Have you got anything planned on New Year’s Eve?

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

Make your own Christmas wrapping paper and gift bags.

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Guess what?! This is the last of our Christmas craft blogs – and it’s not even December!

Is that terrible? Or just organised? Maybe a bit of both? We’ve done the advent calendar, made the cards, looked at the the gift of giving and now we’ve moved on to wrapping paper and gift bags to put presents (I haven’t started buying yet) in.

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Initially I thought it would be fun to stamp our own paper but I used one of those scratchy green cleaning pads, which was the only thing I had to hand. It wasn’t ideal as it soaked up the paint, which was probably to be expected.

Then I thought we could finger paint robins but Freya seemed to clock the huge roll of craft paper and decide maybe playing with her toys would be more fun (I think she managed 10 first).

We ended up with two good-sized sheets of paper but it wasn’t quite enough.

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I’m sure I’ve made gift bags in the past but I couldn’t for the life of me remember where to start. Luckily good old YouTube to the rescue. I used this video which was very easy to follow (and the bags turned out well, I think). You can use any sort of paper. I picked craft paper because it’s sturdy. In the video she used newsprint and also actual wrapping paper as well as some she had designed herself. Once I got the hang of it I was able to knock them out quite quickly.

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Hopefully people will think they are charming. Now I just need to start shopping for presents to fill them with!

Have you started/finished your Christmas shopping?